Meet Report by Philippa Rickard & Caroline Makin
The two Viking siblings, Caroline Makin and Philippa Rickard, made it to Sydney (thanks to Scott Makin’s taxi service) to compete at the Ryde BPS Meet on Saturday, 3 September 2011, against some very strong competition in their age group events with Pamela Nix, Christina Echols and Kathy Andrews all participating (amongst a number of others), however they still managed a decent haul of 51 points for the club between them.
Caroline started off in the first event with a new PB of 3:05.68 in the 200m Individual Medley – taking an amazing six seconds off her Butterfly split from her time in the same meet in 2010, the last time she swam the event in a SC pool.
Philippa then went into the 50m Backstroke, where she managed to keep straight up the middle of the lane (not hitting any lane ropes for a change!) and make it to the finish in 35.99 and happy to break 36 seconds again, and securing the club record.
Caroline then went into the 100m Backstroke, and Philippa swiftly followed in the 100m Butterfly – both sturdy swims and both securing second place position.
The sisters then both swam in the 50m Freestyle where there was a staggering eight competitors in this event in their age group!! Caroline kept her cool in the outside lane, with another good swim taking a further slither off her PB at 33.20 – the sub 33 second mark is looming very close and Caroline hopes to break this before the end of 2011! Philippa swam in the next heat in the adjacent lane to Pamela Nix, and after a fantastic race was just pipped to the post by Pam with only 0.07 between them, but with a great time of 29.89 and another club record to add to her name.
After partaking in some well earned sustenance at the end of meet sausage sizzle, the weary pair headed home to Canberra, with Caroline’s hubby Scott at the driving wheel (again!).
Full results are available.