Mavericks make a splash

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The Merrick Mavericks Swim Club had a busy weekend recently, with two events to challenge their swimming.

The first event was a club gala on the Saturday morning, based on the recent Olympics with the club split up into four teams representing different countries.

The swimmers took part in various distance and stroke races, including one which incorporated floats at the end.

All the swimmers gave their best and it was good to see the teams working together and pushing themselves to achieve such good times. There were medals and certificates for each position … and bacon and sausage slice rolls to round the morning off.

The following day the Mavericks hosted a gala competition with the Stranraer Stingrays.

This was a competitive event and good for the Mavericks’ swimmers to be challenged to push themselves as hard as possible against a larger, stronger club.

The Mavericks always enjoy hosting the Stingrays as a healthy competition exists between them.

There was some impressive swimming by both teams and, possibly more importantly, the teams showed how supportive they are of their swimmers, cheering and encouraging all competitors.

The Mavericks have a number of new swimmers and this was their first competition but the older swimmers supported with their usual enthusiasm.

The Stranraer Stingrays were the winners of the gala but the Mavericks put on a good display again.

The Merrick Mavericks committee wants to thank coach Christine McClymont and her assistant coaches, Ruth Campion and Katy McClymont, for all the hard work they put into these two events and into the club each week.