Issue 7, 2021/2022

Swim Meets

We have seen the commencement of external swim meets and already some great times have been achieved by our swimmers.

Congratulations to Joseph Assi, Joab Hada, Summer Shrestha & Unish Shrestha on their swims at the Swimming NSW LC Qualifying Meet held at SOPAC last weekend

This weekend Vanessa Ozols is competing at the Swimming NSW Multi-Class Championships. Have great swims Vanessa and may the whale be with you

The Swimming NSW Junior Metropolitan Championships are being held next weekend (18th & 19th December) at SOPAC. We have a team of three swimmers competing. We wish Joseph Assi, Unish Shrestha & Chloe Ton the best of luck in their events and may the whale be with each of you too

Club Championship Record

Last Saturday Matthew Vicic swam a new club record time in the 14 Year Boys 100m Butterfly Championship. Matthew swam a personal best time of 1:11.58 and this broke the previous record held by Brett Turner (1:20.40 set in the 1977/78 season) by almost 9 seconds. Congratulations Matthew, keep up the fast flying. 😊

 

Christmas Activities

Well who would believe that we are nearly half way through the club season. Next Saturday (18th December) is our last swim before a two week break for Christmas and New Year. We will be holding a number of activities next Saturday morning:

  • Squad Christmas party
  • Novelty races and events
  • Breakfast with the Stars
  • Christmas Hamper draw

The club is again funding the Christmas raffle hamper prizes and these will be drawn following club races. So make sure you are at club races next Saturday morning otherwise you will miss out on all the fun

Club races will resume on Saturday 8th January, 2022.

Squad Training Break

The last training session for 2021 will be held on Thursday, 23rd December. Training will resume on Tuesday, 4th January, 2022,

If you will be away during December or January please complete the form to indicate your last day of training and your first day back. The form can be found here.

COVID-19 Safety Protocols

A reminder that all attendees (swimmers, spectators, volunteers) must sign-in, and out, when they attend the swimming centre, using the Service NSW app, and show proof of vaccination to council staff when asked.

Information & Conditions for Attendees also found here.

Championship Results – 4th December 2021

100m Backstroke

Age Group

1st

2nd

3rd

Boys 7 years

William Johnston

 

 

Boys 8 years

Jay Shrestha

Ethan Ton

 

Girls 10 years

Chloe Ton

 

 

Girls 11 years

Lisa Shrestha

 

 

Boys 11 years

Daniel Vicic

Unish Shrestha

Joab Hada

Girls 12 years

Avani Pradhan

 

 

Girls 13 years

Summer Shrestha

Nevah Shrestha

Niushka Shrestha

Girls 14 years

Shreya Shrestha

 

 

Boys 14 years

Matthew Vicic

 

 

Womens 15 years

Keira Somerchand

 

 

Womens 16 years

Laura-Belle Casey

Darla Assi

Vanessa Ozols

Mens 16 years

Michael Vicic

 

 

Womens 17 years & Over

Alison Sakurovs

Katie Hope

 

Mens 17 years & Over

Peter Johnston

 

 

Womens 35 years & over

Leanne Tovkach

 

 

Mens 35 years & over

Ian Wilson

Ian Johnston

 

Womens Open

Alison Sakurovs

Summer Shrestha

Katie Hope

Mens Open

Matthew Vicic

Ian Wilson

Peter Johnston

 

100m Butterfly

Age Group

1st

2nd

3rd

Girls 11 years

Lisa Shrestha

 

 

Boys 11 years

Unish Shrestha

Joab Hada

Daniel Vicic

Girls 13 years

Summer Shrestha

Niushka Shrestha

Nevah Shrestha

Girls 14 years

Shreya Shrestha

 

 

Boys 14 years

Matthew Vicic*

 

 

Womens 16 years

Laura-Belle Casey

Darla Assi

Vanessa Ozols

Mens 16 years

Michael Vicic

 

 

Womens 17 years & Over

Alison Sakurovs

 

 

Mens 17 years & Over

Peter Johnston

 

