Metro South West Championships

Merrylands will be represented by a team of 15 swimmers at the Metro South West Championships at the Sydney Olympic Park Aquatic Centre this weekend.

Our team is competing in 54 individual events and 1 relay over the 2 day meet, and consists of:

Ameena Abdelraheem
Joseph Assi
Laura-Belle Casey
Joab Hada
William Johnston
Vanessa Ozols
Alison Johnston
Jay Shrestha
Lisa Shrestha
Nevah Shrestha
Shreya Shrestha
Summer Shrestha
Unish Shrestha
Daniel Vicic
Matthew Vicic

Congratulations to all our swimmers on qualifying and good luck to them at the meet.

SwimFest Results

Our team of 26 swimmers had a fantastic meet at our annual SwimFest carnival held yesterday.

There were so many highlights for all of our swimmers and below is just a very small summary of some of the achievements made by our team:

Ameena achieved a big personal best in the 100m Freestyle, getting below the 1.20 barrier for the first time. 

Lucas brought home a swag of medals including silver and personal best in the 50m Breaststroke.

Darla had set herself a goal for the 50m Butterfly and went a full second underneath her target time.

Gabby broke the minute barrier for the 50m Freestyle, dropping 6 seconds from her previous best.

Joseph took a second off his 50m Breaststroke time and bagged himself a silver medal in the process.

Laura-Belle backed up from a PB in the 200m Breaststroke at club in the morning with a PB in the 100m Breaststroke in the afternoon.

Kyran smashed his 50m Freestyle PB and went under 40 seconds for the first time.

Joab didn't let his big PB in the 100m Butterfly slow him down for the rest of the afternoon and achieved PBs in all his 100s.

Katie showed age is no barrier and won gold in the 50m Breaststroke in her fastest time in over 10 years.

Ren took a huge chunk of time off his 50m Freestyle, dropping over 3 seconds.

Jhanvi backed up from her first meet for Merrylands at Speedo Sprint last week and achieved another 2 personal best times and a medal in the relay.

William managed to drop 2 seconds in his 50m Backstroke after running around helping with eskies all afternoon.

Vanessa achieved a new personal best in the 100m Freestyle, getting closer to the 1.30 barrier.

Avani had a solid meet after just returning from illness and was only a fraction away from her 50m Breaststroke PB.

Alison was double the age of her competitors and still snuck a gold in the 50m Freestyle.

Jay had a massive program and picked up 4 medals in the 8 years events while also mixing it with the big open boys in the 100s.

Lisa came off the back of massive results at Speedo Sprint last week and dropped further time in the 50m Breaststroke, earning a bronze in the process.

Nevah mixed it up with a PB in the 100m Breaststroke, almost earning a double PB with her split very close to her 50m PB.

Niushka bagged herself a bronze medal in a tight finish in the 50m Butterfly.

Ruby wasn't afraid of the older girls in the 100m Breaststroke, maintaining her technique to achieve a 4 second PB.

Shreya had top swims after a break from training and maintained the energy right through to the relays.

Summer started with a bang with a 5 second PB in the 200m Individual Medley and kept up her performances with PBs and medals galore, including gold in the 50m Freestyle.

Unish smashed his breaststroke pull-outs and PB'd in both his breaststroke events, picking up bronze in the 50m.

Keira had a big PB in her 100m freestyle and also picked up a pair of silver medals in her 50m events.

Daniel had a gutsy swims just shy of the achievements he accomplished at Speedo Sprint last week plus a medal in the relay.

Matthew managed to PB in the 50m Butterfly twice - first in his 100m Butterfly split then again at the end of the day in the 50m Butterfly. 

Sophia had great performances since returning to competition, achieving her fastest 100m Freestyle time in over 2 years. 

Our relays were very much a team effort, not by just the swimmers in the pool but also by all of our athletes and parents cheering loudly to support our teams.  Our relay teams picked up gold and 2 bronze medals for their efforts.

Well done to all our swimmers on their results and to all our volunteers for making it happen!

 

Issue 14, 2021/2022

Merrylands SwimFest

This afternoon we are holding the Merrylands SwimFest. We have a team of 28 swimmers representing our club in 134 individual races plus 5 relay teams, so a big day for our club members. Good luck to everyone in our team and may the whale be with you all.

 All swimmers need to be at the pool stretched and ready to commence the warm-up swim at 1.30pm. Races start at 2.30pm.

We have a big afternoon with the meet at capacity entries, so we need the assistance of all parents & carers on the day with a range of tasks to be carried out before, during and after the meet. We will undertake some set up straight after club races tomorrow (put our club lane ropes in, replace the 5m flags etc) and we will then be back from 12.00pm to set up the other items (gazebos, touch pads etc). So we ask for all parents and carers to be at the pool to assist with the set up and the pack up straight after the event.

