Issue 22, 2019/2020

2019/2020 Season Wrap-Up

We expected to be enjoying the last morning of club races for the season today and a breakfast to end what had been a very successful and rewarding season for our members.

However as we know our world has changed so much in the last month or so. The first 51 years of the club’s activities went smoothly, however the 52nd season has been the most unusual, with events such as bushfire smoke, air quality and the Coronavirus pandemic impacting upon club activities.

The support and flexibility of our club members over the season has been fantastic, as we coped with these events. Unfortunately the pandemic has not allowed us to complete the last week of the season, and our thoughts turn to those in the community and world who have been affected by the various events.

Some particular highlights we want to acknowledge during this season are:

Club Championship Records

We have seen a total of 11 records broken this season. Congratulations to:

Name

Event

New Record

Previous Record

Brendan Kirkpatrick

1500m Freestyle

19:34.63

19:42.14 (2006/07)

 

200m Individual Medley

2:36.74

2:39.88 (2002/03)

 

200m Breaststroke

2:54.59

2:54.98 (2005/06)

 

 

 

 

Alison Johnston

50m Freestyle

29.28

29.51 (2017/18)

 

 

 

 

Kylee Murray

200m Freestyle

3:10.40

3:14.33 (2017/18)

 

 

 

 

Breeanah Khoury

50m Backstroke

37.87

38.50 (1981/82)

 

 

 

 

Matthew Vicic

50m Butterfly

35.41

35.49 (2001/02)

 

100m Freestyle

1:09.31

1:11.30 (1978/79)

 

 

 

 

Lisa Shrestha

50m Freestyle

38.66

38.71 (2012/13)

 

50m Breaststroke

52.11

52.40 (1972/73)

 

50m Butterfly

46.99

48.37 (2002/03)

Club Meets

This was the 2nd season we have held the Masters BPS Sprint Meet and SwimFest on the same day and we again hosted the InterClub Cup. We had a great number of club members swim in these meets and again outstanding results were achieved, with constant PB’s being achieved by our swimmers at all meets.

Thank you to our broader family members who supported us in hosting these meets, without your help we are not able to provide such successful events. We again received very positive feedback about how our club works together and provides fun well run meets.
Area Meets

We saw record numbers of swimmers represent the club at meets such as the Speedo Sprint Heats and 5 – 8 Year meets. We also had a number swimmers compete at Area Championships during the season.

The 5 – 8 Years meet was swum after the last Whales Tales was published, so we want to recognise the fantastic performances of our swimmers at this meet. We had a team of 11 swim, many in their first ever official meet and the results were outstanding. Congratulations on achieving 14 PB’s, picking up 9 medals and finalist ribbons for their great efforts.

Metropolitan & State Championships

We had a number of swimmers achieve qualifying times for Metropolitan and State Championships during the season. Unfortunately Junior State Age Championships have been cancelled for this year. The State Open Championships were held after the last Whales Tales were published and Alison Johnston competed in the Women’s 50 metre Freestyle. Alison swam 28.70 which is her fastest time since 2016, and just 0.19 outside her all time PB. Congratulations Alison.

Congratulations also to our coaches, who have worked tirelessly to prepare training programs to have swimmers peaking for all of these events. It has been a difficult season for the squad program with regular changes being forced upon training schedules.

New Technical Officials

We saw 12 of our members obtain their timekeepers accreditation this season. Welcome to the ranks of our technical officials and we hope you are keen to progress with further accreditations in the coming seasons.

Club AGM & Annual Presentation

At this time we still have the following dates booked:

  • Club AGM – Monday 25th May, 2020 commencing at 7.30pm in the Club Room
  • Annual Presentation – Saturday 30th May, 2020 commencing at 6.30pm at Club Merrylands

As such the dates for nominations for committee positions and club awards are:

  • Service Excellence Award – closes 31st March, 2020
  • Life Member nomination – 60 days before the AGM (Thursday 26th March, 2020)
  • Committee nomination – 30 days before the AGM (Saturday 25th April, 2020)

However we will continue to review the dates for these events, depending on circumstances over the coming month or so. It is possible that these dates may be altered and pushed back to later in the year. Updates to these events will be provided on the club website and Facebook page.

Sponsors

We again thank our major sponsors who provide fantastic support to our club. If you know of a business or organisation who may be interested in providing sponsorship or support to our club please let Graham know.

Raffle prize sponsors for the Merrylands Masters BPS & SwimFest Meets

Photography

COVID-19 (Coronavirus)

Updates on the COVID-19 (Coronavirus) situation and their impact on Club Activities are available below.