 

Mens 35 years & over

Ian Wilson

 

 

Womens Open

Alison Sakurovs

Summer Shrestha

Niushka Shrestha

Mens Open

Matthew Vicic

Peter Johnston

Ian Wilson

*New Record

Upcoming Meet Calendar

MEET NAME

MEET DATE

ENTRY CLOSING

MASC 400m Individual Medley Championship (Open)

Saturday 11th December

Closed

NSW Multi-Class Championships

Saturday 11th December

Closed

NSW Junior Metropolitan Championships

Saturday 18th December

Sunday 19th December

Closed

NSW Open Water Championships

Monday 20th December

Tuesday 21st December

Tuesday 14th December

MSW Area Open Water

Sunday 9th January

Wednesday 5th January

NSW Senior State Championships

Thursday 20th January

Tuesday 25th January

Tuesday 11th January

Speedo Sprint Series - Heats

Sunday 13th February

Thursday 3rd February

MASC SwimFest

Saturday 19th February

TBA

MSW Area LC Championships

Saturday 26th February

Sunday 27th February

TBA

NSW State Open Championships

Friday 4th March

Sunday 6th March

TBA

Speedo Sprint Series - Finals

Saturday 12th March

Qualify via Heats

NSW Senior Metropolitan Championships

Saturday 19th March

Sunday 20th March

TBA

NSW Junior State Age Championships

Saturday 26th March

Sunday 27th March

TBA

MSW 5 – 8 Meet

Saturday 2nd April

TBA

Sponsors

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

Christmas/New Year Club Races & Training

Our last training session for 2021 will be held on Thursday, 23rd December, while our last week of club races will be held on Saturday, 18th December.

Club Races start at 7am as usual, and will include Novelty Events after the regular races.

Training will resume on Tuesday, 4th January, 2022, with Club Races resuming on Saturday, 8th January.

Our Christmas Party will be held on Saturday, 18th December in conjunction with the Club Races from 7am. All squad members are encouraged to attend for the club races and novelty events. We would love to see you there. Enter online here.

Are going to be away at all in December or January?

If you will be away, then please complete the form below to indicate your last day of training and your first day back.

Training Break Form

The Committee and Coaching Staff hope you have enjoyed the first few months back in the water after a long break. Have a Merry Christmas and keep training hard as school carnivals and the Merrylands SwimFest approaches.

See Also

Issue 6, 2021/2022

Club Captains

Voting for Club Captains was held last week and thank you to everyone who took the time to submit their votes. Thank you also to everyone who accepted nominations for these roles. Voting was close and I am pleased to announce the Club Captains for the 2021/2022 season are: 

Male Captain

Female Captain

Matthew Vicic

Darla Assi

Congratulations to Matthew and Darla. We look forward to your leadership and support of your peers over the coming season. We will hold a presentation of the Club Captain badges following club races.

COVID-19 Safety Protocols

A reminder that all attendees (swimmers, spectators, volunteers) must sign-in, and out, when they attend the swimming centre, using the Service NSW app, and show proof of vaccination to council staff when asked.

All swimmers, volunteers, coaches and spectators over the age of 16 must be fully vaccinated to attend club races. Children under the age of 16 must be either fully vaccinated, or accompanied by a member of their household who is fully vaccinated.

Information & Conditions for Attendees also found at https://merrylandsasc.asn.au/clubraces/entryconditions.aspx

Relay Competition

Today is the second race in team relay competition. Please make sure that you complete the team entry form and swimmer nomination forms are at https://merrylandsasc.asn.au/clubraces/relay.aspx

Season Program – Club Championships

The first of the Club Championships were held last week. The weather was not kind and thank you to everyone who helped on the morning. It was sunny in Adelaide at the same time 😊.

Again a big thank you to Glyn Stockley from Ripples St Mary’s Swim Club who kindly attended to referee club races and allowed us to ensure that times swum are official and can be used for meet qualifying times.

