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June, 2012:

Wett Ones BPS Meet – 26 May 2012

Report By Philippa Rickard

One year on from her first swim meet with Tuggernanong Masters, Philippa Rickard travelled up the same road, to the same pool to have her  final individual meet with the club at the Wett Ones BPS Meet held on 26 May 2012 at the Sydney University Aquatics Centre, before heading back to the UK.

It was a great turnout with seven swimmers including Philippa’s sister Caroline MakinLeisa Cass, Roger Dietrich, David Bale, Kristen Leydon and Ann Reid.

With a good choice of swimmers, we entered a mixed medley relay in the 160+ age group with Kirsten, Roger, David and Leisa and they finished 2nd place in a time of 6:47.25.

The Wett Ones club organised the event with a raffle and spot prizes, one being for the 200m Butterfly in which Ann got a spot prize of a basket of goodies!  These however were not the usual type of goodies such as bottles of wine, chocolates, swimming hats, etc … much to Ann’s surprise the basket was full of lubricants (varying flavours), creams, massage oil, wipes and condoms!

Our results were as follows:

Ann:  1st in age group, 1st – 400m Freestyle, 1st – 200m Butterfly, 1st – 100m Butterfly

Leisa: 2nd in age group, 1st – 100m Breaststroke, 1st – 200 Freestyle, 2nd – 400m Freestyle

Roger:  7th in age group, 3rd – 400m Freestyle, 3rd – 100m Breaststroke, 5th – 50m Freestyle

Kristen:  11th in age group, 4th – 50m Butterfly, 6th – 50m Freestyle, 7th – 400m Freestyle

Caroline:  5th in age group, 2nd – 50m Backstroke, 3rd – 50m Butterfly, 4th – 100m Freestyle

David:  4th in age group, 2nd  – 50 Freestyle, 2nd  – 100 Freestyle, 3rd – 400m Freestyle

Philippa: 1st in age group, 1st – 50m Backstroke, 1st – 50m Freestyle, 1st – 100m Butterfly,

Our club finished overall 8th from 27 clubs on points.

Full Results are available.

Goal: 1 million metres

Did you know that you can set yourself a goal of swimming 1 million metres, and receive an award?

The Vorgee Million Metre Awards acknowledge progress from the “learn to swim” beginner to the distance swimmer. These awards are intended to stimulate members to strive for greater fitness and are open to all registered members of Masters Swimming Australia.

Our Bushranger and second claimer Viking, Roger Deitrich did just that at the end of 2009 when he joined Masters Swimming Australia after a 30 year break from swimming, setting his goal of 1 million metres and is now well on his way to achieving his goal, having notched up 700,000 metres to date, as well as breaking some club records along the way!

Roger Deitrich at Junee swimming pool, courtesy of Southern Cross Newspaper. Picture: Declan Rurenga

Roger also recently featured in an article in his local newspaper, the Junee Southern Cross.  Great stuff Roger – and great publicity for Masters Swimming!

As you swim, record your distances covered in training and races using the Manual Million Metres recording cards which are available from your coaches at training or during Endurance swim sessions.  You can also use the Million Metres Recording Spreadsheet version to record your progress..  Upon successful completion of 1 million, 2 million, 3 million, 5 million, 7 million, and 10 million metres, members are awarded by Masters Swimming.

So, why not join Roger and many more of our club members in the million metres goal.

2011 Aerobic Swim Results

Report by Pam Munday

The results of last year’s Aerobics program have recently been published and our aerobics swimmers are to be congratulated on an excellent effort. After trailing Campbelltown for the last two years, we finally managed to narrowly topple them and gain first place in NSW Masters Swimming Branch. Novocastrians gained third place in a field of twenty clubs.

Congratulations to all our swimmers who participated but particularly to those who completed the entire program, many with maximum points. Brenda Day, Lily Gilroy, Pam Munday, Ann Reid, David Bale and Adrian Davis gained maximum points and Kristen Leydon and Andrea Teunissen who also completed the program. All of these swimmers received a monogramed towel from NSW branch as reward for a great achievement. The full results can be found on the Masters Swimming NSW website.

To add to our victory at NSW branch level, the mighty Vikings achieved 2nd place nationally in the National 2011 Aerobics Trophy – well done to all those who helped us achieve this terrific result!

Even though we gained first place for total points awarded, we only gained seventh place for club participation. The Aerobics program has been replaced with the Endurance 1000 program and it is no longer necessary for swimmers to complete all 400m and 800m swims before points are awarded. Now all swims gain points. It would be a fine achievement if we could increase our participation rate and improve on our seventh position. Everyone is welcome to participate and it is a good way of increasing your fitness.

This table shows our aerobic results for the last nine years: