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

 

 

Molonglo Water Dragons excel in the water

Swimming with 180 other competitors from 30 other clubs the North Canberra / Queanbeyan based Molonglo Water Dragons Club excelled themselves at the Masters Swimming NSW Short Course Championships. Swimmers aged from 18 to 88 travelled from as far west as Perth and as far north as Yamba to compete in the AIS pool on Saturday and Sunday 14-15 October.

Fielding a team of three women and nine men the Water Dragons acquitted themselves well winning the 3rd Division point score with 533 points 237 more than their nearest rival the club. Fellow Canberra clubs also did very well, with south side Tuggeranong second in the 1st division with 1064 points and Belconnen based Ginninderra first in the 4th division with 81 points.

Top performer for the Molonglo team was Mark Carroll who swam five 1st places to win his age group and then led off the 160 to 199 Medley relay team to win their race. The men’s teams finished second in three other relay events and fourth in both of their mixed (2 women plus 2 men) event. Others to finish in the top three in their age group were Ed Auzins (3rd), Ross Burden (3rd) and Gary Stutsel (2nd).

In total the team gained 44 individual medals (19 gold, 14 silver, and 11 bronze).

Special mention should be made of Les Worthington and Margaret Larkin who while not swimming spent most of the meet either timekeeping or on the medals stand.

This image shows Molonglo Water Dragons Team (left to right) Front row: Les Worthington, Trinity King , and Margaret Larkin; 2nd row: Geoff Llewellyn, Tanya Colyer, and Gary Stutsel; 3rd row: Mark Carroll, Mary Liz Partridge, John Collis; Top row: Gavin Atherton, Tim Booth, Ed Auzins. Missing Ross Burden and Paul Maggs.

Molonglo Water Dragons Team (left to right) Front row: Les Worthington, Trinity King , and Margaret Larkin; 2nd row: Geoff Llewellyn, Tanya Colyer, and Gary Stutsel; 3rd row: Mark Carroll, Mary Liz Partridge, John Collis; Top row: Gavin Atherton, Tim Booth, Ed Auzins. Missing Ross Burden and Paul Maggs

This image shows Molonglo Water Dragons team members poolside. Left to right: Ross Burden, Gary Stutsel, Mary Liz Partridge, Gavin Atherton, John Collis, Tanya Colyer, Ed Auzins and Margaret Larkin

Molonglo Water Dragons team members poolside. Left to right: Ross Burden, Gary Stutsel, Mary Liz Partridge, Gavin Atherton, John Collis, Tanya Colyer, Ed Auzins and Margaret Larkin

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

This image shows Water Dragons President John Collis with the trophy for first place in the 3rd Division at the NSW Short Course Championships

Water Dragons President John Collis with the trophy for first place in the 3rd Division at the NSW Short Course Championships

This image shows President John Collis (left) models his one million metres polo shirt, while Ross Burden (right) advertises the MS 24 hour Mega Swim

President John Collis (left) models his one million metres polo shirt, while Ross Burden (right) advertises the MS 24 hour Mega Swim

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Congratulations to all of these swimmers. Club results of the meet are here. The full results of the meet are here.