Thankyou to our meet sponsors, Club Merrylands, Starr Partners, Merrylands Swim Squad and Alpha Security Corp who are kindly providing assistance.

Metro South West Area Championships

This is our areas major championship meet and will be held at SOPAC next weekend (Saturday 26th February & Sunday 27th February). Good luck to everyone in our team and may the whale be with you all.

Updates on the achievements in this meet will be available on the club website and Facebook page.

COVID-19 Safety Protocols

Latest information can be found here.

Speedo Sprint Heats

Our team of 16 swimmers had an outstanding meet representing our club the Speedo Sprint Series last Sunday. 

A total of 42 new PB’s were achieved and there were a number of top 10 finishes. A great result and effort by our swimmers and coaches. Congratulations to everyone on the results achieved.

Starlight Super Swim

As we have mentioned during the month, Ian Wilson is participating in the Starlight Super Swim event being swum over the 28 days of February. The challenge is to swim as many klms as you can and raise funds for the Starlight Foundation.

Ian is well into the swim and as at 17th February he has swum over 17klms and raised $635 in donations. Ian’s target is to swim at least 20 klms (he is well on the way to smashing through this target) and his goal is to raise over $1,000 in donations for the foundation.

To support Ian in achieving his goal and to support this great cause visit http://www.superswim.org.au/ian-wilson

Social Event – Surf & Open Water visit

Our Social Committee has been discussing the potential of arranging an education and fun day out at a surf beach at the end of this season.

As a number of our club members compete in open water events it was felt that obtaining practical knowledge to better understand surf conditions and how to improve techniques in open water compared to an enclosed pool may be beneficial whilst also enjoying a social day out as a club.

Some of the outcomes we have considered are:

  • learning basic water safety and lifesaving skills required to be safe around an open water environment;
  • providing a basic knowledge about swimming at beaches;
  • standing position in waist deep water and how to recover to a secure position;
  • swimming between the flags and understanding the beach conditions;
  • reading rip current conditions and how to survive in the event of being caught in a rip;
  • what it takes to become a life saver.

Denise Assi (Social Secretary) has been communicating with a contact and we are hopeful of arranging a day with Narrabeen Surf Club to undertake the event. Given the number of swim meets coming over the next 6 weeks we are looking at some time in April to hold the event.

We are happy for any feedback or comments you may have about the idea and ask that you discuss these with Denise Assi so we can consider them at our next Committee meeting (early March)

So put a reminder in your calendar for April and keep an eye out for more information.

Championship Results – 12th February 2022

50m Backstroke

Age Group

1st

2nd

3rd

Boys 7 years

William Johnston

 

 

Boys 8 years

Jay Shrestha

 

 

Girls 9 years

Ruby Shrestha

Gabriella Assi

 

Boys 9 years

Lucas Alvarez

 

 

Girls 11 years

Lisa Shrestha

 

 

Boys 11 years

Unish Shrestha

Daniel Vicic

Joab Hada

Girls 13 years

Summer Shrestha

Nevah Shrestha

Niushka Shrestha

Girls 14 years

Shreya Shrestha

 

 

Boys 14 years

Kyran Davis

 

 

Womens 16 years

Laura-Belle Casey

Darla Assi

Vanessa Ozols

Womens 17 years & Over

Katie Hope

Alison Sakurovs

Sophia Vicic

Mens 17 years & Over

Peter Johnston

 

 

Womens 35 years & Over

Kylee Murray

Leanne Tovkach

 

Mens 35 years & Over

Ian Wilson

Ian Johnston

 

200m Freestyle

Age Group

1st

2nd

3rd

Womens Open

Summer Shrestha

Alison Sakurovs

Sophia Vicic

Mens Open

Matthew Vicic

Daniel Vicic

 

Upcoming Championship & Meet Calendar

MEET NAME

MEET DATE

ENTRY CLOSING

MASC SwimFest

Saturday 19th February

Closed

MSW Area LC Championships

Saturday 26th February

Sunday 27th February

Closed

NSW State Open Championships

Friday 4th March

Sunday 6th March

Tuesday 22nd February

MASC 800m (Open) Freestyle Championship

Saturday 12th March

Thursday 10th March

Speedo Sprint Series - Finals

Saturday 12th March

Qualify via Heats

NSW Senior Metropolitan Championships

Saturday 19th March

Sunday 20th March

TBA

MASC 1500m (Open) Freestyle Championship

Saturday 26th March

Thursday 24th March

NSW Junior State Age Championships

Saturday 26th March

Sunday 27th March

Tuesday 15th March

MSW 5 – 8 Meet

Saturday 2nd April

TBA

Australian Masters Championships

Wednesday 20th April

Saturday 23rd April

Friday 8th April

Australian Masters Open Water Championships

Sunday 24th April

Friday 8th April

MSW Area SC Championships

Saturday 28th May

Sunday 29th May

TBA

Sponsors

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

If anyone has contacts who would like to assist in sponsorship of the club please let Graham know.

Merrylands SwimFest

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

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.

See Also

Speedo Sprint Heat Results

 

Merrylands' team of 16 swimmers produced awesome performances at the Speedo Sprint Heats at the Sydney Olympic Park Aquatic Centre today.

Our 8 to 13 year olds brought the speed in some very fast 50s, with a stack of new personal best times. Overall, our team swam 42 new PBs and achieved multiple top 10 finishes.  

Congratulations to all our swimmers on their performances, and a big thank you to the families and coaches for their support.

Speedo Sprint Heats

Merrylands will be sending a team of 16 swimmers to the Speedo Sprint Series Heats which will be held at the Sydney Olympic Park Aquatic Centre tomorrow.

Our team consists of:
Aisha Abdelraheem
Ameena Abdelraheem
Lucas Alvarez
Joseph Assi
Joab Hada
Ren Jie Hum
Jhanvi Jayasinghe
Jay Shrestha
Lisa Shrestha
Nevah Shrestha
Niushka Shrestha
Ruby Shrestha
Unish Shrestha
Daniel Vicic
Leo Zhu
Lillian Zhu

Our team will compete in 58 individual events at the meet.

Good luck to our team!

Issue 13, 2021/2022

Speedo Sprint – Sunday 13th February

We have a team of 16 swimmers representing our club tomorrow at the Speedo Sprint Series being held at SOPAC.

Good luck to everyone in our team and may the whale be with you all. Look for a report about the meet in next weeks Whales Tales.

Merrylands SwimFest – Saturday 19th February

The Merrylands SwimFest is being held next Saturday. We will require help with set up prior to the meet as warm up commences at 1.30pm and races start at 2.30pm.

We have a big afternoon with the meet at capacity entries, so we need the assistance of all parents & carers on the day with a range of tasks to be carried out during and after the meet.

A big thankyou to our meet sponsors, Club Merrylands, Starr Partners, Merrylands Swim Squad and Alpha Security Corp who are kindly providing assistance.

Metro South West Area Championships - Saturday 26th February & Sunday 27th February

Entries close Wednesday 16th February for this meet. This is our areas major championship meet and will be held at SOPAC.

Relay Competition

A couple of timely reminders for this competition:

  • Weekly swimmer nominations need to be submitted prior to the team swimming each week. This form nominates the 4 swimmers of the team that will swim on the day. Complete the form here.
  • No use of timing is to be used during the race (no watching the timekeepers stopwatch or pacing along the pool deck etc). Teams found doing this will be disqualified from the race.

Vale – Tascha Sinclair

This week we received news that a former club member and Club Captain had sadly passed away.

Tascha Sinclair was a club member in the 1980/90’s and was Club Captain in 1990, 1992 & 1993. As an active club member Tasha was awarded the Lions Club trophy in 1985/86 and 1990/91.

Tasha won her age championships over a number of years, including the 11 years (1985/86), 12 years (1986/87), 13 years (1987/88), 14 years (1988/89), 15 years & Open Womens (1989/90), 16 years (1990/91) & Senior Womens 1992/93.

Tascha’s mum, Val was also an active club and committee member over many years.

Our thoughts and prayers are with Tasha’s family.

COVID-19 Safety Protocols

Latest information can be found at https://merrylandsasc.asn.au/clubraces/entryconditions

Cole Classic 2022

The 2022 Cole Classic was swum at Manly last Sunday and a number of our club members swam in the 1 klm, 2klm o& 5klm races.

Congratulations to everyone on completing the swim in very tough conditions.

Championship Results – 5th February 2022

50m Freestyle

Age Group

1st

2nd

3rd

Boys 7 years

William Johnston

 

 

Boys 8 years

Jay Shrestha

 

 

Girls 8 years

Emmanuelle Johnston

 

 

Girls 9 years

Ruby Shrestha

Gabriella Assi

 

Boys 9 years

Lucas Alvarez

 

 

Girls 10 years

Aisha Abdelraheem

Jhanvi Jayasinghe

 

Girls 11 years

Lisa Shrestha

 

 

Boys 11 years

Joab Hada

Daniel Vicic

Unish Shrestha

Girls 13 years

Summer Shrestha

Niushka Shrestha

Ameena Abdelraheem

Girls 14 years

Shreya Shrestha

 

 

Boys 14 years

Matthew Vicic

Kyran Davis

 

Womens 15 years

Keira Somarchand

 

 

Womens 16 years

Laura-Belle Casey

Vanessa Ozols

Darla Assi

Womens 17 years & Over

Alison Sakurovs

Katie Hope

Sophia Vicic

Mens 17 years & Over

Carlos Vergara

Timothy Oliver

 

Womens 35 years & Over

Kylee Murray

Leanne Tovkach

Patricia Johnston

Mens 35 years & Over

Ian Wilson

Ian Johnston

 

 

25m Freestyle

Mixed

1st

2nd

3rd

 

Jacob Hada

Hannah Johnston

 

 

200m Freestyle

Age Group

1st

2nd

3rd

Boys 11 years

Joab Hada

Daniel Vicic

 

Girls 13 years

Summer Shrestha

Niushka Shrestha

Nevah Shrestha

Girls 14 years

Shreya Shrestha

 

 

Boys 14 years

Matthew Vicic

 

 

Womens 15 years

Keira Somarchand

 

 

Womens 16 years

Laura-Belle Casey

Darla Assi

Vanessa Ozols

Womens 17 years & Over

Alison Sakurovs

Katie Hope

Sophia Vicic

Mens 17 years & Over

Carlos Vergara

Timothy Oliver

 

Womens 35 years & Over

Kylee Murray

 

 

Mens 35 years & Over

Ian Wilson

Ian Johnston

 

Womens Open

Alison Sakurovs

Summer Shrestha

Niushka Shrestha

Mens Open

Matthew Vicic

Carlos Vergara

Ian Wilson

Upcoming Championship & Meet Calendar

MEET NAME

MEET DATE

ENTRY CLOSING

MASC 50m, 25m & 200m (Open) Backstroke Championships

Saturday 12th February

Closed

MASC 200m Individual Medley Championships

Saturday 12th February

Closed

Speedo Sprint Series - Heats

Sunday 13th February

Closed

MASC SwimFest

Saturday 19th February

Closed

MSW Area LC Championships

Saturday 26th February

Sunday 27th February

Wednesday 16th February

NSW State Open Championships

Friday 4th March

Sunday 6th March

Tuesday 22nd February

MASC 800m (Open) Freestyle Championship

Saturday 12th March

Thursday 10th March

Speedo Sprint Series - Finals

Saturday 12th March

Qualify via Heats

NSW Senior Metropolitan Championships

Saturday 19th March

Sunday 20th March

TBA

MASC 1500m (Open) Freestyle Championship

Saturday 26th March

Thursday 24th March

NSW Junior State Age Championships

Saturday 26th March

Sunday 27th March

Tuesday 15th March

MSW 5 – 8 Meet

Saturday 2nd April

TBA

Australian Masters Championships

Wednesday 20th April

Saturday 23rd April

Friday 8th April

Australian Masters Open Water Championships

Sunday 24th April

Friday 8th April

MSW Area SC Championships

Saturday 28th May

Sunday 29th May

TBA

Sponsors

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

We also welcome a new Secondary meet sponsor to the Merrylands SwimFest for 2022. Thankyou to Denise Assi for sourcing this sponsorship for the club.

If anyone has contacts who would like to assist in sponsorship of the club please let Graham know.

Issue 12, 2021/2022

Upcoming Swim Meets

This month there are three major events our swimmers are competing in:

Speedo Sprint Series – Sunday 13th February

We have a team of 16 swimmers representing our club next Saturday at the Speedo Sprint Series being held at SOPAC.

Good luck to our team as they continue to prepare this week for the meet.

Merrylands SwimFest – Saturday 19th February

The entry limit for the Merrylands SwimFest was achieved during the week, so we expect a big turnout for the meet.

Entries remain open only for Merrylands Swimming Club members, but close today at 5.00pm. So don’t delay if you haven’t yet entered the meet. Do it as soon as get home from club races today.

The assistance of all of our swimmers parents & carers is important to ensuring we host a successful meet, so please see Graham to confirm you are available to assist on the day.

Metro South West Area Championships - Saturday 26th February & Sunday 27th February

Entries close Wednesday 16th February for this meet, which is our areas major championship meet and will be held at SOPAC.

Information about all of these and more meets is available here.

COVID-19 Safety Protocols

Latest information can be found here.

Auburn Review article

This week saw the Auburn Review publish a great story about our swimmer's achievements in the recent Metro South West Open Water Championships: