New Masters Club in Indiana!

A new club has been created in Indiana, Lake Central Masters, located in St. John.  Here is the information for anyone wanting to join or visit:

Lake Central Masters (LCMA) – 14215 94th Pl, St John, Indiana 46373
Phone – 219-689-8074
Club Contact – Jeff Kilinski
Practice Times – 7 time per week, 5:00 to 6:30 am 4 days a week, and 3 nights per week fro 7:00 to 8:30 pm (Actual days of the week have not been determined)
Fee is  $40.00 fee per month for masters and it will be a pay as you go
Age Group club site:   (Masters info to be added at a later date)



Fort Wayne to host coaching certification course

The Jorgensen Family YMCA is hosting a USMS Masters Coach Levels 1 and 2 Certification Clinic from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, January 25, 2014. The YMCA is at 10313 Aboite Center Road, Fort Wayne, IN 46804.

Bill Brenner and Mel Goldstein will coach the clinic.

Bill Brenner is the Club and Coach Services Director for USMS. He has 30 years coaching experience working with age group, college and Masters swimmers. Bill has served as a support team member for his local Masters club, team representative to the LMSC, an LMSC officer as the Top Ten Recorder, a multi-year delegate to the USAS convention and a member of national committees. He has served as the meet director for multiple events and most recently helped organize the Pan American Masters championship in Sarasota, Fla. A USMS Level 3 certified Masters coach, he enjoys attracting adult athletes to the sport of swimming and coaching all levels of ability.

Mel Goldstein was the 2001 Speedo US Masters Coach of the year, Mel won the 1997 Ransom J. Arthur MD Award that goes annually to a person who best supports the objectives of Masters swimming. It is the highest honor bestowed by United States Masters Swimming. He is a past President of USMS and a USMS All American with 255 Individual Top Ten Achievements. In 2012, he was inducted into the International Masters Swimming Hall of Fame.

Prerequisites: You must be a current USMS Member to participate in the course and receive USMS certification. You must be a member of ASCA to receive optional ASCA certification. USMS and ASCA membership information is provided on the application for this clinic. ASCA Membership fee is $70 for one year. More information about ASCA may be found here:

Certification Process: Upon successful completion of the classroom coursework, including all required applications and successfully completed tests, each person will be awarded USMS Level 1 or 2 Certified Masters Coach certification. Coaches desiring optional ASCA Masters coach certification must complete the classroom coursework and submit all required membership, applications and completed tests directly to ASCA.

Fees: $180 for Levels 1 and 2 Certification. $100 for Level 1 or Level 2 only ($90 for recognized coaches).

Maximum attendance is 40.

Who should attend? Current full-time, part-time or volunteer coaches. Anyone interested in supporting their existing team and coach. Anyone interested in starting a Masters Program.

Scholarships: Please contact your LMSC for scholarship availability. Indiana swimmmrs can contact GRIN coaching chair Brian Cummings at

Online registration only. Register at closes at midnight pacific time on January 24, 2014 or when the course enrollment reaches 40.

Tentative Agenda:
Saturday January 25, 2014
Check-In: 8:30-9:00 am
Level 1 and 2 Training: 9:00am to 5:00pm
Lunch: 12:00-1:00pm
Breaks as Needed

Questions: Contact Bill Brenner at

Call Out for Irv Merritt Award Nominations

Irv Merritt (born F. Irvin Merritt October 25, 1903 – December 1985) was a highly competitive athlete, well into his 80s. He was a regular participant at Masters swimming competitions and also a competitive distance runner. He was a joy to visit with and always had an interest in the people with whom he competed. At the time of his death, Irv´s family established an annual award in his memory to be presented to an Indiana Masters swimmer who exemplified the standards and values embodied in the life of Irv Merritt.

We would like to hear from GRIN members who want to nominate someone they feels embodies the Irv Merritt spirit in GRIN Masters swimming – please forward your nominations to Cheryl Gettelfinger by the end of January 15, 2014!

IU, Ball State meets scheduled — and a social

Indiana University and Ball State University both have scheduled swim meets for the 2014 winter short-course yards season.

The 10th annual Ball State New Year’s Resolution Swim meet will be Sunday Jan. 12.

The Indiana University meet will be Saturday Feb. 15. As a bonus, GRIN is helping to fund and promote a social fundraiser at Lennie’s pub, a short walk from the meet venue and home to the Bloomington Brewing Co. Each registered swimmer will receive two free drink tickets at Lennie’s.  Tell us if you can join the fun by responding to this sign up list

Find the registration forms for all of our meets at