Swimmer's Ear
Newsletter of the Potomac Valley Masters Committee
December 2007

    Newsletter Schedule printed 4 times a year
  • February (deadline: January 15)
  • May (deadline: April 15)
  • September (deadline: August 15)
  • December (deadline: November 15)

 Note from the Chair


The annual meeting was held for the Potomac Valley LMSC a few weeks ago. It was nice to see a fair number of new, and returning faces, there. Elections were held with the chair (myself) and Treasurer (Tim Timmons) being re-elected. A new Secretary, Cheryl Wagner, was also elected. There are also some changes in committee chairs with Ann Svenson taking over Long Distance and Diana Corbin as Fitness Chair.

With the new year, there are a number of changes which will occur within Potomac Valley and USMS. Information on some of these changes can be found in the notes from the USMS Convention.

Don't forget to make time for your swimming during the busy holiday season ahead.

Happy Laps,
Debbie Morrin-Nordlund

 Articles and Interviews

Gift Ideas for the Holidays
by Cheryl Wagner

256MB FINIS SwiMP3 Swim Pool Underwater MP3 Player
The new SwiMP3 relies on bone conduction of sound.

Aqua Power Ankle Swim Weights by All Pro
The Aqua Power Ankle Weights for swimmers are fitness tools for water aerobics, aquatic jogging, competitive swimming and therapy.

Fini Swimmers Snorkel
Allows the swimmer to concentrate on stroke technique.

Home swimmer Portable Stationary Swimming System
For effective swimming exercise at home or on the road.

Finis Lap Track counter
The Finis Lap Track allows a swimmer to keep track of laps, split times, and calories used while continuously swimming.

Lane4 Tempo Trainer
Our Price: $25.95
The Tempo Trainer is a small electronic device that transmits an audible beep to help develop consistency of stroke/cycle/stride rate.

Two Ways to Save Money & Go "Green"
by Cheryl Wagner
Going "green" has now become a popular anthem in construction, transportation, waste handling, and just about everything we do. Here are two painless ways to save money and go "green".
  • Keep your tires inflated. This will improve your mileage and help reduce unnecessary pollution. (To illustrate how this helps, try riding your bike on almost-flat tires.)
  • Don't run the tap water unnecessarily while brushing your teeth and shaving.
Now you can feel good as you get ready to drive to your next workout.

How Swimming Illegally Can Land You in Hot Water (or worse)!
By Doug Landau, Triathlon Trial Lawyer

The "Speedo 6" leaving the Leesburg Courthouse after sentencing.
Several local masters swimmers got a "cool down" of a different sort this summer when they were charged with "illegal swimming." While many of us could be cited for "inefficient strokes," chided for "cheating on the lane lines" or even penalized for "unnecessary roughness," few Potomac Valley USMS members think about "jail time" in the same sentence as "lap time." However, five masters swimmers ("the Speedo 6") got a very real wake up call to the laws and dangers of open water swimming.

The "Speedo 6" were arrested this summer and brought to court on December 5th, 2007. The Defendants were charged under Virginia Code 18.2-119 (Misdemeanor Trespass), for swimming contrary to posted signs.

The Defendants, all accomplished endurance athletes, were swimming as part of their training regimen at the Beaver dam Reservoir. They believed that they were permitted to do so as there were groups lead by official coaching via a charitable national training program.

The Defendants were under the impression that permission had been granted by Fairfax County (who derives water from the reservoir). The "Speedo 6" believed that as long as they: proceeded in groups, in daylight on Saturday morning, with a kayak accompanying them, they would not be in violation of the law.

However, the Game and Inland Fisheries Conservation Police who caught them pointed out that there are clearly posted no trespass signs. The officer also noted that the group had split up, and the kayak was not visible to him. Most importantly, Officer M. Diluigi pointed out that the County cannot have other people, especially teenagers, risk their lives by imitating the Defendants. It is a recipe for tragedy.

On a related note, the Coach who owned a local sports shop and who lead such groups prior to the date of these arrests, has since gone out of business and left the Commonwealth. Despite repeated requests from the Defendants and their counsel, he never produced the permission letter before the trial in the Loudoun County General District Court.

THE LAW: The law the swimmers violated can be found at Virginia Code § 18.2-119, which provides:

"[i]f any person without authority goes upon or remains upon the lands...of another. . . after having been forbidden to do so by a sign...posted by [the owner]. . . , he shall be guilty of a Class 1 misdemeanor."

For those who do not think that a misdemeanor is serious, think again. A Class 1 Misdemeanor can mean jail time for up to 12 months AND a fine of up to $2,500 AND court costs AND a permanent criminal record.

DISCUSSION: The police and game wardens are simply trying to prevent violations of the law, injury and death. Even in the most thoroughly supervised open water events there is some danger. Unsupervised and unsupported open water swimming can have fatal, as well as have criminal consequences.

Take advantage of supervised and supported swims and events, such as those found at Lake Audubon in Reston (home of the Jim McDonnell swims each Memorial Day, the Reston Triathlon, etc.). This area has a number of open water events, where safety personnel are present and charities and local clubs are the beneficiaries. There are local clinics and also opportunities to work on your open water skills by swimming the first leg of a triathlon or aquathlon for a team. As the popularity of the Chesapeake and Bay Bridge Swims increases, there are bound to be more events created. The recent D. C. Nations Triathlon got its permits this year and had a mile swim in the Potomac near the Kennedy Center! In addition to warm water, fireboats, and a seawall that made navigation easier, it also featured a "DeCon* tunnel" that all competitors ran through upon exiting the water!

If you are swimming without a permit, not in a sanctioned event or in violation of posted signs, be forewarned: You will be arrested, charged and facing stiff sentences if convicted. Plus, others who likely do not have your skills, endurance, and experience with open water swimming, may try to emulate you. And while imitation is the highest form of flattery, it can lead to disaster and death. Don't be dumb: don't swim where you're not supposed to swim. If in doubt, just stay out.

Remember, Speedos don't come with pockets for bail money.

The "Triathlon Trial Lawyer" Doug Landau is a Masters Swimmer, All American Triathlete and 2008 Aquathlon World Championship (swimming and running) qualifier. He has successfully represented injured athletes and counseled coaches, doctors, sports professionals and athletic product suppliers throughout the United States. He prefers events that are "wet suit legal" and is looking for those that allow "water wings." His office is conveniently located near the W&OD Trail 20 mile marker (the Herndon caboose).

Douglas K. W. Landau
797 Center Street,
Herndon, Virginia 20170
Telephone: 703-796-9555
Facsimile: 703-796-9210


 Humor and Quotes


 Meet News

Sprint Classic - 4/14/07
by Cheryl Wagner

Sprint Classic
Tim Timmons
Sprint Classic
Andy Ellis, Mike Goodison, Rich Bell
Sprint Classic
Tom Welsh, Dawson Nash, Fraser Smith
Sprint Classic
Kenny Wall, Mara Csokmay, Richard Durham
Sprint Classic
Mike Goodison, Julie Oplinger, Jeff Roddin
Sprint Classic
Fairfax County Masters: Marcy, Tami, Jay, Stan, Brian, Julie, Rose, Ricardo and brother, Ted, Susan
Sprint Classic
Hurricanes" Les, Cathy, Pamela, Megan, Amethyst, Scott


2007 USMS Convention Items

Potomac Valley members in attendance were: Dave Diehl, Lynn Hazlewood, Debbie Morrin-Nordlund, Eric Nordlund, Ray Novitske, and Jeff Roddin.

    Colonies Zone
  1. 2007 Colonies Zone SCM Championships will be at Rutgers on December 7-9, 2007.
  2. 2008 Colonies Zone SCY Championships will be at GMU on April 11-13, 2008.
  3. Debbie Morrin-Nordlund was elected as the Colonies Zone Chair for another two year term; a Vice chair position was recommended and Dave Diehl was elected.
  1. Online registrations is on the horizon. Club Assistant was hired to create and build an on-line registration system. LMSC Registrars will start entering the data online directly to the USMS Database beginning on November 1, 2007, but the system will not be available for individual swimmers to register with a credit card until later in the registration year (likely sometime in 2008).
  2. The USMS Registration fee will be increasing by $5 in 2008.
  1. 2009 SCY Nationals awarded to Clovis, CA (near Fresno; only bidder).
  2. 2009 LCM Nationals awarded to IUPUI in Indianapolis (only bidder).
  1. USMS is considering how best to institute a bi-monthly email to members nationwide which would contain quick messages about upcoming national events, links to updated resources available, and important notices.
  2. It was recommended to the Board of Directors that USMS consider a national sanction database with the goal being to keep track of all sanctioned events in the country.
  3. The web site Places to Swim was not updated during the year due to the volume of work the web site personnel have on the "to-do" list.
  4. A committee was formed to look into the LMSC's that do not have web sites. The goal would to ensure that every LMSC has a web site.
    Long Distance
    2009 Long Distance Championships:
  • One Hour Postal: Ohana - Pacific Northwest LMSC
  • 3000/6000 Y Postal: Clemson - South Carolina LMSC
  • 5K/10K Postal: Minuteman - New England LMSC
  • 2 Mile Cable: Lake Placid, NY - Adirondack LMSC
  • 1 Mile Open Water: Millerton Lake (Clovis), CA - Pacific LMSC
  • 1-3 Mile Open Water: Canandaigua Lake, NY - Niagara LMSC - July 18
  • 3-6 Mile Open Water: Big Shoulders, Chicago, IL - Illinois LMSC - September 12
  • 6+ Mile Open Water: Metropolitan LMSC - July 11
  1. The committee will be developing a mentoring program during the coming year. This program will concentrate on assisting local clubs in putting together marketing program, swimmer recruitment, obtaining and training coaching, and organizing the club.
  2. The relationships started last year with USA Triathlon and the National Intramural Recreational Sports Association will be continued and strengthened during the year, providing exposure of Masters Swimming to these organizations.
  3. The Club-in-a-Box is a program of materials and tools to assist LMSC's in marketing and developing leadership within the LMSC.
    An LMSC Handbook sub-committee was established and Dave Diehl was appointed as a member.
    Club awards at Nationals: overall Top Ten regardless of club size is going away and new categories based on club size are coming back. There will be two divisions, regional and clubs, and large, medium and small within those two divisions.
  1. Doug Smith was hired as the new USMS Executive Director. Doug was formerly Executive Director of USA Diving.
  2. Elections were held for officers, with all candidates running unopposed: Rob Copeland, President; Michael Heather, Vice President of Community Service; Julie Heather, Vice President of Local Operations; Mark Gill, Vice President of Member Services; Leo Letendre, Vice President of National Operations; Meg Smath, Secretary; Jeff Moxie, Treasurer
  3. The Finance committee stressed the separation of LMSC Registrar and Treasurer duties to make sure the same person is not doing both jobs.
  4. USMS adopted a confidentiality policy: To protect the confidentiality of members' USMS registration information , this information may only be disclosed for official USMS and/or LMSC business relating to the conduct of Masters swimming.

2007 USMS Convention Report
by Ray Novitske

The Marketing Committee will be developing a mentoring program during the coming year. This program will concentrate on assisting local clubs in putting together marketing program, swimmer recruitment, obtaining and training coaching, and organizing the club. A training program by a few USMS national members will begin during the year for people interested in helping club development.

The relationships started last year with USA Triathlon and the National Intramural Recreational Sports Association will be continued and strengthened during the year, providing exposure of Masters Swimming to these organizations.

A Club-In-A-Box program was teated last year at North Carolina. The end result was that the LMSC grew. The Club-in-a-Box is a program of materials and tools to assist LMSC's in marketing and developing leadership within the LMSC.

USMS is considering how best to institute a bi-monthly email to members nationwide. The email would contain quick messages about upcoming national events, links to updated resources available, and important notices that should not wait for posting in the USMS Swimmer magazine. Most likely members would be placed on the list and then be asked to opt out if not wanted.

It was recommended to the Board of Directors that USMS consider a national sanction database. The goal would be to keep track of all sanctioned events in the country, making it easier to post a complete list on the Calendar of Events, and easier to track events for the top times and top 10 listing each year.

The web site Places to Swim was not updated during the year due to the volume of work the web site personnel have on the "to-do" list. The update will be looked at again during the coming next year and recommendations sent to the Board for consideration at mid-year.

A committee was formed to look into the LMSC's that do not have web sites. The goal would to ensure that every LMSC has a web site. The committee will try to work with the LMSC's to solve whatever problems may exist that keeping them from having a web presence. Once completed, the same procedures would be studied for application to local web sites, with the goal of eventually having all clubs on the web.

2007 USMS Convention Report
by Ann Svenson
2007 Convention Report‹Ann Svenson (Long Distance)

    2008 Pool Championships:
  • Short Course Yards: University of Texas, Austin, TX.
  • Long Course Meters: Mt. Hood Community College, Mt. Hood, OR.
    2008 Long Distance Championships:
    Entry Forms will be posted at: www.usms.org/longdist/ldchamps
  • One Hour Postal: YMCA Indy SwimFit, January 1-31, 2008
  • 3000/6000 Yd Postal: Swim Louisville, September 15-November 15, 2008
  • 5K/10K Postal: COMA (Oregon), May 15-September 15, 2008
  • 2 Mile Cable: Virginia Masters, Charlottesville, VA, July 12, 2008
  • 1 Mile Open Water: Connecticut Masters, Madison, CT, June 28, 2008
  • 1-3 Mile Open Water: Wisconsin Masters, Lake Monona, Madison, WI, August 23, 2008
  • 3-6 Mile Open Water: Central Oregon Masters Aquatics, Elk Lake, Bend, OR, August 3, 2008
  • 6+ Mile Open Water: Clemson Aquatic Team, Hartwell Lake, Clemson, SC, June 21, 2008
News from 2007 Convention:
    Long Distance: 2009 National Championship Events Awarded to:
  • One Hour Postal: Ohana/PNW
  • 3000/6000 Yd Postal: Clemson Aquatic Team
  • 5K/10K Postal: Minutemen (New England Masters)
  • 2 Mile Cable: Adirondack Masters, Lake Placid, NY, TBA
  • 1 Mile Open Water: Millerton Lake (Clovis), CA, Monday after SCY Nationals
  • 1-3 Mile Open Water: Canandaigua, NY, July 18, 2009
  • 3-6 Mile Open Water: Big Shoulders, Chicago, IL, September 12,2009
  • 6+ Mile Open Water: Harbor Springs, MI, TBA
As the new PV Long Distance Chair, I would like to encourage more members to participate in the postal swims. If you swim all 5, you will receive a Postal Pentathlon patch and be listed in USMS Swimmer. USMS Long Distance also give an All Star award (merchandise) to the swimmer in each gender/age group who accumulates the most points in USMS Long Distance National Championships. You must swim a minimum of 3 events, including at least one Postal (One Hour, 5K, 10K, 3000-yd, 6000-yd) and one open water event. REMINDER to all club reps: Have your members report all USMS Long Distance Swims (>1650 yds) to Ann Svenson (annb48@earthlink.net ) for determining PV Long Distance Swimmers of the Year (Frank Murphy Award).

Frank Murphy Award for
PV Long Distance Swimmers of the Year

  • To the top male and female swimmers from PVLMSC each year in long distance events.
  • Based on participation in USMS-sanctioned events from 1500m/1650yd and longer, including open water and USMS Postal National Championships during the calendar year, starting in Jan. 2007
  • To be considered for the award swimmers must nominate themselves or be nominated by someone else. In either case, the nomination package would have to provide information on each swim and a link to or copy of official results
  • Points would be awarded for age-group finish place in any eligible swims as are done with USMS Long Distance All Stars:
    1st: 22
    2nd: 18
    3rd: 16
    4th: 14
    5th: 12
    6th: 10
    7th: 8
    8th: 6
    9th: 4
    10th: 2

Report of PV Long Distance Chair, Ann Svenson
Potomac Valley/Reston Masters hosted the USMS 1-mile Open Water National Championship in May. Entries for this event always close early and this year was no exception. 171 swimmers from all over the country participated in the national championship swim with many local swimmers winning their age groups and thus achieving Long Distance All American status. They were:

Monica Heinrich (CUBU), Jennifer O'Reilly (RMST), Lauren Green (UNAT), Jamie McClellan (RMST), Lisa Brooks (CUBU), Ann Svenson (DCM), Karen Hannam (DCM), Justin Chiles (AAMS), Matthew Aldrich (AAMS), Todd Mercer (DCM), John Erb (DCM), Bill Braswell (DCM), Frank Manheim (RMST). As the new PV Long Distance Chair, I would like to encourage more members to participate in the postal swims. If you swim all 5, you will receive a Postal Pentathlon patch and be listed in USMS Swimmer. USMS Long Distance also give an All Star award (merchandise) to the swimmer in each gender/age group who accumulates the most points in USMS Long Distance National Championships. You must swim a minimum of 3 events, including at least one Postal (One Hour, 5K, 10K, 3000-yd, 6000-yd) and one open water event.

REMINDER to all club reps: Have your members report all USMS Long Distance Swims (>1650 yds) to Ann Svenson (annb48@earthlink.net) for determining PV Long Distance Swimmers of the Year (Frank Murphy Award).

Please email your open water & long distance results to Ann Svenson
Please pass this message and the attached info on to your swimmers and have them email me their results for open water swims and other long distance events by Jan. 15.

We'd like to build participation in the Postal swims: One Hour (January), 5K & 10K (50m pool, 5/15-9/15) and 3000 & 6000-yds (25-yd pool, 9/15-11/15--you still have a couple of weeks left to do them!!). The link to more info on all USMS LD National Champs is
www.usms.org/longdist/ldchamps.php .
In hopes of including more swimmers, we are also including swims of 1650 yards or 1500 m. So please email me your results. For pool meets, please include a link to the results.

Thanks loads!
Ann Svenson, PV Long Distance Chair annb48@earthlink.net

New Zone Vice-Chair, David Diehl
Colonies Zone voted to elect a Vice Chair, David Diehl. Congratulations, Dave.

ClinicClay Britt Swim Clinics
A new season of clinics is scheduled at The Lab School. The three hour clinics include underwater videotaping, a stroke drill DVD and hands on swim instruction. Join Clay and his National Champion Coaches to help you improve your swimming. Upcoming clinic dates:

2008 Dates
  January 26
  February 16*
  March 15
  April 26*
  May 17
  June 21
  July and August-TBD
*Indicates "Power Clinic"

(See description on Masters/Triathlete Page)Please see www.claybrittswimming.com or email clay at clay@claybrittwimming.com

Unofficial Minutes - PV LMSC Meeting - 10/28/07
by Cheryl Wagner

1) Intro
2) Meeting Minutes from last meeting were approved.
3) Chair -

  • New Long Distance Chair - Ann Svenson
  • New Fitness Chair - Diana Corbin
  • Need a Safety Chair (Eliminate position? Look into this next year.)
4) Registrar -
  • Sea Devils merging w/ Victor
  • New club: York is about to start new USMS team at Oakmarr
  • Online Registrations: USMS will have it ready soon. First Phase: - Registrars will enter online (normally sent monthly to national office). Once comfortable that it's working, swimmers will enter online and registrar will get a notice and send a card to swimmer. Swimmer will be able to print a temporary card. PV teams which currently include their club fees on their USMS renewal forms will need to explore alternatives.
  • Reston Swim one-event registration still going well. 248 this year. Some people changed to permanent registration. Suggestion for next year: notify registrants that if they're registered with another team, they don't need one-event registration.
5) Top Ten
  • Kudos to Cheryl Ward at Colonies Zone SCY championships for excellent results handling.
  • Recommendation to keep meet entry forms for 3 years in case of questions.
6) Sanctions
  • Evaluators Requested for:
    o Terrapin 1000/1650
    o Tropical Splash (Jeff Strahota)
    o Albatross Open
    o Reston Lake Swims
  • Smaller roster of meets for 2008
7) Treasurer
  • Finances are normal for this time of year.
  • $27,000 - $28,000 in our two accounts.
  • All convention receipts were submitted.
8) Secretary - nothing to report
9) Newsletter - nothing to report
10) Awards - nothing to report
11) Safety - There is currently no safety chair.
12) Long Distance -
  • Submit long distance results to Ann Svenson for Frank Murphy Long Distance award
  • Lots of postal swims - can use for LD award
  • Minimum of 3 swims needed for Frank Murphy award - 1 open water, 2 postal
  • Postal Pentathlon patches for doing all 5 Postal Swims
13) Other Issues:
  • USMS Convention:
  • o No major rule changes at convention
    o Team Scoring at Nationals: - went from 1 team scoring to 90 teams getting awards
    o Breaststroke kick - 1 dolphin kick allowed on start
    o Safety Chair - no one on National Committee - taken out of committee description
  • Diana Corbin - New PV Fitness Chair
  • Swim in the New Year - Dec 31, 2007
  • PV/USMS registration fee raised to $37 (to cover USMS $5 increase).
  • One-event fee will remain $20.
  • Note that for Australian World Masters event in 2008, Quantas has an excellent deal called the "Aussie pass".
  • Curl-Burke has a monthly open-water swim from May - October in Pohick Bay Regional Park.
  • Curl-Burke has asked for a precise PV LMSC meeting start time.
Next Meeting:
Next PV LMSC Meeting: 1PM, March 15, prior to the Albatross Open meet at MAC.

Next PV Board Meeting
    • Next PV LMSC Meeting: 1PM, March 15, prior to the Albatross Open meet at MAC.

Zone Postal Challenge
Your two Zone Reps on the USMS Long Distance Committee, Susan Kirk (NJ) and Ann Svenson (PV) are challenging all LMSCs in the Zone to a competition in the One Hour Postal. The event was started in 1977 by DC Masters and has grown to be the largest USMS National Championship with over 2000 swimmers each year. New England Masters is the perennial winner of the extra large club division with over 200 members competing. Let's see how close the rest of us (as LMSCs) can come to them. It would be based on percentage of members (as of 1/31/2008) participating. Awards will be presented at the Colonies Zone SCY Championships in April.

Ann Svenson
Susan Kirk

Dee of St. Mary's Skipjack - The BayLab
We are a non-profit organization providing environmental tours for students and groups on one of Maryland's last skipjacks and from an operational oyster shucking house on St. George Island in the Potomac River. www.thebaylab.org

Chesapeake Bay Foundation - Holiday Tips
Holiday Eco-Tips:
  1. Make or bake your gifts.
  2. Plant a tree.
  3. Use paper instead of plastic (plates, napkins, bags).
  4. Support local farmers when buying food.
  5. Send E-cards.

Note from the Registrar - Save Some Trees!
By Jeff Roddin

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 (240-464-3982, jroddin@pvmasters.org ) and let him know which registered PV swimmers wish to be "unsubscribed." Or, if you prefer to view it online and save PV the postage just let Jeff know. You may also opt out of the USMS Swimmer magazine. There are no discounts for opting out of these mailings. Thanks, Jeff

Berlin International Swim Meet, March 7-9
SSC Berlin-Reinickendorf e.V. and arena are presenting the ISM International Swim Meeting 2008 Berlin Germany



SSC Berlin-Reinickendorf e.V.
March 07h to 09th 2008
Berlin (Germany)
Schwimm- und Sprunghalle im Europasportpark E I N L A D U N G


Preise im Wert von 7.800,-- EURO

SSC Berlin Reinickendorf e.V.
07.-09. März 2008
Schwimm- und Sprunghalle im Europasportpark

Registration Notes
by Jeff Roddin

  • Your Jan/Feb issue of SWIMMER 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 2008 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 (jroddin@pvmasters.org) and let him know which registered PV swimmers wish to be "unsubscribed."
  • Last year Potomac Valley swimmers donated $299 to the USMS endowment fund and $241 to the International Swimming Hall of Fame for a total of $540 (up from last year's total of $455). The highest single donation was $33.
  • Approximate breakdown of our membership by state:
    1. Virginia: 53%
    2. Maryland: 28%
    3. District of Columbia: 15%
    4. Other: 4%
  • We registered 2103 swimmers in 2007. Sex breakdown: 53% male, 47% 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:

Germantown Masters Winter/Spring Workout Information
By Mark Walters

Germantown Masters Winter/Spring coached workouts are open to all USMS-registered swimmers. We have 15 coached workouts a week to choose from - 10 at Quince Orchard Swim and Tennis Club in Gaithersburg, and 5 at Germantown Indoor Swim Center (jointly with Ancient Mariners). Morning workouts are held every day, ranging from 5-7:30 a.m. on weekdays, and 9-10 a.m. on weekends. Mid-day workouts are held from 1-2 p.m. on Monday, Wednesday and Friday. Evening workouts are Tuesdays and Thursdays, 8-9 (at Q.O.), and 8:30-10:00 at GISC. For details and registration forms, visit www.germantownmasters.org . GERM, ANCM, and other PV swimmers who do not plan to swim at any of the Q.O. workouts will be able to register at a rate lower than is shown on these forms. Email Mark Walters (waltersmrk@aol.com ) with any questions.

2007 Lesley Evans Award Winners
by Mark Walters

Each year since Lesley Evans left GERM and moved to Arizona in 1999, the Germantown Masters have presented an award in her honor to one male and one female swimmer for being a good role model in coached workouts, which Lesley certainly was. The winners may or may not be fast in their age group. But all have demonstrated hard work in practice, and many have seen their dedication pay off in significant improvement. Congratulations to the 2007 winners, Andrea Carbonell and Kenneth Wall. A plaque with their names engraved on it, along with the 16 prior winners, hangs in the lobby of the Quince Orchard Swim and Tennis Club.

Postal Swim Q&As
by Ann Svenson

(Reprinted with edits and permission from the Wet Set, newsletter of Pacific Northwest Masters LMSC)

What exactly is a postal swim?
It is a competition that is swum in the pool of your choice - but you MAIL your results (in an envelope!) to the event director. Your results are compared against those of the other entrants.

What events and distances are available as postal swims?
There are three USMS National Championship events:
The One Hour Swim - how far can you swim in one hour?
The 5K & 10K swims - how fast can you swim 5 or 10 kilometers?
The 3000/6000 Yard swims - how fast can you swim 3000 or 6000 yards?
You will find information about these championship events in the Long Distance section of the USMS web site at www.usms.org/longdist/ldchamps.php.

Non-championship postal events are also offered. Individual clubs sponsor postal swims such as WSU Masters' Brute Squad, Minnesota Master's Postal Pentathlon, and TAM's Postal 1650. The USMS Fitness Committee sponsors a number of postal fitness challenges such as the 30 Minute Swim and Go The Distance. Look for entry forms for these events on the Fitness section USMS web site.

Does it matter what pool I swim in?
Yes. The One Hour Swim may be swum in any 25-yard, 25-meter, or 50-meter pool. The 5K & 10 K swims may be swum only in a 50-meter pool and the 3000/6000 yd swims must be swum in a 25-yard pool. Other events will list their particular restrictions.

Are there any rules that must be followed?
In National Championships, each participant must have someone count and record their lap times. Official split and entry forms must be completed and submitted with an entry fee. Complete directions are on the forms.

When can I participate in these swims?
Each event takes place during a particular time of year. Entry forms are available on the USMS web sites. The One Hour Swim is held in January. The 5K & 10K is held May 15-September 15; the 3000 and 6000 can be swum between September 15 and November 15.

When did Masters Swimming start having postal swims?
The first known Masters postal swim is the One Hour Swim, created and sponsored by the DC Masters in 1977. The following year it became the first USMS National Championship postal swim. The One Hour Postal is the largest National Championship event offered by USMS with more swimmers competing than in the pool nationals!

Are postal swims a "TEAM EFFORT"?
Absolutely! We encourage swimmers to participate in postal swims. Awards are presented to clubs having the most participation. You may not see many DC Masters at swim meets, but last January, DC Masters placed second in the Small Team division with 11 swimmers and won a check for $40!! We reserve time for our members at a local pool on 2 Sundays in January. Organizing swim events like these can be a great opportunity to build team spirit.

So . . . what is a postal relay team?
Unlike conventional pool relays, your entry is matched with others to form relay teams. Standard age groups apply with three divisions per age group: 3 men, 3 women, or 4 mixed (2 men & 2 women). Most clubs encourage participation by covering the cost of the relay team entry fees!

Still more questions?
If you have more questions, please contact PV Long Distance Committee chair, Ann Svenson, annb48@earthlink.net .

Tropical Splash, January 27, 2008
By Ray Novitske

If your swimming enthusiasm begins to wane during the winter months, you might be a candidate for the Tropical Splash. Alexandria Masters Swimming hosts our annual fun short course yards meet this year on Sunday January 27. Tropical sights, sounds, and food are all designed to bring some lighthearted enjoyment to a local swim meet and to this time of year.

If you can't swim with the dolphins, try swimming with the coconuts in our relay - and do it with your friends from other clubs on your relay. Enjoy the bananas, oranges, pineapples, and mangoes in the luau party room. And swim to the beat of the steel drums.

For more information visit www.alexandriamasters.com/meet It's the next best thing to an island getaway.

USMS Coaching Support
at the 2008 World Masters Championships
in Perth, Australia

Program Purpose & Goals

The purpose of this program is to provide USMS swimmers with the best possible coaching support as they strive for excellence at the World Championships in Australia, 2008. We know that many of you do not have coaches or whose coaches will not be traveling with them to Perth-we're here for you!

The coaching staff will be available before and during the meet to provide these services to USMS swimmers at the meet:

  • Schedule and hold a pre-meet meeting for USMS swimmers on the day before the meet.
  • Designate an USMS "team area" & hang the USMS banner. Please sit with us.
  • Offer guidance & splits during warm-up to those who desire it.
  • Offer pre-race guidance & post-race comments throughout the meet to those who desire it.
  • Assist videotaping if possible.
  • Offer encouragement as needed.
  • Serve as advocate for USMS swimmers regarding protests & administrative problems.
  • Arrange for team picture(s).
  • Perform other coaching tasks as needed.
We welcome all USMS swimmers and coaches present in Perth to join us at the meet, in the spirit of fellowship that is United States Masters Swimming!

The USMS Coaches Committee has named four Masters Coaches to assist USMS swimmers planning to compete at this spring's FINA World Masters Swimming Championships in Perth, Australia April 15-25, 2008.

Head Coach
Mark Moore, Mission Viejo Masters - coachmark@mastersmvnswim.org

Assistant Coaches:
Michael Collins, Irvine Novaquatics - mcollins@multisportsOC.com
Tiffany Forbes, Boulder Aquatic Masters - tafswim@comcast.net
John Grzeszczak - Florida Gold Coast Masters - swimjohnswim@bellsouth.net

If you are planning to swim in Perth, please contact Coach Mark Moore by e-mail at coachmark@mastersmvnswim.org

If possible, indicate the events and days that you will swim, so that the coaching staff can plan their daily coverage.

The coaching staff is working on Regional Training Camps and USA Masters logo apparel for swimmers attending the meet.

More information and details will be posted on the USMS web site in the near future.

Beach-to-Beach Power (open water) Swim,
St. John's, May 25, 2008

Greetings from St. John in the US Virgin Islands, home to Virgin Islands National Park and site of the Friends' Beach-to-Beach Power Swim, arguably the most beautiful open water swim in the world.

Caribbean sun, azure water, white sand beaches, vibrant coral reefs all await competitors as they swim along the course set in the protected waters of Virgin Islands National Park, home to many sea turtles, stingrays and exotic fish that will entertain participants as they swim from bay to bay along St. John's spectacular north shore.

May 25, 2008 will mark the 5th Annual Friends' Beach-to-Beach Power Swim on St. John. This is a great start to the open water swimming season and I would like to invite swimmers to participate in this event. I would very much appreciate it if you could spread the word amongst the members of your swim team and to other swimmers/swim groups that you think might be interested.

This event is for competitive and serious recreational swimmers. It's swum as three simultaneous events ranging from one to 3_ miles. Among the prizes and awards given, there is a team trophy and cash prize for the best combined time of three swimmers from any (formal or informal) team. Please visit our website at www.friendsvinp.org/swim for compete information on this event and to register.

Please feel free to contact Joe Kessler, meet director, by email (jkessler@friendsvinp.org ) or phone (340-779-4940) should you have any questions.


DCAC Coach Wanted
LOCAL SWIM COACH WANTED- 1-2 practices per week! DCAC (www.swimdcac.org ) is Washington's high energy Masters swimming team and social club for gays, lesbians and friends of the gay and lesbian community. Swimmers of all levels - fast, slow, and everywhere in between - are welcome. Our team has approximately 150 members and practices usually range from 25-45 attendees each. Our members include FINA Masters World Record holders, more than 60 individual and relay All-Americans, over 200 USMS individual and relay Top Ten swimmers, as well as first-time competitors. DCAC is a member of both United States Masters Swimming (USMS) and International Gay and Lesbian Aquatics (IGLA).

The team seeks a dynamic, well-experienced coach to assist in supervising, managing and facilitating weekly practices, as well as occasional meets.

In coordination with other team coaches, helps to conduct swim team practices (5 - 6 times per week) in a safe, friendly, and competitive environment.
Provides on-deck instruction at team-focus swimming meets.
Promotes swim team participation.
Prevents accidents and eliminates or minimizes hazardous situations.
Performs related duties as required.
Responds regularly and promptly to work.

A minimum of 3 years experience coaching competitive swim team - Head Coaching preferred

Previous experience in some phase of competitive swimming.

Excellent swimming skills
First aid and CPR certified

Automobile - Some travel will be required
Open mindedness, patience, and a sense of humor

Please send resumes or inquiries to the attention of David Brand at cocaptain@swimdcac.org

Curl Burke Masters
Curl Burke Masters at South Run

Tu/Th 6-7am Coach: Sandy Veatch

Info: sveatch@msn.com or www.CUBU-Masters.org
Email us and come by for a trial swim.

Sport Fair
Proper swim equipment is vital to a successful swimming outcome. SPORT FAIR, an Arlington based swim store specializes in competitive swimwear and equipment. We are one of the largest Speedo dealerships in the country.

SPORT FAIR wants to help you achieve success. Please call me to arrange team discounts for your masters team or open water swim program.

Sport FairMargaret, Director, Masters & Open Water Swimming
5121 Lee Highway
Arlington, Virginia 22207
Fax: 703-524-9500
Email: sales@sportfairusa.com

Fairfax County Masters Coach Wanted
Fairfax County Masters (www.pvmasters.org/~fxcm/ ) is looking to hire between one and three coaches for the following days and times: Monday from 8-9 p.m. at Oak Marr RECenter (Oakton, VA); Tuesday from 8-9 p.m. at Audrey Moore RECenter (Annandale, VA); Saturday from 7:55-8:55 a.m. at Providence RECenter (Falls Church, VA). Duties would include writing and coaching 1-3 workouts per week for anywhere from 5 to 30 swimmers with a range of abilities. Individuals with a strong swimming background and/or prior experience as a swim coach will be considered. Compensation will be commensurate with experience. For more information please contact Shannon Prendergast at swimXU96@yahoo.com or 703-403-3864.

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Deborah Brudvig Swim Art

Real Estate Sales
Mark Murray, REALTOR
Prudential Carruthers Realtors
5025 Wisconsin Avenue, NW
Washington, DC 20016

Mark Murray - Coaching & Swim Instruction
Former Varsity coach and record-holding miler, Mark Murray, is available for individual and team coaching and instruction. For more information, contact Mark at: swmmurray@yahoo.com

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Petra Adamkova -
Coaching & Swim Instruction

Individual swimming and dryland lessons available. Please contact: Petra Martin at 301-910-1826 or petraadamkova@yahoo.com Petra will work with your individual needs! All levels of athletes, children or just people that are trying to stay healthy and in a good shape are welcome. Swim lessons can be focused on teach how to swim, technique improvements or more advanced training and conditioning. Dryland lessons can cover anyone who wants to stay healthy, get stronger and in better shape, improve flexibility, compliment the swimming part of your workouts, loose weight, or anything else you need.
Team Training

Team in Training Teams & Coaches Wanted
Team In Training is currently forming Teams for our exciting winter events including the P.F. Chang's® Rock 'n' Roll ArizonaTM Marathon and 1/2 Marathon, WALT DISNEY WORLD® Marathon Weekend, and 25th El Tour de Tucson. Please contact our office at 703-960-1100 or visit our web site www.teamintraining.org/nca for more information. Or call 703-960-1100.

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 Photo Credits

All photos by Cheryl Wagner except:
Doug Landau Speedo 6 - Doug Landau

CORRECTION TO MAY 07 NEWSLETTER CREDITS: Jim McDonnell Lake Swim Photos - Charlie Tupitza

 Events Calendar


  2007 / 2008 Pool Event Calendar

Dec 14-16, 2007
New England LMSC SCM Championships Boston University Rec Center, Boston, MA ; www.greatbaymasters.org/07scmchamp.php

Dec 16, 2007
Terrapin Masters 1000/1650 Autiswim Fairland Aquatic Complex, Laurel, MD ; www.terrapinmasters.org/meet1000.htm

Dec 31, 2007
Terrapin Masters Swim in the New Year UM Campus Rec Facility, College Park, MD ; www.terrapinmasters.org/NY08.htm

Jan 19, 2008
Carol Chidester Memorial Swim Series Annapolis Olympic Swim Center, Annapolis MD; http://eteamz.active.com/CMYM/files/SS0708r2.pdf

Jan 27, 2008
Alexandria Masters Tropical Splash Alexandria, VA www.alexandriamasters.com/meet

Feb 9-10, 2008
VMST David Gregg III Memorial Meet in Richmond, VA www.vaswim.org

Feb 9, 2008
Carol Chidester Memorial Swim Series Severna Park, MD http://eteamz.active.com/CMYM/files/SS0708r2.pdf

Mar 15, 2008
Albatross Open SCM Meet ; MAC, Bethesda, MD www.pvmasters.org/albatross.htm

Mar 29, 2008
Carol Chidester Memorial Swim Series US Naval Academy; Annapolis, MD http://eteamz.active.com/CMYM/files/SS0708r2.pdf

Apr 11-13, 2008
Colonies Zone SCY Champtionships GMU Aquatic Facility; Fairfax, VA www.patriotmasters.org

Apr 15-25, 2008
XII FINA World Masters Championships in Perth, Australia www.2008finamasters.org

Jun 18-22, 2008
2008 IGLA Championships UM Natatorium, College Park, MD ; www.swimdcac.org


2007 Long Distance/Open Water Calendar

May 24, 2008
Lady Liberty Swim 1.5 km New York, NY www.nycswim.org

May 25, 2008
Jim McDonnell 1 and 2 Mile Lake Swims - Reston Lake, Reston, VA www.restonmasters.org

May 25, 2008
Beach-to-Beach 1 - 3.5 Mile Ocean Swims - St. Johns, Virgin Islands www.friendsvinp.org/swim

May 31, 2008
Potomac River 7.5 Mile Swim - Point Lookout State Park. Info: Cheryl Wagner 202-387-2361 cherylw@crosslink.net Web: artemis.crosslink.net/~cherylw/pr2008i.tm

Jun 1, 2008
Nav-E-Sink or Swim 1.2 mile or 2.4 mile swims Victory Park, Rumson, NJ www.sandyhookers.org/shtc.htm

Jun 8, 2008
Great Chesapeake Bay Swim & Chesapeake Challenge - Stevensville, MD; www.lin-mark.com

Jun 15, 2008
Park to Park Swim 1.0 Mile New York, NY www.nycswim.org

Jun 21, 2008
Against the Tide - 1 mile swim - Hopkinton State Park - Hopkinton, MA www.mbcc.org/swim

Jun 28, 2008
Alcatraz Sharkfest Swim 16th annual 1.5 mi swim - Alcatraz Island - San Francisco, CA envirosports.com/events

Jun 29, 2008
Governors Island Swim 2.0 miles New York, NY www.nycswim.org

Jul 5, 2008
Manhattan Island Marathon Swim New York, NY www.nycswim.org

Jul 13, 2008
Aquathlon: Stars & Stripes Swim 1.5 km / Run 5 km New York, NY www.nycswim.org

Jul 13, 2008
Riverside Park Tune Up Swim 1.5 km New York, NY www.nycswim.org

Jul 19, 2008
Swim for Life 1,2,3,4, and 5 mile Swims; Chestertown, MD www.swimdcac.org/Swim4Life.html

Aug 3, 2008:
USA Swimming 10K Open Water Championships, 10K, Website: www.usaswimming.org

Sep 6, 2008
Brooklyn Bridge Swim 1 km New York, NY www.nycswim.org

Sep 20, 2008
Little Red Lighthouse Swim 5.85 miles New York, NY www.nycswim.org

Sep 27, 2008
Chesapeakeman 2.4 mi Swimfest - Cambridge, MD www.tricolumbia.org/ChesapeakeMan

Oct 25, 2008
Ederle Swim 17.5 miles New York, NY www.nycswim.org


2007 Local Multi-sport Calendar

May 18, 2008
Columbia Triathlon - Ellicott City, MD - www.tricolumbia.org/Columbia

Aug 10, 2008
The 28th annual ESCAPE FROM THE ROCK Triathlon Alcatraz Island- http://envirosports.com/events

Aug 24, 2008
Iron Girl Triathlon - Columbia, MD - www.tricolumbia.org/IronGirl

Sep 21, 2008
Make-a-Wish Triathlon - Bethany Beach, DE www.tricolumbia.org/Make-A-Wish

Sep 27, 2008
Chesapeakeman Ultra Triathlon - Cambridge, MD www.tricolumbia.org/ChesapeakeMan