What a State Meet!

GRN State Meet 2016This year’s championship meet was held on May 7 – 8 at the Vigo County School Corporation Aquatic Center in Terre Haute.  Over two days of racing, new friends were made and old acquaintances renewed.  And, with 105 swimmers in attendance ranging in age from 18 to 83, the meet promised fierce competition, an amazing venue, and fast water – and the competitors certainly delivered! Congratulations go out to Indy Aquatic Masters and the Noblesville Adult Swim for winning the Large Team and Small Team Divisions at the 2016 GRIN Short Course State Championships respectively!

GRIN State Trophy ResizedAll told, there were 26 new GRIN State Records set during the 2-day event. New record holders include: Mark Ahonen (M 50-54 – 25 Fly and 25 Breast), Barbara Bolda (W 50-54 – 25 Breast), Meg Carlson (W 30-34 – 25 Breast), Rick Chamberlain (M 60-64 – 25 Fly), Brian Cummings (M 55-59 – 25 Fly), Joseph Frey (M 18-24 – 25 Back), Cheryl Gettelfinger (W 55-59 – 25 Breast), Steve Julian (M 50-54 – 25 Back), Ed Keefe (M 75-79 – 25 Back), Tracy Knight (W 40-44 – 25 Breast), Ginny Kubek (W 65-69 – 25 Fly),  Denny Mattingly (M 60-64 – 25 Breast), George Quigley (M 75-79 – 25 Fly and 25 Breast), Julie Radtke (W 40-44 – 25 Free)¸ Matthew Schulstad (M 18-24 – 25 Fly), Dick Smith (M 70-74 – 1650 Free), Erica Smith (W 25-29 – 50 Fly, 100 Fly, 100 Free, and 100 IM), Haley Tisdale (W 18-24 – 25 Fly), Kendrick Vester (M 18-24 – 25 Free), and Bruce Young (M 55-59 – 25 Free).

GRIN relays were also highly competitive. Setting a new GRIN record for the Mixed 25+ 800 Free Relay  were Charlie Geist, Kari Peglar, Stephen Rouch, and Erica Smith with Indy Aquatic Masters.

In addition to new State records and a multitude of personal best swims, GRIN also had a number of swimmers making their competitive Masters debut. Check out the full 2016 State results and congratulations to all of our swimmers – from our novice to our seasoned competitors. This was a great State Meet! We look forward to seeing you all next year.

GRIN Board Meeting on Tuesday, June 14

GRIN LogoThere will be a GRIN Board meeting via conference call on Tuesday, June 14, from 7:00 – 8:00p. All GRIN members are invited to call in. The main topic of discussion will be the approval of the GRIN Policy Handbook, which will be posted on the GRIN website for review shortly, as well as any new business.

Conference Call Details:
Members calling in for the meeting should use the following:

  • Toll Number: (701) 801-1220
  • Meeting ID: 947-708-061

Good Luck at State!

2016 State Meet Logo DraftGood luck to all those heading to the GRIN State Meet in Terre Haute this weekend. Get ready for some fast water in an amazing facility. With over 100 swimmers in attendance, this will be a great time to catch up with old friends and make new friends.

Be sure to check out the revised Psych Sheet, Heat Sheet, and Tentative Meet Timeline. If there are any questions, please let Karen know. Swim fast and have fun!

Three Weeks Until State!

2016 State Meet Logo DraftThe 2016 GRIN Short Course State Championships are just THREE WEEKS AWAY! Taking place from May 7 – 8, the championship will be contested at the VCSC Aquatic Center (2230 Prairieton Road, Terre Haute, IN 47802). Their brand new facility features a 10-lane, 50-meter competition pool and spacious locker rooms. This year’s meet will feature our typical events PLUS the 4 x 200 Free Relay! If you are planning to stay overnight, book your hotels quickly. It is graduation weekend in Terre Haute and rooms are filling quickly.

Remember, the state meet is FREE to all GRIN members and there are no qualifying times, so be sure to register today! We hope to see you all in Terre Haute!

GRIN’s Annual Meeting is Set

GRIN LogoGRIN’s Annual Meeting will take place on Saturday, May 7, during the 2016 GRIN Short Course State Championships at the VCSC Aquatic Center. The Annual Meeting will be held at the conclusion of the 200 Fly (Events #15 & 16). Topics include the Chair and Treasurer reports, the introduction of new Board Members, and the announcement of our annual award winners. Hope to see you all there.

