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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State Open Results

Merrylands' team of 2 swimmers swam well at the NSW State Open Championships on the weekend.

Reece Tomkinson swam a PB in his 50m Butterfly, and season best times in the 50m Freestyle and 50m Backstroke, while Alison Johnston swam a season best time in the 50m Freestyle.

Well done to Alison and Reece on their results.

Issue 23, 2018/2019

Speedo Sprint Series Finals

Congratulation to Unish Shrestha who swam in the 50m Breaststroke final at the Speedo Sprint Series Finals SOPAC last Saturday. Unish swam a PB and finished 16th out of 38 competitors representing all metro & country areas of NSW. A fantastic result Unish, we are all proud of you and your performance.

Swimming NSW State Open Championships

Congratulations to Alison Sakurovs and Reece Tomkinson who have qualified for the NSW State Open Championships being held at SOPAC this weekend. Alison is swimming in the 50m Freestyle (show those Campbell sisters who the boss is!), whilst Reece is swimming in the 50m Backstroke, 50m Butterfly, 50m Freestyle, 100m Backstroke and 200m Backstroke events. We wish you both the best of luck and may the whale be with you both.

Masters National Championships

It’s that time of year again when Masters swimmers converge for the National Championships. They are being held in Adelaide from Tuesday 19th March to Saturday 23rd March. We have 5 swimmers, Melissa Cohen, Kylee Murray, Steven Nguyen, Alison Sakurovs & Ian Wilson, competing in a total of 45 events. We wish you all the best of luck. Without the coach there make sure you hydrate and recover each day. I know those Merrylands caps will be spotted doing their warm-ups and swim downs. May the whale be with you all. Travel safe and we will see you back before the end of the season (yes you are expected back).

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 next 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 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 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.

Swimming NSW Membership System Change

Swimming NSW is currently implementing the new membership system (Swim Central) for our Area.
We will advise you when access to this new system is open to all members.

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. Your login details are the same as the ones used for online entries.

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 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 trophy’s to return from last season please bring them back to the club over the next few weeks of club races.

Upcoming Events

MEET NAME

MEET DATE

ENTRY CLOSING

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

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

Training moves to Granville Pool

Training moves to Granville Swimming Centre on Monday, 1st April.

Session Details

We are currently working with Council to finalise lane space. At this stage there are no changes planned to the current schedule - apart from no training sessions on Saturday mornings.

All swimmers who will continue to train in April are asked to complete the Training Enrolment Form by Monday, 18th March so that we can determine at what time sessions will be held. Swimmers who complete their enrolment forms by this date will receive a $5 credit* per swimmer that can be used on purchases from the Squad Shop.

Session times may change based on the number of enrolments received. Sessions will require a minimum of 4 enrolments to go ahead. The final training times for each group will be published on the Training Schedule.

If you will not be training at Granville, please let us know as soon as possible by email.

Sessions are scheduled to return to Merrylands in October.

About Granville Swimming Centre

  • Heated 50m pool, with anti-wave lane ropes
  • Modern facility, redeveloped in 2005
  • 10 minute drive from Merrylands Swimming Centre - directions
  • Free parking in Enid Avenue and behind the pool in Diamond Avenue
  • Located right beside Granville Railway Station and Bus Interchange
  • Indoor cafe
  • Covered spectator seating
  • Covered areas for stretching and warm-ups
  • Operated by Cumberland Council - same pool entry fees as Merrylands

Travel

Granville Swimming Centre is located next to the Granville Railway Station and Bus Interchange. If you are travelling by car, consider car-pooling with other swimmers in your training group as an option for travel, for pick up and/or drop off, but remember, children under the age of 15 require a parent or guardian at the pool at all times.

* The $5 credit will only apply to swimmers who do not have a current outstanding balance, don't make a change to their enrolment after completing the form, and pay their April fees by Sunday 7th April.

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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.