Posted on Thursday 24th December, 2020

Tracy in Tassy

Tracy Clarkson from QBN Brisbane Northside Masters recently swam in the Masters Swimming Tasmania SC Long Distance Meet and came away with two new national records and three Queensland records. Many thanks to Tracy for this report:

It was a long way to go to do two swims, but entirely worth it!  I did a long E1000 swim in late October and noticed my splits for the 800m and 1500m (SC) were faster than the National Records. Tasmania runs two long distance meets a year (LC) in Hobart and (SC) in Launceston.

Because of Covid, that one was postponed until the 12th of December. So, since the borders were open, we decided to combine the swims (I also did a 400 IM) and a little travel.

The meet was interesting. There were 25 swimmers with one 1500m heat, 2 800m heats and 2 400m heats. You could swim 2 swims. There was no marshalling, no medals or presentations and there were officials overseeing and there was electronic timing. The meet began at 2pm after a 1:30 warmup and was finished by 4:30pm. Short and sweet but a great opportunity to do the longer swims in the various stokes for PBs or records. And, of course, they count for the E1000 program.

After, Richard and I went on a trip around the state to “help the local economy”.

Christmas lights at the beach in Stanley
Tracy with Pauline Samson, Meet Director, National Recorder and E1000 Coordinator
Tracy at Cradle Mountain National Park