Molonglo Megasaurs Mega Swim for MS

Once again, the Molonglo Megasaurs, a guns-for-hire subset of the Molonglo Water Dragons lashed out on the weekend of 4-5 May to swim for 24 hours non-stop to raise funds for MS Australia.  A hardy team of 15 swimmers lined up to swim their weekend away, raising $2,345 to support people living with Multiple Sclerosis in the process.

This was a mighty effort, by all concerned, including club members Phil Browning, John Collis, Tanya Colyer, Margaret Hadfield, Marg Larkin, Chris Loose, Nerrida McCorkell, Nicole McMahon and Marg Wade.  Also swimming were Tuggeranong Vikings swimmers Denise Druitt and Nicolee Martin, and triathletes Jenn Hammerschmidt, Charlotte Lynch and Ashley Wolff. Other Molonglo swimmers swam with other teams, including Roger Carter, Megan O’Mara and Brendon Tasker.

A number of swimmers swam timed endurance swims during the event, including breast cancer survivor Nicole Mc Mahon who completed 60 minute and 30 minute swims and a 1500metre swim as part of her quest to swim 100,000metres to raise awareness for breast cancer.

The swim was overseen by our mascot Meg the Megasaur, purchased by Phil and Nerrida,

Good on you Megasaurs, you may be mega sore, but you should be feeling really good about yourselves for the good you have done.  Your efforts, and the donations you have generated will provide some help to people struggling with a relentless disease that disables the nervous system.

John Collis
Team Captain
Molonglo Megasaurs

ACT INTERCLUB 2019 – SWIM MEET 2

NON-BPS (UNSANCTIONED) MEET OPEN TO ALL MASTERS SWIMMING MEMBERS AND OTHER ACT or NSW SWIMMERS AGED 18 or over

DATE Sunday, 16 June 2019

VENUE The Gunghalin Leisure Centre

71 The Valley Avenue, Gunghalin, ACT Indoor Heated Pool with anti-wave ropes. Pool is NOT surveyed but all times recorded by MSNSW swimmers are eligible for MSNSW and National Top 10 Rankings.

START 2.00 pm warm-up for 2.30pm start

Racing in 25m Short Course Format The warm-up will be conducted in accordance with the National Safety procedures. Racing conducted over 4 lanes.

ENTRIES $5 entry fee payable on day plus pool entry

SWIMMERS PLEASE SUBMIT your entries to your club’s race secretary via email including your NAME, SEX, AGE @ 31/12/2019, DATE OF BIRTH EVENTS INC NUMBER, DISTANCE & STROKE and the TIMES YOU NOMINATE to swim in each individual event.

Race Secretaries to submit club entries by print out of the entry report from ‘Team Manager’, together with the export file of entries to be emailed electronically to the Meet Recorder John Collis at johncollis5@optusnet.com.au and received by the official

CLOSING DATE FRIDAY 31 MAY 2019.

PROGRAM (25m SHORT COURSE FORMAT)

  1. 200m CHOICE of STROKE (please nominate stroke with entry)
  2. 50m BREASTSTROKE
  3. 50m BUTTERFLY
  4. 100m FREESTYLE (Form stroke NOT allowed)
  5. 25m BACKSTROKE
  6. 25m FREESTYLE
  7. 10 MINUTES BREAK – TEA/COFFEE
  8. 100m CHOICE of FORM STROKE (please nominate stroke with entry – Butterfly, Backstroke, Breaststroke, IM ONLY)
  9. 50m BACKSTROKE
  10. 50m FREESTYLE
  11. 10 MINUTES BREAK – RELAY ORGANISATION
  12. 25m BREASTSTROKE
  13. 25m BUTTERFLY
  14. 4x50m FREESTYLE RELAY (mixed [2 women plus 2 men], men’s, and women’s teams)

SWIMMERS MAY ENTER A MAXIMUM OF 4 INDIVIDUAL SWIMS PLUS ONE RELAY SWIMMERS MUST SWIM IN 1 INDIVIDUAL EVENT TO BE ELIGIBLE TO SWIM IN A RELAY

