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NSW State SC Championships – 14/15 October 2017

Report by Katrina Burgess

The 2017 NSW State SC Championships were held at the AIS pool in Canberra on 14/15 October.

It is always such a treat when a major swim meet is in our town and we are able to sleep in your own beds. It must give us an advantage because all that was seen on pool deck during the two day swim competition were happy smiling Vikings. This was also projected into the pool with all Vikings being pleased with their swims.

A swag of medals were collected and multiple personal best times.

22 Vikings entered the championships and with Blacktown having 24 swimmers it was always going to be a close battle for the overall point score trophy and relay trophy. 32 clubs made the trip to the AIS and Blacktown were victors in the overall point score by the smallest of margins – 1284 points to our Vikings points of 1064.

Firstly, thank you to everyone who spent some of their  time timekeeping.. which is a great way to meet swimmers from other clubs and get a birds eye view of some good swimming techniques. Thank you to Christine Leary, Denise Druitt and Pete Sharman for committing to the club and volunteering their time to “man” the medal table over the weekend.

Special thanks to Anne Smyth for her time at the medal table as she was unable to compete in her individual events due to injury, but still managing to swim four relay legs for us!

There were so many highlights in the pool … but the most exciting had to be the relays.

We had six relay teams winning gold! Congratulations to everyone for making the relays so successful, such awesome team spirit, and to Caroline Makin for organising such fantastic teams ensuring the Vikings where a force to be reckoned with!

Congratulations to Pam Munday and Nick Grinter who achieved NSW Branch Records:  Pam in F65-69 200m Breaststroke and Nick in M25-29 200m Butterfly.

It was great to watch Annette Britten and Leisa Cass swimming so well with both returning from shoulder injuries. Watch Annette do Backstroke and learn how to execute perfect shoulder rotation!

Paul Quinn and Richard Phillips are both gaining fitness and swam fantastic 200m Freestyles, both winning gold. Donna Campbell and Kylie Lane continue to gain fitness and more personal best times – showing in particular in the 100m and 200m Individual Medley events.

It was sensational to have Atsuko McGowan back competing with us again – her awesome determination shone through in the extremely close finish in the Womens 160+ Freestyle Relay, clinching us the gold by a few tenths of seconds ahead of Blacktown in the next lane – what an exciting race to be involved in and watch!

Many thanks go to Ann Reid for representing Tuggeranong as a meet official in her role as inspector of turns between her individual races, with a nice 200m Butterfly in that tough event at the end of the meet.

Cecelia Kaye, Brenda Day, Tom Boyce and Andreas Falkenau all had solid swims adding valuable points for the Vikings and David Bale was stoked with his personal best times in the 100m Individual Medley and in the last event of the day, the 200m Butterfly.

Well done to Kristen Leydon who was over the moon when at the end of the meet she realised she had earned herself a couple of medals in her pet events the 100m Individual Medley and 50m Freestyle. Caroline Makin was also over the moon when she saw she had swum a personal best time in her pet event the 100m Freestyle and repeated that in the 100m Backstroke.

Greg Gourley put his coaching skills into practice and swam some excellent Backstroke events with super solid times. Toy Watkins showed us his sprint-ability with nice quick 50m Freestyle and 50m Butterfly swims.

Katrina Burgess commented that she has “enjoyed watching Helen Morris swimming over the weekend as she amazes us with her consistent improvement every time she dives into the pool – her hard work at training and endurance sessions is obviously paying off for her”.

Congratulations to those swimmers who finished as Age Group Champions: Nick Grinter, Kylie Lane, Katrina Burgess and Pam Munday.

Thank you to everyone for such a successful weekend. We may not have come away with any trophies but we were definitely winners as we executed the masters swimming motto “Fun, Friendship, Fitness” with a 100% success rate.

Full results are available.

The Tuggeranong Challenge 2017 – The Richard Flockart Edition – 16 September 2017

Report by Caroline Makin, Club Captain & Annette Britten, Meet Director

The Tuggeranong Challenge 2017The Richard Flockart Edition took place at Lakeside Leisure Centre on Saturday, 16 September 2017.

