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Elizabeth Merenda awarded top female swimmer at the NSW SC Championships 2022

Congratulations! to our Viking. Elizabeth Merenda, who competes in the 40-44 age group and was named the ‘Female Swimmer of the Meet’ for the NSW SC Championships 2022 which were incorporated in the Masters Swimming Australia National Championships held in Sydney in April 2002, gaining the highest number of Fina points for a female NSW swimmer across the 4 days of the meet.

Elizabeth also broke NSW State Records in the 100m Freestyle, 100m Backstroke, and 200m Individual Medley during the meet.

Elizabeth was presented with her trophy for her award and her State record certificates at the Tuggeranong Time Trials held on Saturday, 17 September 2022.

Vikings Masters assist at Special Olympics Meet – 3 September 2022

Report by Gary Stutsel, Technical Officer

On Saturday afternoon, 3 September 2022, five Vikings members and one honorary member assisted with the running of the Greater Canberra Special Olympics Meet at the Stromlo Aquatic Centre.

The meet was held in a 25-metre course format and the Vikings masters provided the core of the technical roles with Greg Gourley starting and judging places at the 50m end of the pool, Ann Reid working as Inspector of Turns and judging for 25-meter events along with honorary member Paul Bailey judging and working hard as Chief Timekeeper. Gary Stutsel was Referee/Judge whilst Suzie Gunning and Max van Gelder took on timekeeping as well as helping Paul mentor the other volunteer timekeepers. It should also be noted that several other club members volunteered to help out, but were unable to make it due to sickness or other commitments.

The bulk of volunteers for the event were parents and friends (13) from the Greater Canberra group with 6 others from the group’s sponsors, Gallagher Canberra: the worldwide risk management, consulting and insurance broking company.

All volunteers were delighted to help the swimmers who ranged in age from 12 years to 55 to contest 25 heats of 12 events. The events ranged from 25 to 200 metres with swimmers’ ability ranging from one first-time competitor who was limited to 25 metres dog-paddle to a male freestyle swimmer who completed his 100m in just over 60 seconds.

It was great to see competitors travel from the South Coast, Illawarra, the Hunter Valley, and Sydney’s Northern Beaches, South, and Inner West to support the locals, Greater Canberra.

We are the Champions! Nationals 2022

Report by Kylie Lane, Club Captain & Caz Makin, Publicity Officer

Vikings win Nationals 2022 top point score trophy ….

“Extra, extra read all about it, we’ve got the team and we’re proud to shout it. We’re rough, we’re tough, we’re hard to bluff, we won the Nationals by showing our stuff!”

And that is exactly what our Tuggeranong Vikings Masters swim team did at the National Championships 2022, held in Sydney from 20-23 April. Our club won the Founder’s Trophy for the top point-scoring club for the meet with 1765 points, almost 400 points ahead of runners-up North Shore Masters with 1386 and Warringah Masters with 1363 points.

#1 Club at Nationals … winners are grinners!

After a couple of false starts in 2020 and 2021 due to Covid lockdowns, and a long-anticipated wait for the Australian Masters National Championships to once again take place, the day finally came for masters swimmers from around the country to come together 3 years after the last Nationals in Adelaide in 2019 and again experience some serious “fun, fitness, and friendship“.

A group of thirty-three excited and extraordinary Vikings swimmers packed their bags and made the 3-hour trek to Sydney to compete, some for the first time at a National Championships and some seasoned Nationals competitors. This is the largest contingent of swimmers our club has had attending any swim meet.

It didn’t take long for the Vikings to show off some of our prowess on the first day during the 800m Freestyle event, where we achieved 3 gold and 1 silver medal and 3 club records, which paved the way for the following days of competition. Over the next 3 days, the swimming competition was fabulous and we witnessed our swimmers taking on a massive program of events, winning many more medals, and setting new club records. Overall, our team claimed 89 medals (30 gold, 27 silver, and 32 bronze) and set a staggering 99 new club records.

Medal Record Tally
On your marks!

Some highlights included: Elizabeth Merenda wiping out her competition by winning gold in all of her ten individual events; Lisa Haurelik shaving 17 seconds off her previous best time in the 800m Freestyle; the 200m Butterfliers demonstrating their power and endurance; our distance-focussed swimmers pounding out significant overall meters at race pace in the 800m & 400 Freestyle, 400 Individual Medley and multiple 200m events and seeing some swimmers take part in their first major swim meet.

The most entertaining events were the relays, which are always exciting events between clubs. We saw our relay teams take on the men’s women’s and mixed Freestyle and Medley relay events across the age groups. The Vikings team banter and cheering were taken to a whole new level, with swimmers on the pool deck calling out for their teammates in the water, who were battling it out to be the fastest team home amongst the other clubs. Our second Nationals trophy was awarded to our youngest swimmers in the 120-159 age group relay, doing us proud with their super-fast swims!

Women’s Relay Teams
Men’s Relay Teams

Put simply, it was a fantastic 4 days of camaraderie, competition, and celebration, and we can’t wait for next year’s National Championships 2023 which will be held in Hobart, seeing our club defend the champions title.

We brought our muscles to Sydney and took home bling to Canberra!

Check out the other publicity the club has received around our success…

ABC Radio interview with Adrienne Francis, ABC Radio Saturday Breakfast Show, 30 April 2022
Tuggeranong masters of the pool win gold at nationals, Canberra Weekly News, 1 May 2022
YMCA Lakeside Leisure Centre Facebook post, 2 May 2002
Vikings Group e-newsletter, 10 May 2022

Canberra Weekly News Print Article, 1 May 2022