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

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 Note from the Chair

Patriot Masters again hosted an excellent I hope that you have all had a good summer of swimming and that you were able to swim outside at least some, maybe get some long course swimming in, or try open water.

As you can see from some of the articles and pictures in this issue of the newsletter, Potomac Valley swimmers have participated in a variety of events over the last few months. I congratulate them on their accomplishments, along with all the rest of you for your swimming, and wish all luck with future swimming.

By the time you are reading this, the Potomac Valley LMSC will have hosted the 2006 Colonies Zone Long Course Championship. I would like to thank all those who volunteered to help with this event.

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

 Articles and Interviews

Worlds! PV Goes to FINA

by Mollie Grover

Potomac Valley had a successful trip out west to Stanford for the 2006 FINA World Championships. Members of each of the ten teams represented had some outstanding swims- even if no medals were won, best times were common and worth celebrating. So, in alphabetical order by team, here's a quick recap of all the PV teams representing the USA at Stanford.

Rose Jones of Alexandria Masters brought home 4 personal bests and a boatload of priceless memories, and probably some not so fond memories of the Dallas-Forth Worth International Airport (Dallas in August is guaranteed delay!)

Bradford Gandee came home with 3 top ten finishes in the mid distance freestyles, showing that Curl-Burke has some speedy swimmers in age groups other than 18-24 and 25-29.

Fairfax County Masters all showed their talents across the four strokes and each conquered at least one of the IMs (including Thomas Early pounding out the 400 IM in men's 45-49).

Niall Booth of Germantown Masters showed that team's penchant for destroying knees by swimming all 3 breaststroke events.
Emad, Mollie, Jeff
Emad Elshafei, Mollie Grover, Jeff Strahota

Masters Aquatics of Spring Hill was well represented by Meg Clute, who had major time drops in everything she swam, especially the 200 free (who drops 23 seconds in the 200 free?!?)

Jeff, Elisabeth
Jeff Roddin, Elisabeth Deal
The Ancient Mariners take the prize for distance swimmers, with Catherine Gainor dropping time in her 800 free, and both Dan Morrow and David Harmon smoking the 400 IM in the 55-59 age group. The remaining Mariners, Judy Lim-Sharpe, Mark Pugliese, and Jeff Roddin brought home multiple top ten finishes.

George Mason University Patriots had a strong showing in the 45-49 age groups with Leslie Livingston swimming to 3 top ten finishes and a near miss in the 100 back with an 11th place finish and Paul Grecco bringing home some best times.

Reston Masters fielded the largest team in the Potomac Valley, with enough swimmers to put together 8 separate relays. Two of those relays finished in the top ten. The women's 100-119 200 medley relay (Sheryl Katsaros, Jen O'Reilly, Sami Cuccuini, and Jess Fry) finished 7th and the women's 100-119 200 free relay (same members as the 200 medley) finished 6th. Frank Manheim had a clean sweep in the men's 75-79 age group, bringing home 5 top ten finishes. And that was just swimming. Frank was also entered in diving, which was still being contested at press time. And rumor has it that just about everyone else on Reston's team came home with at least 1 personal best, and quite a few of those were accompanied by serious time drops.

Terrapin Masters also had some major time drops and multiple top ten finishes. All 3 members came home with at least 1 medal. Emad Elshafei swam times worthy of his days in the 30-34 age group, 2 age groups ago. Jeff Strahota continues to show his prowess in the distance events, dropping 13 seconds in his 400 free. Mollie Grover hat-tricked the backstrokes, bringing home top ten finishes in all 3 backstroke events.

University of Maryland Masters' Dave Diehl had a good meet, both in the pool and on deck as an official, although he might tell you he did too much of the latter during the meet.

No offense to anyone that was missed, any facts and finishes that were misstated, or any names misspelled!

All in all, the general consensus was that this was a once in a lifetime chance for some big swims on the international stage, made all the more sweet by being able to kick some serious international butt while on American soil. (For PV results see: www.pvmasters.org/results/pv2006lc.txt )

Power Your Workout, Win the Race
by Dottie Buchhagen

What does a hibernating ground squirrel have in common with a competitive athlete? Not much, you say? Well, both want to maximize energy production but avoid muscle fatigue. The difference is that the ground squirrel evolved a mechanism to do that. It took more than 17 years of research documented in more than 140 peer-reviewed papers for physiologist Dr. Larry Wang (University of Alberta, Canada) to understand how a ground squirrel goes into hibernation as a butterball and comes out looking sleek. Dr. Wang discovered that the hibernating ground squirrel awakens every two weeks. Through shivering (aerobic muscle activity) he boosts his metabolism 500-fold using fat as the sole source of energy and water. His body temperature increases from 35 F to 98.6 F over five hours, stays at that temperature for 12-24 hours, then drops back to 35 F. But to keep warm, the shivering activity must cycle throughout the hibernation period that begins as early as June or July and terminates in March. A ground squirrel that doesnıt shiver, dies.

