Swimmer's Ear
Newsletter of the Potomac Valley Masters Committee
December 2001


    Table of Contents
  1. Note from the Chair
  2. Articles and Interviews
  3. Congratulations
  4. Today's Quote and Jokes
  5. Meet News
  6. Corrections
  7. Announcements
  8. Classifieds
  9. Photo Credits
  10. Meet/Swim Calendar

    Newsletter Schedule
  • February (deadline: January 15)
  • May (deadline: April 15)
  • September (deadline: August 15)
  • December (deadline: November 15)

1.  Note from the Chair

Debbie and Eric
New & Former Chairs: Eric Nordlund & Debbie Morrin-Nordlund

This will be my last time writing to you as Chair of the Potomac Valley LMSC, although I won't be going away completely since I will take over as Secretary. It has been a pleasure serving as Chair for the past four years.

Following the elections held at the annual meeting, the Potomac Valley Officers (terms beginning in January 2002) are: Eric Nordlund, Chair; CJ Hall, Treasurer; Debbie Morrin-Nordlund, Secretary. There is also one other change in duties, as Jim Nealis will be taking over the Potomac Valley Top Ten.

...Happy Laps, Debbie


2.  Articles and Interviews


In Gratitude
by Cheryl Wagner

While the nation reeled in reaction to the September 11 events, the swimming world also felt a jolt. Who felt like swimming when the twin tower images and resulting destruction appeared over and over, in newspapers, magazines, and TV reports? New York's Little Red Lighthouse swim, scheduled for September 15, was cancelled. The Manhattan Swim website posted a message to please pray for the attack victims. The USMS convention which was to take place on September 12-15 had to be postponed since all airlines were grounded. Potomac Valley current and former chairs, Debbie Morrin-Nordlund and Eric Nordlund packed up their car and drove to Michigan, anyway. A photo of part of the brave USMS contingent at the hospitality suite, is shown below. (Eric Nordlund is center, back row.)

USMS contingent

The DCAC meet on October 6 had to be cancelled. They gamely offered social activities including brunch to the few individuals who courageously boarded a plane and traveled to Washington, DC.

CNN ran a story about Ian Thorpe who narrowly missed being killed by the doomed flights in NYC. According to CNN, "The Australian teenager had been on his way to the trade center's observation deck when he suddenly remembered he had left his camera in his hotel. Thorpe Ian Thorpewent back to fetch the camera and was about to return to the trade center when the first hijacked plane crashed into the twin towers."

The swimming community reacted to the attacks with characteristic generosity. Viki Anders, a nurse at the Oncology unit at Johns Hopkins and director of Plunge for Patients (open water swim in Wildwood NJ), resolved to swim 5,392 laps in honor of all of the attack victims and to collect pledges for their families. (That's 134,800 yards!) By October 31, 2001 she wrote about her aching shoulders and tiredness but she persevered doing approximately 10 - 20,000 yards per day.

Curl-Burke conducted "United We Swim" , a timed 206 mile relay on October 11, to raise money for the attack victims. Olympians, Ed Moses and Tom Dolan, participated. Terrapin coach, Erin Galloway, swam in the lane next to Tom Dolan and noted that he was "pretty fast!" And Asphalt Green Swim Club in New York honored two of its swimmers who were killed in the September 11 attack through the Asphalt Green's Memorial Swim. This swim raised funds to establish the Andrew Fisher and Doug Irgang Memorial Scholarship Fund to provide financial support to young swimmers of limited means.

Finally since I work two blocks from the capitol I can't help but feel gratitude to the brave individuals who fought back against the terrorists on the United flight which crashed in Pennsylvania. (The flight was reportedly headed for the capitol.) There was an AP story about one of the individuals, Jeremy Glick, who they described as 6-feet-2, 220 pounds, and an athlete. Glick phoned his wife to say goodbye and told her about the plan to fight back. I can't help thinking that maybe Glick saved my life, and maybe, just maybe, he was a swimmer.

C.J. Lockman HAll

Let It Go and Refocus
by CJ Lockman Hall, M.A.

Allen Johnson, a soft-spoken native Washingtonian, roars on the track as a 110-meter hurdler. His credentials include the 1996 Olympic Games gold medal sandwiched between world titles in 1995 and 1997. He has broken 13 seconds more than any other hurdler.

Ups and downs have tested Johnson the past few years. He rebounded from an injury-plagued 1999 to win the 2000 U.S. Olympic Trials in a world-leading time. Despite injuring his hamstring just two weeks before the Olympic Games, he dreamed of becoming the third hurdler to win two Olympic gold medals in the 110-meters. Johnson's dream was gone in 13 seconds. He finished fourth.

Was he disappointed? Absolutely. What did he do about it? Three days later, he returned to the track to hone his mental and physical skills. Despite an ankle injury early in 2001, he captured the gold at the 2001 USA Outdoor Track and Field Championships, the 2001 IAAF World Championships, and the 2001 Goodwill Games.

During a post-race interview at the Goodwill Games, Johnson revealed that he had accepted his fourth place finish at the Olympics as the best he could have done that day. He said, "I had to let go and refocus."

Take a cue from Allen Johnson: shape your future by using disappointment to guide your efforts in practice or in the weight room, with stretching or with your mental game. Let it go and refocus.

CJ Hall swims with the Montgomery Ancient Mariners and writes and consults on sport performance and sport enjoyment. Visit http://www.mindandsport.com for more articles and tips.

Cory

Interview with Cori Lathan
by Cheryl Wagner

Cori Lathan designs robots that interact with children with disabilities AND she swims! She received a B.A. from Swarthmore College in Biopsychology and Mathematics, an S.M. from MIT in Aeronautics and Astronautics and a Ph.D. from MIT at the Man-Vehicle Laboratory in the MIT Center for Space Research, in the field of Neurosystems. Her interests include Advanced Human Technology Interfaces, Medical Applications of Virtual Reality, Rehabilitation Engineering, and of course, swimming. Here's is an interview with Terrapin Master, Corinna Lathan.

Where are you from?
I'm from this area. I went to school in Columbia and Hagerstown. My family lives in this area.

What sports have you competed in?
I swam competitively in elementary and junior high school in Columbia. When we moved to South Central Pennsylvania, I swam for the Waynesboro "Y" - mostly doing the 200 free and 100 IM.

I played Rugby for Swarthmore as an undergraduate, and community "ultimate frisbee" as a graduate student at MIT. I've had three knee surgeries and like to do a non-compressive activity (such as swimming) to balance my biking and running. I just completed the Marine Corps Marathon and have done some sprint triathlons.

How did you end up swimming with Terrapin Masters?
I got interested in triathlons about a year ago. However, my husband and I realized that we couldn't run and bike together because he's faster than I am. I wanted my athletic training to be time we could spend together so we tried Masters swimming. My husband went from resting every lap, to kicking my butt in an hour and a half workout!

How did you end up designing robots?
robotIn September of 1995 I went to Catholic University as a professor of biomedical engineering where I did joint research with the National Rehabilitation Hospital in high-tech therapies. I realized there was a huge need for therapy "tools" for children with disabilities. I wanted to integrate speech, physical and occupational therapies and had some ideas for product development such as the "JesterBot" which has sensors allowing it to respond to a child's movement and voice. JesterBot (a large furry robot) can motivate children and help them reach their therapy goals through therapeutic play, either by exercising muscles or joints (e.g. for physically challenged children) or by reflecting on the expression of emotions (e.g. for autistic children). JesterBot can lead a game of "Simon Says" and act out stories that a child has written. As children are challenged to explore and manipulate their environment, brain development is stimulated. In 1999, I founded AnthroTronix, Inc., located in the Technology Advancement Building at the University of Maryland to develop, fund, and market some of these ideas and products.

Got Tornado?
by Cheryl Wagner
tornado damage
A battered truck and stripped trees bear silent testimony to the force of the tornado which struck UM on September 24.

Tragedy struck the Washington area a second time in September, when a funnel cloud descended on the University of Maryland campus directly behind the Campus Recreation Facility. Jane West, Terrapin Masters coach (and member), had gone to swim practice a little early on Monday, September 24. She heard tornado warnings on the Campus Rec TV and ducked outside to get a look.

As she stood on the catwalk/bridge between Campus Rec and the outdoor pool, she saw a funnel cloud approaching from the west. She noticed the air being sucked away from her and the trees thrashing as if they were in a "blender". She ducked inside the glass door and that was when she noticed the car being lifted by the wind over the high-rise dorms. (She would later learn the car held the two sisters who were killed.) She said she also saw a very large tree with roots intact being carried by the wind. Finally the wind caused the heavy glass door to open suddenly, and shoved all of the outdoor pool deck furniture against the fence before moving on.

The situation was not however, without some humor. In the Arena garage on Wednesday, an SUV could be spotted, with plastic taped over a missing back window. On the plastic was written, in black lettering, "Got Tornado?"

Cheryl

In Search of a Race Time Crystal Ball
by Cheryl Wagner

Year after year, I watched my masters lane-mates who I kept up with in practice, beat me by 10, 15, even 20 minutes in the bay swim. I scratched my head wondering why until I saw an article in the July/August 2001 Running Times which provided some possible explanations. Pete Pfitzinger in "Breaking the Mold: Why Predictions Don't Always Come True" explains why VO max, lactate threshold, and practice times don't always predict race times.

A senior Running Times editor, Gordon Bakoulis, was tested at the US Olympic Training Center in Colorado Springs. Based on her VO max, lactate threshold test and marathon race times, she was told she could do repeat 800 meter repetitions on 2:28. However her all-time personal best was 2:26! Pfitzinger ventures a number of explanations for the disparity.

  • Genetic Makeup: Based on her marathon times, Gordon is probably a "marathoner's marathoner" and lives "far out in the slow twitch muscle galaxy". Her high proportion of slow twitch muscle fibers help make her ideally suited for marathons, but not so well-suited to shorter distances.

  • Training History: Perhaps Gordon trained for so many years as a marathoner that she became perfectly attuned to that event. When training we gravitate to what we do well and often avoid our weaker areas. However, it is important to note that an athlete who trains primarily "distance" still may not achieve her potential in distance events if she is a novice. A year or two is often not enough to build a base that would allow her to hold a strong pace for 26.2 miles.

  • Mental Factors: A bad experience in a particular race or your own belief that you cannot run a particular time will prevent you from doing well in that distance. He recommends providing yourself with opportunities for positive reinforcement about various race distances in order to change a previous negative perception.

  • Misinterpretation of Statistics: Formulas often work well for large groups of people but can be highly inaccurate for individuals. For example, the basic formula for maximal heart rate of 220 beats per minute minus age predicts a maximal heart rate of 175 for a 45-year-old. This may work well as an "average" for 45-year-olds. However, some 45-year-olds have much higher maximal heart rates and others much lower.

In the end, he recommends knowing your own body and if a prediction seems absurd for you, it probably is!


3.  Congratulations!


Rob Benson

Long Island Sound
August 11, 2001

Curl-Burke Masters swimmer Rob Benson prepares to jump into the Long Island Sound. Rob participated in the Swim Across the Sound on August 11 and finished the 17.5 mile swim in 5 hours, 43 minutes, earning a 9th place finish overall.



Tuckahoe Triathlon
Jeff Roddin, Cheryl Wagner, Rusty Deane and Helen Beven

Tuckahoe Labor Day Triathlon
9/3/01

Jeff Roddin: M30-34, 1st 26:08.0

Rusty Deane: M30-34, 4th 28:32.0

Ken Schwarz: M45-49 1st 26:41.0

Jamie Brother: F25-29, 3rd 33:22.0

Helen Beven: F30-34, 1st 24:21.0

Mary Braid: F35-39, 7th 39:20.0

Cheryl Wagner: F45-49 1st 29:04.0

Diane Wian: F45-49 4th 35:14.0

 
 



