Summer Shrestha and Matthew Vicic represented Merrylands at the NSW Junior Metropolitan Championships this weekend. Our small team had big results - they competed in 7 individual swims, achieved 5 new personal best times and earned 4 new State qualifying times!
On Day 1 Summer and Matthew both swam in the 12 Years 50m Butterfly where Summer achieved a new personal best time, dropping over a second to achieve her first State qualifying time of the season, while Matthew swam his second fastest 50m Butterfly time.
Summer also contested the 12 Years 50m Breaststroke and earned another State time with a 0.3 second PB.
On Day 2 Matthew had a big morning contesting the 12 Years 100m Freestyle, 50m Backstroke and 100m Butterfly within an hour and a half. Matt chipped 0.04 off his 100m Freestyle time, after achieving a PB at SwimFest a few weeks earlier. Matt then took over a second off his 50m Backstroke time, earning a State qualifying time in the process. Matt's 100m Butterfly was his 3rd fastest time, having dropped 5 seconds off his PB in the last 4 weeks.
Summer's final race was the 12 Years 50m Freestyle and she took almost a second off her PB to swim under 31 seconds for the first time. This also added to Summer's State qualifying times.
Congratulations to our team!
Summer and Matt with their coach, Alison.
Congratulations to Kylee Murray who set a new record in the 200m Freestyle Championships this morning.
Kylee set a new record in the Veterans 200m Freestyle, finishing in a time of 3:10.40 and taking 3.93 seconds off the record she set in 2018. This is the third time Kylee has broken this record.
Congratulations to Kylee on her swim.
Three swimmers have qualified for the NSW Junior Metropolitan Championships, which will be held at the Sydney Olympic Park Aquatic Centre this weekend.
Summer Shrestha, Matthew Vicic and Niushka Shrestha* have qualified for the championships. Our team will contest 7 events at the meet:
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Congratulations to our swimmers on qualifying and we wish them well at the meet. You can follow their progress over the weekend via the Live Results page.
* Unfortunately Niushka Shrestha is unable to attend due to an family event.
Merrylands Amateur Swimming Club is seeking an enthusiastic and experienced Swimming Coach to assist with our Squad Program at Merrylands Swimming Centre (and Granville Swimming Centre during the winter season).
For details or to apply, see the advertisement on Sportspeople.
Fantastic swims from our members at the Speedo Sprint Series Finals at the Sydney Olympic Park Aquatic Centre today, with 3 new personal best times from 4 swims.
Matthew Vicic swam a new PB in the 50m Butterfly, taking 1.17 off his time to finish in 32.05. Matt also swam his second fastest time ever in the 50m Freestyle, just 0.05 outside the time he swam at the SwimFest last week.
In the 50m Freestyle, Daniel Vicic took 0.15 off his time, finishing in a new PB of 37.65.
Lastly, Joseph Assi swam a new PB of 48.49 in the 50m Breaststroke, taking 0.89 off his previous best time.
Congratulations to the boys on their swims!
Congratulations to Breeanah Khoury who set a new record in the 50m Backstroke Championships this morning.
Bree set a new record in the 14yrs 50m Backstroke, finishing in a time of 37.87 and taking 0.63 seconds off the record held by Paula Walters since 1981.
Congratulations to Bree on her swim.
Four swimmers from Merrylands have qualified for the Speedo Sprint Series Finals at the Sydney Olympic Park Aquatic Centre tomorrow.
This is our largest number of swimmers at the finals in over 30 years.
Our swimmers will represent Metro South West in the following events:
- 12yrs 50m Butterfly
- 12yrs 50m Freestyle
Congratulations to all 4 boys on qualifying for the finals, after finishing in the top 4 at the Speedo Sprint Series Heats earlier this month. Congratulations to Daniel and Joseph in particular who have qualified for the finals for the first time. We wish them the best of luck at the meet.
* Unfortunately Unish Shrestha is unable to attend due to an family event.
Congratulations to Ripples St Marys who won the Merrylands SwimFest on Saturday.
Mounties finished the meet in 2nd place, with Merrylands 3rd.
Thank you to everyone who attended the meet and to all the members of our club and visiting volunteers who worked at the meet, we couldn't have run it without you and you did a great job.
The results of the meet, including the full pointscore are available in the SwimFest section of our website.
Congratulations to Ryde who finished on top of the point score at the Merrylands Masters Meet on Saturday.
Warringah finished in 2nd, with Manly in 3rd place.
A big thank you to the visiting officials for their assistance in running the meet, and to our members, especially our junior swimmers and their parents for providing the timekeepers and runners.
Thank you to everyone who attended, and we hope you enjoyed the meet.
The results of the meet are available in the Merrylands Masters Meet section.
Merrylands' team of 11 swimmers had a fantastic meet at the Metro South West Junior Championships this weekend. Our swimmers achieved a massive 41 personal best times out of 46 individual swims. We also had 21 Finalists, 2 Bronze and 1 Gold medal, and 2 awesome relay swims!
Our swimmers had so many amazing we could not list them all but a few highlights are below:
Joseph Assi took a huge 7 seconds off his 100m Breaststroke time and earned himself a bronze medal in the process. He tipped out Unish Shrestha by 0.01 but Unish won himself a bronze medal in the 100m Butterfly where he took 12 seconds off his time.
Daniel Vicic finished his meet strongly with a 13 second PB and 4th place in his 4th event of the meet, the 100m Backstroke.
Joab Hada took a big 4 seconds off his 50m Breaststroke time and came in under a minute for the first time ever!
Joseph, Unish Daniel and Joab joined forces and competed in the 10&Under Freestyle Relay. The boys did Merrylands proud with a massive effort, taking 8 seconds off their entry time and coming 4th overall.
Lisa Shrestha had a gutsy 100m Butterfly and was determined to finish on 2 stroke breathing. Lisa took a second off her time and came 7th in the process.
Niushka Shrestha fought back in the 100m Butterfly after a tough first 50 for 8th place, with almost 6 seconds off her time.
Nevah Shrestha swam her 100m Backstroke with lovely technique, taking 6 seconds off her time and earning a 6th place finish.
Shreya Shrestha raced strongly to take almost 6 seconds off her 100m Freestyle time in her first Championship event.
Summer Shrestha powered to a 13 second PB in her 100m Breaststroke, with her first 50m split almost her 50m PB time!
Niushka, Nevah, Shreya and Summer combined in the 11-13 Years Freestyle Relay. They took a massive 5 seconds off their entry times. Niushka achieved an official PB as the lead off leg and all the other girls were faster than their official times.
Matthew Vicic had a very impressive 200m Butterfly race, with a smooth and controlled swim. Matt took 16 seconds off his mark and won a gold medal for his effort. This swim also qualified Matt for the Metropolitan and State Championships.
Elie Menhem had a superb 200m Breaststroke swim, taking another 11 seconds off his time after taking 16 seconds off his time 2 weeks earlier. Elie also earned a finalist ribbon which is a great achievement having never qualified for a championship event before this year.
Thank you to our parents, siblings and friends who supported our swimmers. The cheers were heard throughout the venue all the way to the Recorder’s Room! Thank you to our coaches for helping prepare our swimmers for the meet.
Personal Bests: 41