NSW State Open Championships

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

Reece is competing in 5 events at the meet: the 50m, 100m and 200m Backstroke, 50m Freestyle and 50m Butterfly, while Alison will compete in the 50m Freestyle.

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

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Issue 22, 2018/2019

Club Races Today

We are swimming the Freestyle & Backstroke championships this morning. The Freestyle championships will be swum first up and the Backstroke championships will be swum where Backstroke sits in the morning’s program. Please ensure you remain around the marshalling area for your races, as this will be a busy morning of races and we need to keep moving to finish by 9.00am.

Relay Nominated Time Changes - TODAY

If your relay team would like to change their nominated time, you need to provide the new time to the Race Secretary BEFORE the relay event is swum TODAY.

With the postponed race program from Saturday 9th February being swum today we have lost a week of club races from the program. This has impacted the Relay competition by reducing it to a 9 week competition. The committee considered alternatives to maintain a 10 week competition, however with external meets impacting the program for all remaining weeks of the season we are unable to do this.

Speedo Sprint Series Finals - TODAY

The finals of the Speedo Sprint Series are being held at SOPAC today. Unish Shrestha is competing in the 50m Breaststroke final and we wish Unish all the best for his swim. May the Whale be with you Unish.

Swimming NSW Junior Metropolitan Championships

Congratulations to our 4 junior club members who competed at the Metropolitan Championships at SOPAC last weekend. 5 PB’s were achieved from 9 swims, with the other 4 swims achieving 2nd fastest times swum. A great achievement by all of our swimmers and we are now looking forward to the State Championships at the end of the month.

Metro South West Area Long Course Sprint Meet – Saturday 23rd March, 2019

Entries for this meet, to be held at Blacktown Aquatic Centre on Saturday 23rd March, 2019, close on Tuesday 19th March, 2019 at 11.00pm. Our club is also rostered for hosting duties at this meet. This will require a number of people to assist with roles such as medals, result running and refreshment delivery. Please advise Graham if you can help with the hosting roles on the day.

Club Uniform – Hoodie Orders

With the cooler weather coming Margaret is now taking orders for club hoodies. Visit the online shop https://shop.merrylandsasc.asn.au/club-uniforms to place an order for all club uniform apparel.

Club Photo – Saturday 30th March, 2019

We will be taking the club photo on Saturday 30th March, 2019 (the last morning of club races). Please wear or bring your club polo shirt on the day for the photo. If you need to purchase a new polo shirt for this please see the Property Officer (Margaret) today.

50th Anniversary Celebrations

Tickets for the 50th Anniversary Dinner (Saturday 6th April, 2019) being held at The Holroyd Centre are available online. We look forward to seeing all of our members (14 years and older) attending the dinner. If you know a past member please pass on the information to them.

Tickets are $50 (subsidised amount) and includes welcome finger food, main course and dessert. The welcome commences in the ground floor foyer at 6.00pm with the main course being served from 7.00pm. For more details & tickets visit the 50th Anniversary section.

Swimming NSW Membership System Change

The new membership system (Swim Central) is being implemented by Swimming NSW for our Area on Monday 11th March, 2019. Members aged 18 & over will require a unique email address. Please log in to https://mylane.swimming.org.au/ to update your contact details.

Swim Central requires that all members under 18 be part of a linked family group, with an adult aged 18 or over set as the primary member. So what do you need to do? If an adult member of your family is a member of the club – either a swimmer, or non swimmer – you don’t need to do anything. If you don’t have an adult member of your family as a member of the club, you will need to start a membership application, but cancel it before payment. See https://nsw.swimming.org.au/news-articles/swim-central-coming for details.

Keep your contact details on your membership records up to date as we can't contact you about pool closures, changes to club or training if your contact details aren't correct. Your login details are the same as the ones used for online entries. Log in to https://mylane.swimming.org.au/ to check yours are correct.

Annual Presentation & AGM

We are planning the Annual Presentation for the end of the season and are just waiting to confirm a date with Club Merrylands for the venue availability. We plan to hold this either on the last Saturday night of May (25th) or first Saturday night in June (1st), so keep those weekends free and we will let you know as soon as we have a firm date.

The club’s Annual General Meeting will be held on the Monday night immediately following the Annual Presentation and we will advise you of this date once we confirm the date of the Annual Presentation. All financial members of the club are entitled to nominate for positions on the committee and to vote at the AGM. So please consider nominating for a position, as we would love to see new members join the committee. Even if you do not wish to nominate for a position you are most welcome to attend the AGM to hear how the club is managed and the achievements of our members over the past season.

