Congrats to all who participated in the U of Indy and the GRIN Fall Classic meets; quite a few new records were set (see below). These are still preliminary records at this time, but should be official soon! Great swims!
By Peter Finn
The seven GRIN swimmers who competed at Summer Nationals at Auburn brought home a total of 34 medals. Exceptionally strong swims were made by Marty Mennen (INDY: Indy Aquatic Masters) and Jutta Schickore (DOC IU Masters). Marty had four Gold medals (400 and 800 free and 100 and 200 back), one Silver (50 back) and one Bronze (50 free) in the 75-79 age group. Jutta had three Gold medals (100 and 200 fly and 1500 free), a Silver in the 400 free and two Bronze medals (50 fly and 400 IM). Marty set new State records in all his events. Jutta set new State records in the 100 and 200 fly, the 1500 free and the 800 free (her split on the 1500 broke the current State record). It was really exciting to watch Marty and Jutta swim. Marty won his events by very large margins. Jutta also won the 100 and 200 fly by very large margins. In the 1500 free, Jutta came from behind and overtook the leader in the last 250 meters. Other GRIN swimmers who had strong performances included Sally Newell (INDY; 70-74 age group) with Silver medals in the 50 and 100 free and the 100 back, Bronze medals in the 50 and 100 breast, and a 4th place finish in the 50 back. Ben Christoffel (INDY; 35-39) had a Silver in the 50 breast and Bronze medals in the 50 and 100 free.
From DOC, both Robert Wright (55-59) and Peter Finn (55-59) won Bronze medals (200 fly and 50 breast respectfully). Robert also placed 5th in the 1500 free, 6th in the 400 IM and 9th in the 200 and 400 free. Peter also placed 4th in the 100 breast and 7th in the 200 breast. In the 30-34 age group, Rose Jones (INDY) placed 4th in the 200 back, 7th in the 100 back, 8th in the 50 back and 50 fly and 9th in the 50 free. It was nice to see the familiar faces of other GRIN swimmers so far from home.
The Auburn swimming facility was impressive. The competition pool was kept at 80 degrees and was fast. There was an indoor 25 yard warm-up pool just adjacent to the competition pool that was convenient for last minute warm-ups and for cool down swims. There also was a 50 m outdoor warm-up pool but relatively few swam there because it was rather hot outside (98-101 degrees). All in all, GRIN swimmers made their presence known to the nation at the meet. It was inspiring to see how well everyone placed and to see the INDY and DOC club names appearing on the score board.
Congratulations to all! We hope to see everyone, and more, at next year’s meet in Omaha!
Results for the 2011 USMS 25K Solo and 15K & 20K Relays are posted. Thanks to Dick Sidner and his incredible supporting cast for being such great hosts and putting on such a wonderful event! Even with a delay caused by early morning storms, the fun and sportsmanship experienced by the participants and workers shows why open water swimming has become such a popular sport.
Dan Welklin took some great photos of the event, there is a slideshow posted here.
The 2011 GRIN State Championships were held over the weekend and here are the preliminary results.
The slate of officers was approved by the membership present and voting affirmatively. Randy gave his usual, succinct financial report. Ivan Chalfie received the Emeritus award, while Jeff Halbert and Susie Shuck shared the Strong Swimmer award. And we really surprised Steve Jones with the Irv Merritt Award. A very special thanks to Cheryl for providing all of the logistical support, and to Mel for a great meet!
Finally, I appreciate the network of GRIN volunteers that keep the organization going. Thanks so much!
- Dick Smith
YMCA Indy SwimFit won the state meet Saturday and Sunday at Fishers High School, defeating second-place Noblesville Adult Swim Team Inc. (NASTI) 3,579 to 2,369. In all, 14 teams from five states competed.
SwimFit dominated the women’s division, scoring 1,800. NASTI was second with only 568.
NASTI took first in the men’s division, edging SwimFit 1755 to 1566.
Here are the results.
The IU Masters Swim Club will host its annual meet Feb. 13 at the Councilman/Billingsley Aquatic Center in Bloomington. The entry deadline for the early bird fee is Wednesday, Feb. 10.
Same day entries will be allowed.
This is always a fun meet and a great way to test the water before the state meet.
Click here for the entry http://www.grinswim.org/IUMastersEntry2010.pdf
By Eileen Davis
The Ball State Llewellyn Aquatic center hosts a 25 yard pool “in the round” with spectator seating on three sides and ample deck space for swimmers. With a separate diving well used for warm up and warm downs between events, it was a great meet facility for the Masters who attended.
Early bird Ball State entries must be postmarked by Jan. 17. Same day registrations will be accepted.
Cardinal Swimming Indiana is hosting the sixth annual New Year’s Resolution Swim Meet on Jan. 31. It’s always a fun event, and a great way to gauge your preparedness for the state meet.
Find the entry form here
by Kevin Sherman
Last August five swimmers from the Indianapolis area (Victoria Rian, Jan Johnson, Tina Oaks, Jim Barber and Kevin Sherman) participated in the 22nd annual Swim Across The Sound 25K held in Bridgeport, CT. The annual swim sponsored by St. Vincent’s Foundation rose over $350,000 dollars. Proceeds of the event help the under privileged with the financial burden associated with a cancer diagnosis.