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Competitions

Vikings Secure Top Spots: MSA National Swim Series 2019

Report by Caroline Makin – Publicity Officer, Club Recorder and Coach

The Masters Swimming Australia National Swim Series boasts a mix of Long and Short Course meets across Australia.

Vikings had two swimmers: Caroline Makin and Brian Curtis who both placed first in their respective age groups.

Caz also placed first in her age group in the 2018 series, making this two years in a row, but this year topping it off by finishing as top overall point scoring female in the 2019 series.

Brian participated in 5 meets, and Caz in 4 meets. 

There were 1267 swimmers in the Series, 638 women and 629 men.

 

The best swims from 5 swim meets are used so as not to disadvantage those who do not participate in all 8 Swim Series meets. A minimum of two Series meets need to be entered and swum to be eligible for awards.

Points Calculation

The formula only works with FINA Events because a point base is required (world record = 1000pts). At a swim series meet, only the 50, 100, 200, 400 IM, 400 Free, 800 Free and 1500 Free are eligible for the Swim Series awards; i,e. no 25m events, no formstrokes over 200m, no relays legs etc.

Progressive points for the series are available on the MSA Results Portal.

Age Group winners for 2019 were as follows:

 

ACT Interclub Meet – 17 November 2019

Report by Nicolee Martin

On the afternoon of Sunday, 17 November 2019, 36 swimmers from 5 Masters clubs (8 Tuggeranong Vikings, 15 Molonglo Water Dragons, 2 Ginninderra Swim Club, 6 Oaks Flat and 1 Penrith Masters) participated in the final ACT Interclub Meet for 2019. The meet was held in long-course format at the Gunghalin Leisure Centre and hosted by our northern neighbours the Water Dragons.

Thanks to all those Vikings who helped Molonglo run the meet in the sad absence of Gary Stutsel who was suddenly and unexpectedly unwell. Annette stepped into his very big shoes and expertly ensured that the meet ran well in her fabulously efficient way. Ann Reid did a great job of manning the starting gun, Donna coordinated the marshalling table and ably managed to herd the cats.  Thanks also to Bill Eversham for his friendly dedication to all things time-keeping and to Pete Sharman for his time and efforts with the recording. A great community and team effort!

As always, it was a relaxed and friendly afternoon, giving ACT swimmers a chance to race locally. An initial clash with a bouncy castle booking prompted a re-write of the program at the last hour but was avoided on the day when said bouncy castle was cancelled and we ended up having all four lanes of the pool after all. Molonglo put on a fabulous afternoon tea with a special mention going to the plum cake which resulted in, for Nicolee’s part anyway, more calories being ingested than expended despite the afternoon of exhausting competition!

Tuggeranong was well represented by a small but feisty group of Vikings including Al Byrne, Katrina Burgess, Nick Dando, Nick Grinter, Ian Hampton, Kylie Lane, Christine Leary, and Nicolee Martin. Everyone swam well with good solid swims and fast times (mostly) all-round. Relays were fast and furious and capped off a very enjoyable afternoon. Check out the full results.

Sri Chinmoy National Capital Swim 2019

Report by Suzie Gunning

Sunday,  1 December 2019 dawned displaying perfect conditions for a 9km swim of Lake Burley Griffin – a glass-like lake, blue sky, sunshine, and mild weather. However, with gale-force winds predicted by 11am, reports the water temperature was 17C in parts and memories of last year’s challenging conditions, the decision to wear a wetsuit was an easy one (for me). Even Greg, who had already registered as a non-wetsuit entrant, changed his mind at the last minute. Having already slathered himself in suncream, the wetsuit slipped on with ease…

So three Tuggeranong swimmers, Greg, Nicolee and Suzie, and 2nd claim member, Brendon (from Molonglo Water Dragons), along with 50 other solo swimmers (including seven members of the Australian Open Water swim squad) and 12 relay teams, began their epic journey at Scrivener Dam and headed east towards their destination at the Boat House.

The swim to the first transition at Weston Park was smooth and uneventful. However, as predicted, the wind began to pick up between the 1st and 2nd transition at Yarralumla and got progressively stronger and more relentless for the remaining 6km!  All praise to our wonderful paddlers – the Mighty Mij, Super Steve, and Dependable Dom – who guided and encouraged us through choppy waters to the finish. It’s assumed that Brendon’s paddler did an equally fine job!

Vikings take on the length of Lake Burley Griffin

Speedy Nicolee was the first Viking swimmer out of the water in an awesome time of 2:34.04. Hot on her heels was Brendon in an equally awesome 2:34.43. Closely behind them was Greg in an impressive 2:41.59. The “advantage” of being the final Vikings swimmer out of the water was the cheer squad encouraging Suzie to run to the finish line (fat chance!!), but she did stumble through in 2:50.39, deciding her preferred option of crawling was perhaps a little undignified.

Special thanks to our wonderful coaches Brenda and Tom who were there at the finish line to cheer us out of the water and to Greg who provided the inspirational ‘Distance and Pace’ sessions in the months leading up to the swim. This was Greg’s 10th consecutive National Capital Swim and he has now been dubbed “The Conqueror of Lake Burley Griffin“.

And finally, a big thank you to all our fantastic coaches who continually go above and beyond to deliver interesting, challenging and motivating swim sessions week after week. We greatly appreciate you!

Full solo and team results are available on the Sri Chinmoy Website.