This morning we have the 100m Backstroke (Open & Age) & 100m Butterfly (Open & Age) championships. Good luck to everyone competing in these championships.

Upcoming championships are single events until a double up on January 29th.

The full season program can be found at https://merrylandsasc.asn.au/clubraces/

Full results for the 100m Freestyle & 100m Breaststroke championships are listed on the following page. Congratulations to everyone who competed in the championships.

Club Uniforms

Club uniforms available for sale and these can be purchased through the club’s online shop.

Some items require special orders to be placed, so minimum numbers may be required before orders for these items can be placed with the supplier.

If you have any questions about club uniforms please talk to the Property Officer (Margaret Edwards).

https://shop.merrylandsasc.asn.au/club-uniforms

Championship Results – 27th November 2021

100m Freestyle

Age Group

1st

2nd

3rd

Boys 7 years

William Johnston

 

 

Boys 8 years

Jay Shrestha

Ethan Ton

 

Girls 9 years

Ruby Shrestha

 

 

Girls 10 years

Chloe Ton

Aisha Abdelraheem

 

Girls 11 years

Lisa Shrestha

 

 

Boys 11 years

Joab Hada

Daniel Vicic

Unish Shrestha

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

Mens 16 years

Michael Vicic

 

 

Womens 17 years & Over

Alison Sakurovs

Katie Hope

 

Mens 17 years & Over

Carlos Vergara

Peter Johnston

Timothy Oliver

Womens 35 years & over

Kylee Murray

Leanne Tovkach

Patricia Johnston

Mens 35 years & over

Ian Wilson

Ian Johnston

 

Womens Open

Alison Sakurovs

Summer Shrestha

Katie Hope

Mens Open

Matthew Vicic

Carlos Vergara

Peter Johnston

 

100m Breaststroke

Age Group

1st

2nd

3rd

Girls 10 years

Chloe Ton

 

 

Girls 11 years

Lisa Shrestha

 

 

Boys 11 years

Joseph Assi

Unish Shrestha

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

Vanessa Ozols

 

Mens 16 years

Michael Vicic

 

 

Womens 17 years & Over

Katie Hope

Alison Sakurovs

 

Mens 17 years & Over

Peter Johnston

 

 

Womens 35 years & over

Kylee Murray

Leanne Tovkach

 

Mens 35 years & over

Ian Wilson

 

 

Womens Open

Katie Hope

Summer Shrestha

Laura-Belle Casey

Mens Open

Peter Johnston

Ian Wilson

Matthew Vicic

 

Upcoming Meet Calendar

MEET NAME

MEET DATE

ENTRY CLOSING

MASC 100m Backstroke Championship

Saturday 4th December

Closed

MASC 100m Butterfly Championship

Saturday 4th December

Closed

SNSW LC Qualifying Meet

Saturday 4th December

Sunday 5th December

Closed

MASC 400m Individual Medley Championship (Open)

Saturday 11th December

Thursday 9th December

NSW Multi-Class Championships

Saturday 11th December

Thursday 30th November

NSW Junior Metropolitan Championships

Saturday 18th December

Sunday 19th December

Tuesday 7th December

NSW Open Water Championships

Monday 20th December

Tuesday 21st December

Tuesday 14th December

MSW Area Open Water

Sunday 9th January

Wednesday 5th January

NSW Senior State Championships

Thursday 20th January

Tuesday 25th January

Tuesday 11th January

Speedo Sprint Series - Heats

Sunday 13th February

TBA

MASC SwimFest

Saturday 19th February

TBA

MSW Area LC Championships

Saturday 26th February

Sunday 27th February

TBA

NSW State Open Championships

Friday 4th March

Sunday 6th March

TBA

Speedo Sprint Series - Finals

Saturday 12th March

Qualify via Heats

NSW Senior Metropolitan Championships

Saturday 19th March

Sunday 20th March

TBA

NSW Junior State Age Championships

Saturday 26th March

Sunday 27th March

TBA

MSW 5 – 8 Meet

Saturday 2nd April

TBA

Sponsors

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

Issue 5, 2021/2022

Season Program – Club Championships

The first of the Club Championships are being held this morning with the 100m Freestyle (Open & Age) & 100m Breaststroke (Open & Age).

