Hi, I'm Eric Nordlund, the new Chair of Potomac Valley Masters Swim Committee. First of all, I would like to thank Debbie Morrin-Nordlund for the excellent job she did as past Chair. Prior to being elected Chair, I did Top-Ten for PV. When I lived in Michigan I was Chair of Michigan Masters, where I also had been the Sanctions Chair and Co-meet director of a couple of Michigan Masters State Championship Meets. In addition to serving as PV Chair, I am a member of the USMS Long-Distance Committee and a NCAA Swimming Official.
I do not know about anyone else, but my caloric intake was much greater than expenditure over the holidays, so now is a great time get in shape and set aquatic goals for the New Year.
Here in the Colonies Zone we have a couple of upcoming events I would like to highlight for those of you interested in competition. On April 19-21, Terrapin Masters is hosting the Colonies Zone Short Course Yard Championship Meet at the University of Maryland, College Park. I may be a little biased since I am a Terrapin Masters swimmer, but I feel that the pool is one of the best anywhere in the world. In the past, the pool has been the site of FINA World Cup meets, ACC Championships, and YMCA National meets. In 2002, both Men's and Women's ACC Championship meets will be held at University of Maryland again. If you do not want to spend lots of money traveling to Hawaii for USMS Short Course Nationals, come to College Park for your big SCY meet in 2002. The Montgomery Ancient Mariners will host the annual Albatross Open Short Course Meters meet in April.
For those of you interested in, or wanting to try, open water swimming, on July 13, the USMS 2-mile Cable National Championship will take place in Charlottesville, VA. There are a number of other lake, river, bay, and ocean swims throughout the season, including the Reston Lake swim in May.
There are also a number of postal and fitness events run by USMS throughout the year. Take a look at the calendar in the newsletter, and in SWIM MAGAZINE for some ideas.
I would like to thank all of the fellow volunteers, past, present, and future who work so hard to make Potomac Valley a great LMSC. Whatever your aquatic goals are for 2002, good luck and have fun!
Eric Nordlund, Chair-Potomac Valley Masters Swimming
"I hope my most lasting impact is that I was a very approachable person, a giving person...I know that everyone will remember the records, but I wanted to make an impact beyond running fast or jumping high....hopefully what I stood for will stand longer than my athletic accomplishments." -Olympian heptathlete and long jumper Jackie Joyner-Kersee
"I never played the game to make it to the Hall of Fame. I played it because I loved it." -Baseball Hall of Fame inductee Ozzie Smith
"I think more than anything I like the relationships that I've gathered, the friendships I've made and the impact I've had on people's lives. That's much more rewarding than any game you ever played.'' -Basketball player Teresa Edwards on retiring after her fifth Olympic Games.
Perhaps you won't break world records, or get elected to a Hall of Fame, or participate in the Olympic Games. The above quotes show, however, that simple joys are the real rewards in sport.
Over the years in Masters swimming, I've seen friendships formed and marriages made. I've seen the pool serve as a sanctuary from divorce, death, career upheaval, and health problems. I've seen self-conscious women transform into strong, self-reliant women as their bodies and minds took shape. I've seen men humbled by the "easy" sport of swimming as they struggled to get in shape - and ultimately respect and enjoy the sport. I've seen veterans welcome newcomers into the fold and patiently teach them swimming's peculiar etiquette and lingo.
"Not what we have, but what we enjoy, constitutes our abundance." -John Petit-Senn, French poet
Let's give thanks for the real rewards of swimming, that even during a gawd-awful practice or disappointing competition, the simple joys abound: the scent of a new bathing suit or bathing cap, the feel of the water across your muscles, the sense of accomplishment from an hour-long practice that is sometimes absent during a whole day at work, the nice funny feeling in your stomach at swim meets, the opportunity to watch world-class athletes, and, of course, friendships and good times shared.
I leave you with a statement from the irrepressible Olympic gold medallist B.J. Bedford - who made the Olympic Team on her fourth try - as she announced her retirement from swimming: "Swimming has been so good to me, and maybe pretty hard on me from time to time as well, but that's why I love it. You get what you give, and I gave everything. And in return, I have received the world."
Give swimming what you've got and you'll receive the world. What a treat.
Max VO2 - even the name sounds strangely scientific. You may have thought, "What is it and why should I care?" Here's a short explanation of what Max VO2 means and how to find out what yours is.
Oxygen uptake, or the cell's use of oxygen, rises rapidly during the first few minutes of exercise. If you're doing "steady-rate' exercise with minimal lactic acid accumulation, your oxygen uptake reaches a plateau after three or four minutes. If your workout gets progressively harder, your oxygen uptake rises in direct proportion to the severity of the exercise - for a while. At some point, the oxygen uptake plateaus with no further increase, even though the workload is still growing. This point is called the maximal oxygen uptake or Max VO2. Additional exercise above Max VO2 generally produces lactic acid, resulting in a deterioration of the performance (as anyone who's gone out too fast in a 200 butterfly knows).
A number of factors affect Max VO2 including the type of exercise, heredity, conditioning, body composition, gender and age:
Type of Exercise:
Here is a formula for computing your own approximate Max VO2, followed by an example using a 30-year-old female while walking. Have fun!
United States Masters Swimming (USMS) was founded in 1970 and there are currently more than 40,000 registered swimmers. For your easy reference see the chart to better visualize how the USMS is composed. Our club, the Montgomery Ancient Mariners Club (ANCM) is part of the Potomac Valley (PV), which is one of the 10 Local Masters Swimming Committee (LMSC) and the Potomac Valley is part of one of the eight USMS Zones - the Colonies Zone. As of October 2001, Colonies had 8,309 registered swimmers and PV had 1,868 swimmers and the ANCM had 238. The first USMS short course national Championship meet was held in 1970 with a total of 46 swimmers. And the first USMS long course meet was held in the year 1972. Since then, USMS has held yearly short and long course meets.
There have been 31 conventions for Masters Swimming. The first convention was held in 1971. The first 10 were under the AAU and the other 21 were under USMS National Governing body. The AAU was the National Governing body for the first 10 years.
This year the Potomac Valley's delegates were volunteers of volunteers. How is this, well did you know that the USMS with its over 40,000 members is run by mostly volunteers from all over the USA.
It was nice to see how four members of four different clubs (Arlington Ageless Masters, Montgomery Ancient Mariners, Reston Masters and Terrapins Masters) that did not know each other, formed such a great team. Especially since three of them were attending for the first time a Convention. We coordinated among ourselves in order to cover most of all the different committees meetings. For those who have never attended these conventions, you should know that they might be running at the same time 2 or 3 committee meetings. This year the Convention was originally scheduled for September 12 in Dearborn, Michigan, but due to the terrible and sad incident of September 11, it was postponed and a new site was selected. So here we were replacing the original members delegates that were not able to attend on the new dates set for this Convention.
This year one of the big topics was the Executive Committee elections. All very good candidates, so it was a hard decision. The final results were the following:
There was also a very tight voting for the selection of the national championship sites for 2003. The results were the following:
Another item under a lot of discussion was the Article 506 item 506.1 -Membership of the Board of Directors. The proposal was to exclude the chairs of all the Standing Committees (23) and the past presidents from the membership, but they have decided to study this proposal and especially the new Executive Committee would look at this issue closely. Probably they will present new proposals regarding the Membership on the next convention.
Article 102 item 102.1 and Article 201 item 201.1.1 was also discussed. The new ruling will allow the admission of 18 year olds. Many of the masters' teams at the universities were having problems with the freshmen students, since because of insurance purposes they could not allow them to swim during the masters workouts.
I think it is important to mention that during the House of Delegates meetings when the presentations of the committees took place, the PV's current chairpersons were given acknowledgement by the President, Nancy Ridout of their work and efforts during this past year. I refer to the Marketing Committee (Debbie Morrin) and the Officials Committee (David Diehl).
I think one of the positive things about the conventions is whom you meet. I met a delegate that has been attending as a Delegate for Florida since 1959 the AAU Convention and has attended all 31 USMS meetings. This remarkable woman is June Krauser.
