Swimmer's Ear
Newsletter of the Potomac Valley Masters Committee
May 2006

    Newsletter Schedule
  • February (deadline: January 15)
  • May (deadline: April 15)
  • September (deadline: August 15)
  • December (deadline: November 15)

 Note from the Chair

Patriot Masters again hosted an excellent Colonies Zone SCY Championship Meet on April 21-23 and many PV swimmers did outstanding times. And in long course, there are some good upcoming opportunities in local venues, including the Terrapin Cup on July 8, the UM 800/1500 Meet on July 9, the DCRP Meet on July 23, and the Colonies Zone LCM Championship Meet at GMU pool on August 26-27. Also, don't forget about open water events, especially the Jim McDonnell Lake Swim in Reston on May 27. Next year they will be hosting a USMS long distance championship event. Enjoy your summer.

Happy Laps. -- Debbie Morrin-Nordlund
Debbie Morrin-Nordlund

 Articles and Interviews

Interview with All American, Clay Britt

Clay by Cheryl Wagner

Clay Britt, Ancient Mariners coach and swimmer, was All-American in college and is still All-American in Masters. In addition to his commitment to excellence in swimming and his many world records, he enjoys helping others swim faster through coaching and instructing. Here is an interview with Clay.

Q: Where are you from?
A: I'm from the Potomac/Rockville area and grew up locally.

Q: Where did you compete?
A: I competed in the Montgomery County swim league. I took swim lessons at the age of six and was the fastest kid in class. So the next thing was to join the team at the Montgomery Square Pool and do a couple of meets. When I was seven, I won a race and the coach told me, "Wow, you're fast!" I remember noting that and loving the water. I competed in the eight and under age group and tied for 1st in a county championship meet with an eight year old. When I was eight I broke the county record in the 25 freestyle and when I was 10, I broke the 25 breaststroke record.

I was ranked number one in the country when I was 10. I beat Steve Lundquist in the 50 breast. He went on to win gold in breaststroke at the 1984 Olympics. Then when I was 13, I broke my ankle quite severely and had to stop swimming for a while. When I came back to swimming, I couldn't do breaststroke as well, so I did backstroke. Soon I was beating backstrokers. I'm glad I changed. I realized I could swim and win. So I got more serious about a future in swimming.

I went to Junior nationals when I was 15. It was my first Junior national and I missed a turn in my race. But it was a good learning experience. When I was 16, I went to Junior Nationals again and won the 100 back. Then I went to Senior nationals the following spring and placed 3rd in the 100 back (in 50.1 seconds), swimming against Peter Rocca (who won silver at the 75 Olympics). When I saw him before the race, he said "good luck tonight". He's a nice guy and I ended up getting to know him, later.

Q: Where did you attend college?
A: I got a scholarship to the University of Texas in Austin where I wanted to go. I swam well and won the 100 back at NCAA's as a freshman, sophomore, and junior in 1980, 1981, and 1982. I broke the American record in the 100 back in 1981. That was my idol, John Nabors's, record who won gold in the 1976 games. I got third in the100 back at NCAA's in my senior year. I stayed the same speed and worked hard but I was really looking towards the 1984 Olympic trials.

Q: What did you do after you graduated?
A: After college, I was tired of swimming. Mentally and physically I had been running at 95% and didn't do well at the 1984 Olympic trials. I retired from swimming and went to work for Chrysler for two and a half years in Dallas. I hadn't swum in a while, and a friend came over and said, "We're going to the pool. Wanna come?" I swam several 1000 yards and felt great. I've been swimming ever since; it's good for you mentally and physically. There is some heart disease in my family so I like to keep swimming. It burns off stress and keeps me healthy.

Q: What are you doing these days?
A: The thing I like about swimming now is instructing people. When I'm working with people I get a real buzz. I like coaching but I love instructing. To instruct someone and find what they're doing wrong, and get them to do it right, is challenging. I get in the water and imitate them. Then I realize, "Oh, this is off."

Q: It seems like you are a natural swimmer and it doesn't take much effort for you to go fast.
A: Whenever I'm swimming, I'm constantly thinking about swimming. It takes so much physical and mental effort to go fast. It hurts to go fast. The month before the race is stressful. But my favorite part of competing is when I stand on the block and instinct takes over. I'll always be popping up and racing in some way.

Q: What are your future plans?
A: My friends say that every year I say I'm going to retire. But I will swim until the day I die. I'm not competing as much as I used to but I enjoy the camaraderie.

Olympics Swimmers at Beijing Olympics to Swim in Soap Bubbles
by Ray Novitske

A cube of giant soap bubbles covering over 600,000 square feet is rising in the Beijing Olympic complex. No, this is not something from a Godzilla movie. This is a unique structure that will eventually become the new swimming venue for the 2008 Summer Olympics in China.

Known as the Watercube, the National Swimming Center will contain aquatics facilities and seating for 17,000 spectators. The unique idea was the result of an architectural competition between ten prominent international design firms. PTW, an architecture and engineering firm based in Australia, eventually took the prize with a design based on water bubbles. Their winning building concept incorporates a random geometry of bubbles formed into a massive cube.

Scheduled to be completed later this year, the Watercube consists of a giant rectangular form covering the interior swimming pools and spectator seating. The cube form was selected to act as a counterpoint to the adjacent circular Olympic Stadium - almost as a Chinese Yin Yang. So why bubbles for a structure?

"We were researching the meaning and relevance of water, and we were intrigued by images of foam, soap bubbles, molecules and corals, and the organic structures behind them," explains PTW's Kurt Wagner. "Then we became interested in what a uniform structure that occupied three-dimensional space might look like, and we came across the original Kelvin foam on the web."

structureLord Kelvin, the famous nineteenth century physicist, worked on ways to divide cells of equal size with the least surface area. Present day researchers at Trinity College in Dublin expanded on Kelvin's ideas to develop theories on the structural efficiencies of foams and bubbles. In a conventional stadium, columns, beams, or cables support the walls and roof. In the Watercube structure, just as in foam bubbles, walls and roof are one unit - all seamlessly one and the same. The result is efficient and organic, structurally and aesthetically.

The innovative design does not stop at the structure. The building's exterior panels between the bubble structure consist of a new transparent teflon material, chemically abbreviated as ETFE. This skin material is designed to react to lighting and projection to create a "visual and sensory experience for spectators and television viewers" during the games. The skin also acts as a greenhouse. Most all of the solar energy falling on the exterior will be trapped within structural zone between the cladding panels and will be used to heat the pool and interior areas.

So during the next Olympics, the aquatics center may actually turn out to be as equally exciting as the competition it is home to.

Photo Source: rogerebert.com April 14, 2006 review
A Little Inspiration
by Cheryl Wagner

Need a little inspiration? A new movie called, "On a Clear Day", describes the struggles of a 55-year-old swimmer, named Frank Redmond, who is laid off from his job at a Glasgow shipyard. Without purpose and self-esteem and facing a troubled relationship with his son, he finds himself, by swimming the English Channel. Something to see - after your Saturday workout.


2005 PVMS Swimmers of the Year
by Michael Lee

Potomac Valley Masters swimming would like to recognize the region's Swimmers of the Year for 2005. Each year Potomac Valley recognizes the Swimmers of the Year for the Short Course Yards, Short Course Meters, and Long Course Meter seasons. Top Men's and Women's swimmers are determined on the basis of total points scored nationally in the USMS Top Ten times.

For Short Course Yards, Potomac Valley is excited to recognize Kelly Bowman and Matt Haupt from Terrapin Masters

For Short Course Meters, Potomac Valley is proud to recognize Mary Lathram of DC Masters and Mathew Kinney from DCAC.

For Long Course Meters, Potomac Valley is delighted to again recognize Mary Lathram of DC Masters along with Brad Gandee swimming unattached.

Please join Potomac Valley Chair Debbie Nordlund and the rest of the Potomac Valley Board in congratulating these swimmers in their achievements.
Brad, Michael
Michael Lee (right) congratulates Brad Gandee

 Humor and Quotes

Bird Flu
How to avoid the bird flu.

 Meet News

Records Fall at 2006 Albatross Open
by Cathy Gainor & Tom Denes

Nine national and world records were broken at this year's "April Fool" Albatross Open at the Montgomery Aquatic Center in Bethesda. Records were broken by:
  • Lisa Van Pelt-Diller of Germantown Masters broke national and world records in the 45-49 year old women's 100-meter and 200-meter backstroke with times of 1:09.90 and 2:32.74, respectively.
  • Paul Trevisan set national and world records in the men's 55-59 50-and 100-meter freestyles, going 24.70 and 55.12, respectively.
  • Nancy Brown of Maryland Masters set the 100-meter back in the women's 70-74 age group with a time of 1:34.24.
  • Anne Walker of D.C. Masters broke three national records for women age 90-94, in the 50 (1:16.60) 100 (2:47.71) and 200 (5:56.27) backstroke.
  • Mary Lathram of D.C. Masters also swam faster than the existing national record - which she set at the Albatross last year. This year, she went 6:24.54.
By the time deck entries closed, more than 220 swimmers were entered in the five hour meet. However, many empty lanes attested to the popularity of the George Mason Patriots who appeared that night in the Final Four.

This year's Fastest Man in the Water was defending champion Troy Johnson, 31, of Virginia Masters, who blazed 23.73 in the 50-meter free. The Fastest Woman in the Water was 35 year-old Margaret Conze of Germantown Masters, with a 28.20.

Defending champion, Germantown Masters--with 47 registered swimmers-scored the most points followed by the Ancient Mariners and Reston Masters.
Jerry, Lisa
Jerry Ramsbottom & Lisa Van Pelt-Diller
Rebecca, Bryan
Rebecca and Bryan Main with their new daughter
Steve, Matt, Adrian, Brian
GERM 200m free relay team: Steve Horvath, Matt Zuiderhoff, Adrian Rawn, Brian Hahs
Joseph, Joseph, Jonathan, Rick
Farrell family relay: Joseph Sr., Joseph Jr., Jonathan, Rick

Colonies Zone SCY Championship April 21-23
Leslie, Katie, Cheryl, Barbara
Leslie Livingston, Katie Cosgrove, Cheryl Ward, Barbara Clifford-Dicks
 Steve, Scott, Andrew, Vanja, Darek
Steve Hiltabiddle, Scott Gannon, Andrew Lippitt, Vanja Sikirica, Darek Hahn
Mollie, Kelly, Carolyn, Meredith
Mollie Grover, Kelly Bowman, Carolyn Voorhees, Meredith Stakem
Paul, Leah, John, David, Esteban, Jim
Front: Paul & Leah Hein, Back: John Sousa, David Barra, Esteban Burgarelli, Jim Bacon
Andy, Peter, James, Curt
Andy Ellis, Peter Fehring, James Crowder, Curt Reynolds


June 17, 2006 - Swim for Life
by Dawson Nash

On Saturday, June 17th, the District of Columbia Aquatics Club will host the 15th Annual Maryland Swim for Life. If you were unable to register for the Bay Swim, this is the perfect opportunity to do something else in its place while benefiting small organizations in DC and MD that assist individuals and families affected by HIV/AIDS. The event also benefits the Chester River Association, which monitors the health of the Chester River.

As past Swim for Life swimmers can attest, this is a FUN fundraiser. Registration begins at 7:00 AM the morning of June 17th at the event site, beautiful Rolph's Wharf just south of Chestertown, MD. The swim begins at 8:45.

DCAC provides a continental breakfast, a picnic lunch with salads made by members of the Chester River Association, a t-shirt to all swimmers, and prizes to top fundraisers and the three top finishers in each wave. Swimmers can choose to swim 1,2,3,4, or 5 miles. Volunteer musicians are also on hand.

Participants must raise at least $100.00. Some have raised in the thousands of dollars for the swim's worthy causes. Swim for Life usually brings in about $20,000. This year, DCAC is hoping to exceed that amount and welcomes new and returning swimmers to this annual community outreach event.

Come out and enjoy the fun! There are usually between 100 and 120 swimmers that participate. All ages are welcome to swim. For more information, contact Dawson Nash, coordinator, via e-mail at dawson.nash@verizon.net or phone: 202-686-2150. Information is also on the DCAC website:

Germantown Masters Summer Workout Schedule
Germantown Masters summer workouts are open to all USMS-registered swimmers. The registration form and directions to Quince Orchard Swim and Tennis Club can be found at www.germantownmasters.org . The workouts cost $85 for once a week; $135 for twice; $185 for unlimited, and run from May 14th through Labor Day, with a week off in August. Submit a copy of a current USMS registration card with your workout registration.

Quince Orchard's outdoor 25 meter pool is heated, so workouts will commence on May 14th no matter what the weather is like. The workouts will be held as follows:

Sundays 8:30-9:30 a.m. ALL SUMMER
Mondays 5:00-7:00 a.m. ALL SUMMER (shifting to 5:30-7:30 a.m. when school ends in June)
Mondays 1:00-2:00 p.m. (discontinued when school ends in June)
Tuesdays 8:00-9:00 p.m. ALL SUMMER
Wednesdays 5:00-7:00 a.m. ALL SUMMER (shifting to 5:30-7:30 a.m when school ends in June)
Wednesdays 1:00-2:00 p.m. (discontinued when school ends in June)
Thursdays 8:00-9:00 p.m. ALL SUMMER
Fridays 5:00-7:00 a.m. ALL SUMMER (shifting to 5:30-7:30 a.m. when school ends in June)
Fridays 1:00-2:00 p.m. (discontinued when school ends in June)
Saturdays - no practice except in May (8:30-9:30 a.m.)

The 2-hour workouts on weekday mornings are scheduled for 2 hours, but swimmers can do less, leaving early or coming late. You will be able to warm up as late as 6:00 or 6:30 for an abbreviated workout.

New! - Potomac Marlins Masters Swim Program
by Joe Stewart

Potomac Marlins USA Swim Team has started a masters swim program at the new Cub Run Rec. Center on M-W-F-Sat mornings. Current training times are M-W-F morning: 5:00 am - 6:00 am and Sat. 6:30-8:00 am.

Program details & fees can be seen at www.potomacmarlins.com click onto the "Nav" button for "Masters"

Bill Marlin. Head Coach
Potomac Marlins


Pennock Island, Alaska Open Water Swim - Aug 6
Looking for something interesting to do, and want to support a great cause? Then I think I have something for you. The Pennock Island challenge on August 6, 2006 is the only open water long distance race in the state of Alaska. What is the cause? Helping the American Diabetes Association fight diabetes.

The challenge takes place at the southern end of the Alexander Archipelago in the Tongass national forest in front of the small town of Ketchikan (now you can Google it). The swim is 8.2 miles, in water with a temperature of 55-60 degrees Fahrenheit. Your swim around Pennock will coincide with the tide so that you will enjoy a slight current assist around the island. This will be our third turn around the island.

The first swim July 2004 had only one participant due to the belief that you would die of hypothermia. In 2005, we had 24 participants, 12 solo swimmers and 12 as members of relays. Swimmers included Klete Keller USA Olympic team and Sean Seaver USA national open water team, locals and one lonesome swimmer from Anchorage rounded out the field. We have room for 30 solos and 20 relays this year.

If you are thinking what else is there to do on an island with 26 miles paved road, 13,000 residents, and God only knows how many bears, think of this. You will stand at the doorstep to 30,000 miles of coastline, taken a step and swim the first 8 miles. Not a bad way to answer the question, what did you do this summer? Please check out our website at www.alaskateamada.com and this nice story at www.clubswim.com/news-detail.asp?NewsID=4288 -- William Schulz, race director

Unofficial PV LMSC Meeting Minutes - 4/22/06
by Cheryl Wagner

Ann Svenson - DCM
Ray Novitske - Alexandria
Gordon Gerson - Reston
Cheryl Wagner - Terrapin Masters (took minutes)
James Hogan - Trinity Masters
Myriam Pero - ANCM
Tim Timmons - GMUP
Cheryl Ward - GMUP
Bill Shipp - Terrapin Masters
Carolyn Voorhees - Terrapin Masters
Michael Lee - Terrapin Masters

1) Convention delegates. No extra volunteers came forth. Currently the following people from PV LMSC will attend the USMS convention in September 2006:
- Myriam Pero, Ann Svenson, Debbie Morrin-Nordlund (Zone Rep), Eric Nordlund, Dave Diehl, Ray Novitske and Jeff Roddin

2) Pool Measurement. Tim Timmons discussed pool measurement at the GMU pool during the Sprint Classic in 2005. A meet official recorded one of the lanes at 24' 11 7/8". The official thought Masters had a variance so he didn't measure again. Because that information was turned in on the official meet records, all swimming records set at the meet were invalidated. It was resolved that in the future, all PV meet directors should:

  • Make sure officials know the rules.
  • Make sure the pool is measured before the meet starts.
Recommended: that PV change the form on their website for pool measurement noting on the back of the form that there is no variance.

3) JCCNV Meet. The Lox N Bagel meet director, Matt Alvin, reported that meet attendance is way down, especially since there are two larger PV meets in the fall. He considered cancelling his meet normally scheduled in November. PV resolved the following to assist JCCNV:
  • Trinity Masters volunteered to assist JCCNV with timing.
  • Someone to do entries and work the Hy-Tek system can be located if they are interested.
4) Terrapin Masters 2 Day SCM Meet. Terrapin Masters asked for a long-term plan so that PV can host both the 1000/1650 meet and the Terrapin SCM 2-day meet in December. It was noted that Terrapin Masters can get the UM Campus Rec pool on the 1st or 2nd weekend in December but can't always tell which weekend, in advance. They were wondering whether there is a priority to meet sanctioning if more than one club asks for a date. A motion was passed that:
  • If Terrapin Masters submits their sanction request paperwork, PV will recommend that their 2 day SCM meet on Dec 2-3, 2006 be approved.
  • An additional motion that in the future, PV not sanction either of these two meets until the dates for both were known, was postponed for consideration at a later meeting.
5) Virtual Dual Meets. Ray Novitske and Ann Svenson recommended that PV consider sponsoring virtual dual meets to be held at each club's individual pool like a postal meet.

6) Next PV LMSC Meeting. The next PV LMSC meeting will be held at UM Campus Rec Facility in College Park, MD at 10:30AM on July 8, prior to the Terrapin Cup meet, in a classroom next to the pool deck.

7) OEVT Proceeds Donation to Lymphoma Foundation. Gordon Gerson moved that a portion of the OEVT proceeds (over and above the amount sent to USMS) from the Jim McDonnell Lake swim be donated to the Lymphoma Foundation. In exchange PV would be considered a sponsor of the event. The following motion was approved: - To donate $1,000 or 50% (whichever is less) of the proceeds raised from the OEVT Jim McDonnell swim registrations (over and above the amount submitted to USMS) to the Lymphoma Foundation.

8) Patriot Masters to bid on 2007 Colonies Zone SCY Championship. Cheryl Ward stated her intention to submit a bid for SCY Colonies Zone Championship next year on April 13-15, 2007.

Safe Disposal of Computers & Electronics
by Michael Sola, IT Director, CBF

"To donate or not to donate, that is the question." (Hey, I'm sure if Shakespeare's Hamlet was alive today he would have uttered those very words!) The answer to that question depends on the condition of what it is you are donating and if there is a need or potential use for your older equipment. One group CBF has used for such services is TechSoup. They specialize in catering to nonprofits by collecting software and hardware from a variety of sources and effectively finding a home for your used equipment and software. Visit the TechSoup website
www.techsoup.org site to see what options are available in your region.

If you still want to locate a drop off or landfill service, then searching online is your best option. For instance, we found examples of the following groups available for disposal just by doing a simple Google search:
EPA lists them all by state: www.epa.gov/epaoswer

Whether you decide to recycle or donate, consider that the safe disposal of electronic equipment is a responsibility all of us accepted the moment we started using these marvelous high-tech tools. To borrow the slogan from our friends at Turtle Wings, we urge all our members to: "Dispose of your electronics properly - Be globally responsible!"

Clay Britt Swimming Clinics
Come join us for a new season of swim clinics and get an early start to your swimming year. Included with the clinic is our own stroke drill DVD, a list of drills and swim techniques and your own underwater video with voiceover critique on a DVD. The clinics are held at the Lab School in Washington DC from 4:30 to 7:30 pm on the following dates: June 17, July (TBD), October (TDB) and November (TBD).

The clinics include a _ hour discussion on swimming and technique, two hours of in the water instruction and a review of your underwater video that we film during the clinic. Join us for a clinic or two and learn how to make your swimming easier and faster. All strokes and Swimming levels included.

For more informationpricing and availability visit: www.claybrittswimming.com, email clay@claybrittswimming.com or call 301-996-7946.

Ancient Mariner, Kate Fisken, All-County Rec Board
I was recently nominated and approved to serve as a member of the All-County Recreation Advisory Board for Montgomery County by County Executive, Douglas Duncan. This Board advises the Montgomery County Council, the Montgomery County Executive, the Montgomery County Public Schools and the Montgomery County Parks and Planning Commission on ALL recreation activities that affect these governing bodies. The Recreation Department's annual budget is $21.7 million and has a staff of 143 employees.

This Board has 18+ members, plus ex-officio members from Montgomery County's Council, Park Police, Planning Board, Public Schools and Dept on Aging.

Given my association with the US Masters Swimming and regular involvement with the Montgomery County Aquatics Center (MAC), I hope to provide a positive voice for the more than 50,000+ adults and children who use Montgomery County's swimming facilities each month.

I am honored to be able to offer public serve to my community in this capacity. My appointment will last until July, 2009.

Kathleen Curtis Fisken

Irish Open Water Swims
'Vibes & Scribes' Lee Swim 2006
The date is 22 July (Saturday) with the swim starting at 2:30pm - through the centre of Cork City, Ireland. We expect 200+ swimmers and crowds larger than the estimated 5,000 who cheered us on in 2005.

This swim is not handicapped and is open to ALL competent swimmers regardless of age, wetsuit (or just swimsuit/togs) or membership in a swimming club/association. For the latest information on this and other events, see www.corkmasters.ie .

I am trying to keep a list of all Irish open water races/swims. For anyone who wants a copy of this schedule or more frequent news please email me with "add to your monthly list" in the subject line. Alternately, if you want a weekly email that covers specific Munster swims for the next fortnight send an email to: seaswimlist-subscribe@corkmasters.ie .

Ned Denison
'Vibes & Scribes' Lee Swim 2006 Organising Committee
Cork Masters Swimming Club
email: ned.denison@cadcoevolution.com
tel: +353-21-4550010
mobile: +353-87-9871573
fax: +353-21-4502148

Next PV Board Meeting
Next meeting - scheduled for 10:30am on July 8, 2006 (prior to theTerrapin Cup meet) at the UM Campus Recreation Facility in College Park, Maryland. For more info: www.pvmasters.org

Dee Dee of St. Mary's Skipjack
We are a non-profit organization providing environmental tours for students and groups on one of Maryland's last skipjacks and from an operational oyster shucking house on St. George Island in the Potomac River. To learn more about the skipjack and shore side program contact Georgia Wheeler at jbwassoc@erols.com or see www.thebaylab.org

Spring Cleaning - the "Green" Way
Some of the greenest home cleaners are the ones you make yourself. Here are some sample recipes for simple, effective and environmentally friendly cleaners:

  1. Drain Cleaner: Pour a half-cup of baking soda down the sink and add at least a cup of vinegar. Cover the drain and wait a few minutes, then rinse with a mixture of boiling water and salt.
  2. Window Cleaner: Mix two ounces of vinegar with a quart of water in a spray bottle.
  3. Silver Polish: Put a sheet of aluminum foil into a plastic or glass bowl. Sprinkle the foil with salt and baking soda and fill the bowl with warm water. Soak your silver in the bowl and tarnish migrates to the foil. Dry and buff.
  4. Brass Cleaner: Cut a lemon in half, sprinkle it with salt and rub the lemon on the metal. Buff with a cloth.
  5. Rust Remover: Use vinegar to remove rust on nuts and bolts and other mineral deposits such as calcium deposits

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

If your household is receiving more than one copy of The Swimmer's Ear and you would prefer not to receive the extra copies, please contact Jeff Roddin (240-464-3982, jroddin@pvmasters.org ) and let him know which registered PV swimmers wish to be "unsubscribed." Or, if you prefer to view it online and save PV the postage just let Jeff know. You may also opt out of the USMS Swimmer magazine. There are no discounts for opting out of these mailings. Thanks, Jeff

Fantasy Swim League
If you're as into swimming times and stats as I am and are into fantasy leagues you may be down for this: www.fantasyswimleague.com ----- Kelly Ryan

Earth Day Tips - at work and at home
Earth Day tips for home and work:

At Work:
- Conduct an energy audit at your workplace. Look for lights and equipment needlessly left on, drafty windows and doors you could insulate, inefficient thermostat settings, and other energy-wasters. Make recommendations for improvements.
- Organize a recycling drive and consider collecting uncommon items such as cell phones. Earth Share can send you collection bins and mailing labels! Visit www.earthshare.org/CollectiveGood.html to learn more.
- Bike to work, car pool, use mass transit, or walk.

At Home:
- "Tune up" your home - caulk around windows and doors; clean your heating and air conditioning system to improve operating efficiency; insulate attics and crawl spaces.
- Purchase energy-saving compact fluorescent fixtures to replace your light bulbs.
- Turn off your computer! A running computer can cost you between $100 - $400 a year in energy costs. For more information visit: www.eere.energy.gov


Deborah Brudvig Swim Art
Swim Muse

Team-in-Training Coach Wanted
The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society is looking for individuals to train triathletes, cyclists, runners and walkers from the Washington, DC metropolitan area for our Team In Training(r) (TNT) Program. We are looking for experienced athletes who have vast knowledge of endurance training including techniques and equipment, and can work with athletesof all skill levels.

All coaches are responsible for designing a 16- to 20-week, day-by-day training program that will prepare individuals for their race day events, hosting group training sessions, weekly communications with team members via emails that include training tips and program updates, and supporting teams on race day. Swim coaches for the triathlon program are required to coach a weekday morning swim practice once per week and all other coaches host group training on Saturday mornings. Positions are paid with an opportunity for travel. If you are interested, please contact Karen Headley at headleyk@lls.org or 703-960-1100 ext. 217.

Team In Training is the world's largest endurance sports training program. The program provides training to run or walk a whole or half marathon or participate in a triathlon or century (100-mile) bike ride. Participants raise funds for leukemia, lymphoma and myeloma research and patient services in exchange for training, support and lodging and airfare to the event of their choice. Since TNT's inception, 295,000 participants have raised over $660 million. Thanks! -- Julie for more info.

Oceanus Digital Swim Analysis
"See Yourself Swim....See Yourself Swim Better."

  • Above and Below Water Digital Videotaping
  • Voiceover Commentary
  • Light Pen Telestration
  • Measurement and Analysis of All Critical Stroke Techniques and Metrics
  • DVD Record of Swimmer Performance
  • Office and Client Site Consultations
  • Highly Credentialed Consultants
Our services can help you achieve your Masters' Swimming goals and far beyond. Find out more by calling or visiting our website.

Phone: (703) 823-SWIM Website: www.oceanus-consulting.com US Mail: 218 Ellsworth Street, Alexandria, VA. 22314

College Park Bike Shop Discount
bike shop

  • Web photo gallery - new & used bikes.
  • 2006 Historic National Road Yard Sale - May 31 to June 4, 2006

Terrapin Masters-Pay by Punch Card
Practices are held in a world-class facility at UM Campus Rec. Pay by the practice (punch-card). Winter schedule for Terrapin Masters:

  • Mon, Wed, Thu 6:30PM - 8:00PM
  • Tue, Thu 6:15AM - 7:45AM
  • Sat 8:15AM - 9:45AM

Pohick Bay Tour Guide Volunteers Needed
I'm the assistant park manager at Pohick Bay Regional Park on Mason Neck. For the last several years we have been running guided nature kayak/canoe tours out of Pohick Bay with volunteer guides and park staff. I have added more tours because of the demand and do not want to overburden my volunteers. Do you know of anyone who might be interested in giving volunteer tours of Pohick Bays' marsh and creek areas? I am looking for possibly 2-3 more guides who would be interested in leading 2-3 tours a month starting in late April and ending the first week of November. The tours usually are scheduled for a 4 hour time block. Volunteer guides are given a free launch pass that is good at Pohick Bay, Occoquan, Fountainhead and Algonkian Regional Parks. (Free launching is always a good thing!) We will also offer guide training and help familiarize them with our paddling area.

Please let me know if you might know of anyone interested or have an idea where I could contact like minded individuals. Having paddled here for the last 11 years I honestly can say this is one of the coolest places in the world to be a kayaker! I look forward to hearing from you. Thanks!
Laurelyn Rawson, Assistant Park Manager
Pohick Bay Regional Park
(703) 339-6104 www.nvrpa.org

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

Waterproof Coach & Triathlete - www.amazon.com
Waterproof Coach

Swim DVD & Technique Camp in Hawaii
Karlyn Pipes-Neilsen & Eric Neilsen are featuring a swim clinic in Kona Hawaii, as well as a new DVD by Karlyn on swim technique. Email aquaticedge@hawaii.rr.com ,
Phone 808-331-1766
Web: www.aquaticedge.org

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Mark Murray, REALTOR
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Assistant Swim Coach - Randolph Macon College
Randolph-Macon College, an NCAA Division III coed institution and member of the Old Dominion Athletic Conference, invites applicants for a part-time, six month position beginning September 15, 2006. Qualifications: bachelor's degree required. Responsibilities: implementing a strength training and dryland program, recruiting, on-deck instruction, and other duties as assigned by the Head Coach and/or the Athletic Director. Position involves substantial weekend travel during the competition phase (October-February), mostly within Virginia. A valid driver's license required. Please submit cover letter, resume, and the names and phone numbers of three references to: Dave Holland, Head Swim Coach, Randolph-Macon College, P.O. Box 5005, Ashland, Va. 23005-5505. Applications will be accepted until the position is filled. EOE.

Dave Holland
Head Swimming Coach
Randolph-Macon College
P.O. Box 5005
Ashland, Va. 23005-5505
Phone: 804-752-3104
Fax: 804-752-3748

patuxent adventuresPatuxent Adventure Center
Solomons, MD

  • EVENT: Tour de Solomons 100k Bike Tour June 10th 2006
  • SALE: 10% off 2005 Bikes & Kayaks (15-35% off older models)
  • HOURS: open Tues - Fri 10-7, Sat 10-5 and Sun 12-5
  • GUIDED TOURS: Solomons Area + Wed & Sun guided paddles
  • INSTRUCTION: Free Rolling Sessions - with purchase of kayak

Petra Adamkova -
Coaching & Swim Instruction

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

wheel nuts Wheel Nuts Bike Shop -
Alexandria, VA

302 Montgomery Street
Alexandria, VA 22314
Fax 703-548-5117
Owners: Ron & Trina Taylor

 Photo Credits

all photos - by Cheryl Wagner except:
Beijing pool design photos - PTW
On a Clear Day - www.rogerebert.com
humor image - unknown
Last 3 photos - Albatross - Keir Knight
Pennock Island - William Schulz
Mary's - thebaylab.org

 Events Calendar


  2006 Pool Calendar

Jun 11, 2006
Virginia Masters LC Invitational - Norfolk, VA LCM; Charles Cockrell, 757-865-6250, cockrellsva@cox.net ; www.vamasters.org ; Entry Deadline 6/2/2006

Jun 17, 2006
Clay Britt Swim Clinic ‚ Washington DC ‚ www.claybrittswimming.com

Jul 8, 2006
Terrapin Cup LCM Meet - UM Campus Rec, College Park, MD; Info: Michael Lee, 301-474-1178, korthain@yahoo.com ; Web: www.terrapinmasters.org/Terrapin_Cup_2006.pdf

Jul 9, 2006
Terrapin 800/1500 LCM Meet - MLK Pool, White Oak, MD; Info: Dave Diehl, 301-946-0649 (H) before 9PM, ddiehl@umd.edu ; Web: www.terrapinmasters.org Entry Deadline 7/3/2006

Jul 15-22, 2006
IGLA Championships (2006 Gay Games), Chicago USA. www.igla.org

Jul 23, 2006
25th Annual LCM Meet, Washington DC, East Potomac Pool at Hains Point. Info: Max Kukoy maxthemeetdirector@maxwebworks.com (202) 250.5921. Web: www.pvmasters.org PV#106-08

Aug 4-10, 2006
XI FINA world Masters Championships - Palo Alto, CA LCM; Michael Moore, 350 Wayland St., San Francisco, CA 94134, michael@2006FINAmasters.org ; Also sanctioned by FINA and includes a 3.0 KM open water swim at Crown Point, San Francisco Bay. www.2006finamasters.org ;

Aug 26-27, 2006
Colonies Zone LCM Championships - - George Mason University, Fairfax, VA LCM: Meet Director: Eric Nordlund ericswims@yahoo.com 301-474-8382 (before 8:30PM) Entries: Jeff Roddin Jroddin@pvmasters.org 240-464-3982 WEB: www.pvmasters.org/entry/pv0806.pdf

Oct 29, 2006
Sprint Classic - George Mason University, Fairfax, VA SCY; Cheryl Ward, 703-359-5366, cherylaward@yahoo.com ; www.patriotmasters.org ;

Dec 2-3, 2006
(tentative) Terrapin SCM Meet ‚ UM Campus Rec, College Park, MD, www.terrapinmasters.org

Dec 10, 2006
UM Masters 1000/1650 SCY Meet - CU Pool, Washington, DC; Info: Dave Diehl, 301-946-0649 (H) before 9PM, ddiehl@umd.edu ; Web: http://www.crosslink.net/~cherylw/meet1000.htm Entry Deadline 12/4/2006


2006 Long Distance/Open Water Calendar

May 28, 2006
Jim McDonnell Lake Swims - Lake Audubon, Reston, VA OW; Roberta Dillenburg, 703-845-SWIM, dillbus@att.net ; Online entry available at www.lin-mark.com . Open water clinic and 1-mile practice swim in Lake Audubon on May 21. 300 swimmer limit for each race; www.restonmasters.org ; Pre-entry (5/16/2006) & Deck-entry (space available)

May 28, 2006
Lady Liberty Swim - 1.5 km - New York, NY - www.nycswim.org

Jun 1 ‚ Nov 1
1500 Meter Training Swims - Sachuest Beach, Middletown, RI OW; Michael Garr, 401-783-7902, 401-741-7193 (moblie), MikeGarr@usms.org ; Tuesdays & Thursdays mid-June to Nov. These are afternoon swims for training and fitness. We meet at the main lifeguard stand in front of the bathhouse at 2nd beach at 430PM.

Jun 3, 2006
Potomac River Swim for the Environment 7.5 miles ‚ Point Lookout State Park, MD OW; www.crosslink.net/~cherylw/pr2006i.htm Cheryl Wagner (202) 387-2361 cherylw@crosslink.net

Jun 11, 2006
EagleFest 1.2-Mile River Swim - Cambridge, MD - www.tricolumbia.org

Jun 11, 2006
Great Chesapeake Bay Swim 4.4 mile and 1 mile Bay Challenge ‚ Sandy Point State Park, MD OW; www.lin-mark.com

Jun 17, 2006
USMS 1-3 Mile Open Water Championship (2.5 km) - Hartwell Lake, Clemson, SC OW; Jacque Grossman, 864-646-8836 (d), jelg@innova.net; Sanctioned by SC LMSC www.usms.org

Jun 17, 2006
Swim for Life 1, 2, 3, 4, & 5 Mile Swim ‚ Chestertown, MD www.swimdcac.org

Jun 17, 2006
Park to Park Swim - 1.0 Mile - New York, NY - www.nycswim.org

Jun 18, 2006
Jack King 1-Mile Ocean Swim - Virginia Beach, VA; June McDaniels, Ray McDaniels, 757-496-2570, 757-496-7450, june@aquariusengineering.com ; www.vaswim.org ; Entry Deadline 6/16/2006

Jun 23, 2006
Swim Independence Day 1 Mile Swim - Somers Point, NJ www.lmsports.com

Jun 24, 2006
Manhattan Island Marathon Swim - 28.5 Miles - New York, NY - www.nycswim.org

Jun 24, 2006
Madison Mile Swim - 1 mile open water - Surf Club, Madison, CT www.force5sports.com

Jun 24, 2006
Against the Tide - 1 mile swim - Hopkinton State Park - Hopkinton, MA mbcc.org/swim

Jul 8, 2006
Captain Craig 1 Mile Swim ‚ Ocean City, MD Start: 6:00pm at 14th Street on the beach. Email: oclifeguard411@yahoo.com Web: www.town.ocean-city.md.us/ocbp

Jul 8, 2006
Greenwich Point One Mile Swim - Greenwich, CT; Jon Harnett, 203-869-8714, jharnett@bondednj.com ; www.gscevents.org ; Entry Deadline 7/1/2006

Jul 15, 2006
USMS 2 Mile Cable Championships - Chris Greene Lake, Charlottesville, VA www.usms.org

Jul 15, 2006
Swim for the Dolphins - Wildwood, NJ - www.lmsports.com

Jul 15, 2006
Buzzards Bay Swim ‚ Buzzards Bay, MA - www.savebuzzardsbay.org/events.htm

Jul 23, 2006
Cove to Cove Swim - 0.5 mile - New York, NY - www.nycswim.org

Jul 23, 2006
Race for the River Swim - 2.4 miles - New York, NY - www.nycswim.org

Jul 23, 2006
Grimaldo's Mile II - Brighton Beach to Coney Island; Brooklyn, NY; Patricia Senar bklynmermaid@optonline.net

23 Jul, 2006
Vibes & ScribesΌ Lee Swim 2006 - Cork City, Ireland - www.corkmasters.ie Ned Denison ned.denison@cadcoevolution.com tel: +353-21-4550010 mobile: +353-87-9871573 fax: +353-21-4502148

Jul 29, 2006
Governors Island Swim - 2.0 miles - New York, NY - www.nycswim.org

Jul 29, 2006
USMS 1 Mile Open Water Championships - Lake Erie, Cleveland, OH OW; Tom Spence, 440-247-7145, talltom13@msn.com www.usms.org

Jul 29, 2006
Ocean City Masters 1 Mile Swim - Ocean City, NJ www.lmsports.com

Jul 29, 2006
Save the Bay Swim ‚ Narragansett Bay, RI www.savebay.org/news_swim

Aug 5, 2006
Swim Across the Sound - 25 km Open Water Swim - Captain's Cove, Bridgeport, CT www.force5sports.com/calendar

Aug 6, 2006
Pennock Island, Alaska 8.2 mile Swim ‚ Ketchikan, Alaska - www.alaskateamada.com

Aug 12, 2006
Boston Light 8 Mile Swim ‚ Boston, MA www.bostonlightswim.org

Aug 12, 2006
USMS 6+ Mile Open Water Championships (10 km) - Horsetooth Reservoir, Fort Collins, CO OW; George Thornton, 970-482-1818, louiset36@comcast.net ; Backup date is 8/13/2006; www.usms.org

Aug 12, 2006
Island Beach Two Mile Swim - Greenwich, CT; Jon Harnett, 203-869-8714, jharnett@bondednj.com ; www.gscevents.org ; Entry Deadline 8/5/2006

Aug 19, 2006
Against the Tide - 1 mile swim - Nickerson State Park - Brewster, MA (Cape Cod) www.mbcc.org/swim

Aug 20, 2006
Riverside Park Tune Up Swim - 1.5 km - New York, NY - www.nycswim.org

Aug 20, 2006
2.5 or 5 km Breezy Point Swims - Brighton Beach, NY OW; Patricia Senar, bklynmermaid@optonline.net

Aug 26, 2006
Little Red Lighthouse Swim - 5.85 miles - New York, NY - www.nycswim.org

Sep 9, 2006
Swim for Life ‚ 1.4 mile swim ‚ Provincetown, MA www.thecompact.org/swim4life

Sep 9, 2006
Brooklyn Bridge Swim - 1 km - New York, NY - www.nycswim.org

Sep 9, 2006
USMS 3-6 Mile Open Water Championships (5 miles) - Lake Michigan, Chicago, ILL OW; Chris Sheean, 312-857-7087, chris@bigshoulders.org www.usms.org

Sep 16, 2006
Alcatraz Sharkfest Swim Alcatraz Island - San Francisco, CA 1.5-mile swim from Alcatraz Island to Aquatic Park www.envirosports.com/events

Sep 17, 2006
1 Mile Fanny's Return (Across The Narrows) - Brooklyn, NY; Patricia Senar, bklynmermaid@optonline.net

Sep 23, 2006
September Splash Swims - Wildwood Crest, NJ www.lmsports.com

Oct 21, 2006
Bonaire EcoSwim 10K, 5K, and metric mile Swims - Bonaire, Netherlands Antilles www.randynutt.com

Oct 22, 2006
St. Croix 11th Annual Coral Reef 5-mile Swim, St. Croix U.S. Virgin Islands; www.swimrace.com


2006 Local Multi-sport Calendar

May 27, 2006
PowerKids Triathlon at Shady Grove - Glen Allen, Virginia; www.trifind.com/va.html

May 28, 2006
Victory Nissan Sprint Triathlon - Glen Allen, Virginia; www.trifind.com/va.html

May 28, 2006
LIBERTY TO LIBERTY™ America's Memorial Triathlon™ New York to Philadelphia - New York, NY 1.3-Mile Swim, 91-Mile Bike, 10K Run www.envirosports.com/events

Jun 3, 2006
Pocomoke Triathlon - Pocomoke, MD www.active.com

Jun 3, 2006
Zane's Shoreline Kids Triathlon - Varies by Age Group - Walsh Intermediate School - www.force5sports.com/calendar

Jun 4, 2006
Breezy Point Triathlon - Norfolk, Va www.breezypointtri.com

Jun 4, 2006
Bonzai Sports Manassas Mini Tri - Manassas, VA www.triitnow.com/TIN_triathlons.htm

Jun 4, 2006
Escape from School Triathlon - Bear, DE www.piranha-sports.com

Jun 10, 2006
ESCAPE FROM FORT DELAWARE TRIATHLON - Delaware City, DE www.piranha-sports.com

Jun 10, 2006
Triathlon for Mind, Body & Spirit ‚ American Univ, Washington DC ‚ maintainyourbrain.kintera.org

Jun 11, 2006
Yorktown Sprint Triathlon - Yorktown, VA www.set-upinc.com

Jun 11, 2006
Tour de Solomons - Solomons Island, MD - www.paxadventure.com

Jun 11, 2006
EagleMan 70.3 Triathlon - Cambridge, MD - www.tricolumbia.org

Jun 11, 2006
EagleMan AquaCycle - Cambridge, MD - www.tricolumbia.org

Jun 17, 2006
Nanticoke Sprint Triathlon - Nanticoke, MD www.trifind.com/md.html

Jun 18, 2006
Charlottesville Sprint Triathlon - Charlottesville, VA www.set-upinc.com

Jun 18, 2006
XTERRA Sport Triathlon - Richmond, VA www.xterraplanet.com

Jun 18, 2006
Tri Marathon Sports Sprint Triathlon Middletown, DE www.lmsports.com

Jun 24, 2006
Bath County Triathlon - Warm Springs, VA www.set-upinc.com

Jun 25, 2006
Lake Montclair Triathlon - Montclair, VA www.finswheelsfeet.com

Jun 25, 2006
MedExpress Mountaineer Triathlon - Morgantown, WV; S-1.2mi; C-56mi; R-13.1mi; www.hfpracing.com

Jun 25, 2006
PHILADELPHIA TRIATHLON IN FAIRMOUNT PARK, West River Drive, Phila., PA www.lin-mark.com

Jun 25, 2006
Charlottesville Sprint Triathlon - Charlottesville, Virginia www.trifind.com/va.html

Jul 8, 2006
4th Annual Diamond in the Rough Triathlon - Perryville, MD www.piranha-sports.com

July 9, 2006
Philadelphia Women's Triathlon and Duathlon - Philadelphia, PA - www.lin-mark.com

Jul 16, 2006
EMS Off-Road Triathlon - Cumberland, MD www.xterraplanet.com

Jul 23, 2006
3Sports Triathlon - Richmond, VA - www.set-upinc.com

Jul 23, 2006
Aquathlon: Freedom Tower - Swim 0.5 mile / Run 3 miles - New York, NY - www.nycswim.org

Jul 29, 2006
Jersey Genesis Triathlon - Port Republic, NJ www.lmsports.com

Jul 30, 2006
Charlottesville International Triathlon - Charlottesville, VA www.set-upinc.com

Aug 6, 2006
Culpeper Sprint Triathlon - Culpeper, VA www.set-upinc.com

Aug 6, 2006
Sound Runner Guilford Sea Legs Shuffle - Jacobs Beach, CT www.force5sports.com

Aug 6, 2006
Pittsburgh Triathlon - Pittsburgh, PA www.piranha-sports.com

Aug 13. 2006
LUMS POND TRIATHLON AND DUATHLON - Bear, DE www.piranha-sports.com

Aug 20, 2006
Aquathlon: Stars & Stripes - Swim 1.5 km / Run 5 km - New York, NY - www.nycswim.org

Aug 20, 2006
Charlottesville XTerra - Charlottesville, VA www.set-upinc.com

Aug 27, 2006
Iron Girl Columbia Women's Triathlon - Columbia, MD - www.tricolumbia.org/irongirl.html

Aug 27, 2006
North East Triathlon - North East, MD - www.lin-mark.com

Aug 27, 2006
Naylor's Beach Triathlon - Warsaw, VA www.richmondmultisports.com

Sep 9, 2006:
Odyssey Off-Rd Half Iron Triathlon - Douthat State Park, Virginia - www.trifind.com/va.html

Sep 10, 2006
Reston Triathlon - Reston, VA www.set-upinc.com

Sep 10, 2006
Tri-To-Sprint - Montgomery Village, MD www.trifind.com/md.html

Sep 10, 2006
Make-A-Wish Sea Colony Triathlon - Bethany Beach, DE - www.tricolumbia.org/make_a_wish.html

Sep 10, 2006
Delaware Diamondman Triathlon - Bear, DE - www.piranha-sports.com

Sep 10, 2006
Duke Liver Center-Half Triathlon - Raleigh, NC; S-1.2mi; C-56mi; R-13.1mi; www.set-upinc.com

Sep 16, 2006
FOX RUN DUATHLON - Lums Pond, Lums Pond State Park, DE www.lin-mark.com

Sep 23, 2006
Big Lick Triathlon - Huddleston, VA www.set-upinc.com

Sep 23-24, 2006
Colonial Triathlon Festival - Williamsburg, VA www.lin-mark.com

Sep 30, 2006
Chesapeake Man Ultra Distance Triathlon - Cambridge, MD - www.tricolumbia.org

Sep 30, 2006
General Smallwood Triathlon - Indianhead, Maryland www.trifind.com/md.html

Oct 8, 2006
Tidewater Sprint Triathlon - Virginia Beach, VA www.set-upinc.com

Oct 8, 2006
CAPE HENLOPEN TRIATHLON AND DUATHLON - Lewes, DE - www.piranha-sports.com

Oct 15, 2006:
Escape from the Rock Triathlon - Alcatraz - San Francisco, CA - www.envirosports.com