Issue 18, 2019/2020

Metro South West Area Junior Long Course Championships

What a meet for our team of 11 swimmers who competed at the MSW Area Junior Championships last weekend. From a total of 46 swims we saw 41 PB’s achieved, with 21 Finalists places, 2 Bronze medals (Joseph Assi & Unish Shrestha) and 1 Gold medal (Matthew Vicic who also qualified for the 200 metre Butterfly in the Metropolitan and State Championships) and 2 awesome relay swims. Everyone swam to their best and proudly represented the club. A fantastic result for every swimmer and our coaches!

Merrylands SwimFest & Masters Meets – Today

The big day has arrived. Good luck to all of our swimmers in these meets. We have a team of 8 (plus 1 relay team) competing in the Masters BPS Meet and 40 (plus 10 relay teams) in the SwimFest Meet. Good luck to all of our club members swimming in these meets.

We have a busy day today with the meet set up needing to be done straight after club races this morning. This will include:

  • Lane rope & backstroke flag changeover;
  • Gazebo placement (computer equipment & timing areas, marshalling & timekeeping);
  • Marshalling area seating;
  • Touch pad & timing system installation;
  • Pool deck spectator barriers.

Your help in this set up work would be greatly appreciated, as we have small timeframe before Masters swimmers start arriving. The timeframe for events today are:

 9.00am

Novice Squad training

10.00am

Masters Start workshop

10.30am

Masters warm up commences

11.00am

Masters Meet commences

12.30pm

Est finish time of Masters Meet

  1.30pm

SwimFest warm up commences

  2.30pm

SwimFest Meet commences

  7.10pm

Est finish time of SwimFest Meet

Your help in packing up would be appreciated

Club Photo – Saturday 21st March, 2020

We are planning to take the club photo on Saturday 21st March, 2020. This will be taken immediately after club races. Don’t forget your club uniform on the day.

Club Uniform

For all club uniform orders visit the online shop. If you have any questions about club uniform items please see the Property Officer (Margaret Edwards).

Whales Tales Online

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Upcoming Events

MEET NAME

MEET DATE

ONLINE ENTRY CLOSING

MASC 400metre Freestyle (Open)

Saturday 22nd February

Closed

Merrylands Masters Meet

Saturday 22nd February

Closed

Merrylands SwimFest

Saturday 22nd February

Closed

MASC 50metre Backstroke

25metre & 200metre (Open)

Saturday 29th February

Thursday 27th February

NSW Speedo Sprint Series Finals

Saturday 29th February

N/A

MASC 200metre Freestyle (Senior)

Saturday 7th March

Thursday 5th March

SNSW Junior Metropolitan C/Ships

Saturday 7th March &

Sunday 8th March

Tuesday 25th February

SNSW State Open C/Ships

Friday 13th March &

Sunday 15th March

Tuesday 3rd March

Whales Challenge # 3

Saturday 14th March

Thursday 12th March

MSW 5 to 8 Years Meet

Saturday 14th March

Tuesday 3rd March

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

Metro South West Results

Merrylands' team of 11 swimmers had a fantastic meet at the Metro South West Junior Championships this weekend. Our swimmers achieved a massive 41 personal best times out of 46 individual swims. We also had 21 Finalists, 2 Bronze and 1 Gold medal, and 2 awesome relay swims!
Our swimmers had so many amazing we could not list them all but a few highlights are below:

Joseph Assi took a huge 7 seconds off his 100m Breaststroke time and earned himself a bronze medal in the process. He tipped out Unish Shrestha by 0.01 but Unish won himself a bronze medal in the 100m Butterfly where he took 12 seconds off his time.

Daniel Vicic finished his meet strongly with a 13 second PB and 4th place in his 4th event of the meet, the 100m Backstroke.

Joab Hada took a big 4 seconds off his 50m Breaststroke time and came in under a minute for the first time ever!

Joseph, Unish Daniel and Joab joined forces and competed in the 10&Under Freestyle Relay. The boys did Merrylands proud with a massive effort, taking 8 seconds off their entry time and coming 4th overall.

Lisa Shrestha had a gutsy 100m Butterfly and was determined to finish on 2 stroke breathing. Lisa took a second off her time and came 7th in the process.

Niushka Shrestha fought back in the 100m Butterfly after a tough first 50 for 8th place, with almost 6 seconds off her time.

Nevah Shrestha swam her 100m Backstroke with lovely technique, taking 6 seconds off her time and earning a 6th place finish.

Shreya Shrestha raced strongly to take almost 6 seconds off her 100m Freestyle time in her first Championship event.

Summer Shrestha powered to a 13 second PB in her 100m Breaststroke, with her first 50m split almost her 50m PB time!

Niushka, Nevah, Shreya and Summer combined in the 11-13 Years Freestyle Relay. They took a massive 5 seconds off their entry times. Niushka achieved an official PB as the lead off leg and all the other girls were faster than their official times.

Matthew Vicic had a very impressive 200m Butterfly race, with a smooth and controlled swim. Matt took 16 seconds off his mark and won a gold medal for his effort. This swim also qualified Matt for the Metropolitan and State Championships.

Elie Menhem had a superb 200m Breaststroke swim, taking another 11 seconds off his time after taking 16 seconds off his time 2 weeks earlier. Elie also earned a finalist ribbon which is a great achievement having never qualified for a championship event before this year.

Thank you to our parents, siblings and friends who supported our swimmers. The cheers were heard throughout the venue all the way to the Recorder’s Room! Thank you to our coaches for helping prepare our swimmers for the meet.

Personal Bests: 41
Finalists: 21

Medal Tally

Gold: 1
Bronze: 2

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Metro South West Junior Championships

Merrylands will be represented by a team of 11 swimmers at the Metro South West Junior Area Championships which start at the Sydney Olympic Park Aquatic Centre today.

Our team is competing in 45 individual events and 2 relays, and consists of:

  • Joseph Assi
  • Joab Hada
  • Elie Menhem
  • Lisa Shrestha
  • Nevah Shrestha
  • Niushka Shrestha
  • Shreya Shrestha
  • Summer Shrestha
  • Unish Shrestha
  • Daniel Vicic
  • Matthew Vicic

Best of luck to the whole team.

Issue 17, 2019/2020

Metro South West Area Junior Long Course Championships

We have a strong team of 11 swimmers competing at the MSW Area Junior Championships this weekend. Good luck to all of our swimmers and may the Whale be with you all.

Merrylands SwimFest & Masters Meets – Saturday 22nd February, 2020

Entries for the Merrylands SwimFest and Masters Meets have now closed. Planning of the meets now increases and we appreciate your help on the day for these meets as they are the major meets we hold during the season.

Club Photo – Saturday 21st March, 2020

We are planning to take the club photo on Saturday 21st March, 2020. This will be taken immediately after club races. We ask that you wear your club uniform on the day and we would welcome all club members participating in this event.

Club Uniform

For all club uniform orders visit the online shop.
If you have any questions about club uniform items please see the Property Officer (Margaret Edwards).

Whales Tales Online

Help us with waste reduction by moving to receive the weekly Whales Tales online. Don’t miss out on the latest club news. Simply sign-up online and receive your free copy of the Whales Tales

Swimming NSW e-newsletter

Would you like to receive the weekly Swimming NSW Club e-newsletter. This is emailed by Swimming NSW every Friday and provides up-to-date information across the broader swimming community in NSW. To subscribe to the e-newsletter and to read previous editions of the e-newsletter go to the Swimming NSW website.

Technical Officials e-newsletter

Now that we have a large number of accredited technical officials, it is important to stay up-to-date with officials information and swimming rules. Swimming NSW publish a bi-monthly e-newsletter for Technical Officials and this is automatically emailed to all accredited technical officials. If you are not receiving this e-newsletter you can access the editions on the Swimming NSW website.

