A last minute decision to enter the 100m event at Lismore on Sunday week, proved a winner for Grafton swimmer, Jenny Vickery. Her time, only .03 off nominated, was difficult to beat. Steve Donnelly also had success in the 50m event, swimming .06 off his nominated time.
In all, Grafton’s nine representatives did their club proud. Geoff Simkus came second in the 25m final, the girls team made up of Jenny Vickery, Anne Simkus, Debbie Smith and Jill Enks scored second place in the 4 x 25m relay, and Steve Donnelly, Ian Goodman, Doug Ensbey and Geoff Simkus received a third in the 4 x 25m Medley relay. Grafton’s nine, then went on to claim second place in the nine man relay.
Tuesday’s results proved that the extra swim at the weekend helped with performance, as many of the above mentioned names appeared in the finals. An unusual 37m race was held (in a 25m pool you say?). The first 12m, which commenced mid-way down the pool, was done using a kick board, then casting that aside, the swimmer turned and completed the distance in freestyle.
Bruce Durrington and Ian Goodman proved to be just too good in this event, busting their times considerably. Debbie Smith was the proud winner of this event, with Jenny Vickery scoring second.
In the 50m final, Jill Enks, David Moon, Anne Simkus and Bob Owen faced the starter. Anne and David touched the wall in that order, but once again, times had been busted. Next one home was Jill, and she was more than happy to take the win with Bob taking points for second.
The Wykes Tyrepower Cup was the last race for the night and hoping to take this coveted prize were Jill Enks, Richard Sear, Ian Goodman and Bob Owen.
Ian, once again, busted his time, giving Richard an easy win. Jill came home in second place and Bob scored third.