Humans evolved along a different pathway to fat management. We use our most recently acquired calories for fuel (e.g., carbo-loading), thus saving the fat for times when hunting and gathering are not productive. With our ready access to food, this fat and energy conservation is no longer necessary and, in fact, creates problems when calories taken in exceed calories burned. During exercise, adenosine is formed by the breakdown of the molecule, ATP, which provides energy for muscle contraction and supports nerve transmission. More muscle contractions, more adenosine. Adenosine attaches to a cell receptor to inhibit a molecule involved in the conversion of stored fat into free fatty acids required to sustained aerobic muscle contraction during intense exercise. Adenosine also impedes post-synaptic release of neurotransmitters from nerve cells. The outcome is decreased muscle recruitment, excess lactic acid buildup, and muscle fatigue.

Here is what Dr. Wang discovered. Preventing adenosine from attaching to the cell receptor results in increased fat utilization needed to provide energy for muscle activity. Blocking adenosine also releases the neurotransmitters, resulting in greater muscle recruitment and longer duration of aerobic exercise. The net effect is more sustained intense activity with a shorter recovery time. He applied his discoveries from studying ground squirrels to improve energy production in humans.

Dr. Wang recognized that his findings would be useful to anyone who wanted to survive the cold. By extension, he realized that preventing excessive lactic acid accumulation in the muscles by using fat as fuel would be useful to all those competitive athletes. So, he took out a patent (U.S. Patent No. 5,192,740 -1993) and packaged his discovery into a tasty, 140-calorie bar which hard-core athletes and weekend warriors could use. The bar does not contain any banned substances, only a proprietary mixture of cocoa powder and small amounts of protein, fat, and enough carbohydrates to trigger the release of insulin and initiate the burning of fat. In double-blind experiments, human volunteers fed the mixture once while performing intermittent exercise for 3 hrs in a cold room (4 F) had a 50% higher core body temperature and experienced enhanced aerobic, sustained muscle activity compared with same volunteers given a placebo under the same conditions one week later. One bar helps sustain intense activity for two hours.

Enter Tammy van Wisse, marathon swimmer from Australia. Tammy has been swimming since the age of 11. But Tammy is not just a swimmer, she is a super-marathoner. Tammy, 24, and her brother, 20, attempted the first sister-brother crossing of the 23-mi English Channel in 1993. She made it; her brother developed hypothermia and stopped 2.5 mi short of France. Her time was 8 hrs 38 min, the fastest time that year.

Then, Tammy heard about Dr. Wangıs invention to combat hypothermia on an Australian TV program. She contacted him, and together they worked out a liquid formulation for her to use during her long swims. She and her brother tried the English Channel again (1994); both used the special fat-burning formula. On that second crossing, Tammyıs time was reduced to 8 hrs 32 min, and she lost 22 pounds, nearly the entire amount she had put on to prepare for the swim. Her brother finished in 8 hrs 17 min. They are the only sister-brother English Channel crossing on record. But they discovered something very exciting. Beyond avoiding hypothermia, they were able to maintain steady stroke rates and experienced minimal muscle soreness.

Tammy went on to do a lot of other amazing swims, including the 60-mi Bass Strait ­ Tasmania to Victoria, Australia (1996, fastest in 17 hrs 46 min), the 30-mi Swim around Manhattan Island (1997, first in 7 hrs 13 min and 1998, second in 6 hrs 51 min), the 15.5-mi Cook Strait in New Zealand (1999, fastest time of 6 hrs 49 min), and the 24-mi long Loch Ness in Scotland (1999 with the fastest time of 9 hrs 6 min in water 41-54 F). She spent 106 days swimming the 1,515-mi Murray River in Australia (2001), and, last month (July), the 38 year-old completed the 22-mi crossing from Battery Park, NYC to Sandy Hook, NJ. Her time of 5 hrs 6 min broke the 7 hrs 11 min record set 81 years ago by Gertrude Ederle, the first woman to cross the English Channel (1926). Tammy has swum the equivalent of more than 37,000 mi or one-and-a-half times the Earthıs circumference, most of it powered by Dr. Wangıs fat-burning formula.

Dr. Wang, Dottie Buchhagen, Tammy van Wisse
When I spoke with Tammy recently, I asked what her next swim would be. She had not decided. I suggested the swim across the Strait of Gibraltar. Her reply was that at 9-mi, it was such a short distance, that if she were to attempt it, it would be as a double or triple crossing. Go Tammy! Do your laps across the Strait!

Dottie Buchhagen, PhD, is a research scientist and, since 1994, a consultant to academia and industry. She taught microbiology, biochemistry and molecular biology to graduate and medical students. She can be contacted at dbuch@mindspring.com

Triathlon or Vacation?
by Kenton Pattie, Annandale Masters Swimming Club

If your spouse or partner goes willingly to all your races, please don't read this column.

But, the spouse of partner of most amateur athletes doesn't compete in your sport and often finds good reasons not to be at your events. Any wonder? A half ironman triathlon which takes six or more hours for many athletes, but consumes an entire day is no garden of roses for any spectator. An ironman-length event goes through breakfast, lunch, tea and dinner for most, enough hours to test the bonds between any loving companion and their favorite athlete. In the spring or fall, it may be cold and windy and in the summer blazing hot and humid -- not really what most of us plan for our hard earned leisure hours.