Swim League 2020

Registrations for Swimming NSW's newest and exciting swimming competition are now open. Swim League 2020 runs from 2nd May 2020 to 30th August 2020 and is open to anyone who would like to compete in a collegiate style competition series. Swimmers participate in teams (not clubs) and compete in 3 – 5 swims per competition. Registrations close on 29th February, 2020. If you would like more information about Swim League 2020 see the Swim League website.

Swimming NSW and ReachOut

Swimming NSW and ReachOut are joining forces to provide swimming communities across NSW with access to practical support, tools and tips to help young people tackle mental health issues. Swimming NSW is also supporting ReachOut’s Laps for Life. This event encourages everyone to swim laps in the month of March to raise money in support of young people when it comes to mental health. If you would like more information about ReachOut or the Laps for Life event see the Swimming NSW website.

Trophy Return

Please return any perpetual trophy’s you have from last season to the club room.

Upcoming Events

MEET NAME

MEET DATE

ONLINE ENTRY CLOSING

MASC 200metre IM (Senior)

Saturday 15th February

Closed

MSW Junior Area C/Ships

Saturday 15th February & Sunday 16th February

Closed

MASC 400metre Freestyle (Open)

Saturday 22nd February

Thursday 20th February

Merrylands Masters Meet

Saturday 22nd February

Closed

Merrylands SwimFest

Saturday 22nd February

Closed

MASC 50metre Backstroke

25metre & 200metre (Open)

Saturday 29th February

Thursday 27th February

NSW Speedo Sprint Series Finals

Saturday 29th February

N/A

MASC 200metre Freestyle (Senior)

Saturday 7th March

Thursday 5th March

SNSW Junior Metropolitan C/Ships

Saturday 7th March &

Sunday 8th March

 

SNSW State Open C/Ships

Friday 13th March &

Sunday 15th March

 

Whales Challenge # 3

Saturday 14th March

Thursday 12th March

MASC 1500metre Freestyle (Open)

Saturday 21st March

Thursday 19th March

MSW Sprint Meet

Saturday 21st 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

 

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.

Merrylands Masters Meet

There is less than 1 week to go until entries for the 2020 Merrylands Masters Meet close.

Entries close at 12 noon on Friday, 14th February and are to be submitted through the Online Entry System.

Need help entering? Don't leave it until the last minute. Ask one of the Competition Committee today!

For more information, see the Merrylands Masters Meet section.

The 2020 Merrylands Masters Meet is proudly supported by:

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Training Cancelled - Monday, 10th February, 2020

Swimming Training for all squads for Monday, 10th February has been cancelled due to the high rainfall over the past few days.

Swimmers who usually attend training for one of these sessions may choose to attend an alternate session, subject to space.

If you would like to attend an alternate session, please email squad@merrylandsasc.asn.au to let us know which session you would like to attend and we will confirm availability.

Training - Tuesday, 11th February

All sessions on Tuesday will go ahead as scheduled.

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New 50m Freestyle Records

Congratulations to Lisa Shrestha and Alison Johnston who both set new records in the 50m Freestyle Championships this morning.

Lisa set a new record in the 9yrs 50m Freestyle in a new personal best time of 38.66. Lisa's time shaved 0.05 seconds off the record set by Kristie Caplikas in 2013, and is her 3rd club record in as many weeks.

Alison swam a new record time of 29.28 in the Senior 50m Freestyle, breaking the record she set in 2018 by 0.23 seconds. Alison has now broken the record in this event 4 times in the past 5 years, and has lowered the record by 1.03 seconds over that period. 

Congratulations to both Alison and Lisa on their swims.

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Issue 16, 2019/2020

Speedo Sprint Series – Metro South West Heats

Our team of 19 swimmers achieved outstanding results at the Speedo Sprint Series heats last Saturday. Our team swam 48 new personal best times, with 4 swimmers achieving finalist placings and 2 new Metropolitan qualifying times. Congratulations to everyone who competed and to our great coaches who prepared the team. The weather and swimming performances were HOT HOT HOT!

