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Around the NE LMSC - January  2018
2018 USMS Registration is Now Open!

It's time to renew your membership if you haven't already!

Upcoming Events
Meets & Postal Swims
Jan 1-Feb 28 -- 2018 USMS 1-Hour ePostal National Championship (Sanctioned SCY)
Jan 28 -- 2nd Annual MDI YMCA Masters Mini Meet (Recognized SCY)
Bar Harbor, ME --  Details

Feb 4 -- Phillips Exeter Mini Meet (Sanctioned SCY)
Exeter, NH --  Details

Feb 11 -- Westbrook Seals Toughen Up Challenge (Recognized SCY pending)
Westbrook, ME --  Details

Feb 15-28 -- 2018 SmartyPants Vitamins USMS Winter Fitness Challenge (30min swim)

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

Apr 13-15 -- 2018 Colonies Zone SCY Championship (Sanctioned SCY)
Fairfax, VA --  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
Jan 21 -- Flip Turn Clinic with optional 60-minute workout
Dover, NH --  Details

Feb 18 -- Open & Transition Turn Clinic with optional 60-minute workout

Apr 15 -- USMS Stroke Development Clinic
Boston, 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

THE INTERNET -- In December, Bill Meier (SRPM) was featured on the The North Carolina Masters Swimming Podcast. He and host Trey Taylor discussed the construction of the Bard College pool, the creation of USMS's Adult Learn-to-Swim initiative, the work of the Swimming Saves Lives Foundation, and Bill's experience attending USA Swimming's Golden Goggle Awards. Give it a listen here!

BOSTON, MA -- Charles River Masters hosted their annual "Miles for Marly" 100x 100 event at Harvard University, raising almost $4,000 for the Marly Pineda Scholarship Fund at Smith College. One hundred forty swimmers participated in this year's event, which sold out in record time and was supported by Streamline Events and Swim With A Mission. The tentative date for 2019 is January 6, so mark your calendars! Check out photos from the event here .

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Are You Willing to Go The Distance?

NEW ENGLAND LMSC -- Congratulations to our New England LMSC, which logged 27,831.80 miles in USMS's 'Go the Distance' (GTD) program last year. One hundred fifteen New England swimmers participated in 2017.

The GTD program is an enormously popular free event offered by USMS each year. Any USMS member can set a mileage goal for the year and use their online Fitness Log (FLOG) to track their swimming progress, as well as other training, on a regular basis. GTD swag is available for purchase when you reach various milestones.

100x 100 participants got a jump on their 2018 distance goals
Those New Englanders who swam 300 miles or more in 2017 include:

Brian McLaughlin 1,439.39, Charlotte Brynn 1,312.85.

Paula Yankauskas 789.81, Sue-Ellen Booher 728.65, Nancy Tunstall 705.12.

Bob Burrow 661.09, Margaret Haskins 658.75, Cheryl Daly 644.29, Jane Cheney 627.57,  Maura Twomey 621.70.

Patricia Saint Aubin 595.05, Michelle Toner 500.20.

John Shumadine 488.66, Mark Rubacky 488.38, Jen Downing 481.13, Cynthia Needham 486.94, Becky Hunnewell 484.18, Kevin Sullivan 437.24, Sue Jensen 434.02, Susan Knight 415.01, Steven Pohnert 411.81.

Dorothy Mullaney 375.48, Alana Aubin 369.60,  Benjamin Morse 369.17, Amy Rolnick 367.96, Kate Beard-Tisdale 365.82, Daniel Moran 365.31, Laura Delorey 357.89, Thomas Burt 353.90, Christopher Landry 346.75, Rob Schiller 325.16, Mark Alexander 325.12, Sarah Dombrowski 320.74, Beth Eggimann 320.40, David Welch 317.00, Elizabeth Mancuso 306.51, Catherine Laramie 304.74 and Hilary Sullivan 300.02.

- Sue Jensen, CRM & NE LMSC Officials Chair

NE Volunteers Contribute at the National Level

Did you know that USMS is primarily a volunteer organization? In addition to their posts on our LMSC board, the following volunteers are members of USMS national committees for 2018:
  • Douglas Sayles (NEM-SWMR): Open Water Committee
  • Guy Davis (GBM): Finance Committee & Investment Committee (Vice Chair)
  • Crystie McGrail (GBM): Coaches Committee & USMS Convention Task Force
  • Alana Aubin (NEM-CRM): Long Distance Committee
  • Tim Lecrone (MESC): LMSC Development Committee (Vice Chair) & Registration Committee
  • Bill Meier (NEM-SRPM): Swimming Saves Lives Foundation
Education Corner
New Year, New Me: Injury-Free!

