22 Medals at Australian Masters Championships

Merrylands' team has finished the Australian Masters Championships with 22 medals and 24 new personal best times.

Sophia Vicic took home 9 medals from the meet - 2 Gold, 5 Silver and 2 Bronze. Sophia also swam 3 new personal best times. Alison Johnston finished the meet with 7 medals - 3 Gold, 3 Silver and 1 Bronze, with one new PB. Katie Hope claimed 3 medals, with 1 Silver and 2 Bronze, all in new personal best times. Peter Johnston won Bronze in the 200m Breaststroke and swam season-best times in all his events, while Leanne Tovkach finished with Bronze in the 100m Backstroke and 5 new PBs.

Our final medal came in the Women's 4x50m Medley Relay where our team of Sophia, Katie, Alison and Kylee Murray took home the Bronze. Kylee also swam 6 new PBs at the meet, narrowly missing out on a medal after finishing in 4th place, 4 times.

Varant Jambazian swam 4 new PBs at the meet, while Ian Johnston swam 2 new PBs and Steven Nguyen swam season-best times in all his events.

To top it all off, Merrylands finished second in the Life Member's Trophy point score at the meet. The Life Member's Trophy is for Clubs with 5-20 members and rewards performance & participation. It is calculated by taking the number of points gained at the National Championships, divided by the club's membership at end of the previous year.

Medallists

Sophia Vicic
   50m Freestyle  (Bronze)
   100m Freestyle  (Bronze)
   200m Freestyle  (Gold)
   50m Backstroke  (Silver)
   100m Backstroke  (Silver)
   200m Backstroke  (Silver)
   50m Breaststroke  (Silver)
   100m Breaststroke  (Gold)
   100m Individual Medley  (Silver)
Alison Johnston
   25m Freestyle  (Gold)
   50m Freestyle  (Silver)
   100m Freestyle  (Bronze)
   100m Backstroke  (Silver)
   50m Butterfly  (Silver)
   100m Butterfly  (Gold)
   200m Butterfly  (Gold)
Katie Hope
   200m Freestyle  (Bronze)
   50m Breaststroke  (Bronze)
   200m Breaststroke  (Silver)
Peter Johnston
   200m Breaststroke  (Bronze)
Leanne Tovkach
   100m Backstroke  (Bronze)

Personal Best Times

Kylee Murray
   25m Freestyle
   50m Freestyle
   200m Freestyle
   25m Backstroke
   200m Backstroke
   25m Butterfly
Varant Jambazian
   50m Freestyle
   100m Freestyle
   50m Breaststroke
   50m Butterfly
Leanne Tovkach
   50m Freestyle
   100m Freestyle
   100m Backstroke
   25m Breaststroke
   100m Breaststroke
Katie Hope
   200m Freestyle
   50m Breaststroke
   200m Breaststroke
Sophia Vicic
   200m Freestyle
   100m Backstroke
   200m Backstroke
Ian Johnston
   100m Backstroke
   200m Backstroke
Alison Johnston
   25m Freestyle

Medal Tally

 Gold 5
 Silver 9
 Bronze 8


Congratulations to our team on their results! A big thank you also to our coaching team of Peter, Alison and Katie for the work they have done with our squad.

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Australian Masters Championships - Day 4

The final day of the Australian Masters Championships saw more excellent results from our team, with 7 medals and 8 new personal best times.

Alison Johnston picked up another 3 medals with Gold in the 200m Butterfly, Bronze in the 100m Freestyle and lastly a Gold in the 25m Freestyle in a new personal best time.

Sophia Vicic also took home another 3 medals, finishing with Gold in the 100m Breaststroke, Silver in the 50m Breaststroke and Bronze in the 100m Freestyle.

Katie Hope was our final medalist of the day, taking out the Bronze in the 50m Breaststroke and breaking her 11-year-old PB in the process.

Varant Jambazian swam another 2 new PBs, breaking his times in both the 50m Breaststroke and 100m Freestyle.

Leanne Tovkach swam new PBs in the 100m Freestyle and the 100m Breaststroke.

Kylee Murray also finished off the meet with 2 new PBs, with new personal best times in the 25m Backstroke and 25m Freestyle, while finishing just 0.45 outside her 100m Freestyle PB.

Lastly, Ian Johnston, Peter Johnston and Steven Nguyen all swam season-best times in all their events on the final day.

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

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Australian Masters Championships - Day 3

Day 3 of the Australian Masters Championships saw more great swims from our team, with 5 medals and 5 new personal best times.

Sophia Vicic took home another 3 Silver medals, with 2nd place in the 50m Backstroke, 100m Individual Medley and also in the 200m Backstroke where she finished in a new personal best time.

Alison Johnston picked up our other 2 medals, winning Gold in the 100m Butterfly and Silver in the 50m Butterfly.

Varant Jambazian swam a massive PB in the 50m Butterfly, taking over 28 seconds off his time, while both Ian Johnston and Kylee Murray swam new personal best times in the 200m Backstroke.

Leanne Tovkach also swam a new PB, breaking her 25m Breaststroke time.

Excellent swims as we head into the final day of the meet. Day 4 will see our team compete in the 50m Breaststroke, 200m Butterfly, 100m Freestyle, 25m Backstroke, 100m Breaststroke and 25m Freestyle. You can follow their progress in the Live Results.

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Australian Masters Championships - Day 2

Wow! What a great start to the Australian Masters Championships, with 10 medals and 11 PBs on Day 2.

