2002 Australian Championships

The 2002 Australian Championships will be held at the Chandler Aquatic Centre in Brisbane from March 17-23, 2002.

This year the Championships double as the selection trials for the 2002 Commonwealth Games and the 2002 Pan Pacific Championships. Channel Nine’s Wide World of Sports will be showing live coverage of the finals each night of the Championships.

As with last year we will be screening the Saturday night finals session in the Club Room on March 23rd at 7:00pm. This year we will again be having some trivia during the ad breaks. Tickets will go on sale next Saturday and will cost $2 per person. A BBQ dinner will also be available but must be pre-ordered. Due to limited space in the club room there will only be 50 tickets available for sale so you had better get in quick.

Want to brush up on your trivia before the night? Try the questions here.

See Also
  • Trivia Test

  • 2002 Telstra Australian Swimming Championships Finals Program and Television Coverage

  • Wide World of Sports
  • Restricted Age Results

    Merrylands will have 3 swimmers competing at the NSW Restricted Age Series Finals after some outstanding results at today’s Cumberland District Restricted Age Heats.

    Etiuate Veamatahau (ET) won all 3 of his events and will represent the club in the 12yrs 50m Freestyle, 50m Backstroke and 50m Butterfly at the finals. David Wang, despite being sick, still managed to win the 8yrs & Under 50m Breaststroke, improving two places from last week’s Cumberland 5 to 8yrs Meet. Mitchell Emery will be our third swimmer at the finals after placing second in the 11yrs 50m Breaststroke. He improved on his third place at the Cumberland Championships to qualify for the Restricted Age Series Finals for the second time.

    A number of other swimmers had some great swims including Ryan Doherty and Mitchell McFarlane. Ryan did huge PBs in all 3 of his events and placed 10th in the 8yrs & Under 50m Breaststroke swimming as a 7 year old. Mitchell also broke 3 of his entry times and placed 4th in the 11yrs 50m Freestyle.

    Congratulations to all swimmers who broke their times and good luck to ET, David and Mitchell at the finals. The Restricted Age Series Finals will be held at Auburn Swimming Centre on Sunday, 17th March, 2002. The full results of the heats are now available.

    See Also
  • 2002 Cumberland District Restricted Age Series Heats Results

  • 2002 NSW Restricted Age Series Finals - Program of Events
  • Restricted Age Series Heats

    The Cumberland District Restricted Age Series Heats will be held this Saturday at the Sydney Aquatic Centre. Warm-Up is at 10:30am for an 11:30am start.

    Merrylands will be sending a team of 26 swimmers to the meet. Two of our top swimmers, Troy Tomkinson and Jordan Burden, will not be attending the meet and will therefore not qualify for the finals. This means our swimmer with the best chance of reaching the finals is Mitchell Emery in the 11yrs 50m Breaststroke. Mitchell won the bronze medal in the 100m Breaststroke at the Cumberland Championships two weeks ago and has won the gold medal in the Shell Age Series* in the past.

    Two other swimmers to watch, who may go close to qualifying for the finals are Etiuate Veamatahau and David Wang. Etiuate (ET) recently placed 4th in the 12yrs 100m Freestyle at the Cumberland Championships. David won the bronze medal in the 8yrs 50m Breaststroke at last weekend’s Cumberland 5 to 8yrs Meet. He also placed 4th in the 50m Freestyle and 50m Butterfly and 5th in the 50m Backstroke at the meet.

    The top 2 swimmers from each event at the district heats will progress to the series finals at Auburn Swimming Centre on Sunday, 17th March, 2002.

    Good luck to all swimmers competing at the meet, especially those competing for the first time. Those swimmers attending the meet for the first time should read the Competitor Information and State, Metropolitan and Country Championship Procedures. And don't forget you money for your Restricted Age Series T-Shirt.

    * The Restricted Age Series was called the Shell Age Series until 2001.

    See Also
  • 2002 Cumberland District Restricted Age Series Heats - Program of Events

  • Competitor Information

  • State, Metropolitan and Country Championship Procedures
  • Holroyd Family Festival Results

    The Results for the Holroyd Family Festival are now available.

    This year saw one of the biggest attendances by our club ever with 36 swimmers competing in 166 events.

    Congratulations to all the swimmers who won medals or broke their times. Thank you to all the parents and officials who helped out at the carnival – it couldn’t have gone ahead with out you.

    The 2002 Holroyd Family Festival Swimming Carnival was proudly sponsored by:
  • Starr Partners Real Estate Merrylands

  • Retravision Merrylands

  • Merrylands R.S.L. Club

  • Merrylands Swim Squad

  • Shamrock Surf & Skate Centre

  • T&R Tender Cuts

  • Holroyd's Leading Real Estate
    for the past 30 years



    Merylands R.S.L. Club
    Merylands R.S.L. Club

    See Also
  • Holroyd Family Festival Swimming Carnival

  • Starr Partners Real Estate Merrylands

  • Retravision Merrylands

  • Merrylands R.S.L. Club
  • Cumberland Championship Results

    Merrylands had a very successful meet at the Cumberland District Championships winning 3 medals.

