See world’s best splash out to win

SWIMMERS representing clubs at Merrylands, Auburn and Sydney Olympic Park, will take on the state's best along with visiting interstate and overseas athletes at the NSW State Open Championships from January 19 to 21.

Hosted by the Sydney Olympic Park Aquatic Centre (SOPAC), heats begin at 9am with finals sessions on Friday and Saturday starting from 6pm and on Sunday from 5.30pm.

Two swimmers from the Merrylands Amateur Swimming Club have entered four events; eight from the Auburn Swim Club will compete in 22 events; and 19 members of the SOPAC Swim Club will compete in 51 events, including three relays.

The meet offers a high quality competition in the lead up to National Selection Trials for Australian national and international teams, and entries have also been received from competitors representing Victorian and Queensland clubs, as well as Japan, Korea, New Caledonia, Canada, Czech Republic, Ireland, Italy and New Zealand.

The NSW State Open Championships are on from January 19 to 21.

Issue 14, 2017/2018

The Race Entry Cycle

If you have questions about club races or entries please email race.secretary@merrylandsasc.asn.au

Ready.Set.Race

Our next Ready.Set.Race event will be held on Saturday 27th January, 2018. This is a great morning for kids looking to have fun and get some racing practice for their school swimming carnival.

Do you know someone who has children aged 7 to 12 years who are not already a swimming club member and would enjoy some races and a skills coaching session? A great way to prepare for school carnivals. They must be able to swim 25 metres Freestyle and 25 metres Backstroke and/or 25m Breaststroke.

The cost is $5 per swimmer (plus pool entry) and entry is at https://www.merrylandsasc.asn.au/readysetrace/

Speedo Sprint Heats

The Speedo Sprint Series caters for girls and boys aged between 8-13 years in 50m Freestyle, 50m Breaststroke, 50 m Backstroke and 50m Butterfly events and is a great way to have fun and learn new skills in a friendly environment.

Due to its timing, the meet, along with the Merrylands SwimFest, also provides good practice for School Swimming Carnivals. All club members aged from 8 to 13 are encouraged to enter.

This year's meet will be held on Sunday, 11th February, 2018 at Blacktown Aquatic Centre (races start at 1.00pm). Online entries close on Tuesday 30th January, 2018.

Australia Swims

A 9-day celebration of water in January 2018. For more information on planned events and activities see the noticeboard in the club room or visit https://australiaswims.com.au

Sports Camps Australia – Junior Swimming Camp

Sports Camps Australia and Swimming NSW are hosting swimming camps these school
holidays at Barker College, Hornsby on the 22nd & 23rd January, 2018. Cost is $160 and for more information see the noticeboard in the club room or visit http://www.sportscampsaustralia.com.au/swimming/sca/sca-junior-swimming-camp-at-barker-college/

February 2018 Important Dates

• Masters BPS Saturday 10th February, 2018 (entries close 2nd February, 2018)
• Merrylands SwimFest Saturday 24th February, 2018 (entries close 10th February, 2018)

We look forward to all of our club members participating in and assisting with these meets.

Youth Advisory Panel’s Twilight Race Party

Swimming NSW ’s Youth Advisory Panel has been busy organising an event designed specifically by teenagers for teenagers. Reece Tomkinson is a member of the Youth Advisory Panel and he has been active in the work to plan this event. The Twilight Race Party will be held on Saturday 17th February, 2018 from 4pm to 8pm at the Angelo Anestis Aquatic Centre, Bexley.

Cost is $10 with more information on the noticeboard in the club room or visit http://www.emailmeform.com/builder/form/u742iET46J or @snswyap on Facebook

Active Kids Program

As previously advised this NSW Government initiative commences on 31st January, 2018. It is a program open to all NSW school enrolled children and provides each child with a voucher for $100 to use towards an eligible sport activity every calendar year.

Registration to obtain a voucher will be available from 31st January, 2018 and the voucher is valid for use until 31st December, 2018. You can retain the voucher to use when swimming registrations for the 2018/2019 season occur in October 2018.

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.

Uniforms

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

Upcoming Events

MEET NAME

MEET DATE

ENTRY CLOSING DATE

Whales Challenge

Saturday 20th January

Wednesday 17th January

Ready.Set.Race

Saturday 27th January

Wednesday 24th January

MASC 1500metre Freestyle (Open)

Friday 2nd February

Wednesday 31st January

Whales Challenge

Saturday 3rd February

Wednesday 31st January

MASC 50metre Butterfly

Saturday 10th February

Wednesday 7th February

Merrylands Masters BPS meet

Saturday 10th February

Friday 2nd February

Speedo Sprint Heats

Sunday 11th February

Tuesday 30th January

Ready.Set.Race

Merrylands Swimming Club will be hosting a Ready.Set.Race meet and skills session to help children get ready for their School Swimming Carnivals.

