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.