Club Races at Wentworthville

Merrylands Swimming Centre remains closed due to damage from last week's storm.

Club Races will be held at Wentworthville Swimming Centre for Saturday, 16th February. Online entries are now open.

The Freestyle Championships scheduled for 9th February will now be held on Saturday, 9th March. More details on entries and the program fo the 9th March will be provided in coming weeks.

Due to limited pool space, there will be no learn to swim lessons on 16th February. The next learn to swim lessons will be Saturday, 2nd March.

Issue 18, 2018/2019

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

SwimFest entries close at 5.00pm TODAY. To receive your club members discount, make sure you enter using the "Entries for Merrylands Members" button on the Online Entries page.

Masters BPS entries close at 12.00pm this coming Friday (15th February, 2019). This meet is also open to swimmers who are not members of Masters and would like to compete. So if you are 18 or older and can swim 50 metres we encourage you to enter the meet online.

Please advise Graham of your availability for the day to help with the various jobs.

Speedo Sprint Series Heats

16 of our junior swimmers represented the club at the Speedo Sprint Series Heats at SOPAC last Saturday. And wow did they represent the club in superb fashion. A total of 51 PB’s were achieved (14 in Freestyle, 15 in Breaststroke, 13 in Backstroke & 9 in Butterfly). The majority of our swimmers were backing up from the 50m Breaststroke Championships held at Club only a few hours earlier and some swimmers swum two Breaststroke PB’s in the one day!

State qualifying times were achieved by Matthew Vicic (50 metres Freestyle & Butterfly) & Summer Shrestha (50 metres freestyle). Helen Macpherson, Niushka Shrestha & Summer Shrestha achieved Metropolitan qualifying times in the 50 metres Butterfly. Unish Shrestha was a finalist and qualified for the Speedo Sprint Series Finals in the 50 metres Breaststroke. An outstanding effort by all of our swimmers and we congratulate every one of you on your achievements. A big thank you to our coaches who have worked with our swimmers to prepare them for these achievements and the parent support crew who were vocal in the stands throughout the entire session.

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 TODAY.

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 page.

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).

Member Profile

See Graham to provide your profile information for inclusion in future editions of the Whales Tales.

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 50metre Freestyle

Saturday 9th February

Closed

MASC 200metre Individual Medley Boys 14 ys – SNR, Girls 13yrs - SNR

Saturday 16th February

Thursday 14th February

MSW Area LC C/ships (13yrs & under)

Saturday 16th February

Closed

MASC 400metre Freestyle Open

Saturday 23rd February

Thursday 21st February

Merrylands Masters BPS Meet

Saturday 23rd February

Friday 15th February

Merrylands Swimfest Meet

Saturday 23rd February

Close 5.00pm TODAY

MASC 200metre Freestyle

Saturday 2nd March

Thursday 28th February

MASC 50metre Backstroke

Saturday 9th March

Thursday 7th March

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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Pool Closed

Club Races, Learn to Swim and Squad Training for Saturday, 9th February have been cancelled as Merrylands Swimming Centre is closed due to flooding from tonight's storm. The centre will not be open on Saturday morning.

The Freestyle Championships will be postponed to later in the season. The date will be advised in the newsletter and on the website. Entries will be carried over to the selected date.

Speedo Sprint Results

Our team of 16 swimmers achieved FIFTY ONE personal best times at the Speedo Sprint Heats, held on Saturday 2nd February at Sydney Olympic Park Aquatic Centre.

The meet started with the 50m Freestyle and it was clear from the beginning the hard work the swimmers had been applying to their starts had paid off.  Matt and Summer achieved their first State Age qualifying times and the team achieved 14 new personal best times between them.

The next event was the 50m Breaststroke and another 15 personal best times were smashed.  Majority of our swimmers were backing up from the 50m Breaststroke Championships held at Club only a few hours earlier and some swimmers swum two Breaststroke PBs in the one day! Unish was a finalist in the event and will contest the Speedo Sprint Finals next month.

50m Backstroke was the third event and another 13 personal best times were achieved, with the team taking off almost 30 seconds between them.

The last event was the 50m Butterfly and our swimmers continued to improve their times, with another 9 personal best times being swum. Matt added another swim to his State program, whilst Helen and Summer added to their Metropolitan program.  Niushka achieved her first Metropolitan qualifying time.

It was fantastic to see our swimmers supporting each other and cheering on each other from the grandstand.  

Congratulations to all our swimmers on their amazing performances today and thank you to our parents for being such a wonderful support crew.

Speedo Sprint Series

Good luck to our team of 16 swimmers who are representing Merrylands at the Speedo Sprint Series Heats today.

The heats will be held at the Sydney Olympic Park Aquatic Centre.

