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November, 2016:

NSW State Long Distance Championships – 13 November 2016

Report by Jenna Freeman

On Sunday 13 November 2016, three swimmers made the journey to Blacktown Aquatic Centre to compete at the NSW State Long Distance Championships. This included Donna Campbell, Jenna Freeman and Katrina Burgess. While the indoor 50m pool was slightly warm, it was a beautiful day with the sun shining and a cool breeze. The swim meet ran smoothly and ahead of schedule, and as shown in the picture below a few surprise times were swum!

The meet commenced at 9am with the 1500m Butterfly which was a great inspiration to all who watched. This was followed by the 1500m Backstroke which both Katrina Burgess and Jenna Freeman participated in. Katrina finished in first place in her age group, breaking the club record from 2006 by 8 minutes. She underestimated her prowess and after the race realised that she had in fact also broken the 800m Backstroke record. Jenna Freeman also took out first place and smashing the NSW state record from 1994, and also taking the national record from 2003 and setting new club records in the 400m, 800m and 1500m distances. The 1500m Breaststroke was the next event where Donna Campbell placed first, happily swimming a great time and setting a new club record.

Jenna Freeman then competed in the 400m Butterfly coming first and setting new NSW state and club records. This was followed by Donna Campbell in the 400m Backstroke who was just off her entry time and showed amazing strength to finish third. Katrina Burgess rounded off the day in the 400m Breaststroke with an amazing effort, finishing in first place.

Overall, it was an excellent day with new club, state and national records being made. All swimmers took home medals and showed yet again how much Tuggeranong Vikings dominate in the pool amongst the NSW swimmers!

Full results are available.

Pan Pacific Masters Games – 4-7 November 2016

Report by Katrina Burgess

Four Viking young ladies Caz Makin, Brenda Day, Donna Campbell and Katrina Burgess attended the Pan Pacific Masters Games which were held in the Gold Coast with the swimmers competing at the Gold Coast Aquatic Centre from 4-7 November 2016.


The weather was sensational for the entire competition and perfect for sight seeing and defrosting from the Canberra cold. We spent time with our NSW Masters Swimming friends in the spectator stand.

Each Viking provided a summary of their most memorable moments from the Games experience.


Katrina Burgess:  “I enjoyed the atmosphere that was created by the swim meet being held in an outdoor facility and had a giggle when watching the video of my backstroke and bumping from one side of the lane rope to the other. I achieved three PBs and silver medal (200m Butterfly) and 2 bronze medals (400m Backstroke, 100m Butterfly).”

Donna Campbell: Completing all 8 swims and achieving my best results in Breaststroke and of course winning silver in 400m Breaststroke. Watching everyone else achieve and celebrate their goals and spending time in the sun and surf.

Brenda Day: “Despite coming in 6th place, my highlight was my 100m Freestyle – over the moon with my time. I managed to get gold medals in 400m and 200m Butterfly, silver in 200m Individual Medley and bronze in 400m Individual Medley. In atrocious conditions, which required some serious help from Helen Reddy’s “I am woman”, I came in silver medal place in the 2.5km Ocean Swim at Mermaid Beach … Lake Burley Griffin has never seemed so inviting!”

Caroline Makin:Wonderful sunny weather, swimming outdoors and meeting a lovely kiwi in my age group in all of my Freestyle heats in the pool. The competition was exceptionally tough in the the F45-49 age group, but managed to achieve medals in 400m Breaststroke with a massive PB – Silver, 50m Breaststroke – Bronze and also in the 2.5k Ocean Swim – Silver + 4th Overall Female.  I was relieved to get out through the rip and the break at Mermaid Beach without getting swept back to shore or losing my goggles and finishing 4th overall female just behind the top 3 – it was a close swim the whole way with the top 4 females finishing within 1 minute of each other and 6 minutes ahead of the next swimmer.  The chop was big and the buoys were very small … which made navigation extremely challenging!

Results for the pool events available at http://mastersgames.com.au/ppmg/sports/swimming/ and for the ocean swims at http://mastersgames.com.au/ppmg/sports/swimming-ocean-swim/.

