Virginia LMSC e-News
Hello, masters swimmers!As the weather warms, many of you will shift your attention to swimming outdoors; a few of the items below, on open-water swimming, may interest you. Finally, an apology: some of the links in the last newsletter did not work. I'll do our best not to repeat such incidences, but if there are problems in the future, you should check the LMSC website for working links and more current information.

What's New in the LMSC

  • The May newsletter is available on-line.
  • Any photos of masters swimming events that you want to share with the LMSC? Please send them to me and I'll post them!
  • Forty-three swimmers came to the Adult Swim Clinic in Richmond, VA on May 1 for some great instruction from gold-medalist Jim Montgomery and 8 coaches from our LMSC. If you missed it, we hope you can make it next time! A special thanks to the coaches who helped provide such a great experience.
  • The results from the 2010 Colonies Zone SCY Championship have been posted. There were 99 swimmers from our LMSC who traveled to George Mason University to compete. Some highlights:
    • Our swimmers set 28 new LMSC records and 18 new Zone records.
    • Virginia Masters (VMST), with 63 swimmers entered, won the meet in the "Large Team" category, scoring more points than all other teams. Congrats to the new Colonies Zone champions!
    • Quest Masters (QMST), with 8 swimmers entered, placed second in the "Small Team" category.
    • There were many record-breaking performances by Shirley Loftus-Charles and Kate Hibbard, but perhaps the most impressive swimming was done by 86-year-old Calvin Barnes, who competed in 6 events (4 individual) while setting 3 individual Zone records and 4 LMSC records (2 individual).
  • Open water season is upon us, and there are a number of upcoming races in the area: the USMS 1-mile National Championship (Charlotte, NC, May 29); the Jim McDonnell Lake Swims (Reston, VA, May 29-30); the Jack King 1-mile Ocean Swim (Virginia Beach, June 27); and the USMS 2-mile cable National Championship (Charlottesville, VA, July 10). See the upcoming events calendar for more information.
  • Fourteen swimmers from Virginia Masters (VMST) have been named as 2009 Relay All-Americans. Between them, these swimmers swam in 12 relays that were ranked #1 in the country in 2009. Six of these swims were either national or world records!
  • Questions for Coach. Don Easterling wants to answer your swimming questions in future LMSC newsletters. The longtime former head coach at North Carolina State University, Coach Easterling is a member of the ASCA Hall of Fame. His Wolfpack teams won an unprecedented 17 conference titles, and his swimmers captured 15 NCAA titles. He also coached 7 Olympians who captured 8 Olympic medals and set 3 World Records. Safe to say that the man knows a little something about swimming; please submit your questions to Chris Stevenson.
  • Good luck to the 43 swimmers from our LMSC who are competing at the USMS National Championships at Georgia Tech University.
  • The official results for the one-hour postal swim have been posted. Twenty-eight brave souls from our LMSC participated in this grueling event, swimming a combined distance of 52.5 miles. Congratulations to all swimmers, especially Adam Barley, Charlotte Hollings, Shirley Loftus-Charley, and Betsy Durrant for their top-10 finishes! Virginia Masters (VMST) finished 13th in the "medium size" club division.
    • Out of the 28 participants from our LMSC, 21 of them were women. Seriously, time for a gut-check, guys...!
    • There were almost 3000 participants in the one-hour postal swim nationwide; this is about twice as large as a typical pool nationals meet. A recap of the event has been posted, and full results for men and women are on the USMS long-distance championship website.
  • Postal swims are popular because they can be done in the comfort of your home pool and at your own convenience. The next opportunity is the USMS 5K and 10K Postal Championships, which must be completed May 15 - Sept 15. One caveat: the swim must be in a 50m pool. Online entries will open May 15; paper entries for individuals and relays are also available.

Any time of the month, go to the LMSC website for the latest news, results, and events.