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Around the NE LMSC - February  2018
SCY Championship Meet Registration is Now Open!


The meet will be held at Harvard University. Most events will take place during the main weekend, March 16-18, but d on't forget about Distance Day! March 10 will feature the 1000 and 1650-yard freestyle events and the Distance Day Negative Split Challenge in honor of Frank Wuest. For each swim that is negatively split, Lyn Duncan, Frank's widow, will make a donation to the Cole Jensen Horne Special Needs Trust, set up for Frank's nephew who is living with autism. 
Upcoming Events
Meets, Postal Swims, & Events
Jan 1-Feb 28 -- 2018 USMS 1-Hour ePostal National Championship (Sanctioned SCY)
Feb 15-28 -- 2018 SmartyPants Vitamins USMS Winter Fitness Challenge (30min swim)
Mar 3 -- 2018 Spring Off the Blocks (Sanctioned SCY)
Guilderland, NY --  Details

Mar 10 & 16-18 -- 2018 NE LMSC Championship (Sanctioned SCY)
Boston, MA --  Details

Apr 7 -- 7th Annual Monumental Masters Mini Meet (Recognized SCY)
Bennington, VT -- Details

Apr 7 -- 4th Annual Edge Masters Swim Like a Fool / VT Senior Games (Recognized SCY)
Williston, VT -- Details

Apr 13-15 -- 2018 Colonies Zone SCY Championship (Sanctioned SCY)
Fairfax, VA --  Details

Apr 29 -- Swim Across America Boston team Relay Challenge
Boston, MA -- Details

May 10-13 -- 2018 Nationwide USMS Spring National Championship (Sanctioned SCY)
Indianapolis, IN --  Details

July 28-Aug 4 -- 2018 UANA Pan Am Masters Championships (Sanctioned LCM)
Orlando, FL --  Details
Stroke & Turn Clinics
Mar 17 -- Karlyn Pipes Faster Freestyle Workshop with Before/After Video
Concord, NH --  Details

Mar 20 -- Karlyn Pipes Faster Freestyle Workshop
East Providence, RI --  Details

Apr 15 -- USMS Swimmer Stroke Development Clinic
Boston, MA --  Details

Apr 29 -- Elemental Edge Open Water Swim Clinic
Hanscom, MA -- Details
Education & Certification
Apr 14 -- USMS Levels 1&2 Coach Certification
Marlborough, MA --  Details

Apr 14 -- USMS Level 3 Coach Certification
Marlborough, MA --  Details

Apr 14-15 -- USMS Clinic Course for Coaches
Marlborough, MA & Milton, MA --  Details

Apr 15 -- ALTS Instructor Certification
Milton, MA --  Details

Recent News
Award Nominations Are Open Now!

Has someone in Masters Swimming made a difference in your life? A coach? A fellow teammate? Help us recognize these special people by nominating them for a  New England LMSC Award in one of four categories:
View the award details and submit nominations here  by March 11th. The awards will be presented during the NE LMSC SCY Championship Meet at Harvard on Saturday, March 17th.

Additionally, the inaugural Frank Wuest Open Water Swimming Award will be presented at Distance Day on March 10th. You won't want to miss it!

Thank you for your continued support of Masters Swimming. See you at the pool! 

- Tara Mack, GBM, NE LMSC Awards & Recognition Chair
Short Course Meters Top Ten

NEW ENGLAND LMSC -- USMS has released the preliminary Top Ten listing for the 2017 SCM season. The New England LMSC recorded 370 individual and 71 relay Top Ten swims last season. Way to go everyone! 

Many of NE's Top 10 times were swum at the SCM Championship in December
Among our Top Ten swimmers are fourteen All-Americans, who achieved the number one time for their age group in at least one event last season. The All-Americans are:  Diann Uustal (9 events), Daniel Rogacki (4), Karen Biewert (3), Ildiko Szekely (3), Jonathan Dray (2), Beth Estel (2), Dan Moran (2), Kathy Slifer (2),  Alana Aubin, Benjamin BauchwitzBecky HunnewellBill JonesKaren Mareb, and Mindy Williams.

Additionally, Keri Nappi, Angelina Bonin, Donna Neuendorf, and Jill Lancaster teamed up to earn All-American status twice, in the women's 160-199 200m freestyle relay and 400m medley relays. Nic Ohman, Kysa Crusco, Stephen Carroll, Mindy Williams garnered All-American accolades in the mixed 160-199 800m freestyle relay.

