Metropolitan Results

Matthew Vicic swam two new personal best times at the NSW Senior Metropolitan Championships last weekend.

Matt took 3.61 seconds off his 200m Butterfly, finishing in 2:34.06. He also took 0.35 seconds off his 100m Backstroke, with a new PB of 1:13.49.

In Matt's other events, he was just 0.22 outside his 100m Butterfly PB and 0.30 outside his 100m Freestyle PB.

Congratulations to Matt on his swims.

Metropolitan Championships

Matthew Vicic will represent Merrylands at the NSW Senior Metropolitan Championships this weekend.

Matthew will race 4 events at the championships which are being held at the Sydney Olympic Park Aquatic Centre on 25-26 February.

Matt will be swimming in:

  • 100m Backstroke
  • 200m Butterfly
  • 100m Freestyle
  • 100m Butterfly

Congratulations to Matt on qualifying for the meet and we wish him and his coach Alison the best of luck.

Issue 20, 2022/2023

SwimFest Wrap

Wow! What a day it was last Saturday! Hot at the start, some timing issues, lots of great racing, excellent times, a bag of medals, with an explosive finish.

Thank you so much to everyone who helped last Saturday. We had some members turn up just to help with the setup, members who were there to help run the meet, members who helped with the pack up, the clean up on Sunday morning, and all of the above.

Thank you to everyone who helped setup before the meet. It was great to have so many helpers and we had everything done before the warm-up at 1:30pm.

During the meet – thank you to the timekeepers, BBQ and caterers, marshals, check starters, medals, announcer, recorders, runners and other officials for your contribution. Everything we could control went flawlessly, and when things went wrong that we couldn’t control (i.e. the timing system and weather) you all reacted quickly to keep the show on the road.

Unfortunately, Swimming NSW had an issue with the timing system at the 100m end of the pool, which meant we had to switch to using our Dolphin system for the 100m & 200m events which delayed the meet, as did the first storm.

When the second storm front hit, the way everyone sprung into action was just fantastic. We have never seen weather like that at the pool before and yet everything got packed up and most importantly, everyone got home safely. Thank you to everyone for your help!

Finally, a big thank you to Ian Wilson, Domenic Vicic, Danielle Vicic, Alison Johnston and Peter Johnston who were back at the pool for 3 hours on Sunday morning to finish the pack up.

In the pool, our team swam very well with 47 new personal best times and a massive 32 medals.

If you didn’t collect your medals, they will be available for collection after the races this morning.

Thank you to everyone for your help and well done to our swimmers on their results. 2023 is certainly a SwimFest to remember!

Senior Metropolitan Championships

Good luck to Matthew Vicic who is representing the club at the Senior Metropolitan Championships this weekend. Matt is swimming in 4 events over the two days.

Congratulations to Matt for qualifying and we wish him and his coach Alison the best of luck at the meet.

Photos

Have you got photos from the SwimFest, Inter-Club Cup, other meets or a Saturday morning you can share? Please use the share button in the weekly Whales Tales email to upload them.

Calling all 5 to 8 year olds

The Metro South West 5 to 8yrs Development meet is on at Guildford Swimming Centre on Saturday, 1st April. This is a great little meet, usually over in a couple of hours, so don’t be an April Fool and enter today!

Starr Partners Community Series Video

Have you seen the Starr Partners Community Video promoting the club yet? If not, it is available on the Starr Partners YouTube page. Thank you to Starr Partners for their ongoing support.

Lions Club Award

Each month the Committee votes for the Lions Club Award – the club’s Volunteer of the Year.

You can nominate a club member online here.

Trophies

Do you have perpetual trophies from last season to return? Time to dust them off and bring them back to the club room to prepare for the presentation.

Merrylands SwimFest Results & Medals

Thanks for your patience as we finalised the results from the weekend.

Results for all events up to and including the first 3 heats of the Mens 100m Freestyle have been uploaded to Swim Central last night and are awaiting approval.

Medals that had not been collected will be available for collection by a representative from each club at the Senior Metropolitan Championships this weekend. We will arrange distribution to clubs not in attendance.

Please note that medals will not be awarded for the Mens 100m Freestyle as the event was not completed.

Thanks again for attending our meet.

Merrylands SwimFest Update

Thank you to everyone for attending the Merrylands SwimFest today.