The session, for children aged 7 to 12 years, will be held on Saturday, 27th January 2018 at Merrylands Swimming Centre and is a great morning for kids looking to have fun and get some racing practice for their school swimming carnival.

Children must be able to swim at least 25m Freestyle and 25m Backstroke and/or 25m Breaststroke to participate.

Ready.Set.Race is primarily for non-members, so make sure you invite your friends. Members should enter club races as usual. Members who do not usually attend training on a Saturday morning are welcome to register, but should enter club races as usual either online or via entry cards.

 The morning consists of:

  • up to 3 Individual races
  • Relay races
  • 30 minute skills session with our qualified coaches
  • prizes and giveaways

The event costs just $5 per swimmer (plus pool entry). Use the button below to register.

Register

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Merrylands Masters Meet

The 2018 Merrylands Masters Meet will be held at Merrylands Swimming Centre on Saturday, 10th February, 2018.

This meet is open to anyone, 18yrs & Over on the closing date - you don't need to be a member of Masters Swimming or a club to attend.

Entries close on Friday, 2nd February, 2018 at 12 noon. This is our club's carnival so all club members are expected to attend.

For more information visit the Merrylands Masters Meet section of our website.

The 2018 Merrylands Masters Meet is sponsored by:

   

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Issue 13, 2017/2018

Welcome Back

I hope you have enjoyed a very Merry Christmas and a great start to the 2018 New Year. Believe it or not we have only 12 weeks of swimming left after today.

Need inspiration for a great New Year’s resolution that you can actually stick to? How about submitting your Race Entries on time and correctly. Cards are due in the box by 6pm Wednesday and Online Entries close 8pm Thursday.

Too hard to remember during the week? Complete your entries on Saturday mornings straight after club races.

Too busy to get them done on time? Guess what! Contrary to popular belief the Competition Committee DO have a life outside of swimming too. Make 2018 great for all – get those entries in on time!

Speedo Sprint Heats

Looking for a fun, friendly and fast paced activity this summer? Come and take part in the 2018 Speedo Sprint Series.

The Speedo Sprint Series caters for girls and boys aged between 8-13 years in 50m Freestyle, 50m Breaststroke, 50 m Backstroke and 50m Butterfly events and is a great way to have fun and learn new skills in a friendly environment.

Due to its timing, the meet, along with the Merrylands SwimFest, also provides good practice for School Swimming Carnivals. All club members aged from 8 to 13 are encouraged to enter.

This year's meet will be held on Sunday, 11th February, 2018 at Blacktown Aquatic Centre (races start at 1.00pm). Online entries close on Tuesday 30th January, 2018.

If you have not attended a meet before and would like some more information or help on entering, just ask one of the Club Committee Members.

February 2018 Important Dates

February 2018 sees our club holding two important swim meets, the Masters BPS on Saturday 10th February 2018 (entries close 2nd February 2018) and Merrylands SwimFest on Saturday 24th February 2018 (entries close 10th February 2018). We look forward to all of our club members participating in and assisting with these meets.

Chocolate Fund Raising

Thank you to everyone who sold chocolates for our fund raising. Please return any outstanding funds to Danielle Vicic.

Australia Swims

A 9-day celebration of water in January 2018. For more information on planned events and activities visit https://australiaswims.com.au

Upcoming Events

MEET NAME

MEET DATE

ENTRY CLOSING DATE

Club Races Resume

Saturday 6th January

Wednesday 3rd January

Whales Challenge

Saturday 20th January

Wednesday 17th January

MASC 1500metre Freestyle (Open)

Friday 2nd February

Wednesday 31st January

Whales Challenge

Saturday 3rd February

Wednesday 31st January

MASC 50metre Butterfly

Saturday 10th February

Wednesday 7th February

Merrylands Masters BPS meet

Saturday 10th February

Friday 2nd February

Speedo Sprint Heats

Sunday 11th February

Tuesday 30th January

MASC 50metre Freestyle

Saturday 17th February

Wednesday 14th February

MASC 400metre Freestyle (Open)

Saturday 24th February

Wednesday 21st February

Merrylands SwimFest

Saturday 24th February

Saturday 10th February

Beers Burgers & Bowls

Sunday 31st December, 2017 saw a total of 10 members of our club and families attend the first Beers Burgers & Bowls event held by Club Merrylands. A great time was enjoyed by everyone with some bowls stars unearthed.