Merrylands SwimFest & Masters Meets – Saturday 22nd February, 2020

Entries for the Merrylands SwimFest close TODAY at 5.00pm. Merrylands members receive a discount on race entry costs. Enter using the "Entries for Merrylands Members" button.

Our Masters Meet is open to all swimmers 18yrs & Over. You don’t need to be a member of Masters Swimming to enter, so if you would like to try a 50 metre race, give it a go! Entries for the Masters Meet close on Friday 14th February, 2020 at 12.00pm.

Need a financial incentive to enter? Merrylands members will also receive a discount on race entry costs ($18 instead of $23). You will need a Pin Code to obtain the discounted entry and this will be emailed to you or you can obtain it from the Race Secretary (Alison Johnston).

Relay Competition

There are 4 more rounds of the relay competition left and teams can change their entry time this morning. If your team wants to change their entry time please see the Race Secretary (Alison) before the relay is swum this morning.

Trophy Return

It is now time to start returning any perpetual trophy’s you have from last season. Please return these on a Saturday morning to the club room.

Club Uniform

For all club uniform orders visit the online shop.
If you have any questions about club uniform items please see the Property Officer (Margaret Edwards).

Club AGM & Annual Presentation

The dates for the Club AGM & Annual Presentation have been set. They are:

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

This is the first year that we are holding the Club AGM prior to the Annual Presentation and this will allow us to present Life Membership, if awarded at the AGM, as well as thanking the outgoing committee members and introducing the incoming committee members at the Annual Presentation.

Upcoming Events

MEET NAME

MEET DATE

ONLINE ENTRY CLOSING

MASC 50metre Freestyle

25metre & 200metre (Open)

Saturday 8th February

Closed

MASC 200metre IM (Senior)

Saturday 15th February

Thursday 13th February

MSW Junior Area C/Ships

Saturday 15th February & Sunday 16th February

Closed

MASC 400metre Freestyle (Open)

Saturday 22nd February

Thursday 20th February

Merrylands Masters Meet

Saturday 22nd February

Friday 14th February

Merrylands SwimFest

Saturday 22nd February

Saturday 8th February

MASC 50metre Backstroke

25metre & 200metre (Open)

Saturday 29th February

Thursday 27th February

NSW Speedo Sprint Series Finals

Saturday 29th February

N/A

MASC 200metre Freestyle (Senior)

Saturday 7th March

Thursday 5th March

SNSW Junior Metropolitan C/Ships

Saturday 7th March &

Sunday 8th March

 

SNSW State Open C/Ships

Friday 13th March &

Sunday 15th March

 

Whales Challenge # 3

Saturday 14th March

Thursday 12th March

MASC 1500metre Freestyle (Open)

Saturday 21st March

Thursday 19th March

MSW Sprint Meet

Saturday 21st 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

 

Club AGM

Monday 25th May

 

Annual Presentation

Saturday 30th May

 

Whales Tales Online

To play our part in waste reduction we are considering moving the weekly Whales Tales to online content only. Do you want the weekly Whales Tales delivered straight to your inbox? Simply sign-up online, and never miss the latest news.

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.

Speedo Sprint Results

Merrylands swimmers had hot results at the Speedo Sprint Heats held yesterday at Blacktown Aquatic Centre.

Our team achieved 48 new personal best times, 5 finalists and 2 new Metropolitan qualifying times.

The meet commenced with a jam packed warm up but our kids held their own in busy conditions.

Elie Menhem kicked off the meet with a PB in the 50m Butterfly, swimming under 40 seconds for the first time. He also shaved 0.1 off his breaststroke time coming off the back of an awesome 200m Breaststroke that morning.

Ferenique Bris was competing for the first time at this event and she swam a massive 6 second PB in the 50m Butterfly, which may yet become her favourite event! Ferenique also achieved a 4 second PB in the Breaststroke.

