THE members of the Merrick Mavericks’ Swim Club came head to head in the water this week with a pod of young alligators.

The Mavericks
The Mavericks

In a friendly but exciting swimming gala, hosted by the Merrick Mavericks, the Annan Alligators provided a well-matched team of swimmers for the local squad to challenge.

Many Mavericks achieved their personal best times over the four strokes and scores were equal with the Alligators until the final few races. The end result was a win for the Alligators but by only one race.

Club Chairperson, Andrea Williams, said she was delighted by the way the Mavericks and the Alligators had performed and had provided their audience with a thrilling and impressive swimming contest. A spokesman from the Annan squad fully endorsed Andrea’s comments and thanked the Mavericks for their hospitality which he promised the Alligators would return within the next few months.

The Merrick Mavericks face their next set of races in the Guid Nychburris Swimming Gala held in DG One this coming week. Members also make up school relay teams from Port William Primary School and the Douglas Ewart High School at this event.

The Merrick Mavericks Swim Club continues to be a well respected swimming team in the community, with members representing both the Club and local schools at regional and national events. The continuous dedication of club coach, Christine McClymont assisted by Marie McCann, Ruth Campion and Katie McClymont ensures that the swimmers train regularly and enjoy being part of a very happy and hard working team.

The Mavericks train four times a week at the Merrick Leisure Centre in Newton Stewart and new members are always welcome. For further information on the Mavericks contact reception at the Merrick Leisure Centre.