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February, 2020:

Merrylands BPS Meet – 22 February 2020

Report by Donna Campbell

Six Tuggeranong members headed up the highway to Sydney to attend the Merrylands BPS Meet held on 22 February 2020.   Attendees were Kylie L, Donna C, Leisa C, Donna S, and new members Liz D and Ian McG.  With events options only being 50m swims, it was a very short but sweet meet. The Vikings arrived in overcast conditions with occasional light leaks from the sky but nothing could dampen their spirits.

With all six swimmers completing their maximum three swims each, there was not much time for socialising, but everyone still managed to watch and cheer each other on, either from marshalling or the cool down lane. For the first time at this meet, Vikings had a female relay team, and being the only ones in the 160+ age group, of course coming away with max points.

Everyone enjoyed the day, happy with their swims and points gained; even if some were overly affectionate and had personal magnetic forces connecting them to the lane ropes in one particular event!   The day ended well with the sun shining, sausage sangers being consumed and merchandise being bought.

Campbelltown BPS Meet – 18 January 2020

Report by Cecelia Kaye & Jane Waddleton

The rain stayed at bay, making for an excellent day of racing for 11 brave Vikings swimmers at the first meet for 2020: Campbelltown BPS Meet.

There were plenty of eager Masters Swimmers ready to test the water, including the great ex-Olympian, Daniel Kowalski, now swimming with the Wett Ones club – watching him swim kept the day interesting as he is still super quick!

The day started with Donna, Richard, Anne, and Caz swimming a 400m event. This distance proved too much for the rest of the crew, who stuck to the shorter distances. 

Everyone had a mix of good race times and some events where more training might be required — but it was all fun at the end of the day. Just swimming in an outdoor 50m pool proved a challenge for most of us! This meet is a great competition for Canberra-based Masters Swimmers wanting to try a MSNSW Branch Point Score meet. It was easy to travel up and back in one day and the event was run very efficiently.

Richard, Cecelia, Anne S and Nick G did our club proud by assisting with timekeeping, while Ann R stayed busy officiating as well as swimming – a valuable asset to any swim meet. We fielded two teams in the Medley Relay and the well-organised contingent of female swimmers enabled us to take out first place in age groups for both of these races – woohoo — go Vikings!

The day finished with a cold shower (due to there being no sunshine to charge the solar panels), a sausage sizzle with plenty of sausages for seconds … and thirds, … and then a stop at Maccas on the way home to Canberra for a chat about everyone’s day – we were all still smiling!

Attendees were: Richard P, Anne S, Caz M, Ann R, Donna C, Paul M, Leisa C, Katrina B, Nick G, Cecelia K and Jane W, along with Pete S for moral support.