Swimming Report – Aug 2011

The Open Water season, which started with the East District championships in Lochore Meadows in June, is now well underway.

Elaine Sherwood has to date competed at the Lochore 3 kilometres race and then on 6th August swam the 2 kilometres Scottish Championships at Loch Tay.
Although the weather was not favourable and some of the more seasoned swimmers opted out of the race, Elaine found the water to her liking and came in 12th overall, 4th in the 17-24 years age group, in a close race in a time of 32minutes.

This coming weekend (Saturday 20 August), the West District Championships will be held at Jubilee Point, Loch Eck.

Three Dunoon swimmers will compete at the individual events (Elaine in the 4 kilometres, and Jacqueline McColm and Jordan Ritchie in the novice 1 kilometre) while there are 2 Dunoon teams entered in the 4 x 400 metres relays – 1 male and 1 mixed.

The races start just after 1pm and with the wonderful setting it is hoped that the event will bring some local support for our swimmers.

Competitors from all over Scotland will take part, including Scotland’s current best swimmers.
Mark Deans from Glasgow has this year has competed at top level in the German Championships, two rounds of the French Cup, and the British youth Championships (where he gained silver medal), as well as winning the Scottish event.

Megan Donnelly (Milngavie & Bearsden) and Ishbel Rodger (West Lothian Swim Team), successful members of the Scottish team, will be looking for medals on Saturday too.
These 3 swimmers were part of the team which was accompanied by coaches James Leitch of REN96 (who has spent time with the Dunoon Club while at the local Diving Academy) and Elspeth Black to the German Championships in Rostock in June.

Training over the holidays has been taking place 4 times a week (with only a couple of weeks of well earned rest) and has been well attended. The first pool competition already is close – the Ayr sprints at the beginning of next month.

The Club is proud to announce that Graeme Brown’s great performances over the past year have earned him selection once again for Scottish Swimming’s Bronze Squad and he will take part in the District Regional programme of training commencing next month too.

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