HELP NEEDED WITH TIMEKEEPING

PLEASE BRING STOPWATCHES

Greg Gourley gregory.gourley@gmail.com

Gary Stutsel gstutsel@bigpond.net.au Tel: 62471886

YOU and YOUR FRIENDS are welcome to attend DINNER afterwards at your own expense at …

6pm at The Raiders Club, 23 Hibberson St, Gungahlin, 2912

MOLONGLO WATER DRAGONS at STATE CHAMPIONSHIPS

27th and 28th APRIL 2019, Sydney Olympic Park Aquatic Centre (SOPAC)

The annual Masters Swimming NSW Long Course Championships were held at SOPAC on the weekend of the 27th and 28th April. This was later than usual as the National Championships had been held in March.

309 swimmers competed for the MSNSW pointscores and trophies from 33 NSW/ACT clubs. As well there were thirteen swimmers from 7 interstate clubs and three swimmers from overseas, a couple from Canada and a lone swimmer from New Zealand. These swimmers were eligible for medals but had no effect on the pointscores. In all there were 1305 individual swims and 129 teams contested the six relay events. This year Multiclass swimmers were integrated into the individual pointscores by using a formula that adjusted all times relative to the respective World Records.

Three of our male members competed, Mark Carroll and John Collis for Molonglo and Gary Stutsel for Tuggeranong. All three did very well although Mark was disappointed with his times. In the NSW Club Pointscore Molonglo finished 21st in the total points but were ineligible for the Average Points Trophy. Tuggeranong finished 4th overall and 3rd in the Average Points Trophy.

In the Individual Age Groups Mark came 4th from 14 swimmers, scoring a total of 41 points from a maximum of 50, John scored 35 points which gave him 6th of 17 and Gary 49 points which placed him 2nd of 8 swimmers. Gary also swam in three relay teams, the most successful of which was the 4 x 50m Mixed Medley where he teamed with Katrina Burgess, Pam Munday and Brian Curtis to finish first.  The complete results are on the MSNSW website mastersswimmingnsw.org.au

MOLONGLO WATER DRAGONS MEMBERS results

2018 MSNSW Long Course Championships

Age Group Name Event Time Event place
45-49
Mark Carroll  50m Backstroke 34.13 4
100m Backstroke 1:14.33 3
200m Backstroke 2:46.86 1
 50m Breaststroke 37.91 4
200m Individual Medley 2:40.16 2
65-69
John Collis  50m Breaststroke 41.07 3
100m Breaststroke 1:37.34 3
200m Breaststroke 3:37.05 2
200m Individual Medley 3:34.64 1
75-79
Gary Stutsel  50m Freestyle 36.76 1
100m Freestyle 1:36.73 2
 50m Backstroke 50.44 1
100m Backstroke 1:50.27 1
200m Backstroke 4:07.76 1

John Colli (l), Gary Stutsel (r) 2019

Mark and John also recorded Top 10 times in their Butterfly (first) leg of their Individual medleys.

Mark’s time was 32.40 and John’s 48.94.

As the National Championships in 2020 will be in Sydney and the 2020 MSNSW Short Course Championships will be held at the AIS pool it is hoped that more members will participate in lead up events this year.

MOLONGLO WATER DRAGONS RESULTS at ACT INTERCLUB 17 February 2019 in Gungahlin 50m pool

What a great meet this was for the Water Dragons! Every swimmer finished with each of their three times in the Masters Swimming NSW Top 10 for 2019. This success should be treated with some caution as there have been only four competitions to the end of February. Trinity King and Tanya Colyer swam number 1 Top 10 times in some of their events but the kings of the meet were our President John Collis and senior member Geoff Llewellyn who both scored hat-tricks. Number one in each of their three swims, then swimming with David Leake and Roger Carter they won their event and swam the second fastest time for 2019 in the Men’s 240 to 279 4 x 50m Freestyle.

The relay team was at a real disadvantage as their total age was 278 just 2 years short of the next age group. The club has at least five members who if they had been available would have put the total age over 280. The women had a smaller handicap totalling 180 years, right in the middle of the 160 to 199 age group but they equitted themselves equally well, also winning their event and swimming the second fastest Top 10 time for 2019.

