State Open Results

Vanessa and Alison represented Merrylands at the NSW State Open Championships on the 18th to 21st March, 2021.

The format was different with heats in the evening and finals in the morning.

Vanessa was all smiles after swimming a speedy 50m Freestyle on the first night of competition.  Vanessa took almost a second off her personal best and swum under 40 seconds for the first time!  

Alison also swam the 50m Freestyle and was her second fastest time of the season. 

Vanessa swam the 100m Freestyle on the final night of competition and was her second fastest 100m swim.

Well done to our swimmers on their performances.

Training moves to Guildford Pool

Training moves to Guildford Swimming Centre from Monday, 29th March, 2021.

Sessions will be held in the outdoor pool and are scheduled to return to Merrylands in October.

All swimmers who will continue to train from 29th March must complete the Training Enrolment Form before they commence training at Guildford

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

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

Training will continue through the Easter School Holidays (with the exception of Public Holidays). If you are going to be away, please complete the Training Break Form to advise when you will be away.

What is changing

  • No Training Sessions on Saturday mornings due to pool availability
  • Novice (1) sessions will start at 4:30pm instead of 5:15pm due to reduced lane space
  • Beginner sessions will move from Saturday to Monday

What isn't changing

  • Swimmers will continue to be booked into sessions, and must be cancelled through the booking system if you can't attend
  • Squad Fees continue to be paid via a multi-session pass
  • Pool Entry must be paid on entry to the centre
  • You may be required to show your Club Membership Card when paying pool entry or topping up a Pool Entry Card
  • Spectators must sign in at the pool entrance for contact tracing using the Service NSW App

Swimmers must ensure they collect their training equipment from Merrylands Swimming Centre after their last session this week.

See Also

Issue 22, 2020/2021

MSW Area Junior Championships

Fantastic results from our strong team of 15 swimmers who represented our club at the Metro South West Area Junior Championships held at SOPAC last Saturday. Read the full report here.

NSW State Open Championships

The State Open Championships commenced on Thursday and conclude on Sunday.
Vanessa Ozols competed in the 50m Freestyle on Thursday night (swam a PB!) and will swim the 100m Freestyle tonight. Alison Sakurovs competed in the 50m Freestyle on Friday night.

Whales Challenge #3

The 3rd Whales Challenge is being contested today. Good luck to both teams as they battle out final season supremacy.

Squad Training

Training moves to Guildford Swimming Centre from Monday, 29th March, 2021. Sessions will be held in the outdoor pool and are scheduled to return to Merrylands in October. The coaches will provide more information over the next week.

McCredie Park 40 Year Anniversary Meet

The postponed McCredie Park 40 Year Anniversary Meet will be held on Sunday 2nd May, 2021 at Guildford Swim Centre. The meet will commence at 10.00am (warm up from 9.00am to 9.45am).
This is a development meet and we encourage all of our members to compete at this meet, as it provides a range of 25m, 50m, 100m, 200m and relay events.
Entries close in Swim Central on Monday 26 April 2021 or when entries see the timeline reach a 3.30pm finish.
To see the program and meet information please click here.

Club AGM

The Annual General Meeting of the club will be held on Monday 24th May, 2021 in the Club Room at Merrylands Swimming Centre, commencing at 7.30pm.
The Annual Report of the club will be presented, together with the election of Office Bearers and Committee positions. Nominations for positions must be submitted to the Secretary at least 30 days prior to the meeting.
We encourage all members to attend the AGM.

Annual Presentation

Stay tuned for information regarding the Annual Presentation for this season. We will advise details once confirmed.

Season Championship Ribbons

Whilst we have not been able to hold championship presentations during the season we do have championship ribbons available for any swimmers who would like to receive them for their 1st, 2nd or 3rd placings in the championship events.
If you would like to receive your championship ribbons please let Margaret know and she will make arrangements for them to be provided to you.

COVID-19 Safety Plan & Protocols

Health updates that affect our club members can be found here.
Thank you to everyone for your assistance in complying with the protocols required during the season. Your assistance has allowed the club to hold club races every week without any COVID-19 impacts. Thank You!

School Meet Results

Congratulations to Unish Shrestha who is the 11 Year Boys Age Champion for the ASISSA Carnival. Unish came 1st in Breast, 2nd in Free & Back and will compete in all 4 strokes at the upcoming CIS Carnival.

Season Finale – BBQ Breakfast next week

Well it is hard to believe that the season is coming to an end next week ☹. Despite lingering COVID-19 protocols and a La Nina summer weather event that tested our patience we have been able to hold a full season of club races and Championships.

