Three Tuggeranong Vikings swimmers teamed up with participants from other NSW clubs and had a fantastic time at the 14th Australian Masters Games in Geelong, Victoria.
The Games has over 50 sports and over 8000 people participating with the highlight being attending the opening ceremony with participants from all sports represented. But despite having a such a good time, the Vikings also swam very well and bought home some fantastic medals.
There was some exciting racing, particularly Roger Dietrich storming home in the 200m Breaststroke pulling back over two body lengths in the last 50m from Paul Bailey (Warringah Masters) to take silver
Anne Smyth and Caroline Makin also had a tight tussle in the 400m Individual Medley with the ladies swimming next to each other and Caroline just touching out Anne at the end by a mere 0.1 seconds!
Final results were:
Caroline Makin – 2 Gold, 3 Silver and 3 Bronze medals.
Anne Smyth – 5 Gold and 4 Silver medals.
Roger Dietrich – a Silver medal.
The Vikings also swam as part of NSW relay teams which was a lot of fun. Anne and Caroline teamed with Jillian Pateman and Michelle Varker (both from Blue Mountains Phoenix) to win Silver in the 160+ 4x50m Womens Medley relay.
They then teamed with Michelle Varker and Katie Lewis (Campbelltown speedy youngster!) to take out Gold in the 160+ 4x50m Womens Freestyle relay.
The games embodied the Masters spirit of fun, fitness and friendship and participation in the next Australian Masters Games in two years’ time in Adelaide is highly recommended.
If you are interested in Masters Swimming in the ACT please visiy Tuggeranong Masters website at www.tuggmastersswim.org