Issue 25, 2018/2019

Close of the season

Today is the last club race day of our 50th anniversary season and I hope you have enjoyed another great season. We have celebrated our 50th anniversary with a number of events throughout the season and these will culminate with our Anniversary Dinner on Saturday 6th April.

The season had a few hiccups along the way, with the delay in the installation of the new starting blocks. I hope you have enjoyed using them and they have helped improve your race starts. The storm in February caused the closure of the pool for 2 weeks, meaning we lost one week of races and had to transfer another week over the Wentworthville Swimming Centre.

The implementation of split age groups from National Championship level down has meant a greater volume of championship meets at Area and State level and this created an impact on when we could hold our club championship events, with these being spread over more weekends as well.

Thank you to our committee, officials, parents & swimmers for your support of the club during the season. In particular I would like to acknowledge a number of people:

  • Peter & Alison for their tireless work behind the scenes to keep the club ticking over weekly;
  • Ian & Ben who arrive early every week to set up ready for club races;
  • Dominic & Danielle who have organised and delivered great bbq’s throughout the season;
  • Our club captains, Charlie-Rose and Michael who organised the weekly raffles and Whales Challenge relay teams among a number of other tasks.

Thank you to our Learn to Swim instructors and helpers. Learn to Swim is a key offering of our club and it introduces future swimming members to our club. We will have 3 additional instructors next season, with Trish, Hayley & Margaret all undertaking training and obtaining accreditation.

We will be taking the club photo today, so make sure you stay around after races. There is also a bbq to celebrate the close of the season.

For those who will continue to train we will see you at Granville Swimming Centre and I hope to see everyone at the Annual Presentation, to be held on Saturday 1st June, 2019 at Club Merrylands.

Swimming NSW State Junior Championships

We have 5 of our club members competing at the Swimming NSW State Junior Championships this weekend at SOPAC. This is a great achievement & first time experience for Matthew Vicic, Helen Macpherson, Nevah Shrestha, Niushka Shrestha & Summer Shrestha. The girls will also compete in two relay events. We are very proud of each one of you and wish you the best of luck with your swims. May the whale be with you all.

Masters National Championships

Well our team of 5 competitors have returned from the Masters National Championships and they needed to pay for excess baggage on their return flights, with a tally of 18 medals (5 gold, 10 silver & 3 bronze). In addition there were 11 PB’s also swum. The team also won the Life Member’s trophy for the club for their efforts over the championships. Congratulations to Alison Johnston, Steven Nguyen, Kylee Murray (who won her first National medal at the meet), Melissa Cohen & Ian Wilson.

Metro South West Area Long Course Sprint Meet

Last Saturday saw 20 of our junior members compete at the Metro South West Area Long Course Sprint Meet at Blacktown Aquatic Centre. Again our junior members flew the flag taking home 10 medals and 32 PB’s. Congratulations to our whole team on their performances and thank you to our parents who assisted with the hosting duties at the meet.

Winter Swimming

McCredie Park Aquatics Swimming Club run club races on a Friday night at Guildford Pool (races start at 6.30pm) and this is an opportunity to stay fit and practice for short course events. Their winter season commences on Friday 5th April and concludes in September. There are breaks over the school holiday periods in April & July. Let Graham know if you are interested in attending these races.

50th Anniversary Dinner

The 50th Anniversary Dinner being held at The Holroyd Centre next Saturday 6th April, 2019. The welcome commences in the ground floor foyer at 6.00pm and main course being served from 7.00pm.

We look forward to joining with you at this event to celebrate this milestone for our club. Mr Chris Fydler OAM, President of Swimming NSW, is attending and has graciously agreed to speak about his experiences as an Olympic swimmer and now as a parent of competitive swimmers.

Squad Training & Enrolment

Remember training moves to Granville Swimming Centre next Monday 1st April 2019. If you intend to continue training you need to enrol before attending training session as the coaches need to ensure the squad you join has space. Enrol at https://merrylandsasc.asn.au/coaching/enrol/

Trophy Return

If you still have any perpetual trophy’s to return from last season please let us know as we will need to make arrangements to collect the trophy prior to the annual presentation.

