Swimming: First win for Dungannon as derby clash beckons

Some of the Dungannon team and supporters celebrating on the bus journey home after the win over Sliabh Beagh (Monaghan) in the swimming gala
Some of the Dungannon team and supporters celebrating on the bus journey home after the win over Sliabh Beagh (Monaghan) in the swimming gala

Dungannon recorded their first victory of Aquasprints campaign via an excellent display against gutsy Sliabh Beagh on Saturday.

Both teams were determined to make up for narrow losses but it was Dungannon’s night and the victory sets them up nicely for their final home gala of the season versus local rivals Cookstown on 21st May.

The opening medley relays saw each team record two wins and the mood amongst the big crowd of family, friends and supporters was that this was going to be another nail-biter!

Dungannon, however, took the initiative once the individual events got underway, recording seven victories from eight backstroke races and supporting this with a further four second place finishes.

Six wins and six second place finishes in the breaststroke events gave Dungannon a lead of 38 points by the halfway stage.

The butterfly and freestyle events were more evenly contested with four wins for each team, but Dungannon again took the majority of second places to increase their overall advantage. Although the result wasn’t in doubt as it moved to the final freestyle relays, both teams upped their game for the final four races – in three the gap between first and second less than two seconds! Overall, Dungannon can be very pleased with their performance as they came home worthy winners, Sliabh Beagh 172-228 Dungannon.

Girls: Annabel Davidson, Angelica Fragoso, Beth Wallace, Catherine Ryan, Emma Chambers, Ella Hughes, Eabha Heatley, Eimear McDonald, Grace Campbell, Gemma Fox, Laura Birnie, Molly Mc Closkey, Rebekah Gillis, Sarah Wilson (captain), Sophia Watt.

Boys: Cormac Drayne, Caolan Hughes, Connor Mackle, Diarmaid Quinn, Eoin McGeary, Isaac Gamble, James Byrne, James Moan (captain), Karl Kennell, Kevin Quinn, Liam McGeary, Matthew Campbell, Matthew McConnell, Matthew Moan, Patrick McGeary, Ryan McAlary, Sean Byrne, Thomas McAlister.