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Around the NE-LMSC - May  2017
Nominations Open for Local Volunteer Awards!

2016 Coach of the Year, Alford Green, with NE-LMSC Awards & Recognition Chair, Tara Mack
Does your club or workout group have any great volunteers? If so (and I'm sure it does), you're in luck -- nominations are now open for NELMSC Local Service Awards. Any NELMSC member or club can nominate volunteers by submitting a completed nomination form by May 19th, 2017.

The NELMSC board will make the selections at the first meeting following the nomination deadline and will announce the winners at the NELMSC Annual Board Meeting. 

Local Upcoming Events


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

June 24 -- 1st Annual Gary Isherwood Memorial Masters Meet (Recognized SCY)
Bangor, ME -- Details

July 8-9 -- Bay State Games (Recognized LCM) 
Boston, MA -- Details

July 16 -- Jenny Thompson Mini Meet (LCM)
Dover, NH -- Details
Clinics & Trainings

May 20 -- Coaches Clinic: Video Feedback with Stacy Sweetser
Amherst, NH -- Details

June 3 -- USMS Levels 1 & 2 Coach Certification Course
Portland, ME -- Details

June 3-4 -- USMS Clinic Course for Coaches
Portland, ME -- Details

June 4 -- USMS Stroke Development Clinic
Westbrook, ME --  Details
Open Water

June 3 -- Ninth Charles River One Mile Swim (1 mile)
Boston, MA -- Details

June 10 -- 4th Annual Landshark Swim (0.5 mile, 1 mile, 2 mile)
Amesbury, MA -- Details

June 10 -- Doty Memorial Mile Swim (1 mile)
Boston, MA -- Details

June 17 -- Against the Tide Hopkinton (1 mile, kayak, walk, run, aquathon)
Hopkinton, MA -- Details

June 17 -- Mashpee SuperSwim (0.5 mile, 1 mile, 3 mile)
Mashpee, MA -- Details

June 18 -- Wayland One & Three Mile Swim (1 mile, 3 mile)
Wayland, MA -- Details

June 24 -- 24th Annual Buzzards Bay Swim (1.2 miles point to point)
New Bedford, MA -- Details

June 24 -- 12th Annual Narrow River Turnaround (1 mile)
North Kingstown, RI -- Details

Nine Tips For Your First Open Water Event

Entering an open water event is exciting, but it can be daunting if you are accustomed to a  clear view of the black line. Here are some tips to help you prepare for your first (or fiftieth) open water event.
1. Be ready for a few brushes with other swimmers
With multiple swimmers in close quarters at the start of a race, you may encounter a washing machine of arms and legs until swimmers spread out.  You can get used to swimmer contact by swimming an open water start set in the pool.

Set: 4 x 25 on 1 minute
Gather 3 swimmers and swim abreast. Tread water between each send off. The single  length of the pool allows you to experience contact in a controlled environment.

2. Keep your cool
Staying calm helps you better adapt to various race situations, such as changing weather, dynamic water conditions, and jostling with other swimmers.

3.  Swim relaxed
A relaxed swimmer is more efficient. Anxious swimmers often breathe inefficiently and have tense muscles, which tire more easily.

4. Don't let footsies fluster you
In open water, foot touches are often accidental, not intentional. Don't stress if people brush your toes.

5. Look for landmarks
Sighting landmarks before your event is a huge advantage. Look for a large obvious structure behind the finish at the beach, like a roof, building, or predominant tree. Sometimes your ability to easily spot finish buoys from a distance can be marred by fatigue, foggy goggles, mist, rain, or waves. A big landmark will help you take the most direct course to the finish.

6. Know your nutrition plan
Nutrition is an important part of ensuring you are at your best.  Have a small snack an hour before your event. If you are planning to fuel during your event, practice before race day.

7. Wear s unscreen

8. Get your goggles ready
Make sure your goggles fit. Leaky goggles are annoying. You may want to consider tinted or mirrored goggles for outside swimming.

