New Breaststroke Records

Congratulations to Lisa Shrestha and Brendan Kirkpatrick who both set new records in the Breaststroke Championships yesterday.

Lisa set a new record in the 9yrs 50m Breaststroke in a new personal best time of 52.11. Lisa took 0.29 seconds off the record, held by Natalie Tims, which was set all the way back in the 1972/73 season.

In the Open 200m Breaststroke, Brendan took 0.39 seconds off the record set by Todd Jenkin in 2005, to finish in 2:54.59.

Congratulations to both Brendan and Lisa on their swims.

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Issue 15, 2019/2020

Speedo Sprint Series – Metro South West Heats

We have a team of 19 heading to Blacktown Aquatic Centre today for the Speedo Sprint Series. This is our biggest team we have had competing at this event, which is exciting for the club. The meet commences at 2.30pm with warm up at 1.30pm. We will be required to provide timekeepers so we ask for your help during the meet. Good luck to all of our team, may the Whale be with you all.

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

Entries for the Merrylands SwimFest close next Saturday 8th February, 2020 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 on the Masters Swimming NSW online entry system. 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).

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.

Learn to Swim

Our Learn to Swim program commences again this morning. Welcome to our returning and new learn to swim participants and thank you to all of our instructors and helpers for volunteering for this program.

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.

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).

Memory Lane

Back in the day! The Holroyd Family Festival Street Parade was part of the Holroyd Family Festival.
Merrylands Amateur Swimming Club marched as part of the community celebrating the festival. The club also held the Holroyd Family Festival Swimming Carnival each year and this is today called the Merrylands SwimFest.

Upcoming Events

MEET NAME

MEET DATE

ONLINE ENTRY CLOSING

MASC 50metre Breaststroke

25metre & 200metre (Open)

Saturday 1st February

Closed

NSW Speedo Sprint Series Heats

Saturday 1st February

Closed

MASC 50metre Freestyle

25metre & 200metre (Open)

Saturday 8th February

Thursday 6th February

MASC 200metre IM (Senior)

Saturday 15th February

Thursday 13th February

MSW Junior Area C/Ships

Saturday 15th February & Sunday 16th February

Tuesday 4th February

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

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 Heats

Merrylands will be sending its biggest team to the Speedo Sprint Heats. Merrylands will have 19 swimmers which is the most since Speedo Sprint was rebranded from Restricted Age Series in 2003. The meet will be held at Blacktown Aquatic Centre on the 1st February, 2020.

Our team consists of:
Ameena Abdelraheem
Lucas Alvarez
Joseph Assi
Ferenique Bris
Thayne Bris
Ren Jie Hum
Elie Menhem
Pare Nader
Avani Pradhan
Lisa Shrestha
Nevah Shrestha
Niushka Shrestha
Ruby Shrestha
Shreya Shrestha
Summer Shrestha
Unish Shrestha
Chloe Ton
Daniel Vicic
Matthew Vicic

Our team will compete in 72 individual events at the meet.

Good luck to our team!

New 50m Butterfly Records

Congratulations to Lisa Shrestha and Matthew Vicic who both set new records in the 50m Butterfly Championships yesterday.

Matthew took 0.08 off the 12yrs 50m Butterfly record held by Etiuate Veamatahau since 2002 to finish in 35.41.

Lisa took a massive 12 seconds off her best time to break the record in the 9yrs 50m Butterfly with a swim of 46.99. Lisa took 1.38 seconds off the record, held by Amber Johnson, which had stood since 2003.

Congratulations to both Matthew and Lisa on their swims.

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Issue 14, 2019/2020

Whales Challenge #2

Last Saturday saw the 2nd Whales Challenge swum and won. Another very close event, with the lead changing a couple of times. Maroon again came back late to win Round 2 and take a 2 – 0 lead. White can (will) redeem themselves on Saturday 14th March, 2020 by winning the 3rd Whales Challenge and finishing the season on a winning note.

