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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:


Vikings Celebrate 2019 Achievements – Christmas Party & Awards 🎖🤶

Club members, partners, and friends gathered at the Capital Brewing Co., Fyshwick on Saturday, 1 December 2019 to celebrate the club and swimmers’s achievements during 2019. Thanks to Social Secretary, Donna for securing the excellent venue which added to the atmosphere of the celebration.

Our Club President, coaches and committee members were all rewarded for their efforts, celebrating with swimmers; all acknowledging the energy, planning, and effort by members contributing to the achievements of the club and individual swimmers during 2019.

Gill and David Buckley Encouragement Award 2019
Catherine Reihner
Tuggeranong Masters Swimming Encouragement Award 2019  
Liesl Peters
Tuggeranong AUSSI Masters Most Improved Swimmer 2019
Donna Campbell
Postal Swimmer of the Year 2019
Donna Campbell
Endurance Performance of the Year 2018
Maria Castles
Iron Person of the Year 2019
Brenda Day
July Gallagher Memorial Trophy for Swimmer of the Year 2019
Brian Curtis & Kylie Lane
Club Person of the Year 2019
Cecelia Kaye

Awesome Athletes
Award Winner
Brenda Day
Award Winner
Donna Campbell

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.