With six women and five men the Water Dragons were outnumbered 2 to 1 by Tuggeranong (21 to 11) and that is roughly where the points finished with the Vikings scoring 690 to the Water Dragons 325. The 17th was not our best date as Gary Stutsel was in Milawa celebrating his 80th birthday, but it was ideal preparation for those swimmers who were going to Adelaide for the National Championships. Fortunately Di Coxon Ellis was able to fulfil the refereeing duties to ensure all swimmers were conforming with the current rules.

Now all ACT swimmers need to start their preparation for the NSW Long Course (50m pool) Championships that will be held in the AIS pool in October next year.

erstwhile President and hat-trick man John Collos

our senior swimmer and hat-trick man Geoff Llewellyn

MOLONGLO WATER DRAGONS RESULTS at ACT INTERCLUB

17 February 2019 in Gungahlin 50m pool

Women
Age Group Name Event Time Event

place

NSW Ranking for 2019
35-39
Nerida McCorkell  50m Freestyle 39.66 1 2
100m Freestyle 1:25.64 1 2
200m Medley 4:12.13 1 2
40-44
  Trinity King  50m Breaststroke 56.31 1 2
100m Breaststroke 2:04.21 1 1
200m Breaststroke 4:29.09 1 1
50-54
Nicole McMahon 100m Freestyle 2:00.16 2 6
200m Freestyle 4:24.67 3 4
400m Freestyle 9:12.84 3 6
Mary Liz Partridge  50m Backstroke 55.97 2 2
100m Backstroke 2:02.97 1 2
200m Backstroke 4:25.97 1 2
Susie Prest  50m Freestyle 1:00.44 1 3
100m Freestyle 2:13.91 3 5
 50m Breaststroke 1:29.50 1 3
Age Group Name Event Time Event

place

NSW Ranking for 2019
55-59
Tanya Colyer 100m Backstroke 2:48.50 1 4
400m Butterfly 12:30.09 1 1
200m Medley 5:53.73 3 3
Men
60-64
Roger Carter  50m Freestyle 46.20 2 4
100m Freestyle 1:47.69 1 6
 50m Backstroke 1:14.60 2 6
David Leake  50m Freestyle 48.90 3 5
65-69
Tim Booth  50m Freestyle 38.36 2 7
400m Freestyle 6:47.14 1 4
John Collis  50m Breaststroke 42.87 1 1
100m Breaststroke 1:36.39 1 1
200m Medley 3:45.62 1 1
85-89
Geoffrey Llewellyn 100m Freestyle 2:09.47 1 1
200m Freestyle 5:01.20 1 1
400m Freestyle 10:13.14 1 1

RELAYS

Team and members Event Time Place in event NSW Ranking for 2019
Women 160 to 199
Trinity King, Nicole McMahon, 200m Freestyle Team 3:16.96 1 2
Mary Liz Partridge, Nerrida McCorkill
Men 240 to 279
Geoff Llewellyn, David Leake, 200m Freestyle Team 3:09.92 1 2
Roger Carter, John Collis

CLUB POINTSCORES

Total Club Points
1 Tuggeranong 690
2 Molonglo 325
3 Ginninderra 69
4 Sapphire Coast 30
Average Club Points

Minimum 5 swimmers

Swimmers Points per swimmer
1 Tuggeranong 21 32.86
2 Molonglo 11 29.55

WATERFORCE TURNS BACK TIDE

MOLONGLO WATER DRAGONS RESULTS at ACT INTERCLUB

4 November 2018 – 25m course at Gunghalin

Resplendent in our new Water Force polo shirts (see group photo), we Water Dragons were proud hosts of the meet, and rightly so. For the first time since October 2016 we came out overall winners in the interclub point score. The main reason we topped the points table was that we had more swimmers (17 of a total 39). This is one of the key messages I keep banging on about. That is, the way to win these meets is to 1) outnumber the opposition, 2) enter the maximum possible events, and 3) don’t compete against one another. We managed to almost achieve all three of these objectives, plus we had a wider spread of age groups than the Vikings.

