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Husky Tri Festival – 17-19 February 2017

Report by Caroline Makin, Club Captain

Some Vikings masters swimmers don’t just swim hard in the pool, they “Tri” hard too!

We have had a history of club members taking part in triathlons over the recent years and especially the Big Husky Triathlon Festival every February.  This year, Caz Makin was the lone Viking who headed to Huskisson for the weekend of 17-19 February 2017 for this huge annual event.

Caz had big plans for the weekend, taking part in 3 events over 3 days and also caught up with a number of friends from Vikings Tri club during the weekend of sport and socialising.

The kick off event was the 1k Ocean Swim on the Friday evening.  Caz took on the field in the 2-lap course in overcast but relatively calm conditions compared to previous years, and crossed the finish line in a time of 14 minutes 51 seconds finishing in 1st place in her F40-49 age group from 26 swimmers and placing 7th fastest female from 125 behind all the youngsters!

The next morning it was the Sprint Triathlon event consisting of a 750m swim, 20k bike and 5k run. Caz came out of the water in 1st position almost 50 seconds ahead of her nearest competitor in the F45-49 age group. Heavy rain started to come down for the bike leg with the skies then clearing for the 5k run leg. Caz placed 22nd from 66 competitors in the F45-49 age group in a overall time of 1:28:13 – 2 seconds quicker than in 2016.

The finale event for the weekend is always the Long Course Triathlon (2k swim, 83k bike, 20k run) on the Sunday morning.  Team SPINSTARS comprised Caz in the swim leg, Caz’s hubby Scott in the bike leg and PRM friend, Wes in the run leg. The SPINSTARS put on a great performance finishing in 12th place from 74 Mixed Teams, and 25th overall place from 147 Teams.

This is a great event for swimmers as well as triathletes, so if you have mates who can cycle or run, you should think about putting a team together for the Sprint Triathlon or the Long Course Triathlon events and come and experience the Big Husky in 2018!


Sri Chinmoy Lake Swims – 19 February 2017

Report by Anne Smyth

Sri Chinmoy LogoThe annual Sri Chinmoy Lake Swims are Canberra’s oldest competitive lake swims, held since 1987, and well known for the friendly atmosphere and the beautiful location at Yarralumla Bay. This year it was a beautiful crisp Sunday morning on 19 February 2017.  The water was flat, the sky was blue and clear and there was no wind – perfect! Well, almost perfect – the only minor inconvenience encountered was the difficulty sighting ahead on the second leg, as the sun was in a tricky spot!

A dozen Tuggeranong Masters swimmers took part this year.

In the 5km event Ben and Jenna Freeman both took out first place in the U50s, with Nick Grinter (almost a Viking!) collecting third place in the same division. Greg Gourley (second 60-69M), Nicolee Martin (first 50-59F) and Suzie Gunning (second 50-59F) all had great swims, while Andrea Teunissen showed real determination completing her swim.

In the 2.5 km swim, our Vikings ladies took all the glory in the 50-59F division with Anne Smyth, Jeanette Droop and Ann Reid finishing in first, second and third! Merilyn Bassett finished first in her 60-69F age group and it was great to see Ian Hampton up from Cooma, taking out second place in the 60-69M group. Dave Hennessy also had a good swim, finishing in the top ten in the 50-59M grouping.

In the 500m swim, both Catherine Alexander (second place) and Maria Castles (fourth place) had very enjoyable swims.

Pancakes were a well deserved treat at the end of the race!

Full results are here.


Campbelltown BPS Meet – 21 January 2017

Report by Richard Phillips

Campbelltown Collegians hosted the first MSNSW BPS Meet for the year on 21 January 2017. Ten Vikings made an early start from Canberra, getting there just in time for some warm-up laps. The weather was gorgeous, not too hot, a slight breeze and we all enjoyed the crystal-clear outdoor long course pool. However, swimming backstroke without a ceiling for reference was a cause of concern for some. A total of one hundred and sixty swimmers had registered for the competition, representing twenty-eight clubs.

Our Vikings put on a great show of confidence and quality swimming throughout the day.

Katrina Burgess had a fantastic start to the meet, with a 400m Freestyle time of 5:23.41. She continued the meet as she began with a quadrella performance in all four Freestyle distances, scoring maximum points in her age group.  Her training partner David Bale, was happy with his 100m Freestyle time,  but vowed to shave the 0.3 sec difference between them at the State Championships in April. Ann Reid also began the day with the 400m Freestyle, following up immediately with 100m Buttefly, 200m Freestyle and finishing off with 200m Buttefly, scoring maximum points in her age group.

The 400m Individual Medley is one of Caz Makin’s target events for 2017, and she finished in a pleasing 6:24.24, only half a second off her Nationals PB time from last year despite being her first attempt at outdoor Backstroke. Undeterred by the unhelpful clear, blue sky, Caz then competed in the 200m Backstroke also with an almost PB time, and scoring maximum points in her age group.

The outdoor conditions were to Donna Campbell’s liking- this was Donna’s first meet in a new age group and she was happy with the four events she swam in. She was joined in the 200m Breaststroke by Cecelia Kay. Of Cecelia’s four swims, this was her pick: “It just felt good! A bit unusual for me because I really prefer shorter distances”.

Despite claiming to be “swimming like a rock”, Brenda Day enjoyed her 200m Butterfly swim, having already done a 400m Individual Medley first-up.

An impressive 2:37.13 for the 200m Backstroke was Jenna Freeman’s favourite swim, and she also scored well in the 100m Freestyle and Backstroke events.

Richard Phillips managed to record a PB in the 100m Freestyle and swam a controlled and “to plan” 200m Freestyle with a first ever time sneaking just under 2:50, possibly assisted by his new Christmas jammers! We were joined by a second-claim member, Paul Maggs from Molonglo who also happily improved his PB for the 100m Freestyle.

We had two relays teams – one in the Mixed 4×50 Medley 240+ age group (finishing in 3rd place in a competitive field) and one in the Womens 4×50 Medly 200+ age group (finishing in 1st place).

Campbelltown is one of the easiest Sydney competitions for Vikings to attend. They have a great pool, a sausage sizzle, we were able to get there and back in a (long) day and have a McFlurry or two on the way home.

Our club finished in 5th overall position on points, behind the hosts Campbelltown and the big three Sydney clubs – Manly, Warringhah and Ryde. – who all had 16 or more swimmers competing.

Full results are available.