The following Potomac Valley swimmers had the fastest USMS time in their age group for the 2001 Long Course season, qualifying them for USMS
Here are the ten finalists and the winner of the 2001 TYR USMS Newsletter of the Year Award.
Finalists: (in alphabetical order)
The 2001 TYR/ USMS Newsletter of the Year was generously sponsored by TYR, and was awarded to West Hollywood Aquatics. To view their award-winning newsletter, visit the West Hollywood Aquatics web site at: www.wh2o.org
One interesting note: in 1999, there was only one online newsletter in the group of top ten finalists for USMS Newsletter of the Year. In 2001, 9 out of the 10 finalists were available online.
Congratulations, and Happy Holidays!
Bill Volckening, USMS Editor SWIM Magazine
Mixed 200m medley relay 100-119
Mixed 800m freestyle relay 100-119
Men 400m medley relay 100-119
Men 800m freestyle relay 100-119**
Men 400m freestyle relay 100-119**
Men 200m medley relay 100-119
"Mediocrity is climbing molehills without sweating."
"You can't build a reputation on what you intend to do."
"If your dog is fat, you aren't getting enough exercise."
Q: Do you know how to keep an idiot in suspense?
When I got up this morning, I took two Ex-lax with my Prozac. I can't get out of the bathroom, but I'm ok with it.
You need only two tools in life: WD-40 and duct tape. If it doesn't move and it should, use WD-40. If it moves and shouldn't, use the tape.
I signed up for an exercise class and was told to wear loose fitting clothing. If I had loose fitting clothing, I wouldn't be doing the exercise class.
Q: Who cuts the grass on Walton's Mountain?
Brevity is the soul of lingerie.
I asked various team representatives in Potomac Valley if they had any gossip, humorous stores, or news to share. Here's what I received:
From Jeff Roddin of Ancient Mariners:
From Chrissie Goodrum of Reston Masters:
From Peter Ward of Patriot Masters:
My other favorite story comes from Nationals a couple of years ago in Indianapolis. Dave ___ was swimming the 100 IM. I was curious as I had never seen Dave swim IM before. He started out great on the fly, moving well but not taking any breaths and not looking for the wall. He touched at the end of the fly more with his face then his hands. He pushed off on his stomach and rolled over on his back while under water. On the back to breast turn he did a flip without touching the wall, took a huge dolphin kick and came up half way through his pull out. On the breast to free turn he touched with one hand and proceeded to sprint home. Dave was very pleased with his time but soon realized he had committed no less then 6 violations during the 100 yards. It was then announced for him to report to the referee. I think it was to ask which violation he would like to be officially disqualified for. Pieces of Dave's teeth can still be found in the bulkhead from the fly to back turn. To this date we still pull out the videotape at our social functions just for a good laugh.
2001 Terrapin Masters 1000/1650 Meet
The 2001 (19th Annual) 1000/1650 Meet hosted by the Terrapin Masters had 51 entries including 11 deck entries. Twenty of the swimmers came from outside the Potomac Valley area, which makes this meet more of a regional meet than just a local one. As usual we had a number of meet records broken as follows:
Everyone had a good time both in the pool and out and we were able to wrap up and have everyone out by 11:00am to start shopping and/or get ready for the football games. Thanks again to the University of Maryland varsity swimmers for the back-up timing and cheering.
We look forward to seeing all of you at the Colonies Zone Championship to be held at the University of Maryland pool the weekend of April 19-21, 2002.
Joe Stewart, carrying the torch in Baltimore on December 22, 2001 at 11:25AM from Light St. to Battery Ave (just south of the Inner Harbor and Federal Hill).
Carrying the Olympic torch, in my hometown, in sight of the river I next plan to swim across (the Patapsco) with friends, family, co-workers, pool lane-sharers and many others looking on, looked like a dream. I felt the way I do when I've done a long distance open water swim - high, psyched, zoned out!!!