The meet was held over a 25m course in the deep end of the 50m pool. The pool management exceeded our expectations by reserving the whole 8 lanes for our use, even though we only competed in three of these. With 39 competitors and starting at 3pm we managed to get through the 12 events by 5.50pm. After the meet a group of about 16 swimmers and helpers retired to the Raiders Club for what were oversized meals and drinks. We were all on our way home by 8pm.

It was good to see Vikings support the meet so well with 14 swimmers because several of their members left the next day to compete in the Pan Pacific Masters Games in Southport. We extended a very big thanks to all the Vikings who helped to run the meet, namely Annette Britten, Katrina Burgess, Leisa Cass, Nick Dando, Bill Eversham, Greg Gourley, Caroline Makin, Anne Smyth and Pete Sharman. It is time we started carrying our share of the officiating load. However we did have a big commitment on the day from non-swimmers Carol Croce, Denise Druitt, Emile Hofsink, Marg Larkin, David Leake, Lenny Partridge, Audrey Stutsel and Les Worthington while Roger Carter, John (the baker) Collis,  Chris Hayhoe, Trinity King, Paul Maggs, Mary Liz Partridge, Greg Reynolds and Gary Stutsel all helped while they weren’t swimming.

It was pleasing to see that the Ginninderra Marlins are getting stronger with six, mostly younger, swimmers and that Bruce Williamson of the newly formed Sapphire Coast Club was able to compete again, and was joined by 18 year old Laura Collins. With summer holidays coming up Bruce has asked that any members going down Pambula way look up Sapphire Coast Masters. It was also a welcome bonus to note that many of our swimmers have improved their times since the earlier 2018 meets.

The full results can be seen on the National Results Portal and on the MSNSW website The points table and the times and placings for each of the Water Dragons follow below. Of particular interest are the swimmers’ positions in the New South Wales Top 10 (as at the 4 November 2018).

CLUB POINTSCORES

Combined including relays (whose points are double)
Place Club Number of swimmers Points
1 Molonglo (Water Force) 17 708
2 Tuggeranong (Vikings) 14 609
3 Ginninderra (Marlins) 6 236
4 Sapphire Coast 2 79

 

MOLONGLO WATER DRAGONS RESULTS at ACT INTERCLUB
Women
Age Group Name Event Time Event

place

NSW Ranking 2018
25-29
Annika Hofsink  50m Freestyle 41.10 1 10
100m Freestyle 1:27.72 1 7
100m Backstroke 1:41.96 1 9
 25m Butterfly 20.84 1 1
35-39
  Trinity King  25m Breaststroke 26.20 2 2
 50m Breaststroke 57.68 3 6
100m Breaststroke 2:04.38 2 4
200m Breaststroke 4:26.94 2 2
50-54
Mary Liz Partridge  25m Backstroke 24.62 1 2
 50m Backstroke 51.58 1 9
100m Backstroke 2:00.33 1 3
 25m Butterfly 27.18 2 5
55-59
Tanya Colyer 100m Freestyle 2:15.57 1
 25m Backstroke 32.68 2 8
200m Butterfly 5:57.23 1 5
100m Medley 2:33.46 1
60-64
Margaret Hadfield 100m Freestyle 1:43.34 1
200m Freestyle 3:37.38 1 9
 50m Backstroke 1:00.64 1
100m Breaststroke 2:02.55 1 4
65-69
Ann Bromwich  50m Freestyle 54.88 1
100m Freestyle 2:09.11 2
 25m Butterfly 29.67 2 7
100m Medley 2:20.96 1
Chris Hayhoe 100m Freestyle 2:00.36 1
200m Freestyle 4:08.64 1
 25m Breaststroke 38.36 1
 25m Butterfly 28.90 1 6
Men
45-49
Greg Reynolds  25m Freestyle 15.03 1 5
 25m Backstroke 18.47 1 1
55-59
Ross Burden 200m Freestyle 2:49.76 1 6
 25m Backstroke 19.70 2 4
 50m Breaststroke 48.20 1
 25m Butterfly 17.07 2 3
Nik Manassiev  50m Freestyle 30.85 1 5
100m Freestyle 1:10.53 1 6
100m Medley 1:25.87 1 5
200m Medley 3:08.22 1 4
MOLONGLO WATER DRAGONS RESULTS at ACT INTERCLUB
Men
Age Group Name Event Time Event place NSW Ranking for 2018 ytd
60-64
Roger Carter  50m Freestyle 46.05 1
100m Freestyle 1:43.09 2
200m Freestyle 3:52.06 1
Gary Simms 100m Freestyle 1:22.56 1
 25m Backstroke 23.71 1 7
 50m Breaststroke 53.78 1
 25m Butterfly 22.27 1
65-69
Tim Booth  25m Freestyle 16.02 2 7
 50m Freestyle 35.82 1
200m Freestyle 2:59.64 1 7
 25m Butterfly 20.09 2 8
John Collis  25m Freestyle 17.06 3
 25m Breaststroke 18.31 1 4
 50m Breaststroke 40.34 1 5
100m Breaststroke 1:33.89 1 5
75-79
Paul Maggs  25m Freestyle 19.15 2 7
 50m Freestyle 43.98 2
100m Freestyle 1:49.65 2 8
200m Freestyle 4:29.36 1 6
Gary Stutsel  25m Freestyle 16.49 1 1
 50m Freestyle 36.24 1 3
100m Freestyle 1:28.93 1 5
 25m Butterfly 21.48 1 2
85-89
Geoff Llewellyn  25m Freestyle 22.62 1 2
 50m Freestyle 54.17 1 2
100m Freestyle 2:04.65 1 1
200m Freestyle 4:32.75 1 1

