WG swimmers beat Auburn; McMahon wins at SCAC meet

first_imgImproving to 3-2-1 on the season, the West Genesee boys swim team traveled to Auburn last Wednesday night and emerged with a 93.5-76.5 victory over the Maroons.Things turned in the Wildcats’ favor when it won four consecutive races, starting in the 200-yard individual medley, where Keegan Scharoun prevailed in two minutes, 15.88 seconds.Then WG pulled off a couple of top-three sweeps. In the 50 freestyle, Nate Long took first place in 25.24 seconds, with Nolan Meritt second (26.23) and Greg Fey third (26.30).Ryan McMahon got his turn winning the 100 butterfly in 1:03.67 over Aidan Sperduti (1:06.14) and Cameron Chao (1:06.86), with Chao also finishing third in the 200 IM.Alex Shuron needed 53.76 seconds to prevail in the 100 freestyle, with Chase Foresti second (56.91) before Scharoun returned and beat the field in the 500 freestyle in 5:29.28.To close out the meet, McMahon, Chao, Shuron and Scharoun swam the 400 freestyle relay in 3:44.06, this after Shuron, Sperduti, Foresti and Dan Lounsberry swam the 200 freestyle relay in 1:44.50.From there, WG traveled to Nottingham Friday for the Salt City Athletic Conference championships, where the big highlight was seeing McMahon go 1:01.71 to pull away and win the 100 breaststroke, more than two seconds ahead of Fulton’s Mark Tallents (1:04.07) in second place.Shuron finished fourth in the 100 butterfly in 57.45 seconds as McMahon got fifth place in the 200 freestyle in 1:53.55, with Scharoun eighth in 1:57.86 to go with a 10th in the 100 freestyle.In the 400 freestyle relay, WG was third as Scharoun, Shuron, McMahon and Nate Long finished in 3:40.85. Shuron, Scharoun, McMahon and Chao were fourth in the 200 freestyle relay in 1:35.16.Representing Westhill, Vince Tarolli beat the field in the 100 freestyle, his time of 48.85 seconds nearly a full second ahead of Oswego’s Casey DeLapp and Baldwinsville’s Bailey Ludden, both of whom posted 49.67. Tarolli also claimed third place in the 200 freestyle in 1:48.57, two spots ahead of McMahon.Share this:FacebookTwitterLinkedInRedditComment on this Story Tags: swimmingWest Geneseelast_img read more

NHS warns industry not to ‘open the floodgates’ to excessive advertising

first_img Share StumbleUpon UK gambling adopts toughest online advertising code to protect underage audiences August 27, 2020 BGC lauds success of whistle to whistle ban August 21, 2020 Related Articles Share Submit Claire Murdoch, the director of mental health at NHS England, has urged betting companies to avoid ‘aggressive advertising campaigns’ following the return of the football season.Murdoch suggested that the NHS’ problem gambling centres will struggle to cope with ‘avoidable harm’ as a result of excessive gambling advertising, emphasising that the industry must not ‘open the floodgates of addiction’.“The return of football will be a moment of excitement for millions but it must not be an excuse for gambling firms to open the floodgates of addiction,” Murdoch said.“Plenty of people safely enjoy a flutter, but in the NHS we’re increasingly seeing people in need of specialist help after they fall victim to excessive and aggressive marketing by betting companies.“The NHS is stepping up to the plate to offer specialist treatment, but with my colleagues having spent this year focused on protecting people from a once-in-a-generation global pandemic, the last thing NHS staff and patients need is for avoidable harm to be caused by reckless advertising and behaviour from the gambling industry as normal life begins to resume.“What we don’t want to see over the next 48 hours is firms kicking off more aggressive advertising campaigns to make up for lost time.”Responding to the statement made by Murdoch, Betting and Gaming Council (BGC) chief executive Michael Dugher pointed out that the gambling industry had strengthened its commitment to safer gambling during the lockdown – with BGC members dedicating 20% of advertising to responsible gambling campaigns.“Rather than trying to once again grab alarmist headlines with her deliberately incendiary media interventions, Claire should take up our offer, made to her back in January, to speak with the industry about her concerns,” Dugher said, as reported in The Guardian.“Murdoch is concerned that the whistle-to-whistle ban is not matched by a ban on online marketing, particularly on mobile phone apps, used by many people with accounts, who can bet rapidly on outcomes during matches.“In January she wrote directly to major gambling companies Bet365, Betfred, GVC Holdings, Flutter Entertainment and William Hill, castigating some of their practices and saying there were “increasingly clear and worrying links between gambling and mental ill health.” BGC calls for updates to ‘outdated’ payment regulations August 21, 2020last_img read more