Metro South West Open Water Results

Merrylands was represented by 4 swimmers at the Metro South West Open Water Championships.  The championships were held at the Sydney International Regatta Centre on 17th November, 2019.

Matt was the first to compete, swimming in the Boys 11-13 Years JX 2.5k swim.  Matt swam a very strong race, improving on his result from last year by over 5 minutes!

Nevah and Summer were next to swim the 2.5k in the Girls event. This was the first time they have swum 2.5k in an Open Water environment and whilst there was some nervous anticipation both had solid swims and should be very proud of themselves!

Brendan swam the 5k event which was 2 laps around the course.  This was also Brendan's first time swimming this event and picked up a surprise gold in the "Boys" 26-35 Years age group.

Congratulations also to all the parents, Ruby and coach Alison who managed to up their step count for the week as they supported our swimmers around the course.

Metro South West Open Water Championships

Merrylands will be represented by a team of 4 swimmers at the Metro South West Open Water Championships at the Sydney International Regatta Centre today.

Brendan Kirkpatrick will swim in the 5km Championships, while Nevah Shrestha, Summer Shrestha and Matthew Matthew Vicic will swim in the 2.5km JX event.

Good luck to all 4 swimmers at the meet.

Inter-Club Cup Results

A fantastic meet from our whole team at the Parramatta Inter-Club on Saturday at Merrylands Swimming Centre.

Despite falling just 30 points short of winning the meet, our team swam 81 new personal best times in some very exciting racing with great team spirit. New personal best times were achieved by swimmers young and old - from 5 through to 60.

Parramatta City won the meet on 1,034 points, Merrylands was second on 1,004, with McCredie Park in third.

Congratulations to all our swimmers on their performances, and a massive thank you to all the officials and parents who helped to run the meet. Thank you also to our sponsors Club Merrylands and Starr Partners for their support of the meet.

The full results, including team point scores, are available in the Inter-Club Cup section of our website.

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Metro South West Championships Results

Our team of four swimmers achieved excellent results at the Metro South West Long Course Championships over the weekend.

The meet kicked off with the Open 50 Breaststroke.  Brendan was the first to swim and achieved a solid season best time.  The girls were up next and Laura-Belle took a massive 2.5 second chunk off her previous time and Sophia was right on her entry time.

The Open 50 Butterfly followed with Brendan having another top swim, getting under the 31 second mark.

Laura-Belle had a cracker of a swim in the 14 Year Girls 100m Freestyle taking over 5 seconds off her previous best time.

The Open 50 Backstroke was a PB-a-thon for the girls with Sophia, Laura-Belle and Alison all reducing their times.

The last event for Saturday was the Open 50m Freestyle. Brendan took a second off his entry time to dip under 29 seconds. Laura-Belle achieved another PB to keep Sophia on her toes, who followed with a solid time.  Alison was a finalist in the event, coming 8th overall.

There was no signs of fatigue on Day 2 as our swimmers continued to excel. Brendan achieved a Season Best in the Open 100 Backstroke, earning himself a ribbon in the process.  He then raced to the other end of the pool to back straight up for a gutsy 50 Butterfly, which was within a second of the time set the day before.

Alison earned the first medal of the meet, picking up a Bronze in the 17/Over 50m Butterfly.

The second medal of the meet was from Alison in lane 1 of the Open 100m Freestyle, picking another bronze.  Not to miss out on the “skins” action, Alison made her way to the other end to back up with a 50m Backstroke straight after.  The ribbon was appreciated, the lactic was not.

Brendan dipped under the 29 mark again in the Men’s 17/Over 50m Freestyle to pick up another ribbon and beat his time from the previous day.  A gold was won by Alison in the Women’s event, with the time also faster than the previous day.

The 17/Over 50m Breaststroke was next, with Brendan coming 4th and 0.1 outside the time he swam the previous day.  Alison also came 4th in the Women’s event.