In addition to publishing the Top Ten, USMS maintains a rankings database of every recognized swim. Explore the rankings to see how you stack up against masters swimmers across the country!

Education Corner
Time to Brush up on Meet Skills

Have you entered the SCY Championship meet yet? If not, read this: Top Five Reasons to Swim in a Meet. Then, sign up here.

Now that that's taken care of, let's talk meet skills. Taper is a great time to fine tune your starts and turns, and it's good idea to review other strategies to make your meet as successful as possible. Here are some articles from the USMS database to read during taper:
Of course, the best way to work on meet skills is to practice them in a meet! Mini meets are a great way to fine tune your meet habits and skills before taper time. If you missed out on this season's mini meets, keep an eye on our calendar in the future. And don't forget, good habits start at practice!

We are what we repeatedly do. Excellence, then, is not an act, but a habit.  
- Will Durant (English philosopher)

Meet Recaps
Exeter Mini Meet Has Something for Everyone

EXETER, NH -- On February 4, 89 swimmers from 8 clubs braved the trip to Exeter, NH to race in the Roger Nekton Championship pool at Phillips Exeter Academy. With an event line-up featuring everything from 25s to the 1650 there were options for everyone to burn some calories before Superbowl festivities.
GSP swimmers at the Exeter Mini Meet

A special kudos to those 8 hearty swimmers who stuck around to swim the 1650 at the end of the meet and especially to those who stuck around to count and cheer them on!

Super impressive swims included Stacy Sweetser's (GSP) 1:14 in the 100-yard breaststroke as well as the grudge match 50 freestyle where Nic Ohman (GSP) barely bested Tom Phillips (BUMS) by .1 second. Not to be outdone, the top two 55-59 women in the 50 freestyle, Karin Stokes (GSP) and Sue Jensen (CRM), raced to a .02 difference between first and second places. Another impressive swim was the 59.48 in the 100 freestyle by Amy Leveroni of NEM that took all of those younger gals (and even some of the younger men!) to task.
The cross-age group competition was also fierce with Ed Gendreau  (GBM) showing the less seasoned swimmers, Stephen Carroll  (GSP) and Ben Wolfson  (GBM) how to go a 1:10.0 in the 100 breaststroke. (It was close, Stephen, maybe next year!) The indomitable Guy Davis  (GBM) also took many of the less seasoned age groups to task with a speedy 2:05 in the 200 freestyle; however, youth was able to prevail with an even speedier 2:03 by unattached swimmer Chris Borgatti (someone get him on a club already!). The women's 100 backstroke was no joke with Beth Estel  (GSP) crushing a 1:15 to reign over the 60-64 age group (men included).

Sue Jensen, Rozann Kraus, Margaret Muse and Dan Epstein at Muse's first Masters meet
The shortest races of the day brought on some of the biggest challenges (just ask Mindy Williams (GSP) how hard it is to get going for only a 25!) and some of the fastest swimming we've seen!

The Newburyport Breakers were good sports in haranguing swimmers from all over to create relays to go up against host team Great Bay Masters. It was a great way to get some practice in before the SCY Championship next month at Harvard where relays can contribute to massive team points!

While there were no National records set (next year, guys, next year), we did have at least two swimmers experiencing their FIRST masters meet ever and that made it all worthwhile!

Great Bay Masters greatly appreciates the support of the local swimming community for a fun meet and relay racing!  Full results can be found on SwimPhone  and will be submitted to the USMS database shortly.

- Crystie McGrail, GBM, NE LMSC Coaches Chair

  Full Recap        Results        GoPro Video
Maine Hosts Multiple Winter Mini Meets

Tim Lecrone and Ted Clark at the MDI Mini Meet
MAINE -- Despite weather scares, both the Mount Desert Island and Toughen Up Challenge meets ran as scheduled.

On January 28, MDI welcomed over twenty swimmers full of smiles and fun times. There just isn't a more pleasant crew of volunteers at a meet anywhere. This environment coupled with the scenic drive makes it a must-swim event. 

On February 11, the Toughen Up Challenge brought several hard-nosed competitors from New Hampshire and Maine together to compete for the titles of Sprint and Distance Champions. We saw some repeat winners with Jess Beers (MESC) and Anne Uecker (MESC) resuming their reigns as the Queen of Sprint and Distance, respectively. On the men's side, newcomers Orion Huey (MESC) and Valdis Jurka (NEM) were crowned the sprint and distance winners.  

- Tim Lecrone, MESC, NE LMSC Registrar

Send your news, events, results, and photos to:
Alana Aubin
Communications Chair, New England LMSC
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