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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!


Australian Masters Games – 3-5 October 2015

Report by Donna Campbell

Four female swimmers from Vikings – Brenda DayAnne SmythCaz Makin and Donna Campbell ventured down to Adelaide for the XV Australian Masters Games – Vintage 2015 – and aren’t they glad they did!

It was a superb venue at the SA Aquatic and Leisure Centre. The pool was nice to swim in, and they all made new friends from different places, as well as catching up with old ones.

What a great three days of swimming was had by those four ladies from 3-5 October 2015 – with a total of 33 medals between them coming back to Canberra. Our ladies had loads of fun and teamed up with Paul Bailey (from Warringhah Masters) and Peter Sheehan (from Sutherland Sandburn Masters) for two mixed relays on the second day.

For a first timer to Adelaide, Donna was impressed. The city, the pool, the food and drink, the chocolate, the sites to see, the beaches, all unbelievable … “did I mention the chocolates mmmmmmmmmm”. Donna’s hubby (Malcolm), who now understands the intricacies that goes into masters swimming, showed his new found abilities for split taking and also acted as team photographer!

Final medal count and favourite moments from the meet for each of our swimmers were as follows:

Medals 10 – 6 Gold, 1 Silver, 3 Relay Silver
“Gotta be the relays – love team events. Tripping through McLaren Vale wineries was a close second.”

Medals 9 – 2 Gold, 4 Silver, 2 Relay Silver, 1 Relay Bronze
“It was such a friendly relaxed atmosphere and really enjoyed catching up with swimming friends. Events were a bit rushed – getting out of 800m Freestyle to swim 200m Individual Medley 10 minutes later!”

Medals 4 – 1 Bronze, 3 Relay Silver
“5 PBs from 6 swims. 12 second PB in 200m Breaststroke. Just being there. Will certaining be going to more Masters Games. It was fun.”

Medals 10 – 3 Silver, 4 Bronze, 2 Relay Silver, 1 Relay Bronze
“4 PB swims and on the final day a fab 800m Freestyle with a 9 second PB which felt strong and  controlled the whole way and bringing it home so fast in the last 100m. Catching up with old friends in a lovely city, good wine and fun times.”

Apparently, the next Australian Masters Games will be held in Tasmania in 2017. Consider it as a great option for a fantastic long weekend away swimming, laughing, chatting, eating, drinking ….. now who wouldn’t like all of that?!

Full results are available.

Tuggeranong Challenge – 19 September 2015

Report by Leisa Cass, Club President

The club’s “Tuggeranong Challenge” was held on Saturday, 19 September 2015 back at the newly refurbished Lakeside Leisure Centre.

To be a part of the Challenge ,swimmers needed to compete in 3 events, across the three distances, 50m, 100m and 200m and each must be in a different stroke. The overall winner is the person who’s total actual swim times are the closest to their total nominated swim times. So if a swimmers does 2 sec faster in their 50m and 2 sec slower in their 200m, they do not cancel each other out, but give a total difference of 4 seconds.

There were some pretty slick swims during the day (as well as a couple of not so slick times – putting my hand up for one of those!). New comer Ed Linder took a few by surprise with a fast 31.02 sec for 50m Freestyle and 1:11.03 for 100m Freestyle after only joining us a few months ago. David Hennessy swam three good times taking 7 seconds off his 100m Breaststroke entry time and 11 seconds off his 200m Freestyle entry time. Jane Waddleton improved across all three of her Breaststroke swims.

Richard Flockart was consistent, as were Nick Dando, Suzie Gunning, Liz Needham and so many others, but most consistent of all was Anne Smyth with only 1.34 seconds total difference from her nominated times across the three swims to take out the Challenge trophy for 2015. In second place overall was Caroline Makin with a total difference of 1.38 seconds and in third place David Bale with a total difference of 2.98 seconds.

Winners of the three individual Challenge events were 50m – David Bale (exact time), 100m – Greg Gourley (23/100th second off nominated time), and 200m  – Suze Gunning and Tim Booth = 1st (10/100th second off nominated time).

The handicapped relay to finish off came down to the wire with a close finish across all the lanes, and Tuggeranong just coming in the winner.

Full results are available.