State Open Results

Vanessa and Alison represented Merrylands at the NSW State Open Championships on the 18th to 21st March, 2021.

The format was different with heats in the evening and finals in the morning.

Vanessa was all smiles after swimming a speedy 50m Freestyle on the first night of competition.  Vanessa took almost a second off her personal best and swum under 40 seconds for the first time!  

Alison also swam the 50m Freestyle and was her second fastest time of the season. 

Vanessa swam the 100m Freestyle on the final night of competition and was her second fastest 100m swim.

Well done to our swimmers on their performances.

Training moves to Guildford Pool

Training moves to Guildford Swimming Centre from Monday, 29th March, 2021.

Sessions will be held in the outdoor pool and are scheduled to return to Merrylands in October.

All swimmers who will continue to train from 29th March must complete the Training Enrolment Form before they commence training at Guildford

Session times may change based on the number of enrolments received. Sessions will require a minimum of 4 enrolments to go ahead. The training times for each group are published on the Training Schedule.

If you will not be training at Guildford, please let us know as soon as possible by email.

Training will continue through the Easter School Holidays (with the exception of Public Holidays). If you are going to be away, please complete the Training Break Form to advise when you will be away.

What is changing

  • No Training Sessions on Saturday mornings due to pool availability
  • Novice (1) sessions will start at 4:30pm instead of 5:15pm due to reduced lane space
  • Beginner sessions will move from Saturday to Monday

What isn't changing

  • 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
  • Spectators must sign in at the pool entrance for contact tracing using the Service NSW App

Swimmers must ensure they collect their training equipment from Merrylands Swimming Centre after their last session this week.

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NSW State Open Championships

Vanessa Ozols and Alison Sakurovs will represent the club at the NSW State Open Championships which start today.

The heats are swum in the evening and finals in the morning and will feature some of the top swimmers from around the country as they prepare for the Tokyo Olympics later this year.

Vanessa is competing in the 50m Freestyle tonight and 100m Freestyle on Saturday night. 

Alison will compete in the 50m Freestyle on Friday night.

Good luck girls and may the whale be with you!

Metro South West Junior Championships Results

Merrylands' team of 15 swimmers had an amazing time at the Metro South West Junior Championships held at Sydney Olympic Park today.

As a team, Merrylands achieved 43 new personal best times out of 47 swims with every swimmer contributing to the PB tally!

We scored 17 top 10 finishes, 2 silver medals, 2 bronze medals and a new State Qualifying time.

Congratulations to all our swimmers on the wonderful performances and thank you to our coaches for the ongoing support.


Matthew Vicic 
Silver - 100m Freestyle
Bronze - 100m Backstroke
Bronze - 100m Butterfly

Joseph Assi
Silver - 100m Breaststroke & State Qualifying Time


Lucas Alveraz - 100m Freestyle
Joseph Assi - 200m Individual Medley
Niushka Shrestha - 100m Butterfly
Shreya Shrestha - 100m Butterfly, 100m Backstroke, 100m Breaststroke
Unish Shrestha - 100m Butterfly, 100m Backstroke, 200m Individual Medley, 100m Breaststroke
Daniel Vicic - 100m Backstroke, 100m Freestyle, 100m Breaststroke
Matthew Vicic - 400m Freestyle
Leo Zhu  - 200m Individual Medley, 100m Freestyle, 100m Breaststroke

Metro South West Championships

Fifteen swimmers will represent Merrylands at the Metro South West Junior Championships at the Sydney Olympic Park Aquatic Centre this Saturday.

Our team will contest 47 individual events at the championships and consists of:

Ameena Abdelraheem
Lucas Alvarez
Joseph Assi
Joab Hada
Ren Hum
Avani Pradhan
Nevah Shrestha
Niushka Shrestha
Ruby Shrestha
Shreya Shrestha
Unish Shrestha
Chloe Ton
Daniel Vicic
Matthew Vicic
Leo Zhu

Congratulations to all our swimmers on qualifying, especially Ameena, Lucas, Ren, Avani, Ruby, Chloe and Leo who have all qualified for the first time.

Speedo Sprint Series Finals

Joseph Assi will represent Metro South West at the Speedo Sprint Series Finals at the Sydney Olympic Park Aquatic Centre today.

Joseph has qualified for the 50m Breaststroke after finishing 4th at the area heats in February.

This is the second time Joseph has qualified for the finals. Well done Joseph!

Metropolitan Championships

Merrylands will be represented by 2 swimmers at the NSW Senior Metropolitan Championships at the Sydney Olympic Park Aquatic Centre on 27-28 February, 2020.

Our team will contest 6 events at the meet and consists of:

Alison Johnston
  50m Freestyle  
Vanessa Ozols
  50m Freestyle (MC)  
  100m Freestyle (MC)  
  100m Breaststroke (MC)  
  200m Individual Medley (MC)  
  100m Backstroke (MC)  

Congratulations to our swimmers on qualifying for the meet and we wish them the best of luck.

Merrylands SwimFest Results

Merrylands had awesome results at our SwimFest Carnival this weekend!

As a team, we achieved 92 PBs, 7 Gold Medals, 12 Silver and 19 Bronze Medals.  Merrylands came third overall in the pointscore.

Thank you to our committee members who did so much work behind the scenes to enable the meet to go ahead with ever-changing restrictions.  Thank you to everyone who helped set up before the meet and pack away afterwards.  Thank you to our timekeepers and visiting clubs who assisted with timing.  Thank you to our BBQ chefs, runners, marshals, check starters, recorders, announcers and visiting referees. Thank you to our captains and coaches. Thank you to our swimmers for bringing their enthusiasm and thank you to the parents for preparing the swimmers' food!

Thank you TEAM Merrylands!

The results of the meet, including the full pointscore are available in the SwimFest section of our website.

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Ripples St Marys wins 2021 Merrylands SwimFest

While there was rain and storms forecast, the sun was shining at the 2021 SwimFest.

Congratulations to Ripples St Marys on taking out the 2021 SwimFest Pointscore!

Mounties finished in 2nd place and Merrylands came 3rd.

Thank you to everyone who attended the meet and for all the volunteers who gave up time to make our meet happen!

The results of the meet, including the full pointscore are available in the SwimFest section of our website.

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