One of the benefits of U.S. Masters Swimming is access to a huge, constantly growing content library featuring all things Masters swimming. Their collection contains articles on a number of topics, ranging from nutrition, stroke technique, and training ideas to human interest and product reviews.

This month, we're highlighting several articles focused on preventing injury. Recommendations vary from stretching while watching TV to doing regular strength training sessions. Take a look and consider whether any of these suggestions might be worth incorporating into your routine:
Meet Recaps
Granite State Penguins Came to Play at NE LMSC & Colonies Zone SCM Championship

GSP swimmers celebrate their win with meet director Alford Green
WORCESTER, MA -- Four hundred sixty-two swimmers from 70 teams flocked to the WPI Sports & Recreation Center for another fantastic NE LMSC and Colonies Zone SCM Championship Meet  from December 8-10, 2017

Great Bay Masters' Guy Davis concluded a stellar year of swimming by racking up 215 points to take the men's High Point award by a wide margin. The Granite State Penguins (GSP) were well-represented on the high point list, taking four of the next five spots. Brendan Wright led the way for his team by finishing second overall with 194 points, followed by George Coupe in third (187). Stephen Carroll (174) and Mark Rubacky (172) battled it out in the 45-49 age group and ended up in fifth and sixth place, respectively. Ken Kwa from Charles River Masters (CRM) snuck into fourth place with 174 points.

The GSP ladies couldn't let the men have all the fun; with 203 points,  Mindy Williams  captured the women's High Point award just ahead of teammate  Kysa Crusco , who scored  198 points.  Sue Garland  (191) and  Ginger Howell  (183) of CRM were third and fourth, and  Charlotte Brynn  (170) of Stowe Masters rounded out the top five.

In the team competition, Connecticut Masters won the Large Team division and Zone Championship by accruing 3,114 points. Unsurprisingly, GSP won the Medium Team division with 2,766 points. UMAC Terrapin Masters (815) took the Small Team title home to Virginia, and Stowe Masters (322) were the Squad champions.

Kudos to Worcester Area Masters for doing such a great job hosting the meet, and thank you to all who competed, coached, or volunteered, especially our officials. See you in March!

- Alana Aubin, CRM & NE LMSC Communications Chair

  Results      Photos
World Records for Diann Uustal at 9th Annual Leaf Peepers Mini Meet

WHITE RIVER JUNCTION, VT -- The UVRays hosted their 9th Annual Leaf Peepers meet, famous for its friendly atmosphere, fast pool, and phenomenal awards table, on October 28, 2017. This year's version of the short-course meters meet attracted 75 swimmers from 9 states.

Rhode Island's Diann Uustal had a fantastic meet. In her first swim of the day, Uustal set a new national record for women age 65-69 in the 200 IM with a time of 3:13.05. In the women's 200 backstroke, Uustal clocked a 3:04.82, breaking the existing world record by four tenths of a second and shattering the national record by nearly eight seconds. 

Eight New England regional records were set at the meet. Dan Rogacki (Pittsfield YMCA) set three records in the men's 70-74 age group. His 30.54 in the 50 freestyle broke Al Craig's record from 1998. His 100 backstroke (1:20.23) and 100 freestyle (1:08.18) were also regional records. Karen Beirwert (NEM) set two records in the women's 65-69 age group: 200 breaststroke (3:25.63) and 100 butterfly (1:36.16). Arnold Meardon (UVRays) set two records in the men's 85-89 age group. His 44.05 in the 50 freestyle and 1:49.10 in the 100 freestyle broke records set by Alexander Luther in 2000. On the record board for men 80-84 was William Jones (Maine Masters), with a 54.88 in the 50 breaststroke. 

Dozens of meet records were broken, including four by the UVRay host team. Sean Uiterwyk (men's 40-44) blitzed the 25 freestyle "splash 'n' dash" in a meet record 12.46 to earn bragging rights as the fastest swimmer in the meet. Rob Starkey (men 40-44) posted a 1:10.15 meet record in the 100 butterfly. Jeff Kuvin (men 50-54) set a new meet record of 2:13.16 in the 200 freestyle. UVRay coach Barbara Hummel (women 65-69) posted a meet record 47.41 in the 50 breaststroke. 

There were many exciting races, including the 400 freestyle duel between Robbie Allen (Ventura County Masters) and Jeff Kuvin, with both swimmers under the meet record. And, as always at Leaf Peepers, there was much joy and emotion for those like Halina Nowak (Mountain View Masters) who were swimming in their first-ever masters meet. 

Once again, the popular Ice Breaker relay turned total strangers into fast friends. This year's version involved kickboards, pumpkins, apples, and swimming while connected by noodle to another swimmer. came down to a photo finish!

Thanks to all who participated in the meet, and the Rays look forward to seeing everyone at the 10th Annual Leaf Peepers in October 2018.

- Barbara Hummel, UVRays Head Coach

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