Issue 24, 2017/2018

Masters Swimming NSW Coach of the Year

It gives me enormous pleasure to announce that Peter Johnston was named the Masters Swimming NSW Coach of the Year for 2017 at last weekend’s Masters NSW State Championship meet. This is the 2nd time Peter has won this award, having first won it in 2013 and he is only the 2nd coach in NSW to win this award twice.

Peter is a finalist for the Masters Australia Coach of the Year, having also been awarded this honour in 2013. This award will be announced at the Masters National Championships in April 2018.

I am sure everyone in our club joins me in congratulating Peter on this award. It is fantastic recognition of the work, time and dedication Peter puts into the coaching program for our club and swimmers. We greatly appreciate Peter’s commitment to all of our swimmers and the results achieved are a testimony to his work. Thank you also to Alison & William who allow Peter the time to undertake all of this work.

Trophy Return

If you still have any perpetual trophy’s to return from last season please let Trish Johnston know so you can make arrangements to return them to her. They are needed for our Annual Presentation.

Merrylands Money

If you have Merrylands Money to spend you have today left to make purchases.

Easter Raffle – Drawn today

Thank you to everyone who has donated Easter eggs for our Easter raffle. The raffle will be drawn this morning and we are also holding a club bbq to celebrate the end of the season.

Merrylands Amateur Swimming Club – 50th Anniversary

We are announcing the winner of the Lolly Guessing competition this morning, so see Margaret if you would like to have any last minute guesses.

Swim Meets

Great results from the swim meets held last weekend. Our 12 swimmers at Masters NSW State Championships at SOPAC achieved some great results and medals. We won the Executive Trophy (for the 3rd time in 4 years) for the highest club participation rate at a State Championship and we came 2nd in our Division point score.

Our 25 swimmers at the MSW Sprint Meet at Blacktown also achieved great results with plenty of PB’s & medals won. What a great way to finish the season. Congratulations to everyone who participated in meets throughout the season.

Squad Training

Training moves to Granville Pool on Tuesday 3rd April, 2018. All swimmers who intend on continuing to train in April must complete the Training Enrolment Form by next Friday, 30th March, 2018 so that the coach can determine what time sessions will be held. Squads will also have a training break over the coming months. To complete the online Training Enrolment Form and to find out about the training breaks for your squad visit the club website.

Annual Presentation & AGM

Our Annual Presentation will be held on Saturday 2nd June, 2018 at Club Merrylands (Newman Room). Arrive at 6.00pm for presentation of trophies to commence at 6.30pm. You may wish to arrive at the club earlier to have dinner before presentation starts, or you may want to have dinner after the presentation of trophies has concluded. It is a great opportunity for us to support one of our club’s major sponsors.

The Club’s AGM will be held on Monday 4th June, 2018 commencing at 7.30pm in the club room. We want to ensure the club continues to grow and that it provides a great swimming and social experience for the whole family. To do this it takes a dedicated committee and what better way than joining the committee to help set the direction and steer the club to greater heights. You might also like to nominate a club member for recognition of their dedication and hard work over the past season.

The dates for nominations for committee positions and awards are:

  • Service Excellence Award – closes 31st March, 2018
  • Life Member nomination – 60 days before the AGM (Thursday 5th April, 2018)
  • Committee nomination – 30 days before the AGM (Saturday 5th May, 2018)

See the club website for more information about these and how to submit a nomination. If you would like more information or have a question please see any of our current committee members.

Uniforms

Final orders for winter clothing items such as long coats & hoodies are being taken today. Please see Margaret as an order for these items will be placed at the end of March.

Visit our online store at https://shop.merrylandsasc.asn.au/ to place your order & pay for uniform items.

Active Kids Program

For more information see the noticeboard in the club room or visit the MyServiceNSW website at www.service.nsw.gov.au or Swimming NSW website at https://nsw.swimming.org.au/page.php?id=258

Swimming Continues

So what do you do with swimmer’s whilst Merrylands Pool is closed over the next few months? McCredie Park Aquatics Swimming Club run club races on a Friday night at Guildford Pool (races start at 6.30pm). Their winter season commences in April and concludes in September. There are breaks over the school holiday periods in April & July. See Graham for more information.