Updates will be provided on this page as the situation evolves.

Update: Monday, 23rd March, 2020

As of midday, Monday, 23rd March, 2020, all Cumberland Council Swim Centres will close until further notice.

Current Status of Club Activities

  • Squad Training
    • Pool sessions suspended until further notice
    • Further information will be provided to squad members via email.
  • Club Races
    • The final week of races for the season (Saturday, 28th March, 2020) is cancelled.
  • Learn to Swim
    • Lessons finished Saturday, 21st March, 2020.

Update: Thursday, 19th March, 2020

All members have been emailed an update on Club Activities. A summary follows.

Current Status of Club Activities

  • Club Races
    • Running on Saturday, 21st March, under the following conditions
    • Appropriate Social Distancing and Personal Hygiene practices to be followed at all times
    • Only essential participants should attend. i.e. swimmers, coaches, officials, volunteers involved in operations and parents/guardians of swimmers
    • Participants must spread out throughout the centre. There will be designated areas only for marshalling and officiating.
    • Timekeepers should only move to the 15m/25m/33m if they have a swimmer in their lane. Otherwise they should move straight to the end of the pool, and maintain at least 1.5m gaps when not timing a race.
    • Equipment should not be shared
    • Club Photo has been cancelled
    • Championship Presentation has been cancelled
    • There will be no general access to the club room
    • A decision on races for Saturday, 28th March will be made by Thursday, 26th March
    • Advice from Swimming NSW concerning cancellation of swimming meets relates to multi-club meets - not club races at this time
  • Learn to Swim
    • Running on Saturday, 21st March, under the following conditions
    • This is the final lesson (as already scheduled)
    • Appropriate Social Distancing and Personal Hygiene practices to be followed at all times
    • Spectators should spread out in areas away from direct contact with the lesson activity
    • Only essential participants should attend. i.e. swimmers and parents/guardians of swimmers
    • Instructors will be modifying lessons as appropriate
    • Advice from ASCTA, Swim Australia and AUSTSWIM does not recommend cancelling lessons at this time
  • Squad Training
    • Running, but under modified conditions (see below).
    • Updates will be provided through the website by 3:30pm each day if sessions are to be cancelled.
    • The following changes are being made to Squad Training until further notice:
      • All Land Warm-Ups cancelled - sessions will start in the water at the usual in water start times:
        • Novice & Junior Squad: 4:30pm
        • Development, Age, Senior Squad: 5:15pm
        • Masters, Adults: 5:45pm
        • Morning Squads: 6:00am (access via the main entrance - not the club room)
      • Access to the Club Room and Old Club Room will be restricted. Swimmers may leave their bags in the club room while training and will be able to access the Old Club Room only to get access to their training gear. The rooms will be closed to everyone at all other times.
      • Spectators at training should implement social distancing by doing the following:
        • Not congregating around the entrances to rooms
        • Not sitting on the side of the pool where training is being conducted
        • Spectators that do not need to be at the centre should not attend 
    • Advice from ASCTA, Swim Australia and AUSTSWIM does not recommend cancelling sessions at this time

Cumberland Council has advised that it's swimming centres remain open.

Please remember:

  • Anyone (coach/athlete/parent/official/spectator) who is unwell for any reason should not attend any training, competition or club activity.
  • Protect yourself and others from getting sick by following good personal hygiene practices.
  • Swimmers should not share any equipment including googles, drink bottles or towels.

Update: Monday, 16th March, 2020

Swimming NSW has provided updated advice on their website, which all members should make themselves familiar with.

Current Status of Club Activities

  • Squad Training
    • Running, but under modified conditions (see below).
    • Updates will be provided through the website by 3:30pm each day if sessions are to be cancelled.
    • The following changes are being made to Squad Training until further notice:
      • All Land Warm-Ups cancelled - sessions will start in the water at the usual in water start times:
        • Novice & Junior Squad: 4:30pm
        • Development, Age, Senior Squad: 5:15pm
        • Masters, Adults: 5:45pm
        • Morning Squads: 6:00am (access via the main entrance - not the club room)
      • Access to the Club Room and Old Club Room will be restricted. Swimmers may leave their bags in the club room while training and will be able to access the Old Club Room only to get access to their training gear. The rooms will be closed to everyone at all other times.
      • Spectators at training should implement social distancing by doing the following:
        • Not congregating around the entrances to rooms
        • Not sitting on the side of the pool where training is being conducted
        • Spectators that do not need to be at the centre should not attend 
    • Advice from ASCTA, Swim Australia and AUSTSWIM does not recommend cancelling sessions at this time.
  • Club Races
    • Being reviewed.
    • A decision will be made by the close of entries on Thursday night as to whether they will proceed.
    • The Club Photo has been cancelled.
    • Advice from Swimming NSW concerning cancellation of swimming meets relates to multi-club meets - not club races at this time.
    • If races do not proceed a refund for entry fees will be provided through SwimCentral.
    • We will be implementing some social distancing measures if races proceed. More details will be provided closer to the weekend.
  • Learn to swim
    • Being reviewed.
    • A decision will be made by Thursday night as to whether lessons will proceed.
    • Advice from ASCTA, Swim Australia and AUSTSWIM does not recommend cancelling lessons at this time.