Our successful Learn to Swim program concludes today. A great big thank you to everyone (the LTS Committee & Coordinator, instructors & helpers) involved in providing this important program to our next generation.

Next Saturday sees the final week of club races. Good luck to all swimmers as they swim to finalise their season results in the graded races, championships, relay & handicap events. We will be holding a breakfast bbq at the conclusion of club races, so please stay around to enjoy the breakfast as we look back at another fun season at Merrylands Swimming Centre.

Upcoming Events

MEET NAME

MEET DATE

ENTRY CLOSING

MASC 1500metre Freestyle Championship (Open)

Saturday 20th March

Closed

Whales Challenge

Saturday 20th March

Closed

MASC 400metre Freestyle Championship (Boys 14 – Senior, Girls 13 - Senior)

(Veterans)

Saturday 27th March

Thursday 25th March

SNSW State Age Junior Championships

Saturday 27th March to

Sunday 28th March

Tuesday 16th March

McCredie Park 40 Year Anniversary Meet

Sunday 2nd May

Monday 26th April

Sponsors

We receive great support from our club sponsors and we thank them for this support.

NSW State Open Championships

Vanessa Ozols and Alison Sakurovs will represent the club at the NSW State Open Championships which start today.

The heats are swum in the evening and finals in the morning and will feature some of the top swimmers from around the country as they prepare for the Tokyo Olympics later this year.

Vanessa is competing in the 50m Freestyle tonight and 100m Freestyle on Saturday night. 

Alison will compete in the 50m Freestyle on Friday night.

Good luck girls and may the whale be with you!

Metro South West Junior Championships Results

Merrylands' team of 15 swimmers had an amazing time at the Metro South West Junior Championships held at Sydney Olympic Park today.

As a team, Merrylands achieved 43 new personal best times out of 47 swims with every swimmer contributing to the PB tally!

We scored 17 top 10 finishes, 2 silver medals, 2 bronze medals and a new State Qualifying time.

Congratulations to all our swimmers on the wonderful performances and thank you to our coaches for the ongoing support.

Medalists

Matthew Vicic 
Silver - 100m Freestyle
Bronze - 100m Backstroke
Bronze - 100m Butterfly

Joseph Assi
Silver - 100m Breaststroke & State Qualifying Time

Finalists

Lucas Alveraz - 100m Freestyle
Joseph Assi - 200m Individual Medley
Niushka Shrestha - 100m Butterfly
Shreya Shrestha - 100m Butterfly, 100m Backstroke, 100m Breaststroke
Unish Shrestha - 100m Butterfly, 100m Backstroke, 200m Individual Medley, 100m Breaststroke
Daniel Vicic - 100m Backstroke, 100m Freestyle, 100m Breaststroke
Matthew Vicic - 400m Freestyle
Leo Zhu  - 200m Individual Medley, 100m Freestyle, 100m Breaststroke

Issue 21, 2020/2021

SNSW Speedo Sprint Series Finals

Congratulations to Joseph Assi who swam a 1.34 second PB at the Speedo Sprint Series Finals (50m Breaststroke) last weekend at SOPAC. A fantastic result Joseph. Read more here.

SNSW 2021 Multi-Class Meet #1

Congratulations to Vanessa Ozols who swam at the Multi-Class meet held last Sunday at SOPAC. Vanessa swam in four events with great results.

MSW Junior Championships

We have a strong team of 15 swimmers representing our club at the Metro South West Junior Area Championships being held today at SOPAC. Read more here.

We wish you all success and may the whale be with you.

Club AGM

The Annual General Meeting of the club will be held on Monday 24th May, 2021 in the Club Room at Merrylands Swimming Centre, commencing at 7.30pm.
The Annual Report of the club will be presented, together with the election of Office Bearers and Committee positions. Nominations for positions must be submitted to the Secretary at least 30 days prior to the meeting.
We encourage all members to attend the AGM.

1500m Championship – Next Saturday

The 1500m Championships will be held next Saturday morning. The start time for these championships is 6.30am. If you enter the 1500m championship please ensure you are at the pool prior to the start of these events. The start of the championship events will not be held up waiting for swimmers to arrive.
We will also need timekeepers for the swimmers, so we ask that everyone arrive ready to assist with these events at 6.30am.

Whales Challenge #3

The 3rd Whales Challenge will also be contested next Saturday. This promises to be an exciting finish to the season’s Whales Challenges, as we had a tie in the first and a win to the White team in the 2nd. Can the Maroon team come back to tie the season results??

