It may have been the coldest day on the Vineyard in five years, but the warmest place to be on Monday afternoon was the pool inside the new YMCA of Martha’s Vineyard in Oak Bluffs. The heated aquatics center was an echo chamber of energy as the Vineyard high school swim team took to the blocks for the first home meet in 40 years.

Many considered it a historic moment as the first swimmers hit the pool for the first event — 25-yard freestyle — against the Blue Hills Technical School from Canton.


Swimmers, take your mark.

It’s been 20 years in the making, but Vineyarders will finally be able to hear those words ring out through the aquatic center on Sunday at the YMCA’s inaugural swim meet. The first Island swim team, the Makos, will take to the blocks at noon against the Nantucket Dolphins.