9. Practice!
Practice in open water before event day. Swimming in open water will improve your strength, endurance and comfort level. Swim with a swim buoy and other people. Don't swim alone.

Get ready for a great summer of open water swimming. If you have a favorite open water event, or a training swim location that you'd like to share in our newsletter, email Charlotte.

- Charlotte Brynn, NE-LMSC Open Water Chair
Uustal Named a 2016 World Masters Swimmer of the Year

Congratulations to SwimRI's very own Diann Uustal on being named a 2016 Top 12 World Masters Swimmer of the Year! 

Diann has achieved 217 individual USMS Top Ten times and been an individual All-American 13 times. She currently holds 20 individual USMS National Records and is a part of one relay record. Diann is also a level 2 USMS Certified Coach.

This honor is given by Swimmer World Magazine.  Way to go Diann!

Swimming World
Adult Learn-to-Swim Month Reaches New Heights

For the fourth consecutive year, Charles River Masters  celebrated " April is Adult-Learn-to-Swim Month " by offering free swimming lessons to the general public, in cooperation with the Swimming Saves Lives Foundation. The team's 38 instructors taught 145 lessons across five days, all coordinated by Sue Jensen. This year's program benefited 47 enthusiastic students. 

Other 2017 Swimming Saves Lives grant recipients in New England were:  North Providence Pool & Fitness Center Stowe Swimmers Foundation LTD Intrepid Athletics Penobscot Bay YMCA , and  Score4More

If you are interested in volunteering in the future, keep an eye out for Adult Learn-to-Swim Instructor Certification events and next year's Swimming Saves Lives event.
Boston LANES Tea Party 7 Draws a Crowd

Swimmers enjoy a fun relay to end the meet
CAMBRIDGE, MA --  On Saturday, April 29, Boston's Liquid Assets (LANES) hosted the team's 7th Tea Party swim meet. Held at the renowned Zesiger Aquatic Center on the campus of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), more than 150 masters swimmers from near and far spent a few hours in the pool racing and cheering each other on. 

The biennial meet was highlighted not only by some fast swimming by also by the fun relay -- a 4x 25 yard event featuring giant unicorn floats. 

The meet itself could not have happened without the involvement of so many wonderful supporters, officials, volunteers, and the fantastic MIT crew who helped the meet run smoothly and quickly.

Thank you for your support and we will see you in two years for TP8! We promise another great meet, including another fabulous "Fun Relay", and a fun weekend.  

- Will Lawson & Brian Moynihan, TP7 Meet Co-Directors

6th Annual Monumental Masters Swim Meet

BENNINGTON, VT -- Amid light snowfall and Vermont Maple Weekend, 30 swimmers and their supporters came together on Saturday, March 25, at the Bennington Recreation Center for the 6th Annual Monumental Masters Swim Meet. Swimmers of all abilities enjoyed a fun morning of easy-going competition and encouragement. The proceeds of the event benefited the Bennington Marauders swim team, which provides youth swimming in southwestern Vermont. 

This year, folks traveled from as far away as New Jersey and Niagara Falls, NY, with many of 
our aquatic neighbors from the Adirondacks making the shorter drive to attend. Western Massachusetts was also well represented, with swimmers from Williamstown, the Pittsfield Polar Bears, and the Simon's Rock Pace Makers competing for the day. All who came were able to take home free U.S. Masters Swimming caps and stickers as well as some fun giveaways, including stroopwafels from Bakkerij Krijnen and maple syrup from Dunn's Leak-ee Bucket Sugar House.

With fun events that included the Tarzan Swim and Monument Kick Sprints in addition to relays, excitement is building for our next installment in the spring of 2018!  

- Mike Leake, Monument Masters

New England LMSC SCY Championship Recap

BOSTON, MA -- Over 700 swimmers descended upon Harvard University's Blodgett Pool from March 17-19 for the 2017 edition of the New England LMSC Short Course Yards Championship, a weekend of fun and fast swimming.

