Metro South West Technical Official of the Year

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!

11 Medals at Australian Masters Championships

After 4 huge days of competition at the Australian Masters Championships in Perth over the past week, Merrylands' team has finished the meet with 11 medals, 5 new personal best times and 14 season best times.

Alison Johnston took home 10 medals from the meet - 4 Gold and 6 Silver. Her gold medals are her first at a National level. The highlight of the meet for Alison though was undoubtably her gold medal in the 50m Freestyle - her final event of the championships. Alison had been working for the gold in this event for the past 3 years and it all came together this year. Putting aside the distraction of being in the same heat as her husband, and the fatigue from the previous 3 days of competition, Alison posted a time just outside her PB to take the gold and finish with the 3rd fastest female time overall. (For the record, Peter touched just 0.22 in front).

Peter won the club's 11th medal at the meet, with Bronze in the 50m Breaststroke, and season best times in all 12 of his events.

Ian Johnston had an excellent meet, swimming 4 new personal best times from his 9 events. Ian took 2 seconds off his 50m Backstroke, 5 seconds off his 100m Backstroke, 12 seconds off his 200m Backstroke and 1.5 seconds off his 50m Butterfly. Ian also swam 4 new season best times.

Our final swimmer, Tricia Johnston, gradually warmed-up up as the meet progressed, with a Freestyle swim in the relay on Day 3 just outside her personal best. She followed this up on Day 4 with a big 1.5 second PB in the 50m Freestyle.

To top it all off, at the Presentation Dinner, Peter was named as the 2017 Masters Swimming Australia Coach of the Year.

Medallists

Alison Johnston
   50m Freestyle  (Gold)
   100m Freestyle  (Gold)
   200m Freestyle  (Gold)
   400m Freestyle  (Gold)
   800m Freestyle  (Sliver)
   50m Backstroke  (Silver)
   50m Butterfly  (Silver)
   100m Butterfly  (Silver)
   200m Individual Medley  (Silver)
   400m Individual Medley  (Silver)
Peter Johnston
   50m Breaststroke  (Bronze)

Personal Best Times

Ian Johnston
   50m Backstroke
   100m Backstroke
   200m Backstroke
   50m Butterfly
Tricia Johnston
   50m Freestyle

Medal Tally

 Gold 4
 Silver 6
 Bronze 1

 

Congratulations to our team on their results!

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Australian Masters Coach of the Year

Peter Johnston was announced as the 2017 Masters Swimming Australia Coach of the Year Award at the Masters Swimming Australia Presentation Dinner in Perth last night.

The award follows the announcement of Peter as the 2017 Masters Swimming NSW Coach of the Year at the State Championships in March.

Peter has been recognised for his work in the club's various adult programs, ranging from those learning to swim, through to those swimming for fitness or competing at levels right up to FINA World Masters Championships.

This is the second time that Peter has been recognised with the Masters Swimming Australia Coach of the Year Award, having won it in 2013 as well.

Congratulations Peter!

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Australian Masters Championships - Day 4

The final day of the Nationals saw Merrylands win another 2 medals, swim 2 new personal best times and 5 season best times.

Alison Johnston finished the meet with another 2 medals, starting the day with Silver in the 200m Individual Medley and then taking Gold in the 50m Freestyle.

Tricia Johnston swam a huge personal best time in her 50m Freestyle, taking 1.5 seconds off her previous best in a fantastic swim.

Ian Johnston took a massive 5 seconds off his time in the 100m Backstroke to set a new personal best time. He also swam his 2nd fastest 50m Freestyle time ever, which was also his fastest time since 2015.

Peter Johnston swam season best times in his 3 events - 200m Individual Medley, 50m Freestyle and 200m Breaststroke.

Congratulations to our whole team on their performances at the meet.

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Australian Masters Championships - Day 3

Day 3 of the Nationals brought 3 more medals for Merrylands, 1 PB and 4 season best times.

Alison Johnston continued to add to her medal tally, with Silver medals in both her events on Day 3 - the 800m Freestyle and 100m Butterfly.

Peter Johnston won Bronze in the 50m Breaststroke in a season best time, and also swam season best times in the 800m Freestyle and 200m Backstroke.

