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November, 2012:

Bunbury Postal Swim – May/June 2012

Report by Leisa Cass

Six members participated in the 2012 Bunbury Stingers Postal Swim during the winter. The event consists of swimming three 400m swims, one each of Freestyle and Backstroke, and then a choice of either Breaststroke or Butterfly, during the months of May and June.

These can be swum as part of the normal Endurance 1000 swim program, thereby earning both Endurance 1000 points, as well as completing a swim for the postal meet entry.

It was an all female participation this year from our members Atsuko McGowan, Mandy Coggins, Pauline Rohan, Caroline Makin, Anne Smyth and Ann Reid.

Five of our swimmers, Mandy, Pauline, Caroline, Anne and Ann made the most improved list, as compared to their times for the same swims last year.

Ann had a massive 33.12 second improvement on her entry from last year,with Pauline not far behind improving by 28.38 seconds.  Caroline came in 27.10 seconds ahead of last year, Mandy finished her swims 23.38 seconds faster than last year, and Anne improved by 5.95 seconds.

Well done ladies!

Full Results for this postal meet are available for download and will also be listed on the Postal Swims section of the Masters Swimming website.

Hills Long Distance Meet – 4 November 2012

Report by Caroline Makin

The Hills Long Distance Meet took place on Sunday 4 November 2012 in a small, rather warm, 6 lane, 25 metre, indoor pool in Galston, NSW. Two Vikings: Anne Smyth and Caroline Makin took part in this meet and smashed four club records, one state record and one national record as well as both placing first in their age groups.

First in the pool was Caroline Makin in the 800m Individual Medley. An exceptionally fast Butterfly leg, leading out 8 seconds faster than her PB split and a strong Backstroke leg left Caroline in a good place to set a new PB compared to the one she set the previous week in Endurance swims. Unfortunately, it appeared that the heat of the water and going out so hard took it’s toll during the Breaststroke leg, which saw Caroline drop 6 seconds compared to her PB split. She struggled home in the Freestyle leg, to match but not better her PB, but still smashing the club record by 1.5 minutes, in a time of 14:06.19.

Anne Smyth‘s first swim was the 800m Freestyle. Going two swimmers to a lane, Anne powered through the swim, even stopping briefly to adjust a leaky goggle, romping home in an impressive time of 11:13.61 and smashing the club record by 2.5 minutes.

Next up, Caroline took to the water again in the 1500m Freestyle. Feeling rather nervous about losing count of laps and the warm water temperature, Caroline started out perhaps not as hard as she could have done, but turned in PB pace at the 400m and 800m mark. With a thumbs up from her swimming companion Anne at the 800m mark, Caroline ploughed on through the remain 700m of the race, losing count of her laps well and truly around the 1200m mark! She continued her swim on PB pace and hit the wall in a solid time of 22:37.82 only a fraction over her PB (previously set in Endurance swim two months earlier) and taking the 10-year long standing club record by just under 1 minute.

The finale of the day was Anne‘s 400m Butterfly swim. Anne had the club record and NSW state record easily in her sights, but the National record for her age group was potentially within reach as well. So, no pressure on Anne at all at the start of this swim! With her team mate Caroline taking splits times on the pool deck, Anne went out hard and turned strongly at the half way mark in a time that was certainly on target for the national record. With massive encouragement at the shallow end of the pool each from Caroline and even some of the officials, Anne dug in deep and secured a time of 6:46.60 taking the national record by half a second, smashing the NSW state and club records also — three records in one swim — very impressive swimming! Well done Anne.

A very successful day of swimming for these two Tuggeranong Masters ladies.

Full results are available.

NSW Short Course Championships – 20/21 October 2012

“Vikings bring home 39 medals to Canberra from State SC Champs at Woy Woy”

Read the article featuring our swimmers in The Chronicle on 6 Nov 2012.


Report by Roger Dietrich

A strong team of twelve Tuggeranong Vikings swimmers competed in the NSW State Short Course Championships at the Peninsula Leisure Centre at Woy Woy on the weekend of 20th & 21st October 2012 bringing home a haul of 39 medals.

Swimmer of the meet for the Vikings was Atsuko McGowan who won 3 gold and 2 silver medals in the 30-34 age group. She won the three gold’s in the 200m freestyle, 100m backstroke and the 100m individual medley. Atsuko’s two silver medals were earned from the 200m individual medley and the 50m backstroke.

Caroline Makin (40-44) also came home with a medal for each for her five events. She won gold in her 200m backstroke and won silver medals in her 200m freestyle, 100m individual medley and 200m individual medley. A bronze medal was also won in her 50m freestyle and she swam a personal best time of 33.15.

Also competing in the 40-44 age group was  Annette Britten, who won two gold in the 100m backstroke and the 200m breaststroke as well as a silver in the 200m backstroke and a bronze in the 100m breaststroke.

Kristen Leydon (40-44) won silver with a personal best time in the 50m butterfly.

Not to be outdone  Anne Smythe (50-54) also brought home five individual medals, two gold medals, two silver and one bronze. The two gold medals were won in the 200m freestyle and 200m butterfly and the two silver medals were won in the 100m freestyle and the 100m butterfly with the bronze medal awarded for the 200m individual medley.

A silver medal and two bronze medals were awarded to Ann Reid (50-54) for the 200m butterfly, 200m freestyle and the 100m individual medley respectively.

In the men’s section Butterfly specialist David Bale (35-39) won a silver medal in his 200m butterfly and a bronze in the 100m butterfly.

Luke McGowan (40-44) won silver in the 50m breaststroke and a bronze in the 100m breaststroke. He also put in a gutsy effort for a fourth in the 100m individual medley with a personal best time by more than a second.

Roger Dietrich (50-54) swam three personal bests at the meet and came 4th in the 50m breaststroke.


One gold medal was acquired by Greg Gourley (55-59) for the 100m individual medley and he won three silver medals for the 100m backstroke, 200m backstroke and the 200m freestyle.

Two golds and one silver medal were won by by Richard Flockart (55-59) in three butterfly events, the 200m, 100m and 50m.

In his 100m butterfly Jon McRae (60-64) won a bronze medal.


In the relays David Bale, Atsuko McGowan, Anne Smythe and Luke McGowan won a gold medal the mixed 4 x 50m freestyle (160+ age group).

Atsuko McGowan, Annette Britten, Caroline Makin and Ann Reid won a bronze medal in the women’s 4 x 50m medley relay (160+).

Kristen Leydon, Caroline Makin, David Bale and Greg Gourley won a bronze medal in the 4 x 50m mixed medley relay (160+).

Full results are available, and you can read our report posted on RIOTACT.