Sophia Vicic finished the day with 3 medals - one of each colour. Sophia took home Bronze in the 50m Freestyle, Silver in the 100m Backstroke, in a new PB, and Gold in the 200m Freestyle in a new PB.

Alison Johnston finished with 2 Silver medals, with 2nd place in both the 50m Freestyle and 100m Backstroke.

Katie Hope won a Silver in the 200m Breaststroke and a Bronze in the 200m Freestyle - both swims in new personal best times.

Peter Johnston took home a Bronze medal in the 200m Breaststroke, with season-best times in all 3 of his events.

Leanne Tovkach took home her first national medal, with Bronze in the 100m Backstroke in a new personal best time, taking over 2 seconds off her previous best. Leanne also took almost 2 seconds off her 50m Freestyle PB.

Our final medal came in the Women's 4x50m Medley Relay where our team of Sophia, Katie, Alison and Kylee Murray took home the Bronze.

Kylee also swam 3 new PBs, taking over a second off her 50m Freestyle - a time that had stood since 2016; over a second off her 25m Butterfly PB; and 2 seconds off her 200m Freestyle, breaking her time from 2014 and swimming under 3 minutes for the first time.

Steven Nguyen swam a season-best time of 27.56 in the 50m Freestyle.

Ian Johnston swam a massive PB in the 100m Backstroke, taking 5 seconds off his time from 2015. Ian also swam season-best times in the 50m and 200m Freestyle.

Lastly, Varant Jambazian swam a massive 3 second PB in the 50m Freestyle.

A great start to the meet! Day 3 will see our team in action in the 400m Freestyle, 100m Butterfly, 50m Backstroke, 25m Breaststroke, 100m Individual Medley 50m Butterfly and 200m Backstroke. You can follow their progress in the Live Results.

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Australian Masters Championships

The Australian Masters Championships will be held at the Sydney Olympic Park Aquatic Centre from Wednesday 20th to Saturday 23rd April, 2022.

Merrylands will be represented by a team of 9 swimmers, competing in 71 individual events over the 4 day meet. Our team consists of:

  • Katie Hope
  • Varant Jambazian
  • Ian Johnston
  • Peter Johnston
  • Kylee Murray
  • Steven Nguyen
  • Alison Johnston
  • Leanne Tovkach
  • Sophia Vicic

Good luck to our swimmers at the meet. You can follow the team's progress on the Live Results page.

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Beach Education Day

When: Saturday, 23rd April

Time9:30am for 10am start
(education session won’t take any longer than 2 hours)

Location: North Narrabeen Surf Lifesaving Club (2 Malcolm Street, Narrabeen 2101). Please note that there are 3 Clubs on this stretch of beach so is important that they put NORTH NARRABEEN into maps

Meeting point: Easiest to meet at the patrol tent on the beach(located at the red and yellow flags)

Parking: Paid parking in the council car park. Council Rangers patrol this area regularly so please ensure cars pay for a ticket. There is free unlimited street parking in surrounding streets, however, these can be hard to come by on sunny days 

What to bring: Normal beach/ swimming attire (swimmers, towel, sunscreen, water). If the surf is big and dangerous the kids will be able to have a leisurely swim in the Narrabeen Lake or beach pool.

Aim of the day: To better understand beach & surf conditions and to learn practical knowledge to give you confidents to enter open water events and to learn beach safety.

All club members to wear club T-shirt

Bring Towel, goggles, water bottle

If you have any questions, contact Denise Assi.

Australian Age Championships Results

Vanessa Ozols had a wonderful time at the Australian Age Multi-Class Championships at the SA Aquatic & Leisure Centre from 11-13 April, 2022.

Vanessa started off her campaign with the 100m Breaststroke in a new personal best time where she took almost 2 seconds off her previous best.  On the same day, she competed in the 50m Freestyle and swum within a second of her best time.

On the second day of the competition, Vanessa competed in the 50m Butterfly, beating her entry time and swimming her second-fastest time.  Vanessa had already taken a big chunk off her butterfly time a week earlier at NSWCHS. Vanessa was all smiles after her solid 100m Freestyle swim where she took another 2 seconds off her mark, skipping her goal time of 1.25 and going straight to the 1.24s.

On the final day, Vanessa had a fantastic swim in the 200m Freestyle, taking almost 6 seconds off her time and celebrating with a big wave at the end of her race.  Vanessa also finished in 10th position in this event.

Congratulations Vanessa on these great results!

Australian Age Championships

Vanessa Ozols will represent Merrylands at the Australian Age Multi-Class Championships at the SA Aquatic & Leisure Centre from 11-13 April, 2020.

This is the first time Vanessa has swum at these championships, and she will also be the first Para-Athlete to represent Merrylands at these championships.

Vanessa will swim in the following events (times are in Australian Eastern Standard Time):

Day 1 - Monday, 11th April

  • 100m Breaststroke - 11:49am
  • 50m Freestyle - 5:02pm

Day 2 - Tuesday, 12th April

  • 50m Butterfly - 12:31pm
  • 100m Freestyle - 5:07pm

Day 3 - Wednesday, 13th April

  • 200m Freestyle - 5:08pm

The Australian Age Championships will be streamed live on Amazon Prime.

Good luck to Vanessa at the Championships.

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State Age Results

Joseph Assi swam a new personal best time in the 50m Breaststroke at the NSW Junior State Age Championships at the Sydney Olympic Park Aquatic Centre today.

Joseph finished in 16th place in a time of 41.40, taking 0.99 seconds off his previous best time.

In the 100m Breaststroke, Joseph touched in 1:34.88 - his second-fastest time ever.

Congratulations to Joseph on his results!