Meeting Location:
VCSC Aquatic Center
2230 Prairieton Road
Terre Haute, IN 47802

If you have any questions, please contact GRIN Secretary, Karen Gernert.


The Level 1 & 2 USMS Coach Certification Course is Coming to Columbus, OH

USMS Certified Coach LogoUS Masters Swimming is hosting a USMS Levels 1 & 2 Masters Coach Certification Course on Sunday, May 22, in Columbus, OH. Taught by Dominic Latella and Mel Goldstein, the class will take place at the Hilton Garden Inn University (3232 Olegentagy River Rd, Columbus 43202) from 9:00a – 5:00p. Upon successful completion of the classroom coursework, including all required applications and successfully completed tests, each person will be awarded USMS Level 1 or Level 2 Certified Masters Coach Certificates. Please note that you must be a current USMS member to participate in the course and receive USMS certification.

The class is designed or current full-time, part-time, and volunteer coaches or anyone interested in becoming a Masters coach or starting a Masters program. The class is limited to 40 participants, so register online today. If you have any questions, please contact Marianne Groenings.


Cole Family YMCA Celebrates the 30th Year Hosting the Spring Fever Invitational!

On Saturday, March 12, 2016, the Cole YMCA Masters held their annual Spring Fever Masters Invitational at the Cole Center Family YMCA in Kendallville, IN – for the 30th time! Here is the meet recap from Head Coach Cindy Miller:

In our 30th year for the Spring Fever Invitational Masters Meet, we had some fast swims, good fellowship and, as usual, great volunteers.  Before the meet started, we broke for a moment of silence over the loss of one of our long time swimmers, Deb Stoner, who succumbed to a lengthy battle with cancer. Her daily swimming regiment was what kept her going and an inspiration to us until just recently. We’ll always remember her kicking endurance as she swam 2 miles every day most of her life.

This year’s meet featured 38 swimmers from Indiana, Michigan, and Ohio. Teams represented at the meet included Duneland Masters, Elkhart Y/Concord Masters, Fort Wayne Y Sharks, Indy Aquatic Masters, Michiana Y Masters, and the Water Buffaloes. See pictures of our competitors below.

During the meet, there were 5 Indiana Masters State records and 2 National records set by Dave Costill (Muncie, IN). Dave now holds the National and State records in the 50 Breast (M 80-84; 37.74) and the 200 Breast (M 80-84; 3:09.84). In fact, Dave has held numerous National and State records in his career. We were excited to have Dave at our meet. He is quite an inspiration to all of us.

Records were also broken by Jeff Ostermann (Fort Wayne, IN). We can always count on Jeff to make our meets exciting. He’s always chasing records – and usually obtaining them! He now has the new State Record in the 200 Back (M 35-39; 2:00.39). Erica Smith (Greenwood, IN) also tied her own State Record for the 50 Fly (W 25-29) with a time of 26.05. And, just for good measure, Dave Costill broke another record in the 50 Back (M 80-84) with a 35.44!

The Noodle Relay finished out the meet with the winning team of Eric Ellingson, Dave Larsen, Linda Marvin, James Bartlett, and Rachel Fuelling. They beat four other teams swimming with noodles. Good food and the meet video rounded out a great day of swimming. Thanks to all of our volunteers and our meet official, Jim Simons (Angola, IN), for a great meet! We would also like to thank the Kendallville McDonald’s for supplying the buns, Orange Hi-C, and cups every year for the dinner we host after the meet.

See you all next year!

Cindy Miller
Cole YMCA Masters Swimming

Duneland Masters

Duneland Masters
Peter DeWitt


Elkhart Y-Concord Masters

Elkhart Y / Concord Masters
Jake Free and Keith Higginbottom


Fort Wayne Y Sharks
Fort Wayne Y Sharks

Dave Larsen, Rachel Fuelling, and German Valdez



Indy Aquatic Masters
Indy Aquatic Masters
Front L-R: Alexis Schussler, Katlyn Tracy
Back Row L-R: Linda Marvin, Cheryl Gettelfinger, Dave Costill, and Erica Smith

Michiana Y Masters
Michiana Y Masters
Debbie Johnson, Jeffrey Price, James Bartlett, and Alan Johnson


Water Buffaloes
Water Buffaloes
Matt and Stephen Holland


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