Swimmer's Ear
Newsletter of the Potomac Valley Masters Committee
December 2008

    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

Deb Included in this newsletter are items from the 2008 USMS Convention, held in September in Atlanta, Georgia. Potomac Valley LMSC attendees at the convention were Dave Diehl, Lynn Hazlewood, Eric Nordlund, Ray Novitske, Jeff Roddin, Jeff Strahota, Ann Svenson, and myself. Keep an eye on the USMS web site for news on what is happening within USMS.

Donıt forget to keep time for your swimming during the busy holiday season ahead and maybe include some swimming resolutions for the new year ahead.

Happy Laps,
Debbie Morrin-Nordlund

 Articles and Interviews

summit Paralympic Champion, John Morgan, Climbs Kilimanjaro
Paralympic champion and occasional Terrapin Master swimmer, John Morgan, has not let an accident in his teens which left him blind, stop him from summitting Kilimanjaro. Other achievements include a 58K swim in Argentina and numerous medals at the Paralympics. Here is an interview with John.

Where are you from?
I was born in San Gabriel in the Los Angeles area. I lived in southern California (Huntington Beach) until I was 12.

Where did you learn to swim?
I lived close to the beach and my parents took me to the ocean when I was a baby. I loved the beach and water. I could hear the waves from my house. I learned how to swim on the beach and at the pool. I was on a swim team at a local club when I was 10. I was also a junior lifeguard.

My family moved to Argentina in 1975, when I was 13. My Dad's family is from Argentina. (My mother is from Alsace, France.) I began river marathon swimming and at the age of 15 completed a 20K swim.

When did you come back to the US?
I had my accident in 1980 and spent a year getting surgeries. I came back to the US in 1982 with my Dad. I went to Golden West junior college for 2 years and swam on their team which Shirley Babishaw used to coach. I did distance freestyle including the 1650, 1000, 500, and 200. In 1984 I went to the International Games for the Disabled (now called the Paralympics) and won 5 gold medals.

I transferred to UC Irvine to get my bachelors degree in math. While there I swam distance free and the 200 fly. In one race I hit the wall with my head and got a bad cut. That made me shy about turns. I had been doing 10 strokes per length and apparently got more efficient.

How did you get started in Masters swimming?
I went to Berkeley in 1988 for my masters and took some time off from swimming. So I did not go to the Paralympics in Seoul. (The Paralympics are always held right after the Olympics in the same place.) Then I started swimming at Strawberry Canyon Aquatic Masters. SCAM was incredible. The people are really motivated to swim. They have 5 workouts a day, held outdoors. The pool was old but it was in a canyon above Berkeley. It was beautiful.

In 1991, after getting my masters, I did not find a job so I trained for a 58K river swim in Argentina. I completed it in 8 hr 24 min and came in 12th. The race is a major sporting event in Argentina. I went to the Paralympics in 1992 in Barcelona where I earned 8 gold and 2 silver medals.

Since I hadn't found a job, I entered a PhD program at UC Irvine. Then I found a position at West Point where I swam with their masters team. I recently got a new job at the Army Research Lab in Hyattsville. I occasionally swim with Terrapin Masters.

What other sports do you do?
I started tandem cycling recently. My second ride was a 100K.

I climbed Mount Kilimanjaro at the end of August and beginning of September. It took 8 days (6 going up and 2 going down). It was really cool although at times we were miserable. We took a picture at the top. When you get to the top of the breech which is close to the summit, you are at the rim of a volcano. All of the sudden it's as flat as a football field. It's really emotional. From there to the peak, is another hour.

I spent a lot of money on the trip but it was totally worth it. There were 5 of us in the group: my brother-in-law, his brother, and two friends of my brother-in-law's. My brother-in-law's brother made it to the last camp but his headache was so bad he couldn't go on. My brother-in-law was feeling bad and came down right after summitting. We were supposed to spend the night in the crater where there is a glacier then get up in morning and look at the glacier, summit and stay the night. We summitted at 1PM and three of us stayed the night near the glacier. There's not quite enough air to live up there, so you can't stay long.

Now I would like to do the highest peak in the Western hemisphere, Aconcagua.

USMS Convention Report
By Debbie Morrin-Nordlund

    Colonies Zone:
  • Cheryl Ward was announced as the recipient of the 2008 Colonies Zone Dot Donnelly Award.
  • 2008 Colonies Zone SCM Championships will be at Rutgers on December 5-7, 2008.
  • 2009 Colonies Zone SCY Championships will be at GMU on April 24-26, 2009.
    USMS National:
  • Rob Butcher was hired as the new USMS Executive Director. Rob is a former PV swimmer (TERR). The Vision and Action Plan as outlined by Executive Director Rob Butcher was endorsed by the Board of Directors and the associated budget approved by the House of Delegates (see http://www.usms.org/admin/conv08/actionplan.pdf )
  • 2010 SCY Nationals awarded to Atlanta/Georgia Tech (only bidder).
  • 2010 LCM Nationals awarded to San Juan Puerto Rico (only bidder).
  • Club scoring awards at Nationals: overall Top Ten regardless of club size is going away. Separated Menıs, Womenıs and Combined categories are going away. Scoring awards will simply be two categories: ³Regional² teams and local clubs (top 10 for each).
  • For a very large LCM Nationals the meet director now has the option to seed 200m events by time and not by age group in order to cut down on the timeline (men and women will still be separate).
  • Reviewed some of the modes and methods of reaching out to membersı websites ­ USMS is continuing to support LMSCs, particularly small LMSCıs and clubs to ensure they have the tools for a website if they want one
  • places to swim ­ search by zip code is a data project that should be completed sometime later this year
  • meet events database ­ new tool developed by USMS
  • awards ­ newsletter of the year may be out-of-date; perhaps websites to be awarded
    Long Distance: 2010 Long Distance Championships Awarded To:
  • One Hour Postal: Tamalpais Aquatics - Pacific LMSC
  • 3000/6000 Y Postal: Mastsrs of South Texas - South Texas LMSC
  • 5K/10K Postal: Twin Rivers YMCA Masters (TRYM) - North Carolina LMSC
  • 2 Mile Cable: Lake Placid, NY - Adirondack LMSC
  • 1 Mile Open Water: Charlotte, NC - North Carolina LMSC
  • 1-3 Mile Open Water: TVM Del Valle Open Water Swim - Pacific LMSC
  • 3-6 Mile Open Water: Colorado Springs, CO - Colorado LMSC
  • 6+ Mile Open Water: Noblesville, IN - Indiana LMSC
  • Online registrations are here. For renewals the Registrars will have the ability to send out email ³blasts² to all members giving each member a unique link to renew themselves.
  • There will be a dues increase of $5 for the 2010 registration year.
    Recognition and Awards:
  • Wonkee Moon (DCAC) was awarded a Dorothy Donnelly USMS Service Award
    Records and Tabulations:
  • Top Times/Event Rankings on the USMS website is separate from USMS Top Ten. Just because a time is in the rankings does not mean it meets requirements to be eligible for USMS Top Ten. However, the long term goal is to merge these two together so Top Times is a running tally of the official Top Ten and at the end of the season it becomes final.
    Rules: The following are the significant rules changes for 2009:
  • Deliberate Delay of the Start or Misconduct: Only the referee may disqualify a swimmer for delaying the start, for willfully disobeying an order or for any other misconduct taking place at the start.(Article 103.8.8A)
  • Recording Disqualifications: The swimmerıs name is no longer required on a disqualification slip. Articles103.10.2 and 103.10.3)
  • Official Time from an Initial Distance of the IM: An official time for butterfly can be achieved from the first one-fourth of the individual medley (butterfly). (Article 103.13.2)
  • Bids for National Championship Meets: Bids for national championship meets shall be submitted no later than 60 days prior to the annual meeting of the House of Delegates, and if no timely, certifiable bid is received, the Championship Committee shall continue to solicit bids. (Article 104.3.1D)
  • Scoring for National Championship Meets: Club scoring will be tabulated in two categories; Regional Club and Local Club. A Regional Club is a club made up of swimmers who represent the club at nationals, but at competitions in the LMSC, represent an entity or subgroup (such as a workout group) that is different than the one they compete with at nationals. (Article 104.5.6)
  • Guidelines for Officiating Swimmers with a Disability: Reference to the use of an ID card for swimmers who have an International Paralympic Committee-authorized classification has been deleted, and the language of the guidelines has been updated. (Article 108)
A full agenda of meetings held, and their reports, can be found at www.usms.org/admin/conv08

USMS Convention Recap ­ Notes From Shoulder presentation
By Jeff Strahota

Shoulder Presentation
Dr. Jim Miller, MD

  • Shoulders are very prone to injury due to constant extreme extension.
  • 60-85% of swimmers will have an issue with shoulders that will cause them to miss at least a week of swimming.
  • 90% of swimming propulsion is derived from shoulders.
Shoulder make-up
  • Static - 5 different joints contribute to the shoulder
  • Static - ligaments
  • Static - glenoid labrum ­ a cartilage-like structure, serving a purpose to the shoulder much like the meniscus does to the knee
  • Dynamic ­ intrinsic and extrinsic muscles ­ intrinsic includes the rotator cuff and is underneath/inside the extrinsic muscles
  • Scapular ­ bone in back that links your shoulder to your core.

Contributing factors to Stroke Vulnerability
As you tire, stroke breaks down. Muscle groups fail, and the shoulder becomes more exposed as muscles cease to contain the shoulder closer to the core
    Stroke technique
    Genetics and other individual biological factors:
  • Sudden changes in training ­ ie SCY to LCM;
  • Erratic training
  • Trauma
  • Nutrition
  • Sleep
  • Impact of illness
  • Medical management of injuries
Is all stretching good? NO!!!
Bad: wall stretch, hand behind back, arm across body, 90 degree arm stretch mooıs stretch

What do we, as swimmers, need? tightening, linking and stabilizing ­ not ³stretching² which destabilizes our shoulders
  • attend to the basics ­ technique, sleep, nutrition
  • dryland prevention ­ correct stretching
  • core stability
  • train opposing muscle groups i
  • if you have down time due to illness, maintain activity and/or keep up shoulder stability
    Good Stretches
  • Dead bug;
  • Advanced dead bug
  • Isolated shrug
  • Hitch hiker ­ lie face down on a mat, arms out and thumbs up
  • Work the rotator cuff - Ball-on-the-wall; Water bottle shaker
  • Band stretch
    Impact of the aging process on the shoulders ­ is there a link?
  • masters have increased number of strokes per 50m
  • anatomy changes ­ changes in body comp, vascular changes, pulmonary changes, muscles change, etcŠ
  • longer period of recovery
Go to a doctor sympathetic to ATHLETES!!!
Make sure medications are not robbing your bodyıs ability to recover

Better Streamline? - activate your core

Re: drugs: how do you know the drugs you take are not bad? - Avoid liver-active drugs!
    Shoulder surgery? ­ alternatives to 2nd surgery after repeat of injury:
  • injection of sugar water is helping recovery;
  • acupuncture
  • work hard at core linkage
Arthritis? ­ find out what TYPE of arthritis it is; if it involves the bone itself, it will change the bones that stabilize the shoulder. If it is osteoarthritis, that affects the ligaments that link everything together.

Glucosamine Sulfate? ­ only proven thing that improves lubrication of the joints

Electro-stimulation for warm-up/warm-down? ­ it works for warming up the tissue, but it is not sequential firing of muscles ­ it is not warming up muscles in the same way as actually doing the motion

Different stretches for warm up and warm down? ­ a meet is the ideal place to warm up: stretch, swim, stretch, swim again, race, stretch and cool down. If you feel stretching of the joint = bad (anything shifting or sliding) ­ if you feel stretching the muscle ­ good.

Does a hot tub/sauna help warm up muscles? Yes. Jim Miller recommends a good technique-focused warm-up, followed by stretching afterwards

Different stroke effect on shoulders? ­ the less efficient your stroke is, the more stress you place on the shoulders.

Jim Miller, MD
1447 Johnston-Willis Drive,
Richmond VA 23235
JWMSwimMD @ aol.com


Germantown Masters Team Awards - 2008
The Lesley Evans Award, for being a good role model and working hard during GERM's coached workouts, goes to Melissa Aufmuth and Javier Hernandez for the 2008 season. Both swim at the Germantown Indoor Swim Center on weekday mornings. In addition, GERM is recognizing coach/swimmer Kim Sepanik with the 2008 Coach of the Year award. Congratulations to all three.

Preliminary LCM Top Ten
The Preliminary Top Ten listing for 2008 Long Course Meters can be viewed online at: www.usms.org/comp/tt/toptenlist.php

 Humor and Quotes

bears ducks

 Meet News

Sprint Classic ­ 10/26/08
Sprint Classic
Mike Doane, Mike Goodison, Bill Shipp

Kathy Capron, Pam Young

Sprint Classic
Peter Gribbon, Dana Page

Sprint Classic
Paul Wolf, Cheryl Ward

Sprint Classic
Debbie Morrin-Nordlund

Sprint Classic
Ray Novitske

Sprint Classic
Brian Ellis, Marcie Kanakis, Brad Oglebee

Sprint Classic
Yana Paik, Leslie Livingston, Barbara Clifford-Dicks, Ken Busch

Sprint Classic
Wally Dicks, Jeff Roddin, John Feinstein

Sprint Classic
Gordon Gerson, Frank and Ann Manheim

Sprint Classic
David Varner Duabe Wain Laura Travan

Sprint Classic
Harold Houston, Bob Braff, Jim Thompson

Sprint Classic
Tim Timmons

Sprint Classic
Shirley Loftus, Craig Charley

Sprint Classic
Jay Kress, Lisa Deibler, Scott Deibler


May 17, 2009
Benefit Swim & Patapsco/Back River Tributary Team Picnic & Wade-In

On Sunday morning May 17, 2009 Joe Stewart will swim from the mouth of the Patapsco River to the mouth of the Back River in the Chesapeake Bay and is now raising pledge funds to benefit our urban watershed organizations. At noon that day, Patapsco/Back River Tributary Team (P/BRTT) will host its annual picnic and wade-in at North Point State Park (NPSP) along Joeıs swim course.

The public is welcome to participate in the celebration! Directions to NPSP can be found at:

Tax deductible pledge checks payable to Greater Homewood Community Corporation or to GHCC can be mailed to Joe Stewart, 3212 Avon Avenue, Baltimore MD 21218. Please note ³Urban Watersheds² in the memo of the check. Thank you to everyone making a contribution which GHCC will divide up among our local area watershed associations after the event. Thanks especially for helping out during these troubling, difficult economic times when every donation makes a huge difference to these small grassroots groups!

For more information about the event, contact Joe Stewart: 410.767.1354 jstewart@dat.state.md.us

Government agencies and non profit organizations will highlight regional water quality initiatives at the event under the old Bay Shore Park trolley barn and local historian Steve Takos will offer a guided tour.

Waders will include representative of environmental groups, elected officials and other celebrities.

Note: Joe swam across Patapsco River 5 times in 2002-2006. P/BRTT began having wade-ins in 2004 at Venice on the Bay, then at North Point State Park in 2005 & 2006. The 2007 wade-in at Fort Smallwood didnıt include a swim. The 2008 event had a benefit swim in Back River and wade-in at Rocky Point Park.

Alexandria Masters Winter-Spring Schedule
The winter-spring schedule for Alexandria Masters Swimming begins February 2 and runs through May 23. Since there are no team dues, workouts are open to all USMS-registered swimmers regardless of team affiliation. Fees are prorated after the beginning of the season. As part of the regular coached workouts, the program has an optional long-distance workout on Saturdays for long-distance swimmers and triathletes, and monthly video clinics with coaching analysis.

Mt. Vernon Rec Center
Mon, Wed, Fri - 6:00-7:00 AM
Tue, Thur - 12:30-1:30 PM

Lee District Rec Center
Tue, Thur - 6:00-7:00 AM
Mon, Thur - 7:30-8:30 PM
Sat - 8:00-9:30 AM

George Washington Rec Center
Tue - 7:30-8:30 PM

Additional information is available on the web site:

Virginia Masters Newsletter
To: Friends of VMST
From: Betsy Durrant, newsletter editor durrant6@cox.net

For years we have sent our newsletters to a list of swimmers, coaches, etc, who are not members in Virginia. The list was temporarily lost when we changed Registrars. When it was located, I decided to update the list. I deleted some names and added some names. Instead of mailing the newsletter each month, I will email it. If you want to be included on this mailing list, let me know.

Swimmers & Volunteers - Bud Beatty Swim
Hello all. I just wanted to let everyone know that I have set up a website for the swim in August. It is very basic but I hope to add on to it. My hope is to allow us to have registrations thru the site and be able to sell merchandise. For the time being add it to your favorites and stay tuned for further news. budbeattyswim.org

We also have our Myspace website. www.myspace.com/budbeattyswim

You can also join us on Facebook under THE ANNUAL BUD BEATTY SWIM group.

We are holding a T-shirt / Logo contest. Submit your ideas and if your idea is chosen you can win a $25 gift certificate to Dicks Sporting Goods and a free 2009 Event T-shirt.

Next years 2 mile event will take place:
Sunday August 9, 2009
9:00 AM Start
Rocky Point Beach (Baltimore County)

Please put it on your calendar and spread the word. If you would like to volunteer for a particular task let me know. ie; publicity, fundraising, support coordination (boat / kayak / USCG).

Have a great day! Tim Beatty, organizer, dolphinbrew@hotmail.com

New Website
Faster Swimming Newsletter
Setting Goals
Every athlete wants to excel, but the will to excel is insignificant without the will to prepare to excel. Preparation is where many athletes fail. Most are willing to put in hours on top of hours of training, but almost no time is devoted to planning or record keeping. This planning (and tracking) is essential, because planning is the first step to achieving any goal - including those accomplished in athletics. Continue reading.

Strength AND Conditioning with weights
Complexes are several exercises performed in a row, with no break in between. Complexes are really just extended super-sets where you donıt put down the bar or DBıs until you are through. Continue Reading.

New on FasterSwimming.com - Very Healthy Recipes!
Hawaiian Surprise
This is an EASY recipe with GREAT nutrition, and tastes great to boot. Get the recipe now!

Peanut Butter Fudge Balls
An easy protein snack to take along anywhere ­ just put in a baggie & go! Eat it with a spoon! Get the recipe now!
Calories 190
Protein 23g
Carbs 9g
Fiber 5g
Sugar 1g
Fat 7g

High Protein Pumpkin Pie
Pumpkin Pie flavor, without the guilt. High protein, high fiber, great taste! Get the recipe now!

