USMS is organized in 52 geographic areas of the United States which are managed by the Local Masters Swimming Committee (LMSC). The Potomac Valley LMSC is responsible for The District of Columbia, the Maryland counties of Montgomery and Prince Georges, and the Virginia counties of Arlington and Fairfax and the Cities of Alexandria, Fairfax, and Falls Church.


Board of Directors

Administration of the Potomac Valley LMSC is performed by a Board of Directors consisting of three elected officers and several appointed committee chairs.
Chair* Jeff Strahota 240-472-1481
Vice Chair (Governance) Stephanie Gauzens 202-540-8064
Vice Chair (Rules) Dave Robinson 301-933-6340
Treasurer* Tim Timmons 703-352-0813
Secretary* Debbie Malafsky 703-868-7727
Awards Angela Fu 301-474-3892
Coaches Frank Marcinkowski 703-582-0429
Fitness Christina West 202-489-8924
Newsletter Cheryl Wagner 202-387-2361
Officials Eric Nordlund 301-481-4825
Open Water / Long Distance Charlie Tupitza 703-989-8777
Registrar Jeff Roddin 240-464-3982
Sanctions Peter Lee 202-413-8353
Top Ten Mollie Grover 717-439-8627
Communications open
Webmaster Ray Novitske 703-960-4598
* elected office

Board Minutes

The current PV LMSC Board meets at least three times per year for open meetings. The first 2018 PVLMSC Board Meeting will be held via conference call in the winter. Details will be posted here when available.

Policies & Bylaws


Our bylaws were first adopted sometime in the 1980s. Unfortunately we do not have the exact date let alone year. If you are reading this and have information that can help us find the answer to the mystery please send an email. The Bylaws were later amended in 1989, 1993, 2006 and 2015.

Grievance Procedure

Process for an individual member of the LMSC and/or any Club member of the LMSC bringing a complaint, and resolution procedures.

Convention Delegate Selection

Criteria for selection and funding of Potomac Valley delegates to the annual USMS National Convention.


There are two PV email lists related to PV officers and club representatives:
This address contains all of the club representatives + officers. This is a closed email list — you can send an email to the list only if you are on the list. These messages may not reach Unattached swimmers. Please contact the registrar if you need to update your email address subscription on this list.
This address goes to all of the PV officers. Anybody may send a message to this email list. Messages not sent from a PV officer alias will be held for approval. This email list is used for communication within the board but is configured as open for all members to ask questions or pass along a messages to the board.The Potomac Valley LMSC Registrar can send out an email “blast” to every Potomac Valley swimmer currently registered with an email address on file. These notifications are kept to a minimum and are reserved for major announcements. Contact the Registrar if you need this service.

Club Resources

U.S. Masters Swimming and Potomac Valley LMSC offer several resources for local swim clubs:

Building a Successful Swim Program

Advice for starting and maintaining a viable, self-sustaining adult swim program.

Adult Swim Program Resources Guide

Introduction to adult swim programs for aquatic directors, facility managers, instructors, and coaches.

Marketing Resources

Fill-in Flyers for bulletin boards, team banners, swim caps, brochures.

Club Organization for Non-Profit Status

Information for U.S. Masters Swimming clubs considering a “not-for-profit” status with the IRS.

Volunteer Recognition Store

USMS-branded merchandise appropriate for appreciation of volunteer service