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April, 2016:

41st Masters Swimming National Championships – 21-24 April 2016

Report by Caroline Makin, Club Captain

Melbourne was the destination that our 26 Vikings descended on for the 41st Masters Swimming Nationals Championships. The competition was back to the usual Long Course format for 2016 and was held in the 10-lane indoor 50m pool at Melbourne Sports & Aquatic Centre from 21-24 April.

Our crew departed via plane or car from Canberra in high spirits, looking forward to what lay ahead in Victoria.  Hoping to come back perhaps victorious, whether that meant bringing home medals, securing National or State records, club records, PBs, or simply achieving their goal of competing in their first ever National Championships.

Some of our swimmers took the opportunity to head to MSAC the day prior to the competition starting to try out the competition pool and do a small warm up in the wave pool as well as practice their technique in readiness for their racing over the following four days!

The opening ceremony put on by Masters Swimming Victoria was fabulous. There was the National Anthem as always, but then there was a parade of clubs with banners around the pool, which was followed by a spectacular show with male and female dancers around the pool deck.

 

 

 

The Vikings team showed their strength in the pool across many age groups. The competition was stiff but many swimmers still managed to bring home some bling for their efforts, and we witnessed lots of magnificent swims with many many PBs being achieved. We could hear team mates cheering on their fellow Vikings from the side lines and some of our swimmers even videoing swims for each other which truly showed their camaraderie and spirit.

The days were long, and we swam relays not only at the end of the day but also due to Day 2 overrunning, had to get to the pool early on Day 3 to swim the Day 2 relays before beginning individual racing again on Day 3!  Many of the relay events saw nail-biting finishes amongst some of the teams, with the winners finishing by only a finger nail ahead!

We not only enjoyed our time at the pool, but also socialising in the evenings with fellow Vikings members and also our friends from other clubs.

Our club finished 5th overall in the Club point score, and 2nd behind Claremont Gropers from WA in the ‘Visitor’s trophy’.  This is a fantastic achievement!! Thanks to the coaching team for helping prepare our Vikings!

It was a huge event and the competition is becoming fiercer every year at Nationals! There is incredible depth in Masters Swimming and it was great to be part of an event where swimmers of all ages and ranges of ability were competing.

See you at the Gold Coast in 2017 for the next MSA National Championships.

NSW State LC Championships – 9/10 April 2016

Report by David Bale

The NSW State LC Championships were held on the weekend of 9/10 April at the home of the 2000 Sydney Olympics.  Tuggeranong had 21 swimmers compete over the two days which is a little short on regular numbers at States but due to Nationals happening less than two weeks later was understandable.

We saw some marvellous swims from many of our team members which resulted in Tuggeranong Vikings placing third in the 1st division which was an awesome effort!

We had Jenna Freeman, Nicolee Martin, Pam Munday, and Kade Burgess all finishing first in their age groups and Caroline Makin, Ann Reid, Anne Smyth, and Ian Hampton finishing either second or third.  There were also several others achieving high places in their age groups.

David Bale was given the privilege of writing this report as he achieved a 14 second personal best time in his 200m Butterfly with a 3.15.87.

Some observations from the spectator gallery and pool deck were …

Jenna Freeman earned 5 golds from 5 starts with a 1.04.17 in her 100m Freestyle.

Marianne Tweedie cracked the 3 mins for her 200m Backstroke with a tidy 2.59.55.

Jill Blomeley in the recovery from a major knee injury delivered a 1.30.32 for a 100m Freestyle.

Rachel Harrison-Wyatt punched out a spritely 1.07.06 for her 100m Freestyle.

Caz Makin delivered a great swim in the 200m Individual Medley going under 3 mins in a time of 2.58.21.

Katrina Burgess provided a gutsy performance in the very difficult 200m Butterfly with 3.24.36.

Kristen Leydon swam a 47.58 in the 50m Freestyle which was quite good with minimal training.

Nicolee Martin showed her endurance with a 2.38.79 in the 200m Freestyle.

Ann Reid showed why she is a butterflyer with a 4.13.52 in the 200m Butterfly. She also kept a beady eye on the swimmers in the pool in her officiating capacity!

Donna Campbell continues to improve going 53.65 for 50m Butterfly.

Anne Smyth’s focus on fly paid off with a 3.22.28 in the 200m Butterfly.

Leisa Cass was solid as always with a 3.57.09 for her 100m Backstroke.

Pam Munday showed us how breaststroke should be swum with a 1.40.29 in the 100m Breaststroke.

Brenda Day nudged the 4 minute barrier in one of her three 200s with a 4.00.66 in 200m Backstroke.

Heather Cachia showed real stamina in a 5.37.20 200m Backstroke.

Joan Bratton swam a determined 5.03.02 in her 200m Breaststroke.

Kade Burgess went 5 gold from 5 swims and flew through the 50m Butterfly in 29.97.

David Bale delivered a solid 50m Butterfly in 35.84.

Andreas Falkenau loves his fly and it showed with a 1.21.14 100m Butterfly.

John Collis is an awesome Breaststroker and this can been seen in the 1.36.40 he did in the 100m Breaststroke.

Ian Hampton despite the recent Cooma pool closure still delivered a 3.44.16 in the 200m Individual Medley.

 

These results are very impressive considering there was no real taper due to Nationals looming.  Many club members now look to Melbourne for the Australian Masters Swimming National Championships from 21-24 April.  Good luck to all our Vikings!