2001/2002 Season

The start of the 2001/2002 season is now less than a week away with competition commencing on Saturday, 6th October.

For those swimmers who haven't re-registered yet you can register on the first Saturday. Make sure you arrive early to ensure you have enough time to register and fill in your entries before the races commence at 7:00am.

You can also order your uniform on the first morning. Uniform items available for purchase include:
  • Swimming costumes

  • Shirts

  • Shorts

  • Jackets

  • Swimming caps

  • Orders for swimming costumes close on Saturday, 20th October.

    Entries for the Cumberland 12yrs & Under Meet also close on the first Saturday. If you want to attend this meet, fill in your entries and hand them to the Race Secretary on Saturday.

    See Also
  • Cumberland 12yrs & Under Meet
  • McCredie Park Development Carnival

    Yesterday 4 members of the club attended the McCredie Park Development Carnival at the Guildford Swimming Centre.

    From the 17 events that were entered by members of our club they won 5 medals and set 12 personal best times.

    David Wang was our most successful swimmer winning gold in the 8yrs 25m Butterfly, silver in the 50m Backstroke and 50m Freestyle and placing 4th in the 50m Breaststroke.

    Both Brittany Johnson and Sarah Johnston won 1 medal each. Brittany broke her personal best time in the 11yrs 50m Butterfly to win bronze while Sarah took over 2 seconds off her time in the 12yrs 50m Breaststroke to win silver.

    Amber Johnson also had a good meet on her return from injury, breaking 3 personal best times.

    The meet results are now available.

    At the NSW Short Course Development Meet on Saturday, Todd Jenkin, representing the Cumberland District, placed second in the 12yrs 50m Freestyle and first in the 50m Breaststroke.

    The results for this meet are available at http://www.nswswimming.com.au/

    Medal Tally

    Gold 1
    Silver 3
    Bronze 1

    See Also
  • 2001 McCredie Park Development Carnival Results
  • NSW State Age Results

    Mitchell Emery made a spectacular return to form last weekend taking home gold in the 10yrs 100m Breaststroke and silver in the 10yrs 50m Breaststroke at the NSW State Age Short Course Championships.

    Merrylands swimmers took home a total of 5 medals from the 11 events that they competed in making this year's Championships one of the club's most successful ever.

    Mitchell, who had a disappointing start to the year, took a massive 4 seconds off his personal best time to win the 100m Breaststroke in a time of 1:28.30, over 2 seconds clear of the rest of the field. He then backed up his 100m performance to place second in the 50m Breaststroke in a time of 41.36, breaking his personal best time and finishing only 2/10ths of a second behind first place.

    Troy Tomkinson also took home two medals. After winning the silver in the 13yrs 50m Freestyle at the Metropolitan Championships, Troy went one better to win the gold medal in a time of 25.69. In addition he won the bronze medal in the 50m Butterfly in 28.62.

    Jordan Burden also had a very successful meet. He broke his personal best time in the 9yrs & Under 100m Freestyle to place second in a time of 1:13.50. Jordan was unlucky not to win a second medal in the 50m Freestyle after finishing 4th, only 1/100th of a second behind 3rd place in a time of 33.81.

    As a club, Merrylands placed 48th overall with a total of 179 points, finishing ahead of a number of much larger clubs. Congratulations to all the swimmers involved.

    The full results are now available.

    Medal Tally

    Gold 2
    Silver 2
    Bronze 1

    See Also

    NSW State Age S/C Championships

    Merrylands will be sending a team of 4 swimmers to this weekend's NSW State Age Short Course Championships contesting a total of 11 events.

    The team of 4 swimmers consists of:

    Jordan Burden
    9yrs & Under 100m Freestyle
    9yrs & Under 50m Backstroke
    9yrs & Under 50m Freestyle
    Mitchell Emery
    10yrs 100m Breaststroke
    10yrs 50m Breaststroke
    Troy Tomkinson
    13yrs 50m Butterfly
    13yrs 50m Backstroke
    13yrs 50m Freestyle
    Robert Griffey
    17/18yrs 50m Freestyle
    17/18yrs 100m Freestyle
    17/18yrs 50m Backstroke

    You can follow the team's progress over the weekend at http://www.nswswimming.com.au/.

    2001/2002 Season Registration

    Registration for the 2001/2002 swimming season will be held on Saturday, 22nd September from 1.00-3.00pm at Merrylands Pool. On this afternoon you will also be able to buy cards for the first week of competition.

    Competition commences on Saturday, 6th, October at 7.00am.