Upcoming Events

MEET NAME

MEET DATE

ENTRY CLOSING

NSW State Open Championships

15th March – 17th March

Closed

Whales Challenge

Saturday 16th March

Thursday 14th March

Masters National Championships

19th March – 23rd March

Closed

MSW Long Course Sprint Meet

23rd March

Tuesday 19th March

MASC 400metre Freestyle Age

Saturday 30th March

Thursday 28th March

Club Photo

Saturday 30th March

 

NSW State Junior Championships

30th March

Tuesday 19th March

Thank you to our sponsors for their support of our club

Speedo Sprint Series Finals

Unish Shrestha will represent Merrylands as part of the Metro South West team for the Speedo Sprint Series Finals at the Sydney Olympic Park Aquatic Centre on Saturday, 9th March 2019.

Unish has qualified for the 50m Breaststroke and will be competing against the top 4 swimmers from each Area from across the state at the meet. This is the first time Unish has qualified for the finals and is our club's first qualifier since 2017. Congratulations to Unish on qualifying and we wish him the best of luck at the meet.

You can follow Unish's progress over the weekend at http://nsw.swimming.org.au/.

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NSW Junior Metropolitan Championships Results

It was a big weekend for our team of four representing Merrylands at the NSW Junior Metropolitan Championships at SOPAC this weekend.

This was the first time that all members of the team have competed at this level of competition.  While there were nerves, the team performed exceptionally well.

Matt was flying solo on Saturday and swam the 11 Years 100m Freestyle in a personal best time. Matt returned on Sunday for the 11 Years 100m Butterfly and achieved his second fastest time, after having already PB'd in this event a week ago.

Niushka was up next and after having taken 5 seconds off her time to qualify for Metrops in the first place, took another 4 seconds off her time in the 9-10 Years 50m Butterfly.  This achievement also means Niushka has qualified for her first State Age Championships, to be held in 4 weeks time.

The 11 Years 50m Freestyle followed with Merrylands being represented by three swimmers.  Matt chipped away at his PB, taking another 0.1 off his time. Summer achieved her second fastest official time in this event and Helen took almost a full second off her previous mark, achieving her first time in the 33s.

The final event for our swimmers was the 11 Years 50m Butterfly and there were solid performances after a big weekend.  Matt and Helen again swum their second fastest times and Summer broke the 40 barrier for the first time with a PB.

Overall from the 9 swims our team achieved 5 PBs with the other 4 swims their second fastest times ever.

Congratulations to all our swimmers on these wonderful achievements.

Issue 21, 2018/2019

Merrylands SwimFest & Masters BPS Meets

Last Saturday saw Merrylands “Super Saturday” events held (why weren’t FoxSports covering these?) with club races followed by the Masters BPS & SwimFest meets. What a day! This was the first time we have thrown the dice holding both meets on the one day. I believe we achieved a great result, with positive feedback about both events and we finished almost 40 minutes ahead of schedule, despite an unplanned late start to the Masters BPS meet.

The Masters BPS Meet saw ten 1st place, three 2nd place & two 3rd place finishes in individual events. Overall Merrylands finished 5th in the Team Pointscore.

The SwimFest saw a total of 50 PB’s achieved with medals won by:

50m Breaststroke

Unish Shrestha, Hayley Baker & Peter Johnston – “Gold Gold Gold”

 

Matthew Vicic – Bronze

50m Backstroke

Matthew Vicic & Alison Sakurovs – Silver

 

Joab Hada, Michael Evans & Hayley Baker – Bronze

50m Freestyle

Joab Hada , Matthew Vicic & Alison Sakurovs – Gold

 

Summer Shrestha - Silver

 

Hayley Baker – Bronze

50m Butterfly

Matthew Vicic – Gold

 

Sophia Vicic & Alison Sakurovs – Silver

 

Hayley Baker & Michael Evans – Bronze

10 & Under Relay

Unish Shrestha, Lisa Shrestha, Joab Hada & Niushka Shrestha – Silver

12 & Under Relay

Summer Shrestha, Nevah Shrestha, Helen Macpherson & Matthew Vicic – Bronze

Matthew Vicic also achieved further State qualifying times in the 100m Butterfly (2 PB’s in the 1 event). Congratulations to every one of our swimmers who competed in these meets.

Did you know?

