Metropolitan Championships

Merrylands will be represented by 2 swimmers at the NSW Senior Metropolitan Championships at the Sydney Olympic Park Aquatic Centre on 27-28 February, 2020.

Our team will contest 6 events at the meet and consists of:

Alison Johnston
  50m Freestyle  
Vanessa Ozols
  50m Freestyle (MC)  
  100m Freestyle (MC)  
  100m Breaststroke (MC)  
  200m Individual Medley (MC)  
  100m Backstroke (MC)  


Congratulations to our swimmers on qualifying for the meet and we wish them the best of luck.

Issue 19, 2020/2021

Merrylands SwimFest

What a great meet last Saturday afternoon. The weather was kind and allowed the meet to run without a hitch.

We had 40 swimmers represent the club and they achieved a total of 92 PB’s, winning 7 Gold, 12 Silver and 19 Bronze medals. Merrylands came third in the point score. Congratulations to everyone in the team who swam, an outstanding result. 👏👏👏

It takes a significant amount of organisation and commitment from everyone in the club to host a successful meet, so we thank everyone who was involved. Behind the scenes the Race Secretary (Alison Sakurovs) and Peter Johnston have worked for months preparing the meet. Thank you both for your dedication in undertaking all of this work.

We also asked our parents and family members to help on the day with some people taking on new roles. Thank you to everyone who assisted on the day, be it setting up, undertaking roles during the meet or packing up. The meet was a great success and this cannot be achieved without everyone’s assistance, thank you!

COVID-19 Safety Plan & Protocols

Health updates that affect our club members can be found here

SNSW Senior Metropolitan Championships

Alison Sakurovs & Vanessa Ozols will be competing at the Swimming NSW Senior Metropolitan Championships this weekend at SOPAC.
Alison is specialising in the 50m Freestyle and Vanessa is contesting a total of five events.
Good luck to both Alison & Vanessa and may the whale be with you both. 🐳

MSW Junior Long Course Championships

The Metro South West Area Junior Long Course Championships are being held on Saturday 13th March 2021 at SOPAC. Entries close on Friday 5th March 2021, so please ensure you submit your entries by this date.

Club Uniforms

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

Sponsors

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

 

Season Program Changes

The amended season program can be found here.
Please ensure you check the amended season program and plan your swims and championship qualification based on the amended program.

Member Profile

Today we find out some interesting information about one of our original club members who is a Life and Committee member and also a birthday girl today. Happy birthday Margaret Edwards:

Favourite Colour

Pink

Favourite Food

Tim Tams 😊

Favourite Sport (apart from swimming)

AFL

Favourite Team

Giants, Swans & Port Adelaide (I have to keep all the family happy!)

Favourite Holiday Place

Anywhere with my family

Favourite Memory

Too many to name

Favourite Song

Lots of songs, just don’t know the names of them

Favourite Movie/TV Show

Zoeys Extraordinary Playlist, The Greatest Showman, too many musicals to name

Career after school

Insurance & School administration and most importantly mum & grandma 😊

I like Merrylands Swimming Club because

Everyone is friendly

Big Husky Triathlon Festival

Good luck to Ian Wilson as he competes in the Big Husky Triathlon Festival on the NSW South Coast this weekend.

Club Championship Results

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

Test Your Swimming Knowledge

1. What is the order of swim strokes in the Individual Medley?

ᴏ Freestyle, Backstroke, Butterfly, Breaststroke
ᴏ Backstroke, Breaststroke, Freestyle, Butterfly
ᴏ Butterfly, Backstroke, Breaststroke, Freestyle
ᴏ Breaststroke, Freestyle, Butterfly, Backstroke

2. For which swimming stroke is diving not used to start a race?

ᴏ Breaststroke
ᴏ Backstroke
ᴏ Freestyle
ᴏ Butterfly

3. Which strokes require a simultaneous two hand touch at turns and the finish of the race?

ᴏ Breaststroke
ᴏ Backstroke
ᴏ Freestyle
ᴏ Butterfly

4. What happens if a swimmer starts before the starting signal?

ᴏ the race is rerun
ᴏ the swimmer adds 5 seconds to their time
ᴏ the race is rerun with all of the other swimmers getting a head start
ᴏ the swimmer is disqualified