Matthew Vicic was our first swimmer of the meet to make it through to the finals, with a PB and a 4th place in the 50m Butterfly. Matt also achieved a 3rd place in the 50m Freestyle adding to his events in the finals. Matt gained another Metropolitan time with a PB in the 50m Backstroke and caused a sibling upset.

Shreya Shrestha hit some massive milestones and came in under 50 seconds for the first time in Butterfly and 60 seconds in Breaststroke!

Summer Shrestha dropped 2 seconds in her Butterfly and achieved a new Metropolitan time in the process. Summer took half a second off her Freestyle time, finishing 7th overall and also PB’d in the Breaststroke, dipping into the 43s.

Thayne Bris and Ren Jie Hum were also competing at the meet for the first time and they should have gone home happy with their performances. Thayne dropped 2 seconds in his Breaststroke and another second in his Backstroke, while Ren achieved a 6 second PB in his Butterfly, 2 seconds in his Freestyle and 3 seconds in his Breaststroke.

Ameena Abdelraheem, having just swam new PBs at her school carnival during the week, took another 3 seconds off in the Butterfly!

Nevah Shrestha achieved 4 from 4 PBs which is an amazing effort considering the conditions on the day. She concentrated on her breathing in the Butterfly and earnt a 5 second PB in the process. Nevah also took at least 1 second off her other 3 swims.

Niushka Shrestha broke the 40 second mark in the Butterfly for the first time, and also lowered her Freestyle time whilst thinking about her breathing patterns, making her coach very proud.

Avani Pradhan worked hard for a huge 5 second PB in the Butterfly, and swam her second fastest time in the Breaststroke after achieving a new PB in the club championships earlier in the day.

After swimming new PBs (including 2 club records) in 3 events over the past 8 days, Lisa Shrestha swam another new PB in her Freestyle, taking almost 1 second off the PB she had just swum at club earlier in the day.

Daniel Vicic was our second finalist of the meet with an amazing swim in the Freestyle. Daniel swam under 40 for the first time and skipped the 39’s straight into a 38! Daniel also PB’d in the 50 Backstroke coming 6th overall.

Joseph Assi took a huge 6 seconds off his Butterfly time. Joseph then swam his second PB for the day in the Breaststroke, finishing 3rd and earning himself a ribbon and a spot in the finals.

Unish Shrestha also broke 40 seconds for Freestyle, narrowly missing out on the finals with a 5th place. He went one better in the Breaststroke, finishing 4th with a new PB, and making it through to the finals for the second year in a row.

Chloe Ton’s first time at Speedo Sprints resulted in some top swims. Chloe achieved a 2 second PB in Freestyle, 5 second PB in Breaststroke and 4 second PB in Backstroke!
It was also Lucas Alvarez, Pare Nader and Ruby Shrestha’s first at the Speedo Sprints.

Lucas backed up from a PB in the Freestyle in the morning to another in the afternoon. Lucas also PB’d in the Breaststroke and had his first time under a minute in Backstroke.

Pare had a gallant effort in the Butterfly with a cap malfunction and had a very gutsy performance just outside her best time. She achieved an official PB in the Freestyle finishing 6th, after having an unofficial PB at school the day before. Pare also achieved a top 10 finish in the Breaststroke and Backstroke.

Ruby PB’d in the Freestyle and took over 2 seconds off her time. Whilst Ruby only competed in one event, it felt like she was in all of them – she cheered on all our swimmers for the whole meet and was a wonderful representative of Merrylands Club.

The parents, siblings and supporters did an amazing job in hot conditions. They supplied the cool drinks and fan support in both meanings of the word! The enthusiasm continued all afternoon as they cheered on our swimmers at the finish. Thank you to our coaches for prepping our swimmers and probably being just as wet as they were!

Congratulations to all our swimmers and support crew.


Our 4 finalists: Daniel, Matt, Joseph and Unish.

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