Swimmer's Ear
Newsletter of the Potomac Valley Masters Committee
May 2003

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 Note from the Chair

Eric Nordlund

Congratulations to all those who swam in the Colonies Zone Meet hosted by Patriot Masters. There was some excellent swimming with some new records set. Long Course season is here. If you need to sharpen up before LC nationals, we have a few upcoming local meets: Patriot Masters Long Course Classic on June 22, Terrapin Masters 800/1500 meet on June 29, DCRP LCM meet on July 20, and DC Masters LCM meet on August 3.

Potomac Valley made an excellent showing in the 2001-2002 Relay All-Americans with Ancient Mariners, DC Masters, Patriot Masters, and Terrapin Masters making All-American.

I hope you have an enjoyable summer and can take advantage of some open water swims or outdoor meets.

Eric Nordlund, Chair-Potomac Valley Masters Swimming

 Articles and Interviews

John Feinstein

Interview with John Feinstein
by Cheryl Wagner

You would never guess from viewing a list of John Feinstein's bestsellers about professional and collegiate basketball, football and golf that he is also a Masters swimmer (and a very good one, at that). I caught John just moments after swimming a personal best in the 100 fly (1:04.1 SCM) at the Albatross Open and asked him for an interview. Here are his thoughts about swimming.

Q: When did you start swimming?
A: I started swimming competitively in High School. I really wanted to play point guard for the New York Knicks. But, since I was 5'4" and fairly buoyant in the water, I was encouraged to try swimming. At my school, Columbia Grammar, in New York, there was only one guy who could finish the 100 fly. So that became my race. The first time I did it in my freshman year, I swam a 1:24. By the end of that year I was doing 1:04 and then in my senior year I was making it in :54 flat.

Q: Did you swim in college?
A: My grades and my swimming helped me get accepted by both Duke and Yale. My Dad wanted me to attend Yale, so of course I went to Duke. I broke my ankle in my freshman year and missed part of the swimming season. While recuperating I got hooked on the student newspaper, girls and parties and that was the end of my collegiate swimming.

Q: When did you start swimming again?
A: I didn't swim again for 20 years. Shortly after my son was born, in December 1994, my doctor asked me if I wanted to see my son grow up. I was 39 years old with a cholesterol level of 299 and blood pressure of 220/175. I drove to a health club and tried doing an easy 200. I stopped at 160 yards and couldn't finish. But I stuck with it and started to get into better shape.

I had been swimming on my own when a friend from Duke, Meredith Geisler, encouraged me to try Masters. In August 1995, I tried a DC Masters meet. I swam very badly, doing only 50s and dying in everything. In January 1996, I did a 100 fly in 1:04.4 in a DCRP meet and was thrilled to finish. Then on a Sunday afternoon at MAC, I saw someone swimming who was 100 times better than I was and met Jason Crist. I said to him, "You are obviously a competitive swimmer," and he told me about Ancient Mariners. So in the Summer of 1996 I joined Ancient Mariners and headed to my first nationals in Michigan. After my 100 fly on Friday at nationals, I almost gave up swimming forever. Tom Denes had advised me to take it out nice and smooth. At the 50, I was a body length ahead in my heat, but by the finish at 1:09.44 I was in 11th place. In my 50 the next day, I did well and got 7 th place.

Q: Has Masters helped you stay fit?
A: I've lost over twenty pounds. I was at my leanest weight (197) when Wally Dicks, Clay Britt, Michael Fell and I set a World Record in the 200 Medley Relay at the 2000 LC Nationals in Baltimore. But when you're on the road a lot, it's hard not to overeat. You get in late and want a hamburger and a beer.

Q: How did you get faster?
A: I'm training better. Jeff (Roddin) gives me technique tips. I'm forcing myself to work harder. I've gotten better as I've gotten older and doing meets motivates me to work out. I do one workout a week with Ancient Mariners and then swim on my own whenever I can. Last week when I was in Boston, the Harvard basketball coach arranged for me to swim in their pool. But NE Masters was having a 1000/1650 meet and was using both courses. I asked them, "What about the diving well?" and they said, "OK". A few people recognized me so I told them I was there to count laps.

Q: What do you like about Masters?
A: I'm made so many friends through Masters swimming. It's an important thing in my life.

Hypothermia Prevention, Detection and First Aid
Hypothermia in Open Water Swimming

by Nick Olmos-Lau M.D.

Temperature regulation is one of the most important functions in the preservation of normal biological processes. The internal milieu of the organism is regulated by a process called homeostasis which functions optimally within a very narrow range of temperatures. The internal temperature of a normal resting adult is around 37 C. The internal temperature recorded from the rectum or the external auditory canal is less variable and more dependable than when the temperature is registered orally or in the axilla, and is usually lower around 36.5C (98.6F).

When the temperature rises above 37.5 C (99F) fever occurs. This is usually one of the first line body's defenses against infection. Hypothermia occurs when the body's temperature drops below 35C (95F). In both cases the function and metabolism of the various body organs is altered.

Figure 1 The generation of heat is closely linked to the production of energy. The production and elimination of heat are extremely precise functions, controlled by complex metabolic-endocrine systems monitored by the Central Nervous System. These thermoregulatory centers are located in the brain in the area of the hypothalamus.

When the body loses heat at a greater speed than it can generate, a negative deficit develops with a net heat loss. The body counteracts this negative deficit by development of chills. These are continuous inadvertent muscular contractions that generate heat.

The body maintains its normal (euthermic) level utilizing several mechanisms to hold an even state. These mechanisms utilize heat radiation, breathing, evaporation or sweat, convection (heat loss activated by wind), and conduction by proximity with other objects. These mechanisms permit the body to shed excessive amounts of heat generated by high internal production such as with heavy exercise or fever. For example during Marathon running race the body generates tremendous amounts of heat that it must dispose of. However losing excessive amounts of heat could cause a hypothermic condition after running.

Biological processes and organs functions appear to cease when that internal temperature reaches approximately 26 C (80F). Nevertheless, such temperatures are used during controlled medical procedures such as cardiac or brain surgery because there is an element of reversibility. The opposite is not usually the case; temperatures over 43 C (108 F) can cause irreversible brain damage.

Among the types of hypothermia described, land hypothermia is perhaps the most common. This occurs as a result of exposure to cold, wind, rain, snow or freezing precipitation and is usually seen during high risk recreational or sports activities such as mountaineering, climbing, skiing, prolonged exposure during hiking or snowmobiling.

Aquatic hypothermia occurs mainly during prolonged open water swimming, wind surfing, waterskiing, kayaking or boating when sudden and persistent temperature drops occur, or with accidental falls in the water.

The first symptoms observed during land hypothermia are fatigue or tiredness associated with an intense desire to stop all activity or movement. The person eventually collapses or faints. In such cases it is important to place the victim in a horizontal position, remove their wet clothes, and try to maintain consciousness. If the person is awake warm drinks will help. Avoid tea, coffee or alcohol as they may worsen the condition, because they worsen dehydration due to diuretic effects. When a person is already unconscious one must not attempt to force fluids by mouth, as it could lead to fluid aspiration into the lungs. This is due the lack of protective reflexes such as cough and an improper ability to swallow.

Figure 2 Water immersion creates a higher risk for serious problems, because in the water the body can lose approximately 20 to 30 times more heat than at the same temperature in land. This is due to the fact that the water which surrounds the body acts like a sponge pulling out heat by the mechanism of conduction. When the internal temperature reaches 32 C (89.6 F), consciousness is usually lost and can this can lead to drowning. Cardiac arrest (heart stoppage) and cardiac arrhythmias occur when the temperature of the body reaches 30 C (86 F).

Common advice to capsizing boat accident victims in cold waters, it is to hold onto their clothes, adopt a crouched position with their arms crossed in front and keep floating. When there is a group of people it is recommended to hug each other to conserve and acquire heat. Floating is preferable to swimming, when the person is further than a thousand yards from land because activity in cold water will speed heat loss and promote hypothermia (except when the person is expert or adapted to cold water swimming). See figures 1 and 2. Immersion in water temperatures below 10 C (50 F) is of great danger, because severe hypothermia will develop in most people in less than an hour.

Table No. 1 describes physiological changes observed in a person as the body temperature falls. It helps to create a mental picture of a gradually worsening process, and offers suggested actions.

Table #1

Internal Temperature



37.0C   98.6F




Cold sensation with numbness of hands and feet

Look for shelter. Take off wet clothes. External heat. Warm drinks


Chills and tremors. Slurred speech

As above

<35C   95F


34C   93.2F

Irrational thoughts, Confusion, Incoordination, Memory problems

Administer warm sweet drinks, Warm air rebreather, BP and Pulse check for irregularities, Rest with leg elevation

33C   91.4F

Muscle rigidity


Chills subside Collapse

Transport to hospital as EMERGENCY

30-31C 86F

Loss of consciousness, Absence of pain reactions

Protect airway

29C   84.2F

Slow Pulse, Low BP

Prepare to start CPR

28C   82.4F

Cardio Pulmonary Arrest CPR, Absent Pulse and pupil Light reaction

Chest compression

<28C   80.6F

Absent vital signs, Pulmonary edema

Maintain CPR efforts until body is rewarmed to normal temp

Survival after immersion in waters close to freezing temperature is extremely limited. Experts on this subject state that a person immersed in the water, unprotected by adequate gear is likely to survive at the most six to seven minutes (C. Wennerberg). The chances of survival are better, if the person is young and has a thick fat pad that can act as an insulating coating.

Case reports of boat accidents and plane crashes into waters with temperatures close to freezing conditions (WWII and the Korean conflict) documented only one case only of verifiable survival. This was one marine of 10 that were shipwrecked near the Aleutian Islands. The person who survived was recovered after a half-hour immersion in temperatures of 6-8 C (44-46F). There was another case described of a 22-year-old airplane pilot who survived two hours of immersion in temperatures of 8-10 C (49-50F) in waters off Oregon State beaches.

Figure 3 Figure #3 documents observations made in swimmers at various temperatures and conditions reported by Conrad Wennenberg in his book Winds, Waves and Sunburn in 1997(Ref#5 A history of Marathon Swimming). In this book Wennerberg describes long swims performed by outstanding swimmers, and compares them with the documented survivals after prolonged exposure in cold water. He was able to establish a linear relation between length of immersion and water temperatures. An extrapolation of his calculations would indicate that a swimmer could remain safely for indefinite periods in water temperatures of 95-98F (35-37F). However survival would be seriously compromised after a 16 hour exposure in water at 15-17 C (59-62F).

He was able to also demonstrate and document the capacity of adaptation of human beings through training. Adaptation and training could increase tolerance and lengthen the time of exposure to these challenging conditions.

Our limitations however, are quite evident, and our capacities are far inferior as compared to other warm blood mammals of the animal kingdom. The whale and the polar bear have physical features that allow them to remain in freezing waters for indefinite periods.

In 1967 Ted Erikson became the first swimmer to complete one of the coldest swims recorded. This was a 30 mile swim in the Farallon Islands near Golden Gate Bridge in San Francisco in temperatures of 50-55F. Lynn Cox took the record for the l ongest swim recorded in the coldest water conditions. In l987 at the age of 30 years she was able to tolerate, unharmed and under close medical supervision a 2.5 mile swim that separates the Diomede Islands in the Arctic Ocean. The water temperature was recorded around 44F (6-8 C) where she remained until completion for 2 hours and 6 minutes.

On December 13, 2003, at the age of 46 years Lynn Cox was able to swim 1500 meters in 22 minutes in the Antarctic Ocean in 36F water. Two days later she swam 1900 meters in 33 F water in 25 minutes. She recovered unharmed. Her body temperature was measured at 35.2F when she stepped ashore and it normalized after one hour. She was accompanied by observers and Emergency Room physicians. This feat was accomplished wearing only a bathing suit, cap and goggles. Her swim was recorded and broadcasted on TV recently.

These cases are extraordinary and unusual. The average human tolerance is far below this. It is a commonly held belief that an untrained person of 50 years has a 50% chance of surviving a 50 meters swim in 50F water in swimming trunks.

Figure 4 Figure #4 describes a tolerance curve to immersion in cold water. The graph compares length of immersion in hours vs. water temperature plotting the likelihood of survival. The lower right side of the curve pertains to the rapid cooling people and showing that the length of survival in 5-10C (42-50F) water is approximately one hour. This is the reason why rescuers call the first hour "the crucial hour". All available efforts must be enlisted to rescue victims stranded in cold waters within that window in order to obtain maximize survival. The gray part of the curve takes into account slow cooling people (to the left of the curve) and fast cooling people who have a chance of surviving shorter periods. Nevertheless, even when immersed in water up to 20C (68F) can result in fatalities within hours. The fatalities increase exponentially and dramatically after 12 hours

Surprisingly, even well conditioned, properly trained and experienced English Channel swimmers have suffered unexpected fatalities within relatively short periods of 5-6 hours after the onset of their swim in water temperatures of 20C (68F). Individual tolerance is highly variable and can be significantly diminished when conditions are poor such as cold ambient temperature and rough weather conditions. Bad weather can lengthen the duration of the swims inducing extreme fatigue and exposure. Prolonged swims in water temperatures below 16C (60F) particularly when the ambient temperatures are low and in absence of sunny conditions could lower the resistance and tolerance of the individual swimmer and might explain adverse outcomes.

Figure #5 documents survival times in water of different temperatures when wearing clothing of different insulation. Note that clothing influences survival times and that this effect becomes greater at warmer temperatures >10C (50F). The lower curve is without clothes, the middle curve is with ordinary (street) clothes, the 3rd curve is with a wet suit, and the 4th is with a dry suit and dry clothes.

When the temperature of a swimmer undertaking a long distance event, reaches 35C (95F), the first observable sign is a serious (60-70%) reduction in their ability to perform mental tasks such as reasoning, memorization, repetition and calculations. This useful practical information can help those monitoring them during long events in cold waters. This information helps the trainer to determine if the swimmer's body temperature is nearing 34C (93F).

Figure 5 There are currently sophisticated systems that allow monitoring by telemetry of body internal temperature. These systems utilize pill size temperature diode transmitters from the person's gut by emitting vibrations. Continuous or intermittent readings of the body temperature would be available. These systems are still somewhat expensive and slightly cumbersome.

They are still considered by most participants as an intrusion into the essence of the sport.

An athlete's ability to complete a long and demanding event in cold water, lasting many hours is highly dependent on the integrity of their physiologic processes that allow the body to generate energy and therefore heat, as reflected in a steady forward pace.

If respiratory problems develop as a result of bronchospasm from cold temperature or salt water ingestion, the oxygenation of the blood may become inadequate depriving the muscle of the necessary substrates to renew sources of energy.

When the muscles are unable to obtain sufficient nutritional supply which is mainly glucose, because of inadequate or low supply of at least 30-60gm/hour, the muscle begins to rely on the anaerobic sources producing increasing amounts of lactic acid, thus speeding up fatigue and inability to sustain a prolonged effort. Other causes diminishing the glucose supply are poor absorption, because of gastric intolerance (sea-sickness), or from prolonged vomiting due to intake of salt water or sea.

An inadequate absorption of fluids and nutritive factors may cause dehydration. Even minor dehydration will in turn diminish the swimmer's capacity to generate work and heat. A vicious circle will develop leading inevitably to hypothermia within a matter of minutes or hours.

Figure #6 shows the linear relationship between the reciprocal of the mean skinfold thickness (a measure of body fatness) and the rate at which the temperature falls on immersion in cold water. In other words, the thicker the skinfold the less the body temperature falls. Specifically there is a linear relation in the fall of rectal temperature when immersed in 15C (59F) cold water for 30 minutes. Increasing body fatness diminishes the rate of body cooling. Calculations have been made showing that each 1mm increase in the thickness of the subcutaneous fat layer reduces the body cooling in cold water immersion by raising the body's tolerance to the cold water by 1.5C. Lanolin and grease, when applied to the skin in amount of 1 mm thickness, increases the fat layer by 1 mm and raises the perception and tolerance of cold water temperature by 1.5C (Pugh et al 1960).

Figure 6 Tipton in 1999 found that swimming in cold water at 10-18C (50-64F), increases heart rate, oxygen use, respiratory frequency and inspiratory volume producing hyperventilation. He found that a decrease in swimming performance, defined by a change in swimming efficiency, was closely correlated with the skinfold thickness of the upper limbs. He concluded that the arms were particularly susceptible to cooling when swimming for prolonged periods in cold water and that a greater subcutaneous layer around them, would promote more effective and prolonged function allowing greater stroke length and better position in the water.

Swimming in temperatures of 9-11C (49-51F) requires a great deal of adaptation. In this temperature range an individual can quickly lose the capacity to interpret or detect a precipitous drop in their internal temperature, because cold perception is severely altered by the development of limb anesthesia. A drop of the body temperature to 32C (89.6F) could be fatal when accompanied by heart irregularities and ventricular fibrillation.

The observer should be attentive to a sudden change in posture of the swimmer's body. The development of hypoxia causes the swimmer's stroke to shorten with an increase in the stroke rate or frequency. The swimmer's body will start sinking, because of the adoption of a more vertical position. This will in turn lessen the efficiency of the swimmer causing slowing of forward progress.

Drowning can occur in a hypothermic swimmer when muscular weakness impairs their ability to maintain open airways, because of the development of laryngeal spasm or stoppage of breathing (respiratory apnea). This can occur in more advanced stages of hypothermia.

The rescue, recovery, and survival are more seriously compromised in those hypothermic swimmers that have been recovered after salt water has entered into their lungs.


  1. Determine if the person is hypothermic by palpating their chest or back (if not wet). If the person is wet register internal body temperature (rectal or ear canal). Severe hypothermia is <30C (86F).
  2. Evaluate vital signs: BP, pulse respirations.
  3. Assess mental functions: language, orientation and speech; is the person's speech slurred? If so remove the person from the water.
  4. If all the above is normal then it is most likely a mild hypothermia.
  5. After removing the person from exposure, cover them with blankets or in a large plastic trash bag, covering the head with a hat, neck with scarf and gloves.
  6. Call emergency systems immediately for transport to medical facility.
  7. If there is warm water make warm water bottles and place them under the axillae (arm pits), and around the neck (back of the head)
  8. If the person is alert, use a warm shower.
  9. Place the person in a sleeping bag with another person of normal body temperature (not hypothermic) to radiate heat.
  10. Administer warm fluids by mouth if alert, conscious and able to swallow.
  11. In absence, low or irregular pulse and respiration, commence CPR if there are no contraindications.
  12. Administer oxygen if available. Administer IV fluids during transport to medical facility.

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5. Conrad Wennerberg. Wind Waves and Sunburn. A brief history of Marathon Swimming, 1997. Breakaway Books.
6. Noakes T.D. Exercise and Cold. Ergonomics, 2000, vol (43), No 10, 1461-79.
7. Keatinge W.R. 1969. Survival in Cold Water (Oxford, Blackwell Scientific).
8.Keatinge W.R., Khartchenko, M., Lando, N., Lioutov, V., Hypothermia during sport swimming in water below 11C. British Sports Med: 2001, Oct, 35(5) 352-3.
9. Tipton M, Eglin C, Gennser, M., Golden, F. Immersion deaths and deterioration in swimming performance in cold water volunteer trial. 1999 Lancet 354, 626-9
10.Acevedo EO, Meyers MC, Hayman, M. Haskin, J. Applying physiologic principles and assessment techniques to swimming the English Channel. A case study. J. Sports Med Phys Fitness 1997, March 37(1)78-85
11. Pugh, L.G.C.E., Edholm, O.G., Fox,R.H.,Wolff, H.S.,Hervey, G.R.,Hammond, W.H., Tanner, G.M., and Whitehouse, R.H., 1960, A physiological study of channel swimming, Clinical Science, 19,257-273.
12. SwimInfo. Lynn Cox Swims a Mile in Antarctic Ocean. Feat to Be Shown on 60 Minutes. February 6, 2003. www.swiminfo.com
13.Lynne Cox. Swimming to Antarctica. Personal History. The New Yorker. February 3, 2003; pp: 66-74.


2002 Swimmers of The Year: Britt, Bruner, Calvert, and Pettijohn
by Marilyn Redman

The following swimmers have been recognized by Potomac Valley Masters Swimming for outstanding performance in competition during 2001.

  • Clay Britt (Ancient Mariners) - PVMSC Swimmer of the Year - 2001 Short Course Yards, 2001 Short Course Meters
  • Jayne Bruner (DC Masters) - PVMSC Swimmer of the Year - 2001 Short Course Yards, 2001 Long Course Meters
  • John Calvert (DC Masters) - PVMSC Swimmer of the Year - 2001 Long Course Meters
  • Margot Pettijohn (Ancient Mariners) - PVMSC Swimmer of the Year - 2001 Short Course Meters

During the 2001 Short Course Yards season, Britt turned in 6 Top Ten times, four of which were #1 and two that were #2 times. All seven of Bruner's Top Ten for 2001 SCY were #1 times. Bruner also had nine Top Ten times during the 2001 Long Course Meters season - six #1's and three #3's. John Calvert's LCM season was equally impressive - seven Top Tens, including four #1 swims. During the 2001 Short Course Meters season, Britt achieved five Top Ten times and Pettijohn reached the Top Ten in eight of her swims.

In 2001, Potomac Valley swimmers were listed 483 times for Top Ten swims - 107 for Short Course Yards; 157 for Long Course Meters; and 219 for Short Course Meters. Congratulations to all of our very accomplished swimmers.
swimmers of the year
PV Swimmers of the Year: Clay Britt, Margot Pettijohn
Colonies Zone Dot Donnelly Award: Jeff Roddin
PV Chair & Presenter: Eric Nordlund

2001-2002 Relay All Americans
J Clay Britt, Wally Dicks, John Feinstein, Michael Fell, Ernest Odinec, Jeri Ramsbottom, Jeff Roddin, Susan Williams

Paul Grueneberger, Ida Hlavacek, Nancy Kirkendall, Joann Leilich, Beth Schreiner, Barry Shay, Barbara Zaremski

Timothy Boyd, Doug Chestnut, B Clifford-Dicks, H Coulson-Moore, Robert Hansen, John Hudson, Mary-L Middlemore, David Oates, Larry Sloan, Cheryl Ward

Petra Adamkova, Chris Benedick, James Crowder, Craig Dewing, Katie Diblasi, Michael Goodison, Michael Lee, Bernard Lynch, Andrew Martin, Amanda Pagon, Russell Perkins, Jeff Strahota, Ed Switzer, Marie Tomarelli

 Quotes and Jokes

The nice thing about being a celebrity is that when you bore people, they think it's their fault.
Henry Kissinger

Most of the important things in the world have been accomplished by people who have kept on trying when there seemed to be no hope at all.
Dale Carnegie


 Meet News

VMST Winter Invitational Feb 16-17
by Victoria Anderson
Phoebe Scheel and Victoria Anderson

Maryland Masters Winter Meet Feb 23 (PV Results)

W 19-24
- Victoria Anderson (NCYM) - 1st 50 & 200 backstroke, 50 butterfly, 2nd 50 & 500 freestyle, 100 backstroke, 50 breaststroke, 3rd 200 freestyle, 400 IM
- Nicole Houvig (GERM) - 2nd 200 backstroke, 3rd 500 freestyle, 100 IM
- Erin Smith (ALEX) - 1st 500 freestyle, 50 breaststroke, 100 and 200 IM

W 25-29
- Kristen Ratzel (DCAC) - 1st 50 freestyle, 100 butterfly, 100 IM
- Angela Rupinski (RMST) - 1st 200 IM, 2nd 500 freestyle, 100 butterfly
- Phoebe Scheel (NCYM) - 3rd 100 freestyle, 1st 50 and 200 backstroke
- Kelly Shultz (DCAC) - 2nd 50 and 200 backstroke,
- Christina West (DCAC) - 2nd 200 breaststroke, 50 butterfly, 200 IM

W 30-34
- Jennifer Halern (GERM) - 1st 50 backstroke, 2nd 100 IM, 3rd 50 and 100 freestyle, 50 breaststroke, 50 butterfly
- Amy Weiss (ANCM) - 1st 200 freestyle, 100 backstroke

W 35-39
- Denise Noznesky (GERM) - 1st 100 and 200 backstroke, 100 breaststroke, 2nd 200 breaststroke, 200 IM, 3rd 100 and 200 freestyle, 100 IM
- Beth Westerman-Koback (GERM) - 1st 200 butterfly

W 40-44
- Penny Bates (ANCM) - 1st 200 freestyle, 200 backstroke, 200 butterfly, 400 IM

W 45-49
- Marilyn Redman (DCAC) - 1st 50 and 100 breaststroke, 2nd 50 and 500 freestyle, 50 butterfly, 100 IM, 3rd 100 freestyle,
- Vivian Young (DCAC) - 1st 50 backstroke, 2nd 200 backstroke

W 50-54
- Judy Lim-Sharpe (ANCM) - 1st 50 and 500 freestyle,
- Ellyn Vail (DCAC) - 1st 200 freestyle, 200 backstroke

W 55-59
- Margot Pettijohn (ANCM) - 1st 50, 100 and 200 breastroke, 50 and 200 butterfly, 200 IM
- Ann Svenson (DCM) - 2nd 50 and 200 butterfly

M 19-24
- Andrew Bellows (DCAC) - 1st 100 and 200 backstroke, 200 breaststroke, 400 IM, 2nd 100 breaststroke
- Jeffrey Kaminski (YBRC) - 1st 500 freestyle, 100 butterfly, 200 IM, 2nd 100 backstroke, 200 breaststroke
- Andrew Killiam (ALEX) - 1st 50 freestyle, 50 and 100 breaststroke, 50 butterfly, 100 IM, 2nd 50 backstroke
- Luke McClure (DCAC) - 1st 200 freestyle, 2nd 100 freestyle, 3rd 100 breaststroke
- David Penland (FXCM) - 1st 100 freestyle, 50 backstroke, 2nd 50 freestyle, 50 breaststroke, 50 butterfly, 100 IM

M 25-29
- Michael Graham (DCAC) - 3rd 50 freestyle, 50 backstroke
- Daniel Jent (ALEX) - 2nd 200 freestyle, 200 IM, 3rd 100 butterfly
- Brian Main (GERM) - 2nd 50 breaststroke
- Christopher McBride (DCAC) - 1st 200 butterfly, 200 IM, 2nd 100 butterfly, 3rd 50 butterfly, 100 IM
- Mark Plotz (ALEX) - 2nd 100 freestyle, 50 backstroke, 50 butterfly, 3rd 200 freestyle
- William Prout, Jr. (ALEX) - 1st 50 and 200 freestyle, 3rd 100 freestyle
- Scott Schelling (RMST) - 2nd 100 breaststroke

M 30-34
- Andrew Ellis (TERR) - 1st 100 and 200 freestyle, 3rd 100 butterfly
- Andrew Geiszler (FXCM) - 2nd 200 freestyle, 100 and butterfly, 3rd 50 butterfly, 200 IM
- Michael Goodison (TERR) - 1st 500 freestyle, 100 and 200 breaststroke, 2nd 200 and 400 IM
- Kei Koizumi (DCAC) - 1st 100 and 200 backstroke, 2nd 500 freestyle, 200 breaststroke
- Peter Lee (NCYM) - 3rd 100 breaststroke, 400 IM
- Jeffrey Roddin (ANCM) - 1st 50, 100 and 200 butterfly, 100, 200 and 400 IM
- Ed Switzer (TERR) - 2nd 100 freestyle, 3rd 200 freestyle

M 35-39
- Frederick Dever (DCAC) - 1st 200 butterfly, 2nd 400 IM, 3rd 500 freestyle
- Michael Lee (TERR) - 2nd 50, 100 and 200 freestyle, 200 IM, 3rd 100 IM
- Michael Shea (DCAC) - 3rd 50 and 100 breaststroke
- Adam Spector (GERM) 1st 200 and freestyle
- Neill Williams (DCAC) - 1st 100 breaststroke, 200 and 400 IM, 2nd 500 freestyle, 100 butterfly, 100 IM, 3rd 100 freestyle

M 40-44
- Clay Britt (ANCM) - 1st 100 freestyle, 50 backstroke, 50 butterfly
- Rory Lewis (ANCM) - 1st 50 freestyle, 50 breaststroke, 2nd 50 backstroke, 50 butterfly, 100 IM
- Steven Payne (TERR) - 2nd 200 IM
- William Roberts (ALEX) - 1st 200 freestyle, 2nd 50 freestyle, 3rd 100 freestyle

M 45-49
- Jose Cunningham (DCAC) - 1st 50 freestyle, 50 backstroke, 50 breaststroke, 2nd 50 butterfly, 100 IM
- John Feinstein (ANCM) - 1st 50 butterfly, 2nd 200 freestyle, 50 backstroke, 100 butterfly, 3rd 100 freestyle, 100 backstroke
- Jeffrey Mead (DCAC) - 1st 100 freestyle, 3rd 50 freestyle
- Dawson Nash (DCAC) - 1st 200 backstroke, 2nd 500 freestyle, 3rd 400 IM
- Ray Novitske (ALEX) - 2nd 100 breaststroke, 3rd 200 breaststroke
- Douglas Saar (GERM) - 1st 200 breaststroke, 2nd 50 breaststroke

M 50-54
- Bruce Amato (ANCM) - 1st 100 butterfly, 200 IM, 2nd 100 freestyle, 200 freestyle
- Robert Kahn (FXCM) - 2nd 50 backstroke, 50 butterfly, 3rd 50 and 100 freestyle, 100 IM
- Roger Leonard (ANCM) - 1st 100 backstroke, 3rd 50 breaststroke
- William Ratcliffe (ANCM) - 3rd 50 backstroke, 50 butterfly
- John Vail (DCAC) - 1st 200 backstroke, 3rd 200 freestyle
- Mark Walters (GERM) - 1st 200 butterfly, 400 IM, 2nd 100 breaststroke, 100 butterfly, 200 IM

M 55-59
- Paul Grueneberger (DCM) - 1st 100 and 200 freestyle
- Timothy Timmons (GMUP) - 1st 50 backstroke, 50 butterfly, 2nd 200 freestyle

M 60-64
- Richard Durham (GERM) - 1st 100 breaststroke
- Kenton Pattie (AMSC) - 2nd 100 and 200 freestyle, 50 backstroke
- Kenneth Wall (GERM) - 1st 50, 100 and 200 freestyle, 50 backstroke, 50 breaststroke, 50 butterfly, 100 IM

M 70-74
- David Gregg (FXCM) - 1st 100 freestyle, 50 backstroke, 50 and 100 breaststroke, 2nd 50 freestyle, 50 butterfly, 100 IM
- Donald Messer (DCRP) - 1st 50, 100 and 200 butterfly, 100 IM

M 80-84
- Harvey Geller (TERR) - 1st 50 and 100 freestyle, 50, 100 and 200 breastroke

Albatross Open Meet, March 29, 2003
by Jeff Roddin

On the afternoon of March 29th, 2003 the Montgomery Ancient Mariners hosted the 11th annual Albatross Open (SCM) in Bethesda, Maryland. This year the Albatross Open saw five different swimmers set a total of 11 individual USMS and/or FINA Masters World Records (as published in the 2003 USMS rulebook) within the span of the single day meet. With approximately 190 swimmers from 25 clubs, the Albatross was once again one of the most popular local meets in the Potomac Valley region. Timothy Boyd of Patriot Masters won the Fastest Man in the Water award and Carolyn Voorhees won the Fastest Woman in the Water award. They earned these awards by virtue of their overall winning times in the Men's and Women's 50 free (24.29 and 28.32, respectively). The Fastest Woman at the Social award was not contested this year.

Below is a summary of the record breaking performances:
Women 45-49
- 50 SC Meter Back: Lisa Van Pelt-Diller, ANCM, 32.65
- USMS National Record

- 100 SC Meter Back: Lisa Van Pelt-Diller, ANCM, 1:09.98
- USMS National and FINA World Record

Men 40-44
- 100 SC Meter Back: Clay Britt, ANCM, 58.28
- USMS National and FINA World Record

Men 45-49
- 50 SC Meter Free: Gregory Oxley, 1776, 24.82
- USMS National Record

- 50 SC Meter Back: Fritz Lehman, NCMS, 28.40
- USMS National and FINA World Record

- 100 SC Meter Back:
- Fritz Lehman, NCMS, 1:00.09 USMS National and FINA World Record

- 200 SC Meter Back: Fritz Lehman, NCMS, 2:13.36
- USMS National and FINA World Record

-200 SC Meter Breast: Gregory Oxley, 1776, 2:31.41
-USMS Nat'l and FINA World Record

-100 SC Meter IM: Gregory Oxley, 1776, 1:02.79
- USMS National and FINA World Record

Men 50-54
- 50 SC Meter Free: Paul Trevisan, 1776, 24.81
- FINA World Record

- 100 SC Meter Free: Paul Trevisan, 1776, 55.49
- USMS National and FINA World Record

David, Tom
David Cheney with Tom Denes after breaking Tom's team record with a 200 fly in 2:34

Patricia, Kara, Karen, Maria
Timers: Patricia Tucker, Kara Permisohn, Karen Howe, Maria Davis

Dan, Mark
Dan Jent, Mark Plotz (Alexandria Masters)

Jennifer Moulton (Alexandria Masters)

Jim, Dave
Dr. Jim Miller and Dave Diehl

Michael, Eric
Michael Lee, Eric Nordlund

Tami, John
Tami Carlow, John Buechler

2003 Colonies Zone SCY Meet April 11-13

Cheryl Ward

Terrapins: Back: Sean West holding Nicholas, Drew Martin, Amanda Pagon, Steve Payne, Andrew Ellis, Dave Diehl, Eric Nordlund, Jeff Strahota, Jane West (bathing suit), Cheryl Wagner (bathing suit) Front: James Crowder, Debbie Morrin Morrin-Nordlund, Erin Galloway (t-shirt)

Donna, Ed, James, Steve, Mike, Andy
Donna & Ed Switzer, James Crowder, Steve Payne, Mike Goodison, Andy Ellis

Harvey, Mike, Andrew, Jeff
Harvey Geller, Mike Goodison, Andrew Martin, Jeff Strahota

Elisabeth, Amy
Elisabeth Deal and Amy Weiss

Lou Brown

Laurie, Dave, Charlie
Laurie Hug, Dave Diehl, Charlie Hoffman

Carol, Jane, Tara
Carol DeClue, Jane Ruseski, Tara Waclowski


May 15, 2002 SC Nationals in Hawaii
1st PLACE: 75+ 200 Free Relay
DCMASTERS: 4:10.00 3:51.87
1) Walker, Anne 86 2) Lathram, Mary 86 3) Thorsen, Ruth 81 4) Hamner, Minna 79
52.57 1:55.85 (1:03.28) 2:59.69 (1:03.84) 3:51.87 (52.18)

May 15, 2002 SC Nationals in Hawaii
Anne Walker, Ruth Thorsen, Mary Lathram, Minna Hamner


Unofficial PV Meeting Minutes 3/29/03
by Debbie Morrin-Nordlund

  • Sanctions - Meet director packets handed out and proposed to be put onto the PV website. Evaluators were assigned for the upcoming meets.
  • Chair - no report
  • Registrar - End of March 2003, 1451 registered swimmers in PV, this is down slightly from the last two years.
  • Treasurer - PV is spending slightly more than taking in, but currently has enough in bank. Members should notify the registrar if they do not want to receive a paper copy of the newsletter to save on costs. The PV budget for 2003 was approved.
  • Secretary - no report
  • Newsletter- next deadline April 15, 2003 for May issue.
  • Awards - The PV Swimmer of the Year Awards will be presented at the Colonies Zone meet in April. Certificates will be mailed once PV logo is approved.
  • Officials - no report
  • Top Ten - New rule in effect that requires a birth certificate on file for all USMS and world record applications.

New Business:

  • Potential PV logo design submissions were discussed. Submitters will be sent comments from PV Board and given the option to revise and resubmit by May 1. All submissions will be placed on PV website. Announcement in newsletter for PV members to view and send in vote. Top 3 vote-getters will be brought to the PV Board at the June meeting for a vote.
  • USMS convention PV delegates for 2003: Debbie Morrin-Nordlund, Eric Nordlund, Myriam Pero, Marilyn Redman, Jeff Roddin. List will be submitted to USMS Secretary prior to April 30 deadline.
  • Elections will be held at the PV annual meeting in November. Nominations will be presented at the next meeting for Chair, Secretary and Treasurer.

Next Meeting:
June 29, 2003 at 11:30am (following the Terrapin 800/1500 at UMCP)

Holly Donnelly Is a New Mom!
Holly Donnelly who was interviewed in the September 2002 Swimmer's Ear about swimming through pregnancy gave birth to a baby girl (Helena) on April 8. Here is her husband, Robert's, email.

"We did it (OK, Holly did just about all of it)! Holly gave birth today (4/8) at 2:11pm to a 7 pound 8 oz girl - Helena Beth Donnelly - at Shady Grove Adventist hospital in Rockville. Holly had a c-section."

Help the Bay - Chesapeake Bay Foundation
CBF has been working with Bay legislators on a federal bill to partially fund sewage treatment plant upgrades - CBF's number one priority to Save the Bay. That bill could be introduced shortly, and we need your help!

Here's how you can help us build our Action Network:
- Please sign our Chesapeake Clean Water pledge, if you haven't done so already. www.cbf.org
- Help CBF in our mission to Save the Bay: volunteer, become a member, renew your membership, or donate now.

PV Logo - Please Vote for Your Favorite
A number of PV artists have submitted ideas for a PV logo design. To vote on your favorite, go to: www.pvmasters.org

PV Newsletter - Do You Prefer Reading It on the Web?
If you prefer not to receive a printed copy of The Swimmer's Ear in the mail, please notify Jeff Roddin at PVRegistrar@usms.org. The articles from the newsletter and most entry forms are available online at www.pvmasters.org. You will be removed from the mailing list but can be reinstated at any time by contacting Jeff again.


Terrapin Masters Coach, Jill Martin,
Sets Her Sights on Olympic Trials

Swimming before she could walk was a sure sign that this athlete was born to be great. Jillian Martin, of the University of Maryland, has recently completed a very successful collegiate career as part of the women's varsity swim team. She is now moving on to be the new University of Maryland Masters Coach and student-assistant swimming coach for Maryland's varsity men's and women's swimming teams.

Throughout her college career, Jillian has been piling up honors: Atlantic Coast Conference (ACC) academic honor roll (fall 1999-spring 2003), University of Maryland President's cup All-Academic Team (2001), All-ACC swimming honors (2002, 2003) and Olympic trial qualifier (2000 and 2004). This year alone, Jillian achieved two ACC Championships in the 200 yard breaststroke and 400 yard medley relay and was All-American in both the 100 (1:01:76) and 200 ( 2:12:56) yard breaststrokes at the 2003 NCAA Swimming and Diving Championships. She has held the records for the University in the 100 and 200 yard breaststrokes continuously since 1999.

Jillian is coming off her most successful year at Maryland and has decided to continue training with Maryland for the 2004 Olympic Trials while coaching. She is looking forward to continuing the tradition of Maryland Swimmers becoming part of the masters community and contributing her athletic experience to all Maryland and Potomac Valley Masters Swimmers.

If you are interested in seeing Jillian compete she will be swimming at the ConocoPhillips United States Swimming National Championships at the University of Maryland on August 5-9, 2003 in both the 100 and 200 meter breaststrokes. She will also compete at the 2003 Grand Prix Series in Charlotte, NC, June 5-8, and in Long Island, NY on June 10-13 , 2003.


Navy Uses Bottle-Nosed Dolphins in Iraq
(AP News) US Navy bomb disposal experts are using specially trained bottle-nosed Atlantic dolphins to help ferret out mines near the port of Umm Qasr. Coalition forces say the harbor will be used to receive humanitarian aid.

Maui Hosts International SCM Meet in June
Aloha All, Hawaii International Masters Swim Meet information is now on our website at www.hawaiimastersswim.org. Please spread the word to all your swimming friends. Mahalo, Janet Renner Race Director

Maryland Suburban Swim Club Stroke & Turn Clinic
Marcee Smith, at the MSSC Stroke and Turn Clinic:

2003 Patapsco Photo Show
by Joe Stewart

Joe Stewart's Patapsco River photo exhibit will be on display at the Baltimore Public Works Museum, 751 Eastern Avenue, Baltimore, MD. It is located on Pier 7 off Pratt & President Streets in the Eastern Avenue Pumping Station where the Jones Falls enters the Inner Harbor. The exhibit will run from Earth Day, April 22, 2003 through July 6, 2003.

The museum has a $2.50 admissions policy. Parking is available in nearby commercial lots and garages. Joe's photo show with text describing the river's history, conditions and efforts to clean it up has been funded by generous contributions from The Patapsco Riverkeeper, Maryland Fund for the Environment @ Baltimore Community Foundation and Gordon, Feinblatt, Rothman, Hoffberger & Hollander (celebrating it's 50th anniversary).

The non-commercial exhibit will travel around Anne Arundel, Baltimore, Carroll & Howard Counties and Baltimore City, offering the public opportunities to see the natural beauty and diversity of the Patapsco River and encouraging people to become more aware of and involved in its conservation and clean-up.

For further information, call 410-396-5565 or visit www.ci.baltimore.md.us/government/dpw/museum or call Joe Stewart: 410-767-1354 (office) and 410-243-4418 (home).

Swim for Life on June 28, 2003
If you've been to Rolph's Wharf and participated in a Swim for Life event, you know how much FUN it is. If you haven't, and you're either new to open water swimming or just want a new open water venue, you are encouraged to join us.

This is the second year that the District of Columbia Aquatics Club (DCAC) is sponsoring Swim for Life. The swim takes place on Saturday, June 28th and is once again at the scenic location of Rolph's Wharf on the Chester River near Chestertown MD. Last year, 106 swimmers raised over $24,000. This year, we are hoping for more swimmers to raise even more funds for our beneficiaries. Proceeds for Swim for Life 2003 will be split among the following organizations: AIRS Home, Chester River Association, Efforts, Heart to Hand, Pediatric HIV/AIDS Care, and Quality of Life Retreats.

Swimmers have the choice of swimming 1,2,3,4 or 5-mile waves. All swimmers will start at Rolph's Wharf, swim towards Chestertown, and will return to the starting point halfway through their wave. Paddlers will follow swimmers to keep them on course. A crew of Boston Whalers will also be on hand if needed for assistance. Patrol boats represented by the Coast Guard, Md Natural Resources Police and the Kent and Queen Anne's County Rescue Squad will provide additional safety support.

DCAC and the Chester River Association will provide complimentary breakfast (bagels, fruit, juice, and coffee) and lunch (salads made by members of the Chester River Association and roasted chicken from Chesapeake Chicken). DCAC will also offer free T-Shirts to swimmers and volunteers.

Various musicians will perform from the gazebo stage for onlookers and returning swimmers.

If you are interested in swimming, you can download a PDF version of this year's brochure at the DCAC website, www.dcac.org. If you would like a brochure mailed to you, please contact the Swim for Life coordinator, Dawson Nash (swimmerdn4321@aol.com or 202-686-2150). If you are interested in volunteering as a paddler/kayaker (we can always use more paddlers) or as a general assistant, please contact Dawson. . .See you at Rolph's on June 28th!


USA Swimming National Championships - Volunteers
Curl-Burke Swim Club is hosting the 2003 Conoco Phillips USA Swimming National Championships August 5-9 at the University of Maryland College Park. Adult volunteers will be needed in several capacities, including ticket sales, spectator marshalling, and athlete drug test escorts. Volunteer time is flexible. Anyone interested is asked to contact Nicole Gamard, assistant meet director, at 2003summernats@mindspring.com.

Coaching Opportunity
Ft. Belvoir Swim Team, a USS age group program, will be seeking coaches for its 2003-2004 swim season.

Coaching positions available for one day a week on up. All positions are early evening. All groups begin mid September and run until Mid May or early August. Direct inquiries to: Head Coach Kim Guthrie at fbst@erols.comor at 703 799-2225.

Coaching Opportunity
Head summer swim coach opening at Adelphi Recreation in Adelphi, MD. Please contact Jennifer Teerlink at teerlink@geol.umd.edu to be sent a copy of the position announcement.

"The Waterproof Triathlete:
Waterproof Workouts for Triathletes"

Potomac Valley Swimmers, Tom Denes and Desiree Ficker have written a self-paced workout book for triathletes and multisport athletes called The Waterproof Triathlete: Waterproof Workouts for Triathletes. No more boring workouts with this completely waterproof book. Each page of workouts is cut into three segments--the first segment contains a swim workout, the second a bike workout, and the third a run workout. Containing 36 pages of workouts, the book can easily be configured into over 10,000 different swim-bike-run workouts. In other words, if the book were used four days a week, it would take almost 50 years before the same workout combination is repeated.

Tom Denes is a Masters swimmer and author of the Waterproof Coach: The Waterproof Workout Book for Fitness Swimmers and Triatheletes. Desiree Ficker is a Masters swimmer and professional triathlete/duathlete who was named 2001 Professional Triathlete Rookie of the Year by USA Triathlon. She has won several professional duathlons.

The Waterproof Triathlete is available for $29.95 from Amazon.com.

Marymount University Masters Schedule
Marymount University Masters offers coached workouts MWF 6:30-7:30am, at Marymount University, Arlington, VA. Call Mike (703) 284-3832 for more info.

Swim Art
I'm a USMS (Potomac Valley) member and...I've done some swim art which is on display at Swim-City.com in their art section (an area called Strokes). I also now have it up with items for sale at www.cafeshops.com/swimmuse.
Deb M. Brudvig

Russian Swimmer Pen Pal Opportunity
Viktor Bikiniev from Russia would like contacts with swimmers around the world.

Bikinejev Viktor, Russia, 61008, Kirov, Mopra street 4a-56
FAX: 8332-381393, HOUSE: 8332-310288

Email: viktor@bikinejev.kirov.ru

New Tri-Coach Web Site
If you give one on one swim lessons/training sessions, or swim clinics that could be beneficial to triatletes or open water swimmers, we can list you on our site at no cost. This could bring you new business and help grow your team.

To be listed on www.triswimcoach.com, please send over the following information: Coach's Name, Team/organization, Address, Phone number, Email Address, Website (if applicable)

Kevin Koskella Tri Swim Coach
(408) 356-6872 www.triswimcoach.com


QR Wetsuit Discount at Patuxent Adventure Center
The newly opened Patuxent Adventure Center, which is sponsoring the Potomac River Swim is offering a 10% discount on Quintanaroo wetsuits with this ad. Visit them at: www.paxadventure.com

Guide to Swimming Around the World
Oceanswims.com has embarked on a project to produce a guide to swimming around the world. The guide will be aimed at recreational and masters swimmers who would like to swim when they travel: the best public pools, where you can join squads as a visitor, the best hotel pools, where you can get into the open water, clubs or informal groups whom you can swim with whilst you're away, your personal anecdotes and recollections about memorable swim experiences, individuals or groups of swimmers with whom you can make contact whilst travelling, places where you can obtain swim gear, where to stay so you can take advantage of swim opportunities, coaches who welcome the casual swimmer who might just be in town for a day or so or a week or a month, races or events that are worth participating in, interesting people and experiences. In short, if you're travelling, we want to be able to help you to swim whilst you're away. And we need your help.

We want to hear about your experiences. Tell us about places and pools and stretches of open water and people and organizations that would help us put this book together. Do you have any pictures that would help us? Any leads or contacts we can approach? What are swims worth doing? Unusual places to swim. Tell us your stories, good and bad. The oceanswims.com philosophy is to provide information to swimmers to help them to pursue their sport wherever they are. This project fits that philosophy. Oceanswims.com is undertaking this project with international journalist, Hamish McDonald, who has written newspaper guides to swimming around the world. This project is an extension of that work. We plan to make it available both in printed form and as a e-book - an electronic publication. And we will acknowledge contributions. Just send us an email back to worldswims@oceanswims.com. We look forward to your contributions, Paul Ellercamp Web: www.oceanswims.com
Email: ocean@oceanswims.com

Kayakers: We Need Your Help!!
The 2003 Potomac River Swim on May 31, 2003 needs support kayakers for the 7.5 mile swim from Hull Neck, VA to Point Lookout State Park, MD. Pledges raised by the swimmers equally benefit the Interstate Commission on the Potomac River Basin, the Southern Maryland Sierra Club, Chesapeake Bay Foundation, Point Lookout State Park, and the Potomac River Association. Free camping at Point Lookout State Park, a pre-swim supper, breakfast, lunch, and t-shirt are all included.

For more information, contact Cheryl Wagner at (202) 387-2361 cherylw@crosslink.net or visit our webpage: www.crosslink.net/~cherylw/pr2003i.htm.

"Wave Machine" Pool in Prince George's County
The Theresa Banks Pool in Prince George's County has a wave machine and wants to start a program to give masters swimmers an opportunity to train for open water swims. If you're interested in getting more information contact: Ellery at ellery@hypnotikentertainment.com
Theresa Banks Pool , 8615 Mclain Ave # A, , Glenarden, MD 20706 Phone: (301) 772-5515

 Photo Credits

all photos - by Cheryl Wagner except:

  • PV Swimmers of the Year - Debbie Morrin-Nordlund
  • Fitness Center - Joke of the Day
  • Phoebe & Victoria - Katie Herrold
  • Dan Jent/Mark Plotz - Ray Novitske
  • Jennifer Moulton - Ray Novitske
  • Elisabeth Deal/Amy Weiss - Jeff Roddin
  • Harvey Geller & others - Debbie Morrin-Nordlund
  • Laurie Hug & others - Debbie Morrin- Nordlund
  • Anne Walker & others - Ruth Thorsen
  • Holly Donnelly - Robert Donnelly
  • Jill Martin - Petra Adamkova
  • dolphins - AP photo
  • Marcee Smith - Tom Biery

 Events Calendar

2003 Pool Calendar

May 27 - Jun 9
2003 National Senior Games - Hampton Roads, VA SCY; Scott Rabalais, 4 McLaughlin Ct., Savannah, GA 31419, 912-927-7016, scottrabalais@compuserve.com; www.nationalseniorgames.org

Jun 1
Go-The-Distance Meet - Phoenixville, PA SCM; Neal Conrad, 610-878-6690, ndconrad01@comcast.net; Distance meet including 400, 800, 1500 m freestyle and relays

Jun 22
Patriot Masters LC Classic - George Mason Univ, Fairfax, VA LCM; Cheryl Ward, cherylaward@yahoo.com; www.patriotmasters.org/GMUPLCClassicJune2003.pdf; Entry Deadline 6/19/2003

Jun 29
Terrapin 800/1500 LCM Meet - Campus Rec Facility, University of Maryland, College Park, MD, Deck entries allowed. Contact: Dave Diehl: H: 301-946-0649 (before 9PM) W: 301-314-5372 Email: dd119@umail.umd.edu Web: www.crosslink.net/~cherylw/meet800.htm

Jul 20
DCRP 22nd Annual LC Meet - East Potomac Pool Hains Point, Washington DC Info: Meredith Gardner (202) 364-4111 meredith222@msn.com www.pvmasters.org

Aug 3
DC Masters 18th LC Meet - GMU University, Fairfax, VA Info: Jayne Bruner (703) 471-4298, Beth Schreiner 703-941-4520 www.pvmasters.org

Aug 13-17
2003 USMS LC Championships - Sonny Werblin Rec Center, Rutgers University, Piscataway, NJ LCM; Edward Nessel, 908-561-5339, 908-769-2892 (fax), ednessel@aol.com

Aug 31- Sep 6
Latin American - Caribbean Games in Barbados. www.latycar.org/spanish/proximos.htm


2003 Open Water Calendar

2003 USMS 5K/10K Postal Championship PST-LD; Mel Goldstein, 5735 Carrollton Ave, Indianapolis, IN 46220, 317-253-8289, goldstein@mindspring.com;

May 24
Low Country Splash 2.3 Mile Swim Charleston Harbor, SC www.rcctherapy.com/lowcountrysplash.htm

May 25
Jim McDonnell 1 & 2 Mile Lake Swims - Lake Audubon, Reston, VA OW; Info: Gordon Gerson 10913 Knights Bridge Ct Reston VA 20190-3932 (703) 437-0074 USNA58@COMCAST.NET Entry processing and scoring by Lin-Mark Computer Sports, www.lin-mark.com ; www.restonmasters.org

May 31
Potomac River 7.5 Mile Swim - Point Lookout State Park, MD Info: Cheryl Wagner (202) 387-2361; www.crosslink.net/~cherylw/pr2003i.htm

May 31
2003 USA Swimming 5K Open Water Swim Estero Island Challenge Lynn Hall Park, Fort Myers, FL www.Active.com Contact: Gregg Cross at 941-482-6600 or at Sushifiend@aol.com

Jun 1
2003 USA Swimming 10 Kilometer Open Water National Championship Fort Myers Beach, FL www.active.com Contact: Gregg Cross, (239) 482-6600, Email: Sushifiend@aol.com

Jun 8
Great Chesapeake Bay 4.4 Mile Swim & 1 Mile Bay Challenge, Bay Bridge Marina, at Sandy Point St. Park, MD www.lin-mark.com

Jun 14
Jack King 1 Mile Ocean Swim Virginia Beach, VA Web: Info: Betsy Durrant

Jun 14
2003 USMS 3K Open Water Championship - Hartwell Lake, Clemson, SC Jacque Grossman , Clemson Aquatic Team, 864-654-4704, 864-646-8836 (d)

Jun 14
3rd Annual Around Fenton Island Swim - Atlantic City, NJ 1 mile www.apexswim.com

Jun 21
1.5 mi Run/.5 mi Swim/1.5 mi Run Ocean City Maryland Body Numbering 7:30AM, Start 8:00AM. 40th St & Beach. Entry fee $20. www.uslaocmd.org

Jun 21
1 Mi "Against the Tide" Swim - Hopkinton Reservoir, Hopkinton, MA chlicher@mindspring.com; www.mbcc.org/swim; Deck entries only

Jun 27
Independence Day Swim - Somerspoint NJ www.lmsports.com

Jun 28
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, www.swimdcac.org

Jun 28
2003 USMS 1-Mile Open Water Championship - Eagle Creek Reservoir, Indianapolis, IN OW; Mel Goldstein, 317-253-8289

Jun 28
Madison Mile - Madison, CT Dave Parcells, 17 Yankee Glen Dr, Madison, CT 06443, 203-605-4137, 203-318-0361, parcells@snet.net; www.shoreline.org; Sanctioned by CT LMSC; Pre-entry & Deck-entry

Jun 28
Plunge For Patients 1 & 3 Mile Swims, Wildwood NJ www.lmsports.com

Jul 9
Mid Atlantic Regional USLA championships Rehobeth DE Beach Patrol Hdqtrs. registration begins 10 AM - Surf Swim (box course), Run-Swim-Run, Rescue Race (Victim & rescue swimmer with fins and rescue buoy) Surf dash ( short run with short swim around flag and back) 2 K Beach Run Beach Flags perogers1275@msn.com

Jul 12
Captain Craig 1 mile Ocean Swim, Ocean City, MD www.uslaocmd.org Body Numbering 5:00PM, Start 6:30PM. 14th St & Beach. Entry fee $25. OW; Harvey Evans, 410-749-7467; Nora Mears, 410-860-0890.

July 12
2 Mile Cable Swim Charlottesville VA Info: Patty Powis

Jul 12
7th Annual Swim for the Dolphins Wildwood Crest, NJ

Jul 13
Rainbow Channel Challenge Somers Point NJ 2.6 mile swim, biathlon, and fun swims, kayak, and runs www.thieler.com/Rainbow

Jul 19
Ocean City Masters 1 Mile Swim - Ocean City, NJ - Saturday www.lmsports.com

Jul 19
Save the Bay 1.7 Mile Swim, Narrangasett, RI www.savebay.org/swim/index.asp

July 20
Cove to Cove Swim - 2.4 miles, Hudson River, New York, NY www.nycswim.org

Jul 30-Aug 2
Lake Memphremagog VT Swim - 40K, 15K, 10K swims www.interlinx.qc.ca/clamothe/traversee.html

Aug 1
Park to Park One-Miler - New York, NY www.nycswim.org

Aug 2
Bridge to Bridge Swim, 1.3 Mi & 5K swims, Atlantic City, NJ www.apexswim.com

Aug 7,8,9:
USLA National Championships, Cape May NJ Surf Boats, Surf Skis, Rescue Board, Surf Swim, Rescue Race, 2 K beach run, Landlines, 4 x 100 beach relay, Beach Flags, American Ironman & Woman, International Ironman & Woman. Age Groups are: Under 18 (new this year) * Open (any age) Over 30 Over 40 Over 50 Over 60     * 4 male and 4 female Under 18 working lifeguards will have the opportunity to win a national championship "some event" and earn the right to put that onto college applications. U-18 events for 2003 are; Surf Swim. 2 K Beach Run Rescue Board Run-Swim-Run Info: perogers1275@msn.com

Aug 9
7th Annual YMCA Lake Swim 8-mile swim across Lake Champlain from Willsboro Point, NY to Burlington, VT. Registration deadline: July 15. Web: www.gbymca.org/aquatics/lakeswimbrochure2003.pdf Info: Joanna Harrington 802-862-9622

Aug 9
Atlantic City, NJ Marathon Swim 22.5 miles www.ACSwim.org

Aug 9
25 K Swim Across Long Island Sound - Bridgeport, CT Dave Parcells, 17 Yankee Glen Dr, Madison, CT 06443, 203-605-4137, 203-318-0361, parcells@snet.net ; www.swimsound.org Entry Deadline 6/1/2003

Aug 16
1 Mile Yates Swim Atlantic City, NJ www.apexswim.com

Aug 16
Boston Light 10 mile Swim http://bostonlightswim.org/BLS2003.html Contact: John Werner, Race Coordinator Cell: 617-835-1242, Work: 617 695 2300 x 103 Email: johnwerner@citizenschools.org

Aug 17
2003 Middle Atlantic Swimming Open Water Bay Championships 3K swim Atlantic City, NJ www.apexswim.com

Aug 23
Great Hudson River Swim - 2.8 Miles, New York, NY www.nycswim.org

Aug 24
1 Mile Bay Swim, Brigantine Bayfest Swim, Brigantine Elks Lodge, PO Box 44, Brigantine, NJ 08203. Call (609) 266-9826. 6:00 PM Located at 3rd & Bay Shore Drive. In water start and finish; hose shower; festival

Aug 30
74th Annual Atlantic City Pageant Swim 1.5 miles www.apexswim.com

Aug 31
Right Dress Licorice Mulch Mile Atlantic City, NJ www.apexswim.com

Sep 6
10K (swim) for the USA Atlantic City, NJ www.apexswim.com

Sep 6
Lake Montclair 1 and 2 mile swims Info: wwhitefamily@comcast.net

Sep 7
2.4 mile Ocean Swim, Ocean City, MD www.uslaocmd.org Nora Mears, 410-860-0890 Body Numbering 7:00AM, Start 8:00AM. 40th St & Beach. Entry fee $35.

Sep 20
Sunfest 1K, 3K, 5K Swim Ocean City, MD Info: Butch Hamor Web: http://www.mdswim.org

Sep 20
Little Red Lighthouse Swim - 7.8 miles, New York, NY www.nycswim.org

Sep 20
Escape from Fort Delaware 1 Mile Delaware River Swim, from Fort Delaware (Revolutionary War prison) (Pea Patch Island) to Delaware City, Delaware, and registration at Clinton Street & the river. Contact Ray Peden, E-mail; or call (302) 322-9584. Festival going on at the same time.

Oct 25
St. Croix 10-Mile Swim www.randynutt.com/scinfo10.html

Oct 26
8th Annual St Croix 5-Mile Coral Reef Swim www.randynutt.com/scinfo.html

Nov 8
Bonaire EcoSwim Bonaire Netherlands Antilles 5K and Metric Mile www.randynutt.com/bainfo.html


2003 Local Multi-sport Calendar
by CJ Lockman Hall

Confirm date, distance, and entry availability at race web site or with race director.

May 18
Ocean City, NJ Triathlon www.lmsports.com/octri.htm

May 25
Liberty to Liberty Triathlon New York, NY - Philadelphia, PA www.envirosports.com

May 31
1st Annual Escape from School Youth Triathlon , Lums Pond State Park, DE; for ages 7-13; 100 meter swim, 3 mile bike, 0.5 mile run; www.lin-mark.com/2003sch1.htm

Breezy Point Triathlon , Norfolk, VA; 1K swim, 20K bike, 5K run; www.breezypointtri.com ; **not yet updated for 2003

Jun 1
Washington DC Triathlon www.envirosports.com

Jun 1
7th Annual Cape May Triathlon and Duathlon , Belleplain State Forest, Woodbine, NJ; tri: 0.5 mile swim, 15 mile bike, 2.8 mile run; du: 2.8 mile run, 15 mile bike, 2.8 mile run; Triathlantic, www.triath.com , ; 410-593-9662

Jun 7-8
Pennsylvania Adventure Race #3 "The Lion Heart 24 Hour Adventure Race," Ohiopyle, PA; 80-100 miles of expedition mountain biking, trekking & orienteering, paddling Class II-IV white water on the Yough, rappelling/traversing; www.paadventureracing.com/raceschedule2003.htm

Jun 8
Blackwater EagleMan Triathlon , Dorchester County, MD; 1.2-mile swim, 56-mile bike, 13.1-mile run; http://tricolumbia.org/html/eagleman.html

Jun 8
18th New York Triathlon Series #1 Swim .5 Miles - Bike 16 Miles- Run 3 Miles Entry Now Open! Harriman State Park Lake Sebago, NY www.nytc.org

Jun 14
16th Annual Thundergust Triathlon (w/new duathlon), Pittsgrove, NJ; tri: 0.4 mile swim, 16 mile bike, 3.5 mile run; du: 2 mile run, 16 mile bike, 3.5 mile run; www.lin-mark.com/2003sch1.htm

Jun 15
The Flannery Duathlon at Sugarloaf , Poolesville High School, Poolesville, MD; 5K-run, 30K-bike, 5K-run; http://tricolumbia.org/html/sugarloaf.html

Jun 15
10th Annual Spud Triathlons and Duathlon , Indian Head, MD; long tri: 1 mile swim, 25 mile bike, 6.2 mile run; short tri: 0.5 mile swim, 15 mile bike, 3.1 mile run; du: 3.1 mile run, 15 mile bike, 3.1 mile run; Triathlantic, www.triath.com , ; 410-593-9662

Jun 15
16th Marathon Sports Sprint Triathlon , Middletown, DE; 0.25 mile swim, 16 mile bike, 3 mile run; www.races2run.com/2003_Details/June_2003_details.htm #061503-tri ; 302-654-6400

Jun 15
Middletown, NJ Sprint Triathlon www.lmsports.com

Jun 21
3rd Annual Escape From Ft. Delaware Triathlon , Delaware City, DE; 1.5k swim, 40K bike, 10K run; www.lin-mark.com/2003sch1.htm

Jun 22
Xterra East Championship , Richmond, VA; Xterra: 1K swim, 26K mountain bike, 10K run; XT: 500 meter swim, 15K mountain bike, 5K run; http://xterraplanet.com/race/richmond.html#status , info@xterraplanet.com ; 877-751-8880

Jun 28
Swim to Freedom Triathlon/Run to Freedom Duathlon, Jersey City, NJ; tri: 3 mile swim, 13 mile bike, 3.1 mile run; du: 2 mile run, 13 mile bike, 3.1 mile run; www.lin-mark.com/2003sch1.htm

Jun 29
2nd Annual Potomac Triathlon , Dahlgren, VA; 0.75 mile swim, 18 mile bike, 3 mile run; Triathlantic,www.triath.com , 410-593-9662

Jul 12
12th Annual Lake Lenape Triathlon Mays Landing, NJ www.lmsports.com

Jul 13
7th Annual Hudson Valley Triathlon Description: Swim .9 Miles - Bike 26 Miles- Run 6.2 Miles Type: Online Now Open Location: Ulster Landing Park Kingston, NY Website: www.nytc.org

Jul 13
Towamencin Triathlon - Sunday Towamencin, www.lmsports.com

Jul 19
Vincentown Triathlon - Saturday - Vincentown, NJ - www.lmsports.com

Jul 19
Sunset Sprint Triathlon - Description: .50 Mi. Swim - 16 Mi. Bike - 5K Run Type: USAT Sanctioned Triathlon Location: Sunset Lake Bridgeton, NJ Website: www.lin-mark.com

Jul 20
Philadelphia Triathlon www.envirosports.com

Aug 3
22nd Annual Wilkes-Barre Triathlon Description: Entry Now Open Type: USAT Sanctioned Olympic Distance Triathlon Location: Harveys Lake & Penn State Campus Lehman Township, PA Website: www.wilkesbarretriathlon.com

Aug 9
Jersey Genesis Triathlon - Saturday, August 9, 2003 - Port Republic, NJ - www.lmsports.com

Aug 10
18th New York Triathlon Series #2 Description: Swim .5 Miles - Bike 16 Miles- Run 3 Miles Type: In Memory Of Ned Northrup Location: Harriman State Park Lake Sebago, NY Website: www.nytc.org

Aug 17
Timberman Half-Ironman Triathlon Description: ONLINE NOW OPEN Location: Lake Winnapasaukee Gilford, NH Website: www.timbermantri.com

Aug 17
Timberman Sprint Triathlon Description: ONLINE NOW OPEN Location: Lake Winnapasaukee Gilford, NH Website: www.timbermantri.com

Aug 17
West Point, NY Triathlon www.lmsports.com

Aug 23
1st Annual CAPE MAY DIAMOND SWIM-RUN DUATHLON Sunset Beach, Cape May, NJ. Swim 3/4 Mile around sunken cement WWI ship "Atlantis" then Run 3 Miles www.lin-mark.com

Sep 7
Reston Triathlon - Sunday, September 7, 2003 - Reston, VA www.lmsports.com

Sep 7
3rd Annual DIAMOND MAN 1/2 Iron TRIATHLON Lums Pond-Campground area, Lums Pond State Park, DE 1.2 Mi. Swim - 55.3 Mi. Bike - 13.1 Mi. Run www.lin-mark.com

Sep 13
8th Annual DEWEY BEACH TRIATHLON , Rehoboth Beach - State Park, DE .50 Ocean Swim - 16 Mi. Bike - 3.5 Mi. Run www.lin-mark.com

Sep 13
Noell Maerz Patriot Triathlon - Saturday, September 13, 2003 - Doylestown, PA - www.lmsports.com

Sep 14
SKYLANDS TRIATHLON & DUATHLON Spruce Run State Park, Clinton, NJ Tri: .50 Swim - 14.1 Mi.Bike - 5K Run Du: 5K Run - 14.1 Mi.Bike - 5K Run www.lin-mark.com

Sep 19
Sun Fun Run 3.1 miles, Ocean City, MD Registration 4:00PM, Start 5:00PM. 40th St & Beach. Entry fee $15. www.uslaocmd.org

Sep 20
Make-A-Wish Sea Colony Triathlon , Bethany Beach, DE; 1.5K-ocean swim, 36K-bike, 10K-run; http://tricolumbia.org/html/make_a_wish.html

Sep 21
2nd Annual PATRIOT'S DAY TRIATHLON , Evergreen Lake, Bath, PA Tri: .4 Swim - 15 Mi. Bike - 5K Run www.lin-mark.com

Sep 28
3rd Annual LUMS POND TRIATHLON and LUMS POND DUATHLON Lums Pond State Park, Bear, DE Tri: .5 Mi.Swim - 19.5 Mi.Bike - 5K Run Du: 2 Mi. Run - 19.5 Mi. Bike - 5K Run

Oct 11
Seagull Century Bike Ride 100 miles and 100K - Salisbury, MD www.seagullcentury.org

Oct 12
1st Annual Cape Henlopen Triathlon and Cape Henlopen Duathlon Cape Henlpen State Park at the main parking lot - bath house, DE Tri: 1/4 Mi. Swim - 14.6 Mi. Bike - 5K Run Du: 1.5 Mi. Run - 14.6 Mi. Bike - 5K Run www.lin-mark.com

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