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Around the NE-LMSC - July  2017
Save the Date: NE-LMSC Annual Meeting 

The New England LMSC Annual Meeting will be held on Sunday, October 15 at the Hilton Garden Inn Boston/Waltham in Waltham (location tentative).  Details, updates, and the agenda will be posted  here  as they become available.

All New England LMSC members are encouraged to attend the meeting and vote
Preliminary SCY Top Ten Times Available for Review

The preliminary 2016-2017 Top Ten for Short Course Yards is now available here. Please review and contact Laszlo Eger, NE-LMSC SCY Top Ten Recorder, promptly with any mistakes or omissions. 
Meet the Board - Al Prescott, Treasurer
This is the second installment of our 'Meet the Board' series. This month we feature Al Prescott, Treasurer and member of Minuteman Masters.

"I think I always wanted to swim, but just didn't get around to it until masters. I wasn't on a club, high school, or college team, but I did do an intramural swim meet at my alma mater, WPI (in the old 20-yard pool.) My senior year, I was the fastest in my fraternity, and took second in the 200 free. I didn't swim again until I joined the Minuteman Masters a decade later when my buddy Matt Camelio told me, in a most excited tone, that he finally found a masters team... with EVENING workouts! Seventeen years later, I'm still swimming with Minuteman and make a point to consistently volunteer at either the Club, LMSC, or even the USMS level. That way I can give a little back."

WASHINGTON, DC --  Bill Jones  of Maine Masters broke three New England records at the District of Columbia Recreation & Parks 35th Annual Long Course Swim Meet on July 9. Jones, 80, sped to records in the 50m butterfly (53.69),  200m IM (4:26.25), and  100m butterfly (2:09.55), in which he set the  Colonies' Zone record for his age group as well. Way to go Bill!

DOVER, NH -- Dan Epstein of Charles River Masters broke the New England record in the Men's 65-69 50m backstroke at the Jenny Thompson meet on July 16. His time of 36.74 beat Bill Rupert's record of 37.14 from 2008. Congratulations Dan!

NEWPORT, VT -- Charlotte Brynn of Stowe Masters successfully swam 25.2 miles across Lake Memphremagog on July 20. She completed the international swim from Magog, Quebec to Newport, VT in 13 hours 28 minutes. Amazing job Charlotte!

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Upcoming Events

May 15 - Sept 15 -- Speedo USMS 5K/10K ePostal Nationals (LCM)
Any 50-meter pool --  Details

July 29 -- 9th Annual Kingdom Swim (25k, 10 mile, 10k, 5k, 1 mile)
Newport, VT -- Details

July 29 -- 41st Annual Save the Bay Swim (1.7 mile P2P)
Narragansett, RI -- Details

Aug 5 -- Boston Light Swim (8 mile P2P)
Boston, MA --  Details

Aug 5 -- Wild Fish Open Water Swim Festival (.5 mile, 1 mile, 2 mile)
Salem, MA --  Details

Aug 6 -- Mighty Merrimack Swim (1 mile, 2 mile, Splash & Dash)
Lowell, MA --  Details

Aug 12 -- Port Mile Swim (1 mile)
Portland, ME --  Details

Aug 12 -- 7th Annual David's Old Silver Swim (.5 mile, 1 mile, Fun Float)
North Falmouth, MA --  Details

Aug 12 -- Nubble Light Challenge (2.4 mile P2P)
York, ME --  Details

Aug 12-20 -- Swim the Kingdom Week (Varying distances)
Northeast Kingdom, VT --  Details

Aug 19 -- Against the Tide Brewster (1 mile, Aquathon)
Brewster, MA --  Details

Aug 19 -- 39th Annual Celebrate the Clean Harbor (500m Kids Swim, 1.2 mile)
Gloucester, MA --  Details

Aug 19 -- Lake Champlain Open Water Swim (3.76 mile P2P)
York, ME --  Details

Aug 20 -- 12th Annual Swim & Fin (500m, 1 mile, 5k)
Check out our feature on this event at the end of this newsletter! Register by 7/27 for a t-shirt!
Salem, MA --  Details

Aug 26 -- Swim Across America Nantucket Island (.25 mile, .5 mile, 1 mile, Kids' Splash)
Nantucket, MA --  Details

Sept 30 -- USMS Adult Learn-to-Swim Instructor Certification Course
Portland, ME --  Details

5 Reasons to Enter an Open Water Swim Event This Summer

1. You will swim faster!
Races and group swims are a great way to push your fitness; you will hands down swim faster in an official event than in training.
2. You will have fun!
There is camaraderie in this sport like no other -- you'll meet new people and laugh often!

