McSkimming claims Cup win

THE Grafton Services Swimming Club's final summer swim was held Tuesday and competitors were greeted by cool conditions.

The swimmers are sure to appreciate the heated South Grafton indoor pool when the winter competition commences next Tuesday.

The feature event on Tuesday was the Explosive Cup swim-off to find the champion for the summer.

David Moon, Bob Owen, Bruce Durrington, Toni Ensbey and Luke McSkimming were chasing the title and every contestant swam under their time.

Toni crossed the line first but was extremely unfortunate to break her time by the barest of margins, leaving young Skimmo to claim the prestigious trophy from Durro, Bob and Moony.

Moon, Damien O'Mahoney, Ian Goodman and John Kelleher contested the 50m freestyle final. Marno and Ian were in a hurry to get out and get back to their blankets and were duly booked for speeding. This gave Moony the win with Killa second.

The 30m freestyle final was fought out between young Skimmo, Terry Barnes, Ian Goodman and Doug Ensbey. Having won a raffle prize earlier, Doug continued his lucky streak winning with the assistance of some inventive timekeeping, relegating young Skimmo, Ian and Barnesy to the minor places.

Owen,O'Mahoney, Sharon O'Grady and Richard Sear were the starters in the 30m formstroke final. Sharon swam away from the field to cross the line first but has not yet mastered the art of handicap swimming and was disqualified for breaking her time by a big margin. Having won the other raffle prize earlier, Richard recorded a rare win with Marno second and Bob third.

Doug and Richard dominated the meet and shared the majority of prizes, happily accepted their vouchers despite the snide remarks about the whole affair being a rort.

The end-of-season barbeque started off on the wrong foot with some members being cheesed off with the quality of the food.

Following overwhelming support for the purchasing officer, the whingers soon backed off and a great night ensued.

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