Club Merrylands will be holding this event on the last Sunday of every month in 2018 at Guildford Bowling Club, so why not come down and enjoy a few relaxing hours. Cost is $12, which includes a burger for lunch, drink voucher and bowls. No need to book just turn up, the fun commences at 11.00am.

Uniforms

Please see our Property Officer (Margaret) for your uniform orders or purchases. We are also progressively adding club uniform items to our new online store. Follow this link to see what items are currently available through an online order https://shop.merrylandsasc.asn.au/

Technical Accreditation

Technical roles now have online courses available. Let Graham know if you are interested in obtaining your first, or adding to your current technical accreditation.

Hungry?

Why not pick up a great pizza or meal deal from Nikkis Pizza: 1/530 Merrylands Road, Merrylands or http://www.nikkispizzamerrylands.com.au/

Race Entries

If you need to change a race entry already lodged or have any questions about the races please email race.secretary@merrylandsasc.asn.au

Speed vs Technique

Adapted from an article by Dave Tonnesen, ASCA Level 4 Coach

Ooooohhhh! Look at that swimmer...they make it look so easy, and they are so fast!
Don't you love to watch the Olympics! It is just awesome to watch Ryan Lochte make fast swimming look almost magically effortless.

How does he do it?
Well, the good news is that fast swimming is not magical, and when done right, fast swimming can look so beautiful that it appears almost effortless.

Let's start off with a couple questions.

How do you progress your strokes and drop time?

What should I focus on first, speed or technique?

The Basic Progression is:

  • Step 1 - Master Excellent Technique
  • Step 2 - Maintain Excellent Technique while Building Endurance
  • Step 3 - Speed with Excellent Technique

Why?

Technique is the key because water is roughly 1,000 times denser than air. And for your swimming that means for every unit of speed that you achieve, you get a penalty of 4 units of drag to go along with your speed. In swimming, it is crucial to have great technique so that you can reduce your drag before focusing on endurance and speed.

Step 1 Master Excellent Technique

It is vital that you learn proper technique before you focus on endurance and speed. Proper technique is the fundamental building block for great swimming. It doesn't matter if you want to be a summer league swimmer, a high school swimmer, a college level swimmer, a nationally ranked swimmer or the next Michael Phelps. To reach your potential, you should have a solid foundation in proper stroke technique that progresses them to their desired goals.  Australian coach Bill Sweetnam has a great quote, 99% right is 100% wrong.

Step 2: Swim Drill-Like (Build Endurance with Excellent Technique)

Once you have a solid foundation of proper stroke technique, your next step is be able to hold your excellent technique while building your endurance.  This is achieved through drill progressions - a combination of drill and swim - and longer swims at an easy pace to improve endurance while still focusing on technique. 

Step 3: Race Drill-Like (Speed with Excellent Technique)

At this point, your training will vary depending on your goals. You will begin incorporating race strategies for everything from the 50 to 1,500 Freestyle, 100 to 400 IM, 50 to 200 of each stroke. You may learn about the importance of distance per stroke, stroke efficiency, cycles per second, break out for starts and turns, the importance of underwater fly kick and mental training techniques among many other things.  This is the double edged sword where many swimmers struggle.  How do you hold technique and swim fast?  Most swimmers see this as an either/or situation.  We use sets like decending sets where we begin adding the time component into sets and you have to increase your speed on each repeat, while still maintaining your technique. These sets are not usually achieved the first or second time age group swimmers attempt them. 

So, to unlock the magic of fast swimming, focus of the technique improvements and have patience. Think in terms of a learning curve.

When you are in step 1 - mastering changes in your stroke technique, it is natural for you to be slow and deliberate.  It is common to overthink as you are learning. This is very normal until you have mastered the technique. Once you have a solid stroke foundation, you will start climbing the learning curve and may drop time especially in longer events.  Focus should be on excellent technique and not time drops.  You will go through another learning curve in step 2 as you progress to holding your technique while improving your endurance (swimming drill-like).  In step 2, many swimmers see time drops in distance events, and even and negative splitting become easier.  The final step is swimming fast with excellent technique (Race Drill-Like) and holding that technique at race pace.

