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January, 2017:

Campbelltown BPS Meet – 21 January 2017

Report by Richard Phillips

Campbelltown Collegians hosted the first MSNSW BPS Meet for the year on 21 January 2017. Ten Vikings made an early start from Canberra, getting there just in time for some warm-up laps. The weather was gorgeous, not too hot, a slight breeze and we all enjoyed the crystal-clear outdoor long course pool. However, swimming backstroke without a ceiling for reference was a cause of concern for some. A total of one hundred and sixty swimmers had registered for the competition, representing twenty-eight clubs.

Our Vikings put on a great show of confidence and quality swimming throughout the day.

Katrina Burgess had a fantastic start to the meet, with a 400m Freestyle time of 5:23.41. She continued the meet as she began with a quadrella performance in all four Freestyle distances, scoring maximum points in her age group.  Her training partner David Bale, was happy with his 100m Freestyle time,  but vowed to shave the 0.3 sec difference between them at the State Championships in April. Ann Reid also began the day with the 400m Freestyle, following up immediately with 100m Buttefly, 200m Freestyle and finishing off with 200m Buttefly, scoring maximum points in her age group.

The 400m Individual Medley is one of Caz Makin’s target events for 2017, and she finished in a pleasing 6:24.24, only half a second off her Nationals PB time from last year despite being her first attempt at outdoor Backstroke. Undeterred by the unhelpful clear, blue sky, Caz then competed in the 200m Backstroke also with an almost PB time, and scoring maximum points in her age group.

The outdoor conditions were to Donna Campbell’s liking- this was Donna’s first meet in a new age group and she was happy with the four events she swam in. She was joined in the 200m Breaststroke by Cecelia Kay. Of Cecelia’s four swims, this was her pick: “It just felt good! A bit unusual for me because I really prefer shorter distances”.

Despite claiming to be “swimming like a rock”, Brenda Day enjoyed her 200m Butterfly swim, having already done a 400m Individual Medley first-up.

An impressive 2:37.13 for the 200m Backstroke was Jenna Freeman’s favourite swim, and she also scored well in the 100m Freestyle and Backstroke events.

Richard Phillips managed to record a PB in the 100m Freestyle and swam a controlled and “to plan” 200m Freestyle with a first ever time sneaking just under 2:50, possibly assisted by his new Christmas jammers! We were joined by a second-claim member, Paul Maggs from Molonglo who also happily improved his PB for the 100m Freestyle.

We had two relays teams – one in the Mixed 4×50 Medley 240+ age group (finishing in 3rd place in a competitive field) and one in the Womens 4×50 Medly 200+ age group (finishing in 1st place).

Campbelltown is one of the easiest Sydney competitions for Vikings to attend. They have a great pool, a sausage sizzle, we were able to get there and back in a (long) day and have a McFlurry or two on the way home.

Our club finished in 5th overall position on points, behind the hosts Campbelltown and the big three Sydney clubs – Manly, Warringhah and Ryde. – who all had 16 or more swimmers competing.

Full results are available.

Australia Day 2017 – Vikings Oz Day Lake Swim

Report by Al Byrne

What could possibly be a more dinky-di way to spend the afternoon of Australia Day than a swim in the sunshine, followed by a picnic at the beach with family and friends? Answer: not much! So, our collection of little Aussie Bruces and Sheilas decided we’d do exactly that, and made our way to the popular Yarralumla Bay, on Lake Burley-Griffin here in Canberra.

On the picture-perfect sunny afternoon of Thursday 26 Jan 17, about a dozen Vikings took the plunge into the warm (but, with some random cold patches, just for surprise value!) waters of the lake.


After dodging random rowers, paddlers and windsurfers, as well as a passing water police boat, a quick lap around the island, for about 1600 metres, was achieved by all 13 of us.

This was the club’s first ‘open-water’ lake swim for the year, and, even before the drinks and picnic, it was pretty universally acclaimed as a great break from our routine pool swims.

In fact, it was so good that we’ll be doing it all again! Commencing 6:00pm Wednesday evening 01 Feb 17, swimmers are very welcome to gather at the Ferry Terminal at Acton for a weekly group distance swim. Pending attendance, we’ll try to keep these sessions going until it gets too cold. These will not be training sessions, as such, with no coaching involved. These swims will just be for fun. And, isn’t that why we’re all here!


Tathra Wharf 2 Waves 2017

Report by Caroline Makin, Club Captain

Tathra Wharf2Waves

We had just a small contingent of three Vikings take part in the annual Tathra Wharf 2 Waves Ocean Swims  this year on Sunday, 14 January 2017.

Jenna FreemanCaz Makin and Tom Boyce all swam in both the age group 600m and also the 1200m open swims.

The conditions could not have been more perfect for the pool swimmers on the morning of the swims. Clear blue skies, clear water and the ocean temperature a lovely 20-21 degress and like a millpond.

The surf was almost non-existent with the only chop being experienced in the return leg back to the turning buoy into the beach during the 1200m swim.

Jenna Freeman finished in first place from 10 swimmers in the F18-29 age group in the 600m event in 8 Mins 28 Seconds.

Jenna also snapped up first place Female in the 1200m open event in a time of 17 Minutes 11 Seconds, crossing the line ahead of 45 other females.

The prizes for the 1200m included a beautiful framed picture and $500 cash as well as free entry into the events next year!


Caz Makin made it across the finish line in first place making it her second top of the podium placing in the last three years ahead of 18 other swimmers in the F45-49 age group in the 600m event. Caz finished in 8 Mins 43 Seconds, beating her rival from the last eight years of competition, local surf lifesaver, Sharon George, by a huge 1 Min 20 Seconds.

Caz finished 4th overall Female in the 1200m open event in a time of 18 Minutes 8 Seconds.

It was great to see Tom Boyce back swimming and racing after his shoulder operation in 2016. Tom finished in an excellent 4th place from 30 in the M50-59 age group in the 600m event in a time of 9 Minutes 23 Seconds and his finish time of 19 Minutes 26 Seconds put him in 19th place from a total of 85 males in the 1200m open event. Looking forward to seeing you back at training in February Tom!

Great swims by all three Vikings!

Full results are available and there is an article in the Bega District News with lots of photos from the event as well as a video capturing the event.