Great Racing at the 32nd Annual Masters Spring Fever Invitational!

The Cole YMCA Masters Swimmers hosted their 32nd Annual Masters Spring Fever Invitational March 10, 2018 in Kendallville, IN, and what a meet it was! We broke a meet attendance record with 68 talented, motivated and energetic swimmers! There was a great crowd of many swimmers looking to better their times and better or achieve National Qualifying times for the big meet in Indy this May. We also had so many first time meet swimmers, I lost count! That’s what this meet is all about; Start Masters and Never Quit!

There were swimmers from Fort Wayne (FWYS), Huntington, Angola (101 Lakes Masters), Noblesville (NASTI), Indianapolis (INDY aka IAM), Zionsville (ZAM), Elkhart (Concord), Middlebury, South Bend (SBRM) & (IRISH) , Columbia City (SYMS), and a couple of gentlemen from Michigan Masters.

We’re always pleased to have GRIN officers in attendance and we’re happy to be able to thank former officer, Chris Sikich and Cheryl Gettelfinger, Top Ten Chairperson for all the work they do for us! Special congratulations to Cheryl on her 3 State record swims (400 IM, 500 Free, and 100 Breast)!

Our amazing starter, Jim Simons from Angola kept the meet rolling with only a short 5 minute break after the 500 Free. (mainly for our timers!). I’m really proud of all our volunteers and our 9 Cole swimmers; the most we’ve ever had to swim the meet.

Donald Kroeger, 74, Ali Turf, 54 swam nearly every event and Linda Marvin, 44 swam EVERY event. They are truly amazing!

The surprise “bucket” relay at the end was easy and fun. Just ask the first place team of Fernando Alamos, Susan Alexander, Jeff Ostermann, Elisabeth Rexroth, Larry LeMaire and Greg Clarke! The 2nd place team was Jeff Martin, Michael Metham, Haley Arnold, Eric Tyler, Robert Miller and Chris Gildea. There is the meet video on Youtube. Check out the link on the Cole Y Masters Swimming Facebook page.

We had a great meal (late supper) afterwards with good camaraderie.

Good Luck everyone at State & Nationals!

Until next year,

Cindy Miller, Cole YMCA Masters Swimming

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