ACT Interclub Meet 2 – 29 October 2016

Report by Bill Eversham

On Saturday 29 October 2016, we held our final ACT Interclub Meet for the year at Gungahlin Leisure Centre. This was a long course meet and dual-hosted with Molonglo Water Dragons in the late afternoon. 37 swimmers registered to compete. This comprised 18 swimmers from Molonglo Water Dragons, 3 swimmers from Ginninderra Masters, one swimmer from Novocastrians, one from Wett Ones and 14 swimmers from our club, Tuggeranong Vikings. However, there were a few withdrawals on the day, which often happens.

There were six events on the program followed by a couple of freestyle relays. The events were:

  • 200m Choice of Stroke
  • 50m Backstroke
  • 50m Freestyle
  • 50m Butterfly
  • 50m Breaststroke
  • 100m Choice of Stroke

We used three lanes for racing and the entire program was relaxed and enjoyable. Our club also provided a number of officials to assist running the event.

As always in these events there was a constant call for timekeepers, and swimmers had to juggle volunteering to time keep, warming up for their next event and also racing. The efforts of everybody to assist officials duties and timekeeping was very much appreciated.

In regards to our Vikings swimmers we achieved the following:

In Event 1: 200m Choice of Stroke there were 21 swimmers entered for a variety of strokes. Denise Druitt put in a big effort to swim 200m Freestyle and received much encouragement from our club members during the event and swimming about 17 seconds faster than her entry time. Well done Denise. Donna Campbell, Brenda Day, Jane Waddleton and Jeanette Droop also put in big swims. Jane swam 200m Breaststroke and Donna, Brenda and Jeanette swam 200m Backstroke. Alana Doran also swam a strong 200m Freestyle. Alana from Novocastrians club has recently moved from Newcastle to Canberra and has started swimming and training with our club.

Event 2: 50m Backstroke, saw four swimmers from our club taking part: Caroline Makin, Annette Britten, Kristen Leydon and Jane Waddleton. Most swimmers finished close to their entry times and it was good to see Annette, who always helps coordinates our local competitions, back in the water and competing.

Event 3: 50m Freestyle, had a strong field with five of our club’s swimmers competing. Kristen Leydon, Donna Campbell, Jeanette Droop and Denise Druitt all put in good swims and Richard Phillips did his first swim of the day with a pretty lively 33.57 seconds. Alana Doran also swam a nice 50m Freestyle.

Event 4: 50m Butterfly had three Vikings swimmers – Kristen Leydon, iron lady Brenda Day and Jeanette Droop – who all took on this challenging sprint event.

Event 5, 50m Breaststroke had three Vikings swimming: Caroline Makin, Jane (Ms Breaststroke) Waddleton and Richard Phillips. All swimmers showed their technique and some solid times and Caroline amazingly swum 16 seconds faster than her entry time of 01.01.00 — hmmmmm maybe a typo in putting her entry in … or was it slightly deliberate?!!

Event 6: 100m Choice of Stroke, had the biggest field of the day 26 entries with six Vikings (Denise Druitt, Brenda Day, Richard Phillips, Donna Campbell, Caroline Makin and Annette Britten) swimming. Denise, Brenda and Richard swam Freestyle with Richard showing his hard work in training paying off and a very good time of 1.16.67. Donna swam Breaststroke and Caroline and Annette swam Backstroke.

The final events of the day were the Relays, which enjoyed the usual last minute pre-relay event confusion and chaos but somehow all swimmers turned up at the right ends of the pool at the right time. Our Vikings ladies team of Jeanette, Brenda, Denise and Kristen (200-239 age group) swam the 4x50m Freestyle relay in 3.38.84.

Full results are available to download.

The overall point score went to Molonglo Water Dragons who had more swimmers than Tuggernong Vikings for the first time in six years …. read Gary Stutsel’s self proclaimed slightly biased Molonglo Dragons report!

Overall it was a good afternoon and we all had fun.  A final thanks to our club members who acted as officials and to visiting officials because without them we would not have had an event.

Looking forward to some more ACT Interclub Meets in 2017 with a big contingent of Vikings.