Sportsco Summer Swim Meet

We are planning a weekend trip to Dubbo to attend the Sportsco Summer Swim Meet in February next year.

The Sportsco Summer Swim Meet will be held at the Dubbo Aquatic Leisure Centre on Sunday, 10th February, 2002. We are looking at hiring a bus to leave on Saturday, 9th February, 2002 for the trip to Dubbo. We would then attend the meet on Sunday and return home on Sunday night.

Entries for the meet will close on Saturday, 19th January, 2002.

The Dubbo Aquatic Leisure Centre is a heated pool with Anti-Turbulent Lane Ropes, Electronic Timing and a covered grandstand.

More information will be available in next week’s Whales Tales newsletter.

See Also
  • Sportsco Summer Swim Meet - Program of Events

  • Dubbo Aquatic Leisure Centre
  • Holroyd Family Festival Swimming Carnival

    The program for the 2002 Holroyd Family Festival Swimming Carnival is now available.

    The carnival will be held at Guildford Swimming Centre on Sunday, 24th February, 2002. Entries close on Saturday, 9th February, 2002. This is our carnival so please make sure you support it.

    We would like to thank the sponsors of the carnival for their continued support.

    The 2002 Holroyd Family Festival Swimming Carnival is proudly sponsored by:
    Starr Partners Real Estate Merrylands
    Retravision Merrylands
    Merrylands R.S.L. Club

    See Also
  • Holroyd Family Festival Swimming Carnival

  • Starr Partners Real Estate Merrylands

  • Retravision Merrylands
  • State Age & Open Entries

    Entries for the 2002 NSW State Age & Open Championships are due in with our Race Secretary by Saturday, 15th December, 2001. The entries are to be on Multi-Entry Cards, which will be available on Saturday.

    To compete at these championships you must have achieved the required qualifying time. The time must have been achieved at a “District Approved Meet”.
    Meets that are not District Approved include:
    School Swimming Carnivals (School, District/Zone, and some Regional/Area)
    RSL Meets
    RSL Club nights

    You can not use times achieved at these meets and entries will not be accepted if these times are used.

    The Entry Times should also be related to the course in which the Meet is to be conducted with the appropriate constant added or subtracted from the time.

    Your Multi-Entry cards must be completely filled out including date and place that times were achieved. Entries must also include your registration number.

    Only accredited coaches will have access to the Pool Deck at the meet. Parents are reminded that they are not permitted on the Pool Deck or in the Marshalling Area at any time.

    For more information on NSW meets read the Championship Procedures information in the Swim Meets Section.

    See Also
  • 2002 NSW State Age 9-12yrs Championships - Program of Events

  • 2002 NSW State Age 9-12yrs Championships - Qualifying Times

  • 2002 NSW State Open & Age 13-19yrs Championships - Program of Events

  • 2002 NSW State Open & Age 13-19yrs Championships - Qualifying Times

  • State, Metropolitan and Country Championship Procedures

  • Schedule of Constants
  • Metropolitan Results

    Jordan Burden won Merrylands’ only medal at the NSW Metropolitan Championships held at the Sydney Aquatic Centre on the weekend.

    Jordan took home the Bronze medal in the 9 & Under 100m Freestyle in a time of 1:13.99, breaking his personal best time in the process. In addition, Jordan broke his times in both the 100m Breaststroke and 100m Backstroke, placing 11th in both events.

    Robert Griffey also had a good meet. Robert broke his personal best time in the 17-18yrs 100m Backstroke to place 7th in a time of 1:08.97. He also broke his personal best time and placed 8th in the 17-18yrs 100m Freestyle in a time of 56.71.

    As a club, Merrylands placed 46th overall with a total of 64 points.

    The full results are now available.

    See Also
  • 2001 NSW Metropolitan Championships Results
  • Volunteer’s Awards

    Congratulations to Glad Pye who was a recipient of this year’s Premier’s Award for Active Citizenship. The award was presented at a lunch celebrating the efforts of local volunteers on Thursday, 29th November.

    Glad has volunteered at our club since it was formed in 1968 and also gives her time at District and State level. She says she enjoys volunteering because it gives her a chance to give to the community.

    “I can’t believe I won this award,” she said. “It’s wonderful to be acknowledged for something you love doing.”

