Masters Aquatics of Spring Hill was well represented by Meg Clute, who had major time drops in everything she swam, especially the 200 free (who drops 23 seconds in the 200 free?!?)
Terrapin Masters also had some major time drops and multiple top ten finishes. All 3 members came home with at least 1 medal. Emad Elshafei swam times worthy of his days in the 30-34 age group, 2 age groups ago. Jeff Strahota continues to show his prowess in the distance events, dropping 13 seconds in his 400 free. Mollie Grover hat-tricked the backstrokes, bringing home top ten finishes in all 3 backstroke events.
University of Maryland Masters' Dave Diehl had a good meet, both in the pool and on deck as an official, although he might tell you he did too much of the latter during the meet.
No offense to anyone that was missed, any facts and finishes that were misstated, or any names misspelled!
All in all, the general consensus was that this was a once in a lifetime chance for some big swims on the international stage, made all the more sweet by being able to kick some serious international butt while on American soil. (For PV results see: www.pvmasters.org/results/pv2006lc.txt )
Power Your Workout, Win the Race
by Dottie Buchhagen
What does a hibernating ground squirrel have in common with a competitive athlete? Not much, you say? Well, both want to maximize energy production but avoid muscle fatigue. The difference is that the ground squirrel evolved a mechanism to do that. It took more than 17 years of research documented in more than 140 peer-reviewed papers for physiologist Dr. Larry Wang (University of Alberta, Canada) to understand how a ground squirrel goes into hibernation as a butterball and comes out looking sleek. Dr. Wang discovered that the hibernating ground squirrel awakens every two weeks. Through shivering (aerobic muscle activity) he boosts his metabolism 500-fold using fat as the sole source of energy and water. His body temperature increases from 35 F to 98.6 F over five hours, stays at that temperature for 12-24 hours, then drops back to 35 F. But to keep warm, the shivering activity must cycle throughout the hibernation period that begins as early as June or July and terminates in March. A ground squirrel that doesnıt shiver, dies.
Humans evolved along a different pathway to fat management. We use our most recently acquired calories for fuel (e.g., carbo-loading), thus saving the fat for times when hunting and gathering are not productive. With our ready access to food, this fat and energy conservation is no longer necessary and, in fact, creates problems when calories taken in exceed calories burned. During exercise, adenosine is formed by the breakdown of the molecule, ATP, which provides energy for muscle contraction and supports nerve transmission. More muscle contractions, more adenosine. Adenosine attaches to a cell receptor to inhibit a molecule involved in the conversion of stored fat into free fatty acids required to sustained aerobic muscle contraction during intense exercise. Adenosine also impedes post-synaptic release of neurotransmitters from nerve cells. The outcome is decreased muscle recruitment, excess lactic acid buildup, and muscle fatigue.
Here is what Dr. Wang discovered. Preventing adenosine from attaching to the cell receptor results in increased fat utilization needed to provide energy for muscle activity. Blocking adenosine also releases the neurotransmitters, resulting in greater muscle recruitment and longer duration of aerobic exercise. The net effect is more sustained intense activity with a shorter recovery time. He applied his discoveries from studying ground squirrels to improve energy production in humans.
Dr. Wang recognized that his findings would be useful to anyone who wanted to survive the cold. By extension, he realized that preventing excessive lactic acid accumulation in the muscles by using fat as fuel would be useful to all those competitive athletes. So, he took out a patent (U.S. Patent No. 5,192,740 -1993) and packaged his discovery into a tasty, 140-calorie bar which hard-core athletes and weekend warriors could use. The bar does not contain any banned substances, only a proprietary mixture of cocoa powder and small amounts of protein, fat, and enough carbohydrates to trigger the release of insulin and initiate the burning of fat. In double-blind experiments, human volunteers fed the mixture once while performing intermittent exercise for 3 hrs in a cold room (4 F) had a 50% higher core body temperature and experienced enhanced aerobic, sustained muscle activity compared with same volunteers given a placebo under the same conditions one week later. One bar helps sustain intense activity for two hours.
Enter Tammy van Wisse, marathon swimmer from Australia. Tammy has been swimming since the age of 11. But Tammy is not just a swimmer, she is a super-marathoner. Tammy, 24, and her brother, 20, attempted the first sister-brother crossing of the 23-mi English Channel in 1993. She made it; her brother developed hypothermia and stopped 2.5 mi short of France. Her time was 8 hrs 38 min, the fastest time that year.
Then, Tammy heard about Dr. Wangıs invention to combat hypothermia on an Australian TV program. She contacted him, and together they worked out a liquid formulation for her to use during her long swims. She and her brother tried the English Channel again (1994); both used the special fat-burning formula. On that second crossing, Tammyıs time was reduced to 8 hrs 32 min, and she lost 22 pounds, nearly the entire amount she had put on to prepare for the swim. Her brother finished in 8 hrs 17 min. They are the only sister-brother English Channel crossing on record. But they discovered something very exciting. Beyond avoiding hypothermia, they were able to maintain steady stroke rates and experienced minimal muscle soreness.
Tammy went on to do a lot of other amazing swims, including the 60-mi Bass Strait Tasmania to Victoria, Australia (1996, fastest in 17 hrs 46 min), the 30-mi Swim around Manhattan Island (1997, first in 7 hrs 13 min and 1998, second in 6 hrs 51 min), the 15.5-mi Cook Strait in New Zealand (1999, fastest time of 6 hrs 49 min), and the 24-mi long Loch Ness in Scotland (1999 with the fastest time of 9 hrs 6 min in water 41-54 F). She spent 106 days swimming the 1,515-mi Murray River in Australia (2001), and, last month (July), the 38 year-old completed the 22-mi crossing from Battery Park, NYC to Sandy Hook, NJ. Her time of 5 hrs 6 min broke the 7 hrs 11 min record set 81 years ago by Gertrude Ederle, the first woman to cross the English Channel (1926). Tammy has swum the equivalent of more than 37,000 mi or one-and-a-half times the Earthıs circumference, most of it powered by Dr. Wangıs fat-burning formula.
Triathlon or Vacation?
2006 SCY Swimmers of the Year: |
Mary Lathram, Clay Britt & William Liscinsky
by Michael Lee
For the 2006 Short Course Yards (SCY) season, 67 Potomac Valley swimmers posted times ranking them in the top ten times for their respective age groups in the nation. The top ten PVMS swimmers ranked according to total points, along with the top five team scores, are listed below. First place All-American times were awarded 11 points; second place, 9 points, third place, 8 points,....on down to 1 point for a 10th place finish.
The young team of Curl-Burke swimmers made quite a splash in the USMS Top Ten rankings for the 2006 SCY season. Although the tag-team of Mary Lathram and Anne Walker pulled another one-two punch for DC Masters -- and were joined by teammate Ann Svenson in the top ten PVMS rankings -- Curl-Burke had four swimmer place in the top tens, and as a team ranked first among the PVMS teams in the USMS point totals. DC Masters swimmers place second overall in the season, followed by Ancient Mariners, Terrapin Masters, and Patriot Masters. As a result of the point totals, we not only have the privilege of awarding Mary Lathram of DC Masters the PVMS Swimmer of the Year Award for the 2006 SCY season in the women's bracket, but the opportunity to recognize two PVMS men: Clay Britt and William Liscinsky! Clay of Ancient Mariners and William of Curl-Burke tied in total points garnered.
Let's see who comes out on top in the upcoming 2006 short course meters season! Clay? William? Mary again? Or some other fast PVMS swimmers!
- One day, a man came home and was greeted by his wife dressed in a very sexy nightie.
- "Tie me up," she purred, "and do anything you want."
- So he tied her up and went swimming.
Jay Leno, on the ı96 Olympics:
³I can tell you, as a guy, how refreshing it is to see women on TV swimming, playing tennis and horseback riding and not telling you how fresh they feel.²
Murphy's Law of Lockers:
If there are only two people in a locker room, they will have adjacent lockers.
With the Wind on their Backs|
May 21, 2006
by Joe Stewart
Three Chesapeake Bay Paddlers, three Chesapeake Bay Boston Whalers and three U.S. Coast Auxiliary patrol boats accompanied five swimmers across the mouth of the Patapsco on Sunday morning, May 21st. With the winds on their backs, Maureen Rohrs, Jack Frain, Richard Wallace, Sue Megaw and Joe Stewart finished their 4.4 mile crossing in 2:11, 2:11, 2:16, 2:35 and 3:04 at North Point State Park where they were cheered in, warmed and well fed by Patapsco/Back River Tributary Team members, representatives of many urban watershed organizations, Port of Baltimore, Baltimore Maritime Exchange, Private Sector Port Coalition, Maryland Department of Natural Resources and Maryland Department of Environment and others.
Live bay-friendly music, neat educational displays, a big 300th birthday cake for the port, hot dogs and hamburgers contributed to a festive celebration and wade-in captured by Fox TV for Sunday 10 PM News.
Over $6,000 was raised in pledges and contributions which will be distributed to beneficiaries* at the June 8th P/BRTT Meeting, 6pm at Harbor Hospital where urban watershed associations will be reporting in on the state of our watershed.