Speedo Sprint Series – Metro South West Heats

Entries for the Speedo Sprint Series have closed and we have a strong team heading to Blacktown Aquatic Centre next Saturday, 1st February, 2020 (meet commences at 1.30pm & your coaches will give you a time to be there for warm-up). Good luck to all of our team, may the Whale be with you all.

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

Only 4 weeks until our biggest event this summer. Your help on the day will be greatly appreciated. Graham will be working out role details over the coming weeks.

Remember entries for the Merrylands SwimFest close next Saturday 8th February, 2020 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 on the Masters Swimming NSW online entry system.

For those who are Masters members, remember to renew your 2020 Masters Membership, as you will need to be a member for upcoming State & National Championship entries.

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.

Club Uniform

For all club uniform orders visit the online shop https://shop.merrylandsasc.asn.au/club-uniforms.
If you have any questions about club uniform items please see the Property Officer (Margaret Edwards).

50 Years Ago

A photo of club races from 1970. No club room yet, a nice lawn in the area and no shade awning at the end of the pool. What about those blocks & lane ropes, not to mention the costumes and hair styles!

Upcoming Events

MEET NAME

MEET DATE

ONLINE ENTRY CLOSING

MASC 50metre Butterfly

25metre & 200metre (Open)

Saturday 25th January

Closed

MASC 50metre Breaststroke

25metre & 200metre (Open)

Saturday 1st February

Thursday 30th January

NSW Speedo Sprint Series Heats

Saturday 1st February

Closed

MASC 50metre Breaststroke

25metre & 200metre (Open)

Saturday 8th February

Thursday 6th February

MASC 200metre IM (Senior)

Saturday 15th February

Thursday 13th February

MSW Junior Area C/Ships

Saturday 15th February & Sunday 16th February

Tuesday 4th February

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

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.

Issue 13, 2019/2020

Air Quality Conditions

As we all know the air quality in Sydney has been varied over the bushfire period so far. This has impacted on squad training sessions and also led to the late cancellation of club races last Saturday morning.

Swimming NSW has recently provided best practice guidelines for clubs in smoke-affected areas. These guidelines are sourced from the AIS and utilise the Air Quality Index to assist clubs in considering what activities may be impacted by air quality changes. The Committee will be discussing these recently provided guidelines to establish our club’s practices during these periods of time.

Check the club website for updates on whether squad training sessions are on, before leaving for the pool each day. If sessions are cancelled, an update will be posted on the club website by 3:30pm on that day.

Member Contact Information

To assist the club in providing you with timely information, such as cancellations, it is important that your contact information in Swim Central is up-to-date. Contact details, such as mobile phone numbers are used to forward urgent sms alerts to members and we noticed last Saturday morning that many members contact details are not up-to-date in Swim Central.

Please take the time to check your details in Swim Central and update them if they are missing or have changed since you last provided them.

Whales Challenge #2

Today we are holding the 2nd Whales Challenge. Maroon came back late to win Round 1. Can White even the score? Even the Melbourne Renegades have won a game, so there is no reason why White cannot win this week. Teams remain the same throughout the season, so make sure you wear your team cap to score points for your team. Maroon silicon caps are available for purchase through the club shop: https://shop.merrylandsasc.asn.au/

Speedo Sprint Series – Metro South West Heats

Entries for the Speedo Sprint Series close on Tuesday, 21st January at 5pm. We already have a good number of swimmers from our club entered but we would like to see all of our swimmers aged 8-13yrs who can swim 50m enter this meet. Speak to your coach if you are unsure whether you should enter. Entries are completed online. See the website for details.

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

Our biggest event this summer and we need all hands on deck either as swimmers and/or helpers.

Today’s featured job: Set up and pack up – club members have displayed a “well oiled machine” approach to setting up and packing up in the past, so we plan to achieve this again. We will need to carry out activities such as lane rope & backstroke flag changeovers, erecting gazebos, installing touch pads, setting up the bbq as well as a bunch of other jobs. We look forward to everyone helping with these tasks. Speak to Graham to put your name down.

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 think you would like to try competing, give it a go! The SwimFest is open to all swimmers and is great practice for school carnivals. See the website for details on how to enter.