Our team consists of:

Ameena Abdelraheem
Darla Assi
Joseph Assi
Laura Belle Casey
Abraham El-Chami
Bilal El-Chami
Joab Hada
Helen Macpherson
Elie Menhem
Lisa Shrestha
Nevah Shrestha
Niushka Shrestha
Summer Shrestha
Unish Shrestha
Daniel Vicic
Matthew Vicic

Our team will compete in 58 individual events at the meet. This year the meet starts at 12:00pm for warm-up, 1:00pm the races hit the water.

Good luck to our whole team at the meet.

Issue 17, 2018/2019

50th Anniversary Celebrations

Our final major event for these celebrations will be the Anniversary Dinner, to be held on Saturday 6th April, 2019 at the Holroyd Centre. We will soon have booking details available for the dinner online, see the 50th Anniversary section for more details.

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

Entries for the 2019 Merrylands SwimFest & Masters BPS meets are open but close over the next 2 weeks. The program of events for each meet are available online and are also attached to today’s Whales Tales.

SwimFest entries close 5.00pm Saturday 9th February, 2019. Members of our club will receive a discount on their SwimFest event entries. To receive your discount, make sure you enter using the "Entries for Merrylands Members" button on the Online Entries page.

Masters BPS entries close at 12.00pm Friday 15th February, 2019. Entries to the Masters BPS are also open. This meet is also open to swimmers who are not members of Masters and would like to compete. So if you are 18 or older and can swim 50 metres we encourage you to enter the meet online.

Please advise Graham of your availability for the day to help with the various jobs.

Masters Swimming Renewal

If you are a Masters swimmer it is time to renew your Masters membership if you haven’t already done so. Masters membership runs over the calendar year and you will need to be a current member for upcoming Masters events such as the National (March) & State (April) Championships.

Speedo Sprint Series Heats

This afternoon we have 16 of our junior swimmers competing in the Speedo Sprint Series Heats at SOPAC. We wish all of our swimmers good luck and for those experiencing a swim meet at SOPAC for the first time, we know you will enjoy your experience. May the Whale be with you all.  

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).

Member Profile

We have run out of Member profiles to publish, so please see Graham to provide your profile information for inclusion in future editions of the Whales Tales.

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 50metre Breaststroke

Saturday 2nd February

Closed

Speedo Sprint Series - MSW Heats

Saturday 2nd February

Closed

MASC 50metre Freestyle

Saturday 9th February

Thursday 7th February

MASC 200metre Individual Medley Boys 14 ys – SNR, Girls 13yrs - SNR

Saturday 16th February

Thursday 14th February

MSW Area LC C/ships (13yrs & under)

Saturday 16th February

Tuesday 5th February

MASC 400metre Freestyle Open

Saturday 23rd February

Thursday 21st February

Merrylands Masters BPS Meet

Saturday 23rd February

Friday 15th February

Merrylands Swimfest Meet

Saturday 23rd February

Saturday 9th February

MASC 200metre Freestyle

Saturday 2nd March

Thursday 28th February

MASC 50metre Backstroke

Saturday 9th March

Thursday 7th March

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

Whales Tales Online

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Issue 16, 2018/2019

50th Anniversary Celebrations - Dive In Movie

Last Saturday night saw the Dive In Movie held at Merrylands Swimming Centre. This was one of our major events celebrating our 50th Anniversary.

Thank you to our Committee and members who worked very hard behind the scenes to plan and organise this event, as well as all of the work on the night. We received very positive feedback about the event and we were pleased to see it was a great family event enjoyed by everyone attending.

Our final major event for these celebrations will be the Anniversary Dinner, to be held on Saturday 6th April, 2019 at the Holroyd Centre. See the 50th Anniversary page for more details.

Whales Challenge

The 2nd Whales Challenge was held last Saturday. A very close event throughout the morning, with the Maroon “Turner” team finishing victorious, just 2 points ahead of the White “Emery” team. This evens the score at 1 all, with the deciding 3rd Whales Challenge to be held on Saturday 16th March, 2019.

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).

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

Entries for the 2019 Merrylands SwimFest & Masters BPS meets are open. The program of events for each meet are available online.

Members of our club will receive a discount on their SwimFest event entries. To receive your discount, make sure you enter using the "Entries for Merrylands Members" button on the Online Entries page. Entries close 5.00pm Saturday 9th February, 2019.

Entries to the Masters BPS are also open. This meet is also open to swimmers who are not members of Masters and would like to compete. So if you are 18 or older and can swim 50 metres we encourage you to enter the meet. Entries close at 12.00pm Friday 15th February, 2019.

Please advise Graham of your availability for the day to help with the various jobs.

Masters Swimming Renewal

If you are a Masters swimmer it is time to renew your Masters membership if you haven’t already done so. Masters membership runs over the calendar year and you will need to be a current member for upcoming Masters events such as the National (March) & State (April) Championships.