Laura-Belle finished the meet off with a bang in the 14 Year Girls 100m Breaststroke. Laura-Belle took a huge 7 seconds off her previous mark and achieved a top 10 finish in the process.

Congratulations to all our swimmers on their wonderful performances!

Medal Tally

Gold - 1
Bronze - 2
Top 10 - 8

Metro South West Senior Long Course Championships

Merrylands will send a team of 4 swimmers to the Metro South West Senior Long Course Championships.  The Championships are being held at Sydney Olympic Park Aquatic Centre on the 2nd and 3rd November, 2019.

Our team is competing in 22 individual events over the weekend.

Good luck to Laura-Belle, Brendan, Alison and Sophia!


Parramatta Inter-Club Cup

The Team list and Program for this year's Parramatta Inter-Club Cup are now available in the Parramatta Inter-Club Cup section of our website.

A team of 61 swimmers has been selected to represent the club at the meet which will be held at Merrylands Swimming Centre on Saturday, 9th November.

This year will be the 7th running of the cup. Parramatta City has won the cup 4 times, with Merrylands having won it twice.

The cost is $10 per swimmer, which includes event entries, pool entry for swimmers and spectators and a sausage sandwich after the meet. Payment is to be completed online by Wednesday, 6th November.

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State Masters Championships & NSW Development Meet

Merrylands has a team of 5 swimming at the NSW State Masters Short Course Championships. The championships are being held at Peninsula Leisure Centre, Woy Woy over the 12th and 13th October, 2019.

The team of 5 are competing in 23 events across the weekend. Good luck to Peter, Brendan, Kylee, Alison and Leanne.

The club is also being represented by 3 swimmers at the Swimming NSW Junior Area Representative Meet at the Sydney Olympic Park Aquatic Centre on Saturday.

Niushka, Summer and Matt are part of the Metro South West Area team and have been selected in 15 individual events and 3 relays between them.

Good luck to both teams. We know you will make us proud!

Club Races Return

Club Races return for the 2019/2020 season on Saturday, 12th October, 2019.

The program for the Summer Season and the Time Record Sheet can be found in the Club Races section and entries are now open online for the first two weeks. Entries this summer will be taken through the new Swim Central system. Please ensure you don't leave your entries until the last minute!

Remember, you will need to have completed your Club Membership before you can enter the races.

The first Club Championship - the 100m Backstroke - will be held on Saturday, 26th October.

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New Season Registrations Now Open

Registration for the 2019/2020 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 be conducted through the new Swim Central system.

Life Members: Swimming NSW has not yet provided details on what you need to do to renew your membership. Please wait for further instructions before renewing your membership.

This season, thanks to Club Merrylands, we are providing Free Membership for swimmers 8yrs & Under, who regularly swim in our club races or train in our squad program.

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. Other benefits of membership can be found here.

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.

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Training Returns to Merrylands

Training will return to Merrylands Swimming Centre on Tuesday, 8th October, 2019.

All swimmers will need to complete enrolment forms for the new season. These forms must be completed online on the Squad Enrolment page.
When completing the enrolment form, you will need to login to the website. If you have forgotten your login details, or have not logged in before, you can retrieve them here.
Swimmers who complete their enrolment forms and club membership before Friday, 27th September* will receive $5 credit per swimmer, that can be used on purchases from the Squad Shop.

There has been no changes to any of the squad fees for this summer. Eligible swimmers can also use an Active Kids Voucher to pay for up to $100 of their squad fees.

The Draft Training Schedule is on the Training Schedule page. A minimum of 4 swimmers must enrol in any given session for it to go ahead. Some times may change based on the enrolments received.

All squad members must also register as members of Merrylands Amateur Swimming Club for the 2019/2020 swimming season. Membership renewals will open in the last week of September.

Please remember when paying via EFT to use the reference number provided during the enrolment process.

* The $5 credit will only apply to swimmers who do not have a current outstanding balance.

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