Reston Triathlon (PV competitors)
9/9/01

  • Overall place NAME City age s|rank time pace |tran|rank time mph |tran|rank time mile | TOTAL | plc|age group sex-place s
  • 4 DAVID GLOVER STERLING 30 M 21 23:52 1:24 1:07 7 54:58 24.6 0:29 5 38:44 6:15 1:59:10 4th MALE 4/324 M
  • 5 MARK LAMBRIDES OAK HILL 35 M 42 25:54 1:31 1:02 3 54:30 24.8 0:27 2 37:57 6:07 1:59:50 5th MALE 5/324 M
  • 14 DAVID CASCIO STERLING 38 M 8 22:31 1:19 0:55 16 57:22 23.5 0:49 43 44:53 7:14 2:06:30 3/54 M3539 14/324 M
  • 16 GREG LANGER ARLINGTON 38 M 94 28:46 1:42 1:12 11 55:58 24.1 0:34 16 41:35 6:42 2:08:05 4/54 M3539 16/324 M
  • 18 STEPHEN SMITH VIENNA 31 M 33 25:07 1:29 1:32 29 1:00:02 22.5 1:15 10 40:32 6:32 2:08:28 5/62 M3034 18/324 M
  • 19 JIM DESROSIERS RESTON 46 M 31 24:48 1:28 1:33 18 58:05 23.2 0:59 34 43:35 7:02 2:09:00 3/36 M4549 19/324 M
  • 20 JASON MCKAY FAIRFAX 29 M 5 21:34 1:16 1:27 63 1:01:57 21.8 0:46 35 43:39 7:02 2:09:23 2/29 M2529 20/324 M
  • 21 KIM MCLAUGHLIN RESTON 36 F 29 24:21 1:26 1:13 45 1:01:00 22.1 0:35 25 42:31 6:51 2:09:40 FEMALE WINNER 1/121 F
  • 27 SARAH MCCARNEY RESTON 26 F 47 26:10 1:32 1:05 39 1:00:46 22.2 0:45 32 43:28 7:01 2:12:14 2bd FEMALE 2/121 F
  • 28 DOUGLAS LANDAU OAK HILL 41 M 115 29:49 1:45 1:38 21 58:39 23.0 1:26 17 41:35 6:42 2:13:07 5/75 M4044 26/324 M
  • 29 AMY BARIBEAU ALEXANDRIA 30 F 25 24:14 1:26 1:17 36 1:00:41 22.2 0:35 70 46:45 7:32 2:13:32 3rd FEMALE 3/121 F
  • 31 MARTIN FAYER VIENNA 29 M 1 21:07 1:15 1:11 60 1:01:38 21.9 0:51 119 49:09 7:56 2:13:56 3/29 M2529 28/324 M
  • 34 AARON SCHWARZTBARD RESTON 24 M 95 28:47 1:42 1:35 69 1:02:23 21.6 1:15 9 40:31 6:32 2:14:31 1/1 M2024 31/324 M
  • 36 BRIAN DAUM RESTON 35 M 9 22:33 1:20 1:35 40 1:00:46 22.2 1:02 130 49:34 8:00 2:15:30 6/54 M3539 33/324 M
  • 37 LARS OKESON RESTON 37 M 35 25:23 1:30 1:42 55 1:01:30 22.0 1:02 63 46:12 7:27 2:15:49 7/54 M3539 34/324 M
  • 41 JULIE BILLINGSLEY CHEVY CHASE 42 F 17 23:28 1:23 1:29 119 1:04:38 20.9 0:58 67 46:28 7:30 2:17:01 4th FEMALE 4/121 F
  • 45 JOSEPH MCMULLIN WOODBRIDGE 45 M 22 24:07 1:25 1:41 68 1:02:21 21.7 0:49 116 48:55 7:53 2:17:53 4/36 M4549 41/324 M
  • 47 ERICA HERBERG WASHINGTON 27 F 15 23:20 1:22 1:56 194 1:08:26 19.7 1:37 30 43:10 6:58 2:18:29 5th FEMALE 5/121 F
  • 49 ROBERT SROUR POTOMAC 43 M 135 30:31 1:48 1:30 31 1:00:22 22.4 1:22 46 45:00 7:15 2:18:45 12/75 M4044 44/324 M
  • 54 WILLIAM BEYER HERNDON 40 M 60 26:40 1:34 1:44 42 1:00:47 22.2 1:14 125 49:23 7:58 2:19:48 14/75 M4044 49/324 M
  • 58 JEFFREY RABOVSKY RESTON 41 M 96 28:47 1:42 1:43 50 1:01:17 22.0 1:01 95 48:01 7:45 2:20:49 15/75 M4044 52/324 M
  • 61 ANTONIO PANIZZA RESTON 62 M 102 29:06 1:43 1:28 62 1:01:43 21.9 1:08 99 48:15 7:47 2:21:40 1/8 M6064 54/324 M
  • 66 JEANNE GRILLO POTOMAC 40 F 197 32:17 1:54 1:55 129 1:05:11 20.7 1:20 15 41:30 6:42 2:22:13 1/25 F4044 8/121 F
  • 68 PETER VIOLA VIENNA 32 M 24 24:13 1:25 1:42 96 1:03:29 21.3 1:21 182 52:01 8:23 2:22:46 9/62 M3034 60/324 M
  • 70 CINDY ECKERT FAIRFAX 42 F 16 23:23 1:23 1:17 146 1:06:10 20.4 1:12 156 50:58 8:13 2:23:00 2/25 F4044 9/121 F
  • 71 JAMES WAZUKA STERLING 40 M 173 31:28 1:51 2:38 34 1:00:31 22.3 0:56 86 47:40 7:41 2:23:13 19/75 M4044 62/324 M
  • 73 STEPHANIE NGUYEN STERLING 32 F 51 26:21 1:33 1:48 177 1:07:18 20.1 0:51 74 47:00 7:35 2:23:18 4/22 F3034 11/121 F
  • 76 DAVID WIESENHAHN SPRINGFIELD 40 M 104 29:11 1:43 2:14 77 1:02:35 21.6 0:56 106 48:31 7:50 2:23:27 21/75 M4044 65/324 M
  • 77 RICK FLEETER RESTON 47 M 36 25:26 1:30 3:12 35 1:00:34 22.3 2:19 181 51:57 8:23 2:23:28 6/36 M4549 66/324 M
  • 78 IVAN BAILEY WASHINGTON 38 M 6 22:26 1:19 3:16 183 1:07:57 19.9 1:39 98 48:13 7:47 2:23:31 16/54 M3539 67/324 M
  • 80 JEFFREY HARNISH ASHBURN 43 M 77 27:47 1:38 1:23 78 1:02:38 21.6 0:41 158 51:06 8:15 2:23:35 22/75 M4044 69/324 M
  • 82 JOHN YENDT HERNDON 44 M 122 30:00 1:46 2:59 49 1:01:13 22.1 1:16 107 48:39 7:51 2:24:07 23/75 M4044 71/324 M
  • 87 FREDERICK MACKEM RESTON 38 M 184 32:00 1:53 1:41 65 1:02:04 21.8 1:18 103 48:28 7:49 2:25:31 18/54 M3539 76/324 M
  • 88 PETER CALLAMARI RESTON 33 M 99 28:58 1:42 2:37 116 1:04:30 20.9 1:47 89 47:48 7:43 2:25:40 12/62 M3034 77/324 M
  • 92 ANDY HARRAH RESTON 31 M 211 32:45 1:56 1:46 94 1:03:24 21.3 1:03 76 47:08 7:36 2:26:06 14/62 M3034 81/324 M
  • 101 DOROTHY BRODMANN RESTON 37 F 49 26:14 1:33 1:37 110 1:04:16 21.0 0:51 233 54:08 8:44 2:27:06 1/21 F3539 14/121 F
  • 102 JEFFREY DAVIS WASHINGTON 31 M 209 32:43 1:55 2:41 121 1:04:46 20.8 1:47 53 45:26 7:20 2:27:23 18/62 M3034 88/324 M
  • 104 BILL SICKENBERGER RESTON 41 M 55 26:28 1:33 1:06 149 1:06:28 20.3 1:09 191 52:31 8:28 2:27:42 26/75 M4044 89/324 M
  • 115 ARTHUR ST ANDRE FALLS CHURCH 52 M 289 35:21 2:05 2:13 93 1:03:18 21.3 0:57 73 46:52 7:34 2:28:41 4/34 M5054 97/324 M
  • 119 KIM KRUSE ARLINGTON 37 F 199 32:20 1:54 2:02 125 1:04:56 20.8 1:36 104 48:30 7:49 2:29:24 3/21 F3539 20/121 F
  • 131 STEVE MCCARNEY RESTON 27 M 224 33:05 1:57 2:49 111 1:04:17 21.0 1:13 128 49:32 7:59 2:30:56 12/29 M2529 110/324 M
  • 134 JAMES NAGLE RESTON 44 M 227 33:07 1:57 3:44 160 1:06:53 20.2 2:11 55 45:41 7:22 2:31:36 30/75 M4044 113/324 M
  • 135 LINDA KENNEDY FAIRFAX 40 F 76 27:46 1:38 2:23 154 1:06:37 20.3 1:33 216 53:19 8:36 2:31:38 6/25 F4044 22/121 F
  • 136 KAREN HOWE FAIRFAX 36 F 23 24:11 1:25 1:51 199 1:08:39 19.7 1:07 268 55:56 9:01 2:31:44 4/21 F3539 23/121 F
  • 142 BILL PASTOR WASHINGTON 47 M 165 31:07 1:50 3:10 185 1:07:58 19.9 1:19 115 48:54 7:53 2:32:28 12/36 M4549 119/324 M
  • 150 ALEXANDER NAPOLI FALLS CHURCH 35 M 327 37:11 2:11 2:02 44 1:00:59 22.1 1:08 170 51:35 8:19 2:32:55 24/54 M3539 127/324 M
  • 152 ALLAN EMMONS RESTON 32 M 346 38:20 2:15 0:57 43 1:00:57 22.1 0:56 177 51:52 8:22 2:33:02 25/62 M3034 128/324 M
  • 159 ROBERT EMERY MCLEAN 44 M 150 30:50 1:49 3:20 197 1:08:32 19.7 1:56 127 49:30 7:59 2:34:08 36/75 M4044 134/324 M
  • 160 BOB ANDERSON MCLEAN 58 M 276 34:56 2:03 1:58 90 1:02:57 21.4 1:21 207 53:06 8:34 2:34:18 3/16 M5559 135/324 M
  • 192 MARK STRAUSS RESTON 35 M 271 34:49 2:03 1:39 167 1:06:58 20.2 1:22 228 53:51 8:41 2:38:39 29/54 M3539 160/324 M
  • 198 STEVE LORD OAKTON 46 M 215 32:56 1:56 4:43 176 1:07:17 20.1 1:59 210 53:11 8:35 2:40:06 20/36 M4549 166/324 M
  • 202 TED ST PIERRE STAFFORD 32 M 19 23:39 1:23 2:39 212 1:09:05 19.5 1:26 362 1:03:40 10:16 2:40:29 33/62 M3034 168/324 M
  • 205 WILLIAM CIMINO RESTON 33 M 160 31:05 1:50 2:55 275 1:11:17 18.9 1:39 224 53:47 8:40 2:40:43 34/62 M3034 170/324 M
  • 210 NEIL MEDOFF RESTON 58 M 103 29:07 1:43 1:38 172 1:07:07 20.1 1:17 349 1:02:01 10:00 2:41:10 6/16 M5559 173/324 M
  • 211 RICK GUTER FAIRFAX 37 M 358 39:07 2:18 2:57 156 1:06:44 20.2 1:35 152 50:51 8:12 2:41:14 32/54 M3539 174/324 M
  • 215 AMY WALKER-CASEY CHEVY CHASE 40 F 161 31:05 1:50 5:54 217 1:09:27 19.4 2:01 211 53:11 8:35 2:41:38 8/25 F4044 40/121 F
  • 218 JULIE OPLINGER ALEXANDRIA 24 F 20 23:47 1:24 1:34 365 1:16:07 17.7 1:18 316 58:58 9:31 2:41:44 3/6 F2024 41/121 F
  • 221 ROBIN AUTORINO HERNDON 43 F 216 32:56 1:56 1:43 188 1:08:10 19.8 1:06 303 57:55 9:20 2:41:50 9/25 F4044 42/121 F
  • 224 DAVID GENTRY FAIRFAX 35 M 130 30:18 1:47 2:59 261 1:10:53 19.0 1:15 278 56:39 9:08 2:42:04 34/54 M3539 181/324 M
  • 227 MARCELO PENAFIEL FAIRFAX 40 M 348 38:27 2:16 2:01 162 1:06:53 20.2 1:51 206 53:01 8:33 2:42:13 45/75 M4044 182/324 M
  • 231 JOHN BARRETT RESTON 42 M 245 33:48 1:59 3:53 237 1:10:19 19.2 1:36 201 52:49 8:31 2:42:25 46/75 M4044 183/324 M
  • 246 JOHN DEAN ALEXANDRIA 56 M 297 35:48 2:06 2:50 253 1:10:42 19.1 1:23 235 54:19 8:46 2:45:02 7/16 M5559 192/324 M
  • 259 BOB SHAW MCLEAN 44 M 151 30:51 1:49 4:09 355 1:15:27 17.9 1:06 266 55:52 9:01 2:47:25 52/75 M4044 201/324 M
  • 260 WILLIAM KNOWLTON BURKE 54 M 275 34:55 2:03 2:52 307 1:12:46 18.6 1:21 258 55:35 8:58 2:47:29 16/34 M5054 202/324 M
  • 261 PAGE BOSTIC MCLEAN 35 F 157 30:56 1:49 3:38 220 1:09:38 19.4 1:49 345 1:01:28 9:55 2:47:29 13/21 F3539 59/121 F
  • 262 WARREN FRICK STERLING 40 M 305 36:05 2:07 3:50 216 1:09:20 19.5 2:18 271 56:05 9:03 2:47:38 53/75 M4044 203/324 M
  • 265 LARRY HEVNER CENTREVILLE 53 M 347 38:26 2:16 2:46 250 1:10:34 19.1 1:32 247 54:59 8:52 2:48:17 18/34 M5054 205/324 M
  • 268 SARAH NICOL ALEXANDRIA 40 F 264 34:33 2:02 2:17 134 1:05:15 20.7 1:06 379 1:05:29 10:34 2:48:40 15/25 F4044 62/121 F
  • 269 EMILIA LABRADA WASHINGTON 34 F 323 37:02 2:11 4:16 342 1:14:34 18.1 1:42 159 51:08 8:15 2:48:42 13/22 F3034 63/121 F
  • 270 TERRY SMITH RESTON 62 M 78 27:51 1:38 2:17 326 1:13:32 18.4 1:34 363 1:03:44 10:17 2:48:58 3/8 M6064 207/324 M
  • 284 JOE FINDARO MCLEAN 43 M 309 36:15 2:08 2:50 343 1:14:38 18.1 3:41 220 53:32 8:38 2:50:56 57/75 M4044 219/324 M
  • 303 JAIME MORENO BURKE 47 M 334 37:30 2:12 3:48 268 1:10:58 19.0 1:54 318 59:08 9:32 2:53:18 27/36 M4549 233/324 M
  • 309 MICHAEL HURLEY RESTON 53 M 412 43:14 2:33 3:40 214 1:09:16 19.5 1:37 274 56:15 9:04 2:54:02 24/34 M5054 237/324 M
  • 318 PETER WILLIS RESTON 43 M 343 38:07 2:15 5:12 327 1:13:32 18.4 1:20 287 57:02 9:12 2:55:13 63/75 M4044 245/324 M
  • 325 MICHAEL BERBERT GERMANTOWN 50 M 176 31:35 1:51 4:51 369 1:16:11 17.7 0:51 357 1:02:48 10:08 2:56:16 26/34 M5054 249/324 M
  • 327 MICHELLE SHAW MCLEAN 45 F 159 31:04 1:50 4:53 403 1:19:49 16.9 2:44 309 58:26 9:25 2:56:56 9/12 F4549 77/121 F
  • 353 DEBBIE MARGRAFF RESTON 43 F 419 44:32 2:37 3:06 396 1:18:38 17.2 1:18 236 54:21 8:46 3:01:55 17/25 F4044 85/121 F
  • 369 FRED BRIGGS GREAT FALLS 52 M 237 33:33 1:58 5:21 356 1:15:32 17.9 3:40 391 1:07:20 10:52 3:05:26 31/34 M5054 280/324 M
  • 374 ROY MABRY RESTON 55 M 367 39:33 2:20 4:37 361 1:15:48 17.8 3:01 366 1:03:53 10:18 3:06:52 13/16 M5559 282/324 M
  • 377 ALICE WANG ANNANDALE 27 F 329 37:15 2:11 4:15 360 1:15:45 17.8 1:43 398 1:08:20 11:01 3:07:18 14/19 F2529 94/121 F
  • 398 MARC PARVIN OAK HILL 47 M 350 38:32 2:16 4:22 404 1:20:02 16.9 1:28 400 1:09:04 11:08 3:13:28 36/36 M4549 297/324 M
  • 399 LYN CARROLL RESTON 48 F 221 33:00 1:56 3:12 321 1:13:21 18.4 2:06 440 1:22:19 13:17 3:13:58 10/12 F4549 102/121 F
  • 402 ROSEMARY SCHWARTZBARD ARLINGTON 59 F 380 40:28 2:23 4:52 417 1:22:51 16.3 2:36 381 1:05:32 10:34 3:16:19 1/3 F5559 104/121 F
  • 405 KATHY BOWDRING ALEXANDRIA 44 F 86 28:16 1:40 5:16 437 1:26:55 15.5 3:02 419 1:13:50 11:55 3:17:19 23/25 F4044 106/121 F
  • 407 TOM MORRIS AMHERST 55 M 360 39:11 2:18 3:30 299 1:12:30 18.6 1:58 437 1:20:21 12:58 3:17:30 15/16 M5559 300/324 M
  • 422 RONALD ELY GERMANTOWN 30 M 453 59:30 3:30 5:41 416 1:22:49 16.3 2:03 262 55:43 8:59 3:25:46 58/62 M3034 309/324 M
  • 433 MARGARET REGINA RESTON 62 F 387 41:00 2:25 3:31 428 1:24:54 15.9 2:57 443 1:25:38 13:49 3:38:00 1/1 F6064 119/121 F
  • 436 MICHAEL NEWMAN WASHINGTON 59 M 402 42:09 2:29 7:46 435 1:26:49 15.6 2:18 442 1:23:19 13:26 3:42:21 16/16 M5559 317/324 M