Upcoming Events

MEET NAME

MEET DATE

ENTRY CLOSING

MASC 400metre Freestyle Championship (Junior)

Saturday 27th February

Closed

SNSW Metropolitan Championships (Senior)

Saturday 27th February to

Sunday 28th February

Closed

MASC 50metre Backstroke Championship

MASC 25metre Backstroke Championship

MASC 200metre Backstroke Championship (Open)

Saturday 6th March

Thursday 4th March

Speedo Sprint Finals (SOPAC)

Saturday 6th March

Entry via Heats

MSW Junior Championships (SOPAC)

Saturday 13th March

Friday 5th March

SNSW State Open Championships

Thursday 18th March to

Sunday 21st March

Wednesday 3rd March

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

Merrylands SwimFest Results

Merrylands had awesome results at our SwimFest Carnival this weekend!

As a team, we achieved 92 PBs, 7 Gold Medals, 12 Silver and 19 Bronze Medals.  Merrylands came third overall in the pointscore.

Thank you to our committee members who did so much work behind the scenes to enable the meet to go ahead with ever-changing restrictions.  Thank you to everyone who helped set up before the meet and pack away afterwards.  Thank you to our timekeepers and visiting clubs who assisted with timing.  Thank you to our BBQ chefs, runners, marshals, check starters, recorders, announcers and visiting referees. Thank you to our captains and coaches. Thank you to our swimmers for bringing their enthusiasm and thank you to the parents for preparing the swimmers' food!

Thank you TEAM Merrylands!

The results of the meet, including the full pointscore are available in the SwimFest section of our website.

See Also

Ripples St Marys wins 2021 Merrylands SwimFest

While there was rain and storms forecast, the sun was shining at the 2021 SwimFest.

Congratulations to Ripples St Marys on taking out the 2021 SwimFest Pointscore!

Mounties finished in 2nd place and Merrylands came 3rd.

Thank you to everyone who attended the meet and for all the volunteers who gave up time to make our meet happen!

The results of the meet, including the full pointscore are available in the SwimFest section of our website.

See Also

Issue 18, 2020/2021

Merrylands SwimFest

Today is Merrylands SwimFest day. We have 200 swimmers from six clubs attending, so it is a big event for us again.

Please ensure you review the online program and SwimFest information here as this contains important information about the meet including COVID-19 Information and the Meet Procedures. This includes every person entering the swimming centre, including all swimmers, must check-in using the Service NSW QR code at the pool entry. There will be additional QR codes located along the external wall outside the pool entry to assist in reducing queuing in this area.

The COVID-19 drive-through test clinic continues to use part of the swimming centre carpark. Parking will remain limited. Please take care when walking from your car to the centre.

SwimFest warm up commences at 1.30pm with races starting at 2.30pm.

Good luck to our 40 swimmers who are competing at the SwimFest. May the whale be with you all. 🐳

We ask for the help of all parents and members who are not competing in the SwimFest as we have many roles to undertake on the day.

Season Program Changes

The amended season program can be found here.
Please ensure you check the amended season program and plan your swims and championship qualification based on the amended program.

Club Uniforms

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

COVID-19 Safety Plan & Protocols

Health updates that affect our club members can be found here

Sponsors

Thank you to our major sponsors who support our club and who are also sponsoring the Merrylands SwimFest today:


Joab, Lisa, Ruby and Jay representing their school

Member Profile

It’s time to find out some interesting information about one of our veterans, Ian Wilson:

Favourite Colour

Blue sky, blue ocean

Favourite Food

Seafood platter, Drummoyne Sailing Club

Favourite Sport (apart from swimming)

Triathlon

Favourite Team

Giants, never surrender

Favourite Holiday Place

Bali

Favourite Memory

Can’t remember 😊

Favourite Song

Anything Red Hot Chilli Peppers

Favourite Movie/TV Show

Seinfeld

Career after school

Fitter and Machinist

I like Merrylands Swimming Club because

Spending time around you guys puts a smile on my face, my zen

Club Championship Results

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

Upcoming Events

MEET NAME

MEET DATE

ENTRY CLOSING

MASC 400metre Freestyle Championship (Open)

