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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.

ACT Interclub 2015 Meet 3 – 22 November 2015

Report by Anne Smyth, Head Coach

To complete the year of pool competition, a third ACT Interclub Meet for 2015 was held on 22 November with a focus on distance events in SC 25m format. With a late change to Gungahlin pool due to uncertainty about high water temperatures at Lakeside Leisure Centre, the meet ran very smoothly. It was, as usual, a relaxed and friendly atmosphere, with time to catch up with swimmers from the competing clubs over a bit of timekeeping. There were  17 swimmers from Tuggeranong Vikings, 10 from Molonglo Water Dragons and Joan Bratton was the keen solo rep from Ginninderra Masters.

Some excellent swims were recorded with many Tuggeranong club records being set.

Ann Reid and Brenda Day continue to amaze and impress us with their huge gutsy effort in completing the 1500m Butterfly – well done ladies!

David Bale had a strong swim in 1500m Backstroke and Jane Waddleton and Andrea Teunissen completed their 1500m Breaststroke with style. It was good to see Maddie Fleming and Paul Hitchman smashing out 1500m Freestyle with strong first parts of their swims.

Caroline Makin, Anne Smyth, Suzie Gunning and Otto Bender all swam 800m events in various strokes. Caz completed a strong all-round swim in the Individual Medley, Anne practised many turns in Backstroke and Suzie and Otto both put in solid Freestyle swims.

It was great to see Kristen Leyden competing again after mended broken bones in the 50m events and even managing a 400m Freestyle!

Kade Burgess had a splash in some 50’s and he and Kyle McLean enjoyed racing in Butterfly and Freestyle. Kyle also swam 400m Freestyle and paced himself well over this longer distance.

Leisa Cass, Liz Needham and Donna Campbell had some good 50m sprints and Donna finished off with a 400m Breaststroke, recording a large PB!

Thanks to all those who came and helped even though they were not swimming – Greg Gourley, Cecelia Kaye, Annette Britten, Jodie Burke and Denise Druitt. Also huge thanks to the partners who came along and helped: Scott Makin and Peter Sharman on the recording and to Art for all his timekeeping.

Full results are available.