Cumberland Council has advised that they are increasing cleaning protocols at the swimming centres.

Please remember:

  • Anyone (coach/athlete/parent/official/spectator) who is unwell for any reason should not attend any training, competition or club activity.
  • Protect yourself and others from getting sick by following good personal hygiene practices.
  • Swimmers should not share any equipment including googles, drink bottles or towels.

Update: Friday, 13th March, 2020

As the COVID-19 (Coronavirus) situation continues to evolve, Swimming NSW has provided an update on their website, which all members should make themselves familiar with.

Swimming Club and Training Sessions will continue to be held at this stage, however all members should follow the advice from Swimming NSW and State and Federal Governments.

In particular:

  • Anyone (coach/athlete/parent/official) who is unwell for any reason should not attend any training, competition or club activity.
  • Protect yourself and others from getting sick by following good personal hygiene practices.

The Australian Age and Open Championships in late April have been cancelled by Swimming Australia. At this stage however there are no plans to change State or local events of less than 500 people that are currently happening. The NSW State Open Championships are continuing this weekend.

See Also

 

Metro South West 5-8yrs Meet Results

Great results at the Metro South West 5-8yrs Meet today with some very happy young swimmers.

Our team took home some big smiles along with a bag of medals, ribbons and 14 PBs.

Well done to the whole team on their swims, with our club finishing 5th in the point score. The work you have been doing at training and learn to swim has obviously been paying off!

Thank you to Rabin, Prafulla, Graham and Margaret for officiating at the meet, and to those members who came along just to support the kids!

Medal Tally

Gold 3
Silver 2
Bronze 4

See Also

Issue 21, 2019/2020

Swimming NSW Junior Metropolitan Championships

Summer Shrestha (3 events) and Matthew Vicic (4 events) competed at the Junior Metropolitan Championships at SOPAC last weekend. Summer achieved 3 PB’s & 3 State qualifying times, whilst Matthew achieved 2 PB’s & 1 State qualifying time. Congratulations to both Summer and Matthew on their fantastic races and the results they achieved for their hard work.

MSW 5-8 Years Meet - today

This afternoon we have a team of 11 swimmers competing at the MSW 5-8 Years meet. This is the largest number of swimmers we have had at this meet in over 25 years. A number of our members are competing at a swim meet for the first time and we are as excited as they are. May the whale be with:

Aisha Abdelraheem, Daniel Kalouche, Ethan Ton, Jay Shrestha, Julian Kalouche, Lindsey Matthew, Lucas Alverez, Mason Nader, Pare Nader, Ruby Shrestha, William Johnston

Swimming NSW State Open Championships – this weekend

Alison Sakurovs is representing our club at the NSW State Open Championships, competing in the Womens 50 metre Freestyle at approx. 12.15pm today. This meet is also being used by a number of swimmers as a warm-up event for their Olympic preparations, so Alison is again competing against swimmers such as Cate & Bronte Campbell and Madison Wilson. May the whale be with you too.

Club Races – Saturday 21st March, 2020 – commences at 6.30am

Next Saturday morning we are holding the 1500 metre Championships as well as our regular club races. To fit the program into the morning we need to start club races at 6.30am. We are expecting two full heats of the 1500 metre Championships so we will need timekeepers covering all 8 lanes from 6.30am. We ask that you arrive ready for races to commence at 6.30am and we appreciate your help in providing the number of technical officials required for this to occur.

Club Photo – Saturday 21st March, 2020

Following club races next Saturday morning we will be taking the club photo for the season. Please bring/wear your club uniform on the day.

Trophy Return

There are 2 weeks of the season left so the time to return any perpetual trophy’s you have is reducing rapidly. Please return any perpetual trophy’s you have asap.

Free Membership for 8 Years & Under – 2019/2020 season

Remember if you have a child who qualifies for free membership and you have not yet claimed reimbursement of the membership fee, please submit this before the end of March. For the criteria and online reimbursement request go to the Free Membership page.

