Merrylands' team of nine swimmers had fantastic results at the Metro South West Area Championships held at Sydney Olympic Park Aquatic Centre.
Our team contested 29 individual events and ended with 22 new personal best times, 4 finalists and 1 bronze medal.
Joseph achieved 5 new personal best times across his 4 swims, including a new 50m Freestyle PB split in his 100m Freestyle. Joseph further reduced his 200m Breaststroke time after only just beating it at a meet last weekend. Joseph also achieved new personal bests in his 50 and 100m Breaststroke, with his first Long Course 38 seconds in the 50m.
Laura-Belle took a break from HSC studies to scoop up a Bronze medal in her 50m Breaststroke in a new personal best time. Laura-Belle was also a finalist with 7th place in her 100m Breaststroke which was an excellent achievement for an Open event, and was 0.02 outside her best in the 50m Freestyle.
Alison was a finalist in the 50m Freestyle and 50m Butterfly, with 6th and 4th respectively. Her butterfly sprint was her fastest time in over 4 years. Alison's 100m Freestyle was also her fastest in 2 years.
Jay was just a fraction off his personal best in his 100m Freestyle with only 0.1 seconds outside his mark.
Lisa had a great result in her 100m Backstroke with a 4-second personal best time and was just outside her 100m Freestyle time.
Daniel achieved 3 new Backstroke personal bests in his 2 Backstroke swims with a PB split in the 100m and then reduced it the following day in the 50m event, taking a further 2 seconds off his time. Daniel also took over 2 seconds off his 100m Freestyle personal best.
Matthew contested 6 events and came away with 5 new personal best times. Matthew started with a personal best in his 200m Butterfly and continued to fly with personal bests in his 100m and 50m Butterfly. Matthew was a finalist in the 100m Butterfly and his 50m Butterfly was his first time under 30 secs in a Long Course event. Matthew also achieved new personal best times in his 50m Freestyle and 200m Backstroke.
Leo had some fast 50s with new personal bests across his 3 swims. Leo achieved sub 35 seconds in his 50m Breaststroke, sub 28 in his 50m Freestyle and took 0.5 off his 50m Backstroke.
Lillian achieved 2 new personal bests in her 100m Breaststroke, taking a huge 6-second chuck off her existing time. Lillian also took over 9 seconds off her 100m Backstroke later that afternoon.
Congratulations to all our swimmers on their wonderful performances!
Six of our Masters Swimmers headed up the coast for the NSW Masters State Short Course Championships. This meet was held at the Peninsula Leisure Centre at Woy Woy.
Our team had great results including achieving some all-time personal bests which is a wonderful achievement in Masters Swimming. Some of our swimmers also wound back the clock with swims the fastest in 4 to 8 years!
Varant flew up the coast after racing at club and demonstrated hard work pays off with all of his swims being new short course personal best times. Varant cracked under 1:20 for the first time in his 100m Freestyle.
Peter picked up some bling with a Silver in the 100m Breaststroke and Bronze medals in the 50m Breaststroke and 200m Freestyle. Peter also earned club bragging rights with a 50m Freestyle win over Tim and Alison.
Kylee achieved a new personal best time in the 50m Backstroke where she also picked up a Bronze medal. Kylee’s 200m IM was the fastest she has swum since 2016 earning herself a Silver and Kylee’s new personal best in her 200m Backstroke gave her another Bronze medal.
Timothy bagged a Silver and a new personal best time in his 50m Freestyle. Timothy swam his fastest 200m Freestyle outside of Modern Pentathlon competitions and picked up a Bronze for his effort.
Alison almost had a clean sweep with 4 Golds and 1 Silver medal.
Ian swam his fastest 100m Freestyle since 2017 then followed with a Gold in the 200m Individual Medley, which was also his fastest time since 2017. Ian also decided to mix it up with a 50m Breaststroke and 100m Butterfly. The decision paid off with a Bronze medal in the Butterfly.
Well done to our team on these amazing results!
Training returns to Merrylands Swimming Centre from Tuesday, 3rd October, 2023.
All swimmers must complete their club membership renewal and complete a new enrolment form.
Training will continue through the School Holidays (with the exception of the Public Holiday). If you are going to be away, please complete the Training Break Form to advise when you will be away.
Session times may change based on the number of enrolments received. Sessions require a minimum of 4 enrolments to go ahead. The current training times for each group are published on the Training Schedule page.
