The NSW Metropolitan Short Course Championships were held at the Sydney Olympic Park Aquatic Centre, on the 1st and 2nd of July 2006. Merrylands' team of 3 swimmers swam 4 personal best times at the meet with a finalist in one event.

The first competitor from Merrylands was Anthony Ventra, who swam in the 12 years 100m Breaststroke. Anthony's mum, Rose, decided she would give him the loudest encouragement possible, her voice!!! With Rose loudly cheering him on from the grandstand, he managed to do two PB's in ONE race!! He took a huge 4.25 seconds off his time to swim a 1:27.14 and also did a PB in the first 50m of the 100, to now do an impressive 39.19. He finished 14th out of 34 competitors in the event having been ranked 27th.

Brittany Johnson was the second competitor from Merrylands, who also swam the 100m Breaststroke. Even though she was extremely nervous she managed to do a massive 4.76 second PB and she is proud to now say that her time is a 1:23.91. Brittany went into the event as the 10th fastest swimmer and came out with a finalist ribbon for finishing 7th - our club's first finalist at the Metropolitan Short Course Championships since 2003*. Along with everyone else in the club we were all surprised and very proud of her.

Brittany also swam the 100m Freestyle after a tiresome wait of 4 hours. With adrenaline pumping through her body she did an amazing swim. She shaved 0.29 off her entry time of 1:04.61 to now do a 1:04.32 - 0.27 of the improvement coming in the all important second 50m. Even though this doesn't seem much, it's a lot to a swimmer. Brittany finished 19th overall, maintaining her position going into the event.

Our third competitor at the meet was David Wang. Also swimming in the 100m Breaststroke, this time in the 13yrs event on Sunday morning, David was looking to improve on his 4 second PB swum earlier this month. Unfortunately after feeling unwell late last week, David struggled in the second 50m and was unable to match his entry time.

Overall, the club finished in equal 56th position on 14 points.

At the end of the weekend we were all very proud of every swimmer from Merrylands. They did a fantastic job just to qualify but it was even better to see their faces after they did a PB. A huge thanks to Peter, who was there over the weekend to see and support all of the swimmer's from Merrylands.

The full results are now available here.

* First Championship event finalist since 2003. The club had Multi-Disability finalists in 2004. Multi-Disability events are Non-Championship events.

See Also
  • 2006 NSW Metropolitan Short Course Championships - Results
  • 2006 NSW Metropolitan Short Course Championships Team

  • 2003 NSW Metropolitan Short Course Championships Report