This special edition of our regular Challenge meet included a 25m Butterfly event “THE FLOCKART FLYER” took place at the start of the meet and was swum in memory of Richard Flockart.

Richard passed away on 20 December 2016 from complications arising from his treatment from myelofibrosis.  Richard’s death was totally unexpected.  Although myelofibrosis is a serious condition, Richard’s medical reports had been positive.  We had expected Richard to complete his treatment in Melbourne and to return to swimming in Canberra in early 2017.

Richard had been a club member for many years and was an active competitor, his favourite and best stroke being Butterfly.  Richard competed with both with us at Tuggeranong and his first club the Powerpoints.  During the initial years of his illness Richard continued to train with us, during most of 2016 Richard did not have the physical stamina to train, however he did manage to keep fit and he continued with his study of German.   He was one of a kind and always made us smile!

We saw 90% of the swimmers entered in the meet taking part in The Flockart Flyer.  We asked swimmers to wear something purple or pink in honour of Richard and his love of those colours!

There was a mystery prize for the swimmer who finished closest to their nominated entry time in the 25m Butterfly event “THE FLOCKART FLYER”  … and the winner was Caz Makin from Vikings … who won this fabulous “Fly King” swim cap in memory of Richard whilst wearing a purple suit and pink cap and goggles!

Next up we moved onto The “Challenge” which consists of swimming a 50m, 100m and 200m Event, each in a different stroke.

To ascertain the winner we aggregate the absolute difference between actual and nominated time for each of the three events.  For example: if you swim 2 seconds faster in event 1, 3 seconds slower in event 2 and 0.5 of a second faster in event 4, your total difference over the 3 events is 5.5 seconds.   The trophy will be presented to the swimmer with the smallest total difference.  The fastest swimmer will not necessarily be the winner.

The winner of the 50m challenge event was Anne Smyth who swam Freestyle hitting her entry time exactly whilst Katrina Burgess won the 100m challenge event swimming Backstroke also hitting her entry time exactly – both ladies to the .00 difference on the nose! Donna Campbell was the closest to nominated time in the 200m challenge event swimming Breastroke within 0.02 of her entry time …

The Overall Challenge winner was Nick Grinter showing consistent swimming across the 3 events with a total time difference on entry times of 1.28 seconds. Katrina Burgess place 2nd overall with a time difference of 3.36 seconds and Caz Makin 3rd overall with a 3.39 second time difference.

The Tuggeranong Challenge meet also includes with an exciting finale to the day – the Champagne Shoot Out Relay.  The 6 teams closest to their nominated entry time in the 4x50m Freestyle Relay go through to the Champagne Shoot Out Relay which is a handicapped event, with the winning team being the first to touch the wall!

This year we saw of mixture of Womens, Mens and Mixed teams in the finale from Tuggeranong Vikings, Molonglo Water Dragons, Campbelltown and Ginninderra.  The Vikings Women’s Team of Atsuko McGowan, Kylie Lane, Suzie Gunning and Katrina Burgess held on to clinch victory finishing less than a second ahead of the Vikings Mens “youngster” team in 2nd place.

Full meet results are available on the MSA portal.

A big thank you goes out to everyone that offered their support on the day and those that helped make this excellent event possible:

  • Annette Britten – as Meet Director for processing all entries in the Meet Manager system and running such a successful event on the day.
  • Caz Makin for once again organising the flyer and program for the event and sorting out our Vikings relay teams, especially as she had been enjoying a holiday overseas and only returned home the week before the Challenge!
  • Our visiting officials: Jodie Burke, Paul Bailey, Audrey Stutsel, Owen Sinden, Greg Lewin and Victor Libdy (who stepped in to give us a hand with starting – thanks Victor!).  Your ongoing support is very much appreciated and without you we would not be able to run this fun event.
  • Our club officials: Anne Smyth, Greg Gourley and Gary Stutsel for stepping in and lending a hand again and again.
  • Greg Gourley for ensuring we had all our electrical goods charged, at the pool and ready for the day!
  • Our recording team of Scott Makin and Jane Lindsay – A super job given that we were running 3 programs to obtain all the final results for the day.
  • Rachel Morris – our runner for the day who did a fantastic job.
  • Anne Smyth for organising all the prizes for the day and organising the set up and pack up crews.
  • Donna Campbell for organising the catering, raffle prizes and selling tickets on the day and for organising the dinner afterwards.  Officials were impressed by the spread of food supplied from the Café at the pool and the raffle was great with about 15 prizes in total up for grabs.
  • Our volunteers who turned up to help with time keeping for the afternoon even though they were not swimming.
  • Our volunteers who turned up to help set up for the event and pack away after the event.  As they say “many hands make light work”!
  • Those that provided home baked goodies and nibbles for the tea and coffee table.

