The Scottish open Water Season finished in glorious weather at Loch Ken in New Galloway on 5 September. The location was excellent – there were even inflatables in the Loch – and Dunoon’s 3 representatives came away with excellent results.
Nicky Ritchie in the 15-16 age group, won Silver in his 2k race, adding to the gold and silver in the 1.5k and 3k in East Championships in June, and the Sliver in the 5k at the Scottish Championships last month. This put Nicky in 2nd place in the Junior Grand Prix, with 85 points – and a cash prize to make it worthwhile.
Meantime Alistair Gibson’s season as a 13 year old was also very successful. In the West Championships 2k he won gold in his age group; in the East he won silver in the 1.5 k under 14’s. This qualified him to swim at the British Championship in Rotherham where he had the experience of competing against the top distance age group swimmers in the UK over a 1.5k race. In the Scottish Championships Alistair won bronze in the 13-14 2k race. Alistair was 3rd junior boy in the Grand Prix – also wining some cash.
Meanwhile Kayleigh Hartley-Watson swam in her first Open Water Race at Loch Ken. Usually novices start with a 1k race but Kayleigh went out well in the 2k event despite her initial trepidation and finished in a commendable time gaining silver in the 13-14 girls group.
The following weekend (12/13 September) the annual Argyll & Clyde Championships were held at Dunoon’s own Riverside pool. The noise from 137 swimmers accompanied by parents, family and coaches, was huge and many exciting and fast races took place. With Inverclyde, Kintyre, Helensburgh, Oban Otters and Islay & Jura Dolphins joining the Dunoon Club, the competition was fierce, especially in the final relay events on Sunday morning.
Dunoon swimmers recorded an astounding 98 personal best times, and won a total of 70 medals/pennants for placing in the first 6.
Gold medals went to Nicky Ritchie (3 – fly, breast and free) and one each to 8 year olds Ross Weir and Eva Galloway in their freestyle events.
The other Dunoon swimmers who all swam so well were Ethan Clothier, Joshua Colquhoun, Orla Colquhoun, Ross Colquhoun, Georgia Cowan, Jack Davies, Kyle Dominick, Alistair Galbraith, Cameron Galbraith, Alistair Gibson, Kayleigh Hartley-Watson, Lewis Jenkins, Conor Kennedy, Finan Kennedy, Sinead Kennedy, Rona Kerr, Macy Law, Rosie MacDonald, Anya MacGillivray, Oscar MacGillivray, Jessica Marshall, Finlay Martin, Mollaidh Martin, Tyler McGeachie, Drew Meyer-McDonagh, Rhys Meyer-McDonagh, Tamas Mihaly, Eilidh Polland, Kaitlin Rowley, Mhairi Rowley, Alan Stewart, Ian Stewart, and Rachel Stewart.
With flowers presented to the medallists, an appreciative audience on the balcony, and smooth organisation orchestrated by Club President Jim Anderson and his team of helpers, this was voted a very successfully event by the visiting Clubs