2. Articles and Interviews
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 went 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.
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.
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?
What sports have you competed in?
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?
How did you end up designing robots?
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?"
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.
In the end, he recommends knowing your own body and if a prediction seems absurd for you, it probably is!
"Whether you believe you can do a thing or not, you are right."
"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."
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?
"I do benefits for all religions -- I'd hate to blow the hereafter on a technicality."
5. Meet News
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
Here is the letter DCAC sent to its swim meet entrants informing them of the meet's cancellation.
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 email@example.com.
Kei Koizumi, DCAC
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).
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 firstname.lastname@example.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
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:
Below is a copy of the USMS rules which reflect these changes.
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.
101.3.1 - 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.
101.4.1 - 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
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
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
Time: 9:15 AM-10:35 AM Saturdays on the dates below
(Please sign up by Wednesday, the week of the swim)
We hope you will join us for one or more sessions.
Germantown Masters Winter/Spring Workouts
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 email@example.com
Masters Training Group Starting
Swim for Life 2002 Planning - Underway
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 firstname.lastname@example.org. 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
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
BMT Nurse Practitioner
GVHD Clinic Coordinator
Phone: (410) 502-5395
FAX: (410) 502-9690
Beeper: (410) 283-0657
DCRP Winter Meet Cancelled
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
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.
Terrapin 1000/1650, December 2nd (Myriam Pero)
Albatross Open, April 6th (Leon Wells)
Next meeting: April 6th, 1:30pm, Montgomery Aquatic Center, Bethesda, Maryland (prior to Albatross Open)
Wanted! Boaters and Kayakers for Potomac River Swim and Swim for Life
For more information contact head coach Kim Guthrie at 703 299-2225 or at email@example.com
Assistant Coach Wanted
Interested candidates should mail a resume to David Felt, 2506 Clay Street, Alexandria, VA 22302 or E-mail it to firstname.lastname@example.org.
For more information call Dave at (202)414-3750 (days) or (703)836-0490 (evenings and weekends) or E-mail email@example.com.
Personalized Technique and Swim Instruction
Underwater Tape/CD/MP3 Player
Neoprene Products (wetsuits, boots, etc.)
Please email for our catalog.
2001/2002 Pool Calendar
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 18-21: YMCA Masters National Championship - Ft. Lauderdale, FL, Email: firstname.lastname@example.org; 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, email@example.com
May 26: Jim McDonnell 2-Mile Swim - Lk Audubon, Reston, VA OW; Phyllis Sickenberger, 1807 Post Oak Tr, Reston, VA 20191, 703-845-SWIM, firstname.lastname@example.org; Lynn Hazlewood, email@example.com; http://restonmasters.org/comp/2miow.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), firstname.lastname@example.org; 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: 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, email@example.com; Sponsored by Virginia Masters Swim Team; Sanctioned by VA LMSC
Local Multisport Calendar - 2002
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