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November, 2011:

Sri Chinmoy National Capital Swim – 13 November 2011

Three of the Vikings crew decided to brave the murky, but warm waters of Lake Burley Griffin in the Sri Chinmoy National Capital Swim on 13 November 2011.

Greg Gourley took on the challenge as a solo swimmer and easily finished the whole 9km in approximately 2 minutes faster than the previous year, in a very decent 2 hours 34 minutes coming home 1st in his category (Solo Male 50-59 wetsuit) and 14th overall.

Caroline Makin and Philippa Rickard thought 9km between the two of them was plenty enough of a distance each, and entered as an all female team called “The Brit Sisters”.  They made it through the finish line in a very respectable 2 hours 29 minutes winning the ‘all female team’ category and placed  12th overall.  Caz was concentrating so hard on the first handover she almost didn’t stop and Philippa was nearly pipped to the post on a sprint dash by a male, over the stoney beach to the finish line!

"The Brit Sisters" ready to take to the water

Greg at the finish line!










The solo swimmers set off 15 minutes before the teams, and Mr Toe-Tickler Gourley was a little worried that Madames Makin and Rickard may in fact be tickling his toes towards the latter stages of the swim, but not the case, the Brit Sisters only managed to make up 5 minutes of young Gourley’s 15 minute head start.  Maybe that’s another challenge for next year!

The three Vikings with their trophies

For more information, the Sri Chimnoy website has the officical race report, full results and some official photos from the day.

NSW Short Course Championships – 22/23 October 2011


Meet report via a collaboration between Ian Hampton, David Bale, Caroline Makin & Philippa Rickard

Vikings Magazine Summer 2011 – Vikings Plunder NSW SC Champs 2011 Article.

A 27-strong team from Tuggeranong Masters Swimming triumphed over all comers at the Masters Swimming NSW Short Course Championships held at the Canberra International Sport & Aquatic Centre over the weekend of 22/23 October 2011.

In an outstanding effort by all 27 swimmers, the Tuggeranong Vikings scored more points than any other club to triumph and defend its Division 2 championship aggregate points trophy.  In fact, the Vikings scored more points than Warringah, the Division 1 champion team which has never happened in the history of NSW Masters Swimming.  The Vikings also won the meet trophy for the most points scored in relays.

Vikings Team of 27 at SC Champs 2011

A total of 253 swimmers from 37 clubs across the NSW/ACT states competed.  For the first time at a state meet, the ACT was represented by three clubs – Tuggeranong Vikings, the Molonglo Water Dragons and the new Ginnindera Club whose members notably included former Olympians Adam Pine and Petria Thomas.

Outstanding swims were put in by Adam Pine who set a new world record for the 35-39 age group 100m butterfly in 54.44s, and a new national mark for 50m freestyle in 23.51s. [read the Canberra Times article about Pine and Thomas’ swims …]

An amazing effort was put in by seven of  our ‘hardcore’ Viking men and women who swam the 200m Butterfly – the last individual event of the meet, gaining mega points for the club!

With so many swimmers available, we were able to enter a massive 20 relay teams over the two days.  We had some brilliant relay results, with some super quick teams in the mens, womens and mixed events.  Note worthy were our three newbie ‘fast and furious’ men – Paul Hitchman, Nick Dando and Mark Raymond – who all easily smashed out super quick swims in 29 seconds and below in the mens 4 x 50m Freestyle relay!

We had some fantastic results as a club. Individual age group winners for the Vikings were Pam Munday who won four gold medals, and one silver  and set three new NSW 60-64 age group records for 200m Breaststroke and 100m and 200m Butterfly; also Anne Smyth who won four gold medals and one silver in her 50-54 age group.

Vikings take out Division 2 and Relay Trophies at SC Champs 2011

It was a momentous effort from a great Vikings team!  Well done to all those who competed.

A special thanks goes to those who helped out on the medal table – these meets cannot run without volunteers like this.

A great effort by all, and a fantastic weekend of swimming on our doorstep in Canberra!

Full results are available.

Tuggeranong Trifecta Postal Swim – July/August 2011

In July and August, we held our very own Tuggeranong Trifecta – three swims (a 400m, an 800m and a 1500m) each in a different stroke.

There were 24 entries (20 females, four males) from five clubs: Tuggeranong (10), Alice AUSSI (8), Bunbury (4), and one each from Albany Creek and Aqua Jets.

The most popular stroke for each distance across all swimmers was Individual Medley for the 400m, Backstroke for the 800m and Freestyle for the 1500m Freestyle.

Except for an 800m butterfly all strokes and distances were represented; Adrian Davis and Ann Reid using their gold medal efforts from the Long Distance Championships (yes, 1500m Butterfly!) as part of their entries.

Full Results are available.