This serious split between his needs and her needs on race day may even discourage the family athlete from entering a race. Or, after entering to withdraw due to "family obligations."

Some have approached this by asking their partner or spouse to be a "volunteer" at an upcoming endurance event. For a triathlon this could mean body marking, directing traffic or handing out bottles at a water station. If it's a 50-mile or 100-mile trail run, or a century bicycle event, the family or partner can hand food to their lover/athlete. But in triathlon, athletes are expected to be entirely self sufficient and can get disqualified for accepting race support from a family member.

So, it is hard to sell the line: "Sweetheart, will you volunteer this Sunday?" They might go all day without seeing you, and without any creature comforts, manning the mile-48 water bottle handoff for total strangers.

You want them to come with you. But, your "volunteer!" approach is probably going to bomb. And your "come watch me race" might work once but never again! I remember a woman sitting on the ground with a muddy overcoat after a grim-weather Marine Corps Marathon; her hair was a mess and she was crying. When I asked if I could help, she just kept crying while telling me that she had been at the race through the rain all day and never saw her husband run by. I'm quite certain that was her last MCM!

The answer to this problem:

(1) Register for races only if they are in nice destinations where there are interesting things your spouse or partner can get pleasure from. Places where the weather is going to be nice and the intoxicatingly delightful. Triathlete Magazine and Inside Triathlon provide information about all the awesome destinations which offer triathlons of various lengths . . . such as Lake Placid NY, Coeur D'Alene ID, San Diego CA.

If you have the choice between the St. Croix, Virgin Islands half ironman and one in Detroit, don't even think about racing in Detroit. In St. Croix there are beaches, there is snorkeling, there is sailing, there is horse back riding -- there is a vacation. Add a week to the trip so there is time for romance and sun, shopping and boating. Fortunately, there are triathlons in some of the nicest places in the world, places you will be proud to take someone . . . somewhere they really want to go.

(2) Plan on making the trip all about the other person, not about you and your race: romance and excitement are premiere while your race is a very minor incidental to the trip. As soon as your racing needs dominate every detail of the trip, your spouse will see through the whole thing: "This is not about us, but just about you and your race, right?"

Go on the internet and check out the area you are going to. Book some activities -- theater, water skiing, sailing, spa treatment, dinner -- in advance so the spouse or partner knows there is a definite plan for their enjoyment.

For a triathlon, stay in a bed and breakfast instead of a motel or hotel. This will help underscore your commitment to romance and fun. Spend most of your time together talking about your relationship, your mutual goals, the fun you've had over the years; but don't spend time talking about your race. It will speak for itself -- a lot of time when you two are separated while you are acting out your triathlon fantasy.

When the race is over you are back to being responsible for romance . . . and just because you beat your body up in an Ironman race is absolutely no excuse why you can't perform. If you are such an awesome triathlete, after months of conditioning your body, you should be totally fantastic in bed and your partner has every right to expect the best. Take two Advil if your hamstring is hurting; then jump enthusiastically into bed. How well you do next may decide who comes with you to your next triathlon.

Conclusion: Book a vacation and throw in a little triathlon on the side. Make the focus of your trip your loving partnership and not your love of triathlon.

Kenton Pattie will serve on Team USA, named by USA Triathlon, to the International Triathlon Union Long Distance World Championship in Canberra, Australia. He has previously competed in ITU events for the USA in Sweden and Denmark. In 06 he was age group first at the Lake Anna, VA Half Ironman and age group second at the St. Croix Half Ironman, both 70.3 mile events.


2006 SCY Swimmers of the Year:
Mary Lathram, Clay Britt & William Liscinsky

by Michael Lee

For the 2006 Short Course Yards (SCY) season, 67 Potomac Valley swimmers posted times ranking them in the top ten times for their respective age groups in the nation. The top ten PVMS swimmers ranked according to total points, along with the top five team scores, are listed below. First place All-American times were awarded 11 points; second place, 9 points, third place, 8 points,....on down to 1 point for a 10th place finish.

The young team of Curl-Burke swimmers made quite a splash in the USMS Top Ten rankings for the 2006 SCY season. Although the tag-team of Mary Lathram and Anne Walker pulled another one-two punch for DC Masters -- and were joined by teammate Ann Svenson in the top ten PVMS rankings -- Curl-Burke had four swimmer place in the top tens, and as a team ranked first among the PVMS teams in the USMS point totals. DC Masters swimmers place second overall in the season, followed by Ancient Mariners, Terrapin Masters, and Patriot Masters. As a result of the point totals, we not only have the privilege of awarding Mary Lathram of DC Masters the PVMS Swimmer of the Year Award for the 2006 SCY season in the women's bracket, but the opportunity to recognize two PVMS men: Clay Britt and William Liscinsky! Clay of Ancient Mariners and William of Curl-Burke tied in total points garnered.

