We all know that our Vikings are amazing swimmers and water polo players but did you also know they are fantastic runners? It was proven during the lustrum year of the Batavierenrace, that our 22 Vikings fight until the bitter end even though some obstacles occurred on their way to the finish. After completing 175km, the well deserved pizza boxes and beer cans were opened, the dancing shoes were put on to celebrate the end of the race at the biggest student party of the Benelux!
Last weekend the third NSZK of the year was held in Rotterdam! The weekend started with a pre-drink on Friday night to get in the mood. Some very brave Vikings even did some dancing at Vrienden live afterwards.
On Saturday, our almost 60 Vikings put their best feet forward to shine at the competition! Another 8 (!) club records were broken this weekend. First, the 4×50 breaststroke mixed relay (Bram L, Marcha, Ionut and Karlien) set a time of 2:21.93, and became fifth overall! Gideon set a new record on the 400m medley (05:34,45), and Michiel improved the record for 50m backstroke to 00:32,68. Karlien improved her own club record on the 50m breaststroke (37,56). Fast Bram was also on a roll this weekend: he set new records for the 50m freestyle (24.85) and 100m butterfly (1:00.16). Also, the men’s 4x50m freestyle relay team (Bram L, Yannick, Gideon and Ionut), improved the existing record by 5 full seconds (1:44.70 ). Last but not least, the women’s 4x100m medley team (Dian, Karlien, Marcha and Linda), improved the old record by 21 (!) seconds, setting a time of 4:52.32!
With these club records, and the efforts of all other Vikings, Ragnar has conquered a beautiful 4th place! This had to be celebrated, and our Vikings did so at the party on Saturday night, themed Release Your Inner Beast! The bingo points have not been announced yet, but in any case, our Vikings appeared to have lots of fun that night. We had a great weekend and cannot wait to defend our place in the ranking at the next NSZK in Delft!
Ragnar organised the old members’ drink last Friday! Old members contributed a lot to the evening by sending us pictures and “Little Rockets”, the old newsletters. Many old board members dropped by and this resulted in in taking very nice pictures with boards throughout the years. Great stories, tips and embarrasing moments Ragnar worthy were shared amongst old and current members. We are already looking forward to the next edition!
Last Wednesday, our Vikings united to celebrate their shared hobbies: swimming, waterpolo, and food. Despite the lack of starting blocks, our Vikings swum very fast during the mini competition! Mark (van der Want) improved his personal best on the 50 freestyle to 30.91 and Nena was with 44.00 the fastest on the 50m breaststroke. Furthermore, a couple of water polo players showed that they don’t need a ball to feel as a fish in the water. The beautiful times are very promising for our upcoming NSZK.
Swimming makes you hungry, this once again became evident after the mini competition. Bram (Lamberts) put yet another club record to his name: he managed to eat seven (yes, seven) spareribs. After a (maybe a little bit too) satisfying dinner, 30 brave Vikings were in for a few water polo matches. Ragnar 1 and 3 were on a roll and each managed to win two matches and get one draw. Ragnar 2 and 4 thought participating was more important than winning, they end up sharing the third place (each one draw, two lost).
We would like to thank the referee, Sanne, Michelle, Kristina and Floris for helping to register times, and Yannick, Dennis and Stefan for whistling the water polo matches.
The results can be found here.
Ragnar participated in the third edition of the national student water polo competition last Sunday. The third editition was an important one as so far both teams managed to occupy the top two places. Ragnar 1 performed extremely well by only playing one draw and winning the other matches! Ragnar 2 managed to win two matches but also lost two matches. We were anxious about whether or not Ragnar 2 could uphold its second place in the tournament but we can gladly confirm that Ragnar 2 has done so. With only one day of competition left Ragnar 1 and Ragnar 2 especially need to bring up their upper games to maintain these beautiful top positions! Who will become the champions on the 21st of May?
The disco swimming and the open party showed yet again how much fun Vikings can have. Vikings and friends were challenged during the practice with a circuit training and some serious dancing in the water. Afterwards we moved to the Vrienden van to put our dancing into practice. It was great to see that so many people showed up, Vikings and Viking-friends!
Yesterday three teams of Vikings competed in the JAWS tournament. During this fun day the Ragnar men team played so well that they ended up in the finals. After a draw in the final game a golden goal was necessary to become victorious. It was really close but our men ended second. The ladies team showed some real team spirit which is promising for the GNSK! Also the fun mixed team played well and won some matches! After the tournament we all enjoyed some fastfood and went Glowing to the shark party. Sharky bites and enjoy your weekend!
This weekend, 20 Vikings travelled to the far North in Groningen for the NSK! Our swimmers didn’t get much sleep after the pre-drink on Friday night, but this did not stop them from shining in the swimming pool! Our men’s relay team broke two club records and one of our swimmers brought a bronze medal back to Rotterdam! Of course these achievements were celebrated at the party afterwards, where our Vikings danced and integrated until the early hours. We had a great weekend and would like to thank G.S.Z.V. De Golfbreker for organizing the event!
Ragnar handed out flyers at the Erasmus campus last Wednesday! We will have open practices next week on the following days:
Monday swimming practice from 22:00-23:00
Tuesday water polo practice from 21:45-22:45
Wednesday swimming practice from 18:30-19:30
Wednesday water polo practice 22:20-23:20
Thursday swimming practice from 20:45-22:15
Who would have known that our Vikings could be such amazing chefs? Last Friday our members paired up, dressed up to black tie and served delicious meals in the annual Diner Rouler. The concept is as follows: two members cook a starter and get 4 members at their place. For the main course 6 new Vikings gather and for dessert likewise. We all came together afterwards at the Vrienden live to share experiences and dance the night away!