Member Profile

We have run out of Member profiles to publish, so please see Graham to provide your profile information for inclusion in future editions of the Whales Tales.

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 50metre Butterfly

Saturday 26th January

Closed

MASC Boardshort Relay

Saturday 26th January

Closed

MASC 50metre Breaststroke

Saturday 2nd February

Thursday 31st January

Speedo Sprint Series - MSW Heats

Saturday 2nd February

Tuesday 22nd January

MASC 50metre Freestyle

Saturday 9th February

Thursday 7th February

MASC 200metre Individual Medley Boys 14 ys – SNR, Girls 13yrs - SNR

Saturday 16th February

Thursday 14th February

MSW Area LC C/ships (13yrs & under)

Saturday 16th February

Tuesday 5th February

MASC 400metre Freestyle Open

Saturday 23rd February

Thursday 21st February

Merrylands Masters BPS Meet

Saturday 23rd February

Friday 15th February

Merrylands Swimfest Meet

Saturday 23rd February

Saturday 9th February

MASC 200metre Freestyle

Saturday 2nd March

Thursday 28th February

MASC 50metre Backstroke

Saturday 9th March

Thursday 7th March

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

Whales Tales Online

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Issue 15, 2018/2019

50th Anniversary Celebrations - Dive In Movie – Tonight

The next major event of our 50th Anniversary celebrations is the Dive In Movie being held tonight. The event has been sold out. Gates will open at 7.30pm and the movie will commence at 8.15pm. The canteen will be open and we will also be running a bbq (sausage sandwiches, chicken rissole or steak & salad sandwiches). Don’t forget to bring your ticket, appetite and floats etc so you can enjoy watching the movie in the pool or bring a blanket and watch from the comfort of the hill.

Thankyou to our Committee and members who have been working very hard behind the scenes to plan and organise this event. For more information visit the 50th Anniversary page.

Holiday Photos?

There is still time to share a photo with your 50th Anniversary Cap if you are going away or have been on holidays. Tag Merrylands Amateur Swimming Club in your photo and add the hashtag #masc50 to get involved. We have seen a number already posted from around the country, any from overseas?

Speedo Sprint Series

Entries for the Speedo Sprint Series close this coming Tuesday (22nd January, 2019). Enter online today.

January Skills & Drills Sessions

The squad have been running Skills & Drills sessions for swimmers in the Junior and Development Squads on Thursday mornings during January. There is one remaining session, to be held on the 24th January, 2019 from 7am to 8:15am. The session includes filming of technique and race skills. Swimmers can register online at https://squadshop.merrylandsasc.asn.au/drills-skills-session

Whales Challenge

The 2nd Whales Challenge for the season is being held today. Don’t forget to wear your Maroon or White cap during each of your races so that you can score points for your team. This is a chance for the Maroon team to even the score with those rascals from the White team!

Boardshort Relay

A Boardshort Relay will be held next Saturday 26th January, 2019. Don’t forget to pack your boardshorts for club races on the day and join in the celebrations for Australia Day.

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).

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

Entries for the 2019 Merrylands SwimFest & Masters BPS meets are open. The program of events for each meet are available online.

Members of our club will receive a discount on their SwimFest event entries. To receive your discount, make sure you enter using the "Entries for Merrylands Members" button on the Online Entries page. Entries close 5.00pm Saturday 9th February, 2019.

Entries to the Masters BPS are also open. This meet is also open to swimmers who are not members of Masters and would like to compete. So if you are 18 or older and can swim 50 metres we encourage you to enter the meet. Entries close at 12.00pm Friday 15th February, 2019.

Please advise Graham of your availability for the day to help with the various jobs.

Masters Swimming Renewal

If you are a Masters swimmer it is time to renew your Masters membership if you haven’t already done so. Masters membership runs over the calendar year and you will need to be a current member for upcoming Masters events such as the National (March) & State (April) Championships.

Member Profile

Name:

Darla Valentina Assi

Age:

13

Year Joined:

2015

Favourite Stroke:

Breaststoke

Favourite thing about swimming:

Learning new strokes and techniques

Favourite food:

Pasta salad

Favourite TV show:

Lab Rats

When I grow up I want to be:

An actor

Favourite Swimmer:

Bronte Campbell

See Graham to provide your profile information for inclusion in future editions of the Whales Tales.

