Six of our Masters Swimmers headed up the coast for the NSW Masters State Short Course Championships. This meet was held at the Peninsula Leisure Centre at Woy Woy.
Our team had great results including achieving some all-time personal bests which is a wonderful achievement in Masters Swimming. Some of our swimmers also wound back the clock with swims the fastest in 4 to 8 years!
Varant flew up the coast after racing at club and demonstrated hard work pays off with all of his swims being new short course personal best times. Varant cracked under 1:20 for the first time in his 100m Freestyle.
Peter picked up some bling with a Silver in the 100m Breaststroke and Bronze medals in the 50m Breaststroke and 200m Freestyle. Peter also earned club bragging rights with a 50m Freestyle win over Tim and Alison.
Kylee achieved a new personal best time in the 50m Backstroke where she also picked up a Bronze medal. Kylee’s 200m IM was the fastest she has swum since 2016 earning herself a Silver and Kylee’s new personal best in her 200m Backstroke gave her another Bronze medal.
Timothy bagged a Silver and a new personal best time in his 50m Freestyle. Timothy swam his fastest 200m Freestyle outside of Modern Pentathlon competitions and picked up a Bronze for his effort.
Alison almost had a clean sweep with 4 Golds and 1 Silver medal.
Ian swam his fastest 100m Freestyle since 2017 then followed with a Gold in the 200m Individual Medley, which was also his fastest time since 2017. Ian also decided to mix it up with a 50m Breaststroke and 100m Butterfly. The decision paid off with a Bronze medal in the Butterfly.
Well done to our team on these amazing results!
Day 2 Results
Kylee Murray swam a massive PB in the 100m Freestyle, touching in 1:19.80 and taking 1.38 seconds off her best time to finish in 21st place. Full Results
Ian Wilson swam his equal second-fastest time ever in the 100m Freestyle, finishing in 1:09.81 - his fastest time since 2016. Full Results
Alison Johnston finished 15th in the 100m Freestyle in 1:08.11 - her fastest time since 2021. Full Results
Merrylands' team took home 8 medals from the NSW State Masters Long Distance Championships on Sunday.
The club finished with 6 Gold, 1 Silver and 1 Bronze.
Congratulations to Ian Wilson, Brendan Kirkpatrick, Peter Johnston and Alison Sakurovs on their swims.
Merrylands will be represented by 4 swimmers at the NSW State Masters Long Distance Championships at the Knox Grammar School Aquatic Centre on Sunday, 8th September.
Ian Wilson, Brendan Kirkpatrick, Peter Johnston and Alison Sakurovs will compete at the meet in 2 events each.
We wish them the best of luck at the meet.
Graham Edwards was announced as the Metro South West Technical Official of the Year at the Metro South West Presentation Evening on Saturday night.
Graham was presented with the Jim Pye Award as recognition of his contribution to the Area's meets over the past year. Graham worked at every Area meet, officiating in a variety of roles including Referee and Starter. He also officiated at a number of other club meets throughout the area, assisting and supporting other clubs to run their meets and club races, and providing guidance to other officials.
Graham has also officiated at the NSW Metropolitan Championships and Swimming NSW Development Meets over the past year, further developing his officiating skills.
Two of our members were also recognised on the evening for their volunteer work at our club.
Ian Wilson and Graham Edwards were both recognised for their work at the club over the past season, setting up the pool on Saturday mornings, officiating at our club races and swim meets, teaching learn to swim, and for their work on the Club Committee.
Congratulations to both Graham and Ian!