Both Riverside and Junior swimmers have been in action over this month.
Dumfries was the venue for the West District group 3 Championships – for the 13 years and under swimmers.
Qualifiers were Eilidh McColm, Neil Lamont, Hannah Marshall and Nathan Robinson. Unfortunately Hannah and Nathan were unable to attend, but Eilidh had a busy weekend with 6 events giving her 5th and 6th medals in the 400 freestyle and 200 freestyle respectively, and personal best times in the 100 metres fly (1.24.99) and 800 freestyle over and above these medal places.
Neil, competing for the first time at West District level, swam a great 100 metres breaststroke coming 2nd in his heat with a 4 seconds improvement in his time.
Meanwhile the junior swimmers have been taking part in the Clyde Coast mini league.
Fifteen teams compete in three rounds of matches in this competition in which the swimmers from under 8 years up to 11 years old take part. This is very much a team competition with every swim counting for points toward the final score.
In Round 1, Dunoon scored 97 points, 95 in Round 2, and in Round 3, which took place on Saturday 21 May at Dunoon Pool, the team score went up to 98 points.
The overall totals show Dunoon as 10th – behind the “big” teams from REN96, City of Glasgow, North and South Ayrshire, West Dunbartonshire (who only just scraped ahead of Dunoon), Inverclyde, Kilmarnock, Milngavie & Bearsden and Rutherglen.
Behind us were Scotia, Kirkintilloch, Helensburgh, Kingston and Clydebank – so well done to all the mini league swimmers.
In Round 1, as well as relay wins for the 10 and under boys, Reece McIntyre won the 8 & Under 25m Freestyle and Breaststroke, and Luke McIntyre won the 9 Years Backstroke and came tantalisingly close to winning the Freestyle as well. Nicky Ritchie won the 10 Years 50m Backstroke and Ross Wilson rounded off the wins for the Dunoon in the Boys 9 Years Breaststroke.
Round 2 turned out to be a difficult day for Dunoon against some very good swimmers but Luke and Reece McIntyre managed to pull off some wins – Reece in the Boys 8 & Under 25m Freestyle, Breaststroke and Backstroke with Luke winning the Boys 9 Years Backstroke.
Saturday’s round at the Riverside in a cauldron of noise and excitement, brought wins from the boys’ 10 years and under medley relay team of Luke McIntyre, Nicky Ritchie, Rhys and Evan Meyer- McDonagh, who have proved to be formidable opponents in this event this year. The McIntyre boys again were in good form with wins for Luke in his individual backstroke, breaststroke and freestyle, and for his young brother Reece in the 8years and under backstroke and breaststroke.
The remaining members of the team, who all swam their hearts out and cheered their teammates on were as follows:- Rosie Longster, Jennifer Purdie, Mollaidh Martin, Erin Moreland, Connor Kennedy, Joshua Colquhoun, Rachel Turnbull, Rowan Mobeck, Heather Chalk, Erin Malloch, Kaitlyn Smith, Katy Marshall, Caitlin Kennedy, Andrew Tong, Struan McLean, Kayleigh Hartley-Watson, Alistair Gibson, Matthew McDuff, Kyle Martin, Isla Mackinnon, Blair McColm, Emma Clark, Roisin Baille-McCrossan, Siobhan Campbell, Kerr Hamilton, Hannah Cooper, Rebecca Marshall