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Around the NELMSC - September  2018
You're Invited: NE-LMSC Annual Meeting

Saturday, October 13, 2018 
12:30-3:30 pm
Simmons College's William J. Holmes Sports Center
331 Brookline Ave, Boston, MA 02215

Join NE-LMSC board members and fellow masters swimmers to discuss and vote on all that's happening in our LMSC. This meeting will be held directly after the  11th Annual October Swim Fest Mini Meet at Simmons College. A post-meet social and free catered lunch for all meeting attendees will be offered from approximately 11:30am - 12:30pm.

RSVP: Sue Jensen at

Agenda and updates can be found  here .
Upcoming Events
Oct 7 -- 28th Annual Bermuda Round the Sound Swim (0.8, 2, 4, 10 km)
Bermuda --  Details

Oct 13 -- 11th Annual October Swim Fest Mini Meet (Sanctioned SCM)
Boston, MA --  Details

Oct 13 -- New England LMSC Annual Membership Meeting
Boston, MA -- Details

Oct 20 -- 10th Annual UVAC Leaf Peepers Masters Meet (Sanctioned SCM)
White River Junction, VT --  Details

Oct 21 -- HAWKtoberfest Meet (Recognized SCY)
Bristol, RI --  Details

Oct 28 -- 12th Annual Concord Masters Mini Meet (Recognized SCM)
Concord, MA --  Details

Nov 3 -- 19th Annual George Erswell Meet (Recognized SCY)
Brunswick, ME --  Details

Nov 7-11 -- Barbados Open Water Festival (1.5, 3.33, 5, 10 km)
Barbados -- Details

Nov 15-30 -- 2018 SmartyPants Vitamins USMS Fall Fitness Challenge (1 mile)
Dec 7-9 -- NE-LMSC Short Course Meters Championship (Sanctioned SCM)
Worcester, MA --  Details
Recent News
New England Swimmers Compete at Pan American Masters Championships

ORLANDO, FL --  The 2018 Union Americana de Natacion (UANA) Pan American Masters Championships were held from July 25 to August 8 at the YMCA Aquatic Center in Orlando, Florida. More than 2,200 athletes participated across five disciplines -- swimming, diving, synchronized swimming, water polo, and open water swimming -- making it the largest UANA Pan American Masters Championships ever held. Over 1,700 pool swimmers hailed from 30 swimming federations (most from North and South America) and broke 65 FINA world records, 136 UANA records, and 38 USMS national records in long-course meters events.

Kysa Crusco, Karen Mareb, and Beth Estel
New England swimming legend  Fred Schlicher , who recently turned 70, set world records in the 200 free and 200 fly. He also set UANA records in the 50 back and 200 back. Two weeks earlier, at the 2018 South Central Zone LCM Championship meet in Texas, Fred bested the world record in the 100 fly, as well and set national records in the 200 IM and 400 IM. Congratulations Fred. You are an inspiration to all masters swimmers!

New Englanders who attended reported that the meet was friendly and very well-run even though the hot, humid weather made for a challenging meet environment.

Mark your cal endars for the the next Pan American Masters Championship meet, to be held in Medellin, Colombia in Summer 2020. The open water event is tentatively scheduled be held in Guatupe, a wonderful small town north of Medellin. Going forward, UANA will host the Pan American Masters Championships on even-numbered years and FINA will host the  World Masters Swimming Championships on odd-numbered years. 

- Sue Jensen, NE-LMSC Secretary

Bill Meier Leads 2018 High Performance Camp

GREENSBORO, NC -- On the last day of the USMS High Performance Camp at the Greensboro Aquatics Center, I was on the far side of the pool working with Sarah -- who had come from Italy for some last minute pointers in her attempt to break the LCM world record in the 100 breaststroke -- when I was interrupted by a surprising but familiar noise:

Happy Campers in Greensboro
"Gimme an H" ...  "H"
"Gimme a P" ...  "P"
"Gimme a C"  ... "C"
"What's that spell?" ...  "HPC"
I look ed up and yes, that was Bill Davis  of Charles River Masters in the middle of a group of adult athletes joyfully screaming at the top of their lungs. With a smile, I realized that their spontaneous cheer meant our coaching staff had met an important goal -- to make each one of these swimmers from around the globe realize they were an essential part of something special: The High Performance Camp.
After serving as one of the three assistant coaches at last year's High Performance Camp, it was an unexpected honor to be invited to serve as the head coach this year. As soon as HPC Director  Hill Carrow offered me the position, I started making mental notes of elements I wanted to keep from 2017 and those I thought we could improve.
Trey Taylor, Mike Hamm, and Bill Meier
The first step was to invite three other coaches to take part. Our goal was to find top coaches with different strengths. We got acceptances from three USMS Level 4 coaches:  Mike Hamm , world-ranked breaststroker from Coeur de Laine, ID;  Lisa Brown , open-water swimmer extraordinaire from Indy Aquatics; and  Trey Taylor , who on the second day of camp learned that he will be receiving the Kerry O'Brien Coaching Award at the 2018 USMS Convention -- 'nuff said!
The cost of the camp for participating swimmers $2,200 plus transportation costs. Over the course of the five-day camp, most of the swimmers commented that the diagnostic activities alone were worth that price. 

