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October, 2015:

NSW State Short Course Championships – 17/18 October 2015

Report by Caroline Makin, Club Captain

WOW! What a fantastic venue the Australian Institute of Sport proved to be to swim in for the 2015 NSW State Short Course Championships held over the weekend of 17-18 October in Canberra.

We saw 26 Vikings take to the water to show their skills and determination in the pool, and Tuggeranong fielded a fantastic 18 relay teams across the two days of competition. Our Club President, Leisa Cass, was not swimming but was there the whole weekend supporting our swimmers from the pool deck.

We saw lots of significant PBs from our swimmers and witnessed some superb races containing many of our Vikings up against each other in the same heat. Medals were being handed over to our swimmers in bucket-loads during the meet and the Vikings won the meet trophy for highest overall point score. 

Some highlights from the event for some of our newcomers …

Our new youngster, Maddie Fleming, put in some tremendous swims and significantly bettered her well-thought out entry times for her first official outing as a Vikings “Master” at the age of only 19! She also absolutely loved wearing her nice new blue Speedo LZR race suit!!

Another newcomer to racing, Kyle McLean, showed his sprint ability in the 30-34 age group in the 50m Freestyle and Butterfly as well as the 100m Freestyle, although the last 10m of the 100m event certainly took it’s toll and Kylie will certainly be working on sustaining his sprint speed over the full distance!

Rachel Harrison-Wyatt punched out quality and quick swims in the 35-39 female 50m and 100m Freestyle, 50m Butterfly and 100m Individual Medley in her first ever State Championships and realised that racing is good!

Ed Linder showed us more of his potential as a 50-54 year-old male, bettering the times he set in 50m and 100m Freestyle from his first races as a Viking at The Tuggeranong Challenge in September.  He also showed us that he is a pretty good Breaststroke swimmer too.

Many of our regular competitors displayed excellent swims as always …

In the 20s age groups, Kade Burgess showed us some good swims in the fastest heats of the days and swam an excellent 50m Backstroke leg in the youngster’s Mixed Medley relay at the end of the first day of competition.

In the 30s age groups, Marianne Tweedie swam on the Sunday only but set three new significant PBs in the 200m Freestyle, 100m Individual Medley and 100m Breaststroke.  Tara Olsthoorn was back racing properly after having a baby in January and showed she has worked hard in and out of the pool to regain her form with good swims across her five events, and showing her strength in the 200m Backstroke.

Nick Dando came home strongly in his 200m Breaststroke and went out quickly in his 200m Butterfly producing solid performances in both swims. Atsuko McGowan swam on just one day and as usual looked graceful in her two Backstroke swims and swam a nice 100m Freestyle.

In the 40s age groups, David Bale showed us how solid a Butterfly swimmer he is with a nice time in the 100m event and backing up with a good 200m Butterfly at the end of day 2, looking strong the whole way through.

Caroline Makin‘s quick 200m Individual Medley produced a time that was over three seconds faster than her PB set at Nationals in April and then she followed that up by bettering her 100m Freestyle PB yet again this year.  Katrina Burgess‘s 200m Backstroke was a superbly executed and fast swim knocking four seconds off her PB and then she took her 200m Individual Medley swim below three minutes for the first time, for another PB.

In the 50s age groups,  Nicolee Martin displayed her Freestyle skills and speed in the 100m and 200m events matching her times from Nationals in April and finished off the meet with a one and a half second 100m Breaststroke PB. Donna Campbell showed her cross-training in the gym is paying off, with five more PBs in her 50m swims and 100m Individual Medley and Ann Reid swam excellent 100m and 200m Freestyle swims recording times quicker than any recorded in the last three years by her in those events.  Suzie Gunning swam on just one day completing three events including a good 100m Individual Medley which highlighted that Suzie is not just a Freestyle swimmer!

Jane Waddleton overcame the nerves of competing in her first State Championships and displayed some lovely swimming in her favourite stroke, Breaststroke across all three distances and achieving a 100m PB time and even taking on a relay leg, which normally Jane does not like to do. Jeanette Droop showed what a solid all-round swimmer she is and bettered her entry times on all five swims. Anne Smyth looked as powerful as ever, and showed smart swimming and consistency across her events as usual, including the 200m Butterfly! Tom Boyce was suffering from a recent rotator cuff injury so had to withdraw from his individual swims, but still turned up to do four relay swims for his club … what a great effort from Tom!

In the 60s age groupsRichard  Flockart was pretty much on par with his form from Nationals six months ago with some equally good times and swimming his quickest 100m Individual Medley time since 2013. Cecelia Kaye showed consistent performance across her swims with a nice time in the 50m Breaststroke event whilst Denise Druitt was another newbie competitor who took on the challenge of her first State Champs swimming the 50m and 100m events plus a Freestyle relay swim and thoroughly enjoying the whole experience.  Seasoned competitor Jon McRae punched out nice quick swims in the 100m Freestyle and 100m Individual Medley.  Brenda Day swam a lovely 200m Individual Medley to start off her weekend of swimming and also a good 100m Backstroke. It was great to have our “Veteran Master” of swimming, Ian Hampton back racing with us after much travelling and his usual winter break from the pool, and we saw a him putting in solid swims as always, with a nice 50m Breaststroke in particular.

What a fantastic weekend of swimming at a magnificent venue.  We loved welcoming all our swimming friends from all the clubs around NSW to the Nation’s Capital for what proved to be a great State Championships.


Full results are available.

Caroline Makin achieves Two Million Metres — June 2015

Caroline Makin achieved her Two Million Metres on 16 June 2015 during a regular training session at Lakeside Leisure Centre, just over 2 years after recording her first million in May 2013.

Caroline said “I was very happy that I achieved my second million in almost 6 months less time than my first million and I am already well on my way to my third million – in fact after 4 months I am nearly 1/5th of the way to that target, which I hope to achieve in under 2 years. As our Club Captain, I try to encourage our members to experience a variety of Masters Swimming activities including swim meets, endurance swims, postal swims and the million metres award – there are so many different programs on offer through Masters Swimming Australia.  Personally, I not only take part in lots of racing at NSW State and BPS Meets in and around Sydney as well as our local ACT Interclub meets here in Canberra, but I am also am an active swimmer in the Endurance 1000 Program and I am endeavouring to complete the entire program for the first time this year, although completing 5 x 800m Butterfly swims and the long distance Breaststroke and Backstroke swims I find very challenging!”

The Vorgee Million Metre Awards is a great way to motivate yourself to keep coming to the pool, so why not start recording yours now!

Ann Reid achieves Two Million Metres — May 2015

Ann Reid achieved her Two Million Metres on 24 May 2015. Ann may have swum her second million metres, but she has travelled a significant number of kilometres around Australia and even to the United States to get to the pools she swam in to achieve this award!

Ann commented about her achievement … “My second million metres took just under 4½ years (after my first million) and 449 pool visits to achieve; swimming as little as 500m or as much as 4300m in a single session. These sessions included many NSW swim meets, two National Championships (Sydney and Hobart), postal swims, endurance swims and club training sessions. The majority of swims were at Tuggeranong and various NSW Masters clubs’ home pools, but I regularly swam in Albury, Wagga and Wodonga (work related trips), Nunawading (visiting family in Melbourne), and also tried out the Byron Bay pool, the Adelaide and Launceston Aquatic Centres and the San Mateo and Santa Rosa College pools in California during this time.”

The Vorgee Million Metre Awards is a great way to motivate yourself to keep coming to the pool, so why not start recording yours now!