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Around the NELMSC - December  2018
2019 USMS Open Water National Championships at Lake Willoughby Registration is Open!

Lake Willoughby is one of the most majestic lakes in North America. Glacially carved. Spring fed. Pristine waters. It sits atop the watershed between the St. Lawrence and Connecticut Rivers. The Willoughby Gap with Mount Pisgah to the east and Mount Hor to the west holds waters that run 400 feet deep. It is five miles end to end.

Head to Vermont next summer for the 2019 USMS Sprint-Distance Open Water National Championship (1 mile) on Friday, August 16 and the 2019 USMS Long-Distance Open Water National Championship (5 miles) on Saturday, August 17, hosted by Kingdom Games and the Northeast Kingdom Open Water Swimming Association.

Online registration has just opened. Pick your distance or swim them both.

- Phil White, NEKOWSA

Here's an idea: Swim the 1 mile with a friend, then kayak for them or have them kayak for you in the 5 mile!
Upcoming Events
Pool Meets

Jan 1-Feb 28 -- USMS 1-hour ePostal National Championship (Sanctioned)
Any pool (1 hour swim) --  Details

Jan 27 -- YMCA Greater Newburyport Masters Meet (SCY)
Newburyport, MA --  Details

Jan 27 -- 3rd Annual MDI YMCA Masters Meet (Recognized SCY)
Bar Harbor, ME --  Details

Feb 3 -- Exeter Mini Meet (Sanctioned SCY)
Exeter, NH -- Details -- Register by 1/30; no deck entries

Feb 15-28 -- SmartyPants Vitamins USMS Winter Fitness Challenge
Any pool (30-minute swim) --  Details -- Commit to all 3 2019 Challenges and save!

Feb 24 -- Toughen Up Challenge (Recognized SCY)
Freeport, ME -- Details TBA

Mar 16, 22-24 -- NELMSC SCY Championship (Sanctioned SCY)
Boston, MA --  Details

Apr 6-7 -- Colonies Zone SCY Championship (Sanctioned SCY)
Fairfax, VA -- Details -- Register by 3/29

Apr 25-29 -- 2019 USMS Spring Nationals (Sanctioned SCY)
Mesa, AZ --  Details

May 19 -- Connecticut Masters' Games (Recognized SCY)
New Britain, CT --  Details -- Register by 5/10

August 7-11 -- 2019 USMS Summer Nationals (Sanctioned LCM)
Mission Viejo, CA --  Details

Aug 16-17 -- 2019 USMS Sprint-Distance & Long-Distance Open Water National Championships (Sanctioned, 1 mile & 5 miles)
Westmore, VT --  Details

August 12-18 -- FINA World Masters Championships (Sanctioned LCM)
Gwanju, South Korea --  Details
Do you want to swim more efficiently? 

Who doesn't? Check out this clinic with  Coach David C. Graham  on January 27. Attendance is limited to 24 swimmers - don't miss out! Only $30 for New England LMSC members. 2019 USMS membership required.

Own Your Walls  - Learn how to maintain speed going into turns and increase distance and efficiency off the wall.

Killer Streamlines  - Analyze the 4 com mon types of streamlines a nd discover which one suits you best.

Reducing Frontal Drag  - Discuss what frontal drag is and how it slows us down, then experiment in the water and learn practices to reduce frontal drag.

About  Coach  David C. Graham -  Coach Graham is a Level 3 USMS and ASCA Masters Coach who has worked as an aquatics professional for more than 15 years. This year he was awarded an Appreciation Award by the LMSC and was selected as the LMSC Coach of the Year in 2015. He competes as a member of the Granite State Penguins and volunteers as an Assistant Coach at Keene State College.