Unfortunately due to the storm, we were unable to complete the meet or the results for the final few events. Our priority was everyone's safety.

The outstanding results will be completed as soon as possible. Medals for events where the results had not been announced will also be distributed as soon as possible. Please note that all times listed in the live results on the website are unofficial. Official results will be posted and uploaded to SwimCentral once the results are complete.

Thank you again for attending today's meet.

Issue 19, 2022/2023

SwimFest Saturday is here!

The Merrylands SwimFest is on today. Thank you to everyone who has volunteered for a role – especially those members who are just coming along to help.

If you haven’t nominated to help, please see Ian Wilson to do so.

We need assistance setting up for the meet, so we are asking that you arrive at the meet by 12:30pm to assist with the setup.

There is lots of setup work to do including:

  • Shelters
  • Chairs & Tables
  • Lane Ropes
  • Timing Equipment & Touchpads
  • Flags and Banners
  • BBQ and Food preparation

Then it all needs to be packed away again at the end. Please make sure you help.

Warm-up starts at 1:30pm with the meet starting at 2:30pm. All the information you need including the timeline and meet program is here. Swimmers need to be ready for the land warm-up at 1:15pm.

Alison and the Club Captains will be organising the swimmers to ensure they get to their races on time. We have 26 swimmers competing in 120 individual events and 4 relays. Relay teams are listed in the Meet Program.

Lastly, don’t forget your club uniforms, hats, sunscreen, healthy snacks and drink bottles and good luck to all our swimmers!

No Club Races - Saturday, 18th February

If you are at the pool reading this at 7am and wondering where everyone is, it is because there are no club races this week.

Club Races will be back on 25th February.

Starr Partners Community Series Video

The video that Starr Partners conducted filming and interviews for a couple of weeks ago was published this week. Have you seen it yet? If not, it is available below.

Thank you to Starr Partners for their ongoing support.

Speedo Sprint Series Heats Results

Well done to our team at the Speedo Sprint Series Heats last weekend. Our team achieved 30 new personal best times, with a number of top 10 finishes. Well done everyone!

A full report is available here.

Lions Club Award

Each month the Committee votes for the Lions Club Award – the club’s Volunteer of the Year.

Members nominated for January:

Christine Liepins

Lu Zhu

Varant Jambazian

Prafulla Shrestha

Rachel Palise

Matthew Vicic

Ian Wilson

Sally Lee

Leanne Tovkach

Glenda Wood

Mandy Smart

Ian Johnston

Danielle Vicic

Graham Edwards

Carlos Vergara

Timothy Oliver

William Johnston

 

Congratulation to these members on being nominated and thank you for your service to the club. Nominations are open for any member to recognise the service of other members. You can nominate a club member online here.

Speedo Sprint Series Results

Merrylands team of 13 swimmers hit the water at the Metro South West Speedo Sprint Heats on the weekend. The heats were held at Sydney Olympic Park Aquatic Centre and for 5 of our swimmers it was their first time racing at this pool!

All our swimmers had great performances and as always there were so many wonderful moments.  As a team, we achieved 30 new personal best times!

Aisha achieved 3 new personal best times including a fast 50m freestyle where she swam under 37 seconds for the first time.

Gabby was on debut at this meet and achieved personal best times in all her events, cracking the minute in her 50m Breaststroke.

Joseph took a chunk of time off his 50m Backstroke and continued to drop his 50m Freestyle after only achieving a PB the week before.

Cameron successfully completed his first-time swimming at SOPAC and did a great job with his 2 swims.

Patrick had classy swims with a beautiful 50m Backstroke taking 5 seconds off his time, as well as his Butterfly and Breaststroke swims.

William broke the minute for the 50m Backstroke for the first time and swam his first sub-50 second 50m Freestyle.

Anastasia was a bundle of excitement all day and put her energy to good use with personal best times in all her events.

Nikolai achieved personal bests in his 50m Breaststroke and 50m Freestyle events, edging closer to the 40-second barrier.

Jay had a cracking 50m Backstroke taking over a second off his time, with his head lovely and still.

Lisa had awesome swims with new personal best times in her 50m Backstroke, Butterfly and Freestyle and was only 0.04 off her Breaststroke time.

