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Aerobic

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.

2015 Endurance 1000 Results

Report by Katrina Burgess, Endurance C0-ordinator

It has been another successful year for the Tuggeranong Viking endurance swimmers, placing fifth in the National Endurance 1000 program and second in NSW, just behind Campbelltown. The club accumulated 12,165 points.

Thank you to the 55 swimmers who participated at some time over the year and gained valuable points for the club. The club scored 126.72 points per average swimmer and this placed us 8th in NSW and 19th nationally.

Congratulations to the five swimmers who completed the yearly program of 62 swims which range from 400m to hour-long swims and gained maximum points in all swims – Brenda Day, Katrina Burgess, Caroline Makin, Jon McRae, and Ann Reid. David Bale and Andrea Teunissen also successfully completed the program and all seven swimmers are now anxiously awaiting their embroidered towel.

Other statistics from 2015 …

1)      The total kilometres swam by the Tuggeranong Viking endurance swimmers was 690.8km.

2)      A total of 928 swims were completed and entered into the Australian Masters Portal by Jane Lindsay. What an achievement – A huge thank you to Jane for her data entry!

3)      The club had a participation rate of 57.29% of members participating.

The program continues this year and all club members are welcome to participate in as few or as many swims as each individual would like, adding to the Masters swimming motto of “fun, friendship and fitness”.

More information about the club results and individual point scores of all participants is available.

Endurance sessions are held on Tuesday morning at 1030hrs to 1200hrs and Saturday mornings from 1030hrs to 1230hrs.

Cecelia Kaye joins the Million Metres Club – May 2013

Congratulations to Cecelia Kaye who became a member of the Million Metres Club in May 2013. Cecelia was presented with the award at the NSW State SC Championships in Canberra on 20 October 2013.

The Vorgee Million Metre Awards acknowledge progress from the “learn to swim” beginner to the distance swimmer. These awards are intended to stimulate members to strive for greater fitness and are open to all registered members of Masters Swimming Australia.

Cecelia joined Masters Swimming in February 2008. It wasn’t until October that she learned about the Million Metres club, seeing Brenda Day presented with her shirt and she decided to do this, too. She began by recording her first months of swimming – which was easy because she usually swam three times a week and just continued on for the next five years.

Cecelia said “My aim was to swim 20 kms per month (about 5 km each week) and figured it would take me approximately four and a half years. Of course there were months when that just didn’t happen due to holidays and the arrival of grandchildren, etc. There was no hurry as there is no pressure or anything and I knew I would get there eventually. Finally after five years and three months I was finished! On 25 May this year I completed my aim, which was a very satisfying feeling. Now I am on my way to my second million metres just plugging away steadily. Hopefully after another five and a bit years I will be collecting another shirt! I even wore my new shirt to Thursday morning coffee yesterday  after training, to encourage others!!

Million Metres recording cards are available from your coaches at training or during Endurance Swim Sessions.  You can also use the Million Metres Recording Spreadsheet to record your progress.