Wainwright returns as Luke leaves

IT was a night of mixed emotions for swimmers on Tuesday as young Luke McSkimming had his final swim with the Grafton District Swimming Club before heading to Perth.

Luke, always a very keen competitor and a likeable lad, will be missed by club members and it is such a shame that the club, and Grafton alike, loses another young local because of the lack of work opportunities in the area.

On a brighter note, members were surprised to see John Wainwright arrive for a swim after arranging a night off work. John didn't reach any finals but he did shake off a few cobwebs.

Ian Davis, Toni Ensbey, David Moon and Richard Sear lined up in the first final of the night, the 25m freestyle sprint.

Only half a second separating the first three home making it difficult for the judge but Ian was announced the winner with Richard second and Toni third.

Bruce Durrington, Rod McSkimming, Damien O'Mahony and Jill Enks fought out the final of the 50m.

For the first 25 metres Jill had a commanding lead but began to tire on the home run, allowing Damien to finish first just ahead of Bruce with Rod third.

All finalists in the 25m BB&B elected to swim breaststroke.

Using styles that would get them disqualified at any other meet, all four competitors remained under water for almost three quarters of the pool before surfacing. They are very fortunate that the club rules are very relaxed.

Doug Ensbey and Richard Sear discovered the perils of remaining under water for so long, because when they did come up for air it was too late to apply brakes and they broke their times by more than one second.

Bruce Durrington, just beginning to find form again, swam a good time and was named winner ahead of Rod McSkimming.

It won't be too long before the club will resume swimming at the Olympic pool once again so any newcomers to town, or locals, wishing to regain some fitness while enjoying themselves are welcome to attend the next meet. Sign-in is at 5.45pm for a 6pm start.

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