Season Wrap-up

As it is our last Saturday morning for the season I would like to thank all of our club members for their participation in our club events, be they in the pool, on the pool deck or social activities. It has been great to see the club continue to grow and to have so many people involved. Thank you to our hard working committee, who do a lot of work away from the pool, and everyone who has helped us run club races on a Saturday and helped out at the various meets during the season.

Merrylands Pool will re-open in October 2018 for our 50th season and we will be celebrating all season long.

Fifteen Medals at State Masters Championships

Merrylands' team has finished the NSW State Masters Championships with a haul of 15 medals and 10 new personal best times.

The club had a team of 12 swimmers competing at the 2 day meet at the Sydney Olympic Park Aquatic Centre on March 17-18, 2018.

Our club also finished 2nd in Division 2 at the meet and won the Executive Trophy for the highest proportion of members swimming at the Championships.

Congratulations to our team on their results!

Medal Tally

Gold  11 
Silver  3
Bronze   1

See Also

Sprint Meet Results

Merrylands' team brought home 8 medals from the Metro South West Sprint Meet last weekend.

Our team of 25 swimmers also swam 40 new personal best times.

Our 8 medals came from 6 individual events, and 2 relays:

  • Alison Johnston
    • Gold - 15yrs & Over 50m Freestyle
    • Silver - 15yrs & Over 50m Butterfly
  • Reece Tomkinson
    • Silver - 15yrs & Over 50m Freestyle
    • Gold - 15yrs & Over 50m Backstroke
    • Gold - 15yrs & Over 50m Butterfly
  • Michael Evans
    • Bronze - 15yrs & Over 50m Breaststroke
  • 10yrs & Under 4x50m Freestyle Relay
    • Silver - Helen Macpherson, Niushka Shrestha, Summer Shrestha, Matthew Vicic
  • Open 4x50m Freestyle Relay
    • Gold - Steven Nguyen, Alison Johnston, Michael Evans, Reece Tomkinson

Congratulations to our whole team on their results - a great way to end the summer!

No Club or Training on Easter Long Weekend

There are no Club Races or Training Sessions on the Easter Long Weekend.

The last club morning is Saturday, 24th March.

The last training session at Merrylands will be Thursday, 29th March.

Training moves to Granville Swimming Centre on Tuesday, 3rd April. Swimmers who will be training at Granville need to complete their enrolment forms by Friday, 30th March.

Happy Easter!

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Issue 23, 2017/2018

Whales Picnic

We hope you enjoyed a relaxing time at the Whales Picnic last Sunday. Thank you to our organisers for their work in arranging & promoting this event. We may hold another social catch-up during the winter break so stay tuned to the club’s Facebook page for more information.

Trophy Return

Last chance to return any perpetual trophy’s you have from last season on a Saturday morning to the club room, you have 1 more week left to do this.

Merrylands Money

If you have Merrylands Money from last season don’t forget to spend it before the end of this season. You have 1 week left and you can use it to purchase race cards or club uniforms.

Easter Raffle – Saturday 24th March, 2018

To celebrate the end of the season we are holding an Easter Raffle with the winner drawn next Saturday (24th March, 2018). To provide prizes for the raffle we are seeking donations of Easter eggs so that we can have a number of hamper prizes. Donations for the hamper prizes can still be made next Saturday morning. We will also be holding a club bbq on the morning to celebrate the end of the season.

Merrylands Amateur Swimming Club – 50th Anniversary

Don’t forget to have your guess in the Lolly Guessing competition. See Margaret to have your guess. The winner will be announced next Saturday.

Swim Meets

We have a lot of our members swimming at swim meets this weekend. 12 at the Masters NSW State Championships at SOPAC and 25 at the MSW Sprint Meet at Blacktown. Good luck to all of our swimmers and may the Whale be with you.

Senior Handicap

With the Masters State Championships today there is no Senior Handicap this morning. This heat has been postponed by the Committee and it will be held next Saturday morning.