On average, swimmers receive $66 worth of awards at club championships and the presentation evening each year, but on average only pay $32 in race entry fees throughout the season. The $34 difference is made up through fund raising activities such as the SwimFest and Masters meets, which we couldn’t run without your help. Thank you to everyone who helped organise and run the meets. It was a great club effort, with the majority of our members being at the pool the whole day and into the evening by the time we had packed up. Only 356 sleeps to the next Merrylands Super Saturday!!!

Swimming NSW Junior Metropolitan Championships

We have 4 of our junior club members who qualified to compete at the Metropolitan Championships at SOPAC this weekend. We wish great swims to Matthew Vicic (100m Freestyle, 100m Butterfly, 50m Freestyle & 50m Butterfly), Helen Macpherson (50m Freestyle & 50m Butterfly), Summer Shrestha (50m Freestyle & 50m Butterfly) and Niushka Shrestha (50m Butterfly). May the whale be with you all.

Relay Nominated Time Changes

If your relay team would like to change their nominated time, you need to provide the new time to the Race Secretary BEFORE the relay event is swum on Saturday 9th March, 2019.

50 metre & 200 metre Freestyle Championship re-schedule

The 50 metre Freestyle Age & 200 metre Freestyle Open Championships have been re-scheduled to next Saturday (9th March, 2019). The 50 metre Backstroke and 50 metre Freestyle, as well as the 200 metre Open Championships for these strokes will be swum on the same day.

Entries submitted for the Freestyle Championships will be carried over from 9th February. No late entries for the Freestyle Championships will be accepted. You will be required to enter the Backstroke Championships and any other events you want to swim (regular races, handicap etc.). See the online entries for exactly how many events you may enter and the order of events. Championship entries are $1 as usual. There will be no entry fee for the other events.

Metro South West Area Long Course Sprint Meet – Saturday 23rd March, 2019

Entries for this meet, to be held at Blacktown Aquatic Centre on Saturday 23rd March, 2019, close on Tuesday 19th March, 2019 at 11.00pm. Our club is also rostered for hosting duties at this meet. This will require a number of people to assist with roles such as medals, result running and refreshment delivery. Please advise Graham if you can help with the hosting roles on the day.

Club Uniform – Hoodie Orders

With the cooler weather coming Margaret is now taking orders for club hoodies. Visit the online shop to place an order for all club uniform apparel.

Swimming NSW Membership System Change

The new membership system (Swim Central) will now be implemented by Swimming NSW for our Area on Monday 11th March, 2019. Members aged 18 & over will require a unique email address. Please log in to https://mylane.swimming.org.au/ to update your contact details.

Swim Central requires that all members under 18 be part of a linked family group, with an adult aged 18 or over set as the primary member. So what do you need to do? If an adult member of your family is a member of the club – either a swimmer, or non swimmer – you don’t need to do anything. If you don’t have an adult member of your family as a member of the club, you will need to start a membership application, but cancel it before payment. See https://nsw.swimming.org.au/news-articles/swim-central-coming for details.

Keep your contact details on your membership records up to date as we can't contact you about pool closures, changes to club or training if your contact details aren't correct. Your login details are the same as the ones used for online entries. Log in to https://mylane.swimming.org.au/ to check yours are correct.

50th Anniversary Celebrations

The 50th Anniversary Dinner will be held on Saturday 6th April, 2019 at the Holroyd Centre. For more details & tickets visit https://www.merrylandsasc.asn.au/50thanniversary/

Upcoming Events

MEET NAME

MEET DATE

ENTRY CLOSING

MASC 200metre Freestyle

Saturday 2nd March

Closed

MASC 50metre Backstroke

Saturday 9th March

Thursday 7th March

MASC 50metre Freestyle

Saturday 9th March

Closed

Whales Challenge

Saturday 16th March

Thursday 14th March

MASC 400metre Freestyle Age

Saturday 30th March

Thursday 28th March

Thank you to our sponsors for their support of our club

Metropolitan Junior Championships

Merrylands will be represented by a team of 4 swimmers at the NSW Metropolitan Junior Championships at the Sydney Olympic Park Aquatic Centre on 2-3 March, 2019.

All 4 swimmers are first-time qualifiers for the Championships, with the hard work they have put in at training over the past 12 months paying off in spades.

