And we’re off!
Molonglo Water Dragons hosted the first ACT Interclub competition for the year at the Queanbeyan Aquatic Centre on a sunny Sunday afternoon (see previous post).
Fielding a team of 6 women and 12 men the Water Dragons acquitted themselves well. Tuggeranong Vikings with 24 swimmers was victorious in the overall pointscore with 664 points followed by Molonglo on 424 then Ginninderra’s 4 swimmers with 120, and visiting team North Sydney’s two swimmers with 58 points.
The Water Dragon’s men topped the Men’s Pointscore with 307, followed by Vikings on 231, Ginninderra on 90 and North Sydney with 30. The Vikings 15 swimmers dominated the Women’s Pointscore with 433 followed by the Water Dragons with 117, Ginninderra 30 and North Sydney 28.
This mass of numbers highlights two critical lessons for the Masters NSW Short Course Championships to be held in Canberra on 14 and 15 October at the AIS complex. They are:
- The more swimmers in your team the more points you will score!
- All swimmers must compete in the maximum allowable number of swims to maximise the team’s position in the pointscores.
As an illustration the Water Dragon’s lost points at this meet because the men swam 32 of a possible 36 swims and the women 12 of a possible 18. To do better in October we need more swimmers and they will all need to swim in the maximum five individual events.
Those who swam in this meet have done remarkably well in the 2017 year to date Masters Swimming NSW Rankings with 21 swims in the top three positions for their age group. The individual results with 2017 ranking follow.
Water Dragons results at 26 Feb
Congratulations to all of these swimmers. The full results of the meet are here
All members should note that recorded times they swim on club nights, at swimathons, and at all interclub meets are eligible for both the NSW and National Rankings Lists.
Compiled by Gary Stutsel
The first ACT Interclub meet for 2017 brought the three local Masters clubs together at Queanbeyan Pool for three hours of competition on Sunday 26 February.
Racing to the finish in the ACT Interclub
Starting competition at 3.30pm on a bright sunny afternoon the races continued through until 6.30pm. As we were still on summer time it was particularly pleasant for the last hour.
Once again the results were a numbers game with Tuggeranong Vikings, the biggest team, winning the overall pointscore. While Molonglo Water Dragons had managed to outscore the opposition at the last meet in 2016, that was only because we had the top numbers at the Gungahlin meet.
Vikings with 24 swimmers scored 664 points with the Water Dragons second on 424 points (18 swimmers), Ginninderra third with 120 points (4 swimmers) and visitors North Sydney fourth with 58 points from 2 swimmers. We also welcomed 2 swimmers from Ginninderra who are not registered Masters swimmers.
With four lanes booked and 50 competitors we decided to use all four lanes for the very popular 400 metres event. Because there were 23 entrants and 7 heats this event took about an hour to complete. For the remaining 50 and 100 metre events were used only three lanes as there was a shortage of timekeepers who were not competing.
This, with a record 50 swimmers meant we didn’t get through these events quickly enough and led to the only disappointment of the afternoon when I decided to cancel the relay heats. This was because it was obvious we would not be able to swim these and be out of the complex by closing time of 7pm. Instead we quit the water at 6.30 and showered and freshened up for a very filling dinner at the nearby Queanbeyan Bowling Club. Those who couldn’t make it to the club managed to demolish John Collis’ baked goodies and Carol Croce’s refreshing fruit and top up with tea or coffee arranged by Marg Larkin.
A big thanks to all those who helped out and specially to John Collis who collected our entries, John Oke and Les Worthington who timekept all afternoon, Marg Wade and Marg Larkin timekeeping when they weren’t organising the refreshments or swimming, Lenny Partridge recording and running up and down the pool checking recorded times and Audrey Stutsel doing the marshalling with the assistance of Peter Coggin’s wife Mandy who like many other key members of the Vikings and our referee Jodie Burke, made the meet go so well.
Gary Stutsel, Meet Director