No matter what level swimmer you are or want to be it is crucial to understand that great technique comes first! That is why in our squad program, we do drills at all levels, from the Novice Squad, right through to the Senior and Masters Squads. With persistence, patience and hard work the results will be MAGICAL!  Apply these basics and you will become one of those swimmers everyone ooooohhhhs at during your races!

Speedo Sprint Series Entries

Looking for a fun, friendly and fast paced activity this summer?

Come and take part in the 2018 Speedo Sprint Series.

The Speedo Sprint Series caters for girls and boys aged between 8-13 years in 50m Freestyle, Breaststroke, Backstroke and Butterfly events and is a great way to have fun and learn new skills in a friendly environment.

Due to it's timing, the meet, along with the Merrylands SwimFest, also provides good practice for School Swimming Carnivals. All club members aged from 8 to 13 are encouraged to enter.

This year's meet will be held on Sunday, 11th February, 2018 at Blacktown Aquatic Centre.

If you have not attended a meet before and would like some more information or help on entering, just ask one of the Club Committee Members.

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Winning Starts Today

Everyone wants to win on race day. Everyone stands behind the blocks wanting to win. Some hope. Some pray. Some cross their fingers.  Some rub their lucky swim cap. Some, not many, enjoy the quiet confidence of knowing that winning is possible because of the time and effort spent preparing for race day.

Everyone wants to win the race.  How many want to win every workout just as badly?

Former Australian National Youth Coach Bill Sweetenham often says to swimmers, Winning tomorrow starts by winning today.  To win tomorrow's race, first win today's training session.  Will you be a better swimmer tomorrow because of what you did in training today?

Here are a few tips on how to win workouts:

  1. Arrive earlier than everyone else.  Stretch for 15 minutes before anyone else arrives.  If travelling or school commitments mean you can’t get to the pool early, stretch in the bus, train or car on the way to training.
  2. Make sure you have a drink bottle containing clean water or sports drink at every session.  Drink regularly throughout the workout. 
  3. Be the first swimmer to get in the pool and start training.  Start the first lap with a race quality dive or race start.  Ask the coach to grade your dive out of ten for technical excellence.
  4. Finish every repeat (including drills) with a legal, race quality touch.  In free and fly this means no breathing inside the flags.  In fly and breast this means an explosive, two-handed touch.  In backstroke this means a powerful touch on a full stroke without looking at the wall.  If swimming in a lane next to other swimmers doing the same stroke, make a conscious effort to race them from the flags to the wall on every repeat to practice your ability to win close race finishes.
  5. Swim your warm up (and swim down) with the same attention to detail as you demand in the main set.  Quality, explosive starts, aggressive turns, no breathing inside the flags, never breathing first or last stroke in fly and free, full underwater pull with every lap of breaststroke etc.  Warm up and swim down means great skills and excellent technique done slowly.
  6. Challenge someone faster than you to a race every workout.  It could be a kicking race.  It could be a challenge based on skills and speed (i.e. who can swim the fastest lap with the fewest breaths-time added to number of breaths="total" score and the lowest score wins).  It could a technique challenge (i.e. ask the coach to rate your drill efforts out of ten, then try to do it better and achieve a higher score).  If you are a strong backstroker who is a weak butterflyer, challenge a strong butterflyer to a swimming (or kicking) race.  Work on your weaknesses.
  7. When swimming an effort in training, ask yourself four questions:
  • Could I do this with fewer strokes?
  • Could I do this with fewer breaths?
  • Could I do this with better technique?
  • Could I do this with better starts, turns and finishes?

Challenge yourself to do it better every time.

  1. If you want to be the best swimmer in your club, your state, Australia or the World, you must be the best swimmer in your lane first.  You must set yourself a higher standard than anyone else in your lane is prepared to.  You must set a higher standard and more challenging goals than even your coach thinks possible.
  2. Aim to do it to faster, with better skills and excellent technique especially when you are tired.  Race day success will require you to swim fast when you are tired, under pressure and hurting.  Make training more demanding than race day.  Deliberately make training tougher than the toughest race.  Ask your coach if you can do a time trial at the end of training.
  3. Believe that anything is possible.  You can do PBs in training.  You can swim 25 metres at maximum speed without taking a breath.  You can kick 40 metres in your 50 metre PB swim time.  You can do it.  The words, "I can't" usually mean, "I am not prepared to try in case I fail".

There are no guarantees to success.  You can, however, increase the likelihood of success by making training more demanding than you ever thought possible, attempting to so the impossible everyday and aiming to win every workout.

