Volunteers Needed for the USMS 15K National Championships

logo_2015 USMS 15K OW Championship_0On June 20th, the USMS 15K Open Water National Championships will be held in Noblesville. Sponsored by the NASTI’s, this event is also a fundraiser for the Forest Park Aquatic Center.

Some of the best local and national open water swimmers will participate in this event. Because of the distance, each swimmer will need a kayaker as support. The kayakers will help guide them, and carry the water and nutrition they will need to complete the 9.3 mile course. We are in great need of kayaks & paddlers for this event.  The course is 3 laps – each lap is 3.1 miles.  Paddlers can kayak one, two, or all three laps.

If interested, please contact Julia Shildmyer-Heighway at juliashhe@hotmail.com.

Award Winners Recognized at the 2015 GRIN State Meet

At the GRIN State Meet, our annual award winners were revealed. The Irv Merritt Award is given to the Masters swimmer who best exemplifies the standards and values of Irv Merritt. This year’s Irv Merritt winners are Chris Sikich from the Noblesville Adult Swim Team and Matt Lee from Munster Masters. This year’s Strong Swimmer award winner is Patti Davies from Lawrence Masters Swimming. The Strong Swimmer Award is given each year to the swimmer who scores the most points in the long distance and difficult events that Doug Strong enjoyed. Congratulations to our 2015 award winners!


GRIN Swimmers Excel at USMS Nationals!

Congratulations to the 9 Indiana swimmers who competed at the 2015 U.S. Masters Swimming Spring National Championships. Contested at the Northside Aquatic Complex in San Antonio, Texas, over 1,800 swimmers descended on San Antonio from April 23 – 26, 2015, to compete in this SCY championship event. Competitors ranged in age from 18 to 98 and included beginning swimmers to Olympians – and everyone in between.

With storms threatening each day, the atmosphere was indeed electric. In the pool, 52 new USMS individual records and 8 relay records were set over the 4 days of competition. Nine swimmers represented Indiana at the National Championships. Competing for Indy Aquatic Masters were Meg Carlson, Nadine Day, Jeremy Forst, Cheryl Gettelfinger, Linda Marvin, Stephen Rouch, and Shelby Stultz. Joe Dauginas represented the Valpo Masters, while Patty Winck, from Newburgh, swam for Unified Club Indiana – 16. The weekend included 7 individual National Championships between Meg Carlson (50 Breast, 100 Breast, 200 Breast) and Nadine Day (1650 Free, 200 Breast, 100 Fly, and 400 IM) and numerous Top 20 finishes. In fact, 38 of the 44 individual races by Indiana swimmers and all 4 relays resulted in Top 20 age group finishes. Check out the full results. Congratulations to all who competed and welcome home. We can’t wait to see what you’ll do next!

Open Water Swim Clinic

Attention Triathletes and Open Water Swimmers!

Once again, Dick Sidner, a professional swim coach, will lead a cadre of experienced open water coaches for a Forest Park Aquatic Center Fundraiser. It is an open water swim clinic that is geared for novices and experienced open water swimmers alike. There will be four stations that involve: entries and exits, stroke analysis, going around bouys, sighting and more. Mark you calendar for Sunday, June 7, 2015.

If you want to take your open water swim skills to the next level, this clinic is for you. Part of the training is in pools for personalized instruction and part of the training is at Morse Reservoir for application of the skills learned and taught in the pool. Hope to see you there. For more information, please call Herman at 765.631.7502, email at hmccrae@gmail.com or better yet visit the website:

Swim Clinic website

Registration page


Thanks to All Who Helped

Cheryl Gettelfinger and all of the others who organized the 2015 GRIN State Championships want to thank everyone who volunteered to help during this 2-day event, especially the officials and Hy-Tek operator:

Byron Haflich
Peter Santerre
Matt Stolle
Jill Dempsey
Jane Jones
Pavel Fludzinski
Brenda Fisher

Final Results for the GRIN State Meet

Here are the updated results for the 2015 GRIN State Championships – if anyone finds any errors, please contact Cheryl Gettelfinger (cherylgettelfingerATearthlink.net) with the correct information.

Heat Sheets for GRIN State Meet

Here are 2015 GRIN State Meet Results.

Here are Saturday Results.

The timeline has not changed; however, because there are 61 swimmers in the 1650 and 51 in the 1000, it is likely that a heat will be dropped.  It will not change the timeline considerably but the meet will not be held up to wait for the timeline.  The timeline included a 20 minute break between the 1650/1000 and the remainder of the meet as well as a 20 minute break (Saturday only) after the men’s 200 breaststroke for the Annual GRIN meeting.

Because there were so few entrants to the 400 IM it was decided to seed that event and not require check-in so that heat sheet is final.  You will still need to sign in for the 500, 1000 and 1650.

The competition pool will finish the distance event first and open for warm-ups as soon as the last heat is finished.  There will be sprint lanes during that time as well as the first warm-up.   Feet first entry except for the sprint lanes please.

Good luck at the meet!

1650 Free heat sheet
1000 Free heat sheet
500 Free heat sheet
400 IM heat sheet
Saturday Other Events heat sheet
Sunday Other Events heat sheet


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