Metro South West Championships

Merrylands will be represented by its biggest team ever at the 2018 Metro South West Area Open & Age Short Course Championships. The Championships will be held at the Sydney Olympic Park Aquatic Centre on Saturday 16th and Sunday 17th June, 2018.

Our club will sending a team of 20 swimmers to the 2 day meet, and will compete in 79 individual events.

Good luck to the following members:
Joseph Assi
Michael Evans
Joab Hada
Helen Macpherson
Elie Menhem
Pare Nadar
Alice Qin
Alison Sakurovs
Elijah Seruvatu
Tatiana Seruvatu
Lisa Shrestha
Nevah Shrestha
Niushka Shrestha
Summer Shrestha
Unish Shrestha
Reece Tomkinson
Daniel Vicic
Matthew Vicic
Michael Vicic
Sophia Vicic

The full Timeline is available on the Metro South West website. Congratulations to our swimmers for qualifying, especially our first time qualifiers, and good luck to our entire team at the meet.

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Presentation Evening

Alison Johnston was presented with the Champion of Champions trophy at the club’s annual Presentation Evening last night.

Alison won both her Age and Open Championships, set a new club record in the 50m Freestyle, and represented the club at Metropolitan, State Age and State Open Championships. She finished over 200 points ahead of the 2nd placed swimmer and was a deserved recipient of the award.

The night began with presentation of the Pointscore trophies, where many of our youngest members received their first ever trophy. The competitions were close, with many only decided by a handful of points. Matthew Vicic was the Boys and Overall Pointscore Champion with a huge 277 points, followed by Helen Macpherson on 234 who won the Girls Pointscore. In the Senior Pointscore, Peter Johnston won the Mens by just 2 points, while Tricia Johnston won the Womens by 4 points.

The Relay competition went down to the wire with the top 3 teams only separated by 1 point going into the last round. The "Young Guns" came out on top in the end to successfully defended their title, again with a margin of just one point.

Ian Wilson took home the hotly contested Senior Handicap award. The Learn to Swim Award, which is presented to a Club Member who is voted by their peers for assisting with the club’s LTS program, was awarded to Emily Tovkach.

Six members of the club’s swimming squads were recognised for their efforts at training over the past season, consistently doing their best, listening to their coach and having positive attitude towards their training. Congratulations to Shaurya Garg, Nevah Shrestha, Michael Evans, Alison Johnston, Ian Wilson and Melissa Cohen who all received a club beanie.

Margaret Edwards and Amanda Smart presented the Jack Smart Encouragement Award to Lisa Shrestha. This award is in memory of Life Member, Jack Smart and is presented to a junior swimmer for consistent improvement through the season, starting at 25m and progressing to longer distances.

Jim Pye Development Award or “Minties” Trophy, which is in memory of Life Member, Jim Pye was presented to a junior swimmer who has swum consistently over the season, steadily improving and representing the club at various swimming meets. Summer Shrestha was the well-deserved recipient of this award.

The Lions Award, which is presented to a club member in recognition of their services to the club over the past season was awarded to Alison Johnston, while Graham Edwards was announced as the Technical Official of the Year.

Thank you to all the people who helped organise the presentation and all who helped throughout the season.

You can find the full list of other awards presented on the night in the Presentation section and the results of all the competitions in the Club Races section.

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Masters Swimming NSW Club Administration Award

At the Masters Swimming NSW Annual General Meeting earlier this month, Alison Johnston was named as the winner of the 2017 Masters Swimming NSW Club Administration Award.

The award is presented by Masters Swimming NSW for a year of outstanding contribution to club administration.

Alison joined our club in 2010, and Masters Swimming NSW in 2011. In 2012 she was elected onto club’s Committee. She is currently a member of the Club Committee, our Competition Committee and the club’s Assistant Secretary.

Alison is an invaluable and hardworking member of our club. As with most people in an administration role, much of the work she does goes unseen by the members of the club. Members would only realise the true level of her contribution if the work that she does was left undone.