Annual Presentation & AGM

The Annual Presentation will be held on Saturday 1st June, 2019 at Club Merrylands. The presentation is booked from 6.00pm, with the presentation of trophies to commence at 6.30pm.

The club’s Annual General Meeting will be held on Monday 3rd June, 2019 commencing at 7.30pm in the club room at Merrylands Swimming Centre. All financial members of the club are entitled to nominate for positions on the committee and to vote at the AGM.

The dates for nominations for committee positions and club awards are:

  • Service Excellence Award – closes 31st March, 2019
  • Life Member nomination – 60 days before the AGM (Thursday 4th April, 2019)
  • Committee nomination – 30 days before the AGM (Saturday 4th May, 2019)

See the club website for more information about these and how to submit a nomination. If you would like more information or have a question please see any of our current committee members.

Thank you to our sponsors for their support of our club

18 Medals at Australian Masters Championships

After 4 big days of competition at the Australian Masters Championships in Adelaide over the past week, Merrylands' team has finished the meet with 18 medals and 11 new personal best times.

Alison Johnston took home 9 medals from the meet - 2 Gold, 6 Silver and 1 Bronze. Alison also swam 2 new personal best times at the meet. Steven Nguyen finished the meet with 8 medals - 3 Gold, 4 Silver and 1 Bronze, while Kylee Murray won her first national medal, finishing with Bronze in the 200m Backstroke. Kylee also swam 5 new personal best times. Melissa Cohen swam 4 new personal best times.

To top it all off, at the Presentation Dinner, Merrylands was named as the winner of the Life Member's Trophy at the meet for 2019. The Life Member's Trophy is for Clubs with 5-20 members and rewards performance & participation. It is calculated by taking the number of points gained at the National Championships, divided by the club's membership at end of previous year.

Medallists

Alison Johnston
   50m Freestyle  (Silver)
   100m Freestyle  (Silver)
   50m Backstroke  (Gold)
   100m Backstroke  (Silver)
   200m Backstroke  (Silver)
   50m Butterfly  (Bronze)
   100m Butterfly  (Silver)
   200m Individual Medley  (Silver)
   400m Individual Medley  (Gold)
Steven Nguyen
   100m Freestyle  (Bronze)
   200m Freestyle  (Silver)
   400m Freestyle  (Silver)
   50m Breaststroke  (Gold)
   100m Breaststroke  (Gold)
   200m Breaststroke  (Gold)
   50m Butterfly  (Silver)
   200m Individual Medley  (Silver)
Kylee Murray
   200m Backstroke  (Bronze)

Personal Best Times

Kylee Murray
   400m Freestyle
   50m Backstroke
   100m Backstroke
   200m Backstroke
   50m Butterfly
Melissa Cohen
   50m Freestyle
   200m Freestyle
   400m Freestyle
   50m Breaststroke
Alison Johnston
   100m Backstroke
   200m Backstroke

Medal Tally

 Gold 5
 Silver 10
 Bronze 3


Congratulations to our team on their results!

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Sprint Meet Results

Excellent results at the Metro South West Sprint Meet at Blacktown Aquatic Centre on Saturday, with 10 medals and 32 new personal best times.

Matthew Vicic took home 3 Gold medals finishing first in the 50m Freestyle in a new personal best time, and was also first in the 50m Backstroke and 50m Butterfly.

Sophia Vicic also took home 3 medals, with Silver in the 50m Breaststroke and Bronze in both the 50m Backstroke (in a new PB) and 50m Butterfly.

Summer Shrestha won Gold in the 50m Freestyle in a new personal best time. Joseph Assi (50m Breaststroke) and Michael Evans (50m Butterfly) won Silver medals, both in new personal best times, while Daniel Vicic finished with Bronze in the 50m Freestyle.

Congratulations to our whole team on their performances and thank you to the parents that assisted with our hosting duties at the meet.

Issue 24, 2018/2019

Swimming NSW State Open Championships

Congratulations to Alison Sakurovs and Reece Tomkinson who swam at the NSW State Open Championships held at SOPAC last weekend. Reece swam a PB in his 50m Butterfly and season best times in the 50m Backstroke & 50m Freestyle. Alison swam a season best in the 50m Freestyle. Well done to you both on the results you achieved at this meet. We had a number of families also attend the Finals session on the Saturday night and we hope you had a good time and came away inspired to compete at these championships.

Masters National Championships

At the time of writing this week’s edition we have results for the first 3 days of competition. A great result so far, with a total of 14 medals (4 gold, 8 silver & 2 bronze). In addition there have been 8 PB’s also swum. We look forward to hearing all the tales of the week away (things that happen on tour don’t stay on tour!).

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

Good luck to all of our swimmers who are competing in the Metro South West Area Long Course Sprint Meet at Blacktown Aquatic Centre today. Our club is also rostered for hosting duties at this meet. Leanne Tovkach will be organising this help on the day so please provide her with assistance for these duties during the meet. Whilst our club is not rostered for timekeeping a lane, we would appreciate if you are also able to help if required with this role.

Club Photo – Saturday 30th March, 2019

The club photo will be taken 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 – Order Your tickets TODAY

Tickets for the 50th Anniversary Dinner being held at The Holroyd Centre on Saturday 6th April, 2019 are available online. If you haven’t yet purchased your tickets please do so TODAY. This will help us finalise the booking for the venue. 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 also.

Mr Chris Fydler OAM, President of Swimming NSW, will be attending and has graciously agreed to speak about his experiences as an Olympic swimmer and now as a parent of a competitive swimmer. 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 page. Ticket sales close on Saturday 23rd March, 2019, so order your tickets now if you haven’t done so yet.

Club Uniform

To place an order for all club uniform apparel visit https://shop.merrylandsasc.asn.au/club-uniforms.

Squad Enrolment Training moves to Granville Swimming Centre on Monday 1st April 2019.

If you intend to continue training and haven’t yet re-enrolled please do so ASAP as Peter needs to know numbers training to determine squad sizes and time of sessions. Enrol online.

Swimming Australia Membership System Change

The new membership system (Swim Central) has been implemented for our Area. As a member you will receive an email from Swimming NSW advising you when you can access the new system. This system replaces ClubLANE which you may have accessed in the past.

Please ensure you 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.

Annual Presentation & AGM

The Annual Presentation will be held on Saturday 1st June, 2019 at Club Merrylands. The presentation is booked from 6.00pm, with the presentation of trophies to commence at 6.30pm. You may wish to arrive at the club earlier to have dinner before presentation starts, or you may want to have dinner after the presentation of trophies has concluded. It is a great opportunity for us to support one of our club’s major sponsors.

The club’s Annual General Meeting will be held on Monday 3rd June, 2019 commencing at 7.30pm in the club room at Merrylands Swimming Centre. 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.

The dates for nominations for committee positions and club awards are:

  • Service Excellence Award – closes 31st March, 2019
  • Life Member nomination – 60 days before the AGM (Thursday 4th April, 2019)
  • Committee nomination – 30 days before the AGM (Saturday 4th May, 2019)

See the club website for more information about these and how to submit a nomination. If you would like more information or have a question please see any of our current committee members.

Trophy Return

If you still have any perpetual trophies to return from last season please bring them back to the club on a Saturday morning whilst club races are still being held.

Upcoming Events

MEET NAME

MEET DATE

ENTRY CLOSING

MASC 400metre Freestyle Age

Saturday 30th March

Thursday 28th March

Club Photo

Saturday 30th March

 

NSW State Junior Championships

Saturday 30th March

Tuesday 19th March

50th Anniversary Dinner

Saturday 6th April

Saturday 23rd March

Annual Presentation

Saturday 1st June

 

Club AGM

Monday 3rd June

 

 

 

 

Thank you to our sponsors for their support of our club

Metro South West Sprint Meet

Merrylands will send a team of 20 swimmers to the Metro South West Sprint Meet at Blacktown Aquatic Centre tomorrow.

