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MSNSW State Short Course Championships – 12/13 Oct 2019

Report by Club Captain, Katrina Burgess

We are the champions!    🤣🏊‍♀️🏆

What an amazing swim meet the Vikings had at this year’s NSW State Short Course Championships which were held at the Peninsula Leisure Centre, Woy Woy, Central Coast on 12/13 October 2019.

The Viking team consisted of 7 women and 4 men: Nicholas G, David B, Brian C, Gary S, Kylie L, Caroline M, Katrina B, Donna C, Leisa C, Ann R, Anne S.  This incredible team all swam the maximum amount of 5 individual races and we entered 5 relay teams. With all swimmers competing strongly in their respective age groups we walked away with pride after receiving the “Des McCormick” trophy for highest average pointscore per swimmer.

The photos show how much fun was had in and out of the pool.

Many medals were won and PBs achieved. Relays always bring the crowd to their feet and a highlight was Tuggeranong Vikings winning the Women’s Freestyle Relay and the Mixed Medley Relay at the end of the swim program.

Meet results are available on the MSNSW website.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Thredbo Training Camp – 04-07 Oct 2019

Report by Liesl Peters

Once again, our friends at Ryde Aussi Masters (RAMS) took the lead in organising a long weekend swim training camp at Thredbo Village, in the beautiful Australian Alps. The weekend of 04-07 October 2019 coincided with the NSW Labour Day public holiday Monday and the official close of the Winter 2019 ski season. Attendance for the weekend was open to Masters swimmers from any club, and, this time around, the Ryde and Tuggeranong stalwarts were joined by swimmers from as far afield as Griffith and Port Macquarie. Lead coaches for the weekend were our own Anne S and Greg, assisted by Ryde’s Susan and Wendje.

The first swim session kicked off with meet and greet introductions, followed by the all-important stretching exercises. Then it was into the pool for some timing and pacing sessions over various distances, to set our individual standards for the rest of the weekend. In preparation for individual debriefs prior to the rest of the weekend’s sessions, coach Greg covered a few kilometres on foot walking up and down the side of the pool, using the GoPro to record overhead and underwater video footage of each swimmer.

Over the Saturday and Sunday, training sessions focused on freestyle, breastroke, backstroke and butterfly respectively, with at least one swimmer with too much energy breaking up the time in between by hitting the slopes! Hope there weren’t too many rocks amongst the very limited snow, Richard. The rest of us simply enjoyed getting into the routine of breakfast, swim, rest, lunch, rest, swim, dinner, rest, etc, etc – relaxing and chatting in the lounge rooms of the various accommodation lodges.

The final session of the weekend was the ‘recovery and fun’ session of Monday morning – with the serious training giving way to a ‘Last Swimmer Standing’ challenge. Every swimmer was challenged to set a pace time for an initial 50m freestyle sprint, and then to back up again and again and better that time as many consecutive times as possible. If you were slower than your initial time – goodbye! Otherwise keep repeating… Eventual joint winners were Suzy and Nicolee – sharing the most valuable prize of all!

To state the obvious, the weekend would not have been such a success without the enthusiastic efforts of our four coaches, as well as those from Susan in co-ordinating the accommodation, etc. Sincere thanks to all.

On top of the benefit of the six concentrated training sessions in a relatively short timeframe, the fantastic food and wine and the relaxed and social company of fellow swimmers and new friends – all in the great location at Thredbo – was icing on the cake! We’re all looking forward to 2020…

The training programs for each session are available at the links below:

Fri PM – Timing and pace

Sat AM – Freestyle

Sat PM – Breaststroke

Sun AM – Backstroke

Sun PM – Butterfly

Mon AM – Recovery and fun

MSNSW State Long Distance SC Championships – 08 Sep 19

Report by Club Captain – Katrina Burgess Over the weekend of 7/8 Sep 2019, seven women and one brave man made the trip to Sydney to represent the mighty Vikings at Masters Swimming NSW’s State Long Distance SC Championships. As usual, they were also accompanied by long term ‘Viking partner’ and regular volunteer, Pete S. The event was hosted at Knox Grammar School’s aquatic centre at Wahroonga, Sydney.

Sunday was a hugely successful day for the strong Vikings contingent, with the team finishing third place overall (behind the hosts, Warringah, and Blacktown) and third place for average points per swimmer (behind Blue Mountains and Merrylands).

Ann Reid set the day in motion by competing in and completing the 1500m Butterfly – winning her category! Another highlight was watching four Vikings lining up together in the 800m freestyle. All you could hear was “Go Vikings” when Atsuko, Caz, Anne S, and Richard were lined up side-by-side on the blocks. Fabulous to see the Vikings swim caps so prominent in their heat, and fabulous to see all four finishing in the top half of the results. Notably, as well as great individual results, Richard, Atsuko, Kylie, Katrina and Donna all achieved new club records.

Full event results are available on the Masters Swimming NSW website.