3. You will feel accomplished!
Whether it's your first open water experience, or your first competition, simply adapting to not being able to see what is below you is an amazing achievement in itself. You will feel a great sense of personal accomplishment.

4. You can become one with nature!
Open water swims are often held in the most scenic places.

5. You can support a good cause!
Many swims are fundraisers and benefit m any great causes!

- Charlotte J Brynn, NE-LMSC Open Water Chair, 
USMS National Open Water Committee, 
Level 4 USMS Coach

Swims: Manhattan Island Marathon, Catalina Channel, Boston Light Swim, In Search of Memphre 25 Miler, Skinner Island 18-mile Double Crossing, Ile Ronde 16-mile Circumnavigation, Lake Champlain 16-mile Double Crossing, Lake Memphremagog
Swim With A Mission A Huge Success

The winning relay team members and SEALs
BRISTOL, NH --  The inaugural  Swim With A Mission  (SWAM) took place on July 14 in Newfound Lake at Wellington State Park. The 5k, 10k, and 10-mile relay events fundraised for the Navy SEAL Museum, Veteran's Count, and Bridge House Homeless Shelter and Veteran's Advocacy organization. The event was well attended with over 100 swimmers, dozens of volunteers, and spectators galore.

Navy SEALs lined the beach as twenty-eight 5k swimmers took to the crystal clear water of Newfound Lake. Nineteen 10k swimmers followed, then the sixteen relay teams began their 10-mile swimming journeys around the lake.

Crowds of spectators filled the park for a post-swim festival. Spectators were able to get up close and personal for the beach swim finish and watch various Navy SEAL demonstrations in air, on water, and on land with their K-9 squad. Veteran  George Brunstad, a B-52 bomber pilot and renowned open water swimmer, attended as a special guest.

- Stacy Sweetser, SweetWater Swim Studio

LMSC Members Take on Misery Challenge Swim

Martha Wood (UNA) and Guy Davis (GBM) each won their age group.
MANCHESTER-BY-THE-SEA, MA -- Over 100 hardy competitors, including many NE-LMSC  members, completed this year's Misery Challenge swim on July 15. Misery Challenge is a 3-mile out-and-back swim between the Manchester Yacht Club and Misery Island. The sky was overcast and the water was cooler than in previous years, but the sea conditions were very calm, making for fast swimming. As with last year's race, swimmers had to navigate low tide conditions, completing the course with a 200-yard beach run.

This year's winners were   Eric Nilsson  (57:11) of Tech Masters (MIT) and  Ildiko Szekely  (1:00:15) of Boston University Masters (BUMS). Another notable performance was  Sam Levinson 's (Unattached) completion of the course swimming butterfly in 1:48:48. Levinson is training to take on the channel swims of the Triple Crown of Open Water Swimming -- butterfly! Many thanks to race organizer  Josh Crosby and his team, volunteers, and sponsors for another terrific event.

- Guy Davis (GBM), NE-LMSC Vice-Chair

Recap online     Results     Photos
SAA Boston Harbor Raises Thousands to Fight Cancer

BOSTON, MA -- The 21st Annual Swim Across America Boston Harbor Swim was a big success! Spirits were high among the passengers on Timeless and Secret Love, despite an overcast sky. Team members were able to jump off their boats and complete three or four 15-minute swims in the Harbor. (Usually, swimmers swim four to six times, but there was a delay in the action this year due to fog.)  Team members included seven Olympians: Carlton Brunner , Janel Jorgenson , Kristy Kowal , Alex Meyer , Heather Petri , Eric Vendt , and Eric Wunderlich . The Boston Harbor Swim and the Boston Pool Relay (which took place in April) raised a combined $325,000 for Dana Farber Cancer Institute's Perini Center and Mass General Hospital for Children's cancer research group.

- Jessica Stokes, Charles River Masters

Recap online     Results     Photos     SAA Home     MGH Article
Bay State Games

BOSTON, MA -- LMSC members headed to Harvard University's Blodgett Pool for the Bay State Games on July 8 and 9 to get their fix of LCM racing. M asters swimmers contributed around 200 splashes during the course of the weekend, in events ranging from the 50m freestyle to the 400m IM. The meet also included a Paralympic division for several events.  The top three finishers in each age group came away with a medal and a backpack.