Let's see who comes out on top in the upcoming 2006 short course meters season! Clay? William? Mary again? Or some other fast PVMS swimmers!
PVMS Top Ten Combined Point Scores in USMS 2006 SCY Rankings
Name Age Group Team Points
Mary Lathram W 90-94 DCM 77
Anne I Walker W 90-94 DCM 66
Stacy E Peterson W 18-24 CUBU 56
J Clay Britt M 45-49 ANCM 51
William M Liscinsky Jr M 18-24 CUBU 51
Jeffrey H Roddin M 35-39 ANCM 49
Ethan C Bassett M 25-29 CUBU 44
Ann Svenson W 60-64 DCM 41
Kelly E Bowman W 25-29 TERR 36
Anne-Marie T Adams W 25-29 CUBU 29

PVMS Top Five 2006 SCY Rankings by Team
Team Points
CUBU 323
DCM 236
ANCM 178
TERR 176

 Humor and Quotes

- One day, a man came home and was greeted by his wife dressed in a very sexy nightie.
- "Tie me up," she purred, "and do anything you want."
- So he tied her up and went swimming.

Jay Leno, on the ı96 Olympics:
³I can tell you, as a guy, how refreshing it is to see women on TV swimming, playing tennis and horseback riding and not telling you how fresh they feel.²

Murphy's Law of Lockers:
If there are only two people in a locker room, they will have adjacent lockers.

 Meet News

With the Wind on their Backs
May 21, 2006

by Joe Stewart

Three Chesapeake Bay Paddlers, three Chesapeake Bay Boston Whalers and three U.S. Coast Auxiliary patrol boats accompanied five swimmers across the mouth of the Patapsco on Sunday morning, May 21st. With the winds on their backs, Maureen Rohrs, Jack Frain, Richard Wallace, Sue Megaw and Joe Stewart finished their 4.4 mile crossing in 2:11, 2:11, 2:16, 2:35 and 3:04 at North Point State Park where they were cheered in, warmed and well fed by Patapsco/Back River Tributary Team members, representatives of many urban watershed organizations, Port of Baltimore, Baltimore Maritime Exchange, Private Sector Port Coalition, Maryland Department of Natural Resources and Maryland Department of Environment and others.

Live bay-friendly music, neat educational displays, a big 300th birthday cake for the port, hot dogs and hamburgers contributed to a festive celebration and wade-in captured by Fox TV for Sunday 10 PM News.

Over $6,000 was raised in pledges and contributions which will be distributed to beneficiaries* at the June 8th P/BRTT Meeting, 6pm at Harbor Hospital where urban watershed associations will be reporting in on the state of our watershed.

This was the fifth Save the Patapsco, Hon! Swim and third P/BRTT Wade-In. THANKS TO ALL WHO MADE IT A SUCCESSFULL & FUN EVENT! If youıre interested in doing the swim in 2007, contact Joe Stewart: Jstewart@dat.state.md.us 410.767.1354 or 410.243.4418

* North County Land Trust, Watershed 263, Gwynns Falls Trail Council, Baltimore Harbor Watershed Association, Jones Falls Watershed Association, Herring Run Watershed Association and Baltimore Sewer Coalition.

swimmers 7.5 Mile Potomac River Swim
June 3, 2006

by Cheryl Wagner

Pounding rain and 15 knot winds greeted the Potomac Swim swimmers and kayakers on Friday night at the pre-swim supper, all through the night, and then on the morning of the swim, June 3. Coast Guard members, the Point Lookout park director and our skipjack skipper all concurred that it would be too dangerous to allow kayakers and swimmers on the Potomac River. We retreated to Lake Conoy, a protected harbor area, to do a 3.5 mile swim.

Undeterred by the wind and rain, the swimmers gamely completed the course with the assistance of the Chesapeake Paddlers who set up the course and directed the swimmers. Times were kept, awards were distributed, and the environmental groups graciously had our picnic early. And once again we were surrounded by a large Hispanic evangelical group who baptized a group of converts while singing and praying.

Andrew Johnson (a long-time Potomac Swim veteran) took 1st place in the non-wetsuit division with a time of 1hr 26 min 47 sec. Chris Swenson was 1st in the wetsuit category in 1 hr 28 min 28 sec. Other finishers from the local area include: 3rd - Kelvin Webster in 1 hr 27 min 32 sec, 8th - Julie Oplinger in 1 hr 31 min 47 sec, 14th - Bob Astheimer in 1 hr 46 min 47 sec, 19th - Kenneth St. Ours in 2 hr 3 min 2 sec, and 23rd - Joe Stewart in 2 hr 11 min 17 sec. Complete results can be viewed at:

Proceeds of swimmerıs pledges are distributed to local environmental groups which benefit the Chesapeake Bay and Potomac River. Next yearıs Potomac River swim is scheduled for June 2, 2007. (Plans are being made to plot an alternate course in the St. Maryıs river, in case of bad weather.)

