Wind chills season's first swim

THERE were conflicting opinions about swimming conditions when the GDSC Swimming Club met for their first summer swim this week.

Some found the water temperature a little more than refreshing, while others coped better but everyone complained about the wind chill factor.

Jenny Vickery failed to reach the final of the 30m race due to a temporary brain freeze.

After breaststroking about 15 metres, Jenny realised that she should have been doing freestyle and put in a herculean effort, only to be beaten by the merest margin.

Ian Davis earned the title "Where's Wally" as he was constantly absent when required for heats.

The call "Ian Davis" reverberated around the pool for most of the night with everyone getting in on the act.

The first, and coldest plunge on the night was for the 50m final. Terry Marsh, David Moon, Wilson Burns and Damien O'Mahony braved the chill but it was O'Mahony and Marsh who handled conditions best, taking out first and second place respectively. Burns came in third with Moon, swimming an uncharacteristically slow time, coming in fourth.

Davis was finally found and made it to the final of the 30m race along with Terry Marsh, Bruce Durrington and Ian Goodman.

As heads crossed the line it was difficult to separate one from the other, but a check on times had Davis just ahead of Durrington with Goodman and Marsh filling the minor places.

Jill Enks, the only woman qualifying for a final, lined up for the B B & B with Bruce Durrington, Ian Goodman and Damien O'Mahony. Durrington, when he finally surfaced, set a hot pace, and Goodman tried extremely hard to keep up.

However, this keen competition between the pair, only earned them a disqualification and O'Mahony took home the spoils with Jill in second place. Next week, it is imperative that all raffle tickets given to members, be returned. This is the only fund raiser the club has all year and it is these funds that keep the club afloat.



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