Squad Training

Training moves to Granville Pool on Tuesday 3rd April, 2018. At this stage there are no changes planned to the current schedule and due to limited lane space there are no training sessions planned for Saturday mornings.

All swimmers who intend on continuing to train in April must complete the Training Enrolment Form by Friday, 30th March so that the coach can determine what time sessions will be held. Squads will also have a training break over the coming months. To complete the online Training Enrolment Form and to find out about the training breaks for your squad visit the club website.

Annual Presentation & AGM

Our Annual Presentation will be held on Saturday 2nd June, 2018 at Club Merrylands (Newman Room). Arrive at 6.00pm for presentation of trophies to commence at 6.30pm. You may wish to arrive at the club earlier to have dinner before presentation starts, or you may want to have dinner after the presentation of trophies has concluded. It is a great opportunity for us to support one of our club sponsors.

The date for the Club’s AGM is yet to be set, but it is generally the Monday night following the Annual Presentation (we will communicate this as soon as the Committee sets the date). The dates for nominations for committee positions and awards are:

  • Service Excellence Award – closes 31st March, 2018
  • Life Member nomination – 60 days before the AGM
  • Committee nomination – 30 days before the AGM

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

Uniforms

Final orders for winter clothing items such as long coats & hoodies are being taken, so if you would like to order a coat or hoodie please see Margaret, as an order for these items will be placed at the end of March.

Visit our online store at https://shop.merrylandsasc.asn.au/ to place your order for uniform items.

Race Entries

Any questions about races should be emailed to race.secretary@merrylandsasc.asn.au

Active Kids Program

For more information see the noticeboard in the club room or visit the MyServiceNSW website at www.service.nsw.gov.au or Swimming NSW website at https://nsw.swimming.org.au/page.php?id=258

Upcoming Events

MEET NAME

MEET DATE

ENTRY CLOSING DATE

MASC 800metre Freestyle (Open)

Saturday 17th March

Closed

MSW Long Course Sprint Meet

Saturday 17th March

Closed

MASC 200metre Freestyle

Saturday 24th March

Wednesday 21st March

Annual Presentation

Saturday 2nd June

 

Winter Swimming

So what do you do with swimmer’s over the winter months? McCredie Park Aquatics Swimming Club run club races on a Friday night at Guildford Pool (races start at 6.30pm). Their winter season commences in April and concludes in September. There are breaks over the school holiday periods in April & July. See Graham for more information.

Metro South West Sprint Meet

Merrylands will send a team of 25 swimmers to the Metro South West Sprint Meet at Blacktown Aquatic Centre tomorrow.

This will be our largest team to attend the meet since 2000, and we wish all our swimmers the best of luck.

Our club will be represented by:

Laura-Belle Casey
Charlie-Rose El Riachi
Abraham El-Chami
Bilal El-Chami
Michael Evans
Adaa Garg
Shaurya Garg
Joab Hada
Peter Johnston
Helen Macpherson
Elie Menhem
Steven Nguyen
Alison Sakurovs
Elijah Seruvatu
Tatiana Seruvatu
Lisa Shrestha
Nevah Shrestha
Niushka Shrestha
Summer Shrestha
Unish Shrestha
Reece Tomkinson
Daniel Vicic
Matthew Vicic
Michael Vicic
Sophia Vicic

The Meet Timeline and Meet Program are available for download from the Metro South West website.

See Also

Issue 22, 2017/2018

MSW 5 – 8 Years Development Meet

Congratulations to Joseph Assi, Abraham El-Chami, Pare Nader, Lisa Shrestha, Unish Shrestha & Daniel Vicic who all competed in the MSW 5 – 8 Years Development Meet last Saturday. They swam 17 PB’s out of 18 swims, what a wonderful effort by you all. Thank you to Margaret Edwards, Kylee Murray, Leanne & Emily Tovkach who volunteered and undertook our hosting duties at the meet.

Club Photo – Today

We will be taking our club photo today after club races. We would like to see everyone join in the photo on the day.