Thanks to Club Merrylands for their support of our 8yrs & Under swimmers through free membership.

Club AGM & Annual Presentation

Club AGM – Monday 25th May, 2020 commencing at 7.30pm in the Club Room
Annual Presentation – Saturday 30th May, 2020 commencing at 6.30pm at Club Merrylands

The dates for nominations for committee positions and club awards are:

  • Service Excellence Award – closes 31st March, 2020
  • Life Member nomination – 60 days before the AGM (Thursday 26th March, 2020)
  • Committee nomination – 30 days before the AGM (Saturday 25th April, 2020)

See the club website for more information about these and how to submit a nomination.

Club Championship Records

This season we have seen an unprecedented achievement with many championship records being broken (some dating back over 30 years). Congratulations to all of our swimmers who have broken records this season, some have individually broken a number of records and this is positive reinforcement of the very hard work our swimmers and coaches undertake weekly. With two more championships left in the season, can we see more broken?. For the full list of club championship records visit the Championship Records page.

Upcoming Events

MEET/EVENT

MEET/EVENT DATE

ONLINE ENTRY CLOSING

SNSW State Open C/Ships

Friday 13th March &

Sunday 15th March

Closed

Whales Challenge # 3

Saturday 14th March

Closed

MSW 5 to 8 Years Meet

Saturday 14th March

Closed

MASC 1500metre Freestyle (Open)

Saturday 21st March

Thursday 19th March

Club Photo

Saturday 21st March

 

MSW Sprint Meet

Saturday 21st March

Tuesday 17th March

MASC 400metre Freestyle (Senior)

Saturday 28th March

Thursday 26th March

End of season Breakfast

Saturday 28th March

 

SNSW Junior State C/Ships

Saturday 28th March &

Sunday 29th March

Tuesday 17th March

McCredie Park 40 Year Anniversary

Sunday 5th April

Thursday 26th March

Club AGM

Monday 25th May

 

Annual Presentation

Saturday 30th May

 

Sponsors

We again thank our major sponsors who provide fantastic support to our club. If you know of a business or organisation who may be interested in providing sponsorship or support to our club please let Graham know.

Raffle prize sponsors for the Merrylands Masters BPS & SwimFest Meets

Photography

NSW State Open Championships

Alison Johnston will represent Merrylands at the NSW State Open Championships at the Sydney Olympic Park Aquatic Centre which start today.

Alison will compete in the 50m Freestyle on Day 2 of the championships which will feature some of the top swimmers from around the country as they prepare for the Tokyo Olympics later this year.

Congratulations to Alison on qualifying for the championships, and we wish her the best of luck.

See Also

Metro South West 5-8yrs Meet

Merrylands will be represented by a team of 11 swimmers at the Metro South West 5-8yrs Meet this weekend.

This will be our largest team at this meet in over 25 years. The club will be represented by:

Aisha Abdelraheem
Daniel Kalouche
Ethan Ton
Jay Shrestha
Julian Kalouche
Lindsey Matthew
Lucas Alverez
Mason Nader
Pare Nader
Ruby Shrestha
William Johnston

Thanks to Club Merrylands for their support of our 8yrs & Under swimmers through free membership.

Have a great time kids!

See Also

Junior Metropolitan Results

Summer Shrestha and Matthew Vicic represented Merrylands at the NSW Junior Metropolitan Championships this weekend. Our small team had big results - they competed in 7 individual swims, achieved 5 new personal best times and earned 4 new State qualifying times!

On Day 1 Summer and Matthew both swam in the 12 Years 50m Butterfly where Summer achieved a new personal best time, dropping over a second to achieve her first State qualifying time of the season, while Matthew swam his second fastest 50m Butterfly time.

Summer also contested the 12 Years 50m Breaststroke and earned another State time with a 0.3 second PB.

On Day 2 Matthew had a big morning contesting the 12 Years 100m Freestyle, 50m Backstroke and 100m Butterfly within an hour and a half.  Matt chipped 0.04 off his 100m Freestyle time, after achieving a PB at SwimFest a few weeks earlier.  Matt then took over a second off his 50m Backstroke time, earning a State qualifying time in the process.  Matt's 100m Butterfly was his 3rd fastest time, having dropped 5 seconds off his PB in the last 4 weeks.

Summer's final race was the 12 Years 50m Freestyle and she took almost a second off her PB to swim under 31 seconds for the first time.  This also added to Summer's State qualifying times.

Congratulations to our team!


Summer and Matt with their coach, Alison.