- Alana Aubin (CRM), NE-LMSC Communications Chair

Athlete Report: ANA Masters Podium at Hyannis Sprint Tri
ANA Masters swimmers formed two teams at the Hyannis Sprint Triathlon.
HYANNIS, MA -- Two teams from the Andover/North Andover (ANA) YMCA Masters group traveled to Hyannis for the Hyannis I Sprint Triathlon on Saturday, June 17. Both teams were mixed gender. It was a great team-building opportunity, and we had a blast. In a comical turn of events to start the day, the water was so rough that the organizers replaced the swim leg with a beach run! Our two "swimmers,"  Leslie Dumont and  Carl Cronin, kicked things off by "running" the beach. Thanks to the cyclists, David Polanco and Jamie Floresquero, and runners, Bri Lajeunesse and Janice Chu, our teams placed first and second in the 3-person co-ed relay team competition!

- Leslie Dumont, ANA YMCA Masters

Gary Isherwood Memorial Swim Meet

BANGOR, ME -- With an amazing turnout of 56 competitors, the first annual Gary Isherwood Memorial Swim Meet on June 24th was an incredible success. It was MESC's first ever summer mini meet to exceed 40 swimmers, and more excitingly, the majority of swimmers were first time masters meet participants. 

The high participation couldn't have been for a better cause, as proceeds from meet entries and t-shirt sales went to the Gary Isherwood Memorial Scholarship Fund. The fund honors the late Gary Isherwood, longtime swim coach at John Bapst Memorial High School in Bangor. The meet raised about $2,000.

Swims were fast, smiles were huge, and next year's event promises to be even bigger. A huge thanks goes to the Bangor YMCA, the staff and volunteers of the Bangor Y Barracudas, and several meet enthusiasts from local high school teams.

- Tim Lecrone (MESC), NE-LMSC Registrar

12th Annual Narrow River Turnaround Swim

Cromarty, Leith-Doucett, and Gilson
NORTH KINGSTOWN, RI -- On Saturday, June 24th, 114 swimmers took part in the 12th Annual Narrow River Turnaround Swim. Starting at La Farge Park in North Kingstown, the route led swimmers a half mile down the Narrow River and back.  This year's swim was held on the birthdate of the late W.E.R. La Farge, a longtime benefactor of the Narrow River. 

Matt Gilson (SwimRI) won the Men's Non-Wetsuit Division while  Stuart Cromarty placed first in the Men's Wetsuit Division.  Diane Leith-Doucett (SCY) took first in the Women's Non-Wetsuit Division and  Emily Mitchell (BASS) won the Women's Wetsuit Division.

The Narrow River Turnaround Swim is hosted annually by  Narrow River Preservation Association (NRPA), which aims to protect and preserve the Narrow River and its watershed. The swim is generously supported by URI Rowing, O.A.R.S., and local sponsors.

- Alison Kates, Program Coordinator, Narrow River Preservation Association

Event Spotlight: Swim & Fin for Salem Sound, Salem, MA
This month, instead of featuring a swimmer, we are spotlighting an open water event: The 12th Annual Swim & Fin for Salem Sound, to be held on August 20 in Salem, MA. I was impressed by its family-friendly appeal and that it benefits efforts to make our coastal waters clean and safe. I reached out to Megan Podeszwa, Race Director, and Susan Yochelson, Salem Sound Coastwatch Outreach Coordinator, to learn about the swim's history and what makes it a stand-out event. After hearing their answers, I've definitely added it to my list to swim in the future!
Swimmers were all smiles at last year's event
Q: The 12th Annual Swim & Fin includes a 500 meter course, 1 mile and a 5 km option. What are some of th e reasons that this is such a good event for novices to try their first open water event?

A: The Swim & Fin is a well-established event with an excellent safety record. The 500-meter has been called the "get wet, fun swim." It's a short course--less than one third of a mile, equivalent to five laps in an Olympic pool. We have considerable safety support with lifeguards and kayakers keeping a close eye on the swimmers. The harbormaster is right there if anyone needs to be rescued. 
Q: It looks like you have fun activities set up at the beach. What are some of the fun things swimmers and their families can enjoy on race day?

