Australian Masters National Titles success for Merrylands swimmers

A SMALL team of swimmers brought a swag of medals back to Merrylands from the Australian Masters National Titles last month.

The six Merrylands Amateur Swimming Club swimmers won 13 medals and swam 27 new personal best times over the four days.

Club president Ian Wilson, who competed at the titles held at the Sydney Olympic Park Aquatic Centre, said it was a great result.

"There were over 630 athletes at the meet from all across Australia," he said.

"For a very small club, when you look at some of the clubs that had anywhere up to 30 members, it’s definitely a great result for us.

"A lot of it had to come down to the masters coaching staff, Peter Johnston and Rachel Palise."

Wilson said Palise trained the group in the mornings throughout summer, while Johnston inspired and drove the team to their excellent results.

Alison Sakurovs won silver in the 200m butterfly and bronze in the 800m freestyle and 100m butterfly.

Wilson won bronze in the 400m individual medley, while Mathew Edsall won bronze in the 800m freestyle and the 50m and 100m backstroke.

Steven Nguyen won the most medals, picking up bronze in the 50m butterfly and 200m individual medley, silver in the 50m and 200m freestyle and 50m breaststroke and gold in the 100m freestyle.

The team is looking forward to next year’s competition in Rockhampton, Queensland.
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