Spring Fever Hits Kendallville!

There was a wonderful group of swimmers at this year’s 31st Annual Spring Fever meet in Kendallville. There were many good races and lots of swimmers pleased with their times.

We got off to a good start and ended in record time thanks to Jim Simons, the best official/starter of all time!

Speaking of records! We were once again honored to have Susan Meyers, 75, and David Costill, 81, swimming with us again this year! Susan and David are remarkable swimmers and are so inspiring for us all. Susan now has National top ten times in the 50 FLY- #1 spot with 42.61, 500 FREE-#1 spot with 8:15.89, and her first 50 FREE split in the 100 Free was good for the #3 spot with 36.65. David broke National and State records in the 50 FLY with 33.32, and the 100 BACK (a flawless double-arm backstroke) with a 1:15.69.

This year’s meet was one of the best. We had a wonderful group of volunteers running the meet and had enough timers thanks to fellow Masters Swimmers, their families, and the Cole YMCA Bluefins age group swimmers and parents. Thanks to Jen & Peggy, Bluefins parents, for running the timing system. They were great!

We had our annual “marathon” swimmer Donald Kroeger, 71, entering in every event. He has done this for over 10 years. He calls it “just a workout”.  After all these years he has inspired two other swimmers to also inflict the same pain; Ali Turfe and Linda Marvin.  They all survived and are amazing!

We also had a father and two sons swimming in the meet (pictured right- father Stephen Holland and his sons, Matt and Andrew). The father and older son have been attending for years and finally talked the younger brother into joining them.  We also had an 8 year old Bluefins swimmer in the 1st heat (in the warm-up lane) of the 500 Free to try and break the team record. Her father, Kevin Lowe, also swam. So, we had a father-daughter duo. There were lots of first time Masters Meet swimmers too!

AND Miss Indiana, Brianna DeCamp from Kendallville visited the meet to watch her mom, Jodi DeCamp swim her events and talked to a lot of the Masters.

Our surprise relay this year was the partner backstroke. Everyone picked up on the idea quickly and did quite well! (FYI – Partner backstroke is one arm backstroke while holding your partner’s hand with the non-rotating arm.) Fun for all!

We ended the day with lots of good food and camaraderie. It was a time to relax and watch the meet video – always one of the best parts of the day.

This was a great event and we look forward to seeing  you next year!

Written by Cindy Miller, Cole YMCA Masters

Upcoming GRIN Board Meetings Set

There will be a GRIN Board Meeting via conference call on Thursday, March 30 from 8:00 – 9:00p (EST). All GRIN members are invited to call in. The main topics of discussion will be the GRIN State Meet, the Great Lakes Zone Meet, and Club Development, 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

GRIN’s Annual Meeting will take place on Saturday, April 8, during the 2017 GRIN Short Course State Championships at the Jon Jepsen Aquatic Center. The Annual Meeting will be held at the conclusion of the 100 Back (Events #15 & 16). Topics include the Chair and Treasurer reports and the announcement of our annual award winners.

Meeting Location:
Jon Jepsen Aquatic Center
Munster High School
8808 Columbia Avenue
Munster, IN 46321

All are invited to attend these meetings.

Registration is Open for the 2017 GRIN State Meet

The 2017 GRIN State Championship Meet will be held from April 8-9 in Munster, Indiana, and hosted by the Munster Masters Association. Taking place at the Jon Jepsen Aquatic Center (Munster High School, 8808 Columbia Avenue, Munster 46321), the Aquatic Center features a beautiful 10-lane, 50-meter competition pool with moveable bulkheads to allow for separate competition and warm-up / warm-down pools. The facility also includes spacious locker rooms, offices, a large classroom, and a large open area that will feature vendors and concessions – all designed to handle the needs of a large event.

This year’s meet brings a new Order of Events, the GRIN Annual Meeting during Saturday’s break, Early Bird entry discounts, and SIX relay opportunities! Registration is now open, so choose your events and make plans to attend the State Meet in Munster!

The 2017 GRIN State Meet is Set!

The GRIN Board is thrilled to announce that the 2017 GRIN State Championship Meet will be held from April 8-9 at the Jon Jepsen Aquatic Center in Munster, Indiana.