Whales Picnic – Tomorrow

The Whales Picnic is being held at Blaxland Riverside Park, Jamieson Street, Sydney Olympic Park (off Holker Street, Silverwater) tomorrow (11.00am – 4.30pm). Look for the Merrylands gazebo.

Trophy Return

Please return any perpetual trophy’s you have from last season on a Saturday morning to the club room (you have 2 more weeks left to do this).

Merrylands Money

If you have Merrylands Money from last season don’t forget to spend it before the end of this season. You have 2 weeks left and you can use it to purchase race cards or club uniforms.

Easter Raffle – Saturday 24th March, 2018

To celebrate the end of the season we will be holding an Easter Raffle with the winner drawn on Saturday 24th March, 2018. To provide prizes for the raffle we are seeking donations of Easter eggs so that we can provide a number of hamper prizes. We ask that over the next 2 weeks you bring Easter egg donations for the hamper prizes.

Merrylands Amateur Swimming Club – 50th Anniversary

The Lolly Guessing Competition competition continues, with lots of guesses so far. 50c for a guess and you can have as many guesses as you like. See Margaret to have your guess.

Annual Presentation & AGM

We are working to obtain a date for the Annual Presentation, which we hope to hold on a Saturday night at the end of May or early June, depending on venue availability.

The Club’s AGM will be held on the following Monday night. We will publicise the dates of these as soon as we have them locked in. There are some important dates for nominations for committee positions and awards and these are:

  • Service Excellence Award – close 31 March, 2018
  • Life Member nomination – 60 days before the AGM
  • Committee nomination – 30 days before the AGM

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

Uniforms

We are taking orders for winter clothing items such as long coats & hoodies, so if you would like to order a coat please see Margaret, as an order will be placed at the end of March.

Visit our new online store at https://shop.merrylandsasc.asn.au/ to place your order your uniform items.

Winter Squad Training

We will have lane space at Granville pool during the winter months for squad training. The coach will communicate with squad members to determine squad training days and session times.

Learn To Swim

The current 6 week LTS program finishes today. We hope all of our participants have enjoyed the lessons and learnt some valuable water skills. Thank you to our Instructors and Helpers who have volunteered their time to provide these lessons.

Race Starting Time and Entries

Any questions about races should be emailed to race.secretary@merrylandsasc.asn.au

Active Kids Program

For more information see the noticeboard in the club room or visit the MyServiceNSW website at www.service.nsw.gov.au or Swimming NSW website at https://nsw.swimming.org.au/page.php?id=258

Upcoming Events

MEET NAME

MEET DATE

ENTRY CLOSING DATE

MASC 50metre Backstroke

Saturday 10th March

Closed

Speedo Sprint Finals

Saturday 10th March

 

Whales Picnic

Sunday 11th March

 

MASC 800metre Freestyle (Open)

Saturday 17th March

Wednesday 14th March

MSW Long Course Sprint Meet

Saturday 17th March

Thursday 15th March

MASC 200metre Freestyle

Saturday 24th March

Wednesday 21st March

Training moves to Granville Pool

Training moves to Granville Swimming Centre on Tuesday, 3rd April.

About Granville Swimming Centre

  • Heated 50m pool, with anti-wave lane ropes
  • Modern facility, redeveloped in 2005
  • 10 minute drive from Merrylands Swimming Centre - directions
  • Free parking in Enid Avenue and behind the pool in Diamond Avenue
  • Located right beside Granville Railway Station and Bus Interchange
  • Indoor cafe
  • Covered spectator seating
  • Covered areas for stretching and warm-ups
  • Operated by Cumberland Council - same pool entry fees as Merrylands

Travel

Granville Swimming Centre is located next to the Granville Railway Station and Bus Interchange. If you are travelling by car, consider car-pooling with other swimmers in your training group as an option for travel, for pick up and/or drop off, but remember, children under the age of 10 require a parent or guardian at the pool at all times.

Session Details

The Training Schedule is now available. At this stage there are no changes planned to the current schedule.

Due to limited lane space, there will be no training sessions on Saturday mornings at this stage.

All swimmers who intend on continuing to train in April must complete the Training Enrolment Form by Friday, 30th March so that we can determine at what time sessions will be held.

