NASTI Announces the 2011 Noblesville Brewfest

Forest Park Aquatic Center and the NASTI Masters (Noblesville Adult Swim Team Inc.) have announced the 2011 Noblesville Brewfest as a fundraiser for the Forest Park Pool.

The event will  once again be held at the Moose Lodge, 950 Field Drive in Noblesville, IN, on September 24 from 3:00-7:00 PM.  Last year’s inaugural event drew a great crowd of thirsty beer fans, and the lineup for this year is better than ever! There will be lots of fun, prizes, a live band, a silent auction, and of course dozens of beers to sample for free. All participants will recieve a commemorative sampling glass, while supplies last.

Advance sale tickets are available now for $20.00 each and can be purchased at the Forest Park Pool office, or at one of the Vintage Spirits stores in Noblesville.  Tickets the day of the event will be $25.00 each.  All proceeds will go to The Forest Park Aquatic  Center.  You can also visit the website, check us out on Facebook or download a flyer for the event.

2K/4K swims this weekend at Morse Reservoir in Noblesville

Register now for the Planet Adventure Swim Series 2K and 4K swims Aug. 28 on Morse Reservoir in Noblesville.

Dick Sidner, a past GRIN president and longtime NASTI swimmer, is the meet director.

Check here for more information: http://www.planetadventurerace.com/swimming/index.shtml

Indy to host 2013 SCY Spring Nationals

Very cool news from Indy Aquatic Masters:

August 17, 2011 – U.S. Masters Swimming, the national governing body for adult competitive and fitness swimming, has awarded its 2013 Spring National Short Course Championships to Indianapolis, Indiana. The Indy Aquatic Masters will host the event, in cooperation with Greater Indiana Masters Swimming, the City of Indianapolis, and Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis (IUPUI). The four-day competition will take place in the newly renovated IU Natatorium, which is recognized as one of the fastest pools in the world. The swimming competition will begin on May 9 and conclude on May 12, 2013. More than 2,000 swimmers are expected to participate in this Championship meet.

“The Indy Aquatic Masters program is extremely excited about hosting the 2013 US Masters Swimming Short Course Championships in Indianapolis,” states Board President George Quigley. “Indy Aquatic Masters has the experience, the volunteers, and the support of the community to host a quality event.”

And indeed, this quality event will be contested in a world class pool. As pointed out by the President and CEO of the Indianapolis Convention and Visitors Association, Leonard Hoops, “The IU Natatorium, located downtown as part of Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis, has proven to be an exceptional venue for this important competition and is ideally located close to our downtown and its many hotels, restaurants, and attractions.  And we will provide a passionate and experienced group of volunteers to ensure the event’s success.”  In fact, the IU Natatorium has a long history of hosting swimming championships, including the 1989 FINA/MSI Pan Pacific Championships, the 1992 FINA World Championships, and five USMS championship events since 1983.

 “Individuals and athletic organizations across the country and globe have come to appreciate the advantages this city offers to visitors,” says Secretary of Commerce Mitchell Roob. “Month after month of every year, Indianapolis demonstrates its unparalleled ability to host athletic events ranging in size from high school basketball state championships to the Indianapolis 500 to the 2012 Super Bowl.”

Visitors planning to attend the meet can find hotel and local attraction information at http://www.visitindy.com. More information for the 2013 Spring Nationals will be made available at both http://www.usms.org  and http://www.indyaquaticmasters.com.  Up- to -date announcements will be available on the 2013 USMS Spring Nationals Facebook Event page.  Contact: Indy Aquatic Masters at 317-537-SWIM; email info@indyaquaticmasters.com

GRIN Swimmers Make a Huge Splash at the 2011 USMS LCM Championships in Auburn.

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!