Charles River Masters
This year's meet featured 45 New England LMSC record-b re aking swims, including six each by David Russell (CRM) and Bill Jones (MESC), as well as fiv e from Beth Estel (GSP). The CRM foursome of Dan Epstein , Rob Schiller , Jay Jones , and Fred Schlicher broke both 400-yard relay records.

Bill Jones (MESC) was the meet's top scorer with 221 points, followed on the men's side by Michael McCombs (WAM) with 218 and Daniel Rogacki (PITY) with 204. Christie Hayes (NMEG) won the women's division with 210 points, ahead of Laura Delorey (GWDM) with 206 and Alana Aubin (CRM) with 199.  The best seeder of the meet was Jason Eaddy (CRM), who was only 0.30% off over nine events. Sara Wolf (AMS) and Carolyn Koster (POST) were close behind with a 0.32% error percentage.

Congratulations to all those who competed at the SCY Championship this year, and thank you to Meet Director Rick Osterberg and the Harvard crew for running a fantastic meet!

Combined Team Scores

Large Team
Charles River Masters                                           6789.5
Swim Rhode Island                                                   3674
Maine Masters Swim Club                                     3268.5

Medium Team
Greenwood Masters                                                  2625
Granite State Penguins                                             2539
Worcester Area Masters                                         2105.5

Small Team
Weymouth Club Masters Swimming                            826
Martha's Vineyard Masters                                          777
Liquid Assets New England Swim                               444

Novaquatics Masters                                                   196
Technique and Training                                               189
DDP Swim                                                                   166
How To Make Your Freestyle More Propulsive
In November 2016, 4-time Olympian and noted author, Sheila Taormina, delivered an enthusiastic and insightful presentation to 150 coaches at the National Coaches Clinic in San Mateo, CA.  Taormina's session was called "Beyond Mechanics: Coaching a Propulsive Freestyle Stroke" and focused on the power generated underwater. 

Hand entry & catch
Old freestyle advice involved your hand entering the water in front of your head, then tracking to a target on your centerline. The newer method suggests that your hand enters the water and moves forward in alignment with your shoulder. As the arm extends and the hand starts to "catch" water, the elbow pops up slightly, allowing the hand, wrist, and arm to become a bigger paddle, giving you a bigger surface area and a bigger pull. This is referred to as a "high elbow catch." This bigger paddle gets you more resistance and traction during the pull, which moves you forward down the lane.  

Arm pull
Taormina demonstrates proper technique.
As the hand/arm creates resistance and the pulling motion begins, the hand/arm should track out slightly, in a motion similar to a small question mark. Some coaches and swimmers think of the pulling motion as a straight arm pull, but Taormina thinks differently. After the catch and the elbow pop, your hand should track outward toward the lane line between 4 and 8 inches, or about one to two hand-widths.      

Right around the time the arm crosses the chin line, the arm starts to move inward back toward the body. With the new propulsive freestyle stroke described by Taormina, your arm tracks in toward your body only as far as your shoulder line, rather than all the way to the center line. 

I used to tell my swimmers that your hand should pull to where your pockets would be if you were wearing slacks. However, with the newer propulsive freestyle stroke, pretend you are wearing blue jeans and put your fingers in that weird tiny pocket that is above the regular pocket. Taormina suggests that once your hand tracks back to this area, you end the pulling motion and finish phase. Next your hand would exit the water and you would begin the recovery stage.  

Of course, learning to have a propulsive freestyle stroke involves many items and details, i.e., moving body parts, rotation, kicking, an open mind, and more! If you are looking for more info, you might want to read Swim Speed Secrets for Swimmers and Triathletes by Sheila Taormina. Gaining a better picture and understanding of what is happening during the pulling motion can make a big difference in your freestyle. 

Getting advice from a 4-time Olympian as she unravels the mysteries of freestyle is a great start, and make no mistake -- Sheila Taormina is letting the best-kept secrets out of the bag!

- Bill Paine, Tech Masters (MIT)

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