West District Open Water – 03 Sep 2016

West District Open Water at Loch Ken, Castle Douglas on Saturday 3 September proved another successful meet for our team of Libby and Euan Mcmeekin, Rachel and Jack Calvert, Matthew Dwane and Jake Love. Unfortunately, the weather conditions weren’t as favourable as last year but this didn’t stop our swimmers.

First up was Jake in the 4km where he came 4th in the Men’s Senior Age Group, a 5th in West District and a 6th overall. Next came the 1km and 2 km races which were swam together due to the weather. So the Race started with 29 swimmers in the water!! Again our swimmers were up to the challenge with Jack coming in first place in the 1km and securing himself as a West District Champion. Next came Jake in second place in the Men’s Senior 2km and a second place in the West District as well. Matthew got himself into a fourth place finish in the Junior Age 13-14 and a second place in the West District with Euan in 6th place and 5th in West District. Rachel was second in the Ladies 15-16 Age making her West District Champion and Libby came 5th giving her a 4th place in West District.

Finally, came the the relay. Our usual team of Matthew, Rachel, Libby and Jake proved to be successful yet again. This time there was a twist to the relay courtesy of Lynne Deans, after much badgering from the Grangemouth team last year. Thank you to Lynne for this fun ending to the day. The swimmers had to complete a circuit which included an obstacle as shown in the photos!! This was to prove the undoing of some but where others shone. Matthew started the team off, handing over to Rachel who closed the gap considerably. Next was Libby who proved an absolute asset on the obstacle and got the team into third. Last up was Jake who bought the team home in second place.

Well done team! Another great day, great venue, great company and most of all fantastic swims from our team.

Onwards to East District next Sunday…