We are sure that all competitors had a fabulous afternoon of swimming and enjoyed the fun and friendship of the day in the true spirit of the Masters Swimming Australia motto.

 

 

 

 

FINA World Championships Budapest – August 2017

Report by Caroline Makin, Club Captain

 

 

 

Two of our Vikings crew Caz Makin and Andreas Falkenau headed back to Europe where they originally came from to attend the 17th FINA World Mastes Swimming Championships in Budapest for the swimming events held from 10-20 August 2017!

Caz headed off to Lake Balaton first (the largest lake of central Europe, located in central Hungary about 80 km southwest of Budapest) to compete in the 3k Open Water Swim event along with her swimming pal, Sandra Rogers from Seaside Pirates club in Sydney.

The venue of the open water event was a lovely town Balatonfüred on the northern shore of the lake. The location was fabulous, and the event was exceptionally well organised, with strict entry and marshalling times within the starting areas at the venue.

Caz and Sandra both swam on the 2nd day of the three days of the open water swimming competition, which proved to be the most challenging day as far as conditions were concerned!  There was a large chop on the lake that day due to windy weather and the 1.8k straight first leg out against the chop to the first buoy meant a  very tough first half to the race.

Caz placed 23rd from 67 competitors in the F45-49 age group and Sandra placed 11th from 52 competitors in the F50-54 age group. The ladies celebrated in traditional Aussie style with a beer and wearing their Australia shirts!

[Open Water Results]

A couple of days later Caz headed up to Budapest city for the start of the pool swimming competition.  The pool events took place across four pools in two venues.

The main new indoor Duna Arena (which is where the FINA World Elite Championships were held) is truely a state of the art aquatic complex, conforming to the expectations of world championship level. The main ‘A’ Arena pool was a spectacular 10-lane 50m facility and a secondary 8-lane 50m ‘B’ pool was also used for racing.  There was also a 50m outdoor pool and a diving pool for warm up facilities.

The second venue was the outdoor Margaret Island Hajós Alfréd complex which houses Hungary’s first indoor swimming pool (a lovely 33.3 yard pool built in 1930), a 25m outdoor pool in addition to the two lovely 50m outdoor competition pools (one 10-lane and one 8-lane). The Hajós complex is tremendous and there was an exceptionally good atmosphere there throughout the days of the pool competition.

Caz took part in the following pool events over four days of swimming: 800m Freestyle, 100m Freestyle, 400m IM and 200m IM. Caz achieved best rankings in the F45-49 age group of 23rd from 63 in the 800m Freestyle and 34th from 84 in the 100m Freestyle events.

Andreas took part in the 200m Backstroke, 200m IM, 100m Butterfly and 200m Butterfly. Andreas achieved best rankings in the M50-54 age group of 37th from 45 in the 100m Butterfly and 23rd from 32 in the 200m Butterfly.

Caz and Andreas finally coincided for one event, the 200m IM and were able to get a “team” pic. What a fantastic experience for these two Europeans turned Aussie!! What amazing pools and such a cool city Budapest is … they spent time enjoying the beer too much and a bit of outdoors swimming whilst Canberra was in the middle of winter!

[Pool Results]

Andreas spent time with his daughter over in Europe visiting his home country of Germany as well as the Czech Republic.

Caz spent time visiting her family in the UK and also got to catch up with her sister Philippa and the swimmers from the East Leeds Swimming Club whilst she was over in Budapest and spent most of her time hanging out with them and the crew from Seaside Pirates club in Sydney during the days at the pool and in the evenings socialising.

The whole experience of being involved in the World Masters Swimming Championships was fabulous especially to be taking part in such a high-level international swimming event.