Irish Open Water Swims
Ireland (County Cork): two swims of 1.25 miles ­ each with more than 250 entries:
'Vibes & Scribes' Lee Swim 2009 - July 18th - entries open in April
Sandycove Island Challenge Swim 2009 September 19th entries open in July

Pre-register your interest on www.corkmasters.ie

Ned Denison, Phone: +353 87 987 1573 email: ned.denison@corkopenwater.com. Also available for information about other Irish and European open water swims. Many thanks in advance, -- Ned

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. New for 2009 is the option to register online.
  • 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 $415 to the USMS endowment fund and $314 to the International Swimming Hall of Fame for a total of $729 (up from last yearıs total of $540). Highest individual donor ($20) was a three way tie.
  • Approximate breakdown of our membership by state:
    1. Virginia: 52%
    2. Maryland: 27%
    3. District of Columbia: 17%
    4. Other: 4%
  • We registered 2220 swimmers in 2008. Sex breakdown: 52% male, 48% 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:

Online Registration
By Jeff Roddin

Thank you for being a 2008 member of Potomac Valley Masters. Please renew your membership for 2009 now to prevent any insurance coverage lapse or missed publications (Swimmerıs Ear, Swimmer Magazine). You now have the ability to renew online by paying with a credit card. After registering you will receive a follow-up email with a link to print your own registration card (via PDF file). You can save postage by not requesting a hardcopy be mailed to you when you register (plus you will be able to print your own replacement card on demand later in the year if needed).

If you would rather not pay online with a credit card you may print a registration form from the PV website (http://www.pvmasters.org) and mail in with a check.

Please note some clubs have additional club fees that you may be responsible for paying separately.

Ironman Registration Opens
by Joe Stewart

Online registration is now available for the 2009 Ford Ironman Louisville, Ironman 70.3 Boise and Amica Ironman 70.3 Rhode Island events.

Ford Ironman Louisville
Event details: Sunday, August 30, 2009
· 6:50 a.m. pro start,
· 7:00 a.m. age group start
· Online registration can be accessed by
visiting www.ironmanlouisville.com

· Entry Fee: $525.00 (USD)

Ironman 70.3 Boise
Event details: Saturday, June 13, 2009
· 2:00 p.m. race start
· Online registration can be accessed by visiting www.ironmanboise.com

· Entry fees:
- $210.00 from 9/01/2008 - 12/31/2008
- $230.00 from 1/01/2009 - 4/30/2009
- $250.00 from 5/01/2009 - 6/12/2009

Amica Ironman 70.3 Rhode Island
Event details: Saturday, July 12, 2009

· 6:00 a.m. race start
· Online registration can be accessed by visiting www.ironmanrhodeisland.com

· Entry fees:
- $210.00 from 9/01/2008 - 12/31/2008
- $230.00 from 1/01/2009 - 5/31/2009
- $250.00 from 6/01/2009 - 7/11/2009

For more information on Ironman or Ironman 70.3, visit the official Web site at www.ironman.com. Athlete inquiries can be directed to Ann Skerkoski at Ann@ironman.com.

We look forward to seeing you at the races!

Swim for Life 2009
by Joe Stewart

DCAC is Proud to Host the 18th Annual Maryland Swim for Life!

What: Annnual fundraiser that begins and ends at Rolph's Wharf on the Chester River, one of the Chesapeake Bay's tributaries. Swimmers can swim 1, 2, 3, 4, or 5 mile distance and must raise a minimum of $100 to participate. Proceeds from the event benefit the Chester River Association along with various small organizations that assist individuals and families affected by HIV/AIDS.
When: July 11, 2009; 9 am swim start
Where: Rolph's Wharf near Chestertown, MD
For more info: Contact DCAC member Nell Orscheln at nellorscheln@yahoo.com

VMST 1st Annual Spring Meet 3/15/09
The Warrenton Masters Swim Team is planning to host our First Annual Spring Swim Meet Sunday March 15th in the morning at our new swim facility in Warrenton VA. The water temperature is 81, there are ten lanes, electronic timing, and we have large clean locker rooms. The pool is naturally lit with lots of sun. There is lots of pool deck space including a large bleacher area. There will be at least two lanes for warm up and cool down during the meet.

We are in the process of USMS approval for the event and details will be at www.warrentonmasters.org when approved. Please contact Coach Charlie Tupitza at ctupitza@warrentonmasters.org if you have any questions. This is our first meet in Warrenton and I would appreciate it if you would send me a note in advance if you are considering attending the meet so we can get an idea of how many swimmers to expect. For those that do, I will send an email when things are finalized. We look forward to hosting this meet and others. Come join the fun! Competition "Come together to seek improvement"

Potomac Valley LMSC Meeting Minutes
PVLMSC Meeting Minutes ­ August 23, 2008
UMD ­ College Park, MD
Recorded by Cheryl Wagner

  1. Approval of last meeting minutes - approved
  2. Chair:
    - nothing to report
  3. Registrar:
    - PV Registration counts as of:
    Aug 1, 2006: 1785
    Aug 1, 2007: 1904
    Aug 1, 2008: 2005
    - From 9/1 until 10/31 the PV registration fee will be $27 (down from $37)
    - 2 Clubs from 2007 did not renew (UMD Masters, YWCA-NC)
    - Reston had 215 OEVT registrations - less than last year but overall there were very few problems (7 out of 222 had already registered and didnıt need to register OEVT)
    - PV fee is $25 for OEVT. The USMS portion was raised $2, so PV needs to discuss whether to absorb this increase or pass along to the swimmer. Will discuss at our annual meeting.
    - USMS sanctions require that OEVT participants are flagged in results since they can't get Top Ten and this is not being done. RMST needs to look into doing this to comply with the USMS rulebook. While not a requirement, RMST is also asked to list club affiliation with swimmers in the official results.
    - Online registrations and renewals - starting to pick up - close to 50% are now entering online and that percentage should increase.
    - Jeff will send emails to individuals (in 2009) to invite them to renew online with a credit card.
    - Jeff has email addresses for 40% of the 2008 PV membership.
    - Jeff can provide individual clubs a link for online registrations specifically for their club (that way the swimmer doesnıt get confused when trying to register if they donıt know what an LMSC is, what their club acronym is, etc.).
    - PV still has a problem where new swimmers who go to the USMS site to register cannot easily find PV and sometimes register through the MD or VA LMSCs by mistake. Swimmers registering through the PV website donıt have this problem and hopefully clubs will take advantage of the custom links available to send the swimmers directly to their club. But for now PV continues to ask USMS to clarify the LMSC map.
    - Jeff sends a monthly roster of those who registered online to interested clubs. This is being done because club registrars (if applicable) can no longer keep track of this. USMS promises to automate this but for now Jeff will continue to send out the reports.
    - Cannot collect club fees for online registrations ­ that is one drawback with the online system and there is no easy solution unless clubs can collect this fee elsewhere (e.g. through workout fees instead of reg fees). Alexandria Masters collects their club dues using Pay Pal.
    - In annual meeting, will finalize what we can do about online registration renewals (previously all club reps were sent renewal forms to give to their swimmers ­ perhaps this year Jeff just sends out emails to the swimmers with a link to renew and then in January whoever hasnıt renewed, a hardcopy can be generated and given to club reps).
    - Next year online registrants will have option to have card mailed or get PDF file. This year Jeff mailed a hardcopy to all online registrants.
  4. Top Ten:
    - Patriot Masters did a great job on their results for the Colonies Zone SCY meet.
    - DCAC has not yet sent in results from IGLA
    - DCRP has sent in results from Hains Point.
  5. Sanctions:
    - Need evaluators for:
    Terrapin LCM Zone meet - Julie Oplinger
    Patriot Masters Sprint Classic - Jeff Strahota
    Alexandria Masters Tropical Splash - Feb 1
  6. New Business
    - Jeff Strahota prepared a Power Point slide presentation suggesting a PV swim series like the MD masters swim series. Give meet-sponsoring teams assistance such as HYTEK, watches, etc. Will discuss at annual meeting.
    - USMS has "Places to Swim" on website - self maintained by clubs.
    - On PV website, Jeff maintains listings based on input from clubs and info gathered at club renewal.
  7. Treasurer:
    - Doing great. $12,766 in black.
    - Funds are sufficient - won't have to increase PV dues for a number of years (although USMS may increase their portion and that is outside of our control).
    - Debbie reported that Tim Timmons & Jeff Roddin are doing a great job on paying our bills from USMS.
  8. Secretary:
    - Nothing to report
  9. Newsletter:
    - Ray Novitske doing Sep newsletter.
  10. Awards:
    - Presenting SCM & LCM awards at Terrapin LCM Zone meet.
    - As soon as USMS SCY Top Ten is released, will compute and present those awards at Sprint Classic
  11. Officials:
    - National Officials Committee trying to bring all LMSC officiating up to standard level.
    - Trying to create Masters certification process for local officials.
  12. Fitness:
    - Nothing to report
  13. Old Business:
    - PV Delegates for USMS convention: Jeff Roddin, Ray Novitske, Eric Nordlund, Lynn Hazlewood, Jeff Strahota - At large Delegates: Ann Svenson, Dave Diehl, Deb Morrin-Nordlund
    - Proposed: reimburse actual costs for transportation, lodging + flat amount for food ($25 per day)
  14. Next Meeting:
    - After Sprint Classic meet on Oct 26. Will announce time once a "meet timeline" is published. (approx 2PM)
  15. Attendees: Ray Novitske Alexandria Masters Swimming Julie Oplinger Fairfax County Masters Mark Walters Germantown Maryland Masters Jeff Roddin Montgomery Ancient Mariners Tim Timmons Patriot Masters Swim Team Gordon Gerson Reston Masters Cheryl Wagner Terrapin Masters Debbie Morrin-Nordlund Terrapin Masters Eric Nordlund Terrapin Masters Jeff Strahota Terrapin Masters Skip Thompson Guest/Michigan


Trinity Masters Swimming: New Fees, Schedule, and Coaches!
    Join us in the pool this fall at the Trinity Center! Coached training sessions are held:
  • Tuesday mornings 6a ­ 7a
  • Tuesday evenings 7p ­ 8p
  • Thursday evenings 7p ­ 8p
  • Friday mornings 6a ­ 7a
    Monthly and Pay-per-Swim fee options:
  • $20/mo for Trinity Center members
  • $40/mo for non-members
  • $2/swim for Trinity Center members
  • $4/swim for non-members
Stop by for an initial FREE swim to meet our coaches and see if our program is the right fit for you! The Trinity Center is located in the Brookland neighborhood in NE DC. Information on the Trinity Center and Trinity Masters can be found at www.trinitydc.edu/trinity_center or by contacting Jamie Burket 202.884.9093 / burketj@trinitydc.edu

Sports Psychologist ­ Keith Kaufman
My name is Keith Kaufman, and I recently opened a private practice in Washington, DC devoted largely to promoting the mental fitness of athletes. I completed my Ph.D. training in clinical psychology at The Catholic University of America, with a focus in sport psychology.
I would be very interested in providing various services to the Masters Swim Clubs that could help improve the mental skills and performance of your swimmers and coaches, including, but not limited to:

  • Consultation with individual athletes
  • Consultation with a team and/or group
  • Educational workshops on topics related to sport psychology -- e.g., combating performance anxiety, improving concentration/focus, or building team cohesion
  • Trainings for coaches -- e.g., on using effective leadership styles, improving communication and feedback, or strategies for maximizing athlete learning.
Please feel free to contact me any time at this email address (KeithK32@gmail.com ) or at (301) 520-2530 to receive further information or schedule a program. I would additionally invite you to visit my website at www.KeithKaufmanPhD.com . If you are also willing to forward this information to any individual swimmers and/or coaches who might be interested, so that they can be informed of my services, I would really appreciate it.

Strengthen Your Core
USMS Coach, Tom Denes, offers on-on-one and small group strength training. Emphasis is on strengthening the core muscles to increase swimming power. All sessions are held at Rockville Fitness. Contact Tom at: waterprfch@aol.com or 301-564-4234.

Waterproof Coach & Triathlete
Waterproof Coach
The Waterproof Coach & The Waterproof Triathlete
Tom Denes,

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.

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

Team in Training Program
Need some inspiration to get started training this season? Complete your next event for The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society's Team In Training (TNT) program and your personal achievement will make a difference in the lives of thousands of others. As part of the Team, you'll receive expert coaching, a team to train with and you'll raise money to fund cutting-edge cancer research and patient support programs. We are currently forming teams to participate in The Nation's Triathlon (sold out to general public), Accenture Chicago Triathlon, Marine Corps Marathon (sold out to general public), Rock n Roll Half Marathon, Nike Women's Marathon (sold out to general public), and Sea Gull Century Ride. For more information, please call 703 960-1100 or visit ww.teamintraining.org/nca.

Kristen Avioli
Campaign Coordinator,The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society
National Capital Area Chapter
Team In Training
5845 Richmond Highway, Suite 800
Alexandria, VA 22303
703.960.1100 x252 ï (f) 703.960.5374
www.lls.org/nca www.teamintraining.org/nca

Coach Needed ­ Arlington Masters
Arlington Masters (www.arlingtonmasters.org ) is looking for an experienced, enthusiastic individual to coach practices and lead the team. The team currently has approximately 100 members of all ages and abilities. Practice times are currently Sunday 7-8:30pm and Monday through Thursday 8:30-9:30pm. Practice attendance typically ranges from 15-30 swimmers per evening. The team offers a swim clinic on Monday and Wednesday nights, so we are looking for someone with adequate stroke knowledge and the desire to teach inexperienced swimmers. Typical coaching duties include writing and leading workouts and providing technical guidance to swimmers. Please contact Evan Stiles at estiles@arlingtonva.us or swim4evan@yahoo.com .

 Photo Credits

All photos by Cheryl Wagner except:
Photo of John Morgan

 Events Calendar


  2008-2009 Pool Event Calendar

Dec 31, 2008
Swim in the New Year ­ UM Natatorium College Park, MD www.terrapinmasters.org

Jan, 2009
USMS 2009 1 Hour Postal Championships www.usms.org/longdist/ldnats09

Jan-Dec, 2009
USMS "Check-Off Challenge" National Fitness Event www.usms.org/fitness/content/fitnessevents

Jan 17 2009
Carol Chidester Swim Series #4 ­ SCY, Annapolis, MD; www.mdusms.org

Feb 1 2009
Alexandria Masters Tropical Splash - SCY, George Washington Rec Center, Alexandria, VA www.alexandriamasters.com/meet

Feb 7 2009
Carol Chidester Swim Series #5 ­ SCY, Severna Park, MD; www.mdusms.org

Feb 14-15 2009
VMST David Gregg III Memorial Meet at NOVA in Richmond, VA; www.vaswim.org

Mar 15, 2009
1st Annual Spring Swim Meet; Warrenton, VA ­ www.warrentonmasters.org

Mar 21, 2009
ANCM Albatross Open at MAC, Bethesda, MD; www.ancientmariners.org

Mar 28, 2009
MD-LMSC Carol Chidester Swim Series meet in Pasadena, MD www.mdusms.org

Apr 16-19, 2009
YMCA Nationals - Fort Lauderdale, FL www.ymcaswimminganddiving.org/2009Masters.htm

April 24-26, 2009
Colonies Zone SCY Championships at George Mason University, Fairfax, VA www.patriotmasters.org

May 7-10, 2009
2009 USMS Short Course National Championships - Fresno, CA www.usms.org/comp/scnats09

Aug 6-10, 2009
2009 USMS Long Course Nationals - Indianapolis, IN www.usms.org/comp/nationals.php


2007 Long Distance/Open Water Calendar

Dec 6 2008
Bonaire EcoSwim - Kralendijk, Bonaire N.A. (Dutch Caribbean); www.aquamoonadventures.com

May 23 2009
Lady Liberty Swim - 1.3 Mile New York NY; www.nycswim.org

May 24 2009
Beach-to-Beach Power Swim - St. John, US Virgin Islands; www.friendsvinp.org/swim

May 30 2009
7.5 Mile Potomac River Swim, Point Lookout, MD; Info: cherylw@crosslink.net

Jun 6 2009
28.5 mile Manhattan Island Marathon Swim New York, NY; www.nycswim.org

Jun 14 2009
Great Chesapeake Bay Swim and Chesapeake Challenge Sandy Point MD; www.lin-mark.com

Jun 14 2009
Park to Park Swim 1.0 Mile New York NY; www.nycswim.org

Jun 20 2009
Against the Tide 1 Mile Swim-2 Mile Kayak-3 Mile Walk; Hopkinton, MA; http://mbcc.org/swim

June 20, 2009
Flowers One Mile Sea Swim - Grand Cayman Island (British West Indies) www.flowersseaswim.com

Jun 28 2009
Governors Island Swim 2.0 Mile New York NY; www.nycswim.org

Jul 11 2009
USMS 2009 1-3 Mile Open Water Championships (2 miles) - Canandaigua, NY; www.usms.org

Jul 11 2009
Swim for Life; Chestertown, MD www.swimdcac.org/Home.html

Jul 18, 2009
Aquathlon: Stars & Stripes Swim 1.5 K / Run 5 K, Swim 1.5 K New York NY; www.nycswim.org

Aug 1 2009
USMS 6+ Mile Open Water Championships (10 km) Harbor Springs, MI; www.usms.org

Aug 15 2009
USMS 2009 2-Mile Cable Championships - Mirror Lake, Lake Placid, NY; www.usms.org

Aug 15 2009
Against the Tide 1 Mile Swim-2 Mile Kayak-3 Mile Walk, Hopkinton, MA; http://mbcc.org/swim

Aug 16 2009
Pennock Island Challenge 8 miles Ketchikan Alaska; www.alaskateamada.com

Aug 22 2009
Clean Harbor Swim Gloucester MA ; http://home.comcast.net/~clean.harbor.swim/index.htm

Sep 12 2009
USMS 2009 3-6 Mile Open Water Championships (5 km) ­ Chicago, IL; www.usms.org

Sep 12, 2009
Brooklyn Bridge Swim 1 K New York NY; www.nycswim.org

Sep 26,2009
Little Red Lighthouse Swim 5.85 Mile New York NY; www.nycswim.org