Changes this season
What isn't changing
- Swimmers must have renewed their club membership for the 2023/2024 season before commencing training.
- Swimmers will continue to be booked into sessions, and must be cancelled through the booking system if you can't attend.
- Squad Fees continue to be paid via a multi-session pass.
- Pool Entry must be paid on entry to the centre.
- You may be required to show your Club Membership Card when paying pool entry or topping up a Pool Entry Card.
Registration for the 2023/2024 season is now open and instructions on how to re-register for the summer are on the How to Join page.
Registration this season will again be conducted through Swim Central.
Learn to Swim: We are still finalising details of our Learn to Swim program. Learn to Swim participants should register as a Club Swimmer or above if they want to participate in Club Races.
This season, thanks to Club Merrylands, we are again providing Free Membership for swimmers 8yrs & Under, who regularly swim in our club races.
All parents and adults who regularly attend the Club Races on Saturday mornings are requested to join the club as Non-Swimming Members (unless they want to swim).
There are a number of benefits to being a registered member of the club. Members are entitled to vote at Annual General and Special General meetings, vote for our Club Captains and can be recognised for their service to the club through awards such as the Lions Club Award, Life Membership or Service Excellence Awards.
Swimmers 18yrs & Over have the option of additionally registering as a Masters Competitor. This allows them to participate in Masters Swimming activities including Masters Only competitions on Saturday Mornings.
Finally, don't forget to order your club uniforms through our Online Store.
Merrylands' team has achieved some excellent results at the World Aquatics Masters Championships with 1 medal, 1 finalist, 3 new personal best times and 7 season best times.
Alison Johnston took home her's and the club's first World Championships medal with bronze in the 200m Butterfly. Alison was also a finalist in the 100m Butterfly in her fastest time since 2018, finishing 10th, and swam a season-best time in the 100m Freestyle.
Kylee Murray had a fantastic meet, with new personal best times in the 100m, 200m and 400m Freestyle. Kylee's best placing was 19th in the 400m Freestyle.
Ian Wilson also had a great meet, with excellent times in his 4 Freestyle pool events. Ian's 100m was his best time since 2016, the 200m was his best since 2018, the 400m was his best since 2018, and the 800m was his best time since 2019. His best placing was 18th in the 800m Freestyle.
Steven Nguyen swam his fastest 50m Butterfly this season.
Well done to our team on their results, especially considering the hot and difficult conditions.
Results Day 7
Another PB to Kylee Murray, this time in the 400m Freestyle. Kylee finished 19th in a time of 6:20.46, taking 3.17 seconds off her best time. Full Results
Ian Wilson swam his fastest 400m Freestyle since 2018 to finish in 22nd place in 5:26.13. Full Results
Day 6 Results
Alison Johnston became the club's first-ever World Championships medallist, taking home the bronze medal in the 200m Butterfly - her final event. Well done Alison! Full Results
Earlier in the day, Kylee Murray finished 22nd in the 100m Backstroke in a time of 1:40.10. Full Results
Day 4 Results
Alison Johnston finished 10th in the 100m Butterfly in 1:18.23 - her fastest time since 2018 - to become our club's first-ever top 10 finisher at a World Championships. Full Results
Earlier in the day, Alison finished 15th in the 50m Freestyle in 30.10. Full Results
Kylee Murray swam a time of 36.34 in the 50m Freestyle. Full Results
Steven Nguyen swam a time of 28.86 in the 50m Freestyle for his final swim of the meet. Full Results
Day 3 Results
Kylee Murray swam her second PB of the meet with a new personal best time of 3:00.14 in the 200m Freestyle, finishing in 20th place. Full Results
Ian Wilson swam his fastest time since 2018 in the 200m Freestyle to finish 30th in 2:34.20. Full Results
Alison Johnston finished 22nd in the 50m Butterfly in 33.37. Full Results
Steven Nguyen started his campaign with a 32.75 in the 50m Butterfly. Full Results
Day 2 Results
Kylee Murray swam a massive PB in the 100m Freestyle, touching in 1:19.80 and taking 1.38 seconds off her best time to finish in 21st place. Full Results
Ian Wilson swam his equal second-fastest time ever in the 100m Freestyle, finishing in 1:09.81 - his fastest time since 2016. Full Results
Alison Johnston finished 15th in the 100m Freestyle in 1:08.11 - her fastest time since 2021. Full Results