All swimmers will swim together in an Open event to determine the results for the Open Championship, with the results split into ages to determine the Age Championship results. Good luck to all of the members competing in these championship events today.

The full season program can be found at https://www.merrylandsasc.asn.au/clubraces.

A big thank you to Glyn Stockley from Ripples St Mary’s Swim Club who has kindly attended to referee club races this morning. We greatly appreciate the assistance and time given up to do this for our club.

Whales Challenge #2

The second of the 3 Whales Challenges was swum last week. A Microsoft windows update stopped us giving many progress scores throughout the morning, but it was again a tightly contested challenge. After the 100m Backstroke event the teams were only separated by 4 points, with White on 757 points & Maroon on 753 points. However with a late surge the White ”Emery” team were again successful with 951 points to 888 points for the Maroon “Turner”. Congratulations to the White team.

We have one more Whales Challenge in the season to come (Saturday 5th March 2022), so this will be an opportunity for either the White team to achieve a clean sweep or the Maroon team to end the season with a victory.

Club Captains

We have voting for the Club Captains today. The nominations accepted for these roles are:

Male Captain

Female Captain

Michael Vicic

Darla Assi

Matthew Vicic

Jorja Matthew

 

Vanessa Ozols

 

Shreya Shrestha

 

Thank you to all of our nominees and good luck in the election. All members have received an email with a link to vote and your login details. Check your Junk or Spam folders if you haven't received it. Voting closes at 9:30am today!

COVID-19 Safety Protocols

All attendees (swimmers, spectators, volunteers) must sign-in, and out, when they attend the swimming centre, using the Service NSW app, and show proof of vaccination to council staff when asked.

All swimmers, volunteers, coaches and spectators over the age of 16 must be fully vaccinated to attend club races. Children under the age of 16 must be either fully vaccinated, or accompanied by a member of their household who is fully vaccinated.

Information & Conditions for Attendees also found at https://merrylandsasc.asn.au/clubraces/entryconditions

Relay Competition

This morning is the first race in team relay competition. If you haven’t yet registered your team make sure you do this to ensure your team can compete in the competition. The team entry form and swimmer nomination forms are here.

Good luck to all the teams and remember it is how close your team swims to your nominated time, not how fast your team swims.

Upcoming Meet Calendar

MEET NAME

MEET DATE

ENTRY CLOSING

MASC 100m Freestyle Championship

Saturday 27th November

Closed

MASC 100m Breaststroke Championship

Saturday 27th November

Closed

MASC 100m Backstroke Championship

Saturday 4th December

Thursday 2nd December

MASC 100m Butterfly Championship

Saturday 4th December

Thursday 2nd December

SNSW LC Qualifying Meet

Saturday 4th December

Sunday 5th December

Closed

MASC 400m Individual Medley Championship (Open)

Saturday 11th December

Thursday 9th December

NSW Multi-Class Championships

Saturday 11th December

Thursday 30th November

NSW Junior Metropolitan Championships

Saturday 18th December

Sunday 19th December

Tuesday 7th December

NSW Open Water Championships

Monday 20th December

Tuesday 21st December

Tuesday 14th December

MSW Area Open Water

Sunday 9th January

Wednesday 5th January

NSW Senior State Championships

Thursday 20th January

Tuesday 25th January

Tuesday 11th January

Speedo Sprint Series - Heats

Sunday 13th February

TBA

MASC SwimFest

Saturday 19th February

TBA

MSW Area LC Championships

Saturday 26th February

Sunday 27th February

TBA

NSW State Open Championships

Friday 4th March

Sunday 6th March

TBA

Speedo Sprint Series - Finals

Saturday 12th March

Qualify via Heats

NSW Senior Metropolitan Championships

Saturday 19th March

Sunday 20th March

TBA

NSW Junior State Age Championships

Saturday 26th March

Sunday 27th March

TBA

MSW 5 – 8 Meet

Saturday 2nd April

TBA

Sponsors

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

Issue 4, 2021/2022

Season Program – Club Championships

The full season program is now available at https://www.merrylandsasc.asn.au/clubraces.