 

RELAYS

Women 160-199
Mary-Liz Partridge, Trinity King, 4 x 25m Medley 1:32.23 2 4
Annika Hofsink, Marg Hadfield
Men 200-239
Greg Reynolds, Gary Simms, 4 x 25m Medley 1:15.11 1 6
Nik Manassiev, Tim Booth
Men 280 to 319
Geoff Llewellyn, John Collis, 4 x 25m Medley 1:31.41 1 5
Ross Burden, Gary Stutsel
Mixed 240-279
Ann Bromwich, Paul Maggs, 4 x 25m Medley 1:51.80 1 8
Chris Hayhoe, Roger Carter

 

MOLONGLO WATER DRAGONS at TUGGERANONG’s MSNSW-BPS MEET

15 September 2018 over 25m course

This year Tuggeranong Vikings took two big steps to attract NSW swimmers to their annual swim meet. Their date, the 15th September, aligned with the first weekend of Floriade. Then instead of holding their “three swim” Tuggeranong Challenge, they elected to conduct a BPS meet (Masters Swimming NSW Branch Point-Score meet). The BPS is an annual point-score that is conducted over the results of 16 swim meets held between January and December. There are 51 clubs in Masters NSW including the three ACT clubs, and they are divided into four divisions with approximately 13 clubs in each division.

As expected the meet attracted a number of clubs that were keen to add to their 2018 tally. Apart from the three ACT clubs and the Pambula based Sapphire Coast Club there were seven NSW clubs from Division 1, four from Division 2, and two from Division 3 making a total of 17 competing clubs. However probably due to the high cost of local accommodation the numbers from each club were not very high. Wett Ones, the largest visiting club, had 10 swimmers. The other clubs from north and west of Newcastle, the Illawarra, the Blue Mountains and Sydney ranged in numbers from one to eight swimmers. In total there were 89 swimmers competing in up to 4 individual events each and a relay over almost four hours.

Molonglo had a very disappointing contingent with just five men. This was even surpassed by Ginninderra (CISAC pool) with four women and four men and equalled by recently formed Sapphire Coast (Pambula) with five swimmers. Hopefully our numbers were down because it was a Saturday afternoon and many Water Dragons had regular commitments. If there weren’t any compelling reasons for the low attendance then it doesn’t look good for our time-trial meet at Gunghalin on Sunday 4th November. The Vikings could be excused for feeling we had let them down were it not for the tireless efforts of David Leake who single-handedly filled our time-keeping commitments and Audrey Stutsel who marshalled for the whole meet. John Collis (Judge of Stroke) and Gary Stutsel (Inspector of Turns) were also on duty when they weren’t competing.

