“VIKINGS PLUNDER NSW SHORT COURSE MASTERS CHAMPIONSHIPS”
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.
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.
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.