Issue 12, 2017/2018

Christmas Hamper Raffle – drawn today

Our Christmas Hamper raffle will be drawn today. Thank you to everyone who has donated items for the prize hampers. Make sure you hand in your raffle ticket stubs to Danielle Vicic this morning so that they go in to the draw. If you would like to purchase some last minute lucky tickets also see Danielle.

Chocolate Fund Raising

Thank you to everyone who sold chocolates for our fund raising. Please return the funds to Danielle Vicic today so that we can wrap up this event.

NSW State Age Championships

Congratulations to Reece Tomkinson who competed in three events at the Age (13 - 18 Years) Championships over the past week, swimming one PB in his events.

Learn To Swim

A big thank you to our organisers, instructors and assistants who made the program a great success again this year.

Remember we will be holding a 6 week Learn To Swim program commencing on 3 February 2018. To register your interest for this next program email learntoswim@merrylandsasc.asn.au

February 2018 Important Dates

February 2018 sees our club holding two important swim meets, the Masters BPS on Saturday 10th February 2018 (entries close 2nd February 2018) and Merrylands SwimFest on Saturday 24th February 2018 (entries close 10th February 2018). We look forward to all of our club members participating in and assisting with these meets.

Christmas Wishes

Today is our last day for club races in 2017. After club races we will have breakfast with the stars, Christmas Hamper raffle draw, Junior Handicap and novelty events. All squads will commence training at 9.00am and conclude at 10.15am.

I would like to wish everyone of our members and their family’s a very Merry Christmas and a Happy, Healthy and Safe New Year.

We look forward to seeing you back at training from Tuesday 2nd January 2018 and club races on Saturday 6th January 2018.

     

Australia Swims

A 9-day celebration of water in January 2018. For more information on planned events and activities visit https://australiaswims.com.au

Upcoming Events

MEET NAME

MEET DATE

ENTRY CLOSING DATE

MASC Breakfast Morning

Saturday 23rd December

Closed

Christmas Day

Monday 25th December

Never closes :)

Club Races Resume

Saturday 6th January

Wednesday 3rd January

Whales Challenge

Saturday 20th January

Wednesday 17th January

MASC 1500metre Freestyle (Open)

Friday 2nd February

Wednesday 31st January

Whales Challenge

Saturday 3rd February

Wednesday 31st January

MASC 50metre Butterfly

Saturday 10th February

Wednesday 7th February

Merrylands Masters BPS meet

Saturday 10th February

Friday 2nd February

MASC 50metre Freestyle

Saturday 17th February

Wednesday 14th February

MASC 400metre Freestyle (Open)

Saturday 24th February

Wednesday 21st February

Merrylands SwimFest

Saturday 24th February

Saturday 10th February

Important Information about Race Entries

Entries for races can be lodged either on manual race cards or online. There are cut-off dates for all race entries and these deadlines will be adhered to. So to make sure you have entries for races on the following Saturday please ensure:

Manual Card Entries

These are placed in the maroon entry box by 6pm Wednesday. Cards (including from a family) should be bound together with an elastic band.

To ensure that you have entries in we suggest you purchase the cards on the Saturday prior and place them in the maroon box before you leave on that day.

Manual race cards will not be sold during the week at training etc

Online Entries

These can be submitted on the club website and need to be entered by 8pm Thursday

Uniforms

Please see our Property Officer (Margaret) for your uniform orders or purchases. We are also progressively adding club uniform items to our new online store. Follow this link to see what items are currently available through an online order https://shop.merrylandsasc.asn.au/. Watch out Amazon!

Technical Accreditation

Most technical roles now have online courses available. Please let Graham know if you are interested in obtaining your first, or adding to your current technical accreditation.

 

If you need to change a race entry already lodged or have any questions about the races please email race.secretary@merrylandsasc.asn.au

If you have any ideas or information for the newsletter, please email at publicity@merrylandsasc.asn.au

State Championship Results

Merrylands' swimmers achieved 4 new personal best times at the various NSW State Championships over the last 2 weeks.

Reece Tomkinson swam 2 new personal best times at the State Age 13-18yrs Championships, with PBs in the 50m Freestyle (26.25) and 100m Freestyle (58.04).

Dyana Crabb competed at the State Age 10&U-12yrs Championships and also swam 2 new PBs. Dyana swam a new PB in the 100m Breaststroke (1:28.48) and in the 200m Breaststroke (3:11.91).

Congratulations to Reece and Dyana on their new PBs.

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