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Around the NE-LMSC - N ovember 2016
Upcoming Events
Sept 15 - Nov 15 - USMS Speedo 3000/6000 ePostal National Championship
Any 25-yard or 25-meter pool

Nov 1 - Registration opens for 2017 USMS membership

Nov 7 - Karlyn Pipes Faster Freestyle Clinic
Bath, ME

Nov 20 - Bath Sprint Meet (Recognized SCY)
Bath, ME

Dec 9 - 11 - 2016 NE-LMSC & Colonies Zone SCM Championship (Sanctioned SCM)

Worcester, MA

Save the Date: March 11 & March 17 - 19, 2017 NE-LMSC SCY Championship
Boston, MA
Entries Open for 2016 SCM Championships

W orcester Are a M asters is pleased to host the 2016 NE-LMSC & Colonies Zone SCM Championships, December 9th to 11th, at the WPI Sports and Recreation Center. This year's meet features a revamped order of events, onsite meet t-shirt screen printing, and online in dividual event check-in. It promises to be a great event, so sign up now!
- Alford Green, Meet Director

Green and Sayles Honored with LMSC Awards

Tara Mack presents handmade awards to this year's winners, Alford Green and Doug Sayles.
WALTHAM, MA - Douglas Sayles and Alford Green were recognized for their exceptional contributions to the New England LMSC at this year's Annual Meeting.  Green, celebrated as Coach of the Year, was the founding coach of Worcester Area Masters (WAM) and recently took over as meet director for the SCM championship meet Sayles, honored as Contributor of the Year, serves as the NE-LMSC Chair and is an organizer and coach of SwimRI. T he New England-inspired awards were custom designed by a local artist.
- Tara Mack, NE-LMSC Awards & Recognition Chair

Fast Swims and Friends at 8th Annual Leaf Peepers Meet

Diann Uustal nabs two national records at Leaf Peepers.
WHITE RIVER JUNCTION, VT - On October 22, the UVRays hosted their 8th Annual Leaf Peepers meet, famous for its friendly atmosphere, fast pool, and phenomenal awards table. This year's meet attracted 84 swimmers from at least 10 states and representing 24 workout groups. 

Diann Uustal from SwimRI set national records in the women's 70-74 100m backstroke and 100m IM. Additionally, eight New England records were broken by five swimmers. 

The Ice Breaker relay encouraged total strangers to become fast friends and the renowned awards table, courtesy of UVRays Susan Reid and Sue Gray, featured dozens of treats to ensure a take-home prize for every swimmer.
- Barbara Hummel, Head Coach, UVRays

Two NE Records Bested at 17th Annual Erswell Meet

Fred Schlicher & Sue Jensen
BRUNSWICK, ME - It was another great mini meet in Maine on Halloween weekend! The 17th Annual George Erswell Masters Meet, held at Bowdoin College on October 29, featured 46 athletes, including two who broke New England Records. Dick Hutchings set a New England record in the men's 75-79 500-yard freestyle and Fred Schlicher demolished the New England record in the men's 65-69 200-yard butterfly.

One of the most exciting things about the meet was the large number of newcomers to masters swimming. This was Maine's second meet of the fall season. Both featured excellent turnout from new participants, and that bodes well for new energy and enthusiasm in the coming season and beyond!  
- Tim Lecrone, NE-LMSC Registrar

Jacobson Makes Waves in IRONMAN 70.3

Sibyl Jacobson, 73, of Pittsfield YMCA Masters had an outstanding triathlon season this year, competing in three IRONMAN 70.3 races as well as two races at the ITU World Triathlon Grand Final in Cozumel, Mexico. She finished 2nd at the Ironman 70.3 World Championship in Australia, only 40 seconds behind the winner. In Cozumel, she placed 4th in the Sprint and 2nd in the ITU Olympic distance. Teammates say of Sibyl, "We are very proud of her, and her spirit keeps many of us going." Congratulations Sibyl and keep up the great work!
- Marjorie Safran, Pittsfield YMCA

Open Water Update

After a terrific summer of open water swimming in New England seas, lakes, reservoirs, and rivers, we'd like to take a moment to share news of some of the great achievements by New England swimmers in 2016.  These swims are inspirational and may just whet your appetite enough to explore the open water in 2017! Many of these swimmers started where you may be now: comfortable and secure in the pool, yet with a curiosity to explore. Read on and see for yourself just what is it that draws so many New Englanders to open water swimming!
- Charlotte Brynn, NE-LMSC Open Water Chair
Open Water Swimmer Spotlight: Pat Gallant-Charette

This month's featured open water swimmer is Pat Gallant-Charette of MESC. Pat successfully crossed the grueling North Channel - 21 miles between Ireland and Scotland - in August. At the age of 65, Pat set a new world record as the oldest woman to swim across the North Channel. The North Channel was Pat's fifth swim of the Oceans Seven Challenge.

Conditions were calm on the day of the swim, which meant Pat had to contend with lion's mane jellyfish coming to the surface and stinging her. The  water temperature averaged 55 degrees and strong currents caused her to swim close to 26 miles. Despite these hardships, after 14 hours and 22 minutes, Pat  became the 41st person in history to successfully cross this unforgiving channel. 

Pat, we love your journey and story. Thanks for sharing and congratulations on your amazing swims!
- Charlotte Brynn, NE-LMSC Open Water Chair
Why Open Water Swim?

We asked Pat, "Why swim open water?" We love her answer...  "For me personally, I love majestic beauty in open water swims, from the tranquil feeling of the water to the excitement of swimming in turbulent conditions."

Here are just a few more reasons to Open Water Swim:
  1. OW swimming strengthens muscles. From navigating wind and waves to sighting, you'll get a stronger core and a total body workout.
  2. OW swimming builds endurance. You will build aerobic capacity through longer bouts of continuous swimming. No walls, no lines - you will swim greater distances.
  3. OW Swimming is invigorating. Swimmers report a reduction in stress and heightened feeling of well-being post open water swim.
  4. OW Swimming promotes comradery. OW swimmers are good natured; you'll develop a bond like no other when you OW swim.
  5. Scenery. New England has some of the most stunning waterways in the nation. You'll enjoy breathtaking scenery before, during, and after swimming.
How Can I Prepare During the Winter?
Add some distance sets into your training and consider entering a distance event.  A 5km or 10km open water swimmer should be a good miler. You can get yourself better prepared for continuous swimming by swimming distance events in the pool. Set the goal of training and preparing for a 800-meter, 1500-meter, 1000-yard, or 1650-yard race; you'll enjoy getting stronger and faster and striving for completion or a personal best time. Plus, you will be one step closer to being prepared for open water swimming.
- Charlotte Brynn, NE-LMSC Open Water Chair
Simmons October Swim Fest Results

BOSTON, MA - Simmons College hosted the ninth edition of the October Swim Fest on October 15. About 65 swimmers participated for a total of 190 splashes. The short course meters event is run by the Simmons College Swimming & Diving team and helps fund the team's winter training trip to Florida.

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