Our team will compete in the following 9 events:

Matthew Vicic
50m Freestyle
100m Freestyle
50m Butterfly
100m Butterfly
Helen Macpherson
50m Freestyle
50m Butterfly
Summer Shrestha
50m Freestyle
50m Butterfly
Niushka Shrestha
50m Butterfly

Congratulations to all 4 swimmers on qualifying and to their coach Alison, who has coached swimmers to the Metropolitan Championships for the first time.

You can follow the team's progress over the weekend on the Swimming NSW website.

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Aquablitz Toongabbie win Merrylands SwimFest

Congratulations to AquaBlitz Toongabbie who won the Merrylands SwimFest on Saturday.

Mounties finished the meet in 2nd place, with Merrylands 3rd.

Thank you to everyone who attended the meet and to all the members of our club and visiting volunteers who worked at the meet, we couldn't have run it without you and you did a great job.

The results of the meet, including the full pointscore are available in the SwimFest section of our website.

We would like to thank the sponsors of the meet for their continued support.

The 2019 Merrylands SwimFest Swim Meet is proudly sponsored by:

  • Merrylands Bowling & Sports Club
  • Starr Partners
  • Merrylands Swimming Squad

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Warringah wins Merrylands Masters Meet

Congratulations to Warringah who finished on top of the point score at the Merrylands Masters Meet on Saturday.

Wett Ones finished in 2nd, with Campbelltown in 3rd place.

A big thank you to the visiting officials for their assistance in running the meet, and to our members, especially our junior swimmers and their parents for providing the timekeepers and runners.

Thank you to everyone who attended, and we hope you enjoyed the meet.

The results of the meet are available in the Merrylands Masters Meet section.

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Merrylands SwimFest Results

On what was a very long day for all our swimmers and helpers due to running two carnivals on the same day, Merrylands swimmers excelled and our club’s wonderful team culture was on display yet again.

The swimmers warmed up with coaches Alison and Katie before getting stuck into their races and achieving some wonderful results. Club Captain Michael was the first to swim and started the club off with the first PB of the day in the 200IM, one of many PBs to come!

Our 50m Breaststrokers achieved 11 Personal Best times, with our Speedo Finalist Unish bagging a gold medal to start our medal tally off with a bang! Matt achieved a bronze whilst Hayley and Peter raced away with gold medals and both set the record for the 17 & Over age group due to it being a new event.

Next up were our 100m Butterfliers with Matt swimming 2 PBs in the one event: a new 50m PB at the turn and a 100m PB at the finish, while also gaining himself another State qualifying time. Another 2 PBs followed in this event, backed all the way by the cheering of our team.

Our 50m Backstrokers continued on in fine form with medals galore. Matt and Alison gained silver and Joab, Michael and Hayley achieved bronze medals.  6 more PBs were added to the tally.

Our 100m Breaststrokers continued to drop times with 5 PBs dropping more than 30 seconds between them!

The 50m Freestyle was hotly contested with Joab swimming a PB to earn himself a gold medal.  Matt and Alison also earned gold with Alison setting the 17 & Over Record (to one day be beaten by one of her squad members).  Summer bagged herself a silver in a close finish and Hayley added to her stash with a bronze. 10 PBs were achieved during this event.

3 more PBs were achieved in the 100m Backstroke, with Sophia smashing her time (to just outswim her brother and have bragging rights for another day) and Bree taking a tidy 8 seconds off her time.

Merrylands had 20 swimmers in the 100m Freestyle and 7 more PBs were achieved! Elie smashed his time taking 9 seconds off his previous mark.

The end was in sight but not before the 50m fly was contested. Matt achieved his second 50m fly PB for the day and added to his gold medals.  Sophia and Alison picked up more silver bling and Hayley and Michael added to their stash with bronze. 3 PBs were achieved in the process.

The last events of the day were the hotly contested relays!

In the 10 & Under Relay, Unish, Lisa, Joab and Niushka combined forces to pick up silver medals.

The 12 & Under Relay team of Summer, Nevah, Helen and Matt were in a tight finish and achieved bronze.

Congratulations to all our swimmers on the results from the meet.  Together we achieved 50 new personal best times, 7 gold medals, 6 silver and 8 bronze. Thank you to everyone who attended the meet and to all the members of our club and other volunteers who worked at the meet, we couldn't have run it without you and you did an amazing job. The results of the meet are now available in the SwimFest section of our website.

Issue 20, 2018/2019

Merrylands Swimming Centre

Welcome back to Merrylands Swimming Centre. Those who attended club races last Saturday morning enjoyed an “away game” at Wentworthville Swimming Centre, but it is great to be back home for the remainder of the season. Council has worked hard over the last week to empty, clean and fill the pool ready for use this week, so we thank them for this work.