Sunfest Swim - Ocean City, MD
9/22/01

Sunfest Swim

Sunfest Swim

1K

 M30 - 34 1 Philip Saltzman, 32, 23:23.00

 M60 - 64 2 William Murray, 60, 32:36:00

 W19 - 24 7 Ellen Saltzman, 24, 22:37.00


3K

 M35 - 39 1 Clifford Bartlett, 39, 48:45.00

 W35 - 39 1 Debbie Morrin-Nordlund 52:49.00

 W45 - 49 1 Cheryl Wagner, 48, 41:39.00


5K

 M25 - 29 1 Michael Ferrier, 28 1:17:09

 M35 - 39 1 Andrew Johnson, 36 1:03:24

 M35 - 39 2 Eric Nordlund, 37 1:05:13

 M40 - 44 1 Denis Crean, 41 56:40

 M50 - 54 1 Robert Lazzaro, 51 1:01:06

 M50 - 54 2 Bob Aitcheson, 54 1:19:23

 W45 - 49 1 Susan Wilkinson-Megaw, 48 1:15:55



4.  Quotes and Jokes


Quotes:
"If you think you are too small to be effective, you have never been in bed with a mosquito."
- Betty Reese

"Whether you believe you can do a thing or not, you are right."
- Henry Ford

"At home I am a nice guy: but I don't want the world to know. Humble people, I've found, don't get very far."
- Muhammad Ali (1942-) US boxer - "Sunday Express," 13 Jan. 1963.

Humor:
Q: Why did the Pilgrims cross the Atlantic in the "Mayflower"?
A: It was too far to swim.

The only reason I took up swimming is so I could hear heavy breathing again!

I got a set of golf clubs for my husband, and I must say...."It was a damn good trade!"