    “When I volunteered at the Paralympics I had to escort athletes to the winners’ podium and it was amazing to be a part of that. I love what I do.”

    November was a big month for Glad, not only did she receive the Premiers Award but she was also named NSW Swimming Volunteer of the Month.

    Glad will be in action again this weekend at the NSW Metropolitan Championships being held at the Sydney Aquatic Centre. We would like to thank her and her husband Jim for all the work they put in at Club.

    See Also
  • Whales Tales - Issue 8 - Glad Pye, NSW Swimming Volunteer of the Month
  • Voluntary Awards

    GLAD Pye and Jean Bates received this year's Premier's Award for Active Citizenship at a lunch celebrating the efforts of local volunteers on Thursday.

    The 400 volunteers from around Holroyd at the lunch had given 96,144 hours of service or 11 years of their time helping others.

    Mrs Pye has volunteered at Merrylands Swimming Club since it opened in 1968. She said she enjoys volunteering because it gave her a chance to give to the community.

    "I can't believe I won this award," she said. "It's wonderful to be acknowledged for something you love doing."

    "When I volunteered at the Paralympics I had to escort athletes to the winners’ podium and it was amazing to be a part of that. I love what I do."

    Mrs Bates, a cancer and emphysema sufferer, volunteers at the Merrylands Op Shop and sometimes takes the clothes home to wash and iron them. She has been working there for six years and said she loved it.

    "When I work in the shop, I feel wanted and needed and I'll do it for as long as I can."

    Mayor Mark Pigram said: "Volunteering reinforces the idea that people can make a difference. You come to realise the effort and selflessness of those who volunteer and it makes me feel proud to be part of this community."

    2001 Metropolitan Championships

    Merrylands will be sending a team of 6 swimmers to this weekend’s NSW Metropolitan Championships contesting a total of 14 events over the two days of competition at the Sydney Aquatic Centre.

    The team of 6 swimmers consists of:

    Jordan Burden
    9yrs & Under 100m Backstroke
    9yrs & Under 100m Breaststroke
    9yrs & Under 100m Freestyle
    Mitchell Emery
    11yrs 100m Breaststroke
    Troy Tomkinson
    14yrs 100m Butterfly
    14yrs 100m Backstroke
    14yrs 100m Freestyle
    Robert Griffey
    17/18yrs 100m Backstroke
    17/18yrs 100m Freestyle
    Peter Johnston
    Open 50m Breaststroke
    Joseph Franji
    Open MD 50m Freestyle
    Open MD 50m Butterfly
    Open MD 50m Backstroke
    Open MD 50m Breaststroke

    You can follow the team's progress over the weekend at http://www.nswswimming.com.au/.

    See Also
  • 2001 NSW Metropolitan Championships - Program of Events

  • 2001 NSW Metropolitan Championships - Qualifying Times

  • State, Metropolitan and Country Championship Procedures

  • Schedule of Constants
  • QANTAS Skins Broadcast Times

    Channel 9’s Wide World of Sports will be showing delayed coverage of the 2001 QANTAS Skins from the Sydney Aquatic Centre on Wednesday, 5th December, 2001.

    Channel 9’s 90 minute broadcast will begin at 11:40pm with commentary from John Casey, Nicole Stevenson and Duncan Armstrong. Fox Sports will be showing Live coverage on Fox Sports Two from 7:30pm with a replay at 11:30pm.

    Tickets are still available and can be purchased through Ticketek. More information on the Skins is available here.

    See Also
  • QANTAS Skins

  • Wide World of Sports

  • Fox Sports

  • Ticketek

  • Australian Swimming
  • Metropolitan Entries

    Entries for the 2001 NSW Metropolitan Championships are due in with our Race Secretary by Saturday, 17th November, 2001. The entries are to be on Multi-Entry Cards, which will be available on Saturday, 10th November, 2001.

    To compete at these championships you must have achieved the required qualifying time. The time must have been achieved at a “District Approved Meet”.
    Meets that are not District Approved include:
    School Swimming Carnivals (School, District/Zone, and some Regional/Area)
    RSL Meets
    RSL Club nights

    You can not use times achieved at these meets and entries will not be accepted if these times are used.