Upcoming Events

MEET NAME

MEET DATE

ENTRY CLOSING

Dive In Movie

Saturday 19th January

Sold Out

MASC 50metre Butterfly

Saturday 26th January

Thursday 24th January

MASC Boardshort Relay

Saturday 26th January

Thursday 24th January

MASC 50metre Breaststroke

Saturday 2nd February

Thursday 31st January

Speedo Sprint Series - MSW Heats

Saturday 2nd February

Tuesday 22nd January

MASC 50metre Freestyle

Saturday 9th February

Thursday 7th February

MASC 200metre Individual Medley Boys 14 ys – SNR, Girls 13yrs - SNR

Saturday 16th February

Thursday 14th February

MSW Area LC C/ships (13yrs & under)

Saturday 16th February

Tuesday 5th February

MASC 400metre Freestyle Open

Saturday 23rd February

Thursday 21st February

Thank you to our sponsors for their support of our club

Issue 14, 2018/2019

50th Anniversary Celebrations

The Merrylands 50s were a great success last Saturday, with 3 heats to determine the semi-finalists. A full heat in the final saw Lisa Shrestha triumph over the boys to take the first place prize. Congratulations Lisa, you have bragging rights over all the boys in the club.

Dive In Movie – Saturday 19th January, 2019

The Dive In Movie is being held next Saturday night. The event is sold out, so we expect around 500 people to attend the movie. Gates will open at 7.30pm and the movie will commence at 8.15pm. Don’t forget to bring your ticket and floats etc so you can enjoy watching the movie from in the pool. The canteen will be open and we will also be running a bbq (sausage sandwiches, chicken rissole or steak & salad sandwiches). For more information visit the 50th Anniversary page.

Holiday Photos?

There is still time to share a photo with your 50th Anniversary Cap if you are going away on holidays. Tag Merrylands Amateur Swimming Club in your photo and add the hashtag #masc50 to get involved.

Speedo Sprint Series

Don’t forget entries for the Speedo Sprint Series close on 22nd January, 2019. Enter online today.

January Skills & Drills Sessions

The squad will be running Skills & Drills sessions for the swimmers in the Junior and Development Squads on Thursday mornings during the rest of January. Remaining sessions will be held on the 17th & 24th January, 2019 from 7am to 8:15am. Swimmers can book in for which ever sessions they want. Sessions will include filming of technique and race skills. Register online.

1500m Championship, 200m Mystery Medley & Junior Handicap – Friday 18th January, 2019

Don’t forget entry to these events being held next Friday night (18th January, 2019). Warm-up & marshalling prior to races commencing at 6.45pm. We will need help with timekeeping, so even if you are not swimming we would appreciate your help on the night. A BBQ will also be held at the end of the events.

Whales Challenge

The 2nd Whales Challenge for the season will be held next Saturday (19th January, 2019). A chance for the Maroon team to even the score with the White team!

Boardshort Relay

A Boardshort Relay will be held on Saturday 26th January, 2019. So don’t forget to pack your boardshorts for club races on the day and join in the celebrations for Australia Day.

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

Entries for the 2019 Merrylands SwimFest remain open. The program of events is available online.

Members of our club will receive a discount on their event entries. To receive your discount, make sure you enter using the "Entries for Merrylands Members" button on the Online Entries page on our website at https://www.merrylandsasc.asn.au/swimfest/.

Please advise Graham of your availability for the day to help with the various jobs on the day.

Recent Swim Meets

Congratulations to our club members who competed last weekend at the Blacktown City Games Sprint meet, MSW Qualifying meet and Newport Ocean Swim.

Masters Swimming Renewal

If you are a Masters swimmer it is time to renew your Masters membership if you haven’t already done so. Masters membership runs over the calendar year and you will need to be a current member for upcoming Masters events such as the National (March) & State (April) Championships.

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).

Member Profile

Name:

Ian Johnston

Age:

66

Year Joined:

1988 (approx.)

Positions Held:

Various committee positions since the early 1990’s including President. Currently Treasurer of the club

Favourite Stroke:

Freestyle

Favourite thing about swimming:

When the coach says 200 choice and then you can get out

Favourite food:

Tricia’s taco mince

Favourite TV show:

The Good Doctor

When I grow up I want to be:

Been there done that!

Favourite Swimmer:

Peter Johnston

See Graham to provide your profile information for inclusion in future editions of the Whales Tales.

Upcoming Events

MEET NAME

MEET DATE

ENTRY CLOSING

MASC 1500metre Freestyle (Open)

Friday 18th January

Thursday 17th January

Whales Challenge

Saturday 19th January

Thursday 17th January

Dive In Movie

Saturday 19th January

 

MASC 50metre Butterfly

Saturday 26th January

Thursday 24th January

MASC Boardshort Relay

Saturday 26th January

Thursday 24th January

MASC 50metre Breaststroke

Saturday 2nd February

Thursday 31st January

Speedo Sprint Series - MSW Heats

Saturday 2nd February

Tuesday 22nd January

MASC 50metre Freestyle

Saturday 9th February

Thursday 7th February

MASC 200metre Individual Medley Boys 14 ys – SNR, Girls 13yrs - SNR

Saturday 16th February

Thursday 14th February

MSW Area LC C/ships (13yrs & under)

Saturday 16th February

Tuesday 5th February

MASC 400metre Freestyle Open

Saturday 23rd February

Thursday 21st February