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February, 2013:

North Sydney BPS Meet – 16 February 2013

Report by Cecelia Kaye

This event is billed as the Sensational Summer Sprint Meet at the ‘best address on earth’ which attracted six ladies eager to participate in just the second BPS meet of the year at North Sydney Olympic Pool. Several of these swimmers have been before and thoroughly enjoy it.

It was a beautiful evening for swimming on Saturday, 16 February 2013 uder the Sydney Harbour Bridge, being warm with a few clouds hanging about. The skies were drizzling on the Vikingsd as they arrived, so finding some cover was a priority just to keep their gear dry. It cleared up quickly and after a warm-up it was time for the fun to begin.

This sprint meet moves very quickly which possibly spurs everyone on. There is always a large group of swimmers in the marshalling area — which is noisy and friendly. Everything seems to fly along, as it is run very efficiently and makes for a very enjoyable night.

Our results were as follows in the 50m races that make up this meet:

Catherine Alexander — having been away from the pool for a few weeks decided to enter only two events only and claimed 3rd place in both her Freestyle and Breaststroke swims.

Mandy Coggins — finished up 2nd overall in her age group with a strong Freestyle (2nd), Butterfly (3rd) and Backstroke (4th). Well done Mandy!

Leisa Cass — since she was in Sydney for the weekend anyway and although recovering from a cracked rib, thought she would enter and swim. She ‘took it easy’ and still managed to swim fairly respectable times.  Great effort Leisa 🙂

Cecelia Kaye — someone who really enjoys the 50m races and swam some reasonable times with a limited preparation. She was equal 3rd in her age group, which had some very strong swimmers at this meet, her results being: Freestyle (7th); Backstroke (3rd and a club record) and Breastroke (2nd).

Ann Reid — a very strong supporter of this BPS. Ann swam well enough to claim equal 4th in another highly competitive age group; her places were Freestyle (4th and a club record), Backstroke (5th) and Butterfly (5th). Ann also helped to officiate at this meet as well as swim, which is tricky but very much appreciated.

Pauline Rohan — surprised herself by entering and then proceeded to swim some faster than she expected times in her three swims. Her freestyle was an especially pleasing (54.11). In fact every swim was a new club record for her age group. Her places were Freestyle (10th); Backstroke (6th) and Butterfly (3rd).

The women’s medley relay team was comprised of the four oldest swimmers from the club who were there, which just put them into the 240+ age group category. The team set a club record for this age group in a 50m LC pool, since there wasn’t one previously! How nice is that? The team consisted of: Pauline — Backstroke; Catherine — Breastroke; Mandy — Butterfly and Cecelia — Freestyle. they finished second in their age group with a 12-second improvement on their entry time — so perhaps there is some truth that you swim faster in salt water.

Our swimmers managed to finish 11th overall out of 27 clubs and collected 115 points for Tuggeranong. The large Sydney clubs were there in big numbers, so this was a very respectable result.

The evening finished with pizza on the deck, then drinks under the bridge with everyone from Tuggeranong enjoying a very successful and entertaining evening. Sydney is a beautiful city with the lights on, so it makes for an amazing back-drop. We do believe we will be back again next year!!

Full results are available.

Husky Triathlon – 16/17 February 2013

Report by Caroline Makin

Masters swimmers are not noted for their cycling and running ability, but six Viking ladies took part on 16/17 February 2013, in the the Husky Long Course Triathlon Festival at Jervis Bay, which has grown to become one of Australia’s most loved triathlon events with a packed program that includes Sprint & Enticer distance triathlons, Ocean Swim, Fun Runs and MINIMAN kids’ triathlon at a spectacular spot on the NSW coastline at Jervis Bay.

First up for the Saturday races were Atsuko McGowan, Nicolee Martin, Caroline Makin and Kristen Leydon who all took part in the 2575 Sprint Triathlon on the Saturday morning: a 750m swim, 20km cycle and a 5km run. Katrina Burgess also took on the swim leg as part of a female team “Spicy Racks” in the Sprint distance.