MOLONGLO WATER DRAGONS results 4 June 2017 Interclub
Age Group Name Event Time Place Points (1st=10, 2nd=9, 3rd=8 4th=7 etc) NSW Ranking for 2017
Women
35-39
Trinity King 50m Breaststroke 1:01.71 2 9 4
100m Breaststroke dq
200m Breaststroke 4:42.70 2 9 2
  Place in age group and total points scored (maximum possible 50) 5 18
50-54
Mary Liz Partridge 100m Freestyle 1:33.48 6 5 12
200m Freestyle 3:21.21 3 8 9
50m Backstroke 49.91 6 5 11
100m Backstroke 1:55.01 3 8 5
200m Backstroke 3:59.89 3 8 3
  Place in age group and total points scored (maximum possible 50) 9 34
55-59
Tanya Colyer 200m Freestyle 4:16.38 5 6 12
100m Backstroke 2:26.80 3 8 4
50m Butterfly 1:04.33 3 8 7
200m Butterfly 5:45.13 4 7 4
100m Medley 2:22.84 4 7 11
  Place in age group and total points scored (maximum possible 50) 9 36
Men
30-34
Gavin Atherton 50m Freestyle 27.44 2 9 2
100m Freestyle 1:02.05 2 9 2
200m Freestyle 2:21.24 1 10 2
100m Butterfly 1:15.18 1 10 1
  Place in age group and total points scored (maximum possible 50) 4 38
35-39
Ed Auzins 100m Freestyle 1:06.20 1 10 3
50m Breaststroke 35.32 1 10 2
100m Breaststroke 1:21.01 1 10 2
50m Butterfly 30.01 1 10 3
 Place in age group and total points scored (maximum possible 50) 3 40
45-49
Mark Carroll 50m Backstroke 32.81 1 10 1
200m Backstroke 2:33.42 1 10 1
100m Breaststroke 1:19.31 1 10 1
100m Medley 1:09.03 1 10 1
200m Medley 2:37.60 1 10 1
 Place in age group and total points scored (maximum possible 50) 1 50
55-59
Ross Burden 100m Freestyle 1:13.49 1 10 8
200m Freestyle 2:46.30 1 10 5
100m Breaststroke 1:41.27 2 9 3
100m Medley 1:26.87 1 10 5
200m Medley 3:18.92 3 8 3
 Place in age group and total points scored (maximum possible 50) 3 47
Age Group Name Event Time Points NSW Ranking for 2017
Men cont.
65-69
Tim Booth   50m Freestyle 34.97 4 7 12
100m Freestyle 1:17.66 3 8 9
200m Freestyle 2:55.01 3 8 4
100m Medley dq
 Place in age group and total points scored (maximum possible 50) 12 23
John Collis 50m Backstroke 44.30 2 9 7
50m Breaststroke 39.98 2 9 4
100m Breaststroke 1:31.69 2 9 3
200m Breaststroke 3:32.88 2 9 2
100m Medley 1:31.39 2 9 9
 Place in age group and total points scored (maximum possible 50) 4 45
75-79
Paul Maggs 50m Freestyle 43.39 3 8 6
100m Freestyle 1:50.12 2 9 7
 Place in age group and total points scored (maximum possible 50) 5 17
Gary Stutsel 50m Freestyle 34.99 1 10 1
50m Butterfly 49.76 1 10 1
100m Butterfly 2:11.48 1 10 1
100m Medley 1:56.33 2 9 2
200m Medley 4:13.16 1 10 1
 Place in age group and total points scored (maximum possible 50) 2 49
80-84
Geoff Llewellyn 50m Freestyle 49.92 2 9 4
100m Freestyle 1:57.44 2 9 2
200m Freestyle 4:22.45 3 8 3
100m Backstroke 2:55.22 3 8 3
200m Backstroke Dq
 Place in age group and total points scored (maximum possible 50) 4 34
RELAY EVENTS
MEN’S 4 x 50m FREESTYLE
160 to 199 age group
Ross Burden, Ed Auzins, Mark Carroll, Gavin Atherton 1:55.22 2 18 4
280 to 319 age group
Paul Maggs, John Collis, Gary Stutsel, Tim Booth 2:37.61 2 18 5
MIXED 4 x 50m MEDLEY
200 to 239 age group
Mary Liz Partridge, Trinity King, John Collis, Gary Stutsel 3:11.89 4 14 11
MEN’S 4 X 50M MEDLEY
160 to 199 age group
Mark Carroll, Ed Auzins, Gavin Atherton, Tim Booth 2:11.77 1 20 6
280 to 319 age group
Gary Stutsel, John Collis, Ross Burden, Geoff Llewellyn 2:59.60 2 18 4
MIXED 4 x 50m FREESTYLE
240 to 279 age group
Tanya Colyer Mary Liz Partridge Gary Stutsel Ross Burden 2:52.30 4 14 11

 

 

This is a very overdue post about two dedicated swimmers who travelled to warmer climes to compete in the Great Barrier Reef Masters Games. What commitment!