Daniel achieved a new personal best time in his 50m Butterfly, having only dropped it in our championship the day before. Daniel also swam under 32 seconds for 50m Freestyle for the first time.

Leo set new times in 3 of his events, including a speedy 50m Backstroke in 33 seconds and continued to lower his 50m Freestyle time after successive PBs in his last 3 swims.

Lillian broke her 50m Backstroke time and was close to her best in all her other swims.

Thank you to all our parents and support crew for encouraging our swimmers and thank you to Peter and Alison for preparing our swimmers for the meet.

Speedo Sprint Heats

Merrylands will be sending a team of 13 swimmers to the Speedo Sprint Series Heats which will be held at the Sydney Olympic Park Aquatic Centre tomorrow.

Our team will compete in 46 individual events at the meet and consists of:

Aisha Abdelraheem
Gabriella Assi
Joseph Assi
Cameron Evans
Patrick Hannan
William Johnston
Anastasia Krga
Nikolai Krga
Jay Shrestha
Lisa Shrestha
Daniel Vicic
Leo Zhu
Lillian Zhu

Good luck to our team at the meet, especially those swimming at their first Speedo Sprint Series!

Issue 18, 2022/2023

Thank You

Thank you to everyone who turned up last Saturday in their club uniform for the filming. Thank you also for your patience as we had to rearrange some things on the fly to accommodate the schedule. We will share the video as soon as it is complete and we hope it will be a great promotion for the club.

Starr Partners recently completed a video with one of our other sponsors, Club Merrylands. You can check this video out here.

Thank you to Starr Partners for their ongoing support.

Merrylands SwimFest – Helpers Required

It takes a small army to run the SwimFest and we need your help! If you haven’t already done so, please nominate for a position now!

We need to fill the following positions:

  • Timekeeper
  • Chief Timekeeper
  • BBQ Cook
  • BBQ Sales
  • Marshal
  • Check Starter
  • Starter
  • Announcer
  • Recorder
  • Runner
  • Medals
  • Refreshments

No Club Races - Saturday, 18th February

This year, we have decided to trial not running Club Races on the morning of the Merrylands SwimFest.

This should shorten the day for everyone involved.

Club Races will be back on 25th February.

Club Uniforms

Order your club uniforms before the Merrylands SwimFest online here.

Merrylands SwimFest - Setup

We need assistance setting up for the meet, so we are asking that you arrive at the meet by 12:30pm to assist with the setup.

There is lots of setup work to do including:

  • Shelters
  • Chairs & Tables
  • Lane Ropes
  • Timing Equipment & Touchpads
  • Flags and Banners
  • BBQ and Food preparation

Then it all needs to be packed away again at the end. Please make sure you help.

Speedo Sprint Series Heats

Good luck to our team at the Speedo Sprint Series Heats on Sunday. Thirteen of our junior swimmers will swim in 46 individual events at the meet, with some swimming their first meet at SOPAC. Go Team!

Championship Records

Three new championship records were set in the Freestyle Championships last Saturday.

Kylee Murray set a new record of 36.68 in the Veterans 50m Freestyle breaking the previous record of 37.09 by 0.41 seconds which she had held since 2017. Kylee then backed up for the Veterans 200m Freestyle where she also broke her own record. Kylee took a massive 3.8 seconds off the record of 3:10.40 which she had set in 2020.

Matthew Vicic set a new record time in the 15yrs 200m Freestyle, breaking the old record of 2:24.72 which had been held by Robert Griffey since 1999. Matthew took a huge 3.06 seconds off the time to touch in 2:21.66.

Well done to Kylee and Matt on their swims!

New Freestyle Records

Three new championship records were set at club races on Saturday with Kylee Murray breaking 2 records and Matthew Vicic breaking 1.

Kylee set a new record of 36.68 in the Veterans 50m Freestyle breaking the previous record of 37.09 by 0.41 seconds which she had held since 2017. Kylee then backed up for the Veterans 200m Freestyle where she also broke her own record. Kylee took a massive 3.8 seconds off the record of 3:10.40 which she had set in 2020.

Meanwhile, Matthew set a new record time in the 15yrs 200m Freestyle, breaking the old record of 2:24.72 which had been held by Robert Griffey since 1999. Matthew took a huge 3.06 seconds off the time to touch in 2:21.66.

Well done to Kylee and Matt on their swims!

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