Q. What does a fish without an eye look like?
A. Fsh

"I do benefits for all religions -- I'd hate to blow the hereafter on a technicality."
- Bob Hope (1903-) US comedian, actor


5.  Meet News


Patriot Masters 2001 Sprint Classic
by Drew Moll

Persevering through all the commotion since September 11, the Patriot Masters Swim Team (GMUP) held their second Sprint Classic swim meet on October 21. The meet was held at the very fast George Mason University Aquatic and Fitness Center pool in Fairfax, VA. Thanks should go to the George Mason University Men's and Women's swimming teams for their help with timing, registration and hospitality. There were 119 swimmers entered, up 20 swimmers from last year. The swimmers came from 16 different teams, with Trish Seubert representing the San Diego Swim Masters coming the furthest distance. The largest team showing was VMST with 28 swimmers. The oldest competitor was Sarah Allnutt (77) from team MARY. The youngest swimmers were two nineteen year olds from VMST, Ben Green and Ira Seth.

In the battle of the drop dead sprinters, Clay Britt of Ancient Mariners won with wins in the 25 Fly, 25 Back, 25 Free, and a 2nd place finish in the 25 Breast. In one of the fastest swims you'll ever see, Bob Hansen from GMUP defended his 25 anything-goes crown by mauling the competitors with his monstrous monofin swim. He crushed the competition with a record-shattering time of 8.95 seconds, going the whole distance underwater. Next year the Patriot Masters may include in the meet program a 4 by 25 yard relay, so get ready for that!

This was the first time a flat-rate fee was used for this meet, and it seemed to have the desired effect of allowing more swims per person, and easier meet administration. Look for this way of charging for meet entries to become more popular.

Complete meet results can be found at the Patriot Masters web site, www.patriotmasters.org

Andrew Martin
Andrew Martin (TERR)
 
Barbara Clifford-Dicks
Barbara Clifford-Dicks sporting a
Halloween cap (ANCM)
Peter Ward
Cheryl & Peter Ward of Patriot Masters
 
Denise Kirwan
Denise Kirwan (DCM)
Marco & Susan
Marco Lari & Susan Ellis (FXCM)


JCCNV Meet
11/11/01

Jan, Kelly, Katie, Chrissy
Alexandria Masters, from left to right:
Jan Stevens, Kelly Wilson, Katie Ludman,
Chrissy Spaulding
Craig Dewing
Craig Dewing (TERR)
 
 
John Feinstein
John Feinstein (ANCM), Eric Nordlund (TERR)
 
 
Marisa Frieder
Marisa Frieder (TERR)
 
Matt Alvin
Matt Alvin, Meet Director
 
Myriam, Dan, Margot
Myriam Pero, Dan Morrow, Margot
Pettijohn (ANCM)
Mary, Anne, Beth
Mary Lathram, Anne Walker, Beth
Schreiner (DCM)
Marsha Henry, Mark Walters
Marsha Henry, Mark Walters (GERM)
 


DCAC Meet
10/6/01
by Kei Koizumi

Here is the letter DCAC sent to its swim meet entrants informing them of the meet's cancellation.

Fellow Swimmers,

It is with great reluctance that DCAC is announcing it is canceling the Annual Columbus Day Classic Meet, scheduled for Columbus Day weekend (October 6). We have received your registration, and we appreciate your desire to swim with us in the aftermath of the September 11th tragedy affecting our area, however many of our out-of-town registrants have cancelled their travel plans and our incoming registrations ground to a halt in the aftermath of the attacks. If you have already bought plane/train tickets and/or are still planning to come to DC that weekend, we welcome your visit and are looking at alternatives to accommodate you during the weekend. We are considering the possibility of doing something as a group during the day, continuing with hosted dinners in the evening, and/or planning a brunch on Sunday. We will reimburse you; please expect refund checks (if your check was already cashed) or your returned check in the mail along with a print copy of this letter.

Please let us know if you still plan on coming to DC. Thank you for your understanding; we apologize again for having to cancel a meet for the first time in DCAC history. We also thank all of you who have sent your condolences, best wishes, and expressions of concern to us over the past few weeks. Again, all DCAC members and our loved ones are all right and we appreciate your expressions of support.

If you have any further questions, please feel free to contact DCAC at dcaquatics@aol.com.

Kei Koizumi, DCAC



6.  Correction


The following photo of Nick Olmos-Lau completing his English Channel swim on July 28, 2001 was received too late to include in the last newsletter.

Nick Olmos-Lau



7.  Announcements

Michael Phelps

Michael Phelps Turns Pro
Michael Phelps has officially signed an endorsement deal with Speedo, making him the youngest American male swimmer to turn pro. According to an article in the Baltimore Sun, Speedo's deal would be enough to cover future costs of college tuition, which would allow the 16-year-old world record holder to train with his coach, Bob Bowman, at the North Baltimore Aquatic Club through the 2004 Olympics.

(Source: "Michael Phelps Turns Pro" - USA Swimming and www.mdswim.org.)


Germantown Masters Announces
2001 Lesley Evans Award Winners

by Mark Walter

The Germantown Masters swim team annually recognizes two of its masters swimmers who demonstrate hard work and dedication in the team's coached workouts. The 2001 Lesley Evans Awards go to Shari Yesnick and Scott Somers. A plaque bearing their names, and those of the past winners, hangs in the Quince Orchard Swim and Tennis Club, and at Waters Landing in the summer. Past winners include Jane Koda and Mike Berbert (1999); Marsha Henry and Jim Monks (2000).


Butterfly Rule Change Enacted by FINA
by Tracy Grilli

Dear LMSC Chairman, Officials Chair and Newsletter Editor -

As many of you know, FINA changed the butterfly rules at their meeting during the World Championships in July. What many of us did not realize was the fact that the FINA rules for the "kid" swimming actually allowed the use of the breaststroke kick in the butterfly. In updating the butterfly rules, they added language which prohibited the use of the breaststroke kick in the butterfly. In forming the masters rules within FINA, the writers choose to list only exceptions to the "kid" rules in the masters rules. Since the original "kid" rule allowed the breaststroke kick, no exception was necessary and when they changed the "kid" rule the masters rule also changed.

The masters organization within FINA has not yet had time to react to the change. Therefore we are in a state of limbo with respect to knowing what the long term effect of the change will be. The FINA masters organization will be meeting in November and this change may be addressed at that time.

The FINA Masters Congress is in March and a definitive reaction will be available at that time if action does not come sooner. In the interim, we must deal with the change and accommodate those who might break a world record. Since the rule currently prohibits the breaststroke kick we will have to certify swims that meet the new requirements.

A form must be submitted by the swimmer to the meet referee prior to the swim. (See www.usms.org/rules/final2001.shtml.) The official must then certify that the swim was completed in accordance with the new rule. This will remain in effect from September 20, 2001 until we receive guidance from FINA masters and can react to it. Please make these forms available at all of your long course and short course meters meets.

Additionally, USA-Swimming conducted an abbreviated meeting at the USAS convention in Dearborn last week. At that meeting they enacted several other changes to the rules of competition which become effective September 20, 2001. All of the changes are permissive relative to the current rules so what is legal today will continue to be legal. According to the provisions in our rules, the changes cascade down to our rules and become effective on the same date.

If you have any questions please feel free to contact me at rules@usms.org.

Jim Matysek has added these forms in PDF format to the Rule Book section of the web site at www.usms.org/rules/fina2001.shtml. There's a link to this page from the main Rule Book page and from the home page. It is also added to the What's New section.

Thanks, Leo Letendre - for the USMS Rules committee

USMS Rules Committee - changes
by Dave Diehl

During the FINA World Championships, they enacted several changes to the technical rules of swimming which USA-Swimming, in turn, enacted on September 14, 2001 to become effective on September 20, 2001. Therefore, in accordance with 601.4.5B, the USMS rules of competition are also changed as of that date.

These changes are permissive relative to our current rules. Therefore anyone following our current rules will continue to be legal under the new rules. (You will have received separate action with respect to FINA's changing the butterfly rules.) The changes include:

  • Allowing the elbows to be above the surface of the water on the final stroke prior to the turn, during the turn and at the finish. Previously, only the last stroke prior to the finish could have the elbows above the water.
  • During the butterfly swim, the swimmer must be on the breast. Previously, the swimmer's shoulders also needed to be in line with the surface of the water.
  • A backstroke swimmer may be submerged at the finish of the race.

Below is a copy of the USMS rules which reflect these changes.

101.2. BREASTSTROKE

101.2.1 - Start

The forward start shall be used.