- Bill Meier, NE-LMSC Fitness Chair

New Englanders Represent at Kingdom Swim

NEWPORT, VT --    The 10th Annual Kingdom Swim was held on July 28th in Lake Memphremagog in Newport, Vermont. The  125 swimmers competed under sunny skies in 72-74F water temperatures.  Swimmers raced in the 1 mile, 5 km, 10 km, 10 mile, or 25 km Border Buster event into Canada and back. Masters swimmers from  New England represented well in all courses and posted many top finishes.
Winners of the beautifully hand-carved Vermont walking sticks in the 25 km Border Buster race were 25-year-old  Anthony Szmul  of Queensbury, NY in 8 hours 13 minutes 56 seconds and 50-year-old  Charlotte Brynn  of Stowe, VT in 8 hours 31 minutes 44 seconds. 

In the  10-mile race, 29-year-old  Morgan Grozier  of East Orleans, MA and 57-year-old  George Boerger  of Kingston, MA each won a walking stick, a pound of Brault's Beef Jerky, a quart of Couture's Maple Syrup, and a six-pack of Burke Mountain ski tickets.

In the 10km race  Eric Nilsson stormed away from the field -- to no one's surprise -- finishing first in a time of 2 hours 10 minutes 49 seconds.  Alana Aubin completed another strong Kingdom Swim to win the overall female division in a time of 2 hours 38 minutes 48 seconds.
Registration for the 2019 Kingdom Swim opened September 1. With only 30 spots in each event, register early to secure your spot and chance to enjoy a weekend of friendly open-water competition in the scenic Northeast Kingdom!

- Charlotte Brynn, NE-LMSC Open Water Chair

Elena Massa-Musiak Returns to Ironman Competition

HOLYOKE, MA --  Elena Massa-Musiak , a masters swimmer and triathlete with the Holyoke YMCA Sea Dragons, has been a friendly face on the pool deck since she was a child. She swam for the Holyoke YMCA Vikings and then went on to swim for Western New England College where she still holds multiple records and is now in their Athletic Hall of Fame. In the pool she is a sprinter, excelling in 50s and 100s, but in recent years she has been highly competitive in triathlon, particularly enjoying the 140.6 mile Ironman distance. Elena claims to have only two speeds: sprinting and Ironman pace. She feels other, middle distances are hard work and prefers events where she can be "lazy." While her teammates understand what she means, there is nothing lazy about how Elena approaches her training -- she placed second in her age group at the 2014 Ironman Lake Placid, and has competed in the Kona Ironman World Championships.

Elena with her son prior to Ironman Lake Placid
In 2016 Elena was honored as a USAT All-American in her age group while expecting her first child most of the year. She regularly attended masters practice during her pregnancy. It was only in the final week that she decided to sleep in and skip practice, but only to delay her swim to mid-morning. She was back in the pool as soon as her doctors allowed it, and spent the remainder of 2017 training quietly and consistently.

In January of 2018, as everyone was chatting in the locker room about their New Year's goals for swimming, Elena casually mentioned that she planned to do an Ironman. Somewhere between working a full time job and caring for her one-year-old son, she prepared to compete in a race requiring hours of weekly training and dedication. Not only did she expect to finish but, judging by her swimming in the pool, she clearly planned to be competitive. Elena ended up taking fourth place in her age group at Ironman Lake Placid 140.6, a fantastic finish for her first race as an IronMom.

Compared to her training pre-baby, Elena says she is now much more focused with what she needs to accomplish in a particular training session. She is training less overall but the quality and consistency are paying off. Well done, Elena!

- Michelle Toner, HOLY 
2019 Worlds Qualifying Times Now Available

FINA has published the qualifying times for next year's FINA World Masters Championships. The meet will be held in Gwangju, South Korea in July 2019. 

Check them out here!
Vermont to Host 2019 USMS Open Water Nationals

Attending a USMS pool or open water national championship event is undeniably a great experience. Just registering and making the commitment ups your game in practice and motivates you to swim harder and train smarter. Now it just got easier for New Englanders to participate because next August two  USMS Open Water National Championships will be held in scenic Lake Willoughby, Vermont!

Lake Willoughby, Vermont

Mark your calendar:  The 1-mile Open Water National Championship will be held on Friday, August 16th, and the 5-mile National Championship on Saturday August 17th.

Why compete?
  • It's fun to meet other USMS swimmers from around the nation.
  • Racing improves your overall speed and makes you dig deep.
  • Overcoming nervousness or other personal obstacles, whatever they might be, makes you stronger and is its own reward.
  • Open water venues incredibly scenic; Lake Willoughby is spectacular.
  • You get to explore new places, cities, states, and even countries!
- Charlotte Brynn, NE-LMSC Open Water Chair
Summer Event Results
Open Water
Wild Fish Swim Festival .5 mi, 1 mi, 2 mi
Celebrate the Clean Harbor Swim Festival 1.2 mi, 10 mi relay

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