GRIN swimmers set records at Miami (Ohio), Crawfordsville, Munster meets

The following swimmers set records  at three long-course meters meets the weekend of June 20-22.
Miami of Ohio:
55-59 Bruce Young CSC 200 Free 2:14.07 Dave Tanner, 2:17.32 – 2006
200 IM 2:34.84 Dick Smith, 2:49.35 – 2000
65-69 Richard Smith EAM 1500 23:43.61 Bernard Loft, 33:40.83 – 1983
75-79 Dave Costill INDY 50 Breast 43.45 Russell Judd, 53.78 – 2009
100 Breast 1:39.77 Russell Judd, 2:04.03 -2009
200 Breast 3:50.30 Doug Strong, 5:59.55 – 2002


18-24 Cristina Elliot THT 100 Back 1:14.44
55-59 Bruce Young CSC 100 Free 59.86
200 Back 2:35.88


New 30-Day USMS Waiver

Effective immediately, this needs to be enforced by all clubs and workout groups.  USMS offers a 30-day tryout (guest membership) for prospective members who would like to participate in a couple of workouts before joining a Masters program. Our insurance coverage for this 30-day tryout has changed and we are introducing a new process and form for these prospective members who may visit your program.

All 30-day tryout participants are now COVERED by the USMS participant accident insurance during their tryout period. (In the past the tryout participants themselves were not covered.) Because they are now covered, USMS must collect and retain the 30-day tryout participants’ biographical information and signed liability waivers.

We have posted a new form that is to be used for all 30-day tryout participants in your program. The form must be completed and signed by the participant on their first day of attendance. The coach should make a copy of that signed form for the club to retain, then mail the original signed form to the USMS national office (address is on the form).

The form is two pages long; both pages must be filled out and signed.

• Tryout memberships are limited to one per lifetime.
• Tryout memberships are limited to 30 consecutive days in length.
• Tryout memberships are for workouts or clinics only.
• Tryout memberships cannot be used to participate in swim meets or open water race events.
• A Tryout membership provides secondary personal accident coverage to the participant while participating in the USMS activity.

Instructions may be found in the USMS Guide to Operations, registration section:

The 30-day tryout form is posted here:

Chris Clarke Celebration Ride

In memorial, there will be a Chris Clarke Celebration Ride held on July 4th, 76 miles starting from Hamilton Southeastern HS @ 8 AM

This message from Court Maple:

“Please see the link below and also my FB post.  Departing From HSE HS @ 8AM.  A no drop ride with moments of effort.  Since Chris became a US citizen & loved the July 4th it is only appropriate to celebrate Chris on July 4th.  We will be riding past places where Chris swam, the HSE Nat, Mama Bears (where we usually meet), Fishers Nat., Carmel, Nat. and then swing by his house to show the family our support.  Then heading back via 146 St. to Olio Rd.  Weather looks to be awesome too.  If you have TT machine bring it.  See you there!”


Eagle Creek results posted

Here are the corrected results from the Eagle Creek open water swim. There was a change in the 2-mile race.

2-mile competition: IOWC 2014 2-mile Results

1-mile competition: IOWC 2014 1-mile Results

2-mile wetsuit division: IOWC 2014 2-mile WETSUIT Results

1-mile wetsuit division: IOWC 2014 1-mile WETSUIT Results

Chris Clarke

It is with extreme sorrow we inform you that GRIN and Indy Aquatic Masters lost a great friend, competitor, and teammate Sunday in Chris Clarke at the Eagle Creek competition. Our thoughts and prayers go out to his wife Jane and their family. Chris will be sorely missed by all that knew him.

There will be a memorial  from 1:30-4 p.m. Saturday, June 28, at Geist Christian church, 8550 Mud Creek Road.


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Swimming Saves Lives off to fast start

Zionsville Aquatic Masters teaches adults to swim.

Zionsville Aquatic Masters teaches adults to swim.

We’ve had a successful start to the Swimming Saves Lives program in Indiana thanks to clubs like Indy Aquatic Masters and Zionsville Aquatic Masters.The Swimming Saves Lives Foundation, USMS’s charitable arm, is undertaking a national awareness campaign to help prevent adult drowning.Gov. Pence declared April an adult-learn-to-swim month and former Gov. Mitch Daniels helped out with some publicity at Purdue.

GRIN Fitness Chair Robin Walker and INDY founder Mel Goldstein have spearheaded the program here with assistance from the national office.

ZAM taught 95 adults to swim. ZAM coach Lisa Brown, plus Ralph Dixon, Ailbe Burke, Denny Mattingly, Fabio Nunes, Anne Harvey, Jenn Zimmer, and Dave Madrick have been teaching the lessons for ZAM.

INDY also had quite a bit of success. So far, 28 swimmers have attended sessions and another 68 have expressed interest. In all, 24 INDY swimmers and coaches have served as instructors for classes that have ranged in size from 5 to 20.

INDY has a solid philosophy for the program: As swimmers, we relish the idea of slipping into the water and swimming away. Together, we can make our haven safe for everyone. Our mantra — “Relax, Breathe, Glide” — reflects our goal to help these beginning adult swimmers become comfortable and efficient in the water.

Find more info about INDY’s program at

Want to improve your open-water swimming? Try this clinic

It’s almost open-water swim season again.

IMG_2807tMaybe you’re doing the Indy Open Water Challenge at Eagle Creek. Maybe you’re gearing up for Big Shoulders in Chicago. Maybe you’re a triathlete and want an advantage heading into that pesky swim. Maybe you just want to learn more about open-water swimming.

Whether you are a novice open-water swimmer, a triathlete or love following that black line on the bottom of the pool, this open-water swim clinic  will have something for you. The clinic will include a pool session form 8 a.m. to 11 a.m. June 8 at Forest Park Aquatic Center, 701 Cicero Road, Noblesville, followed by an optional open-water session from noon to 1:30 p.m. at Morse Lake. 

Dick Sidner, a long-time competitive swimmer and coach, will be joined by about 10 coaches for instruction that includes practicing starts on shore and offshore, bouy turns, pack swimming, drills and detailed stroke analysis.

This is a fundraiser for the Forest Park Aquatic Center, an Olympic sized swimming and diving facility that serves as Noblesville’s community pool. This pool is run by a non-profit organization on behalf of the city and you will want to return just to use the facilities and possibly join the USMS Masters Club there, the world-famous NASTIs.

Registration costs $40 for the pool clinic and 40 slots are available. The optional open-water session costs an additional $20 and is limited to 20 swimmers. It’s well worth your time.

USMS membership is not required, but we will have you sign a 30-day waiver.

The event is June  8. Registration  closes May 31, or when the event sells  out.

Find more information at: including the registration form.

Find the event on Facebook at


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