Swimming Through Pregnancy:
It wasn't that long ago that pregnant women were closeted from public view and most definitely never seen wearing a bathing suit! Thankfully, times have changed and while their bodies are undergoing some important changes, many female athletes still manage to train up until labor. I asked three Top Ten swimmers in Potomac Valley to talk about working out during pregnancy.
Q: How did being pregnant affect your swimming?
Q: What type of workouts did you do?
Q: Were you tired?
Q: Did you dive off the blocks and do flip turns?
Q: How soon were you back in the water after giving birth?
Q: How are you feeling?
Q: Are you doing meets?
Q: How about open water swimming?
CJ Lockman Hall
Q: Are you still working out?
Q: Have you had to make changes in your training?
Say the words, "bike theft", to a tri-athlete and watch the tears well up in his eyes as he imagines his $3,000 "baby" gone without a trace! The INTERNET abounds with things you can do to prevent bike theft. I'll highlight some of the best pointers I found to help keep you from becoming a victim.
Think Like a Thief
The Weakest Link
Competition among 1022 age group masters swimmers on more than 150 teams from around the world was fierce. Men and women from 19 to 87 years old swam in 16 individual and 6 relay categories grouped into 14 age-group brackets. This was a fast competition, resulting in 60 new individual, and 6 new relay records.
Patriot Masters Doug Chestnut set the standard for the team by earning national honors by winning 2 individual events. Cindy Eckert, Christina Hokenson, Timothy Timmons, Dave Oates and John Hudson followed on days 2 and 3 with multiple point scoring finishes. An extra effort on the final day of competition resulted in better than expected performances by Barbara Clifford-Dicks, Anita Callahan and Larry Sloan to help clinch the championship
With this victory, the swimmers will take a couple of days off to celebrate and then resume a demanding training program under the mentorship of Coach Peter Ward at the Jim McKay Natatorium on the George Mason Campus in order to defend their title.
On Saturday, October 12, the District of Columbia Aquatics Club held its Annual Columbus Day Classic swim meet. Swimmers from as far as California and Colorado came to participate in the short course meters meet and enjoy the Washington, DC area over the Columbus Day weekend.
The meet took place at the Prince George's Sports and Learning Complex and began with DCAC swimmer Jose Cunningham singing the National Anthem. Over 70 swimmers from 19 other clubs joined over 50 DCAC swimmers. Half of the 70 swimmers represented clubs within Potomac Valley. Swimmers represented all age groups with many in the 19-24 range and 1 representing 65-69. A relatively new team, the National Naval Medical Center Sharks, brought over 15 swimmers and won the large team trophy. The Atlanta Rainbow Trout took away the medium team trophy, and the Maryland Terrapins won the small team trophy.
The meet started at 9:30 am and finished in less than 3 hours giving everyone a chance to enjoy the rest of the day. The swimmers all ate well in the hospitality room with bagels, donuts, rice krispy treats, apples, oranges, bananas and drinks provided by the Patriot Masters.
The Patriot Masters want to thank their officials Boots Hall, Al Obuchowski, Steve Lubore and Ed Medford for providing another well-run meet. Thanks should go to the George Mason University Men's and Women's swimming teams for waking up early on their day off and helping with timing, registration and hospitality.
In the BATTLE OF THE DROP DEAD SPRINTERS, Christina Hokenson of Patriot Masters won the women's category with a win in the 25 free, 2nd in the 25 fly, 3rd in the 25 back and 4th in the 25 breast. The men's category was won by Clay Britt of Ancient Mariners for the second year in a row with wins in the 25 free, 25 back, 25 fly and a 2nd place finish in the 25 breast
Complete results can be found at:www.sydney2002.org.au/frameset.asp
Neill Williams - 1st in 50BR, 1st in 100BR, 1st in 100FL, 1st in 50FL, (new IGLA record, new Gay Games record, new team record), 3rd in 50FR
PV Meeting Minutes - November 17, 2002
Next Meeting: March 29, prior to the Albatross Meet in MAC.
All convention reports are posted on the USMS Webpage. A link www.usms.org/admin/conv02 now appears on the home page (under 2002 Convention Results).
The USMS Marketing Committee has been working with Aimee Fitzgerald in developing a greater awareness of USMS through the press. It would be appreciated if when you see any article (newspaper, magazine, other publications) or other media mention of Masters swimming, that you e-mail the information (publication, issue/date, title, author, web link, or whatever you can) to me at PVSecretary@usms.org. The committee is also in the process of producing updated USMS brochures.
Currently the USMS Planning committee is focusing on how to help both LMSCs and teams, including developing a checklist for success and materials/plans for "selling" masters to facilities that may not know how a masters group could benefit from their program.
How to Comply
Electronic measurements are superior to tape measuring techniques. The services of a professional land surveyor may be your best choice. Check with the Civil Engineering department of your local university. They may be willing to do your pool measurement as a project for surveying students. Some community colleges also offer surveying classes. Each state has a State Professional Land Surveyors Association which maybe able to provide free or inexpensive services to your non-profit organization. Perhaps you have such equipment already on hand and know how to use it properly. If so, you need to be aware of the tolerance levels of your equipment over the distances required. It must be accurate to the 1/100th of a meter (1 cm). To achieve this accuracy, the markings on the tape must be to the millimeter, thousandth of a foot, or eighth of an inch. There are handheld laser devices available, priced around $500, that can measure over these distances with accuracy to the millimeter.
