Registration Now Open for 1st Annual Eagle Creek OW Event

Registration is now open for the 1st Annual Indy Open Water Challenge at Eagle Creek Park on Sunday, June 22.  Both 1-mile and 2-mile events are being offered and space is limited, so register today!

Taking place at beautiful Eagle Creek Park in Indianapolis, the 1st Annual Indy Open Water Challenge is an event not to be missed. This open water event is hosted by Indy Aquatic Masters and sanctioned by the Greater Indiana LMSC (GRIN) for USMS, Inc. (Sanction #164-W001). The Indy Open Water Challenge is a great opportunity to get your open water racing legs wet!

Events Offered:

Both a 1-mile and 2-mile race will be offered during the Indy Open Water Challenge. Both events will start in the water and conclude with a beach finish. The 1-mile race is one loop of the course marked below; the 2-mile races is two loops.



6:00 a.m.      Park Opens / Set Buoys
6:30 a.m.      Check-in / Registration / Body Markings
7:00 a.m.      Safety / Lifeguards / Officials meeting
7:45 a.m.      Pre-race meeting on the beach
8:00 a.m.      15 Minute Warm up
8:20 a.m.      Stage Elite Wave
8:30 a.m.      Start Elite Waves 1-Mile & 2-Mile (<25 min mile)
8:35 a.m.      Start General Waves 1-Mile & 2-Mile (>25 min mile)
10:30 a.m.    Course Cleared/Awards / Collect Buoys
11:00 a.m.    End of event
(Pre-race meeting is mandatory and race start times are approximate.)

Registration Information:

Entries will be accepted by Club AssistantThe field is limited to 500 entries. Online entries will be accepted until Thursday, June 19, 2014, or until event limit is reached. NO RACE DAY ENTRIES WILL BE ACCEPTED. Only the first 100 entries are guaranteed a race T-shirt, unless received prior to the early registration deadline at midnight on Thursday, May 29, 2014.

Registration Fees:

  • Early $50 (up to midnight Thursday, May 29, 2014) includes limited edition t-shirt
  • Late  $65 (May 30th to midnight June 19, 2014) includes event t-shirt, if still available

Registration Website:  Online Registration

Additional Information:

Water Temperature: Expected to be 70-80 degrees.

Safety: Emergency personnel on watercraft will protect the course. Medical staff will be onsite. In case of inclement weather, or any other factors that may arise, an event committee composed of the event directors, referee, and a senior member of the Local Organizing Committee may modify starting times or cancel events. There will be NO REFUNDS for cancellation of the event due to weather or water quality issues that are out of our control.

Equipment: All participants will be provided with a swim cap, which must be worn during the race. Wetsuits are permitted, but results will not be included in award determinations. Support craft other than designated event craft are not permitted. Persons allergic to latex should plan to wear a silicone cap beneath their race cap.

Check-In: Check-in will take place at the Eagle Creek Shelter prior to the pre-race meeting. Racing chips will be issued to all competitors. Please note that racing chips must be worn on your ankle when crossing the finish line in order for your time to be properly recorded. If you carry your chip in your hand, or any place other than your ankle, the equipment will not detect your finish time, and as a result, you will not receive a time or place.

Rules: Current 2014 U.S. Masters Swimming rules will govern the event. Final results will be posted by age group, gender, distance, and wetsuit or non-wetsuit.

Eligibility: The race is open to all registered members of U.S. Masters Swimming. One-event forms must be completed by anyone not currently registered with U.S. Masters Swimming and waiver release signed.

Time LimitMaximum time permitted to complete the race is 2 hours. Swimmers still in the water after 2 hours will be notified that the race is over and asked to leave the water. Results will show their time as DNF (did not finish).

Age: The age of the swimmer on the day of the swim will determine the age group.

Results: Results will be posted at the Eagle Creek Shelter / Awards area immediately following the completion and online at

Awards: Awards will be given to the top three finishers, male and female, for each distance. All participants who finish will be awarded a finisher medal. The awards presentation will take place at the Eagle Creek gazebo located near the picnic area.

Post-Race:  Post-race food and beverages provided by Indy Aquatic Masters.


Eagle Creek Park is an urban park inside metropolitan Indianapolis, Indiana. It offers hiking, biking, boating and swimming, plus lovely wooded expanses throughout this largest of all the many parks in Indianapolis. Eagle Creek Park is the sixth largest municipal park in the nation.

Source: Indy Aquatic Masters


New Records Set at 2014 GRIN State Meet

Quite a few new records were set at this years State meet – congratulations to everyone!

25-29 Erica Smith UC-16 100 Back 1:01.36
50 Fly 26.13
40-44 Nadine Day INDY 100 Breast 1:10.78
200 Fly 2:19.21
400 IM 4:51.02
50-54 Courtenay Murakowski ISWM 1650 19:36.46
45-49 Chris Clarke INDY 400 IM 4:40.35
55-59 Bruce Young CSC 100 Free 52.11
200 Free 1:55.77
100 IM 59.89
80-84 Tim Reiman INDY 200 Breast 4:41.13
Men Relays
55+ Randy Crutchfield (55) NAST 200 Free 1:44.17
Kirk Dixon (55)
Dave Oplinger (55)
Ralph Dixon (57)
Ralph Dixon (57) NAST 200 Medley 1:57.38
Dave Oplinger (55)
Randy Crutchfield (55)
Kirk Dixon (55)
Mixed Relays
35+ Linda Marvin (40) INDY 400 Free 3:45.08
Chris Clarke (45)
Nadine Day (43)
Ben Christoffel (38)

GRIN State Meet Results

Congratulations to Indy Aquatic Masters on a hard-fought State Championship. INDY also  won the women’s division. The Noblesville Adult Swim Team (NASTI) won the men’s division.   The Munster Masters had a close win for the small-team Championship over the host iSWIM masters.

Congratulations to Rachel Sitarz. the Irv Merritt Award Winner and our host for this year’s State Meet, and to Linda Marvin, this year’s Strong Swimmer Award winner.

Jim Barber presents Rachel Sitarz with the Irv Merritt Award.

Jim Barber presents Linda Marvin with the Strong Award.

Jim Barber presents Linda Marvin with the Strong Swimmer Award.

First time ever masters meet participants.

Also, first time masters meet swimmers were given special awards for their participation – congratulations to all the first-timers!

Here are the results from the GRIN State Meet. Email me, Chris Sikich, at with corrections.

2014 GRIN State Results
2014 State Team Results

Result from State Meet Day 1

Here are the results from Saturday at the GRIN State Meet. Thanks to everyone who made this a great meet. See you at the pool Sunday.

State Meet Day 1

Here is a preliminary heat sheet and time line for the State Meet

A preliminary timeline has been posted for the State Meet.

Please verify your heat and lane assignments, especially for relays, Saturday and Sunday at Purdue. We don’t have all of the relays submitted yet, but we definitely have a grand majority. See you at the pool!

Please remember these are only estimated timelines. Please be sure to get to the pool with plenty of time to warm up for your race if we are running ahead of schedule.

Here is the Heat Sheet.

Here is the 1650 timeline Saturday.

Here is the Saturday timeline

Here is the 1000 timeline Sunday.

Here is the Sunday timeline.

State Meet Update

In order to establish a timeline, the meet has been seeded and this is what we know at this time.

On Saturday, the 1650 will start at 8:00 in two pools and will run until about 9:45 in one pool and 10:00 in the other.  There will then be a 30 minute warm-up when the last pool is done.  We will not hold up the meet as these are estimates but the relays will start at the end of that 30 minute period or at approximately 10:30.  As of this time there is no need to have on-deck sign in for the first events; however, we will notify you if there is a change.  Be sure to read all of your Club Assistant emails and check  Please tell us if you definitely are not going to swim the 1650 or 1000.

The first day ends at 2:00 WITHOUT relays so more likely at about 3:30.  Sunday will be shorter but we will tell you that after entering the relays.  We hope to have the timeline posted to GRIN no later than tomorrow, Friday,  morning.

You will definitely have to deck enter and/or sign in for the 400 IM, 500 Free and any of the 400 relays.

Swimming Saves Lives – Learn how to help get involved


The Swimming Saves Lives Foundation, USMS’s charitable arm, is undertaking a national awareness campaign to help prevent adult drowning. We want you to know about the campaign and encourage others to join us.We’ve declared the month of April, “Adult Learn-to-Swim Month.” To date, the governors of Indiana, Nebraska, Washington, Maine, New Jersey, and Florida have issued proclamations in support.

Here is the proclamation from Indiana Gov. Mike Pence: Swimming Saves Lives Proclamation (1)

You might be surprised to learn that, according to the Centers for Disease Control, 37 percent of American adults can’t swim the length of a standard 25-yard pool. Even more alarming, 10 people drown every day in the U.S., and 8 of those are adults or young adults.

The Swimming Saves Lives Foundation and USMS can’t ignore these numbers–we feel compelled to help.

We see and hear every day from you, our members, how the fitness, health, and social benefits of swimming are life-changing and sometimes, literally lifesaving. But many of us take our swimming skills for granted, and forget that lifesaving in the immediate sense begins with basic swimming skills.

Once adults have basic swimming skills, getting them comfortable and confident in water so they can use Masters Swimming programs in their communities ultimately fulfills our “Swimming for Life” purpose.

On a planet that’s 70 percent water, everyone should know how to swim. Please visit our awareness campaign page to learn more and help us spread the message.

Rob Butcher | Executive Director, U.S. Masters Swimming