101.2.2 - Stroke

From the beginning of the first arm stroke after the start and after each turn, the body shall be kept on the breast. The arms shall move simultaneously and in the same horizontal plane without any alternating movement. The hands shall be pushed forward together from the breast on, under, or over the water. The elbows shall be under the water except for the final stroke before the turn, during the turn and the last stroke at the finish of the prescribed distance. The hands shall be brought back on or under the surface of the water. The hands shall not be brought beyond the hip line, except during the first stroke after the start and each turn. Some part of the swimmer's head shall break the surface of the water at least once during each complete cycle of one arm stroke and one leg kick, in that order, except after the start and each turn the swimmer may take one arm stroke completely back to the legs and one leg kick while wholly submerged. The head must break the surface of the water before the hands turn inward at the widest part of the second stroke.

101.2.3 - Kick

All vertical and lateral movements of the legs shall be simultaneous. The feet must be turned outward during the propulsive part of the kick movement. A scissors, flutter, or downward butterfly kick is not permitted. Breaking the surface with the feet shall not merit disqualification unless followed by a downward butterfly kick.

101.2.4 - Turns

At each turn, the touch shall be made with both hands simultaneously at, above, or below the water surface. The head may be submerged after the last arm pull prior to the touch, provided it breaks the surface of the water at some point during any part of the last complete or incomplete stroke cycle preceding the touch. Once a touch has been made, the swimmer may turn in any manner desired. The shoulders must be at or past the vertical toward the breast when the swimmer leaves the wall and the form prescribed in article 101.2.2 must be attained from the beginning of the first arm stroke.

101.2.5 - Finish

At the finish, the body shall be on the breast and the touch shall be made with both hands at, above, or below the water surface. The head may be submerged after the last arm pull prior to the touch, provided it breaks the surface of the water at some point during any part of the last complete or incomplete stroke cycle preceding the touch.

101.3. BUTTERFLY

101.3.1 - Start

The forward start shall be used.

101.3.2 - Stroke

After the start and after each turn, the swimmer's shoulders must be at or past the vertical toward the breast. The swimmer is permitted one or more leg kicks, but only one arm pull under water, which must bring the swimmer to the surface. (Note: After the start and after each turn, only one breaststroke kick is allowed prior to the arm pull that brings the swimmer to the surface.) It shall be permissible for a swimmer to be completely submerged for a distance of not more than 15 meters (16.4 yards) after the start and after each turn. By that point, the head must have broken the surface. The swimmer must remain on the surface until the next turn or finish. From the beginning of the first arm pull, the body shall be kept on the breast. Both arms must be brought forward over the water and pulled back simultaneously.

101.3.3 - Kick

All up and down movements of the legs and feet must be simultaneous. The position of the legs or the feet need not be on the same level, but they shall not alternate in relation to each other. The breaststroke or whip kick may be used exclusively or interchangeably with the dolphin kick while doing the butterfly stroke at any time during the race. However, when the breaststroke or whip kick is used, the arms must be recovered over the top of the water with each breaststroke or whip kick, except after the last such kick before the turn or finish. A scissors kicking movement is not permitted.

101.3.4 - Turns

At each turn the body shall be on the breast. The touch shall be made with both hands simultaneously at, above, or below the water surface. Once a touch has been made, the swimmer may turn in any manner desired. The shoulders must be at or past the vertical toward the breast when the swimmer leaves the wall.

101.3.5 - Finish

At the finish, the body shall be on the breast and the touch shall be made with both hands simultaneously at, above, or below the water surface.

101.4. BACKSTROKE

101.4.1 - Start

The backstroke start shall be used.

101.4.2 - Stroke

Standing in or on the gutter or curling the toes over the lip of the gutter immediately after the start is not permitted. The swimmer shall push off on the back and continue swimming on the back throughout the race. Some part of the swimmer must break the surface of the water throughout the race, except it shall be permissible for the swimmer to be completely submerged during the turn, at the finish and for a distance of not more than 15 meters (16.4 yards) after the start and after each turn. By that point, the head must have broken the surface of the water.

101.4.3 - Turns

Upon completion of each length, some part of the swimmer must touch the wall. During the turn the shoulders may turn past the vertical toward the breast, after which a continuous single arm pull or a continuous simultaneous double arm pull may be used to execute the turn. Once the body has left the position on the back, any kick or arm pull must be part of the continuous turning action. The swimmer must have returned to a position on the back upon leaving the wall.

Note: The swimmer who turns past vertical and, in a continuous motion, grabs the wall before pushing off with the feet while on the back is considered to have executed a "continuous turning action."

101.4.4 - Finish

Upon the finish of the race, the swimmer must touch the wall while on the back. The body may be submerged at the touch.

MACA Web Site Awards
by Ray Novitske

Two of the top ten team web sites in the country are in Potomac Valley LMSC: Reston (webmaster: Lynn Hazlewood), and for the second year in a row, Alexandria (webmaster: Ray Novitske).

KEEN Swim Program
by Bob Stein

Volunteers are needed for KEEN (Kids Enjoy Exercise Now) Swim, a one-on-one swim program for developmentally disabled kids and teens. The program is held on Saturday mornings at the JCC in Rockville, and brings together about 25 athletes with their volunteers to spend an hour in the water having fun. The first session will be Saturday, September 22.

The program is in its fourth year and Master's swimmers from DCRP, the Ancient Mariners and other teams have volunteered their time when they can and we hope you will join us.

The program begins with on land "warm ups" and then it is into the pool. Some kids can swim in the deep end of the pool, others play on blow up floats or with other equipment that is available. The emphasis is on having fun in the pool rather than instruction and all of the swimmers and volunteers do have fun.

For more information, to sign up or for directions to the pool, call swim coordinator
Kim Dustin
(202) 965-3419
kimberley.dustin@us.wmmercer.com

Time: 9:15 AM-10:35 AM Saturdays on the dates below
Place: Greater Washington Jewish Community Center (JCC)
6125 Montrose Road
Rockville, Maryland

(Please sign up by Wednesday, the week of the swim)
2002:
Jan 5, 26
Feb 23
March 16
April 6, 27
May 18
June 8, 29

We hope you will join us for one or more sessions.

Bob Stein, DCRP resteinlaw@aol.com

Germantown Masters Winter/Spring Workouts
Germantown's winter/spring coached workouts, at Quince Orchard Swim and Tennis Club in Gaithersburg, begin on January 2nd and run for 18 weeks through May 11th. The workouts are open to swimmers from other teams, and unattached swimmers, provided they are registered with USMS for 2002. There is a workout every day of the week, either in the morning or evening. Here is the schedule:

    Sundays - 7-8:00 p.m.
    Mondays - 5:30-6:30 a.m.
    Tuesdays - 8:00-9:00 p.m.
    Wednesdays - 5:30-6:30 a.m.
    Thursdays - 8:00-9:00 p.m.
    Fridays - 7:00-8:00 p.m.
    Saturdays - 9:00-10:00 a.m.

For registration forms and information, call (301) 540-1591 or email waltersmrk@aol.com

Masters Training Group Starting
I will be starting a Masters training group at Marymount University. Our first day will be January 8, 2002. Call Mike Clark: 703 284-3832 or mclark@marymount.edu.

Swim for Life 2002 Planning - Underway
by Dawson Nash

If you enjoy open water swimming, please mark your calendar for this year's 11th Annual Swim for Life to be held once again at Rolph's Wharf on the Chester River. This year's date is Saturday, July 13th, 2002. As in past years, participants have the option of swimming 1, 2, 3, 4, or 5 miles. Your only requirement is a minimum of $100 in sponsors to be submitted the day of the event. After coordinating the event for 10 years, Joe Stewart has passed his responsibilities to Dawson Nash and the District of Columbia Aquatics Club (DCAC). As a newly formed 501-3C organization, DCAC was looking for an opportunity to provide a community outreach service. When Joe decided to step down, he contacted DCAC and Dawson agreed to take on the task of coordinator. DCAC is looking forward to continuing the success of the event. Over the past 10 years, Swim for Life has raised over $200,000 for various organizations that provide assistance to people living with HIV/AIDS.

If you have any questions about the event or wish to participate, please contact Dawson at swimmerdn4321@aol.com. A web page devoted to the event can be seen at www.crosslink.net/~cherylw/sfl2002i.htm. Brochures including Pledge Forms will be available in January.

February Fitness Frolic
by Viki Anders

Last year Bill Conroy, a swimmer for the Anne Arundel Breakfast Club (ABC team), decided to start the February Fitness Frolic. This is very similar to the February Fitness Challenge that many swimmers may be familiar with. The only difference is the money raised goes to The Johns Hopkins Patient and Family Fund. This is a great way to get motivated to swim in February when it is cold and dreary out. It is also a great way to get in shape for the open water season. If you want an application, email or call me. Happy swimming! Viki

    Viki Anders, RN, MSN, CRNP mailto:andervi@jhmi.edu
    BMT Nurse Practitioner
    GVHD Clinic Coordinator
    Phone: (410) 502-5395
    FAX: (410) 502-9690
    Beeper: (410) 283-0657


Harry Megaw

DCAC Starts New Era with a New Coach
by Charlie McManus

The District of Columbia Aquatics Club recently welcomed a new Head Coach, Harry Megaw. Harry brings a wealth of competitive swimming and coaching experience to the team. Previously, he has coached two Masters swim teams, several Age Group swim teams, and a High School swim team.

Professionally, Harry is a registered nurse in Fairfax, Va. His special interests include sports medicine, sports injury prevention, nutrition, and athletic training. Harry believes "swimmers at every level of ability should be offered an environment where they can achieve their goals logically and incrementally, with safety, protection, and recognition for whatever is their level of performance." As a coach, Harry has a keen eye for improving a swimmer's technique. He analyzes a swimmer's movement in the water to focus on key areas for making a particular stroke more efficient and faster. DCAC is fortunate to have Harry as its Head Coach.

Masters Swimmers of all levels are welcome to join us as we practice in the DC Metro area. Our schedule is as follows:

  • Tuesday and Thursday evenings, 8:00 - 9:30 p.m. at The Lab School, 4759 Reservoir Road, in NW Washington.
  • Saturday mornings, 8:30 - 10:00 a.m. at Montgomery College, Takoma Park Campus
  • Sunday mornings, 10:00 - 11:30 a.m. at Washington-Lee High School in Arlington, Virginia.

Interested swimmers are encouraged to visit our website for further information and directions to practices/events at: www.swimdcac.org or to call our SwimInfo Line: (202) 667-SWIM.

DCRP Winter Meet Cancelled
by Meredith Gardner

We won't be having the DCRP winter meet this year. We're planning to run just the summer meet at this time.

PV Meeting Minutes - November 11, 2001
by Jeff Roddin

Meeting called to order at 10:30am by Debbie. Meeting attendees introduced themselves and identified their representations.

MSA to adopt Minutes from July 1, 2001 PVLMSC board meeting.

Officer Reports:

  1. Chairman - Debbie's term will expire 12/31/01
  2. Treasurer - term expires 12/31/01 but CJ is running for re-election. We are solvent.
  3. Secretary - Cheryl will not run for re-election because she is Swimmer's Ear Editor.

Committee Reports:

  1. Registration
    1. Jeff reported we registered 1869 swimmers for 2001 (3.2% more than last year, 29% more than 4 years ago).
    2. Graphs showing registration summaries were passed around - will post some of this on the website
    3. Swimmer renewal forms were given to clubs in attendance who didn't already receive them via email.
    4. Jeff asked for permission to change the club renewal deadline from 11/30 to 11/15 beginning in 2002 (swimmers can't renew for the new registration year until the club renews - swimmers can begin registering for the new year as early as November 1).
    5. Jeff asked for clubs to ask swimmers not to transfer in the month of October because they can just wait a few weeks and renew with their new club (the 60 day unattached period does not apply at the time of annual renewal).
  2. Sanctions
    1. Margot is still working with Potomac Valley Swimming on dual sanctions.
    2. 2001 Meet summary was handed out
    3. 2002 projected Meet schedule was handed out
    4. Margot solicited and received volunteers to evaluate the following meets:
    5. Lox and Bagels, November 11th (John Buechler)
      Terrapin 1000/1650, December 2nd (Myriam Pero)
      Albatross Open, April 6th (Leon Wells)
  3. Newsletter - Deadline for December newsletter is November 15th
  4. Top Ten
    1. Eric submitted LCM to Pieter Cath on time
    2. Preliminary copy of LCM Top Ten was passed around for us to proof read
    3. Jim Nealis will take over Top Ten on January 1st.
  5. Awards - no report given.
  6. Officials - no report given.

Old Business

  1. PV Masters website - see Jeff Roddin if you are interested in free website hosting for your club through the Potomac Valley website (www.pvmasters.org).
  2. USMS Convention
    1. Original convention postponed from Sept 12th to November 16-18th.
    2. New PV delegates will be Frank Koval, Anne Berry, Myriam Pero, Craig Dewing.
    3. Lynn suggested the new delegates peruse the USMS website for background information on the proposed legislative changes to USMS before going to convention. Several people spoke at the meeting as to their opinion of some of the proposed changes as well as the officers running for election and of the 2003 short and long course Nationals' bidders.
  3. Public Service update - CJ is still working on some ideas

New Business

  1. New officer nominations:
    1. Chairman - Eric Nordlund
    2. Treasurer - CJ Hall
    3. Secretary - Debbie Morrin-Nordlund
  2. All three nominees accepted their nominations. Since there was only one nomination per office, it was motioned, seconded and approved that all three persons be appointed into their respective officer positions.
  3. Jeff suggested the PVLMSC bylaws be recorded electronically and posted to our website. A volunteer would have to not only type up the written bylaws that we currently have, but go through Minutes from meetings since the bylaw publication date and record new policies.

Next meeting: April 6th, 1:30pm, Montgomery Aquatic Center, Bethesda, Maryland (prior to Albatross Open)


8.  Classified


Wanted! News Items, Photos, Articles
News items, photos and articles are needed for the Potomac Valley Newsletter: Swimmer's Ear. Contact Cheryl (202) 387-2361 cherylw@crosslink.net.

Wanted! Boaters and Kayakers for Potomac River Swim and Swim for Life
Volunteer boaters and kayakers are needed to ensure the safety of open water swimmers during Swim for Life on July 13, 2002 and the Potomac River Swim June 1, 2002. These are beautiful areas and free dinner, breakfast, lunch, and camping (Potomac River Swim kayakers) or hotel (for boaters) are provided. Info: Cheryl (202) 387-2361 cherylw@crosslink.net.

Coach Wanted
Ft. Belvoir Swim Team is seeking an individual with either swimming or coaching experience to co-coach a group of strong 9-12 year old swimmers. Knowledge of Total Immersion drills is a plus. Hours are Monday and Wednesday 5:30-7pm and an occassional Saturday 7-9am. All practices are at Benyaurd indoor pool on Ft. Belvoir.

For more information contact head coach Kim Guthrie at 703 299-2225 or at fbst@erols.com

Assistant Coach Wanted
I am looking for an assistant coach at Marymount. Call Mike Clark: 703 284-3832 mclark@marymount.edu

Coach Wanted
Division 1, Colonial League swim team (Fort Myer) in Arlington, Virginia is seeking a summer swim Head Coach to help continue a 40-year tradition of fun and excellence in 2002. The team offers competitive compensation, a spacious facility, an enthusiastic and spirited team, and a highly supportive and involved group of parents. The ideal candidate would combine up-to-date knowledge of the sport of competitive swimming with demonstrated coaching expertise. Knowledge of the sport includes both the fundamentals of the competitive strokes for developmental swimmers and an understanding of the specialized aspects of training and techniques for sprints, which are the focus of the Colonial League summer swim meets. Coaching expertise means the ability to provide participating youth with a program of swimming instruction, training, physical exercise, and competition in an environment of fun, encouragement and motivation that will promote the values of accomplishment, self-worth and pride in themselves and their team. The Head Coach will be expected to lead, mentor, and supervise an Assistant Coach, which position is also currently vacant.

Interested candidates should mail a resume to David Felt, 2506 Clay Street, Alexandria, VA 22302 or E-mail it to felt2@home.com.

For more information call Dave at (202)414-3750 (days) or (703)836-0490 (evenings and weekends) or E-mail felt2@home.com.