Alison does a huge amount of work in her role as a member of the Competition Committee. For our club races every week during the summer season, Alison collates all the online entries and manual entry cards, enters them into the computer, seeds the events and produces the weekly program. Alison even contacts swimmers who have entered incorrectly or may have forgotten to enter a club championship, so they don’t miss out on swimming the event. At the club races each Saturday, she works as a Recorder, producing the results from each race and checking any club championship records which may have been broken.

For any external meets that our club attends, Alison always ensures copies of the meet programs are placed on the club notice board to encourage members to enter. She follows up with emails to members, and with numerous reminders as the closing date approaches. Alison also selects the club’s relay teams for the State Championships and the Relay Meet spending a huge amount of time working on team combinations, to ensure all our members can get a relay swim, before submitting them to the meet organiser. Alison also acts as our club’s Endurance 1000 Recorder, entering all our eligible swims from our Club Races into the Endurance 1000 system.

Alison was the key driver behind the hosting of our inaugural BPS meet in February 2017. She did all the research into what was required to host the meet, developed the draft meet program and organised all the visiting Technical Officials.

Alison works with the other members of the club’s Competition Committee to set the season program for our Club Races, review the Competition Rules and By-Laws, select swimmers for teams, and determine the winners of Awards at our club’s Annual Presentation Evening.

As a member of the Club Committee, Alison is the Club’s Assistant Secretary, backing up the Secretary by assisting with correspondence, and filling in when the Secretary is unable to attend a club meeting. Alison also submits grant applications on behalf of the club and has been successful in securing important funding and equipment for the club’s activities.

We are very grateful for all the work Alison does and congratulate her on winning the 2017 Masters Swimming NSW Administration Award.

* Alison was not at the Masters Swimming NSW AGM, so the award was presented to her at our 2018 Presentation Evening by Kerryn Blanch, President of Masters Swimming NSW.

Metro South West Entries

Entries for the 2018 Metro South West Area Short Course Championships close on Wednesday, 6th June, 2018. The Championships will be held at the Sydney Olympic Park Aquatic Centre on Saturday 16th & Sunday 17th June, 2018.

This is the main meet of the winter season for many of our swimmers and all swimmers who qualify are expected to compete.

Online Entries will be available for this meet and this is the only method of entry for our club. Swimmers are advised to enter early in case there are problems with the online entry system.

No late entries will be accepted.

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Metro South West Technical Official of the Year

Graham Edwards was announced as the Metro South West Technical Official of the Year at the Metro South West Presentation Evening on Saturday night.

Graham was presented with the Jim Pye Award as recognition of his contribution to the Area's meets over the past year. Graham worked at every Area meet, officiating in a variety of roles including Referee and Starter. He also officiated at a number of other club meets throughout the area, assisting and supporting other clubs to run their meets and club races, and providing guidance to other officials. 

Graham has also officiated at the NSW Metropolitan Championships and Swimming NSW Development Meets over the past year, further developing his officiating skills.

Two of our members were also recognised on the evening for their volunteer work at our club.

Ian Wilson and Graham Edwards were both recognised for their work at the club over the past season, setting up the pool on Saturday mornings, officiating at our club races and swim meets, teaching learn to swim, and for their work on the Club Committee.

Congratulations to both Graham and Ian!

11 Medals at Australian Masters Championships

After 4 huge days of competition at the Australian Masters Championships in Perth over the past week, Merrylands' team has finished the meet with 11 medals, 5 new personal best times and 14 season best times.

Alison Johnston took home 10 medals from the meet - 4 Gold and 6 Silver. Her gold medals are her first at a National level. The highlight of the meet for Alison though was undoubtably her gold medal in the 50m Freestyle - her final event of the championships. Alison had been working for the gold in this event for the past 3 years and it all came together this year. Putting aside the distraction of being in the same heat as her husband, and the fatigue from the previous 3 days of competition, Alison posted a time just outside her PB to take the gold and finish with the 3rd fastest female time overall. (For the record, Peter touched just 0.22 in front).

Peter won the club's 11th medal at the meet, with Bronze in the 50m Breaststroke, and season best times in all 12 of his events.

Ian Johnston had an excellent meet, swimming 4 new personal best times from his 9 events. Ian took 2 seconds off his 50m Backstroke, 5 seconds off his 100m Backstroke, 12 seconds off his 200m Backstroke and 1.5 seconds off his 50m Butterfly. Ian also swam 4 new season best times.

