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What's New in the LMSC: August 2010

  • The Aug Wet Gazette newsletter is available on-line.
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  • LMSC swimmers have been active recently, setting eight LMSC records in the last month.
    • Johnnie Detrick led the way with four new records at the DCRP 29th Annual Long Course meet; official results have been uploaded.
    • Alison Moore, Lisa Bennett, Billy Gaines and Chris Stevenson all decided to give the age-groupers a thrill at four different USA-S meets, setting four new records between them.
    • Lisa and her fellow Mighty Mermaids continue to astonish! They recently smashed a relay record in crossing the Catalina Channel, a 22-mile open water swim comparable in length and difficulty to the English Channel crossing. Their remarkable swim is described in more detail in the Daily News of OW Swimming story entitled "Mighty Mermaids Continue Record Trend."

  • New meets and races have been added to the upcoming events calendar.
    • Hickory Nut Gorge Olympiad VI Open Water Swim on Aug 28 in Lake Lure, NC. One-mile and two-mile races are available; this event is part of a large family-friendly multi-day event. Entry deadline (mail only) is Aug 21.
    • Triangle Aquatics Triangle Distance Series #1 on Sept 11 in Cary, NC. This SCM meet is dual-sanctioned for both USMS and USA-S and features only two events: 800m and 1500m free. Entry deadline (mail only) is Sept 1.
    • Charlotte Swim Masters Autumn SCM Meet on Oct 16-17 in Charlotte, NC. Entry deadline (online only) is Oct 10.
    • Virginia Masters 30th Annual Fall Swim Meet (SCM) on Nov 6 in Virginia Beach, VA. Deck entry is possible but the deadline for pre-entries (which are discounted) is Oct 30. Both mail entry and online registration is available. Online registration will open Sept 1.

  • This is an election year for LMSC officers and your nominations are needed!
    • There are four elected positions on the LMSC Board of Directors: Chair, Vice-chair, Secretary and Treasurer. Descriptions of the duties of these and other positions are given in the LMSC By-Laws. Current LMSC officers are listed here.
    • Submit nominations to Lisa Bennett or Alison Moore by Sept 1. You are also encouraged to contact Lisa (ie, nominate yourself) if you are interested in serving in one of these positions.
    • Elections will be held at the annual LMSC Board meeting in the fall. Terms are for two years.

  • August is championship season for long course meters:
    • There are 17 swimmers who will representing two Virginia teams (VMST and SNOW) at USMS Summer Nationals in Puerto Rico Aug 9-12. Good luck to everyone!
  • Upcoming long distance events; see the events calendar for details.
    • The 1-mile Open Water Zone Championship race is the Tom Wear Memorial Swim on Sept 12 in Lake Hopatcong, NJ. Race-day entries are accepted, but entries received by Aug 31 will be discounted. Online and mail entry are both possible.
    • An OW swim that is a little closer is Swim Across America's Baltimore Swim to Fight Cancer on Sept 19. This is a fund raiser for cancer research to benefit Kimmel Cancer Center at Johns Hopkins Hospital. 1-mile and 3-mile distances are available; entries are limited to 300 swimmers.
    • We are now roughly halfway through the eligibility period (May 15 - Sept 15) for the USMS 5K and 10K National Postal Championships, hosted by North Carolina Masters Swimming.

  • Need ideas for workouts? One good source is the Workouts Discussion Forum on the USMS forums page.
  • The preliminary Top 10 list for the 2010 SCY season has been posted on the USMS website:
  • "Masters swimming keeps you younger." Most of us don't need to be convinced, but it is nice to have expert confirmation. Dr. Joel Stager of the Counsilman Center for the Science of Swimming (Indiana University) has released some data from a study using masters swimmers: Biological Markers of Aging in Highly Active Adults.
    • Of course, Dr. Stager is not the first person to find masters swimmers worthy of scrutiny. Check out this article by Richard Rahe, who was introduced to the subject by none other than USMS founder Capt Ransom Arthur himself.
    • Dr. Rahe's observance of a slow but fairly constant relative decline in speed with age is exactly consistent with the record curves used in our own Swim Rating calculator.

  • On the USMS website, we now have Top Ten listings all the way back to 1971! Until just recently, only swims back to 1993 were displayed, but thanks to the efforts of a number of volunteers, more than 20 years of swims have been added.
    • Since USMS was founded in 1970, this takes us back to the "dawn of time," so to speak.
    • The Top Ten archives are searchable by name, or searchable by team/zone/LMSC. For example, I can find times posted in 1974 by a 32-year-old Betsy Durrant, or times by 37-year-old Lucille Griffin posted in 1975. Check them out!
    • Any verifiable or obvious errors in the pre-1993 data just posted? Please let me know.

  • VMST hosted the USMS 2-mile Cable National Championship on July 10 at Chris Greene Lake, Charlottesville, VA. The official results have been added to the website, and the race was featured in an entry of competitor Rob Dumouchel's blog, RobAquatics.
    • There were 172 entrants, 105 of which were members of the Virginia LMSC; 156 of the entrants finished the race, which resulted in four new USMS records. Check out the photos of the event taken by Katharyn Tupitza.
    • The best race photo has to be the one of race director Dave Holland with national record-holder Richard Seldon (88) and national champion Calvin Barnes (86). Both Richard and Calvin are members of the Virginia LMSC and are the only two people on the planet in the 85-89 age group to have ever completed a two-mile cable swim. As they stepped forward to receive their medals they were met with thunderous applause.
    • Nine national champions hailed from our LMSC: Abby Nunn (W18-24, in a new national record), Barbara Streater (W35-39), Shirley Loftus-Charley (W55-59), Marcia Barry (W60-64), Pam Dameron (W65-69), Adam Barley (M25-29), Robbie Allen (M40-44), Chris Stevenson (M45-49), and Calvin Barnes (M85-59). Congratulations to them and to all participants!
    • Many kudos to race director Dave Holland and all the other volunteers for again putting on an incredibly well-organized event. Since 1977 there has been a long and rich history of masters swim races at CGL, which first hosted a national masters championship in 1980.
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