Get psyched up for Spring Nationals at Indy.

The order of events has been posted for the 2013 United States Masters Swimming Spring Nationals at the natatorium at IUPUI in Indianapolis. Find more information at http://www.usms.org/comp/scnats13/

This is a huge deal for GRIN swimming and we owe a big thanks to Mel Goldstein of Indy Aquatic Masters. In the past decade, Mel and his club have successfully hosted the 2004 spring short-course yards nationals and the 2009 summer long-course meters nationals. And we’re back again. No other city in USMS has had that opportunity.

Nationals is for competitive and recreational swimmers alike. I’ve gone to the past two, in Arizona and North Carolina, and everyone associated with the meets has been friendly, encouraging and helpful. I’d encourage any GRIN swimmer to sign up for this one, regardless of ability.

You can swim up to three events without meeting the national qualifying times – which are posted on the event page — and six events total. You’ll see swimmers of all abilities there — from Olympians, to people just trying to get across the pool, to those of us just looking for a personal best and a good time. It really is something to see.

If you’re travelling from out of the area and need to book a hotel, act by February. As much as we like swimming, the Indianapolis 500 will dominate the city in May, and rooms will start filling up fast as it approaches. You’ll see information about hotel group rates and other booking information at the event page.

This is just a teaser. Mel will have the event sign-up sheet available soon. Come check it out, whether it’s for one day, or all four.

See you at the pool.

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