I received the torch from a man with a heart transplant and passed it off to a survivor of incest and being battered, and shared the bus we all rode along our torch route, with a young ice skater who would be carrying the torch around the rink at Rash Field, a bladder cancer survivor and Cal Ripken. I began my morning with a two mile swim at Meadowbrook and did my best to keep my all white uniform from getting soiled. My housemate, Flash, drove with me to my collection spot, the Maryland Science Center, where I checked in, received my number (#088) and was briefed on how things would work.
I was extremely impressed by the organization and the professionalism of the staff and knew everything would work out fine. Like all the other torchbearers I spoke to, I had to endure people telling me every day for weeks not to drop the torch! I was sure I was going to break a leg or arm or have some other crippling experience that would deprive me of my .2 miles of Olympic fame and glory.
On the bus we were each asked to tell the others about how we got nominated and I was so proud to speak about Maryland Swim for Life to Benefit People with HIV/AIDS and the Potomac River Swim for the Environment and my own long distance swims, I thought I could have marched right through the gates of heaven. The humility came when I got off the bus amidst the cheers and cries of "Go, Joe" from all around me on the street corners at Light and Warren and I no longer was me, but really was a symbol of humanity passing on fire and light on a world stage in a deeply moving, transcending experience. I began to run and was on some level not present at all, though I saw familiar faces and heard voices speaking directly to me. I was outside myself, much like I have been in the middle of a river when looking up into blue sky and puffy white clouds and for a moment being one with all of the universe.
Swim in the New Year at the University of Maryland, under the able (and new) management of Terrapin Bob Lazzaro, set a record for attendance: 72. Back in their Glenelg neighborhood, Bob's wife, Roberta, chased down every brown vehicle which in any way resembled a UPS truck, in order to deliver the t-shirts to Campus Rec at 12:00 noon.
Swimmers at Campus Rec rang in 2002, by doing 2002 yards times 1, 2, 3, 4, or 5. A sumptuous buffet of yogurt, bagels, muffins, fruit, Fig Newtons, chocolate chip cookies, and juice was consumed by swimmers after completing their goals. Many thanks to Debbie Morrin-Nordlund (TERR), Jim Wenhold (Aquatics Director at UM Campus Rec), Sean Flynn (Campus Rec), Roberta Lazzaro (Bob's wife), and all others who helped to make the event a success.
The URL for the February 23-24th Maryland Masters 25th Annual Winter Meet at UMBC, Catonsville, MD was incorrect in the December 2001 newsletter. It should have read: http://www.pvmasters.org/entry.htm.
Marymount Masters Swim Team
Marymount Masters Swim Team, practices Mon, Wed, Fri from 6:30 7:30am at our new pool on the campus of Marymount University in North Arlington. For more info contact Mike Clark (703) 284-3832 or send email to email@example.com
The 4.3 mile Bay Bridge walk is scheduled for April 28, 2002, this year. There's more information at this website at: www.visit-annapolis.org/annap_stop.shtml
Former PV Treasurer, Rob Whitters recently sent me a message with the news that he was being called to active military duty.
"My orders are done and will be mailed to me either today or Monday. I report to Camp Pendleton on the 16th (of January) so I will leave here on the 12th to drive out." - Rob Whitters
If you are interested in joining, please contact me. If you are not affiliated with CMU, then I'll need to give you additional information.
Our meet entry form is in the current issue of SWIM Magazine and will soon be on the usms.org website. Our LMSC website, www.hawaiimastersswim.org has all other current information on travel, accomodations, activitites etc.. Please do check it out, and if you have any questions, please do contact myself or Amy Patz at firstname.lastname@example.org
We look forward to seeing many of you at our meet in May.
Just wanted to let you know that the "entire" 2002 LMSC Handbook is now on our website at www.usms.org/admin/lmschb . Once at the home page, click on "what's new" or go to Administration then LMSC Handbook.
The purpose of having this on the website is for "everyone" to have access to the "whole" handbook (and to save a few trees).
Thank you Webmaster Jim for putting this up!!!
Hard copies will be sent out to those LMSC Officers who do not have e-mail and therefore do not have access to the Handbook on line. If for some reason you prefer a hard copy, please let me know no later than Sunday February 3rd.