Technique Clinics & Education

Jan 20 -- Flip Turn Clinic with Coaches Crystie McGrail & Todd Whitford
Dover, NH --  Details

Jan 27 -- This is a "Drag" Clinic with Coach David C. Graham
Boston, MA --  Details -- Register by 1/23

Feb 9 -- Starts, Breakouts, IM Turns Clinic
Bristol, RI -- Details TBA

Apr 7 -- USMS Stroke Development Clinic
Boston, MA --  Details

Apr 6 -- USMS Coach Certification Levels 1-2, 3
Boston, MA --  Details

Apr 6-7 -- USMS Clinic Course for Coaches
Boston, MA --  Details

Apr 7 -- Adult Learn-to-Swim Instructor Training
Boston, MA --  Details

May 11 -- Faster Freestyle Clinic (Coach & Swimmer) with Karlyn Pipes
Portsmouth, NH -- Details

August 24-29 -- USMS High Performance Camp
Greensboro, NC --  Details -- Discounted registration through 12/31

Recent News
NELMSC SCM Championships Recap

Dan Rogacki and Mindy Williams
WORCESTER, MA -- Three world rec ords  and one national record went down at the  2018 NELMSC and Colonies Zone SCM Championships, held December 8-10 at Worcester Polytechnic Institute.

New Englander  Fritz Bedford of the UV Rays shaved 0.10 off the world record in the men's 55-59 50-meter backstroke in 27.86.  Drew Modrov (CHEL) took .77 off the men's 25-29 400-meter freestyle record with his time of 3:52.83 and Erika Braun (NCMS) bettered her own women's 45-49 100-meter freestyle record of 58.21 with a 57.89.  Steve Hiltabiddle (1776) set the national record in the men's 50-54 50-meter butterfly, taking it from 25.98 to 25.60.
In individual scoring,  Dan Rogacki  (NEM-PITY) scored 215 points to win the men's high point award , while  Mindy Williams  (NEM-GSP) and  Ann Louise Onton   (CONN) tied for the women's title with 209 points.  Kysa Crusco  (NEM-GSP) picked up 196 points to take third on the women's side and  Mark Keil  (NEM-MAMA) and Modrov rounded out the men's podium with 177 and 170 points, respectively.

Charles River Masters
In the team competition, Charles River Masters beat host  Worcester Area Masters and  2017 champ Connecticut Masters in large team scoring, 3340 to 3094 to 2682. In the medium team division, Great Bay Masters (1767 points) beat out Granite State Penguins (1674) for first, while Maine Masters (1385) narrowly defeated SwimRI (1378) for third place. Visiting teams UMAC Terrapin Masters (845), Chelsea Piers Fitness (661), and Landshark Masters (621) turned in strong showings in the small team division. Sarasota YMCA Sharks (290), North Carolina Masters (255), and Nutmeg Masters (246) were tops in the Squad division.

Alana Aubin, NELMSC Communications Chair

USMS Swimming Saves Lives Foundation Awards Grants to Local Programs

Congratulations the six New England LMSC programs that received grants from the USMS Swimming Saves Lives Foundation to help fund Adult Learn to Swim programs in 2019. This year the Foundation celebrates its largest year, granting more than $132K to nearly 70 programs nationwide. This year's New England recipients were:
  • YMCA of Southern Maine, Casco Bay branch (Freeport, ME)
  • Berkshire Family YMCA/Pittsfield Polar Bears Masters (Pittsfield, MA)
  • Worcester Area Masters (Worcester, MA)
  • YMCA of Martha's Vineyard (Vineyard Haven, MA)
  • Intrepid Athletics (Rutland, VT)
  • Stowe Swimmers Foundation (Stowe, VT)

- Douglas Sayles, NELMSC Chair

Pat Gallant-Charette to be Inducted into Maine Sports Hall of Fame

PORTLAND, MAINE --  Pat Gallant-Charette is on a roll. Last week, t he Maine Sports Hall of Fame (MSHOF) named her a member of its Class of 2019; the ceremony will take place next May in Portland. In November 2018, Pat was  inducted into the International Marathon Swimming Hall of Fame (IMSHOF). Congratulations Pat! The MSHOF notes are as follows:

One of the most decorated open water swimmers in the world, Gallant-Charette began swimming in her 40s to honor her 2 younger brothers who died untimely deaths. When she first stepped into the waters of Casco Bay to swim across to Peaks Island she wasn't sure if she would make it, but quickly realized open water swimming was her passion. 