Junior, Development and Age Squad Skills & Drills Workshops

These workshops will be held on Thursday mornings during January from 7am to 8:15am. The first one was held last week and we are looking forward to seeing the work done on starts put into practice this morning. There is one workshop left - register on the website if you would like to attend: https://squadshop.merrylandsasc.asn.au/

Fun Facts

  • There is enough water in Olympic-sized pools to take 9400 baths;
  • Swimming dates back to 2500BCE and can be seen in ancient Egyptian drawings. Breaststroke goes back to the Stone Ages, but it wasn’t until 1904 when it was swum competitively at the Olympics;
  • The first recorded version of swimming goggles was during the 14th century in Persia. It wasn’t until the 1930s when rubber goggles were created;
  • Swimming is one of the most intense sports out there. The reason is because swimming is a full body exercise. You name the muscle, swimming uses it. Swimming burns almost 30% more calories than running per hour;
  • Elephants swim an average of 32 kilometres a day, so why are they so big then???

Australia Swims

Now in its third year, the initiative encourages all Australians to celebrate their love of the water and commit the distance they plan to swim in January – whether it’s 50 metres or 50 kilometres – to a nationwide challenge. Whilst we are now halfway through January there is still time for you to register and participate in this event. For more details see https://australiaswims.com.au/

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.

Upcoming Events

MEET NAME

MEET DATE

ONLINE ENTRY CLOSING

MASC 50metre Butterfly

25metre & 200metre (Open)

Saturday 25th January

Thursday 23rd January

MASC 50metre Breaststroke

25metre & 200metre (Open)

Saturday 1st February

Thursday 30th January

NSW Speedo Sprint Series Heats

Saturday 1st February

Tuesday 21st January

MASC 50metre Breaststroke

25metre & 200metre (Open)

Saturday 8th February

Thursday 6th February

MASC 200metre IM (Senior)

Saturday 15th February

Thursday 13th February

MSW Junior Area C/Ships

Saturday 15th February & Sunday 16th February

Tuesday 4th February

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

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.

Issue 12, 2019/2020

Merrylands 50s

Congratulations to Joseph Assi who took out the Merrylands 50s last week after some very exciting racing. Breeanah Khoury finished 2nd, with Chloe Ton 3rd. The full results here. Well done everyone who entered!

Handicap Relay

The 2x50m Handicap Relay is on today. Want to enter? Get a team mate, buy a Relay Card ($1), come up with a team name and give your card to the Recorders before 7:30am.

Whales Challenge #2

The 2nd Whales Challenge is on Saturday, 18th January. Maroon dominated in Round 1. Can White even the score? Teams remain the same through the summer, so don’t forget your team cap. Maroon silicon caps are available for purchase through the Club Shop.

Squad Training today

All training sessions will start at 9am today.

Speedo Sprint Series – Metro South West Heats

Entries for the Speedo Sprint Series close on Tuesday, 21st January at 5pm. A good number of swimmers from our club have already entered which is great to see. Swimmers aged 8-13yrs that can swim 50m are encouraged to swim at this meet - speak to your coach if you are unsure whether you should enter. Entries are completed online.

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

Our biggest event this summer and we need all hands on deck either as swimmers and/or helpers.

Today’s featured job: Timekeeping – one of the best jobs at the meets! You get the best seat in the house, with food served to you on a platter. All you need to do is push a button every minute or so. We need 14 timekeepers for the Masters Meet, and 16 timekeepers for the SwimFest. Speak to Graham to put your name down.

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 think you would like to try competing, give it a go! The SwimFest is open to all swimmers and is great practice for school carnivals. See the event pages for details on how to enter.

Junior, Development and Age Squad Skills & Drills Workshops

These workshops will be held on Thursday mornings during January from 7am to 8:15am. The first one was held during the week and we are looking forward to seeing the work done on starts put into practice this morning. There are two workshops left - Register if you would like to attend.

Whales Tales Online

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 Series Entries

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

Come and take part in the 2020 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 Saturday, 1st February, 2020 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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