Virginia LMSC e-News

What's New in the LMSC: November 2010

  • It's time to renew your USMS membership for 2011. Why should you join? Because there are so many benefits!
  • The November Wet Gazette newsletter is available on-line.
    • Want to keep LMSC fees low and save trees? Then read your monthly newsletter online and opt out of receiving it by mail. If you are interested in opting out of the print version, please contact me to let me know, and include your name and mailing address. You can always change your mind later and start receiving the paper version again.

  • The deadline for pre-entries for the VMST 30th Annual Fall Swim Meet has just passed.
  • Plan your season! The dates of many major meets in Virginia and neighboring states are known, even if specific meet information is not available.
    • Mark your calendar: VMST will host the David Gregg III Memorial meet in Richmond Feb 12-13, while the GMU Patriot Masters will host the Colonies Zone SCY championship April 15-17.
    • The dates of all the meets have been added to the upcoming events calendar. More information will be posted as it becomes available. Also check out the North Carolina and Potomac Valley websites.

  • It's early in the season yet, but nonetheless 15 new LMSC records have been set in October!
    • Results have been uploaded from the Charlotte Swim Masters 2010 Autumn SCM meet and the Patriot Masters Sprint Classic.
    • Johnnie Detrick did the lion's share of the damage to the record book, setting a new record every time she dove off the blocks in Charlotte! But Dick Scott was no slouch either, setting 3 records in two different meets. He didn't choose the easy route either, setting new standards in the 1500 free and 200 fly.
    • Congratulations to all participants!
  • Legendary swim coach Ray Bussard passed away last month. Coach Bussard was a native of Hot Springs, Virginia.
    • Bussard, who coached at the University of Tennessee men's swim team for 21 years, is a member of International Swimming and the ASCA Halls of Fame.
    • Bussard was quite the innovator in a way that masters swimmers with a "less is more" philosophy might appreciate. Skip Thompson wrote a very nice post on the USMS forums that describes the impact of Coach Bussard's legacy.

  • More sad news: US National Team member Fran Crippen died Oct 23 while competing in a 10k open water race in the United Arab Emirates. Fran was a former swimming star at the University of Virginia, from which he graduated in 2006.
  • The final results for the USMS 5K/10K Postal Championships have been posted. These distances were performed in 50m pools.
    • At least three members of our LMSC participated in both events! The stellar mother-son distance duo of Shirley Loftus-Charley (VMST) and Craig Charley (RCA) competed, and Shirley won her age-group in both events. Adam Barley (VMST) won the 25-29 age group in the 10K while taking second in the 5K. That's a lot of fast swimming, folks...!
    • The 5K results are here, while the 10K results are here. If your club had a swimmer who participated, please let me know so we can acknowledge them here.

  • Braving the waters of the Choptank were three teammates -- Joni Briganti, Danielle Beach, and Rob Allen -- from the Fredericksburg American Family Fitness (FAFF) masters team.
    • They all participated in the 2.4 mile open water Chesapeakeman Swim Fest On Sept 25 in Cambridge, MD! Joni and Rob are in training for their first Ironman Triathlon, and they thought this would be a great training event.  Danielle had a great experience with her first open water event, and learned that swimming in open water is very, very different then swimming in the pool.
    • Check out the results and photos! Joni won her age group (4th fastest female overall), while Danielle and Rob both grabbed 2nd in their age group. Congratulations to all!
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