Image shows John and Adam poolside with their medals

John Collis and Adam Cowle have bragging rights after winning many medals at the Great Barrier Reef Masters in Cairns

On 26 May two Molonglo Water Dragons headed north to Cairns to swim in the Great Barrier Reef Masters Games. Leaving their winter woollies behind, Adam Cowell and John Collis enjoyed some family fun in the sun and a bit of friendly competition in the newly refurbished Tobruk Memorial Pool, Johnny Collis junior’s home pool in the 1960s.  They have certainly done a great job of redeveloping the pool, with shade sails, a 25m warm-up pool, an indoor 25m pool and a wave pool.  The boys wasted no time showing the locals how it’s done, bagging a swag of medals, and setting a few good times in the process. John was delighted to take home the gold in all three breaststroke events, only just nabbing the 100m by two 1/100ths of a second. Adam swam some really good times and the two combined with some Queensland swimmers in a number of relays. Cairns in winter is a wonderful place for a holiday, with warm sunny days and cool trade winds, and we had a great holiday as well.

Tuggeranong Challenge 2017

Calling for nominations for the Tuggeranong Challenge 2017 on Saturday 16 September.

This year the meet will include a special 25m Butterfly event “The Flockart Flyer” will be swum in memory of Richard Flockart. He was one of a kind and always made us smile! We hope everyone attending will take part in this event at the start of the meet and wear something purple or pink in honour of Richard.

Image shows Tuggeranong T shirt

Get in the swim at the Tuggeranong Challenge, Saturday 16 September

The Challenge consists of swimming a 50m, 100m and 200m event, each in a different stroke. To ascertain the winner we aggregate the absolute difference between actual and nominated time for each of the three events. For example: if you swim 2 seconds faster in event 1, 3 seconds slower in event 2 and 0.5 of a second faster in event 4, your total difference over the 3 events is 5.5 seconds (no watches allowed!).  The trophy will be presented to the swimmer with the smallest total difference.  The fastest swimmer will not necessarily be the winner.  Swimmers who do not wish to ‘take the challenge’ may still enter any event up to the maximum allowed (3 events plus the Flockart Flyer plus a relay).

Please get your entries and nominated times to John Collis by Thursday 31 August.

More information here. 2017-09-16 The Tuggeranong Challenge 2017 Flyer

Night dip in the lake for winter solstice

Image shows group of swimmer after their dip in the lake

This blurrrrry image of brrrrrrrry swimmers after their dip in Lake Burley Griffin for the winter solstice

A happy bunch of wacky lappers  took the plunge into Lake Burley Griffin to mark the winter sol
stice. It was more of a sprint than an endurance event, but very invigorating.  Instigator Marg Hadfield swears that on that one day of the year the lake has special rejuvenating powers which can take years off your life.  Well done to Marg, Tim Booth, Alison Compston, Chris Loose and David Dedenczuk for having the courage to give it a go.  The plan is to do it again next year, but in the morning, when everyone can see where they are going.  The event was filmed by ABC TV news and you may be able to find it on i-view.

Good times made at recent Intercub

Image of someone wearing a Masters swimming swim capSunday 4 June saw 47 swimmers from the three ACT clubs along with visitors from Penrith and Newcastle entering the three hour swim meet. Held at the Lakeside Leisure Centre the meet was hosted by Tuggeranong Vikings. Due no doubt to the cold weather and winter ills only 38 of the 47 competed.

Vikings had the biggest team with 19 (12 women and 7 men), Ginninderra who swim at CISAC had 5 (2 women, 2 men and a non-member woman) while the Molonglo Water Dragons fielded the second biggest team with 12 (9 men and 3 women). The visitors were Lesley Doran of Novocastrian Club (Newcastle) aand Stephen De Lorenzo of Penrith. Stephen is the coach at the Thredbo Leisure Centre.

Numbers won the day with Tuggeranong winning the overall and Women’s point scores, while Molonglo won the Men’s point score and came second overall.

Women’s Team Scores

  1. Tuggeranong Vikings            444 pts
  2. Molonglo Water Dragons     112
  3. Ginninderra Masters               60
  4. Novocastrian                            29

Men’s Team Scores

  1. Molonglo Water Dragons     311 pts
  2. Tuggeranong Vikings            236
  3. Ginninderra Masters               50
  4. Penrith Masters                       40

Combined Team Scores

  1. Tuggeranong Vikings            700
  2. Molonglo Water Dragons     443
  3. Ginninderra Masters            130
  4. Penrith Masters                       40
  5. Novocastrian                             29

The odd numbers came from the Mixed Relays comprising two women and two men.

