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What's New in the LMSC: October 2010

  • The October Wet Gazette newsletter is available on-line.
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  • The entry deadlines are approaching for a few early-season competitions!
    • The Charlotte Swim Masters 2010 Autumn SCM Meet will be held Oct. 16-17 in Charlotte, NC. It looks like a nice meet, but you better hurry: the online entry deadline is Sunday Oct. 10 at 9pm!
    • The Virginia Masters 30th Annual Fall Swim Meet (SCM) is being held 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.
    • Unleash your inner sprinter in the Patriot Masters Sprint Classic! This is a SCY meet at George Mason University on Oct. 24 and it features all the short events, ending with the four 25s. Mail entries are due Oct. 12.
    • For other nearby USMS events, please check out our upcoming events calendar.

  • The Virginia LMSC Annual Meeting was held on Sunday, Oct. 3 at 1pm in Richmond, VA.
    • Four LMSC officers were elected to two-year terms: Patty Miller (new Chair), Charlie Tupitza (new Vice-chair), Dave Holland (continuing as Secretary) and Charlie Cockrell (continuing as Treasurer). Please join me in welcoming the new LMSC Officers, and in thanking them for their willingness to volunteer their time on our behalf.
    • The meeting minutes and various reports, as well as the amended LMSC By-laws, have been uploaded to the website.

  • A number of swimmers from our LMSC participated in one or more of the Smith Mountain Lake Open Water races held on Sept. 25-26.
  • Did you know? Nicely-formatted printable Top 10 listings are available for free download from the USMS website. Listings and Errata from 2006 are currently available.
    • If you would like a hardcopy and want someone else to make a nice booklet for you, you can order printed copies at $10 per issue or $25 for a one-year subscription. Details are available on the USMS website.

  • The Sept/Oct issue of SWIMMER magazine looks especially good this month:
    • Articles include pieces on swimming through menopause and common backstroke mistakes. The latter was written by Olympian and VA-native Whitney Hedgepeth. The menopause article makes for an interesting companion to the recent USMS feature article "Postpartum OCD and Swimming: My Story."
    • While most of the content is available only in the print version of the magazine (sent free-of-charge to all current USMS members), there is some downloadable content: "The Whole IX Yards" about the impact of Title IX, and a Web Workout by Laurel Liberty, head coach of Libertyville Masters. There is also a Fin Testing video on YouTube.
    • Our very own newsletter editor, Betsy Durrant of VMST, was featured in a Volunteer Profile. Betsy just stepped down from the USMS Board of Directors as the Colonies Zone representative; a former winner of the USMS Dorothy Donnelly Service Award and the prestigious Capt Ransom Arthur MD Award, Betsy is well deserving of the recognition!

  • Congratulations to Dave Holland for winning the 2010 USMS Colonies Zone Dot Donnelly Award!
    • The award is named after an extremely active volunteer from the Connecticut LMSC.
    • Dave certainly embodies the spirit of this award. He is currently in his second 2-year term as LMSC Secretary, and has agreed to serve a third term. He is the long-time race director of the Chris Greene Lake Swim, including several years in which the race served as the national championship for the 2-mile cable swim. Dave has twice organized a USMS booth at the Monument Ave 10K Expo, and also organized the recent Jim Montgomery Adult Swim Clinic for masters coaches and swimmers.

  • News from Convention: seven delegates represented the LMSC in Dallas, TX at the Annual 2010 USMS Convention on Sept. 15-19. Meeting details are available in the various meeting minutes, but here are some highlights:
    • Over 160 changes to the Rules of Competition were considered, but here are the results from some of the most important ones. Most of the controversial changes failed to garner much support: no tech suits in yards, no changes in age-up date or in relay age-groups.
    • The locations of the 2012 USMS National Championships were revealed. The pool national championships will be in nearby Greensboro, NC (April 26-29, 2012) and in Omaha, NE (July 5-8, 2012). The long-course championships in Nebraska will be in the Qwest Center, site of the 2012 US Olympic Trials, and will follow almost immediately after trials.
    • The order of events at Nationals for 2012-2015 was decided upon. It will rotate between three different meet schedules. These schedules are subject to change by the Championship Committee and slightly different versions may make it into the Rule Book.
    • Some photos, courtesy of Coach Charlie!

  • Become a Brute! The Brute Squad Swim is an annual postal event that features the three most brutal pool events (200 fly, 400 IM, 1650 free) swum within a 24-hour period.
    • The participation window for this year's event is Nov1-Dec 31. Details and entry forms will be available online starting about Oct. 15.
    • You may compete in either a 25m or 25yd pool, and there are two divisions: fitness (un-timed) and competitive (timed). T-shirts are available, as well as awards for the competitive division.

  • Masters swimmers in the news!
    • Some of you may be familiar with Miriam Tuovila's exploits in the pool, but did you know that the resident of Yorktown (VA) is also a competitive triathlete? There is a very nice article about her exploits: "Yorktown triathlete still going strong at 85."
    • The two world-record-setting VMST relays of Johnnie Detrick, Beth Schreiner, Betsy Durrant and Laura Walker were given well-deserved recognition by Swimming World in their Lane 9 News stories.
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