Our five competitors committed themselves well, helped by the fact they were all in different age groups. This maximised our points with Matt Piroglu (40-44 years) scoring 29 points from 3 events, Nick Manassiev (55-59) 39 from 4 events, John Collis (65-69) 38 from 4 events, Tim Mather (70-74) 40 from 4 events (which was maximum possible) and Gary Stutsel (75-79) 39 from 4 events. As you will see in our full results following, almost all of our swims made the NSW Top 10 for 2018.

l to r Tim, Gary, John, Matt and Nik

Our outstanding effort of the meet was the 4 x 50m Freestyle relay team of, in order of swimming, Gary Stutsel, Tim Mather, Nick Manassiev and Matt Piroglou the anchorman. Swimming in the 240-279 age group the team which was favoured to win swam alongside main rivals Campbelltown. Our captain John Collis nominated for us to swim slowest to fastest while Campbelltown chose to swim fastest to slowest. Their first swimmer came in a good 10m in front of Gary then Tim slipped further behind. Nick picked up more than Tim had lost, and finally Matt not only caught his oponent but surged past him to finish almost 8 seconds in front. This magnificent effort earned us the maximum 20 points, 2nd ranking in the NSW Top 10 and 5th in the National Top 10.

Our combine total points were 205 which placed us 7th of the17 clubs, but we did even better in the Average Points per Swimmer coming 3rd. This was ahead of both the Vikings who were overall winners and Ginninderra who were 3rd overall.

[views expressed above do not represent the opinions of anyone other the author, Gary Stutsel]

MOLONGLO WATER DRAGONS RESULTS at TUGGERANONG VIKINGS MSNSW MEET

15 September 2018 – Lakeside Leisure Centre 25m course

Men
Name Age group and place in group event time place NSW ranking for 2018
Matt Piroglu 40-44                      4th  50m Backstroke 35.88 2
 50m Breaststroke 39.97 1 7
 50m Butterfly 30.05 1 2
Nick Manassiev 55-59                        1st  50m Freestyle 30.58 1 5
100m Freestyle 1:11.39 1 3
100m Medley 1:28.48 2 5
200m Medley 3:08.55 1 3
John Collis 65-69                       3rd  50m Backstroke 47.56 2 9
 50m Breaststroke 42.05 1 6
100m Breaststroke 1:33.43 1 4
100m Medley 1:39.73 2
Timothy Mather 70-74                      1st  50m Freestyle 37.46 1 7
100m Freestyle 1:31.21 1 5
200m Freestyle 3:25.08 1 3
 50m Backstroke 48.08 1 5
Gary Stutsel 75-79                       2nd 100m Freestyle 1:39.96 2 5
100m Backstroke 1:49.06 1 4
100m Breaststroke 2:03.33 1 2
200m Breaststroke 5:10.81 1 1

 

RELAY

 

Men’s 240 to 279
Gary Stutsel, Timothy Mather 200m Freestyle Team 2:17.23 1 2
Nick Manassiev, Matt Piroglu

 

CLUB POINTSCORES

 

Total Club Points

(including relays which score double points)

Average Club Points

(total divided by number of swimmers)

club points place club Average points place
Tuggeranong 857 1 Oak Flats 43.25 1
Wett Ones 356 2 Campbelltown 41.80 2
Ginninderra (CISAC) 289 3 Molonglo 41.00 3
Ryde 262 4 Tuggeranong 38.95 4
Warringah 218 5 Ryde 37.43 5
Campbelltown 209 6 Warringah 36.33 6
Molonglo 205 7 Ginninderra 36.13 7
Oak Flats 173 8 Wett Ones 35.60 8
Sapphire Coast 157 9 Sapphire Coast 31.40 9

 

There were 8 other clubs competing that finished as follows in the total points scored:

10th Seaside Pirates (99 points), 11th Blacktown (80), 12th Maitland (75), 13th Wollongong (62),

equal 14th Wests Auburn (37), Raymond Terrace (37), 16th North Shore (36), 17th Blue Mountains (30)

 

Molonglo members at the NSW/ACT relay championships

Sunday July 15th was a Sydney winter’s day, not like summer but not as cold as a lot of other places we know.