Chesapeake Bay Swim, June 11, 2006
Bay swim Bay swim
Bob Astheimer and friends complete a total of 65 crossings. Terrapins: (back) Strahota, Lee, Larson, Lynch; (front) Reynolds, Dewing, Corbin, Smith

Swim for Life, June 17, 2006
by Allyson Adams
Terrapins: Diana Corbin, Meghan Gibbons (3rd place-4 mile), Allyson Adams, Alison Thompson (3rd place-2 mile), Craig Dewing (1st place-3 mile)

Top Ten Hopes at Terrapin Cup July 8-9, 2006
by Meredith Stakem

On July 8, the Terrapin Masters hosted their second annual Terrapin Cup LCM Meet at the University of Maryland Campus Recreation Center. The meet provided an excellent opportunity for swimmers to compete in the long course format in a world-class facility. In all, 134 swimmers from Georgia to Connecticut stepped up to race, and while Michael Phelpsıs pool records survived, the day was not without numerous notable achievements.

Dozens of swimmers posted times certain to rank them among the 2006 USMS top ten, and we expect to see many in the FINA top ten times as well. Special congratulations are in order for Nancy Brown of Maryland Masters who, swimming in the 70-74 age group, impressed many with her sure-to-be-top-ten backstroke times. In the 50-meter back Nancyıs time of 45.30 puts her almost five seconds faster than last yearıs All-American time, and her 100-meter backstroke time of 1:36.36 was more than 15 seconds under last yearıs top time! Paul Trevisan of 1776 Masters also raced to some quick finishes, speeding to a new unofficial USMS national record time of 58.07 for the 100-meter free in the 55-59 age group.

With meet proceeds benefiting the University of Maryland Varsity Swim program, there was strong support for the meet from the campus community. University of Maryland Varsity Swim Alumni Inbal Levavi and Michael Goodison competed on behalf of Terrapin Masters. In addition, alumni Petra Martin donated attendance to her Learn from the Best Swim Clinics as door prizes. University of Maryland President Dr. C.D. Mote, Jr., current and former Varsity Swimming Coaches David Durden and Charlie Hoffman, as well as many University of Maryland alumni and numerous area businesses also helped to make the meet a success.

With all the support, the Terrapin Cup promises to be an exciting staple of the long-course masters swim season with continued sanctioning by Potomac Valley Masters Swimming. The University of Maryland Campus Recreation Center and Terrapin Masters look forward to seeing you at the two day Turtle and the Blue Moon SCM meet in December, at next yearıs Terrapin Cup meet, or at one of the many swim clinics offered by the University of Maryland Varsity staff and GoSwim.

University of Maryland Masters 800/1500 Meet
by Dave Diehl

The 2006 version of the Terrapin Masters 800/1500 meet, now hosted by the University of Maryland Masters, was successfully held at the new outdoor pool at the Martin Luther King (formerly White Oak) swim complex on July 9. Many people expressed their liking of the new venue. We had 32 swimmers (between the 800 and 1500). Despite having only six lanes in which to compete and not having an automatic timing system, the meet ran smoothly and we were finished by 11:00 am so people had the rest of the day to shop and/or relax. We had the usual group of Potomac Valley teams represented along the Maryland and Virginia Masters clubs (plus a couple of entrants from Ohio and Georgia).

We had three meet records as follows:
800 Meter:
45-49, William Rumble (DCAC)
50-54, Nancy Sterling (MARY)

1500 Meter:
70-74, Nancy Brown (MARY)

A special thanks to Mary Lathram (DCM) who became the oldest swimmer to compete on our meet. Mary is incredible (at 91) and the favorite of everyone.

Thanks to all of you who have supported this meet, not only this year but for many years. There were many familiar names and faces and we really appreciate the continued support. You are the reason we keep running this meet every year.

Dave Diehl, Meet Manager

Man Swims Across Delaware Bay
(Copyright 2006 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

WTOP News - Jul 18th - 4:57am
Man Swims Across Delaware Bay
CAPE HENLOPEN, Del. - He did it. Rehoboth Beach gym owner Paul Timmons swam across the mouth of the Delaware Bay from Cape May, N.J., to Cape Henlopen, Del.

Timmons left Cape May about 5:30 a.m. Monday for the 11.4 mile swim to Cape Henlopen. He made landfall at the Point at Cape Henlopen at 12:44 p.m. The swim across the bay has been attempted before, but never completed, Timmons said.

Timmons, 37, did the swim to raise money for the Tunnell Cancer Center at Beebe Medical Center. He credits the medical center with helping his grandfather become cancer-free. If you want to donate to the Tunnel Cancer Center, you can do so online or by calling 302-644-2900.

Timmons, who owns The Firm, is a five-time Ironman Triathlon finisher, a six-time finisher of The Great Chesapeake Bay Swim and has run 16 marathons. His biggest worries were the tides and jellyfish.

Timmons started in a full-length sleeveless wet suit but switched to a wet suit with sleeves because of jellyfish and cold water temperatures. After completing the swim, Timmons met family and friends at Lewes Beach.

