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February, 2014:

North Sydney BPS Meet – 15 January 2014

Report by Pauline Rohan

Not many swimming pools in the world have such an amazing location as North Sydney Pool. Plastered between the Sydney Harbour Bridge and the gaping neon lit mouth of Luna Park, it is a destination worth swimming at.

And so, on a recent Saturday 15 February 2014, five Tuggeranong Viking swimmers decided to test out their sprint techniques in this wonderful iconic venue.

The North Sydney Sensational Summer Sprint BPS Meet starts with a warm up at 7.00pm and runs smoothly and quickly to finish around 10pm ending with pizza and soft drink. All events are 50 meters with a medley relay at the finish. Next year it will be a freestyle relay — they alternate every other year.

Venturing for the first time to this event was Jane Saye along with long time participants Ann Reid, Catherine Alexander, Mandy Coggins and Cecelia Kaye. In all there were 180 swimmers from clubs throughout NSW with the largest number of participants coming from North Sydney, Ryde, Warringah and Manly.

It seems that storm clouds always gather at this time of the year and the usual on/off rain coincided with this year’s event. It didn’t worry the participants and with new covering over the seating area it didn’t worry the spectators too much either.

Our swimmers were very pleased with their times, mostly coming in under their predicted times and even achieving PB’s in some events. A highlight for Cecelia was watching her son’s return to competition and swimming impressive times for North Sydney. Despite the drizzle, it was a really enjoyable and fun night for Masters swimming.

Full results are available.

Campbelltown BPS Meet – 1 February 2014

Report by Caroline Makin

It was a gloriously hot sunny day for the Campbelltown BPS Meet on Saturday 1 February 2014 in their lovely 50m outdoor pool.  Plenty of Vikings headed north for this meet that is targeted by our club each year, and it was a good first hit out for the year for most of those swimmers.

The 400m Freestyle kicked off the event as always with the majority of our swimmers taking part in this event, and after a full program of 200/100/50m events, the meet concluded with 4x50m medley relays.

Final placings for our swimmers were:

Marianne Tweedie =2nd F30-34
Tara Olsthoorn 5th F30-34
Atsuko McGowan 1st F35-39
Annette Britten 5th F40-44
Caroline Makin =1st F45-59
Katrina Burgess =1st F45-49
Nicolee Martin 3rd F45-49
Anne Smyth =2nd F50-54
Leisa Cass 10th F50-54
Brenda Day =2nd F65-69
Ian Hampton 2nd M65-69
Gary Stutsel =1st M75-79

Full results are available.