    Jordan Burden came from behind in the 100m Freestyle to win the gold in a time of 1:12.73. Troy Tomkinson was in the lead for most of the 100m Butterfly but eventually finish second in 1:03.56. And Mitchell Emery broke his long course PB to win the bronze medal in the 100m Breaststroke.

    Jordan not only won the 100m Freestyle, he placed 5th in the 100m Backstroke, and 4th in the 100m Breaststroke.

    Other finalists at the Championships were:

    Jordan Burden 4th – 9yrs & Under 100m Breaststroke
      5th - 9yrs & Under 100m Backstroke
    Mitchell Emery 9th – 11yrs 200m Individual Medley
    Etiuate Veamatahau 4th – 12yrs 100m Freestyle
      8th – 12yrs 100m Backstroke
    Todd Jenkin 8th – 13yrs 100m Breaststroke
    Troy Tomkinson 8th – 14yrs 100m Freestyle
    Robert Griffey 6th – Senior 50m Backstroke
      8th – Senior 50m Freestyle
      8th – Senior 50m Butterfly
    Peter Johnston 5th – Senior 50m Breaststroke
    Joseph Franji 4th – Open 50m Multi-Disability Breaststroke
      4th – Open 50m Multi-Disability Backstroke
      6th – Open 50m Multi-Disability Butterfly
      7th – Open 50m Multi-Disability Freestyle

    Congratulations to all finalists and all swimmers who broke their PBs.
    The full results are now available.

    See Also
  • Cumberland A.S.A. Open & Age Championships - Results
  • Cumberland District Championships

    Merrylands will be sending one of our biggest teams ever to the 2001-2002 Cumberland District Championships to be held at the Sydney Aquatic Centre this weekend.

    The team of 26 will contest 63 events over the two days of the championships.

    The team consists of:

    Amber Johnson
    Samantha Ho
    Ellen Marfleet
    Elise Cause
    Caroline Ho
    Amy Marfleet
    Brittany Johnson
    Bree Burden
    Jessica Burden
    Linda Liepins
    Rachel Johnston
    David Wang
    Jordan Burden
    Blake McFarlane
    Nathan Legge
    Mitchell Emery
    Mitchell McFarlane
    Etiuate Veamatahau
    Phillip Emery
    Todd Jenkin
    Nathan Cause
    Troy Tomkinson
    Matthew Jenkin
    Robert Griffey
    Peter Johnston
    Joseph Franji

    Congratulations to these swimmers for qualifying and good luck on the weekend.
    Please note that there has been a slight change to the program with some event numbers changing, however the order of events remains the same.

    See Also
  • Cumberland A.S.A. Open & Age Championships
  • Volunteers For Australian Age Championships

    There are a number of volunteer positions that need to be filled for the 2002 National Age Championships. If you would like to nominate for one of these positions you must fill a form this Saturday. The Championships will be held at the Sydney Aquatic Centre, Homebush Bay from Monday 9 April to Saturday 13 April, 2002.

    Sport Marshall
    A number of sport marshals will be required at each session of the meet to ensure the safety of teams. Sport marshals will be allocated checkpoints to monitor during each session and will be instructed by the volunteer coordinator on who does and doesn’t get into certain areas. Adults are required for these positions.

    Results Runners
    Three students aged 12 years plus are required to be results runners during the event. It is preferred that the same three runners attend all heat and final sessions. The ASI Events Coordinator shall provide the results runners with a list of persons to receive the results. The results will be obtained from the chief recorder and then photocopied for distribution.

    Chief Basket Handler
    One adult is required to be the chief basket handler. It is preferred that the same person fills this position at each finals session. The person shall coordinate all the basket handlers during the event ensuring that they look and act professional and provide them with guidance during the event.

    Basket Handlers
    Clubs are invited to nominate groups of 10 children aged between 8yrs to 11yrs+. The basket handlers are required for final sessions only. They will need to be attired in the same club uniform and there will be only five clubs selected. They will work directly under the chief basket handler.

    Medal Winner Chaperones
    Three adults are required each finals session to chaperone the medal winners from when they get out of the pool to when they go to the medal presentation area.

    Medal Assistants
    Three girls aged 15 years and over are required to assist with medal presentations. They will prepare medals required for each presentation and provide to the presenters. Girls need to be the same each night and will all be dressed in the same attire (financial assistance provided by Australian Swimming).

    See Also
  • Australian Swimming

  • Australian Age Championships - Program of Events

  • Australian Age Championships - Qualifying Times
  • Dubbo SportsCo Summer Swim Meet

    Merrylands’ team of 38 swimmers and supporters has returned from this weekend’s SportsCo Summer Swim Meet in Dubbo with some great results.

    Most swimmers broke at least one PB but the best performance was by Mitchell Emery who won both the 50m and 100m Breaststroke. There were mixed feelings for Rhys, Samantha and Sarah as they qualified for Cumberland one week too late – better luck next year.

    Congratulations and thankyou to our members who helped organise the trip. Thankyou to Tricia and Peter for organising the entries and the accommodation, Pauline and Jo for organising the buses, Kerrie for organising the food and a big thankyou to Jim, Brad and Peter for driving the buses. Without the efforts of these people the trip would never have gone ahead.

    A full report will be in this week’s Whales Tales newsletter. The results will be posted when available and keep an eye out for the photos.