This was the fifth Save the Patapsco, Hon! Swim and third P/BRTT Wade-In. THANKS TO ALL WHO MADE IT A SUCCESSFULL & FUN EVENT! If youıre interested in doing the swim in 2007, contact Joe Stewart: Jstewart@dat.state.md.us 410.767.1354 or 410.243.4418
* North County Land Trust, Watershed 263, Gwynns Falls Trail Council, Baltimore Harbor Watershed Association, Jones Falls Watershed Association, Herring Run Watershed Association and Baltimore Sewer Coalition.
Pounding rain and 15 knot winds greeted the Potomac Swim swimmers and kayakers on Friday night at the pre-swim supper, all through the night, and then on the morning of the swim, June 3. Coast Guard members, the Point Lookout park director and our skipjack skipper all concurred that it would be too dangerous to allow kayakers and swimmers on the Potomac River. We retreated to Lake Conoy, a protected harbor area, to do a 3.5 mile swim.
Undeterred by the wind and rain, the swimmers gamely completed the course with the assistance of the Chesapeake Paddlers who set up the course and directed the swimmers. Times were kept, awards were distributed, and the environmental groups graciously had our picnic early. And once again we were surrounded by a large Hispanic evangelical group who baptized a group of converts while singing and praying.
Andrew Johnson (a long-time Potomac Swim veteran) took 1st place in the non-wetsuit division with a time of 1hr 26 min 47 sec. Chris Swenson was 1st in the wetsuit category in 1 hr 28 min 28 sec. Other finishers from the local area include: 3rd - Kelvin Webster in 1 hr 27 min 32 sec, 8th - Julie Oplinger in 1 hr 31 min 47 sec, 14th - Bob Astheimer in 1 hr 46 min 47 sec, 19th - Kenneth St. Ours in 2 hr 3 min 2 sec, and 23rd - Joe Stewart in 2 hr 11 min 17 sec. Complete results can be viewed at:
Proceeds of swimmerıs pledges are distributed to local environmental groups which benefit the Chesapeake Bay and Potomac River. Next yearıs Potomac River swim is scheduled for June 2, 2007. (Plans are being made to plot an alternate course in the St. Maryıs river, in case of bad weather.)
Top Ten Hopes at Terrapin Cup July 8-9, 2006
University of Maryland Masters 800/1500 Meet
Colonies Zone LCM Meet, Aug 26-27, 2006
The following clubs have not yet attended a PVLMSC Board meeting this year and face a doubling of their team dues if not represented at the final board meeting: All-Star, Annandale, Carson, Curl-Burke, DCRP, Fairfax Area Aquatic Team, FXCM, Fort Belvoir, Masters Aquatics at Spring Hill, National Capitol YMCA, NOVA JCC, Potomac Marlins, Riptide, Team Z, Capitol Sea Devils, Worldgate. The final board meeting of 2006 will be held on October 29th following the GMU Sprint Classic meet. Since we are a non-profit organization we would appreciate your participation much more than penalty fee revenue.
Did you know that in a 1-year period USMS receives approximately 2,500 address changes from SWIM Magazine, Local Registrars and Individual Swimmers? The majority is from SWIM Magazine who receives the returned magazine. They in turn send them on to the USMS National Office. This is over 200 per month and 6% of our membership. By the time USMS receives this information and updates the database, the swimmer may already have missed the next issue.
LMSC Registrars send their monthly registrations and any address changes they receive to the National Office. The National Office in turn creates the labels for SWIM Magazine. If the swimmer does not inform their local registrar of their change in address, the national database is not updated and the magazine is sent to their old address.
THEREFORE SWIMMERS SHOULD CONTACT JEFF RODDIN (240-464-3982, firstname.lastname@example.org ) WITH ANY ADDRESS CHANGES.
Montgomery Ancient Mariners Workout Schedule
Indoor Center For Aquatics Is Approved In Calvert
Is It Safe to Swim in the Chesapeake Bay?
Deborah Brudvig Swim Art
Jamie Burket (Email: email@example.com, Ph: 202-884.9093)
Trinity Center for Women & Girls in Sport
125 Michigan Avenue NE
Washington, DC 20017
Phone: (703) 823-SWIM Website: www.oceanus-consulting.com US Mail: 218 Ellsworth Street, Alexandria, VA. 22314
all photos - by Cheryl Wagner except:|
Emad, Mollie, Jeff - Mollie Grover
Jeff & Elisabeth - Elisabeth Deal
Wang, Buchhagen, van Wisse - Dottie Buchhagen
Astheimer & friends - Bob Astheimer
Terrapins - bay swim - Mollie Grover
Terrapins - Swim for Life - Allyson Adams
Delaware Bay - Associated Press
Ray Novitske & friends - DCRP - Ray Novitske
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