Virginia LMSC e-News
Hello, masters swimmers! A lot has happened last month, as you can see below, but I want to make note of a special event on May 1: Jim Montgomery's Adult Swim Clinic in Richmond, VA. It is not often that you get a chance to learn from a former world record holder, three-time Olympic gold medalist and nine-time World Champion. And all for a mere $30!

What's New in the LMSC

  • The April newsletter is available on-line.
  • Olympic gold-medalist Jim Montgomery is coming to Richmond on May 1! He will put on two swim clinics; please see flyer for details. You may register online, but hurry: space is limited. The cost is only $30.
    • Jim will also put on a free coaches-only clinic that morning. Please contact Jay Peluso for details.
  • Reminder: entry deadlines are approaching for two big meets! Both are also listed on the events calendar.
  • FINA has released its 2009 masters world Top Ten rankings for SCM and LCM competition courses. The 2009 rankings included 46 swims by 14 swimmers in our LMSC, including 7 top-ranked swims. Congratulations, swimmers!
  • The results from the 2010 Rockbridge County Aquatics Spring meet have been posted. There were four new LMSC records set, all by Shirley Loftus-Charley. Shirley now holds 14 SCY records (out of a possible 18) in her age group!
  • Dave Holland organized a USMS booth at the Monument Avenue 10K running road race expo in Richmond on Mar 24-25. A number of local masters swimmers devoted hours at the booth, answering questions about the sport that they love. But perhaps none were more dedicated than Allison Czapracki, who donned a unique training aid at the event.
  • Alvin Richardson was the subject of a feature article in the Mar-Apr issue of Swimmer magazine! Favorite quote: "The thing about these distance races is, when it's over, I feel lousy, because it is over." His favorite race is the famous Great Chesapeake Bay Swim.
  • Kathryn Gregory, who coaches at the Northern Neck Family YMCA and is the recipient of a 2008 Kerry O'Brien coaching award, had a web workout featured in the Mar-Apr issue of Swimmer magazine. Check it out!
  • The results from the 2010 Albatross Open SCM meet have been posted. There were 16 new LMSC records set: 13 individual and 3 relay records. VMST's 400m Mixed Medley Relay of Dave Holland, Shirley Loftus-Charley, Lisa Bennett and Chris Stevenson also set a new national and world record for the 200+ age group! Shirley credits her sprint coach for her new-found speed.
  • The 2009 All Americans and All Stars have been finalized. All Americans achieved at least one #1 ranking in an event in their age group, while All Stars achieved the highest overall rankings within their age group. From the Virginia LMSC, there were 16 All American listings (4 Long Distance, 12 Pool) and 4 All Star listings (2 Long Distance, 2 Pool).
  • The Mythical National Championship has been updated to include the SCM 2009 season; relays have also been added to the scoring system.
  • The 2009 SCM Top Ten list has been finalized; 35 members from our LMSC have posted 126 times in the top ten, including eleven #1 times! Two teams from our LMSC also posted 10 relay times in the top ten, including four #1 relay times.
  • The entry form for the 27th Annual Jack King 1-mile Ocean Swim in Virginia Beach has been added to the Upcoming Events calendar (June 27).
  • Are you going the distance? Thirty-seven swimmers from the Virginia LMSC have collectively swum 2350 miles by April 1 -- that's more than halfway from Virginia to Europe. Probably the easiest way to track your personal daily milage is by using the online fitness log (FLOG), which are free for USMS members. Learn how to set it up.
  • Meet results have been posted for the Mar 14 Warrenton Masters "Dreaming of Spring" meet. There were 111 swimmers representing 19 clubs from four different LMSCs. One new Virginia LMSC record was set at the meet, in the Men's 75-79 100 fly, as Owen Maher continued his recent tear through his age group. That was his fourth LMSC record so far this year. Congratulations to all the swimmers!
  • A handful of swimmers from our LMSC went up to swim in the Maryland Masters Winter Meet on Mar 6-7. There were quite a few standout performances, but two deserve mention. Bud Swiger swam his usual assortment of nine easy, short events: 400 IM, 1650 free, 200 fly, 200 back and the like. And -- ho hum! -- Charlotte Hollings bagged another two LMSC records.
  • The Swim Across America inaugural Baltimore Open Water Swim to benefit cancer (Sept 19) has been added to the calendar. Registration is now open, and is limited to 500 swimmers.