As we have advised due to the later start to the championships, and a reduced number of weeks available to run championships, the events will run a bit differently this year.

The first of the Club Championships begin next Saturday, (27th November) with the 100m Freestyle (Open & Age) & 100m Breaststroke (Open & Age) being held on the morning.

For the 100m events, swimmers will enter their Age Championship. All swimmers will swim together in an Open event to determine the results for the Open Championship, with the results split into ages to determine the Age Championship results.

So, using the 100m Freestyle as an example, all swimmers who enter the championship will swim a single 100m Freestyle race, with swimmers seeded in heats based on their entry time, not their age group. The times swum in the race will be used to determine the places for both the Age 100m Freestyle Championship and Open 100m Freestyle Championship, with points allocated in each competition, plus the Graded Point Score. Males and Females will be seeded separately.

We will still provide graded club races on these mornings, but they will be a limited program to provide the opportunity for members who are not competing in championship events to have swims and to also allow qualification for upcoming championship events.

Whales Challenge #2

The second of the 3 Whales Challenges this season is being held this morning. The White ”Emery” team took the first challenge. Can the Maroon “Turner” team even the score today??

Club Captains

The nominations received for Club Captains for this season are:

Male Captain

Female Captain

Michael Vicic

Darla Assi

Matthew Vicic

Laura-Belle Casey

 

Jorja Matthew

 

Vanessa Ozols

 

Shreya Shrestha

 

Keira Somarchand

 

 

We will confirm with the nominees that they accept their nomination and publish the final list of nominees in next week’s Whales Tales. All financial first claim members can vote for Club Captains next Saturday (27th November). A link to vote online will be provided in next week’s Whales Tales.

COVID-19 Safety Protocols

All attendees (swimmers, spectators, volunteers) must sign-in, and out, when they attend the swimming centre, using the Service NSW app, and show proof of vaccination to council staff when asked.

All swimmers, volunteers, coaches and spectators over the age of 16 must be fully vaccinated to attend club races. Children under the age of 16 must be either fully vaccinated, or accompanied by a member of their household who is fully vaccinated.

Information & Conditions for Attendees also found at https://merrylandsasc.asn.au/clubraces/entryconditions

Storage Shed

You have no doubt noticed a new building appear next to the club room (we certainly heard it during club races last Saturday morning). We were successful in obtaining a grant for this through the Community Building Partnership program administered by the NSW Government. With Cumberland City Council we were able to obtain approval to construct the shed and they undertook the project management on our behalf.

The storage shed will enable us to move equipment out of the club room and this will provide more space in the club room for other activities (when health protocols allow this).

Thank you to the NSW Government and Cumberland City Council for their funding and project management of this project. Below are some photos of the project.

   

 

   

 

  

We will continue to seek other grants to improve the facilities and equipment available to our club members.

Relay Competition

This morning is the last chance for your team’s relay time trial. As the competition commences next Saturday (27th November) make sure you have registered your team (maximum of 6 team members per team) before next week and enjoy taking on all the other contenders for the champion relay team for the season. The team entry form and swimmer nomination forms can be found at https://www.merrylandsasc.asn.au/clubraces/relay

Club Uniforms

We have a great range of club uniforms available for sale. These can be purchased through the club’s online shop.

Some items require special orders to be placed, so minimum numbers may be required before orders for these items can be placed with the supplier.