Due to our odd numbers Molonglo were only able to field  a Mixed Team and a Men’s Team. Both of these teams won their age groups unopposed.

240 to 279 Mixed 4 x 50m Freestyle

Geoff Llewellyn 84, David Dedenczuk 53, Mary Liz Partridge 52 and Margaret Hadfield 61 swam 10th fastest time in NSW in 3mins:11.25 seconds

280 to 319 Men’s 4 X 50M Freestyle

Paul Maggs 75, Donald McMiken 75, John Collis 65 and Tim Booth 66 swam 6th fastest time in NSW in 2mins:44.46 seconds

John Collis poking his tongue out

John Collis in fine form!

Full results can be see here.

Water Dragons 4 June 2017 results

Million metres and still swimming

A celebratory Marg Larkin after achieving a million metres in the Aussi Masters Vorgee Million Metres

A celebratory Marg Larkin after achieving a million metres in the Aussi Masters Vorgee Million Metres

Molonglo Water Dragons swimmer Marg Larkin has joined the million metres club. What a whale of an effort Marg! Marg has been clocking up the kilometres and achieving this important ‘watermark’ received a Masters Swimming Vorgee Million Metres polo shirt and certificate.

Vorgee Million Metre Awards acknowledge progress from the “learn to swim” beginner to the distance swimmer. These awards are intended to stimulate members to strive for greater fitness and are open to all registered members of Masters Swimming Australia.

…and now on to 2 million metres Marg!

ACT in ACTION at NSW Championships

Three of the Water Dragons’ older members ventured to Sydney Olympic Park on the weekend of the 9th and 10th of April to swim with the Tuggeranong team in the Masters Swimming NSW Long Course (50m pool) Championships. They joined 17 other Canberra swimmers to come third in the interclub point score.

The point score competition once again proved the power of numbers with

1st             Warringah                                               1631 points                   41 swimmers

2               Manly                                                       1276                                         29

3               Tuggeranong                                           956                                          20

4               Seaside Pirates                                       787                                           24

5               Blacktown                                                674                                          16

6               Ryde                                                          659                                          23

7               Blue Mountains                                      535                                          16

43 clubs competed in all including new clubs Maccabi and Vladswim, three interstate clubs and a lone swimmer from Ireland. It was heartening to see six swimmers from Coffs Harbour, which had been moribund for years.

John Collis proudly displaying his medals with daughter Georgie.

John Collis proudly displaying his medals with daughter Georgie. Well done John!

Our three swimmers acquitted themselves well with President John Collis finishing equal 7th in the 65-69 age group with a total of 34 points from:

2nd              50m Breaststroke                         40.89 seconds

2nd            100m Breaststroke         1min      34.53 seconds

3rd             200m Breaststroke         3min      47.07 seconds

3rd             200m Medley                   3min      33.96 second

Stalwart Paul Maggs finished 10th in the 75-79 group with 11 points from:

6th               50m Freestyle                   42.59 seconds

5th             100m Freestyle                  1min      54.54 seconds

While Treasurer Gary Stutsel swam the maximum five individual events to finish 3rd in the 75-79 group on 45 points from:

2nd            50m Freestyle                     35.40 seconds

1st              50m Butterfly                     48.69 seconds

1st             100m Butterfly                   2min      10.11 seconds

3rd             100m Backstroke              1min      45.59 seconds

3rd             200m Backstroke             3min      57.60 seconds

Gary’s position and points reflect the result of swimming all five events.

John/Gary teamed together in the             4 x 50m Men’s 280-319 Freestyle to finish 5th

Paul/Gary                                                         4 x 50m Men’s 280-319 Medley were 3rd

John’s team finished 2nd in the                   4 x 50m Men’s 200-239 Medley

and                                               6th  in the                4 x 50m Mixed 200-239 Medley

Gary’s team                                3rd in the                 4 x 50m Men’s 280-239 Medley

2nd in the                                    4 x 50m Mixed 240-279 Freestyle

and                                              2nd in the                4 x 50m Mixed 240-279 Medley

Between them the “boys” helped to score a remarkable 198 of Tuggeranong’s 956 points. Their efforts together with the presence in the team of Ginninderra’s Joan Bratton highlight the desirability of a combined ACT team to contest Branch and National Championships.