May 17, 2009
Benefit Swim & Patapsco/Back River Tributary Team Picnic & Wade-In
On Sunday morning May 17, 2009 Joe Stewart will swim from the mouth of the Patapsco River to the mouth of the Back River in the Chesapeake Bay and is now raising pledge funds to benefit our urban watershed organizations. At noon that day, Patapsco/Back River Tributary Team (P/BRTT) will host its annual picnic and wade-in at North Point State Park (NPSP) along Joeıs swim course.
The public is welcome to participate in the celebration! Directions to NPSP can be found at:
Tax deductible pledge checks payable to Greater Homewood Community Corporation or to GHCC can be mailed to Joe Stewart, 3212 Avon Avenue, Baltimore MD 21218. Please note ³Urban Watersheds² in the memo of the check. Thank you to everyone making a contribution which GHCC will divide up among our local area watershed associations after the event. Thanks especially for helping out during these troubling, difficult economic times when every donation makes a huge difference to these small grassroots groups!
For more information about the event, contact Joe Stewart: 410.767.1354 email@example.com
Government agencies and non profit organizations will highlight regional water quality initiatives at the event under the old Bay Shore Park trolley barn and local historian Steve Takos will offer a guided tour.
Waders will include representative of environmental groups, elected officials and other celebrities.
Note: Joe swam across Patapsco River 5 times in 2002-2006. P/BRTT began having wade-ins in 2004 at Venice on the Bay, then at North Point State Park in 2005 & 2006. The 2007 wade-in at Fort Smallwood didnıt include a swim. The 2008 event had a benefit swim in Back River and wade-in at Rocky Point Park.
Alexandria Masters Winter-Spring Schedule
The winter-spring schedule for Alexandria Masters Swimming begins February 2 and runs through May 23. Since there are no team dues, workouts are open to all USMS-registered swimmers regardless of team affiliation. Fees are prorated after the beginning of the season. As part of the regular coached workouts, the program has an optional long-distance workout on Saturdays for long-distance swimmers and triathletes, and monthly video clinics with coaching analysis.
Mt. Vernon Rec Center
Mon, Wed, Fri - 6:00-7:00 AM
Tue, Thur - 12:30-1:30 PM
Lee District Rec Center
Tue, Thur - 6:00-7:00 AM
Mon, Thur - 7:30-8:30 PM
Sat - 8:00-9:30 AM
George Washington Rec Center
Tue - 7:30-8:30 PM
Additional information is available on the web site:
Virginia Masters Newsletter
To: Friends of VMST
From: Betsy Durrant, newsletter editor firstname.lastname@example.org
For years we have sent our newsletters to a list of swimmers, coaches, etc, who are not members in Virginia. The list was temporarily lost when we changed Registrars. When it was located, I decided to update the list. I deleted some names and added some names. Instead of mailing the newsletter each month, I will email it. If you want to be included on this mailing list, let me know.
Swimmers & Volunteers - Bud Beatty Swim
Hello all. I just wanted to let everyone know that I have set up a website for the swim in August. It is very basic but I hope to add on to it. My hope is to allow us to have registrations thru the site and be able to sell merchandise. For the time being add it to your favorites
and stay tuned for further news. budbeattyswim.org
We also have our Myspace website. www.myspace.com/budbeattyswim
You can also join us on Facebook under THE ANNUAL BUD BEATTY SWIM group.
We are holding a T-shirt / Logo contest. Submit your ideas and if your idea is chosen you can win a $25 gift certificate to Dicks Sporting Goods and a free 2009 Event T-shirt.
Next years 2 mile event will take place:
Sunday August 9, 2009
9:00 AM Start
Rocky Point Beach (Baltimore County)
Please put it on your calendar and spread the word. If you would like to volunteer for a particular task let me know. ie; publicity, fundraising, support coordination (boat / kayak / USCG).
Have a great day! Tim Beatty, organizer, email@example.com
Faster Swimming Newsletter
Every athlete wants to excel, but the will to excel is insignificant without the will to prepare to excel. Preparation is where many athletes fail. Most are willing to put in hours on top of hours of training, but almost no time is devoted to planning or record keeping. This planning (and tracking) is essential, because planning is the first step to achieving any goal - including those accomplished in athletics. Continue reading.
Strength AND Conditioning with weights
Complexes are several exercises performed in a row, with no break in between. Complexes are really just extended super-sets where you donıt put down the bar or DBıs until you are through. Continue Reading.
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Irish Open Water Swims
Ireland (County Cork): two swims of 1.25 miles each with more than 250 entries:
'Vibes & Scribes' Lee Swim 2009 - July 18th - entries open in April
Sandycove Island Challenge Swim 2009 September 19th entries open in July
Pre-register your interest on www.corkmasters.ie
Ned Denison, Phone: +353 87 987 1573 email: firstname.lastname@example.org. Also available for information about other Irish and European open water swims. Many thanks in advance, -- Ned
by Jeff Roddin
- Your Jan/Feb issue of SWIMMER magazine will be your last issue unless you renew your registration by January 31st. New for 2009 is the option to register online.