If you have any questions about club uniforms please talk to the Property Officer (Margaret Edwards).

https://shop.merrylandsasc.asn.au/club-uniforms

Technical Officials – Online Webinars

The Swimming NSW Technical Swimming Committee (TSC) has presented a series of webinars for officials. These webinars cover a range of topics and if you are interested in viewing any of these recorded topics they can be found at

https://nsw.swimming.org.au/technical-officials/learn-nsw/development-program

 

For those who aren’t sure 😊

Upcoming Meet Calendar

MEET NAME

MEET DATE

ENTRY CLOSING

Whales Challenge #2

Saturday 20th November

Closed

MASC 100m Freestyle Championship

Saturday 27th November

Thursday 25th November

MASC 100m Breaststroke Championship

Saturday 27th November

Thursday 25th November

MASC 100m Backstroke Championship

Saturday 4th December

Thursday 2nd December

MASC 100m Butterfly Championship

Saturday 4th December

Thursday 2nd December

SNSW LC Qualifying Meet

Saturday 4th December

Sunday 5th December

Tuesday 23rd November

MASC 400m Individual Medley Championship (Open)

Saturday 11th December

Thursday 9th December

NSW Multi-Class Championships

Saturday 11th December

Thursday 30th November

NSW Junior Metropolitan Championships

Saturday 18th December

Sunday 19th December

Tuesday 7th December

NSW Open Water Championships

Monday 20th December

Tuesday 21st December

Tuesday 14th December

MSW Area Open Water

Sunday 9th January

TBA

NSW Senior State Championships

Thursday 20th January

Tuesday 25th January

Tuesday 11th January

Speedo Sprint Series - Heats

Sunday 13th February

Thursday 12th November

MASC SwimFest

Saturday 19th February

TBA

MSW Area LC Championships

Saturday 26th February

Sunday 27th February

TBA

NSW State Open Championships

Friday 4th March

Sunday 6th March

TBA

Speedo Sprint Series - Finals

Saturday 12th March

Qualify via Heats

NSW Senior Metropolitan Championships

Saturday 19th March

Sunday 20th March

TBA

NSW Junior State Age Championships

Saturday 26th March

Sunday 27th March

TBA

MSW 5 – 8 Meet

Saturday 2nd April

TBA

Sponsors

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

Issue 3, 2021/2022

Season Program – Club Championships

Club Championships begin on Saturday, 27th November. The first events will be as follows:

27th November

  • 100m Freestyle (Open & Age)
  • 100m Breaststroke (Open & Age)

4th December

  • 100m Backstroke (Open & Age)
  • 100m Butterfly (Open & Age)

11th December

  • 400m Individual Medley (Open)

Due to the late start to the championships, and a reduced number of weeks available to run championships, the events will run a bit differently this year.

For the 100m events, swimmers will enter their Age Championship. All swimmers will swim together in an Open event to determine the results for the Open Championship, with the results split into ages to determine the Age Championship results.

So, using the 100m Freestyle as an example, all swimmers who enter the championship will swim a single 100m Freestyle race, with swimmers seeded in heats based on their entry time, not their age group. The times swum in the race will be used to determine the places for both the Age 100m Freestyle Championship and Open 100m Freestyle Championship, with points allocated in each competition, plus the Graded Point Score. Males and Females will be seeded separately.

We will still provide graded club races on these mornings, but they will be a limited program to provide the opportunity for members who are not competing in championship events to have swims and to also allow qualification for upcoming championship events.

We also plan to recommence championship presentation after club races, so we can recognise and celebrate the performances in these events.

Key points to remember are:

  • Only Financial First Claim Members are eligible to compete in Championships;
  • Entrants must have swum that stroke and that distance in the current season.

The full season program is now available and this can be found on the club website at https://www.merrylandsasc.asn.au/clubraces.

Club Captains

Nominations for the positions of Male and Female Club Captains are open and close at 9.30am today. Financial first claim member aged 14 years and over are eligible to nominate to be a club captain. To nominate yourself or to nominate someone else please go to https://forms.office.com/r/qSuYfheZ6g.

