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ACT Interclub Meet – 4 June 2017

Report by Ian Spencer

Sunday, 4 June 2017 saw the running of the second ACT Interclub Meet for 2017 hosted by Tuggeranong Vikings.  As a new swimmer with Tuggeranong and with only a few weeks swim training completed after a 28 year rest phase, Ian found himself quietly thinking ‘what have I done?’ as he drove towards Lakeside Leisure Centre.  He need not have worried as the happy greetings from other swimmers quickly identified Masters swimmers as a friendly lot with a welcoming attitude.

Invitations for the event were sent far and wide and 46 competitors signed up including 24 Vikings, 15 Water Dragons, 6 Ginninderra Masters and lone entries each from the Novocastrian Novos and Penrith Masters.

Masters Swimmers in warmer climes had clearly read the Canberra weather report and couldn’t find enough jumpers in time for the meet. Well done to the hardier souls who attended.

After a well organised warm up, timekeepers were called for, the starting gun was tested and the first swimmers were away swimming 100m Backstroke.  Anne Smyth, Kylie Lane and Caz Makin showed their Tuggeranong teammates how it was done with some very smooth and fast swimming. Event 2 was the 50m Butterfly and Ian sheepishly wished he had been brave enough to sign up for it … next time!   The 50m Freestyle was next and unsurprisingly was the most popular event.  Nick Grinter posted the fastest time of the day for Tuggeranong closely followed by Paul Quinn, with an impressively quick first attempt at 50m Freestyle by Ian Spencer (sorry Ian … editor’s privilege to add this in!!). Event 4 was 100m Breaststroke with nice swims from Donna Campbell, Richard Phillips, Al Byrne and Ian Hampton.

Being a Masters event and therefore very civilised, tea and cake were served at the midway point and various awards presented for what can only be described as extraordinary feats of endurance swimming during 2016 – well done to all those swimmers who received their endurance towels. Thank you also to those who provided the plates of delicious food for afternoon tea.

The performance enhancing properties of cake and chocolate brownies became obvious in the final events with some fast individual swims and even faster relays.  Ian particularly enjoyed the timekeeping for the 200m events, getting to know other club members who were also helping out and watching some very smooth and effortless looking swimming from many Masters.

After the relays bringing the event to an end, the Tuggeranong Vikings had enough points to win the day, followed by the Water Dragons and Ginninderra. The club point scores were as follows:

Women – Team Scores

Tuggeranong Vikings


Molonglo Water Dragons


Ginninderra Masters


Novocastrian Novos




Men – Team Scores

Molonglo Water Dragons


Tuggeranong Vikings


Ginninderra Masters


Penrith Masters




Combined – Team Scores

Tuggeranong Vikings


Molonglo Water Dragons


Ginninderra Masters


Penrith Masters


Novocastrian Novos




As a new member of the club, Ian found the afternoon especially enjoyable …

Masters swimmers are a social and friendly crew, thank you for welcoming me.  To anyone hesitant to join because they have not swum for a long while, I would certainly encourage you to just join and start.  There is a wide range of abilities and you will be made to feel welcome.  Lessons for me from the day were have a go at butterfly, tighten the googles and eat performance enhancing cake.  Thank you to all the organisers and officials on the day whose efforts made the day such a success“.

Full results are available.

Tuggeranong BPS Meet – 17 September 2016

Report by Leisa Cass, Club President & Caroline Makin, Club Captain

After much hard work by the committee and Annette Britten, on Saturday, 17 September 2016, Tuggeranong Masters hosted their second Masters Swimming NSW Branch Point Score Meet.

After a bit of a whirlwind through the first few events, the marshals were able to slow things down a bit allowing everyone to catch their breath and enabling the swimmers to actually finish one event before having to be in marshalling for their next one! Whilst the overall number of entrants was again a bit disappointing, the meet ran smoothly and everyone who came seemed to enjoy the afternoon.

From the Vikings team we saw newbie Richard Phillips swimming in his first Masters meet tackling a 100m Individual Medley, 50m Freestyle and 50m Breaststroke. Richard had been practicing diving and with the help of coaches prior to the meet, and was pleased that his goggles stayed on for all of his race starts! He showed he is a neat sprint Freestyler with a time of 33:08.

Ed Linder took on a 200m Freestyle for the first time under the encouragement of coaches Caz and Anne using the ‘build’ approach nicely to finish in a time of 2:44.25 – a solid achievement with the training that Ed has been putting in, and a sub 2:40 most definitely looms for Ed in early 2017.

Many of the regular racers were in attendance including Katrina Burgess putting in a solid ‘return to Breaststroke form’ 100m swim and Marianne Tweedie was only a stroke behind Katrina finishing the 100m Breaststroke with a solid last 25m. Atsuko McGowan returned to the pool after no racing so far during 2016 with a ‘not too shabby’ 100m Individual Medley. Ann Reid went a ‘nice and steady’ almost three minutes dead for her 200m Freestyle and Pam Munday showed her skill and endurance as a 200m Butterfly swimmer in that tough event. Caz Makin finished off her four swims with a challenging ‘back up and down’ 200m Backstroke in sub three minutes with Jeanette Droop chasing Caz up and down the pool for 8 laps of Backstroke from just two lanes away – solid swimming from Jeanette.

