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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

 

 

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.