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Competition

MSNSW State Long Distance SC Championships – 8 September 2019

Report by Club Captain – Katrina Burgess

Over the weekend of 7/8 September 2019, seven women and one brave man made the trip to Sydney to represent the mighty Vikings at Masters Swimming NSW’s State Long Distance SC Championships. As usual, they were also accompanied by long term ‘Viking partner’ and regular volunteer, Pete S. The event was hosted at Knox Grammar School’s aquatic centre at Wahroonga, Sydney.

Sunday was a hugely successful day for the strong Vikings contingent, with the team finishing third place overall (behind the hosts, Warringah, and Blacktown) and third place for average points per swimmer (behind Blue Mountains and Merrylands).

Ann Reid set the day in motion by competing in and completing the 1500m Butterfly – winning her category! Another highlight was watching four Vikings lining up together in the 800m freestyle. All you could hear was “Go Vikings” when Atsuko, Caz, Anne S, and Richard were lined up side-by-side on the blocks. Fabulous to see the Vikings swim caps so prominent in their heat, and fabulous to see all four finishing in the top half of the results. Notably, as well as great individual results, Richard, Atsuko, Kylie, Katrina and Donna all achieved new club records.

Full event results are available on the Masters Swimming NSW website.

Tuggeranong Challenge 2019 – CANCELLED

Announcement from Club President, Greg Gourley

Disappointinly, a decision has had to made to CANCEL our scheduled Tuggeranong Challenge 2019 meet, planned for 21 September 2019!

The reason for the cancellation is a lack of entries. We received a disappointing response from ACT and regional clubs. The number of entries received was insufficient to ensure an appropriately lively, enjoyable and competitive event. It would not have been worthwhile for volunteer officials (many of whom would have had to travel to Canberra for the event) to offer their time.

Entrants will be contacted shortly so that refunds can occur.

A very big thank you to the Vikings members who had already expended considerable effort in preparation and organising, and thank you to those from elsewhere who were prepared to put their hands up.

Hopefully, we’ll be back – bigger and better – next year!

NSW State Open and Australian Open Championships 2019

Report by Web Editor – Al Byrne

Over a recent three week period, our Vikings resident Multi-Class S9 swimmer, David Bale, made the big trips to Sydney and to Adelaide, respectively, for the 2019 NSW State Open Championships and then the 2019 Hancock Prospecting Australian Swimming Championships. David is an enthusiastic (and quick!) swimmer for both the Tuggeranong Vikings adult swim squad and the Tuggeranong Vikings Masters swimming club.

The NSW event, held at Sydney Olympic Park Aquatic Centre (SOPAC) 15-17 Mar 19, saw David competing in five events, and qualifying for three finals. In the process, he managed to improve two of his personal bests: for the 200m IM (by 3.0 seconds) and the 100m BU (by 2.5 seconds). Event results are on the Swimming NSW website.

This was a great lead-in for David’s participation in the Australian Championships a few weeks later (07-12 Apr 19) at the SA Aquatic & Leisure Centre in Adelaide. David qualified for three events – 50m BA, 50m FR and 100m FR – and, this time, racked up another two personal bests, including an improvement by a full second in the 50m BA for a very respectable 36.26 seconds! The winner of this event was obviously pushed very hard, setting a new world record for the S9 classification. Full results are available on the Swimming Australia website.