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Hills Long Distance Meet – 6 May 2018

Report by Katrina Burgess

It was a merry group of five plus Pete Sharman that attended the Hills Long Distance Meet on 6 May 2018 at Galston.

The Galston pool is a small 25m slightly too warm pool, and the event is run with staggered starts, thus swimmers going off individually on the whistle in effect like ‘time trials’.

Ann Reid manned the marshalling table the entire day due to her inability to swim from recent foot surgery which continues to keep her out of the water. Congratulations to Ann, she controlled the marshalling with such high precision that the swim meet finished two hours ahead of schedule!

The four swimmers: Kylie Lane, Caroline Makin, Katrina Burgess and Donna Campbell … mmm … all female, and all swam brilliantly.

Each girl swam a 1500m and a 400m event, and all swims added to the club’s 2018 Endurance 1000 program point score tally.

Kylie swam 1500m Freestyle and 400m Individual Medley and both of these swims were PBs. Kylie is only new to the idea of endurance swimming as she previously just focused on her sprinting ability – it is marvellous to see her enthusiasm and rapid improvement since experimenting with the longer distances and coming to the “dark side”.

Caz also swam 1500m Freestyle and 400m Individual Medley, still nursing the tail end of a head cold, moving up to a new age group this year and breaking three existing club records including the 400 and 800 during the 1500m Freestyle, and then another record in the 400m IM.

Katrina swam 1500m Backstroke and 400m Breaststroke, and must thank Pete for his amazing massage skills as she was so pleased to have swam as well as she did with her current neck injury. As well as setting the club record in the Backstroke, she achieved a PB and club record in her Breaststroke swim.

Donna swam the 1500m Breaststroke and 400m Backstroke, and came away with two further PBs. In the 1500m Breaststroke she scored herself three club records as she set the 400, and smashed the 800 along the way to the final 1500m finish.

Our club placed 6th from 21 clubs overall, and placed 1st on average points per swimmer – way to go Vikings!

Full results are available.

National Championships – 18-21 April 2018

Report by Caroline Makin, Club Captain

 

The MSA National Championships 2018 were held in Perth at the superb HBF Stadium complex from 18-21 April 2018.

Most of the events were held in the indoor 50m LC format 8-lane indoor pool except the Womens 400m Freestyle and Mens 800m Freestyle which were held in the 50m LC format 10-lane pool in the lovely WA sunshine.

Nationals are a chance to meet swimmers from all over the country from all different member state organisations of Masters Swimming Australia and to see a part of Australia you may not have visited before and take a holiday as well as competing in the event.

Six vikings travelled to Perth to compete: Caz Makin, Katrina Burgess, Donna Campbell, Lisa Haureliuk, Troy Watkins and Ron Watkins.

PBs were achieved, club records were set and medals were won …. and lots of fun was had by our swimmers who took part in the following events:

Lisa Haureliuk (F35-39)

50m, 100m Freestyle
50m, 100m Backstroke

Lisa won 2 Silver medals and 1 Bronze medal.

Caz Makin (F50-54)

50m, 100m, 200m, 400m, 800m Freestyle
50m Backstroke
50m, 200m Breaststroke
50m, 100m Butterfly
200m, 400m Individual Medley

Caz won 2 Silver medals and 9 Bronze medals.

Katrina Burgess (F50-54)

50m, 400m Freestyle
50m, 100m, 200m Backstroke
50m, 100m, 200m Breaststroke
100m Butterfly

Katrina won 2 Silver medals and 2 Bronze medals.

Donna Campbell (F55-59)

50m, 100m, 200m, 400m Freestyle
50m Backstroke
50m, 100m, 200m Breaststroke
50m Butterfly

Troy Watkins (M50-54)

50m, 100m Freestyle
100m Breaststroke
50m Butterfly

Ron Watkins (M75-79)

100m Freestyle
50m Butterfly
200m Individual Medley

Ron won 1 Gold medal.

RELAYS

We fielded three relay teams over the four days of competition including two womens and one mixed team.  The finale to the four days of competition saw our womens 4x50m Freestyle relay team determined to win a medal and racing with steely determination holding off Claremont Masters to snatch the Silver medal behind PowerPoints.  Our ladies were delighted with their reward for the effort and team spirit which always shows through in the relay events, which are so much fun!

Tuggeranong managed to achieve 24th from 104 clubscompeting and all of our swimmers should be proud of their personal and team achievements.

We witnessed some spectacular swimming as always at Nationals and some nail-biting relay finishes.

The 2018 Masters Swimming National Championships Final Results are available to download.

The 2019 National Championships are being held in Adelaide from 19-23 March. Put is in your calendar Vikings!

 

NSW State LC Championships – 17/18 March 2018

Report by Caroline Makin, Club Captain

We only managed to field a small contingent of Vikings and second claim swimmers from Molonglo swimming at the NSW State Championships at SOPAC on 17/18 march 2018, however, those who participated did the club proud!


With five women and two men including Katrina Burgess, Donna Campbell, Kylie Lane, Kristen Leydon, Caz Makin, Ann Reid, John Collis and Gary Stutsel, we managed to field two womens and two mixed relay teams, and place 9th from 31 clubs attending the championships.

 

The event saw some super efforts both in individual and relay swims from our swimmers who brought medals, personal best times and smiles back to Canberra with them. Full results from the championships are available.

During the meet, Caz was also presented with her personalised towel for winning the BPS top point scorer for the F45-49 age group for 2017 across MSNSW.

We hope to see many more Vikings attending the next NSW State Championships with will be SC and held at the Woy Woy pool on the central coast on 13/14 October 2018.