- If your household is receiving more than one copy of The Swimmer's Ear and you would prefer not to receive the extra copies, please contact Jeff Roddin (email@example.com) and let him know which registered PV swimmers wish to be "unsubscribed."
- Last year Potomac Valley swimmers donated $415 to the USMS endowment fund and $314 to the International Swimming Hall of Fame for a total of $729 (up from last yearıs total of $540). Highest individual donor ($20) was a three way tie.
- Approximate breakdown of our membership by state:
1. Virginia: 52%
2. Maryland: 27%
3. District of Columbia: 17%
4. Other: 4%
- We registered 2220 swimmers in 2008. Sex breakdown: 52% male, 48% female. We are the smallest of the 52 LMSCs in the country from a geographic standpoint, however, we are the fourth largest in terms of registered swimmers (behind Colorado and two of the California LMSCs). See below for our registration history since 1997:
By Jeff Roddin
Thank you for being a 2008 member of Potomac Valley Masters. Please renew your membership for 2009 now to prevent any insurance coverage lapse or missed publications (Swimmerıs Ear, Swimmer Magazine). You now have the ability to renew online by paying with a credit card. After registering you will receive a follow-up email with a link to print your own registration card (via PDF file). You can save postage by not requesting a hardcopy be mailed to you when you register (plus you will be able to print your own replacement card on demand later in the year if needed).
If you would rather not pay online with a credit card you may print a registration form from the PV website (http://www.pvmasters.org) and mail in with a check.
Please note some clubs have additional club fees that you may be responsible for paying separately.
Ironman Registration Opens
by Joe Stewart
Online registration is now available for the 2009 Ford Ironman Louisville, Ironman 70.3 Boise and Amica Ironman 70.3 Rhode Island events.
Ford Ironman Louisville
Event details: Sunday, August 30, 2009
· 6:50 a.m. pro start,
· 7:00 a.m. age group start
· Online registration can be accessed by
· Entry Fee: $525.00 (USD)
Ironman 70.3 Boise
Event details: Saturday, June 13, 2009
· 2:00 p.m. race start
· Online registration can be accessed by visiting www.ironmanboise.com
· Entry fees:
- $210.00 from 9/01/2008 - 12/31/2008
- $230.00 from 1/01/2009 - 4/30/2009
- $250.00 from 5/01/2009 - 6/12/2009
Amica Ironman 70.3 Rhode Island
Event details: Saturday, July 12, 2009
· 6:00 a.m. race start
· Online registration can be accessed by visiting www.ironmanrhodeisland.com
· Entry fees:
- $210.00 from 9/01/2008 - 12/31/2008
- $230.00 from 1/01/2009 - 5/31/2009
- $250.00 from 6/01/2009 - 7/11/2009
For more information on Ironman or Ironman 70.3, visit the official Web site at www.ironman.com. Athlete inquiries can be directed to Ann Skerkoski at Ann@ironman.com.
We look forward to seeing you at the races!
Swim for Life 2009
by Joe Stewart
DCAC is Proud to Host the 18th Annual Maryland Swim for Life!
What: Annnual fundraiser that begins and ends at Rolph's Wharf on the Chester River, one of the Chesapeake Bay's tributaries. Swimmers can swim 1, 2, 3, 4, or 5 mile distance and must raise a minimum of $100 to participate. Proceeds from the event benefit the Chester River Association along with various small organizations that assist individuals and families affected by HIV/AIDS.
When: July 11, 2009; 9 am swim start
Where: Rolph's Wharf near Chestertown, MD
For more info: Contact DCAC member Nell Orscheln at firstname.lastname@example.org
VMST 1st Annual Spring Meet 3/15/09
The Warrenton Masters Swim Team is planning to host our First Annual Spring Swim Meet Sunday March 15th in the morning at our new swim facility in Warrenton VA. The water temperature is 81, there are ten lanes, electronic timing, and we have large clean locker rooms. The pool is naturally lit with lots of sun. There is lots of pool deck space including a large bleacher area. There will be at least two lanes for warm up and cool down during the meet.
We are in the process of USMS approval for the event and details will be at www.warrentonmasters.org when approved. Please contact Coach Charlie Tupitza at email@example.com if you have any questions. This is our first meet in Warrenton and I would appreciate it if you would send me a note in advance if you are considering attending the meet so we can get an idea of how many swimmers to expect. For those that do, I will send an email when things are finalized. We look forward to hosting this meet and others. Come join the fun! Competition "Come together to seek improvement"
Potomac Valley LMSC Meeting Minutes
PVLMSC Meeting Minutes August 23, 2008
UMD College Park, MD
Recorded by Cheryl Wagner
- Approval of last meeting minutes - approved
- nothing to report
- PV Registration counts as of:
Aug 1, 2006: 1785
Aug 1, 2007: 1904
Aug 1, 2008: 2005
- From 9/1 until 10/31 the PV registration fee will be $27 (down from $37)
- 2 Clubs from 2007 did not renew (UMD Masters, YWCA-NC)
- Reston had 215 OEVT registrations - less than last year but overall there were very few
problems (7 out of 222 had already registered and didnıt need to register OEVT)
- PV fee is $25 for OEVT. The USMS portion was raised $2, so PV needs to discuss whether to absorb this increase or pass along to the swimmer. Will discuss at our annual meeting.
- USMS sanctions require that OEVT participants are flagged in results since they can't get
Top Ten and this is not being done. RMST needs to look into doing this to comply with the
USMS rulebook. While not a requirement, RMST is also asked to list club affiliation with
swimmers in the official results.
- Online registrations and renewals - starting to pick up - close to 50% are now entering online and that percentage should increase.
- Jeff will send emails to individuals (in 2009) to invite them to renew online with a credit card.
- Jeff has email addresses for 40% of the 2008 PV membership.
- Jeff can provide individual clubs a link for online registrations specifically for their club (that way the swimmer doesnıt get confused when trying to register if they donıt know what an LMSC is, what their club acronym is, etc.).
- PV still has a problem where new swimmers who go to the USMS site to register cannot
easily find PV and sometimes register through the MD or VA LMSCs by mistake. Swimmers
registering through the PV website donıt have this problem and hopefully clubs will take
advantage of the custom links available to send the swimmers directly to their club. But for now PV continues to ask USMS to clarify the LMSC map.
- Jeff sends a monthly roster of those who registered online to interested clubs. This is being
done because club registrars (if applicable) can no longer keep track of this. USMS promises to automate this but for now Jeff will continue to send out the reports.
- Cannot collect club fees for online registrations that is one drawback with the online system and there is no easy solution unless clubs can collect this fee elsewhere (e.g. through workout fees instead of reg fees). Alexandria Masters collects their club dues using Pay Pal.
- In annual meeting, will finalize what we can do about online registration renewals (previously all club reps were sent renewal forms to give to their swimmers perhaps this year Jeff just sends out emails to the swimmers with a link to renew and then in January whoever hasnıt renewed, a hardcopy can be generated and given to club reps).
- Next year online registrants will have option to have card mailed or get PDF file. This year
Jeff mailed a hardcopy to all online registrants.
- Top Ten:
- Patriot Masters did a great job on their results for the Colonies Zone SCY meet.
- DCAC has not yet sent in results from IGLA
- DCRP has sent in results from Hains Point.
- Need evaluators for:
Terrapin LCM Zone meet - Julie Oplinger
Patriot Masters Sprint Classic - Jeff Strahota
Alexandria Masters Tropical Splash - Feb 1
- New Business
- Jeff Strahota prepared a Power Point slide presentation suggesting a PV swim series like the MD masters swim series. Give meet-sponsoring teams assistance such as HYTEK, watches, etc. Will discuss at annual meeting.
- USMS has "Places to Swim" on website - self maintained by clubs.
- On PV website, Jeff maintains listings based on input from clubs and info gathered at club
- Doing great. $12,766 in black.
- Funds are sufficient - won't have to increase PV dues for a number of years (although USMS may increase their portion and that is outside of our control).
- Debbie reported that Tim Timmons & Jeff Roddin are doing a great job on paying our bills
- Nothing to report
- Ray Novitske doing Sep newsletter.
- Presenting SCM & LCM awards at Terrapin LCM Zone meet.
- As soon as USMS SCY Top Ten is released, will compute and present those awards at Sprint Classic
- National Officials Committee trying to bring all LMSC officiating up to standard level.
- Trying to create Masters certification process for local officials.
- Nothing to report
- Old Business:
- PV Delegates for USMS convention: Jeff Roddin, Ray Novitske, Eric Nordlund, Lynn
Hazlewood, Jeff Strahota
- At large Delegates: Ann Svenson, Dave Diehl, Deb Morrin-Nordlund
- Proposed: reimburse actual costs for transportation, lodging + flat amount for food ($25 per day)
- Next Meeting:
Ray Novitske Alexandria Masters Swimming
Julie Oplinger Fairfax County Masters
Mark Walters Germantown Maryland Masters
Jeff Roddin Montgomery Ancient Mariners
Tim Timmons Patriot Masters Swim Team
Gordon Gerson Reston Masters
Cheryl Wagner Terrapin Masters
Debbie Morrin-Nordlund Terrapin Masters
Eric Nordlund Terrapin Masters
Jeff Strahota Terrapin Masters
Skip Thompson Guest/Michigan
- After Sprint Classic meet on Oct 26. Will announce time once a "meet timeline" is published. (approx 2PM)