DCRP Meet, July 23, 2006

Ray Novitske, Nancy Hess, Jenny & Ryan Morris, Peter Michel, Mike Davey

Terrapins: Stakem, Ellis, Shipp, Strahota, Grover, Elshafei, Roddin (ANCM), Lee

Meredith Gardner & Kevin VandeWater

Juliette DeSousa & Mark McLiess

Betty, Nan, & Nattie Pollock (on deck) & Cheryl Braunstein

 Colonies Zone LCM Meet, Aug 26-27, 2006

Myriam Pero, Margot Pettijohn, Lynn Wymelenberg

William Sax, Tim Sullivan, Tim Timmons

Ivy Ranzin, Tom Malone

Mary Lathram, Ann Walker

Terrapins: Back: Courtney Busch, Curt Reynolds, Emad Elshafei, Jeff Strahota, Mollie Grover, FRONT: Steve Payne, Donna Elshafei, Cheryl Wagner, Noble Jarrell


Registration Notes
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 (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.
  • Replacement USMS cards cost $5.00.
  • Tidbit: your USMS number is printed on your SWIM address label.
PVLMSC Meeting attendance policy reminder:
The following clubs have not yet attended a PVLMSC Board meeting this year and face a doubling of their team dues if not represented at the final board meeting: All-Star, Annandale, Carson, Curl-Burke, DCRP, Fairfax Area Aquatic Team, FXCM, Fort Belvoir, Masters Aquatics at Spring Hill, National Capitol YMCA, NOVA JCC, Potomac Marlins, Riptide, Team Z, Capitol Sea Devils, Worldgate. The final board meeting of 2006 will be held on October 29th following the GMU Sprint Classic meet. Since we are a non-profit organization we would appreciate your participation much more than penalty fee revenue.

Did you know that in a 1-year period USMS receives approximately 2,500 address changes from SWIM Magazine, Local Registrars and Individual Swimmers? The majority is from SWIM Magazine who receives the returned magazine. They in turn send them on to the USMS National Office. This is over 200 per month and 6% of our membership. By the time USMS receives this information and updates the database, the swimmer may already have missed the next issue.

LMSC Registrars send their monthly registrations and any address changes they receive to the National Office. The National Office in turn creates the labels for SWIM Magazine. If the swimmer does not inform their local registrar of their change in address, the national database is not updated and the magazine is sent to their old address.


PV Long Distance/Open Water Award
by Michael Lee

PVMS is interested in recognizing the region's long distance / open water swimmers. According to the USMS, "a long distance pool event is any distance-based swimming event over 1,650 yards (1,508.8 meters), or a time-based event equal to or greater than one hour. It may be conducted in any body of water, either natural or man-made. A long distance open water event is a swimming event of any distance conducted in an open body of water, either natural or man-made."

For 2006, we'd like to recognize the interested PVMS swimmers who have annually participated in three such events. These formally organized events can either be select unsanctioned events (e.g., the Chesapeake Bay swim) or sanctioned by USMS. Normally scheduled swim practices will not be included. These long distance and open water swimmers will subsequently be featured in the Swimmer's Ear newsletter. Please contact Michael Lee at Korthain@yahoo.com and let PVMS recognize the swimmers on your team that have completed three of these events in 2006.

New Open Water Swimming Website
by Karen Reeder

Here at http://usopenwaterswimming.org we have started a new forum (our old one was hacked) for the site for anyone to ask questions about open water swimming.

Also, as this open water season winds down, I can start working on the calendar for next year, so as you start to get your dates in order, please feel free to send me the information.

Thanks, Karen Reeder

FBST Masters
Ft. Belvoir Swim Team Masters announces its fall/winter practice schedule: (Base access is a snap!)

Tuesday and Thursday AM from 5-6:30am
Tuesday and Thursday PM from 7:30-8:30pm
Saturday 7-9am

Attention to detail is given to each swimmer! Every Saturday will include expert instruction by Coach Mark Murray and/or Coach Petra Martin. The first hour on Saturday will be dedicated to technique and understanding the ³WHYıs and HOWıs² of swimming the strokes you always wanted to know and implement. The second hour gives you the necessary time to implement your new skills. Each session will find you new discoveries with your strokes and therefore improved times. You donıt have to train like a maniac to swim faster, you just need to swim smarter. Come see how to do just that! See our website for details: www.fbswim.org or call Mark at 703-627-4796. You do not have to be military or a DOD employee to gain base access. Call Coach Mark Murray to gain base access.


Clay Britt Swimming Clinics
A new season of clinics is scheduled at The Lab School. The three hour clinics include underwater videotaping, a stroke drill DVD and hands on swim instruction. Join Clay and his National Champion Coaches to help you improve your swimming. The first clinic is November 4th and there will be one each month starting in Janaury 2007.

Please see www.claybrittswimming.com or email clay at clay@claybrittwimming.com

Montgomery Ancient Mariners Workout Schedule
The Montgomery Ancient Mariners are happy to announce that we have added an additional pool to our schedule. The Germantown Indoor Swim Center, joins the Montgomery Aquatics Center, The Olney Swim Center and the Martin Luther King Swim Center in Silver Spring as a new workout options. The schedule at the Germantown Pool is as follows:

Monday-Wednesday-Friday 6:30-7:30am
Tuesday and Thursday 8:30-10pm

Please email Clay Britt at clay@claybrittswimming.com or visit www.ancientmariners.org/index.htm for more information.

