Plenty of Positives in Season Opener

Dungannon swimming club junior team had plenty of positives to take from their opening Forest Feast Aquasprints gala of the 2014/15 season away to Limavady. Even though the result went against them, the young away team put in an excellent display with many swimmers obtaining personal bests over the short 25m race distance. The racing was fast and furious from the start and the touch judges had to be extra vigilant as many of the races were decided on the last stroke. Extra credit should go to the younger swimmers competing in their first gala for the club. Well done to all.

Group A boys Matthew Moan, Matthew McConnell, Isaac Gamble and Liam McGeary secured three wins from four individual races as well one second and two third places. The Group A Girls team of Sophia Watt, Rebecca Gillis, Emma Chambers and Grace Campbell also did well securing two excellent victories, two second places and three third places from their four races. In addition the Group A mixed team secured an exciting comeback victory in the freestyle relay event.

The Group B boys team of Patrick McGeary, Ryan McAlary, Matthew Campbell, Joseph Kelly, Cormac Drayne and Conor McIlhatton also won three out of four individual races as well as securing two second and two third place finishes. The Group B Girls of Beth Wallace, Eabha Heatly, Laura Birnie and Molly McCloskey managed one second and three third place finishes as well as combining with the boys to win the medley relay.

Group C was very competitive and the normally proficient boys team of Eoin McGeary, Conor Mackle, James Moan and Steven Scott fared well with two wins, two second and two third place finishes. The Group C Girls of Gemma Fox, Angelica Fragaso, Sarah Wilson, Margaret Donnelly managed one second and three third place finishes.

In Group D, the boys team of Adam Geddis, Adam Scott, Conor Daly, Matthew Laverty returned a win, three second and four third place finishes. The Group D Girls team of Eimear McGarrity, Mollie Wallace, Ellen Billington, Caoimhe Salmon did very well against a physically stronger team to secure four third place finishes. Final score Limavady 222-178 Dungannon.

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