50 metre & 200 metre Freestyle Championship re-schedule

The cancellation of club races on Saturday 9th February, 2019 has meant the 50 metre Freestyle Age & 200 metre Freestyle Open Championships have been re-scheduled to Saturday 9th March, 2019. The 50 metre Backstroke and 50 metre Freestyle, as well as the 200 metre Open Championships for these strokes will be swum on the same day.

Entries submitted for the Freestyle Championships will be carried over to the 9th March, 2019. No late entries for the Freestyle Championships will be accepted.

Swimmers will be able to enter two other events on the morning in addition to the Championship races. Keep an eye on the club website for further details of the program and order of events for the morning.

Metro South West Junior Area Championships

13 swimmers competed in the MSW Area Junior Championships at SOPAC last Saturday. Great results were achieved, with a total of 43 new PB’s. Medals were won by Unish Shrestha (50m Breaststroke - Silver), Matthew Vicic (50m Butterfly - bronze) and Summer Shrestha (50m Freestyle - bronze).

Finalists across a total of 20 events were Joab Hada (50m Breaststroke, 100m Backstroke, 50m Backstroke & 50m Freestyle), Summer Shrestha (50m Breaststroke & 50m Backstroke), Laura-Belle Casey (50m Breaststroke & 100m Breaststroke), Matthew Vicic (100m Freestyle, 100m Butterfly, 50m Backstroke & 50m Freestyle), Unish Shrestha (50m Butterfly, 50m Backstroke & 50m Freestyle), Helen Macpherson (50m Backstroke & 50m Freestyle), Nevah Shrestha (50m Backstroke) & Niushka Shrestha (50m Freestyle & 100m Butterfly).

An outstanding effort by our Junior members as they continue to break PB’s and achieve wonderful results at meets representing our club. Thank you to our club coaches who have worked hard to have our swimmers peaking for these events and also to our parents who supported and worked as timekeepers during the afternoon session. It was a long day and we are proud of every one of our swimmers who competed on the day.

Merrylands SwimFest & Masters BPS Meets – Saturday 23rd February, 2019

Today is the day of our Masters BPS and SwimFest meets. Thank you in advance to everyone who has volunteered their time today to help with the meets. It will be a long day and I know we will again show how well Merrylands ASC can host these events.

Relay Nominated Time Changes

If your relay team would like to change their nominated time, you need to provide the new time to the Race Secretary BEFORE the relay event is swum on Saturday 9th March, 2019.

Club Uniform – Hoodie Orders

With the cooler weather coming Margaret is now taking orders for club hoodies. Visit the online shop to place an order for all club uniform apparel.

Learn to Swim

The next Learn to Swim lessons will be held on Saturday 2nd March, 2019.

Swimming NSW Membership System Change

Swimming NSW will be switching to a new membership system (Swim Central) on 25th February, 2019. As part of the change all members aged 18 & over will require a unique email address. Please log in to https://mylane.swimming.org.au/ to update your contact details.

Please remember to keep your contact details on your membership records up to date. We can't contact you about pool closures, changes to club or training if your contact details aren't correct. Log in to https://mylane.swimming.org.au/ to check yours are correct today. Your login details are the same as the ones used for online entries.

50th Anniversary Celebrations

The 50th Anniversary Dinner will be held on Saturday 6th April, 2019 at the Holroyd Centre. For more details & online booking visit the 50th Anniversary section.

Technical Officials

Would you like to obtain a technical accreditation? Most roles are now available with an online module. Details can be found at https://nsw.swimming.org.au/technical-officials-nsw. Age is from secondary school student up. Best of all these modules are free to members of Swimming NSW. Please see Graham for more information.

Upcoming Events

MEET NAME

MEET DATE

ENTRY CLOSING

MASC 400metre Freestyle Open

Saturday 23rd February

Closed

Merrylands Masters BPS Meet

Saturday 23rd February

Closed

Merrylands Swimfest Meet

Saturday 23rd February

Closed

MASC 200metre Freestyle

Saturday 2nd March

Thursday 28th February

MASC 50metre Backstroke

Saturday 9th March

Thursday 7th March

MASC 50metre Freestyle

Saturday 9th March

Closed

Whales Challenge

Saturday 16th March

Thursday 14th March

MASC 400metre Freestyle Age

Saturday 30th March

Thursday 28th March

Thank you to our sponsors for their support of our club

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