Next PV Board Meeting
Next meeting - scheduled for Oct 29, 2006 (after the Sprint Classic meet) at the George Mason University Aquatic Facility in Fairfax, VA. For more info: www.pvmasters.org

Dee Dee of St. Maryıs Skipjack ­ The BayLab
We are a non-profit organization providing environmental tours for students and groups on one of Maryland's last skipjacks and from an operational oyster shucking house on St. George Island in the Potomac River. St. Mary's County School trips start September 6th! To learn more about the skipjack and shore side program contact Georgia Wheeler at jbwassoc@erols.com or see www.thebaylab.org

Indoor Center For Aquatics Is Approved In Calvert
Long-Sought Complex To Open in June 2008
By Philip Rucker
Washington Post Staff Writer
Sunday, August 13, 2006; Page SM01

The Calvert County commissioners unanimously approved plans Tuesday for a $12 million indoor aquatic center in Prince Frederick. The vote followed years of clamoring by residents for a state-of-the-art swimming complex.

The facility, scheduled to open in June 2008, will feature a 50-meter, 10-lane lap pool; a leisure pool designed for children; a therapy pool; and a spa. The commissioners instructed county staff members to move forward with the $3.4 million purchase of a 28-acre site on Theater Drive, where the aquatic center will be built. Officials also announced plans for a community center and a 600-space parking lot on the site.

The Calvert County commissioners unanimously approved plans Tuesday for a $12 million indoor aquatic center in Prince Frederick. The vote followed years of clamoring by residents for a state-of-the-art swimming complex.','Philip Rucker') "That project is approved and moving forward now," Commissioners President David F. Hale (R-Owings) said. "It's nice to have it behind us." The facility will include locker and shower areas, classrooms for instruction and spaces for party rentals, offices, lounges and meetings.

The county has not decided which programs it will offer but has listed several options. The shallow end of the pool will be 3 1/2 feet deep and could be used for swimming lessons and exercises. The medium-depth area, at 5 1/2 feet deep, could be used for exercises and safety instruction for kayaks and canoes. The deep end will be 13 feet deep and could be used for scuba instruction, training for life guards and emergency response, and diving. The construction is estimated to cost $12.1 million, and the county expects to spend an additional $3.4 million to buy the land. The commissioners initially allotted $12.9 million total, but they plan to appropriate an additional $2.5 million. Hale said the commissioners will hold a public hearing regarding the additional money. The county sought a design that would draw enough revenue to cover operating expenses. For example, to attract families, the county included a leisure pool designed for young children. "You want to hit the broad spectrum and provide the amenities that's going to attract more people," said Terry Shannon, the county's director of finance and budget...²

Is It Safe to Swim in the Chesapeake Bay?
Tuesday, August 15, 2006
By: CBF Staff

Recent Beach Closings Serve as a Reminder that Pollution Continues to Degrade Waters in the Chesapeake Bay

During the summer, people flock to the Chesapeake Bay and its tributaries to enjoy recreational activities like swimming, waterskiing, paddling and canoeing. The recent rash of beach closings ‹ including ones at Sandy Point State Park on the shores of the Bay in Anne Arundel County, Maryland ‹ serve as a sobering reminder that pollution continues to degrade waters in the Chesapeake Bay watershed.

Long days of summer heat, coupled with waters loaded with nitrogen and phosphorus pollution, can support abundant bacterial growth and algal blooms that could cause numerous human illnesses. The most worrisome of these are bacteria and other pathogens associated with human and animal waste.

State and county officials typically collect water samples near public beaches and other areas of heavy recreational use to test for this type of bacterial contamination. Specifically, the water is tested for either E. coli or enteroccocci, then compared to U.S. Environmental Protection Agency criteria. If values exceed the EPA criteria, the beach is closed and not re-opened until follow-up testing shows concentrations have dropped to safe levels.

E. coli or enteroccocci are found in the intestines of all warm-blooded animals and are used as indicators of the presence of other potentially harmful pathogens. Contact with water contaminated with them can lead to gastrointestinal disorders, ear or skin infections, and inhalation of contaminated water can cause respiratory diseases. The pathogens responsible for these diseases can be bacteria, viruses, protozoans, fungi, or parasites.

www.cbf.org/site/News2?page For more information: The Maryland Department of Natural Resources has compiled a list of websites and county health department contacts to determine if bacterial levels at beaches are safe for swimming in Maryland:

The Virginia Department of Health beach monitoring web page is:

In Pennsylvania, call: 1-877-PA-HEALTH

EPA's beach web page:

The Natural Resources Defense Council has issued a report on the bacteria problem on the nationıs beaches: www.nrdc.org/water/oceans/nttw.asp

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



Deborah Brudvig Swim Art
Swim Muse

New Hours ­ Trinity Masters
Training schedule:

  • Mondays 6 p.m. - 7:30 p.m.
  • Tuesdays 6 a.m.- 7 a.m.
  • hursdays 6 p.m. - 7:30 p.m.
  • Fridays 6 a.m. - 7 a.m.
Jamie Burket (Email: burketj@trinitydc.edu, Ph: 202-884.9093)
Trinity Center for Women & Girls in Sport
125 Michigan Avenue NE
Washington, DC 20017
Web: www.trinitydc.edu/trinity_center/masters_swimming/schedule.php#workouts

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.
  • new Catrike 700 recumbent trikes
  • Park Tool School Returns

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

  • Mon, Wed, Thu 6:30PM ­ 8:00PM
  • Tue, Thu 6:15AM ­ 7:45AM
  • Sat 10:30AM ­ 12:00PM

Wanted: Boaters for the Bay
by CBF

"Boaters for the Bay has no meetings or dues. It makes no difference whether you paddle a kayak or pilot an express cruiser; we need you as a Chesapeake Bay Foundation ŒBoater for the Bayı.