If you must measure with a tape, use a steel tape longer than the distance to be measured. Typically, this would be a 200 ft tape for 50 meter pools and 100 ft tape for 25 yard or 25 meter pools. Be attentive to the markings of the tape. Some are marked in tenths of a foot, others in feet and inches, others in meters. Fiberglass tapes are not permitted.
The tape should be supported at the same elevation every 20 ft. to prevent sag. This can be accomplished using kickboards, support poles, or threading the tape through pull-buoys. Thus for a 50 meter pool you should have at least 9 kickboards. Be sure that your tape is taut. Unsupported tape over 50 meters will require about 44 pounds of tension to eliminate sag, 30 pounds over 25 yards/meters. The tension can be determined using a tension handle attachment to the tape.
Measure your pool with touchpads in place if they are generally used in competition. Have touchpads at each end of the pool if that is your usual configuration. Note on the certification form whether touchpads were in place for the measurement and how many were present per lane. Most touchpads have a thickness of 8 mm (.008 meters) but could extend out further in the pool if they are not flush with the wall.
If a visual inspection indicates irregularities in the wall of the pool, one can use a waterproof vertical level of the appropriate length (80 cm minimum) to make sure the wall is vertical. If the level cannot be submerged, one can fasten a yardstick or other device to the level in order to reach the required depth. Only if the walls bow inward toward the pool would an actual measurement be necessary.
A swim in your state may already be in the bank of swims or be planned for the near future. Collect your swims and send them in at the end of the year for a personalized certificate. A shirt is also available.
The Committee's second swim is a 30-minute postal swim. This is a non-competitive way to swim for 30 minutes and compare your time with the rest of the country. Do the swim as many times as you wish and send in your best time by the end of 2003. This event will not start until January but feel free to try a 30 Minute Swim on your own in 2002 as preparation for the Hour Swim in January.
The third event ran this year and will be repeated next year. The 'Check-Off Challenge' gives you a chance to try all the recognized swimming events, anywhere, anytime. Check them off on a custom t-shirt. All the information you need for these events will be on www.usms.org/fitness/ by mid-December.
Your Jan/Feb issue of SWIM magazine will be your last issue unless you renew your registration by January 31st. If you registered with a PV club this year your club representative has your 2003 renewal form. If you are registered Unattached your pre-printed renewal form was mailed to you directly to the address on file.
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 301-603-0528, PVRegistrar@usms.org and let him know which registered PV swimmers wish to be "unsubscribed."
Last year Potomac Valley swimmers donated $313 to the USMS endowment fund and $227 to the International Swimming Hall of Fame for a total of $540 (last year's totals were $223, $158, $381, resp.). The most generous contributors included two people who donated $10 to each charity.
We registered 1895 swimmers in 2002 (55% male, 45% female). We are the smallest of the 53 LMSCs in the country from a geographic standpoint, however, we are the third largest in terms of registered swimmers (behind two of the California LMSCs). We are also the only LMSC out of the 53 to have grown each year since 1984 (nobody else has even done it since 1992). See our growth the past few years.
We are happy to announce that the 20th anniversary LIBERTY TO LIBERTY- "America's Memorial Triathlon" is a GO for Sunday, May 25, 2003. The entry fee as of December 10 will be $350.
The one-day race starts with a 1.5-mile swim at the Statue of Liberty. Then goes on to a 100-mile bike ride across New Jersey and into Philadelphia. The bike/run transition takes place at Eakin's Oval at the foot of the steps of the Philadelphia Art Museum. Finally, there's an out and back 10K run on West River Road finishing on Ben Franklin Parkway at the Museum. Post event festivities and picnic will be held at the Art Museum. We encourage participants to raise funds for the charity of their choice in conjunction with this event.
The Philadelphia and DC triathlons are still in the planning stages. The tentative date for the DC Triathlon is June 1 and the Philadelphia Triathlon is
July 20 (not confirmed yet).
We need coaches for the 2003 Fall season (November through February) as well as a part-time coach immediately, to assist the coach from Northwestern High School who broke his leg. The season runs from November to the end of February.
A coach has to be 21, and have CPR, Life Saving and First Aid. Certificates: If one or more have expired we may be able to adjust. There is a stipend.
Please let me hear from you at firstname.lastname@example.org or 301-345-6119.
2003 Pool Calendar
Aug 31 - Sep 6
May 15 - Sep 30 2003 USMS 5K/10K Postal Championship PST-LD; Mel Goldstein, 5735 Carrollton Ave, Indianapolis, IN 46220, 317-253-8289, email@example.com
June 8, 2003 Great Chesapeake Bay 4.4 Mile Swim & 1 Mile Bay Challenge, Bay Bridge Marina, at Sandy Point St. Park, MD http://www.lin-mark.com/baytimeline02.htm
June 28 2003 12th Annual Swim for Life - 1, 2, 3, 4, 5 Mi Swims - Chestertown, MD; Dawson Nash, DCAC, 4514 Connecticut Ave NW, Washington, DC 20008, 202-686-2150, firstname.lastname@example.org
2003 Local Multi-sport Calendar
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