In summary the roles and responsibilities include:

  • Club races – assisting with marshalling, organising the 25m rope for these races, organising Whales Challenge relay teams, sale of raffle tickets & preparing the awards for championship presentation;
  • Learn to Swim – set up and pack up of equipment & assisting in lessons;
  • Swim Meets – acting as team captains, supervising teams members throughout the meet, ensuring swimmers attend marshalling for their races;
  • Club Presentation – assisting with the event;
  • General – mentoring new members and other activities as determined by the Committee

All financial first claim members can vote for these positions on week 6 (27th November, 2021).

Whales Challenge #1

The first of the 3 Whales Challenges this season was swum and won last week.

A close contest all morning, with the lead swapping and tied at one stage. The final results came down to the 15m races with the White”Emery” team scoring 823 points and edging out the Maroon “Turner” team who scored 806 points.

Plenty of PB’s & QT’s during the morning, so congratulations to everyone who swam for their teams.

The Maroon team don’t have too long to wait to try and outscore the White team, with the Whales Challenge #2 being swum next Saturday (20th November). Don’t forget to bring your team swim cap and wear it during your races next week.

Timekeepers

Thank you to all of our timekeepers who help each Saturday morning at club races. Every swimmer appreciates your efforts in recording their great swim times. For many swimmers the race is on to achieve those PB’s and QT’s for upcoming meets & championships, so accuracy is important to them.

If you arrive after races have started we still ask for your help. To assist in filling lanes please see Rabin Shrestha (Chief Timekeeper) before taking a watch, as he will fill vacancies from the middle lanes out, as this is how heats are seeded and the middle lanes have swimmers in every heat (apart from the 15, 25 & 33 metre races).

Club Uniforms

We have a great range of club uniforms available for sale. These can be purchased through the club’s online shop.

Some items require special orders to be placed, so minimum numbers may be required before orders for these items can be placed with the supplier.

If you have any questions about club uniforms please talk to the Property Officer (Margaret Edwards).

https://shop.merrylandsasc.asn.au/club-uniforms

COVID-19 Safety Protocols

All attendees (swimmers, spectators, volunteers) must sign-in, and out, when they attend the swimming centre, using the Service NSW app, and show proof of vaccination to council staff when asked.

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All swimmers, volunteers, coaches and spectators over the age of 16 must be fully vaccinated to attend club races. Children under the age of 16 must be either fully vaccinated, or accompanied by a member of their household who is fully vaccinated.

Information & Conditions for Attendees also found at https://merrylandsasc.asn.au/clubraces/entryconditions

Relay Competition

The second team relay time trial is being swum this morning. An additional time trial will be swum next Saturday morning (20th November). The first competition relay race will be held on Saturday 27th November. So start getting your teams together (maximum of 6 team members per team) to take on all the other contenders. The team entry form and swimmer nomination forms can be found at https://www.merrylandsasc.asn.au/clubraces/relay

Upcoming Meet Calendar

MEET NAME

MEET DATE

ENTRY CLOSING

Whales Challenge #2

Saturday 20th November

Thursday 18th November

MASC 100m Freestyle Championship

Saturday 27th November

Thursday 25th November

MASC 100m Breaststroke Championship

Saturday 27th November

Thursday 25th November

MASC 100m Backstroke Championship

Saturday 4th December

Thursday 2nd December

MASC 100m Butterfly Championship

Saturday 4th December

Thursday 2nd December

MASC 400m Individual Medley Championship (Open)

Saturday 11th December

Thursday 9th December

NSW Multi-Class Championships

Saturday 11th December

Thursday 30th November

NSW Junior Metropolitan Championships

Saturday 18th December

Sunday 19th December

Tuesday 7th December

NSW Open Water Championships

Monday 20th December

Tuesday 21st December

Tuesday 14th December

MSW Area Open Water

Sunday 9th January

TBA

NSW Senior State Championships

Thursday 20th January

Tuesday 25th January

Tuesday 11th January

Speedo Sprint Series - Heats

Sunday 13th February

Thursday 12th November

MASC SwimFest

Saturday 19th February

TBA

MSW Area LC Championships

Saturday 26th February

Sunday 27th February

TBA

NSW State Open Championships

Friday 4th March

Sunday 6th March

TBA

Speedo Sprint Series - Finals

Saturday 12th March

Qualify via Heats

NSW Senior Metropolitan Championships

Saturday 19th March

Sunday 20th March

TBA

NSW Junior State Age Championships

Saturday 26th March

Sunday 27th March

TBA

MSW 5 – 8 Meet

Saturday 2nd April

TBA

Sponsors

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Issue 2, 2021/2022

Season Program

With the loss of the first 2 weeks of our planned season and the impact of numerous championship meets in the coming months the Competition Committee has been reviewing the season program and the Committee has agreed to some changes to the program for this season.