Tracy Grilli, email@example.com
USA swimming (age groupers) for Potomac Valley have agreed and will do a dual sanction for USMS. If any of our master swimmers set a world record
in a PV USA Swimming meters meet, it will now count.
Please note that meet information including entry forms for the 2002 NE SCY Championship can be found at our special meet website at: www.swimindex.com/meets/2002/nem-scy/
We had 550 swimmers last year and expect more than 600 swimmers at this year's meet.
Hope to see many of you at Harvard this Spring.
Dear Open Water Swimmers and Adventurers,
2002 Information follows for the Following Events:
1) The 2nd Annual Bonaire EcoSwim will be held on Saturday December 7th 2002. Information and the entry forms, including online registration are now posted at: www.randynutt.com/aqua9.html.
The Dutch Caribbean Island of Bonaire, Netherlands Antilles is located 50 miles north of Venezuela and 30 miles from Curacao. The island is 24 miles long by 3-7 miles wide. Bonaire has earned its reputation as one of the world's most beautiful dive locations. Now it is the site of a spectacular open water swim
The Magic of Bonaire: Located outside the hurricane belt, Bonaire's average temperature is 82 F (27.8 C) with an average water temperature of 80 F (26.7 C). The diligent stewardship of its marine resources has created a water lover's paradise. Approximately 60% of the Island and 100% of nearby Klein Bonaire are National Park. Families of donkeys roam freely in fields and along roads, nibbling on grass. All of the waters off Bonaire's coast have been legally protected since 1979. Come for the swim but also enjoy these other world class adventures and activities: free-diving; scuba diving; mountain biking; sea kayaking; wind surfing; bird watching; and stargazing.
We look forward to continuing the tradition we started last year when many of the swimmers met for a night snorkeling adventure followed by a pizza party. Whatever you swimming goals are for the year you deserve to finish it swimming off the beautiful Caribbean Island of Bonaire.
2) St Croix!!! October 27th 2002
I hope to have the information and entry forms for the 7th Annual St Croix Coral Reef Swim posted at
www.randynutt.com/aqua9.html by the end of this month. All the fun begins at the Caribbean's premiere
resort destination and world class event host "The Buccaneer Resort". Stay tuned
All of you who made personal donations should have received a personal thank you by now. I have been asked by many who made donations to other charities how I did, so I decided to send out one last email. Thank you to everyone who donated and made the project a big success. Up until yesterday my final tally for donations was $7,375.76!!!! Yesterday I got a check for $100 from a very dear friend that I swim with in the summer. Jack Strotbeck (go Clydeswhales) donated the money in memory of another swimming buddy, Whitey Thomas, who passed away in September at the age of 79. Whitey was a true hero. He was a retired Air Force colonel, flew in combat in China, World War II, Korea, and Vietnam. He retired in 1972 after a 30 year career. Whitey swam in all of almost all of the South Jersey open water swims, including the Plunge for Patients "swim from hell" in 1999. He was truly an inspiration and will be greatly missed.
My final yardage was 134,800 yards (5,392 laps/lengths) in four weeks, which for me was almost double what I normally would have done. I am grateful
that I am healthy and able to use my swimming to help others. The Maryland Association of Masters Swimming raised over $13,000 with many different
events. Again, thank you for your support. Have a wonderful holiday!
Because the convention was so late (due to 9/11), so is the 2002 Rule Book. The good news is that Meg Smath (Publications Chair) and Jim Matysek (USMS Webmaster) have done a teriffic job of updating it and getting it onto our website ASAP so that those of you who are running a meet in the near future, now have access to the Rule Book and can download or print out the technical rules. It can be found at www.usms.org/rules/. Thank you Meg and Jim!!!
The Rule Book has been sent to the printer and the expectation is that the Full and Mini Rule Books will be available some time in late January/early February.
Also on the website:
All officer, committee chair, and zone rep aliases have been updated, as well as the LMSC officers from the latest info we have received. Please check your personal/LMSC Info and send updates/corrections to me at USMS@usms.org.
Happy New Year to you all!
