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.
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.