Season Championship Ribbons

Whilst we have not been able to hold championship presentations during the season we do have championship ribbons available for any swimmers who would like to receive them for their 1st, 2nd or 3rd placings in the championship events.
If you would like to receive your championship ribbons please let Margaret know and she will make arrangements for them to be provided to you.

Annual Presentation

Stay tuned for information regarding the Annual Presentation for this season. We will advise details once confirmed.

COVID-19 Safety Plan & Protocols

Health updates that affect our club members can be found here

Club Uniforms

Items can be purchased through the club’s online shop.

Club Championship Results

Congratulations to all swimmers who competed in the Backstroke Championships last week. The results are here.

Upcoming Events

MEET NAME

MEET DATE

ENTRY CLOSING

MSW Junior Championships (SOPAC)

Saturday 13th March

Closed

SNSW State Open Championships

Thursday 18th March to Sunday 21st March

Closed

MASC 1500metre Freestyle Championship (Open)

Saturday 20th March

Thursday 18th March

Whales Challenge

Saturday 20th March

Thursday 18th March

MASC 400metre Freestyle Championship (Senior)

Saturday 27th March

Thursday 25th March

SNSW State Age Junior Championships

Saturday 27th March to Sunday 28th March

Tuesday 16th March

Sponsors

We receive great support from our club sponsors and we thank them for this support.

Metro South West Championships

Fifteen swimmers will represent Merrylands at the Metro South West Junior Championships at the Sydney Olympic Park Aquatic Centre this Saturday.

Our team will contest 47 individual events at the championships and consists of:

Ameena Abdelraheem
Lucas Alvarez
Joseph Assi
Joab Hada
Ren Hum
Avani Pradhan
Nevah Shrestha
Niushka Shrestha
Ruby Shrestha
Shreya Shrestha
Unish Shrestha
Chloe Ton
Daniel Vicic
Matthew Vicic
Leo Zhu

Congratulations to all our swimmers on qualifying, especially Ameena, Lucas, Ren, Avani, Ruby, Chloe and Leo who have all qualified for the first time.

Speedo Sprint Series Finals

Joseph Assi will represent Metro South West at the Speedo Sprint Series Finals at the Sydney Olympic Park Aquatic Centre today.

Joseph has qualified for the 50m Breaststroke after finishing 4th at the area heats in February.

This is the second time Joseph has qualified for the finals. Well done Joseph!

Issue 20, 2020/2021

Senior Metropolitan Championships

Alison Sakurovs & Vanessa Ozols competed at the Swimming NSW Senior Metropolitan Championships held last weekend at SOPAC.
Congratulations on your swims and results.

Speedo Sprint Series Finals

Joseph Assi will represent Metro South West Area at the Speedo Sprint Series Finals (50m Breaststroke) being held today at SOPAC. Congratulations on qualifying for the finals Joseph and may the whale be with you.

SNSW 2021 Multi-Class Meet #1

Vanessa Ozols will be competing in four events at the Multi-Class meet being held on Sunday 7th March at SOPAC. May the whale be with you Vanessa.

Club AGM

The Annual General Meeting of the club will be held on Monday 24th May, 2021 in the Club Room at Merrylands Swimming Centre, commencing at 7.30pm.
The Annual Report of the club will be presented, together with the election of Office Bearers and Committee positions. Nominations for positions must be submitted to the Secretary at least 30 days prior to the meeting.
We encourage all members to attend the AGM.

Annual Presentation

Stay tuned for information regarding the Annual Presentation for this season. We are investigating the options available and we will advise details once confirmed.

COVID-19 Safety Plan & Protocols

Health updates that affect our club members can be found here

Club Uniforms

Items can be purchased through the club’s online shop.

Club Championship Results

Congratulations to all swimmers who competed in the Junior 400m Freestyle Championships last week. The results are here.

Sponsors

We receive great support from our club sponsors and we thank them for this support.

Upcoming Events

MEET NAME

MEET DATE

ENTRY CLOSING

MASC 50metre Backstroke Championship

MASC 25metre Backstroke Championship

MASC 200metre Backstroke Championship (Open)

Saturday 6th March

Closed

Speedo Sprint Finals (SOPAC)

Saturday 6th March

Entry via Heats

MSW Junior Championships (SOPAC)

Saturday 13th March

Closed

SNSW State Open Championships

Thursday 18th March to

Sunday 21st March

Closed

MASC 1500metre Freestyle Championship (Open)

Saturday 20th March

Thursday 18th March

Whales Challenge

Saturday 20th March

Thursday 18th March

MASC 400metre Freestyle Championship (Senior)

Saturday 27th March

Thursday 25th March

SNSW State Age Junior Championships

Saturday 27th March to

Sunday 28th March

Tuesday 16th March