    If you want to qualify on a Saturday Morning during Club Races you must mark your entry card “Qualifying Attempt”. You can also qualify at the Cumberland A.S.A. Qualifying Meet. Entries for the Qualifying Meet close on Saturday, 10th November, 2001.

    The Entry Times should also be related to the course in which the Meet is to be conducted with the appropriate constant added or subtracted from the time.

    Your Multi-Entry cards must be completely filled out including date and place that times were achieved. Entries must also include your registration number.

    Only accredited coaches will have access to the Pool Deck at the meet. Parents are reminded that they are not permitted on the Pool Deck or in the Marshalling Area at any time.

    For more information on NSW meets read the Championship Procedures information in the Swim Meets Section.

    See Also
  • Cumberland A.S.A. Qualifying Meet

  • 2001 NSW Metropolitan Championships - Program of Events

  • 2001 NSW Metropolitan Championships - Qualifying Times

  • State, Metropolitan and Country Championship Procedures

  • Schedule of Constants
  • 2001 QANTAS Skins

    The 2001 QANTAS Skins will be held on Wednesday, 5th December, 2001 at the Sydney Aquatic Centre.

    The Qantas Skins was first swum in 1996 after the Atlanta Olympics. It is a unique invitation only international swim meet. The meet is run in a knockout format with a total prize pool of $120,000.

    The race format is divided into three categories: a 50m Sprint Series, a Mystery Medley and a 400m Freestyle.

    The 4x50 metres sprint series is contested by men and women in butterfly, backstroke, breaststroke and freestyle. Each sprint series race starts with a total of five swimmers; the last placegetter is eliminated after each 50m sprint, until there are only two swimmers standing for a final face off in a man-on-man/woman-on-woman dash to decide the winner. Each sprint race is swum every two minutes with prize money awarded accordingly to the competitors placing.

    The Mystery Medley is contested by a minimum of five swimmers for both men and women over 200 metres. Each of the lanes is allocated a different medley order, drawn randomly, prior to the event. Competitors are disqualified if they fail to swim the order allocated to their lane. Prize money for this event is awarded on overall placings.

    The 400 metres freestyle is contested by a minimum of five swimmers for both men and women. It is swum as 2 x 200 metre events with a one-minute rest between each 200 metres; the clock commences when the last competitor touches the wall. The prize money for this event is decided on an overall placings, based on each competitor’s accumulated time for the two 200 metre events. Bonuses can also be awarded to the winner of each of the 200 metre events.

    Australian athletes attending include Brett Hawke, Ashley Callus, Matt Welsh, Geoff Huegill, Elka Graham, Grant Hackett, Giann Rooney, Michael Klim, Phil Rogers, Sarah Ryan, Leisel Jones and Lori Munz.

    Tickets are available at http://www.ticketek.com.au/ from Monday, 5th November, 2001 and Ticketek outlets from Monday, 12th November, 2001. Qantas Frequent Flyers and Staff Members may purchase tickets through Ticketek at a discounted rate simply by quoting a Frequent Flyer/Staff reference number.


    Ticket Pricing

    A Res
    Adult $32.00
    Junior - 3 - 15 years inclusive $20.00
    Pensioner - inculdes seniors card $20.00
    Full time student with id $20.00
    Family - 2 adults & 2 juniors only (admits 4) $80.00


    Order of Events

    Start time 7:15pm
    Event 1 Mens 50m Breastroke
    Event 2 Womens 50m Butterfly
    Event 3 Mens 50m Backstroke
    Event 4 Womens 400m Freestyle (2x200m Freestyle, collated times)
    Event 5 Mens 200m Mystery Individual Medley
    Event 6 Womens 50m Breaststroke
    Event 7 Mens 50m Butterfly
    Event 8 Womens 50m Freestyle
    Event 9 Mens 50m Breaststroke
    Event 10 Womens 50m Backstroke
    Event 11 Mens 400m Freestyle (2x200m Freestyle,collated times)
    Event 12 Womens 200m Mystery Individual Medley
    Event 13 Mens 50m Freestyle
    Finish Time Approximately 10:15pm


    See Also
  • Australian Swimming

  • Ticketek

  • QANTAS

  • Sydney Aquatic Centre