Now she is a 67-year-old retired nurse who has set multiple records around the world in marathon swimming and has no intention of stopping in her quest to complete the world's most difficult swims, already finishing 6 of the Oceans Seven Swim Challenge and 4 of the Still Water Eight. On June 30, 2018, Gallant-Charette completed a 28-mile swim around Manhattan Island to become the oldest person in history to complete the Triple Crown of Open Water Swimming. She is also the founder of the Swim For Your Heart charitable foundation that raises awareness and funds for cardiac health and has multiple nominations as the World Open Water Swimming Woman of the Year.

New England Swimmers Excel at USAT National Championships Festival
Rob Allen
MIAMI, FL -- Four New England swimmers did well at the USA Triathlon Multisport National Championship on November 10-11.

In the Aquabike, Robin Sandos was the second female overall and in the 35-39 age group. Michael McCombs (NEM-WAM) took second place in the men's 60-64 age group and 28th overall. Jen Passafiume (NEM-MVM) placed 6th in female 30-34 and 69th overall. Rob Allen (NEM-SWMR) competed in the Aquathlon, winning the male 50-54 age group and placing 7th overall.

- Michael McCombs, WAM

NEM Swimmers Celebrate in Sarasota

SARASOTA, FL -- YNS Sharks Andi Freedman , Beth Lott , and Lisa Zraket celebrated their birthday weekend by swimming in the Sarasota YMCA Masters' Shark Tank SCM Meet in sunny Sarasota, FL on Nov 3-4, 2018.

Uustal, Freedman, Zraket, and Lott
As an extra gift, Diann Uustal (NEM-SWMR), also competing at the meet, was able to join the NEM-YNS ladies to form a New England Masters Swim Club (NEM) relay team. The foursome swam the 200-meter freestyle relay together and walked away with a first place finish!

Lott spent her 60th birthday participating in her first ever swim meet, diving headfirst into her 60s while crushing distance and sprint events. Freedman grabbed a first place finish in her signature backstroke event - and was asked to be a model for Swimmer Magazine! - while maintaining an impressively positive attitude in the face of mishaps. Zraket crammed 5 events into each day and tackled her fears: the 50 butterfly and the 200 IM. Uustal was the strong, determined, unofficial coach giving positive feedback and support throughout the meet. 

The Sarasota Sharks were very welcoming and friendly. It was an amazing and fun meet filled with a group of Masters swimmers coming together, regardless of age, skill, and motivation, to share their passion for swimming and competition. 

- Lisa Zraket, YNS

Education Corner
Why Open Water Swimmers and Triathletes Should Use Flip Turns During Pool Workouts

This summary is based on a presentation by Jack McAffee, 2018 Ironman Florida Champion, at the 2018 USMS National Coaches Clinic. 

1. Open turns can be slower and less efficient. Flip turns allow you to get back to swimming faster. 

2. Open turns encourage you to glide into the wall and lose your momentum. Flip turns allow you to redirect your energy quickly without stopping.   

3. Open turns encourage "resting" at the wall. (Don't lie, you rest, we all do...) Flip turns don't allow you to rest at the wall. 

4. Open turns don't teach you how to moderate your breath in a less than ideal situation.  Flip turns encourage breath control. 

"But there are no walls during an open water swim...!"
This is exactly why you should do a flip turn - to get back to swimming quicker. 

There are many resources out there to learn a flip turn, one of my favorites is this article by Emmett Hines. Also check out this video from GoSwim with drills and tips.

- Crystie McGrail, NELMSC Coaches Chair

Coaches Crystie McGrail and Todd Whitford will present a Flip Turn Clinic in Dover, NH on January 20. Learn for the first time or tune up your turns!
New England LMSC Annual Meeting Minutes Posted

The New England Local Masters Swimming Committee is a volunteer-run, nonprofit subsidiary of U.S. Masters Swimming that serves as the regional governing body for USMS in New England. We administer and support USMS policies and programs locally and provide feedback to the USMS national office, board of directors and national committees. The NELMSC has a great group of responsible board members. Because of their dedication and your (our members) involvement in USMS programs, New England is considered one of the best LMSCs in the country. To learn more about LMSC governance, check out our Annual Membership Meeting Minutes and visit our website .  If you'd like to get involved or if your club wants to appoint a rep to the NELMSC board, contact Douglas Sayles.
Fall Event Results
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Send your news, events, results, and photos to:
Alana Aubin,  Communications Chair, New England LMSC