Club President John Collis and fellow Committee member Gary Stutsel joined with eleven other Canberrans to represent Tuggeranong in the NSW/ACT Relay Championships at the Sydney Olympic Park Aquatic Centre.

Swum in the dive tank over a 25 metre course the Championships attracted 279 swimmers from 16 clubs. Teams ranged in size from 8 to 39 members with the size of the team determining the number of events each club could enter. There were 18 events spread over six hours and each swimmer was restricted to a maximum of five swims. Tuggeranong with 13 swimmers scored 262 points to come 9th in the club point score. However there were some great swims by the individual teams.

 

John and Gary swam in both the 4x25m and the 4x50m Medley Relays in the 240-279 age group with Jeanette Droop and top coach Anne Smyth. Both of these teams not only won their event but they recorded the fastest time in the NSW Top 10 and the third fastest time in the Australian Top 10 for 2018. This was despite Johnny-come-lately raising the stress level by being AWOL and almost missing the start of the 4x25m relay. The “boys” also swam in the 4x25m Freestyle (3rd) and 4x50m Freestyle (4th) despite Gary missing the turn and losing two seconds.

This meet was an excellent example of what can be achieved when our two clubs (Molonglo and Tuggeranong) put up a joint effort. We should look to doing this at all meets outside of the ACT.

The Molonglo Megasaurs

The Molonglo Megasaurs, a guns-for-hire subset of the Molonglo Water Dragons lashed out on the weekend of 19-20 May to swim for 24 hours non-stop to raise funds for MS Australia.  A hardy team of 15 swimmers lined up to swim their weekend away, raising $3,775 to support people living with Multiple Sclerosis in the process.

This was a mighty effort, by all concerned, none more so that Annika Hofsink and her family, Dora, Elize and Heidi, who swam the dreaded midnight to dawn shift and raised a hefty $1,640 between them.  Another family team, the David, Kirsten, Katherine and Stephen Muzgrove opened the event and raised $1,135.

Also swimming were Club members John Collis, Tanya Colyer, Margaret Hadfield, Christine Hayhoe, Timothy Mather, and former member Megan O’Mara.  Denise Druitt from the Tuggeranong Vikings and Stacey Marsh from Exceed Fitness made up the rest of a strong team.  A number of swimmers swam timed endurance swims during the event.  Well done the Megasaurs, give yourselves a whole lot of pats on the back (this can double as a good stretching exercise).

This fun event has been a regular feature of our swimming calendar and we encourage more people to get involved next year.

John Collis
Team Captain
Molonglo Megasaurs

MOLONGLO WATER DRAGONS at STATE CHAMPIONSHIPS 17 and 18 March, Sydney Olympic Park Aquatic Centre (SOPAC)

The annual Masters Swimming NSW Long Course Championships were held at SOPAC on the weekend of the 17th and 18th March. This was a very busy weekend for Sydney Olympic Park as there were concerts by Ed Sheeran and Bruno Mars, the Australian Junior Athletics Championships, the NSW Diving Championships and of course the NSW Masters Swim.

The NSW Swim saw 295 swimmers competing from 22 Sydney clubs, 16 country clubs, two interstate clubs and there was one visitor from the USA. Male swimmers slightly outnumbered the female with 154 to 141. Three of the males were our president John Collis, Paul Maggs and Gary Stutsel all of whom competed for Tuggeranong Vikings. Interestingly the Vikings had their smallest team for years with our three men and six of their ladies making a total of nine.

Despite the small numbers the Vikings Team finished 9th overall from 41 clubs and was 3rd in the Average Points per swimmer trophy. We were the top scoring country club. In the Mixed Relays (two females plus two males) John and Gary teamed with Katrina Burgess and Caroline Makin to swim two second places. In the medley event, where John swam the breaststroke leg and Gary the freestyle we were 3 seconds behind North Sydney while in the freestyle relay Ryde finished 4 seconds in front of us.