A: The Swim & Fin is held in a beautiful wooded park with dazzling views of the water. It's a perfect spot for a family picnic. There's a playground for young kids, two beaches and a steep old-fashioned concrete slide that has been thrilling children and adults since 1943. (It's the only one in New England and cardboard is a must for this slide!) We have food, music, a marine touch tank with local sea creatures, raffles and some activities for kids. Swimmers will have access to a changing room and outdoor shower, and will be treated to fresh clam chowder donated by Finz--a fabulous local seafood restaurant. The awards are uniquely ocean-themed-- no regular medals for us! With its rich history and cultural attractions, Salem is a great place to visit. There are shops, museums, including the world-class Peabody Essex Museum, the National Park Service's Salem Maritime Historic Site, wonderful restaurants, and more for every age group.
Q: How did the Swim & Fin get established 12 years ago?

A: The Swim & Fin was started by a neurosurgeon. Seriously. Tw elve years ago, Dr. Michael Medlock walked into the Salem Sound Coastwatch offices with the proposition that we should hold open water swimming races. Dr. Medlock grew up swimming in Florida and in New England he loves Salem Sound with its beautiful coast, beaches, vibrant marine life, and charming islands that frame the view. He thought it would be a great way to highlight our clean swimmable water and connect people to the Sound. We liked the idea, especially since encouraging recreational use of these coastal waters is one of our core values. Dr. Medlock created the event and continued as Race Director for 10 years. In the beginning, swim fins were allowed, hence the name. That feature has since been dropped and now the name stands more for swimming with the fishes.
Stowe Masters Swimmer Barbara Bauman
Q: Volunteers make our swim events special. Who are some of the people that help put on the race?

A: Volunteers are the life-blood of Salem Sound Coastwatch's activities, including the Swim & Fin. We have professional lifeguards who donate their time, experienced kayakers who patrol the course, medical professionals who provide first aid, and people of all walks of life who direct the cars, put out signs, handle registration and body marking, and coordinate swimmer safety. We also have many sponsors and donors. Finz, a famous local seafood restaurant, donates clam chowder for the swimmers; a local shellfish company donates clam and scallop shells that we paint gold, silver and bronze for medals, and many local companies support this event. The thing they all share in common is a love of our coastal waters.

Q: This race is for a great cause! The swim benefits the Salem Sound Coastwatch, working to make our coastal waters clean and safe. Cleaner coastal waters is a cause especially close to open water swimmers' hearts. Can you tell us a little about what Salem Coastwatch does?

A: We do so many things! Salem Sound Coastwatch is a nonprofit environmental organization. Our motto is "leading the way to a healthier sea and shore." Our flagship program is called Clean Beaches and Streams, where we test water at outfall pipes and streams that flow on to the beaches in order to identify pollution "hot spots." This information is shared with the local communities in our watershed and with the State of Massachusetts. Our work has actually uncovered homes and businesses that were not connected to the sanitary sewer system. Waste from these buildings was flowing directly into the Sound!

Our work generally falls into three categories-identifying sources of pollution and developing solutions, monitoring and protecting marine resources and habitats, and educating the public. We have a large and active Adopt a Beach program in which volunteers are trained to monitor and clean up their favorite beach. "School to Sea" is our exciting ocean literacy program in which we work with both students and teachers to develop an understanding of, and appreciation for, the ocean in their backyard. This past year we took hundreds of students, including every 3rd and 7th grader in the City of Salem, on educational 
boat trips where they got to observe sea life with an underwater camera, conduct a plankton tow and hold lobsters and other marine life pulled from a lobster pot. We partner with local communities, academic researchers, other nonprofit organizations, businesses and citizens to address issues such as flooding (a serious source of pollution), building resilience to protect the coast from storms and sea level rise, monitoring invasive marine species, and raising citizens' awareness and understanding of their connection to the water and their role in restoring and protecting its health. Salem Sound Coastwatch is widely recognized throughout the region for the quality of our work, and we have received numerous awards since the organization was formed over 25 years ago.
Find out more about the Swim & Fin event here.

- Charlotte J Brynn, NELMSC Open Water Chair, 
USMS National Open Water Committee, 
Level 4 USMS Coach
Send your news, events, and results to:
Alana Aubin
Communications Chair, New England LMSC
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