Once again the swimmers have completed a busy 2 months competitive schedule both at home and “away”.
On 4/5 May a group of 9 swimmers competed in the Haddington Total Swimmer meet at Prestonpans, where all swimmers raced over 50 metres in each stroke plus 100 metres Individual Medley, and the best placed overall in each age group went on to a final of 200 metres Individual Medley for money prizes.
Rosie MacDonald, Rachel Turnbull, Erin Malloch, Rowan Mobeck, Kayleigh Hartley-Watson, Joshua Colquhoun, Connor Kennedy and Neil Lamont all produced either personal best times (some hugely improved) or very near their best times. Nicky Ritchie achieved a finals place, and just missed out on the money by placing 4th.
On the following weekend Elaine Sherwood and Jamie Dominick were back in action in the Long Course West District senior championships giving a good account of themselves in the sprint races. Jamie reached the “skins” finals of the 50 metres Fly which involved the fastest 6 swimmers setting off and dropping one swimmer each 50 metres until only 2 were left in a head to head to decide the winner.
Jamie came 6th and was perhaps thankful he did not have to do another 4 races after the first round!
On 18 May the mini league team took part in the final round of the competition at Drumchapel. There were some wins for the youngsters and all swam with 110 per cent effort. They came out ahead of the Clydebank team in the end, but placed 3rd overall.
The team consisted of Anya MacGillivray, Georgia Cowan, Ame MacLachlan, Orla Colquhoun, Raigan Malloch, Kaitlin Rowley, Sinead Kennedy and Rosie Macdonald for the girls; and Ciaran Bonnar, Finlay Martin, Finan Kennedy, Ross Colquhoun, Alan Stewart, Andrew Longster, Oscar MacGillivray, Rory MacDonald, Ethan Clothier and Ciaran Danks for the boys.
Bellshill Pool was the setting for the Rutherglen Rascals Meet on 31 May and 1 June. Joshua Colquhoun again came near to his best times, while Nicky Ritchie again won medals although outside his PBs. Mollaidh, Finlay and Kyle Martin all achieved best times in the 200 Back, and Neil Lamont gained multiple medals and three excellent PBs in the 200 freestyle, 200 Breaststroke and 50 breaststroke.
Finally the Open Water season started with the East District Championships at Kinghorn Loch in Saturday 7 June. Dunoon was represented by 10 swimmers, of whom 7 were novices (trying it for the first time).
The swimming is done in normal swimwear, and is an opportunity for swimmers to experience a different environment and challenge.
The novices unfortunately had a long wait and were somewhat chilled as the weather deteriorated over the afternoon. However they all did well and though Mollaidh and Kyle Martin came out of their Novice 1 kilometre race shortly after the start they now want to try again at the next competition. Rhys Meyer McDonagh who has already competed well in open water, had to pull out of the 2 kilometre race after about 750 metres due to an onset of cold – but again bounced back to support all his teammates in their races.
Elaine Sherwood made a welcome return to swim a good 3k in 50 minutes. Nicky Ritchie was the silver medallist in the 13/14 year old age group in the 2 k (29 minutes) while young Alistair Gibson in the Novice 12 year old category also gained silver in a good smart time. Neil Lamont and Kyle Dominick finished 2nd and 3rd in the 1k novice race overall, and Rachel Turnbull and Joshua Colqhuoun gave a tremendous effort, with plucky strong swims in the 1k and then immediately coming out of that to take part in the 4 x 800 metres relay along with Elaine and Nicky.
As many of the swimmers were really feeling the effects of the effort and the cold this was a fantastic team swim and parents and coach were delighted with their efforts.
This Saturday one or two of the swimmers in the Argyll and Clyde squad will train at East Kilbride with their squad teammates and on the following day Dunoon will host Kingston in a time trial which will allow all the swimmers an opportunity to get times and their names on the board against out of town opposition.