Ian Johnston swam a new PB in the 200m Backstroke, taking a massive 12 seconds off his previous best time. Ian also swam a new season best time in the 800m Freestyle.

In the Mixed 4x50m Freestyle Relay, our team finished in 9th place, with some very fast splits - Tricia Johnston swimming a time only 2/10ths outside her PB.

Day 4 tomorrow will see members of our team competing in the 200m Individual Medley, 50m Freestyle, 100m Backstroke and 200m Breaststroke.

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Australian Masters Championships - Day 2

Day 2 of the Nationals saw another 3 medals for Merrylands, plus 1 new PB and 5 season best times.

Alison Johnston again won all our medals, with Gold in the 200m Freestyle, Silver in the 50m Butterfly and Silver in the 400m Individual Medley in a season best time.

Ian Johnston swam a new PB in the 50m Butterfly, taking over 1 second off his previous best, and also swam a season best time in the 200m Freestyle.

Peter Johnston swam season best times in all three of his events - 50m Butterfly, 100m Breaststroke and 200m Freestyle.

In the Mixed 4x50m Medley Relay, our team finished in 12th place.

Day 3 will see our team in action in the 800m Freestyle, 100m Butterfly, 50m Breaststroke and 200m Backstroke.

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Australian Masters Championships - Day 1

A fantastic start to the Australian Masters Championships with 3 medals on Day 1 at HBF Stadium in Perth.

Alison Johnston took home all 3 medals with Gold in the 400m Freestyle in a season best time, Silver in the 50m Backstroke and Gold in the 100m Freestyle.

Ian Johnston swam a new PB in the 50m Backstroke, and a season best time in the 100m Freestyle, while Peter Johnston swam season best times in all three of his events - 400m Freestyle, 50m Backstroke and 100m Freestyle.

Day 2 tomorrow will see our team hit the water in the 400m Individual Medley, 50m Butterfly, 100m Breaststroke and 200m Freestyle.

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Australian Masters Championships

The Australian Masters Championships will be held in Perth from Wednesday 18th to Saturday 21st April, 2018.

Our club will be sending a team of 4 swimmers to the meet, competing in 36 individual events.

Good luck to our swimmers at the meet. You can follow the team's progress on the Live Results Page, Facebook and Twitter.

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Magical Masters

ENDING their 2017-18 season on a high note, a dozen swimmers from the Merrylands Amateur Swimming Club (MASC) finished the NSW State Masters Long Course Championships with a haul of 15 medals.

Bringing home 11 gold, three silver and a bronze between them, MASC president Graham Edwards said their swimmers also set 10 new personal best times at the two-day event which was held at the Sydney Olympic Park Aquatic Centre (SOPAC).

"Our club also finished second in Division 2 at the meet and won the Executive Trophy for the highest proportion of members swimming at the championships," he said.

"Our coach, Peter Johnston was also named NSW Master's Coach of the Year for the second time.

"He's a very special coach across all the levels from juniors through to the masters. He has been recognised at the highest level for the quality of his coaching."

Mr Edwards said he was extremely proud of all the Club's swimmers.

"For a small masters club competing against some of the bigger squads we do very well for ourselves," he said.

"It's a great family atmosphere and we provide a pathway right through from the juniors which is unique in that respect. That is one of the strengths of our club.

"We also run learn to swim classes during summer and the diversity of those classes is great to see.
"This year for the first time we offered adults classes as well and it was really successful and enjoyable."

He said a couple of people began the classes with a real fear of the water and it was wonderful to see them begin to feel comfortable and relaxed, and to be able to enjoy swimming and to participate in such an important aspect of Australian culture.

Training Breaks

There will be no training sessions for any groups during the April School Holidays (16th to 27th April).

Novice, Junior & Development Squads

  • Last Session: Thursday, 12th April
  • Sessions Resume: Monday, 30th April

Senior, Age, Masters & Adult Squads

The Senior, Age, Masters & Adult Squads will take their annual training break from 16th April to the 6th May.

  • Last Session: Thursday, 12th April
  • Sessions Resume: Monday, 7th May