Otto Benda, Helen Morris, Andrea Tenuisson and Brenda Day were amongst the many who liked to ‘mix it up’ with a 100m individual Medley to kick off their swims for the day.

Nick Dando was ‘sprinter supreme’ taking on all four 50m sprint events with not much rest between each one, whilst Lori Gould was the female ‘sprint specialist’ going in three 50m events and Kristen Leydon topping off her three 50m sprints with a 100m Freestyle.

Our superfish Gary Stustel showed everyone that at age 77, age is no barrier to swimming fast and pulling out a 100m Freestyle time of 1 minute 23 seconds.

Our bushranger Roger Dietrich returned to the Viking swimming fold once more and gave us some thoughts about his return and some inspiration to start swimming again… Thanks also to Roger for taking some action shots of the day!

“I started swimming following a 27 year break in 2009 and joined masters not long after getting back into the water with the Bushrangers. After about twelve months I joined Tuggeranong Masters. I am a remote member and do not live in ACT, but live about 50km north of Wagga Wagga. I seriously cut back my swimming about eighteen months ago and completely gave it away about twelve months ago and did not renew my membership at the beginning of 2016. However, I took out a 16 month membership returning to Tuggeranong on September 1 as I was becoming antisocial and now need another challenge. Although I did not swim very well at this meet it was great to swim again and catch up with people from the ACT and across NSW again both at the pool and afterward at the club as I lost touch with the masters swimming organisation very quickly. Having always been an endurance swimmer I am planning on pursuing distance swimming and will also concentrate on breaststroke as I was surprised at my breaststroke swims at this meet with very little training. I may also introduce fly and backstroke as another challenge.”

We had 61 entrants from 17 clubs. Locally form the ACT, we had 20 swimmers from Tuggeranong Vikings, 12 from Molonglo Water Dragons and one from Ginninderra. A good contingent from Oak Flats Masters came to defend their visitors title from the inaugural meet two years ago, with the remainder making the trip to represent the Sydney based clubs.

The winner of the Visitor’s trophy this year was Molonglo Water Dragons.

Many thanks to all those who helped to support the club running this meet by volunteering their time, technical and culinary skills.

Full results are available.

NSW State LC Championships – 9/10 April 2016

Report by David Bale

The NSW State LC Championships were held on the weekend of 9/10 April at the home of the 2000 Sydney Olympics.  Tuggeranong had 21 swimmers compete over the two days which is a little short on regular numbers at States but due to Nationals happening less than two weeks later was understandable.

We saw some marvellous swims from many of our team members which resulted in Tuggeranong Vikings placing third in the 1st division which was an awesome effort!

We had Jenna Freeman, Nicolee Martin, Pam Munday, and Kade Burgess all finishing first in their age groups and Caroline Makin, Ann Reid, Anne Smyth, and Ian Hampton finishing either second or third.  There were also several others achieving high places in their age groups.

David Bale was given the privilege of writing this report as he achieved a 14 second personal best time in his 200m Butterfly with a 3.15.87.

Some observations from the spectator gallery and pool deck were …

Jenna Freeman earned 5 golds from 5 starts with a 1.04.17 in her 100m Freestyle.

Marianne Tweedie cracked the 3 mins for her 200m Backstroke with a tidy 2.59.55.

Jill Blomeley in the recovery from a major knee injury delivered a 1.30.32 for a 100m Freestyle.

Rachel Harrison-Wyatt punched out a spritely 1.07.06 for her 100m Freestyle.

Caz Makin delivered a great swim in the 200m Individual Medley going under 3 mins in a time of 2.58.21.

Katrina Burgess provided a gutsy performance in the very difficult 200m Butterfly with 3.24.36.

Kristen Leydon swam a 47.58 in the 50m Freestyle which was quite good with minimal training.

Nicolee Martin showed her endurance with a 2.38.79 in the 200m Freestyle.

Ann Reid showed why she is a butterflyer with a 4.13.52 in the 200m Butterfly. She also kept a beady eye on the swimmers in the pool in her officiating capacity!

Donna Campbell continues to improve going 53.65 for 50m Butterfly.

Anne Smyth’s focus on fly paid off with a 3.22.28 in the 200m Butterfly.

Leisa Cass was solid as always with a 3.57.09 for her 100m Backstroke.

Pam Munday showed us how breaststroke should be swum with a 1.40.29 in the 100m Breaststroke.

Brenda Day nudged the 4 minute barrier in one of her three 200s with a 4.00.66 in 200m Backstroke.

Heather Cachia showed real stamina in a 5.37.20 200m Backstroke.

Joan Bratton swam a determined 5.03.02 in her 200m Breaststroke.

Kade Burgess went 5 gold from 5 swims and flew through the 50m Butterfly in 29.97.

David Bale delivered a solid 50m Butterfly in 35.84.

Andreas Falkenau loves his fly and it showed with a 1.21.14 100m Butterfly.

John Collis is an awesome Breaststroker and this can been seen in the 1.36.40 he did in the 100m Breaststroke.

Ian Hampton despite the recent Cooma pool closure still delivered a 3.44.16 in the 200m Individual Medley.


These results are very impressive considering there was no real taper due to Nationals looming.  Many club members now look to Melbourne for the Australian Masters Swimming National Championships from 21-24 April.  Good luck to all our Vikings!