    If you are unable to register on the 22nd you are welcome to register on any Saturday morning before races.

    State Age Entries

    Entries for the 2001 NSW State Age Short Course Championships are due in with our Race Secretary by Monday 27th August, 2001. The entries are to be on Multi-Entry Cards, which will be available at training from Monday 20th August, 2001.

    To compete at these championships you must have achieved the qualifying time. The time must have been achieved at a "District Approved Meet".

    Meets that are not District Approved include:
  • School Swimming Carnivals (School, District/Zone, and some Regional/Area)

  • RSL Meets

  • RSL Club nights


  • You can not use times achieved at these meets and entries will not be accepted if these times are used.

    The Entry Times should also be related to the course in which the Meet is to be conducted with the appropriate constant added or subtracted from the time.

    The Multi-Entry cards must be completely filled out including date and place that times were achieved. Entries must also include your registration number.

    Only accredited coaches will have access to the Pool Deck at the meet. Parents are reminded that they are not permitted on the Pool Deck or in the Marshalling Area at any time.

    For more information on NSW meets read the Championship Procedures information in the Swim Meets Section.

    Goodwill Games

    With the World Swimming Championships over, the next major international swimming meet is the competition being conducted as part of the 2001 Goodwill Games in Brisbane.

    The swimming at the Goodwill Games will be held at the Chandler Aquatic Centre in Brisbane. The competition will be conducted in an unusual manner using a unique team format including four men and four women's teams each consisting of 23 athletes. The four teams competing will be Australia, USA, the European All-Stars and the World All-Stars.

    The competition, which beings on Wednesday August 29, will feature a total of 38 events. Each men's and women's team will compete in a round robin dual meet format with a total of 3 dual meets per team. After the round robin competition the first and second place teams will advance to the gold medal final while the third and fourth teams will compete for the bronze medal. Both finals will be held on Monday September 3.

    Channel 9 will be showing coverage of the Goodwill Games on Wide World of Sports.

    See Also
  • Swimming Schedule

  • Goodwill Games

  • Wide World of Sports
  • World Swimming Championships

    Channel Nine's Wide World of Sports will be showing live coverage of the finals of The 9th FINA World Swimming Championships from Fukuoka, Japan.

    The Swimming Championships begin on Sunday, 22nd July and finish on Sunday, 29th July. Nine's live finals coverage will begin at 6:30pm on Sunday and 7:00pm during the week. Unlike the Australian Championships in March, Nine will be showing live coverage every night during the week. The Finals Program and Television Coverage times are available here.

    For all the latest World Championship News visit the Telstra World Championships website.

    See Also
  • Finals Program and Television Coverage

  • FINA

  • Telstra World Swimming Championships Website

  • Wide World of Sports
  • Official World Swimming Championships Website
  • Restricted Age Series Changes

    Next year's Restricted Age Series will undergo a number of changes including an increase in the age of competitors.

    The series previously catered for swimmers in the 8 years to 13 years age groups and excluded the top 3 swimmers from the Metropolitan, Country and State Championships. Next year's series will see the age increase to 14 years and will now exclude the top 10 swimmers from Metropolitan, Country and State Championships.

    The series has also been pushed back further in the summer calendar and the heats will now be held on the first weekend in March with the finals held at the Sydney Aquatic Centre on Sunday, March 31st, 2002.

    In other swimming meet news:
  • Cumberland will this year be holding a District 12yrs & Under Meet on Saturday, October 27th, 2001. The meet will be held at either the Ripples St Mary's Pool or Penrith Pool.


  • NSW Swimming will be running a Non-Championship Sprint Meet to encourage the development of sprint swimming. The NSW Summer Sprint Challenge is scheduled for December 15-16, 2001 which is the week after the NSW Metropolitan Championships. The venue is still to be advised.


  • The 2002 Cumberland District Sprint Meet will be held at the E.G. Whitlam Centre, Liverpool rather than at the usual venue of the Blacktown Aquatic Centre. The meet will be conducted using electronic timing from NSW Swimming and is scheduled for Saturday, March 30th, 2002.
  • The End for the Greater West Games?

    It has recently been revealed that there will be no Greater West Games Swim Meet held this season.

    The meet was originally set down for October 14, 2001 but Cumberland has been advised that the meet will not be held this season. It is unclear whether the meet will return to the calendar next year.

    The meet, which is usually held at the Blacktown Aquatic Centre, was well attended by Merrylands last season with our swimmers taking home 6 medals.

    Hopefully the meet will make a return next year.

    See Also
  • 2000 Greater West Games Swim Meet Results