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January, 2015:

Tathra Wharf 2 Waves 2015

Report by Caroline Makin, Club Captain

Eight Vikings had a terrific weekend at Tathra for the Wharf 2 Waves Ocean Swims  on Sunday, 18 January 2015, with us gaining several podium finishes and top placings in the age group 600m events and also the 1200m open event.

Some of our members got together for a social BBQ on the Saturday evening, whilst others enjoyed the wonderful food at Fat Tony’s Bar & Grilll.

After the tragic shark attack at Tathra Beach last year, it was fantastic to see so many people (300 swimmers) participating in this superb local community event that is now in it’s 14th year of running. There was plenty of helicopter and fixed wing and on water police launch surveillance and we all felt very safe. The water clarity was high and with very little surf the flat conditions and warm water temperature of 21 degrees made for excellent swimming conditions.

It was noticeable this year the very high proportion of swimmers wearing wetsuits for both events, despite the warm water conditions.  Some of our swimmers were amongst those who did not wear wetsuits and we saw Anne Smyth and Caroline Makin ranking very highly after swimming fast in both distances and noticeable in their regular swimming cosies amongst all the wetsuit-clad leaders!

Our swimmers’ results in age group order were as follows:

Caroline Makin – without wetsuit – 600m 40-49 age group 9:01 (1st/21), 1200m 19:22 (9th/40)

Lisa Moore – without wetsuit – 1200m 22:10 (22nd/40)

Anne Smyth – without wetsuit – 600m 50-59 age group 8:59 (2nd/18), 1200m 19:12 (8th/40)

Thomas Boyce – wetsuit – 600m 50-59 age group 8:54 (5th/34), 1200m 19:10 (8th/67)

Mandy Coggins – without wetsuit – 1200m 23:55 (29th/40)

Petrina Quinn – without wetsuit – 600m 50-59 age group 12:58 (10th/18), 1200m 27:46 (36th/40)

Brenda Day – wetsuit – 600m 60-69 age group 11:33 (1st/4)

Ian Hampton – wetsuit – 600m 60-69 age group 11:23 (7th/13), 1200m 25:40 (53rd/67)

Brenda Day was also awarded ‘squiggy club’ membership after completing 10 years of Wharf to Waves swims.

Tathra Wharf2WavesFull results are available and there is a nice article in the Bega District News with lots of photos from the event with our Vikings featuring in many of the pictures.

There is also a video shot with a Go Pro during the 600m event by one of the swimmers, Stan Gorton.

Campbelltown BPS Meet – 17 January 2015

Report by Katrina Burgess

It was a great way to start 2015 with a group of six Vikings taking a trip up the highway to participate in the year’s first BPS Meet at Campbelltown (who were celebrating their 35th anniversary of their club) on Saturday, 17 January 2015.

The day was a “pearler” … blue skies and a slight breeze. The Vikings – although a smaller crew than previous years due to the clash with the Tathra Wharf to Waves Ocean Swim on the same weekend – made their attendance known with great cheering and support for each member when facing the blocks.

All of our swimmers entered and competed in the maximum of four races and due to this great effort Tuggerangong Vikings narrowly missed out on the average points per swimmer trophy. It was so so close….

Our highlights included:

Marianne Tweedie (30-34 age group) – placed 1st in her age group with solid swims especially her 200m Individual Medley showing us that she indeed is not just a freestyler!

David Bale (40-45 yrs age group) – being the only male representative from the Viking club – performed brilliantly and gained 1st place in his age group knocking out his fierce competition with two great butterfly swims and a PB in his 100m Freestyle.

Katrina Burgess (45-49  age group) – placed 1st in her age group, swam three PB’s and was very happy to break the 2:40 mark for the 200m Freestyle.

In the 50-54 female age group there were 16 competitiors with three of those being Viking ladies …

Ann Reid was well rewarded by achieving 2nd place overall with her four solid swims preparing her nicely for some hot results at the National Championships in Hobart.

Leisa Cass showed everyone how a backstroke start should be done and also swam strongly in all her races coming fourth in this very competitive age group.

Donna Campbell continues to blossom with her swimming career just starting and swam a very tidy and technical 50m Freestyle and also showed everyone that she is not just a sprinter and swam a terrific 200m Breaststroke.

Tuggernaong entered one Female 4x50m Medley Relay and our ladies finished in second place.

Donna was very busy being the official photographer for the crew – thanks for all the action photos taken which lead to none of her (question – was that her plan??!).

It was a long day as our Vikings stayed for the BBQ (feel free to ask Marianne how many sausages she ate!) and the presentations however the traditional Macca’s stop at Sutton Forrest was achieved with many downing a calorie filled dessert (yum to the large chocolate shakes).

Full results are available.