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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.

Caroline Makin achieves Two Million Metres – June 2015

Caroline Makin achieved her Two Million Metres on 16 June 2015 during a regular training session at Lakeside Leisure Centre, just over 2 years after recording her first million in May 2013.

Caroline said “I was very happy that I achieved my second million in almost 6 months less time than my first million and I am already well on my way to my third million – in fact after 4 months I am nearly 1/5th of the way to that target, which I hope to achieve in under 2 years. As our Club Captain, I try to encourage our members to experience a variety of Masters Swimming activities including swim meets, endurance swims, postal swims and the million metres award – there are so many different programs on offer through Masters Swimming Australia.  Personally, I not only take part in lots of racing at NSW State and BPS Meets in and around Sydney as well as our local ACT Interclub meets here in Canberra, but I am also am an active swimmer in the Endurance 1000 Program and I am endeavouring to complete the entire program for the first time this year, although completing 5 x 800m Butterfly swims and the long distance Breaststroke and Backstroke swims I find very challenging!”

The Vorgee Million Metre Awards is a great way to motivate yourself to keep coming to the pool, so why not start recording yours now!