The FINA Bureau has accepted our request for a variation to the butterfly rule to allow Masters swimmers to use a breaststroke kick for the period 20 September (when the Fukuoka amendment came into force) until 23 May (when the Masters Congress amendment will come into effect). This exception means that we return to the rules prior to September 20, which allowed the breaststroke kick to be used in the butterfly for all events. Records set during the intervening time will be acceptable with either kick as long as they otherwise qualify.
Many thanks to Ray Novitske who began putting the Swimmer's Ear up on the PV website in December, 2001.
News items, photos and articles are needed for the Potomac Valley Newsletter: Swimmer's Ear.
Contact Cheryl (202) 387-2361 or firstname.lastname@example.org
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, email@example.com
I'm the new president of LPRC and have been looking into the option of self-managing our club's facilities. I am looking for an Operations Coordinator or Pool Manager.
Below is a description of the ideal scenario we are looking at, but depending on the experience and discussions we have - some of this may be negotiable.
1. LPRC will have a retainer agreement with a large pool management company who would be responsible for getting all of the equipment, licenses, etc., ready for the season opening and closing. They would be on call (3 to 4 hour turnaround) in case we need them during the summer for any operational or mechanical issues that may arise during the summer season.
2. LPRC would contract with an experienced Operations Coordinator and/or Manager who will manage/coordinate the overall operation of the facilities and works with the Board appointed Operations Chair to coordinate issues with the Pool Management Company.
3. The Operations Coordinator will be responsible for coordinating the staffing, training, assuring that the appropriate level of staff is available per the pool schedule.
4. LPRC will assist the Operations Coordinator in the selection of the staff, training and will process the payroll for the staff. The Manager will be responsible for submitting approved timesheets to the LPRC Treasurer for payment by the appropriate deadlines.
5. In addition to the Operations Coordinator, we may need the following staff:
If you know of anyone who you think would be a good fit for our Operations Coordinator, Pool Manager, or other positions please have them give me a call or email
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 firstname.lastname@example.org
G'DAY FROM LA!
We are sending out World Masters Games travel brochures. If you are interetsed in attending the World Masters Games in Melbourne Australia October 2002 let us know. We are an Australian Travel company, Inta-Aussie South Pacific, based in Los Angeles and are the official travel provider for the event.
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Cheers, my fellow sportspeoples. See you "Downunder".
SWIM Magazine is planning a feature story on Masters swimmers -- both current and past -- who were or are Navy SEALS.
If you are or were a Navy SEAL, or know of a swimmer who is or was, please contact Phil Whitten at email@example.com
Oceanswims.com is pleased to announce that we have arranged some packages aimed particularly at cold northern hemisphere swimmers, to help you come down under to enjoy some of our best swims with us. With Cousins Travel, a leading Melbourne agent specializing in sports and active travel, we've put together two packages in late January - early February, one covering Sydney's two biggest swims, The Big Swim from Palm Beach to Whale Beach, and the Cole Classic at world famous Bondi a week later. Or do the Cole then head down to Melbourne to tackle the Stokehouse Challenge at Melbourne's St Kilda, one of our more colorful locales.
With the state of the Australian dollar at the moment - $1 Australian roughly equals 50 cents American, or about 35p UK - you can get great value in Australia at the moment. Check out our two packages. Or if the timing doesn't suit you, let us know some dates and we'll work out a package for you.
If you're heading down to Christchurch in New Zealand for the World Masters Championships in March, check out our New Zealand and Australian open water calendars and spend a few days, a week, with swims in Australia, too. We're right next door.
All details and contacts at oceanswims.com.
And we're pleased to report that James Pittar, the blind swimmer from Sydney, successfully completed his 26 km swim from Palm Beach to North Steyne in
a time 2 1/2 hours quicker than expected, thanks to brewing storm conditions around Sydney. Check out our report on oceanswims.com. You can still support
James in his courageous swim by clicking on the link on our report page. All that and more at oceanswims.com.
PS Don't forget to check back throughout the northern winter to see how the southern summer is faring.
2002 Pool Calendar
May 15-Sep 30
Confirm race time, date and location with race website or director. The next newsletter will come out in May, however, it is a good idea to look into July and August races now!
for details and more events: