Swimmer's Ear
Newsletter of the Potomac Valley Masters Committee
May 2016

    Newsletter Schedule printed 3 times a year
  • January (deadline: December 15)
  • May (deadline: April 15)
  • September (deadline: August 15)
    Newsletter Editor
  • Cheryl Wagner
  • phone: 202-387-2361
  • fax: 202-478-0948
  • email: cherylw46@yahoo.com

  Note from the Chair

G reetings fellow swimmers! It seems like just a few weeks ago we were trying to dig ourselves out from under feet of snow, and now we're days from the opening of summer pools! The added bonus of swimming outside with the sun beating down (or just coming up) is a great reason to get excited about swimming. Another reason to get excited is the Summer Olympic Games! The 2016 US Olympic Trials in Omaha promises to be quite a showcase of talent, and a month later, we will watch swimmers from all over the world battle it out in the waters in Rio. It is a great time to be a swimmer.

If you haven't been to usms.org recently, the website has been featuring quite a few articles about swimming related topics, from weight training to kicking and everything in between. An improved search allows you to easily search through previous articles you may have missed since your last visit. I would encourage you to read them, share with your teammates and coaches and see what neat new things you might be able to incorporate into your routine to improve.

See you on deck, and happy laps! -Jeff

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  Articles & Interviews

Jeff Strahota
Interview with Jeff Strahota
by Cheryl Wagner

Potomac Valley Chair, Jeff strahota, has served USMS in many roles including Colonies Zone and Potomac Valley chair. I remember when Jeff joined Terrapin Masters after graduating from Gonzaga High School. He briefly swam in my lane but quickly moved on to faster times and now has numerous top-10 listings in all venues. Jeff met his wife, Mollie, through Masters and she is also a champion swimmer and serves USMS in various roles. Here is an interview with Jeff.

Where are you from and how did you start swimming?
Jeff: I was born in Chile but grew up just outside Washington DC in Chevy Chase, and have spent my whole life in the area. I remember getting lessons at the Bethesda pool (including being petrified of jumping off the diving board into the 12 feet deep diving well), but I really got started in the sport by swimming in my local summer league (MSCL) pool for the Rock Creek Fins.

Did you swim and compete in school?
Jeff: After a few years of being scared of high school swimming, I gave it a whirl my Junior year of high school and fell in love with the sport. Our coach was Scott Brinitzer, who is still a USMS member, and I remember being impressed that he was still swimming and could still kick our butts in the pool if he wanted to! That was my first introduction to Masters Swimming.

How did you start swimming in Masters?
Jeff: After two years of high school swimming, I'd really been bitten by the swimming bug, but attending the University of Maryland for college, Varsity swimming was not an option for me, so I joined our masters group. USMS' minimum age was still 19 at the time (it changed in 2002), so I was really pushing the envelope there! I really liked the workouts, and my lanemates Cheryl Wagner, Bob Lazarro and Dave Lawson were very supportive and encouraging.

What was your favorite race or competition?
Jeff: My favorite race used to be the 4/500 free, but I'd have to say now it is the 200 IM. That event is very indicative of my personality, where I like to try to do many things as best I can, but don't consider myself to be particularly great at any one thing. As far as a favorite particular competition, I really love USMS Nationals. There are a lot of studs of all ages from all over the place who come to our National Championships and it is inspiring to see them compete. Plus, since any USMS member may attend, we get so may new folks every year for whom the meet is a catalyst to a greater love for the the sport, which is awesome!

How did you and Mollie meet?
Jeff: Mollie and I met at a swim meet at the Arundel Olympic Swim Center in 2005. With her last name being "Grover," hearing my nickname of "Muppet" being shouted by my teammates was intriguing to her, so she wanted to meet me! As it happened, we all ended up at a local seafood establishment afterwards, and I went over and stuck up a conversation. The rest, as they say, is history!

What are your future swimming goals?
Jeff: Future swimming goals? I'd like to be one of the old studs at nationals that I talked about earlier. I think I've still got a few years to be my absolute fastest, so I'm going to keep working hard and we'll see what we can do!

Review of "Shoe Dog"
by Cheryl Wagner

Phil Knight, after 50 years of phenomenal success as Nike founder and chairman, talked about his new book, "Shoe Dog", on Charlie Rose. Nike did $30 billion in sales last year and began by importing sporting goods from Japan. They are the largest sports shoe and apparel company in the world.

78-year-old Phil was a Stanford business major and track athlete. He began his business out of the trunk of his car, with a new baby and wife to support. He soon realized with the help of Bil Bauer, coach and co-founder, that ads would define the culture of his company.

He worked hard to recruit a young Michael Jordan to endorse his shoes. He promised to make a special shoe just for him, which became "Air Jordan". The shoes were red and black to make them stand out and were banned by the NBA, which Phil said, was just the PR he needed to sell the shoes to young men. Michael did a commercial for Nike in which he talks about the 26 times he missed a game-winning shot -- and kept trying, which is why he succeeded. Charles Barkley also did an ad for Nike in which he states that he is not a role model. Rather, he is paid to wreak havoc on the basketball court.

Phil said he hates to lose and that's why his company has succeeded. Nike headquarters is located on 350 acres in Oregon, which Phil calls a cathedral to sports and capitalism. He also credits luck and timing since he began his company just as the fitness craze began to take hold. He sees a bright future as more people get into fitness realizing it is as important as eating and sleeping and Nike is broadening its products into fit-bits, and other tehnology oriented tools.




Congratulations Potomac Valley Swimmers at Short Course Nationals

Results: http://www.usms.org/comp/meets/meetsearch.php?MeetID=20160428ramgsaY





  Meet News


Tropical Splash Meet January 31, 2016

P HOTOS: http://www.pvmasters.org/~newsletter/May-16/Tropical-Splash/

Albatross Meet March 5, 2016

P HOTOS: http://www.pvmasters.org/~newsletter/May-16/Albatross/

Colonies Zone Meet April 8-10, 2016

P HOTOS: http://www.pvmasters.org/~newsletter/May-16/Colonies-Zone/

Congratulations to everyone who competed in the Colonies Zone SCY Championships. There were some fast times which produced some great races! Congratulations to Fall Willeboordse of Bearcat Masters for breaking a national record in the 100 IM and to Courtney Hurtubise, Katie Grier, Gabrielle Mizerak and Sara Shaner of 1693 for breaking a USMS record in the women’s 400 free relay. Congrats also to Reston Masters for winning the Large team trophy, Colonials 1776 for winning the Medium team trophy and Asphalt Green Masters for winning the Small team trophy.

Results are posted on our live results link here: http://www.patriotmasters.org/ColoniesZone2016/results/index.htm
and on the swimphone app here: http://www.swimphone.com/mobile/meets/event_order.cfm?smid=7077
and on the Meet Mobile app.

Thanks and happy swimming!! Cheryl Ward



Potomac Valley at NBC4 Health and Fitness Expo

by Christina West

F or the first time ever, Potomac Valley Masters Swimming had a booth at the NBC4 Health & Fitness Expo which was held at the DC convention center Jan. 9-10, 2016. The Expo attracts thousands of visitors from DC, Maryland and Virginia and features hundreds of booths, food and health demos, exercise classes, and kid-friendly activities.

The Potomac Valley masters swimming booth featured information about all Potomac Valley clubs and was an opportunity to share information about U.S. Masters Swimming with hundreds of DC-area residents. Kids and their parents enjoyed an opportunity to win a USMS swim cap or sticker by throwing a pair of goggles into the cornhole.

While many visitors to the booth were familiar with masters swimming, many more were not, providing booth volunteers an opportunity to share information about our area clubs and encourage visitors to take home information about specific clubs in their area. Maps of DC, Montgomery County, Prince George's county, and Northern Virginia showed which pools are used by our clubs, giving visitors a clear idea of which team is convenient for them.

Nearly twenty Potomac Valley masters swimmers volunteered at the booth over the two-day event, answering questions about how masters swimming works and encouraging visitors to get back in the pool and give it a try!

It is hoped that participating in these sorts of community events gives greater visibility to masters swimming in general and Potomac Valley clubs in particular.

34th Annual DCRP Long Course Masters Swim Meet

Sunday June 26, 2016
Wilson Aquatic Center
Washington, DC
Warm up: 8:00am
Start: 9:00am
To register please go to www.swimdcrp.org

Terrapin Cup LCM Meet, College Park, MD July 8-10

July 8-10, 2016
Eppley Recreation Center Natatorium
College Park, MD
To register please go to http://www.usms.org/comp/event.php?MeetID=20160708WB_LCML

Escape to Lewes Open Water Swim Classic Oct. 1, 2016

In Memorium: Mary Lathram
by Ellen Hufford

L ong time PV champion swimmer, Mary Lathram, passed away peacefully at the Goodwin House on Monday April 11th 2016. She was surrounded by her family and had hospice care. She died of Pneumonia. She was 100 years old.

Her Memorial service will be held at the Unitarian Universalist Church of Arlington VA. (UUCA) on Saturday May 21st 2016 at 2PM. http://ghbcresidents.org/InMemoriam/InMemoriamDetails.php?NotificationID=p570d131261a4ck

Past articles about Mary: http://www.usms.org/articles/articledisplay.php?aid=1790

Mary Lathram & Ann Walker at LCM Zone Meet 8/27/06

Luray, Virginia Open Water Swim June 18

A n open water racing opportunity [non-USMS sanctioned] is planned for Arrowhead Lake in Luray, VA. http://luraytriathlon.com/2016/02/press-release-new-raceswim-fest-at-luray/

Turks & Caicos Race for the Conch Eco-SeaSwim July 2, 2016

July 2, 2016
Race for the Conch Eco-SeaSwim
Grace Bay, Providenciales, Turks & Caicos
2.4 mile, 1 mile, 1/2 mile events
Info & registration: http://www.ecoseaswim.com

Registration Notes

by Jeff Roddin

  • Please welcome Central Park Masters Swimming (CPMS) from Manassas, VA as our newest club in Potomac Valley

  • The following clubs did not renew for 2016: Elite Rays Swim Club and Nation’s Capital Swimming

Private Swim Clinics

T here is information at http://www.claybrittswimming.com/masterstriathletes.html about lessons, Masters workouts and how to arrange a private clinic for your team or friends. I’m excited to be able to offer private lessons again and I hope this can benefit you.

Clay Britt http://www.claybrittswimming.com

Unofficial PV LMSC Meeting Minutes - March 1, 2016

Unofficial Meeting Minutes - March 1, 2016

Yoga workshop Designed for Swimmers June 11, 2016

Yoga workshop designed for swimmers at Willow Street Yoga Studio in Silver Spring on Saturday, June 11 2016, 2:00 PM - 4:00 PM



USMS Sponsor Partner Benefits

Because of the time, energy and resources our partners dedicate to USMS, we’re able to provide valuable membership benefits. For more information see: http://www.usms.org/merch/sponsors

UMAC Masters

Try us for FREE!! – 3 trial practices available.
Information: https://www.teamunify.com/TabGeneric.jsp?_tabid_=85285&team=mdumdcp

Bonzai Sports

All things Triathlon -- rental & retail

Private Swim Instruction

Clay Britt http://www.claybrittswimming.com

  Photo Credits


A ll photos by Cheryl Wagner unless otherwise noted.

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