Swimmers who do not complete this form will not be permitted to commence training without contacting the club's coach, Peter Johnston first.

Session times may change based on the number of enrolments received. Sessions will require a minimum of 4 enrolments to go ahead. The final training times for each group will be published on the Training Schedule page on Monday, 2nd April.

If you will not be training at Granville, please let us know as soon as possible by email.

Training will return to Merrylands on Tuesday, 2nd October.

Training Breaks

There will be no training sessions for any groups during the April School Holidays (16th to 27th April).

Senior, Age, Masters & Adult Squads

The Senior, Age, Masters & Adult Squads will take their annual training break from 16th April to the 6th May.

  • Last Session: Thursday, 12th April
  • Sessions Resume: Monday, 7th May

Novice, Junior & Development Squads

In addition to the April School Holidays, the Novice, Junior & Development Squads will take their annual training break during July.

  • Last Session: Thursday, 28th June
  • Sessions Resume: Monday, 30th July

See Also

Streamline to Faster Swimming

How important is a streamline to a swimmer? I think it can make a world of difference, particularly in a short-course setting, since streamlines and the idea of reducing drag can be applied to starts, swimming, and turns. My take on swimming and streamlines is they are a way to make a minimum energy investment for a maximum speed return. Not exactly a free lunch for a swimmer, but as close as it gets in the swimming pool. Initiating the first kick or pull is a matter of determining when the swimmer's speed is about to drop from faster than they can swim to their race swimming speed. Experiment with different timing.

From a start, the speed gained from the push off of the block and from the force of gravity is faster than the swimmer can actually swim. If they can maintain that speed for any extra duration, and everything else is equal, their overall time for the race could be quicker. And all they had to was perform an improved streamline.

During the swimming portions of a race, any chances to reduce the external forces fighting against the swimmer's forward progress (like drag) can result in a faster race time. If a better body position through a slight adjustment of head position results in decreased drag, then the swimmer just got faster - without putting any real extra effort into moving forward any faster. Other ways to reduce drag include paying attention to hand entry and hand/arm position (both arms!) during the stroke cycle. And don't forget the legs. A wide kick might have more force to it for some swimmers, but it also increase drag, and it is likely that the wide kick's force is working to overcome the drag it creates, resulting in little or no added speed (in other words, a narrow kick could be more efficient).

What about turns? Lot's of chances to reduce drag on those things, open or flip. How is the direction being changed? Is there a loose limb sticking out someplace that is being "dragged" through the water instead of slipped through it? Is water being pushed against or slid through during the direction change? How about the swimmer's push off the pool wall. The swimmer's upper body must be in a streamline shape prior to the initiation of the push to maximize speed off of the wall. As the push-off continues, the swimmer must pull the rest of their body into a streamline so they area able to hold that speed (which should be faster than swimming) for as long as possible.

The easiest place to make a quick change in streamlines is off a wall. These are the things I look for in a streamline after the swimmer as left the wall:

  • One hand aligned on top of the other, with fingers pointing the direction of travel. The little finger and thumb of the top hand wrapped around the lower hand (to allow leverage and to prevent separation).
  • The fingertips stretching and reaching as far forward as possible.
  • The arms extended, pointing the direction of travel, with the biceps behind the ears.
  • The surface from the back of the swimmer's hands, along the arms, then down the shoulders and back should be one (relatively) smooth surface with no "head bump" sticking up on that side.
  • The head bump is on the chest side.
  • The swimmer's arms are actively squeezing in behind the head, as if they are trying to make their elbows touch.
  • The swimmer's core is tight and straight - every muscle pulling in towards the centre, trying to make the swimmer longer and thinner.
  • The swimmer's legs are adducted (that is, squeezed in and together) with their toes are pointed.
  • I want to see the swimmer become a strong, long torpedo, rocket, or pencil shape off the wall (and on a start).

We practice streamlines off starts and turns regularly. We include a few push offs that are purposely not streamlined to remind the swimmers how much easier it is when they do perform a great streamline. You can practice and use streamlining techniques every swim workout to help make yourself a better swimmer.

Swim On!