Saturday 20th February

Closed

Merrylands SwimFest

Saturday 20th February

Closed

MASC 400metre Freestyle Championship (Junior)

Saturday 27th February

Thursday 25th February

SNSW Metropolitan Championships (Senior)

Saturday 27th February to

Sunday 28th February

Closed

MASC 50metre Backstroke Championship

MASC 25metre Backstroke Championship

MASC 200metre Backstroke Championship (Open)

Saturday 6th March

Thursday 4th March

Speedo Sprint Finals (SOPAC)

Saturday 6th March

Entry via Heats

MSW Junior Championships (SOPAC)

Saturday 13th March

Friday 5th March

SNSW State Open Championships

Thursday 18th March to

Sunday 21st March

Wednesday 3rd March

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

Merrylands SwimFest

Two hundred swimmers will attend this year's Merrylands SwimFest at Merrylands Swimming Centre tomorrow.

This year's meet has been restricted to 6 clubs from the Metro South West Area.

Competitors can download the Meet Program from the Merrylands SwimFest section of our website. Live Results will also be available during the meet.

A full timeline and list of clubs competing is also available. Please note that the timeline should be used as a guide only.

Visiting clubs are reminded to bring their own chairs and shelter as there is limited seating and cover at Merrylands Swimming Centre.

Did you know? 🧐

The Merrylands SwimFest has been held every year since the 1978/1979 season. Originally the meet formed part of the Holroyd Family Festival and was known as the Holroyd Family Festival Swimming Carnival. In 2004 it was renamed The Merrylands SwimFest.

⬇️ Flashback photo of club members marching in the 1981 Holroyd Family Festival Street Parade, on Merrylands Road. 🐳

See Also

Issue 17, 2020/2021

Merrylands SwimFest

We are holding the Merrylands SwimFest next Saturday (20th February, 2021). Warm up commences at 1.30pm with races starting at 2.30pm.

There are some changes this year given COVID-19 restrictions. Only six clubs will be attending and we will have designated areas assigned to each club. Please read the guidelines in place in the online program when it is published next week.

The COVID-19 drive-through test clinic continues to use part of the swimming centre carpark. Parking will remain limited. Please take care when walking from your car to the centre.

We ask for the help of all parents and members who are not competing in the SwimFest as we have many roles to undertake on the day. More details about the meet can be found here.

Speedo Sprint Heats

Congratulations to our team of 18 swimmers who competed at the Speedo Sprint Heats last Saturday at SOPAC. You can read a full report here.

Metro South West Junior Championships

Congratulations to Matthew Vicic who won the 200m Butterfly at the Metro South West Junior Championships last weekend. You can read the full report here.

Cole Classic Ocean Swim

Ian Wilson competed in the Cole Classic (5klm) swim at Manly last Sunday. Ian completed the swim in 1:13:24, finishing 51st out of 308 competitors. Congratulations Ian on your swim. 👏

We also saw five of our junior members swim in the 1klm event. There were 1,142 competitors in this event. Congratulations to Lisa Shrestha (18:44 - 598th), Nevah Shrestha (16:58 – 357th), Niushka Shrestha (14:34 – 113th), Shreya Shrestha (18:07 – 496th) & Summer Shrestha (14:24 – 101st). 👏

Season Program Changes

The amended season program can be found here.
Please ensure you check the amended season program and plan your swims and championship qualification based on the amended program.

Club Uniforms

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

Member Profile

Celebrating his great first ever 5 km Open Water Championship swim and Gold medal winning performance last Saturday we find out some interesting information about Matthew Vicic:

Favourite Colour

Green

Favourite Food

Pizza and Pad Thai

Favourite Sport (apart from swimming)

Volleyball

Favourite Team

Don’t have one

Favourite Holiday Place

Fiji

Favourite Memory

Fiji

Favourite Song

Supermarket flowers - Ed Sheeran

Favourite Movie/TV Show

Star Wars/Greys Anatomy

Career after school

Surgery

I like Merrylands Swimming Club because

Of all the people and coaches that are also in the club

COVID-19 Safety Plan & Protocols

Health updates that affect our club members can be found here

COVID-19 Contact Tracing

Spectators entering the centre must check-in and out using the Service NSW app which is located at the pool entry. Please ensure you sign-in and sign-out every time you attend the swimming centre.