Meantime Ross Burden was competing in the Masters section of the NSW Diving Championships in the SOPAC diving pool, where the MSNSW Relay Meet is held. Ross finished with a 2nd place in the 1m springboard event and 2nd place in the 3m event. (Photos are courtesy of Sean Leydon, who is the son of a Tuggeranong Vikings swimmer).

Our three boys were happy with their individual performances (maximum of five swims allowed) as is shown in their results below. Paul took 4 seconds off both of his times from last month and scored 13 points to finish 8th of 10 swimmers, John scored 39 points which gave him 6th of 19 and Gary 44 points which was 3rd of 10. The complete results are on the MSNSW website at http://mastersswimmingnsw.org.au/Competition/Results/MSNSW-Swim-Meet-Results.

MOLONGLO WATER DRAGONS MEMBERS results
2018 MSNSW Long Course Championships
Men
Age Group Name Event Time Event place NSW Ranking for 2018 ytd
65-69
John Collis  50m Backstroke 45.02 3 4
 50m Breaststroke 41.78 2 4
100m Breaststroke 1:38.49 3 5
200m Breaststroke 3:42.20 3 3
 50m Butterfly 49.08 5 9
75-79
Paul Maggs  50m Freestyle 42.88 4 10
100m Freestyle 1:51.37 5 10
Gary Stutsel  50m Freestyle 35.90 1 1
100m Freestyle 1:25.49 3 3
100m Backstroke 1:47.97 4 4
 50m Butterfly 50.78 2 2
100m Butterfly 2:35.51 1 1

Molonglo Water Dragons roar to success at ACT Interclub meet 

John Collis poking his tongue out

John Collis in fine form!

The first ACT mini swim meet for 2018 was held at Queanbeyan Pool, in the 25m pool, on Sunday 25 February. The meet was scheduled for the 50m pool but this was the day the skies opened up and dumped a month’s rain on us before mid-morning. It was so bad that areas near O’Connor shops had to be evacuated, Majura Parkway was impassable and our Mary Liz had to detour around the Tuggeranong Parkway and Hindmarsh Drive to get to the pool.

The rain eased off by warm-up time, but it was so cold and threatening that pool management allowed us to move inside into the 25m pool where it was warm and comfortable. Although the meet was held at Queanbeyan it was hosted by Tuggeranong Vikings at their request so they had a longer break before their regular Tuggeranong Challenge due to be held in September. Swimmers retired to the nearby bowling club for dinner after the meet.

The hosts, the Vikings, once again showed their superiority by scooping all three pointscores, Women’s, Men’s and Overall, while the relays saw both clubs score equal points. We were delighted to welcome two swimmers, Pat Helmore and Bruce Williamson from the newly formed Sapphire Coast Club, which is based at Pambula but swims in multiple venues, including Bega. Bruce has asked that any members going down their way look them up. Pat who hasn’t been seen for some years used to swim for the Hills Club in Sydney’s north.

Molonglo Water Dragons were represented by seven women and six men. For the first time in memory the women (Tanya Colyer, Alison Compston, Margaret Hadfield, Chris Hayhoe, Trinity King, Mary Liz Partridge and Susie Prest) outscored the men (Tim Booth, Mark Carroll, Roger Carter, Chris Loose, Paul Maggs and Gary Stutsel). Due to the small numbers all of our swimmers finished in major places. It was particularly warming to see newcomer Roger Carter finish with 3 firsts and a second from his four swims.

Speaking of which there are two things we must do to beat the Vikings. The first is for more of us to turn up and compete. As you will see from the results following you don’t need to be a champion, just get in and swim. The second is to ensure that all of those who do swim compete in the maximum number of events allowed in this meet four individual and one relay.

While the full results for all swimmers are available on both the National Results Portal and the MSNSW website, the times and placings for each of the Water Dragons follow below. Of particular interest are the swimmers’ positions in the New South Wales Top 10 (as at the end of February 2018).

See details here:

MOLONGLO WATER DRAGONS RESULTS at ACT INTERCLUB