Our club will be represented by:

Ameena Abdelraheem
Joseph Assi
Charlie-Rose El Riachi
Abraham El-Chami
Bilal El-Chami
Michael Evans
Joab Hada
Helen Macpherson
Elie Menhem
Pare Nader
Lisa Shrestha
Nevah Shrestha
Niushka Shrestha
Ruby Shrestha
Shreya Shrestha
Summer Shrestha
Unish Shrestha
Daniel Vicic
Matthew Vicic
Sophia Vicic

The Meet Timeline and Meet Program are available for download from the Metro South West website.

Good luck to our team at the meet.

See Also

Australian Masters Championships - Day 4

The final day of the Nationals saw Merrylands win another 4 medals and swim 3 new personal best times.

Alison Johnston finished the meet with another 2 medals, starting the day with Gold in the 50m Backstroke and then taking Silver in the 100m Freestyle in a season best time.

Steven Nguyen also won two more medals with Silver in the 400m Freestyle and Bronze in the 100m Freestyle.

Kylee Murray finished off her meet with another 2 personal best times in the 400m Freestyle and 50m Backstroke, while Melissa Cohen also swam a new PB in the 400m Freestyle.

Congratulations to our whole team on their performances at the meet.

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Australian Masters Championships - Day 3

Merrylands has finished Day 3 of the Nationals with 4 more medals and 3 PBs.

Alison Johnston continued to add to her medal tally, with Gold in the 400m Individual Medley and Silver medals in both the 50m Freestyle and 100m Backstroke. Alison also swam a personal best time in the 100m Backstroke.

Steven Nguyen also added another medal to his count, with Gold in the 200m Breaststroke.

Melissa Cohen swam a new PB in her 50m Freestyle, while Kylee Murray swam a new PB in her 100m Backstroke.

Day 4 tomorrow - the final day in the pool - will see members of our team competing in the 400m Freestyle, 50m Backstroke, 200m Butterfly and 100m Freestyle.

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Australian Masters Championships - Day 2

Day 2 of the Nationals saw another 5 medals for Merrylands, plus 2 new PBs.

Steven Nguyen finished the day with 3 medals - Gold in the 50m Breaststroke, and Silver in the 200m Freestyle and 200m Individual Medley.

Alison Johnston took home our other 2 medals with Silver in the 100m Butterfly and 200m Individual Medley.

Melissa Cohen swam new PBs in both her events with new personal best times in the 50m Breaststroke and 200m Freestyle

Day 3 will see our team in action in the 200m Breaststroke, 50m Freestyle, 400m Individual Medley and 100m Backstroke.

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Australian Masters Championships - Day 1

A fantastic start to the Australian Masters Championships with 5 medals and 3 new PBs on Day 1 at the SA Aquatic & Leisure Centre in Adelaide.

Steven Nguyen took home 2 medals with Gold in the 100m Breaststroke and Silver in the 50m Butterfly.

Alison Johnston also won 2 medals. Alison finished with Silver and a new personal best time in the 200m Backstroke, and Bronze in the 50m Butterfly, in her second fastest time ever.

Kylee Murray won her first national medal, finishing with Bronze in the 200m Backstroke in a new PB. Kylee also swam a new PB in her 50m Butterfly.

Day 2 tomorrow will see our team hit the water in the 100m Butterfly, 50m Breaststroke, 200m Freestyle and 200m Individual Medley.

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Australian Masters Championships

The Australian Masters Championships will be held at the SA Aquatic & Leisure Centre in Adelaide from Tuesday 19th to Saturday 23rd March, 2019.

Merrylands will be represented by a team of 5 swimmers, competing in 45 individual events over the 5 day meet. Our team consists of:

  • Melissa Cohen
  • Kylee Murray
  • Steven Nguyen
  • Alison Johnston
  • Ian Wilson

Good luck to our swimmers at the meet. You can follow the team's progress on the Live Results page.

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