Download the Service NSW app here.

Club Championship Results

Congratulations to all swimmers who competed in the 200m Individual Medley Championships last week. The results are here.

Sponsors

Thank you to 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 us know.

 Upcoming Events

MEET NAME

MEET DATE

ENTRY CLOSING

MASC 50metre Freestyle Championship

MASC 25metre Freestyle Championship

MASC 200metre Freestyle Championship (Open)

Saturday 13th February

Closed

MASC 400metre Freestyle Championship (Open)

Saturday 20th February

Thursday 18th February

Merrylands SwimFest

Saturday 20th February

Closed

MASC 400metre Freestyle Championship (Junior)

Saturday 27th February

Thursday 25th February

SNSW Metropolitan Championships (Senior)

Saturday 27th February to

Sunday 28th February

Tuesday 16th February

MASC 50metre Backstroke Championship

MASC 25metre Backstroke Championship

MASC 200metre Backstroke Championship (Open)

Saturday 6th March

Thursday 4th March

Speedo Sprint Finals (SOPAC)

Saturday 6th March

Entry via Heats

MSW Junior Championships (SOPAC)

Saturday 13th March

Friday 5th March

SNSW State Open Championships

Thursday 18th March to

Sunday 21st March

Wednesday 3rd March

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

 

Metro South West Junior Championships - Distance

Congratulations to Matthew Vicic who won the 200m Butterfly at the Metro South West Junior Championships Distance Meet held today.

While Matthew turned in 2nd place with 50m to go, his efforts at training working on his finishes certainly paid off!   Matthew came over the top to achieve the gold, winning the event by 0.16 seconds.

Well done Matthew!

 

 

 

Speedo Sprint Results

Merrylands had a team of 18 swimmers compete at the Speedo Sprint Series Heats held at Sydney Olympic Park Aquatic Centre today.

Our swimmers had a fantastic meet and every one of our swimmers contributed to the team’s tally of 54 new PBs! 10 of our swimmers achieved personal best times in every event they swum!

Congratulations to Joseph Assi who came 4th in the 10 years 50m Breaststroke and will represent the Metro South West Area at the Speedo Sprint Finals.

Thank you to all our parents for supporting our team and thank you to our coaches for preparing our swimmers.

Issue 16, 2020/2021

Merrylands SwimFest

Online entries for the Merrylands SwimFest (Saturday 20th February, 2021) close TODAY at 5.00 pm. All members who can swim 50 metres are encouraged to enter. If you have not already entered please do it today and don’t miss out.

We are seeking the help of all parents and members who are not competing in the SwimFest as we have many roles to undertake on the day.

More details here

Speedo Sprint Series

We have a great team of 18 members competing in the Speedo Sprint Heats today at SOPAC. Good luck to those swimming and may the whale be with you all 🐳. More details here.

MSW LC Junior Championships

The distance events of these championships are being held tomorrow following the Speedo Sprint Heats at SOPAC. Matthew Vicic is competing in the 200m Butterfly. Good luck Matthew and may the whale be with you. 🐳

The Big Swim

Last Sunday saw the Big Swim (2.8klm) from Palm Beach to Whale Beach held. The male and female events were both won by a Wilson (brother and sister). Our own Wilson (maybe a distant relative 🤔) competed and swam 46:47 to finish 36th out of 337 competitors. A great effort Ian and yes we are proud of you too 👏.

Season Program Changes

Today’s championships are one of these changed due to external championship meets being held on the same day. The amended season program can be found here.
Please ensure you check the amended season program and plan your swims and championship qualification based on the amended program.

SNSW 5km Open Water Championships

Congratulations to Summer Shrestha and Matthew Vicic who both competed for the first time at the championships held last Saturday at the Sydney International Regatta Centre (Penrith Lakes). A great effort and we are very proud of you both 👏👏.

Summer at the finish