Meet Hosts
The 2017 State Meet will be hosted by the Munster Masters Association. This diverse Masters program has approximately 60 registered members ranging in age from 21 years old to over 70.  Head Coach Matt Lee believes that you are never too old to be competitive and they are looking forward to bringing the GRIN State Meet competition to their pool. The Munster Masters Association also has a great volunteer base, enjoys hosting several Masters meets each year, and hosted the 2016 Illinois State Meet, which had over 600 swimmers. They certainly know how to run a championship meet and we are thrilled they will be our meet host for 2017!

Meet Facility
The Jon Jepsen Aquatic Center is located at Munster High School, 8808 Columbia Avenue, Munster, IN 46321.  The Aquatic Center features a beautiful 10-lane, 50-meter competition pool with moveable bulkheads to allow for separate competition and warm-up / warm-down pools. The facility also includes spacious locker rooms, offices, a large classroom, and a large open area that will feature vendors and concessions – all designed to handle the needs of a large event.

Additional details, including the order of events, registration information, and hotels, will be coming shortly. Please stay tuned, but be sure to get this great annual competition on your calendars now. We hope to see you all in Munster!

GRIN Board Meeting on Thursday, 10/27

GRIN LogoJust a reminder that the next GRIN Board meeting will take place via conference call on Thursday, October 27, from 8:00 – 9:00p EDT. All GRIN members are invited to call in. The main topic of discussions will be the GRIN 2017 Budget, 2017 State Meet bids,  Club Development program, USMS registration for 2017, and 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

Bidding Now Open for the 2017 GRIN State Meet

Greater Indiana Masters Swimming (GRIN) is soliciting bids for the 2017 GRIN State Championship Meet. Even if your program does not have the desire or facility to host the Championship meet, we encourage you to reach out to local age group and high school swim programs, colleges, and YMCA’s to let them know about this opportunity. Interested parties should download the Bid Application Packet for pertinent details and the application form. All bids (and any supporting documentation) must be submitted to the GRIN Chair, Lisa Brown, by October 1. The winning bid will be selected on or about November 1.

The 2016 GRIN State Meet was a tremendous success and we are looking forward to working with next year’s host. Please contact either Lisa Brown or Karen Gernert with any questions.

Can You “Swim a Tri”?

Swim a Tri Logo RevisedSummer is upon us and triathlon season is kicking in to high gear. While some of us compete in triathlons, many of us watch and wonder just how far they race. Here is your chance to find out! Greater Indiana Masters Swimming is proud to announce our first “Swim a Tri” Postal Challenge. This is a chance for swimmers from all over the state to challenge themselves to “Swim a Tri” while competing against swimmers from other programs – no biking or running required! Just pick your distance (Sprint, Olympic, Half, or Full) and log your swim yardage over the summer. Will you try to “Swim a Tri”?

Postal Challenge Options:
Participants in the 2016 “Swim a Tri” Postal Challenge can choose from ONE of the following distances.

* Sprint Triathlon – 16 miles x 1,760 yards/mile = 28,160 total yards (2,347 yards/week)
* Olympic Triathlon – 31.93 miles x 1,760 yards/mile = 56,197 total yards (4,683 yards/week)
* Half Triathlon – 70.3 miles x 1,760 yards/mile = 123,728 total yards (10,310 yards/week)
* Full Triathlon – 140.6 miles x 1,760 yards/mile = 247,456 total yards (20,621 yards/ week)

Directions:
Swim a Tri Entry Button RevisedUpon entering the Challenge, you will be emailed a Swim Log to track your yardage. All swim yardage between June 1 – August 31 counts – pool or open water – and equipment IS allowed. Just track your yardage and return your completed tracking log and entry form to Karen Gernert by September 10, 2016.

Entry Fees:
The Postal Challenge is open to all registered USMS swimmers. Entries are FREE for GRIN members; $10 for USMS members outside the GRIN LMSC. Checks in US Funds should be payable to Greater Indiana Masters Swimming and included with your completed entry submission. All fees are non-refundable.

Results:
Participants will compete in USMS age group categories: 18-24, 25-29, 30-34,…, 95-99, 100+. Age will be determined by the swimmer’s age on August 31, 2016. Results will be determined by the order of finish. The person that completes their distance and submits their complete entry & tracking log FIRST will win the event. However, mileage submitted CANNOT BE higher than the average for the next higher distance category. Results will be posted on the GRIN website.

Will you try to “Swim a Tri” this summer? Email your entry to Karen Gernert today!