The major change this season is to championship races. To provide the full championship program this season we have had to compact some of the weeks that championship races are conducted. This means there may be more than one championship held in a morning. The first championships to be held this season will be on Saturday 27th November and they will be 100 metres Freestyle and 100 metres Breaststroke. To allow us to complete these championships on the same morning, championship races will be held as Open events. Age championship results will be determined based on the times swum in the Open championship races.

The full season program will be published shortly and this can be found on the club website at https://www.merrylandsasc.asn.au/clubraces.

We will still provide graded club races on these mornings, but they will be a limited program to provide the opportunity for members who are not competing in championship events to have swims and to also allow qualification for upcoming championship events.

Please take the time to review the season program and plan your qualifying swims early.

We also plan to recommence championship presentation after club races, so we can recognise and celebrate the performances in these events.

Whales Challenge #1

The first of the 3 Whales Challenges this season is being held this morning. Good luck to the White”Emery” & Maroon “Turner” teams as they strive for glory.

Club Captains

Nominations for the positions of Male and Female Club Captains are open and close at 9.30am on week 4 (13th November, 2021). All financial first claim members can vote for these positions on week 6 (27th November, 2021).

Financial first claim member aged 14 years and over are eligible to nominate to be a club captain. In summary the roles and responsibilities include:

  • Club races – assisting with marshalling, organising the 25m rope for these races, organising Whales Challenge relay teams, sale of raffle tickets & preparing the awards for championship presentation;
  • Learn to Swim – set up and pack up of equipment & assisting in lessons;
  • Swim Meets – acting as team captains, supervising teams members throughout the meet, ensuring swimmers attend marshalling for their races;
  • Club Presentation – assisting with the event;
  • General – mentoring new members and other activities as determined by the Committee

 Nominations for Club Captain can be submitted here.

Club Uniforms

We have a great range of club uniforms available for sale. These can be purchased through the club’s online shop. 

Some items require special orders to be placed, so minimum numbers may be required before orders for these items can be placed with the supplier.

If you have any questions about club uniforms please talk to the Property Officer (Margaret Edwards).

https://shop.merrylandsasc.asn.au/club-uniforms

Championship Eligibility

The Club By-Laws set out the Eligibility to Compete in Championships (By-Law 21). Some key points to remember are:

  • Only Financial First Claim Members are eligible to compete in Championships;
  • Entrants must have swum that stroke and that distance in the current season.

It is therefore important to plan your swims so that you have swum the stroke and distance if you plan to compete in the Championship for that stroke and distance. The season program sets out the Championship dates to allow appropriate planning of your swims.

There are many situations that may arise which impact on swimmers plans. These situations may mean for example that the pool is closed for club races or the individual swimmer may have circumstances which preclude them from swimming at a particular time (for example COVID-19 health guidelines constantly being changed and updated). All members must continue to comply with health guidelines that are in place and there may be circumstances arise which impact on your ability to swim the stroke and distance in eligibility preparation.

As such the Committee strongly recommends that swimmers plan and undertake their eligibility swims as early in the season as possible, rather than leaving these swims to the last week available before the Championship event is to be swum.

A failure by a swimmer to swim an eligibility swim will preclude their participation in that Championship.

Junior Handicap

It was great to see two heats of the Junior Handicap last Saturday. Great swims with the chasers hot on the heels of the scratch starters. Congratulations to William Johnston and Chloe Ton who won their heats last week.