Swimmers battle for prize

NINETEEN swimmers scored better than 25 points for the month of May, but the top five were Bill Goddard 38, Bruce Durrington 38, Renae Green 38, Steve Donnelly 39 and Geoff Simkus, a clear winner on 42, and the recipient of the T & S Classic trophy.

The Stephen Donnelly Explosive Cup was the first event on the program and lining up for the 25m sprint was a pretty impressive bunch consisting of Bill Goddard, David Moon, Peter Grainger, Jenny Vickery, Glen Creed and Richard Sear.

Jenny and Bill hit the water together and the others followed at intervals.

Jenny, setting a cracking pace, had Bill and Richard really striving to keep up. This proved fatal, because when Jenny was told she was disqualified, it was apparent that she had dragged these two fellows with her. Sure enough, another two “D”s were issued, giving David a win and the cup. Peter came in second and Glen third.

The 50m final saw Geoff Simkus, David Hill, Paul O’Connor, Doug Ensbey, Bruce Durrington and Glen Creed on the blocks. Doug was away first and maintained his lead for the entire race, although Bruce and Paul both tried to close the gap. Quick calculations were done by the judge and then the announcement – Doug, Paul and Bruce had all swum too fast and were disqualified. This left “Hilly” to take the honours and second place went to Geoff and third to Glen.

A slight change in program was next on the agenda – a B B & B relay.

Five teams qualified and they were Don Tomlinson and Damien O’Mahony, Terry Marsh and Kelli Anne McGuire. David Moon and Paul O’Connor, Jenny Vickery and Darren Hayes, Richard Sear and Toni Ensbey.

Toni and Richard were fortunate to reach the final as complete chaos broke out during their heat. Toni, having a seniors moment, went off go instead of waiting for her partner to complete his lap and they passed mid stream like two ships in the night. Because of the mix up they were allowed to compete in another heat and they won this, hence being able to swim in the final.

Without much ado the race got under way and it was Jenny and Darren who turned up the speed, but this caused them to “D”. David and Paul took first place, Terry and Kellie Anne second and Don and Damien third.

The phantom cheer squad appeared again during the evening but without much effect – seems as though laryngitis had taken a hold.

A well attended barbecue was held after the swim and once again our thanks to “Durro” and “Pretty Boy” for cooking the steaks to perfection.

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