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June, 2013:

ACT Interclub Meet – 16 June 2013

Report by Gary Stutsel

Our first ACT Interclub Meet for 2013 was held at the Lakeside Leisure Centre at 3pm on Sunday 16 June.

There were 33 competitors: 25 Vikings from Tuggeranong and eight Water Dragons from Molonglo and the meet served three special purposes.

First and foremost, it provided precious practical experience for six of our trainee officials. Annette Britten, Leisa Cass, Jeanette Droop and Ann Reid rotated through the marshal, clerk of course and check starter positions while Bill Eversham and Jon McRae took turns with the chief timekeeper role.

Secondly, it initiated first time competitors Ben Brereton, Karen Brown, Micehlle Holmes, Kirsten Madsen, Helen Morris, Crawford O’Brien, Marshall O’Brien and Jane Waddleton. With the second interclub coming on 11 August and the Tuggeranong Challenge on 14 September they should be well seasoned by the Short Course Championships on the Saturday and Sunday 19-20 October.

Thirdly, our six 4 x 25m relay teams had welcome practice ahead of the NSW State Relay Championships on 21 July. Five of the six teams recorded the fastest time for the 4 x 25m Freestyle Relay event in NSW this year. They were the Women’s 120-159 and 200-239, the Men’s 120-159 and 200-239 and the Mixed 240-279. The Women’s 160-199 were second to Molonglo.

In the individual events our swimmers finished with 73 times in the NSW 2013 Top 10 rankings. No 1 NSW rankings achieved in their respective age groups were: Thomas Boyce (25m Backstroke), Benjamin Brereton (400m Freestyle), Nicholas Dando (400m IM and 25m Breaststroke), Brenda Day (25m Backstroke), Paul Hitchman (400m IM), Caroline Makin (400m Freestyle and 25m Breaststroke), Atsuko McGowan (400m Backstroke), Luke McGowan (25m Breaststroke) and Jon McRae (400m Backstroke).

Finally, a big thank you to Annette Britten for her work before, during and after the meet and Kade Burgess who started every one of the 41 races without a hitch.

Full results are available.

Clarence River BPS Meet – 8/9 June 2013

Report by Gary Stutsel

On the Wednesday before the June long weekend Gary and Audrey Stutsel set out on the 1900km round trip to Yamba for the Clarence River BPS Meet being held on 8/9 June 2013. Their trip was made easier by stopovers at Port Macquarie on the way up and the way back.

For those who have never been there Yamba is a beautiful spot at the mouth of the Clarence River., however not on June long weekends. This year was the first of four where it didn’t rain all weekend but there was a bitterly cold wind on Saturday and it was overcast for all but 30 minutes of the two days.

As our sole swimmer (Audrey marshalled) Gary did well to have us finish 11th of 14 clubs with 69 points. The hosts ran away with the pointscore with 1911 points but second placed club was Sutherland Sandbern with 374 points from five swimmers.

Gary won his age pointscore by the narrowest of margins (3/100ths of a second) from Peter Kaupert of Warringah. Peter and Gary both easily won four of their events but had to compete against one another in the 100m Backstroke (Peter), 100m Individual Medley (Gary) and 25m Breaststroke (Gary 19.41 seconds to Peter’s 19.44).

Full results are available.

Wett Ones BPS Meet – 25 May 2013

Report by Marianne Tweedie

Two Vikings represented the 2012 NSW Masters Swimming Club of the Year at the Wett Ones BPS Meet at the University of Sydney on 25 May 2013 – the last LC 50m meet until later in the year.

Driving up from Sydney a bit later in the morning as neither were swimming the 400m Freestyle, Caroline Makin and Marianne Tweedie arrived on the pool deck as those swims were just finishing, and therefore not leaving much time for a warm up (they’d become accustomed to the numerous heats at Nationals!)  Thankfully the walk from the hotel in the Sydney heat (with a detour due to poor map reading) assisted the Vikings get ready for their three swims each.

Caroline swam a decent 50m Breaststroke in 45.42, which helped her to get ready for her impressive 200m Breaststroke in 3:37.16.  Many fellow swimmers told Caz they thought she’d gone out too fast — but she had great form and was able to finish strong.

Marianne’s 50m Breaststroke was on par with pervious performances at 48.39.  She tried an experiment in swimming the 200m Backstroke and was very happy with her time of 3:15.68 as a first try.

As in previous years, the meet ran late by approximately 30 minutes.  Marianne and Caroline were both in the final heats of the final event, the 100m Freestyle.  Caroline’s hopes of breaking her Nationals time in that event quickly faded on examination of the numbers in the marshalling area.  Caroline’s heat for the 100m Freestyle had three people out of six, with Caz away in lane 6 and unable to see the other slower ranked competitors in lanes 1 and 2.  Without any one to race with directly, pacing was tough.  Although very disappointed with a time of 1:16.35, she did note it was basically just a time trial swim rather late in the day, when she could have been having a beer!

Marianne’s heat was even more pathetic, with two people across the six lanes.  Thankfully she could see her single competitor just one away and a similar speed and therefore was able to race a time of 1:13.39.  If he hadn’t been there, she likely would have given up at 75 meters, as that is when the lactic set in and her legs just seemed to stop working.

After the strange experiences of the final event, the ladies took the train from Redfern station to Circular Quay to enjoy some company, wine and delicious food.  Inadvertently they also got to see VIVID, a festival of light and public art, as well as deal with the associated crowds.  All in all, a rather nice social weekend for the Vikings, with a couple of decent swims each!

Full results are available.