First off was Atsuko in wave 4 with the 30-34 Females.  The others wished her good luck and off she went on the 750m swim course, next up 5 minutes later in wave 5 with the 45-49 Females, went Nicolee, then another 5 minutes later in wave 6, Caz and Kristen set off with the 40-44 Females.  Finally, Katrina set off in the swim leg for her team.

Our Vikings came up trumps in the swim legs (despite the painful 50m run up beach and massive steep staircase to the top of the cliff to the transition timing point!) with Caz finishing 1st in her age group in 13:06 from 102 swimmers, Nicolee 2nd from 49 swimmers in her age group in 13:31, Atsuko 8th from 126 in her age group in 13:48 and Kristen 33rd from 102 in her age group in 16:37.  Katrina finished the swim in 13:15 and 1st place from 12 female team swimmers.  If only the swim was longer and equilateral …. then us swimmers would be more on an equal standing with those triathletes who are good runners and cyclists!!

Overall, our ladies did us proud in an event that is heavily weighted against good swimmers, with final placings as follows:


Nicolee: 1:33:12, F45-49, 14th/48
Caz1:39:04, F40-44, 59th/102
Atsuko: 1:46:29, F30-34, 108th/126
Kristen: 1:47:43, F40-44, 88th/102

Katrina: (“Spicy Racks” Team): 1:19:00, Female Team, 1st/12

Full Sprint distance results are available.

What a great morning of racing and team camaraderie, with fellow Viking, Jill Blomeley (more on her to come!), cheering on the ladies at transition going out on the bike and the run legs and Scott Makin and Luke McGowan cheering on their spouses and taking photos!  No surprise that the first stop after a hose pipe shower was to head to the Husky Pub for a beer or two!!

Next up was Jill Blomeley who all took part in the Long Course Triathlon on the Sunday morning: a 2km swim, 83km cycle and a 20km run.  Very impressively, Jill has progressed from Sprint distance to Olympic distance and most recently to Long Course triathlons in the last 3 years.  The Long Course distance is a huge event and sells out almost as soon as it is open for registration. This was to be Jill’s second Long Course triathlon after her debut towards the end of 2012 at  Port Macquarie.

Jill set off in the swim leg at 8:30am in one of the later waves with the 30-34 Females. Caz went down to the beach to see her come out of the water and head up the steep staircase to transition. Caz then ran up the other staircase to catch Jill coming out of the bike transition to start the first of her three 27km laps on the cycle leg.

Nicolee and Kristen were waiting at the Vincentia shops to cheers Jill into the final stages of her first lap, whilst Caz and Scott were waiting by the Husky pub to cheer Jill on at the start of her second and third laps on the bike.

Jill completed the mammoth distance in a time of 5:47:10, finishing 50th from 54 in her Female 30-34 age group, and 188th from 247 Females. Jill’s swim leg was a solid 36:32 for the 2km course.

Massive congratulations Jill, we “sprinters” are all totally in awe of you completing the total 105km event …. you truly are an “Iron Person”!

Full Long Course results are available.

Husky Ocean Swim Classic – 15 February 2013

Report by Caroline Makin

The Husky Ocean Swim Classic 1k is part of the huge Husky Triathlon festival weekend.  Three of our members: Nicolee Martin, Kristen Leydon and Caroline Makin decided to dip their toes into the ocean at Jervis Bay on the evening of Friday 15 February 2013, as a warm up for their Sprint Triathlon the following morning.

The three Vikings lined up for the deep water start along with the other 77 female swimmers to take on the 1km swim course at this fabulous location.  The water was a pleasant temperature, and looked deceptively calmer than in actual reality –  there was a bit of a chop to fight against, particularly on the way out to the first buoy on the triangular course.




Caz put in a strong swim to come over the finish line in a time of 16:02 taking 2nd place in the Female 40-49 category, with Nicolee also swimming very well and following close behind in 16:09 to take 3rd place.  ‘Iron Woman’  Kristen put in a sterling effort to come home in 20:34, taking 14th place in the same category.  Overall, the ladies placed 13th, 14th and 47th respectively, from 80 female competitors.

Full results are available.