³We are simply boaters who pledge to advocate the restoration of the Bay. We show our commitment by displaying our Boaters for the Bay decal on our boat, insisting on clean boating practices, and taking advantage opportunities to influence others including legislators, regulators, and other boaters.

If you haven't already, click the link below for more information and to sign-up. We will mail out Boaters for the Bay decals for your boat and car."


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

In Mother Teresaıs House: A Hospice Nurse in the Slums of Calcutta
My book, In Mother Teresa's House: A Hospice Nurse in the Slums of Calcutta, is ready for order at www.booksurge.com . If you would like to order a copy, please cut and paste the following url into your browser: www.booksurge.com/product.php3?bookID=GPUB05548-00002 Regards, Rosemary

In Mother Teresa's House: A Hospice Nurse in the Slums
of Calcutta by Rosemary Dew Publisher: BookSurge Publishing
ISBN: 1-4196-3130-6
Binding: Trade Paper 230 pages
Description: In Mother Teresa's House: A Hospice Nurse in the Slums of Calcutta follows nurse Rosemary Dew's journey of compassion as she travels to Calcutta to volunteer in Mother Teresa's House for Sick and Dying Destitutes. Dew offers a first-hand account of life among the poorest of the poor and how the commitment of humble volunteers can make all the difference in the world when they offer what people need most: compassion, understanding, and human dignity. Print USD 16.99

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

patuxent adventuresPatuxent Adventure Center
Solomons, MD

  • EVENT: Kayak Demo Day, Sep 16, 12-5PM
  • 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 ­ Thu ­ 5:30-7:30PM

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

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

 Photo Credits

all photos - by Cheryl Wagner except:
Emad, Mollie, Jeff - Mollie Grover
Jeff & Elisabeth - Elisabeth Deal
Wang, Buchhagen, van Wisse - Dottie Buchhagen
Astheimer & friends - Bob Astheimer
Terrapins - bay swim - Mollie Grover
Terrapins - Swim for Life - Allyson Adams
Delaware Bay - Associated Press
Ray Novitske & friends - DCRP - Ray Novitske

 Events Calendar


  2006 Pool Calendar

Oct 21-22, 2006
Swim with the Best Swim Clinics - Fairland Aquatics Center, Laurel, MD Petra Martin petraadamkova@yahoo.com 301-910-1826 www.terrapinmasters.org

Oct 29, 2006
Patriot Masters Sprint Classic - George Mason University, Fairfax, VA Cheryl Ward, 703-359-5366, cherylaward@yahoo.com ; www.patriotmasters.org/GMUPOct2006SprintClassicEntry.pdf;

Nov 4, 2006
SCM Meet in Virginia Beach, VA Web: www.vaswim.org/NovEntry.pdf Betsy Durant 757-422-6811 durrant6@cox.net

Nov 4, 2006
Clay Britt Swim Clinic - Lab School, Wash DC, Web: www.claybrittswimming.com Email: clay@claybrittwimming.com

Dec 2-3, 2006
Turtle and the Blue Moon SCM Meet - College Park, MD SCM; Michael Lee, 301-474-1178, korthain@yahoo.com ; www.terrapinmasters.org/Terrapin-SCM-06.pdf ;

Dec 8-10, 2006
3rd Annual SCM Holiday Classic & Zone Championships ­ Ewing, NJ www.jerseyareamasters.com

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: www.crosslink.net/~cherylw/meet1000.htm Entry Deadline 12/4/2006

Dec 31, 2006
Swim in the New Year - Campus Recreation Facility, College Park, MD, www.terrapinmasters.org Info: Jim Nealis, Phone: (301) 345-5512, Email: jenealis@aol.com OR Cheryl Wagner, Phone: (202) 387-2361, Email: cherylw@crosslink.net

Feb 4, 2007
Tropical Splash ­ George Washington Rec Center, Alexandria, VA www.alexandriamasters.com/calendar.htm


2006 Long Distance/Open Water Calendar

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.

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

Sep 16, 2006
Fox Run Duathlon - Lums Pond, Lums Pond State Park, DE www.lin-mark.com

Sep 17, 2006
Angels Race Sprint Triathlon Tanglewood Park-Winston-Salem NC www.set-upinc.com

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

Sep 23-24, 2006
Colonial Triathlon Festival - Williamsburg, VA http://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 7, 2006
Seagull Century Bike Ride ­ Salisbury, MD www.seagullcentury.org

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

Oct, 21, 2006
USATF Dewey Beach two person & 4 person team marathon relay, Dewey Beach, DE www.lin-mark.com/2006sch1.htm