Personalized Technique and Swim Instruction
Former University of Maryland varsity swimmer and record holder in the 200-yard IM is offering personalized swim/technique instruction as well as personal fitness training. Contact: Erin Galloway (240) 601-4952 eringalloway@msn.com

Underwater Tape/CD/MP3 Player

underwater tape player

Swimman makes a great, totally unique Christmas Gift and is guaranteed with a 1-year warranty plus a 30-day no-questions-asked return if not delighted with Swimman. For more information, call 1-800-SWIMMAN or email swimman_desk@Hotmail.com. Purchase Swimman online at www.hydrophonics.com and Shipping and Handling is free! We'll even pick up any applicable sales tax!

Neoprene Products (wetsuits, boots, etc.)
catalog productsWe are a Chinese firm offering very inexpensive neoprene products including wetsuits, neoprene boots, neoprene ankle/knee/wrist braces, etc. We are going to bulid up our website soon.

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9.  Photo Credits

  • Eric Nordlund & Debbie Morrin-Nordlund - photo by Debbie Morrin-Nordlund
  • USMS contingent - photo by Debbie Morrin-Nordlund
  • Ian Thorpe - photo from CNN.com
  • CJ Lockman- photo by Debbie Morrin-Nordlund
  • Cori Lathan - photo from www.anthrotronix.com
  • JesterBot - photo from www.anthrotronix.com
  • Damaged truck - photo by Cheryl Wagner
  • Cheryl Wagner - photo by Debbie Morrin-Nordlund
  • Rob Benson - photo from www.cubu.org
  • Tuckahoe Triathletes - photo by Cheryl Wagner
  • Ocean City beach - photo by Cheryl Wagner
  • Flags & swimmers - photo by Cheryl Wagner
  • Drew Martin - photo by Debbie Morrin-Nordlund
  • Barbara Clifford-Dicks - photo by Debbie Morrin-Nordlund
  • Cheryl & Peter Ward - photo by Debbie Morrin-Nordlund
  • Denise Kirwan - photo by Debbie Morrin-Nordlund
  • Marco Lari, Susan Ellis - photo by Debbie Morrin-Nordlund
  • Alexandria Masters - photo by Ray Novitske
  • Craig Dewing - photo by Debbie Morrin-Nordlund
  • John Feinstein, Eric Nordlund - photo by Debbie Morrin-Nordlund
  • Marisa Frieder - photo by Debbie Morrin-Nordlund
  • Matt Alvin - photo by Debbie Morrin-Nordlund
  • Myriam, Dan, Margot - photo by Debbie Morrin-Nordlund
  • Mary, Anne, Beth - photo by Debbie Morrin-Nordlund
  • Marsha Henry, Mark Walters - photo by Debbie Morrin-Nordlund
  • Nick Olmos-Lau - photo by Nancy Thomas
  • Michael Phelps - photo from www.mdswim.org
  • Harry Megaw - photo by Dawson Nash


10.  Meet/Swim Calendar


2001/2002 Pool Calendar

December 8-9: Colonies Zone SCM Champs - Rutgers Univ, East Brunswick, NJ SCM; Edward Nessel, Irene Ct, Edison, NJ 08820-1024, 908-561-5339, 908-769-2892 (fax), ednessel@aol.com; www.gsmswim.org/zonesscm2001.pdf; Sanctioned by NJ LMSC; Entry Deadline 11/30/2001

December 31: Swim in the New Year; Campus Rec Facility University of Maryland, College Park, MD. Call Bob Lazzaro 410-442-7649 H (before 9PM) cherylw@crosslink.net www.crosslink.net/~cherylw/ny02.htm

February 16-17: Virginia Masters Winter Invitational at Richmond, Virginia www.vaswim.org/swim.htm

February 23-24: Maryland Masters 25th Annual Winter Meet at UMBC, Catonsville, MD www.pvmasters.org/entry.htm

March 17: Bill Crawford Memorial Winter Classic Meet at Villanova PA. www.bee.net/dcastell/BillCrawfordMemorialWinterClassicMeet.html

March 24-30: IX FINA World Masters Swimming Championships in New Zealand www.pvmasters.org/entry.htm

April 6: 2002 Albatross Open; Montgomery Aquatic Center Bethesda, MD www.pvmasters.org/entry.htm Helen Beven 301-897-2947 hbevenintheusa@cs.com, Andy Fraser 301-962-0787 afraser@sandglass.com

April 19-21: Colonies Zone SCY Championship; University of MD Campus Rec; College Park, MD Dave Diehl, dd119@umail.umd.edu www.crosslink.net/~cherylw/Zone-4-19-02.htm

April 18-21: YMCA Masters National Championship - Ft. Lauderdale, FL, Email: dmurray363@aol.com; www.ymcaswimminganddiving.org/2002Masters/Flyer.pdf

May 14-17: 2002 USMS Short Course Nationals - Univ Of HI, Honolulu, HI SCY; Amy Patz, U of HI Swimming, 1337 Campus Rd., Honolulu, HI 96822, 808-956-7510, patz@hawaii.edu

2002 Open Water Calendar

March 30: IX FINA Masters World Championships - 5K Swim - Christchurch, NZ Email: masters.swim@greatevents.co.nz ; Web: www.eventnz.co.nz/masters-swimming

May 26: Jim McDonnell 2-Mile Swim - Lk Audubon, Reston, VA OW; Phyllis Sickenberger, 1807 Post Oak Tr, Reston, VA 20191, 703-845-SWIM, pbberger@aol.com; Lynn Hazlewood, lynhzlwd@usms.org; http://restonmasters.org/comp/2miow.htm

June 1: Potomac River 7.5 Mile Swim Pt. Lookout State Park, MD; Info: Cheryl Wagner (202) 387-2361 Cherylw@crosslink.net www.crosslink.net/~cherylw/pr2002i.htm

June 15: 2002 USMS 10K Open Water Championship - Hartwell Lake, Clemson, SC OW; Jacque Grossman, Clemson Aquatic Team, PO Box 411, Clemson, SC 29633-0411, 864-654-4704, 864-646-8836 (d), jelg@innova.net; Sponsored by Clemson Aquatic Team; Sanctioned by SC LMSC

June 16: Great Chesapeake Bay 4.4 Mile Swim & 1 Mile Bay Challenge, Bay Bridge Marina, at Sandy Point St. Park, MD www.lin-mark.com

July 13: Swim for Life 1, 2, 3, 4, & 5 Mile Swim Chester River, MD; Info: DCAC/Dawson Nash (202) 686-2150 swimmerdn4321@aol.com www.crosslink.net/~cherylw/sfl2002i.htm

July 13: 2002 USMS 2-Mile Cable Championship - Chris Greene Lake, Charlottesville, VA OW; Patty Powis, 2112 Waters Mill Pointe, Richmond, VA 23235-2915, 804-272-7291, ppowis@aol.com; Sponsored by Virginia Masters Swim Team; Sanctioned by VA LMSC

Local Multisport Calendar - 2002
by C J Lockman Hall

At the time of printing, many organizations had not posted their 2002 calendars.

We suggest that you visit active.com, beastoftheeast.com, cooltri.com, insidetri.com/calendar/, lin-mark.com, paadventureracing.com/, set-upinc.com/, triath.com, triathlete.com, and tricolumbia.org in the next few months for on spring events and entry forms for popular summer events.

May 19 21st Annual Columbia Triathlon Sesquicentennial Park, Ellicott City, MD (1.5k Swim - 41K Bike - 10K Run) www.tricolumbia.org

June 8 2nd Annual Escape from Fort Delaware, Delaware City, DE (1.5KSwim-40K Bike - 10K Run) Presented by Piranha Sports www.lin-mark.com

June 9 20th Annual Blackwater Eagleman 1/2 Ironman - Hawaii Ironman Qualifier, Sailwinds Park, Cambridge, MD 1.2 Mi. Swim - 56 Mi. Bike - 13.1 Mi. Run www.lin-mark.com

June 15 15th Annual Thundergust Triathlon, Parvin State Park, Pittsgrove, NJ (.40 Swim - 16 Mi. Bike - 3.50 Mi. Run) www.lin-mark.com

September 14 7th Annual Dewey Beach Triathlon, Rehoboth Beach, DE (.50 Mi. Swim - 16 Mi.Bike - 3.5 Mi. Run) www.lin-mark.com

September 21 Make A Wish Triathlon - Sea Colony Triathlon, Bethany Beach, DE (1.5K Swim - 36K Bike - 10K Run) www.lin-mark.com