Our final swimmer, Tricia Johnston, gradually warmed-up up as the meet progressed, with a Freestyle swim in the relay on Day 3 just outside her personal best. She followed this up on Day 4 with a big 1.5 second PB in the 50m Freestyle.

To top it all off, at the Presentation Dinner, Peter was named as the 2017 Masters Swimming Australia Coach of the Year.


Alison Johnston
   50m Freestyle  (Gold)
   100m Freestyle  (Gold)
   200m Freestyle  (Gold)
   400m Freestyle  (Gold)
   800m Freestyle  (Sliver)
   50m Backstroke  (Silver)
   50m Butterfly  (Silver)
   100m Butterfly  (Silver)
   200m Individual Medley  (Silver)
   400m Individual Medley  (Silver)
Peter Johnston
   50m Breaststroke  (Bronze)

Personal Best Times

Ian Johnston
   50m Backstroke
   100m Backstroke
   200m Backstroke
   50m Butterfly
Tricia Johnston
   50m Freestyle

Medal Tally

 Gold 4
 Silver 6
 Bronze 1


Congratulations to our team on their results!

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Australian Masters Coach of the Year

Peter Johnston was announced as the 2017 Masters Swimming Australia Coach of the Year Award at the Masters Swimming Australia Presentation Dinner in Perth last night.

The award follows the announcement of Peter as the 2017 Masters Swimming NSW Coach of the Year at the State Championships in March.

Peter has been recognised for his work in the club's various adult programs, ranging from those learning to swim, through to those swimming for fitness or competing at levels right up to FINA World Masters Championships.

This is the second time that Peter has been recognised with the Masters Swimming Australia Coach of the Year Award, having won it in 2013 as well.

Congratulations Peter!

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Australian Masters Championships - Day 4

The final day of the Nationals saw Merrylands win another 2 medals, swim 2 new personal best times and 5 season best times.

Alison Johnston finished the meet with another 2 medals, starting the day with Silver in the 200m Individual Medley and then taking Gold in the 50m Freestyle.

Tricia Johnston swam a huge personal best time in her 50m Freestyle, taking 1.5 seconds off her previous best in a fantastic swim.

Ian Johnston took a massive 5 seconds off his time in the 100m Backstroke to set a new personal best time. He also swam his 2nd fastest 50m Freestyle time ever, which was also his fastest time since 2015.

Peter Johnston swam season best times in his 3 events - 200m Individual Medley, 50m Freestyle and 200m Breaststroke.

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

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Australian Masters Championships - Day 3

Day 3 of the Nationals brought 3 more medals for Merrylands, 1 PB and 4 season best times.

Alison Johnston continued to add to her medal tally, with Silver medals in both her events on Day 3 - the 800m Freestyle and 100m Butterfly.

Peter Johnston won Bronze in the 50m Breaststroke in a season best time, and also swam season best times in the 800m Freestyle and 200m Backstroke.

Ian Johnston swam a new PB in the 200m Backstroke, taking a massive 12 seconds off his previous best time. Ian also swam a new season best time in the 800m Freestyle.

In the Mixed 4x50m Freestyle Relay, our team finished in 9th place, with some very fast splits - Tricia Johnston swimming a time only 2/10ths outside her PB.

Day 4 tomorrow will see members of our team competing in the 200m Individual Medley, 50m Freestyle, 100m Backstroke and 200m Breaststroke.

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Australian Masters Championships - Day 2

Day 2 of the Nationals saw another 3 medals for Merrylands, plus 1 new PB and 5 season best times.

Alison Johnston again won all our medals, with Gold in the 200m Freestyle, Silver in the 50m Butterfly and Silver in the 400m Individual Medley in a season best time.

Ian Johnston swam a new PB in the 50m Butterfly, taking over 1 second off his previous best, and also swam a season best time in the 200m Freestyle.

Peter Johnston swam season best times in all three of his events - 50m Butterfly, 100m Breaststroke and 200m Freestyle.

In the Mixed 4x50m Medley Relay, our team finished in 12th place.

Day 3 will see our team in action in the 800m Freestyle, 100m Butterfly, 50m Breaststroke and 200m Backstroke.

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