Lisa Brown Honored with the 2018 Dorothy Donnelly Service Award

Members of U.S. Masters Swimming don’t confine their participation to the pool. There are many volunteer opportunities for their talent, expertise, and generosity. USMS recognizes the commitment of those who give back with the Dorothy Donnelly Service Award, named to honor one of USMS’s outstanding volunteers. The award recognizes those whose contributions stand out in service to local, regional, and national programs. Up to 15 people are selected each year and nominations come from Local Masters Swimming Committees, clubs, and individuals.

At the U.S. Masters Swimming Annual Convention, GRIN Chair Lisa Brown was honored as a 2018 Dorothy Donnelly Service Award recipient. As founder and coach of the Indianapolis-area Masters team, Zionsville Aquatic Masters, Lisa’s group has grown from infancy to a bonafide competitive team in just a few short years. Her program has grown from just a few member to now almost 100 swimmers. Her coaching and teaching extends to Adult Learn-to-Swim programs, stroke clinics, and high performance camp education.

As a normal course of her volunteer life, Lisa became very active within her Indiana LMSC as Board Chair. She has also served the LMSC in the role of Sanctions Chair. Lisa’s continued focus on regional reorganization and subcommittee mentoring for USMS has helped both the GRIN community and the larger USMS community thrive.

In her free time, Lisa loves to compete in the “short” open water races (like the 10k and 25k races) around the country! Her professional background and leadership has helped her train and develop not only her swimmers in the Zionsville area, but swimmers and leaders throughout the state. Congratulations, Lisa, on your Dorothy Donnelly Service Award. Your success leads us all to a higher level. Thank you for your service!

USMS Membership Renewals for 2019

Club Registration is Now Open
Club registration for 2019 opened on October 1. Clubs can register for 2019 online at the USMS website. Please note that all clubs must be registered with USMS before November 1. Otherwise, your members will not be able to select your club when they renew their individual registrations. If you have any questions, please contact Karen Gernert, GRIN Registrar.

Individual Registration for 2019 Opens on November 1
Individual registration is coming soon! Online individual registration for 2019 will open on November 1. Membership cards can be printed immediately upon registration and the cards should be brought to every practice.  Again, if you have any questions or need help printing your card, please contact Karen Gernert.

Upcoming Board Meeting

There will be a GRIN Board Meeting via conference call on Tuesday, October 23, from 8:00 – 9:00p (Eastern). All GRIN members are invited to call in. The main topics of discussion will be a review of bids for the 2019 GRIN State Meet, a recap of the USMS Convention, and any new business.

Conference Call Details:

Members calling in for the meeting should use the following:
  • Toll Number: (701) 801-1220
  • Meeting ID: 947-708-061

Please be sure any Club Representative changes are submitted to the GRIN Secretary by 12:00 Noon on October 21. Let your voice be heard!

Bidding Now Open for the 2019 GRIN State Meet

Greater Indiana Masters Swimming (GRIN) is soliciting bids for the 2019 GRIN State Championship Meet. Even if your program does not have the desire or facility to host the Championship meet, we encourage you to reach out to local age group and high school swim programs, colleges, and YMCA’s to let them know about this opportunity. Interested parties should download the 2019 GRIN State Meet Bid Packet for pertinent details and the application form. All bids (and any supporting documentation) must be submitted to the GRIN Chair, Lisa Brown, by October 20. The winning bid will be selected on or about November 1.

The 2018 GRIN State Meet was a tremendous success and we are looking forward to working with next year’s host. Please contact either Lisa Brown or Karen Gernert with any questions.

Upcoming Board Meeting

There will be a GRIN Board Meeting via conference call on Wednesday, May 16, from 8:30 – 9:30p (EDT). All GRIN members are invited to call in. The main topics of discussion will be a review of the 2018 GRIN State Meet and USMS Spring National Championship, a plan for the 2019 GRIN State Meet, and any new business.

Conference Call Details:

Members calling in for the meeting should use the following:
  • Toll Number: (701) 801-1220
  • Meeting ID: 947-708-061

Please be sure any Club Representative changes are submitted to the GRIN Secretary by 12:00 Noon on May 14. Let your voice be heard!

Congratulations to the Noblesville Adult Swim Team – 2018 GRIN State Champions!

In a hard fought battle at this year’s 2018 GRIN Short Course State Championship, the Noblesville Adult Swim Team won the Large Team title! The Small Team division was won by Southeastern Area Masters Swimming! With an amazing number of swimmers – and personal best swims, this was a great meet for all and a great warm-up to the USMS Spring National Championship in Indy in May! Thanks again to Matt Papachronis and the Washington Township Swim Club for hosting this year’s meet in their beautiful facility. The volunteers and staff did an amazing job running the meet and your efforts are appreciated by all. Be sure to check out the 2018 GRIN Short Course State Championship results and final team standings. We hope to see you all next year!

State Results – Saturday and Sunday.


Here are preliminary results for the GRIN State meet.

2018 GRIN State Meet

Psych Sheet Available for the GRIN State Meet

The Psych Sheet is now available for the GRIN State Meet. If there are any corrections that need to be made, please email Karen Gernert ( ASAP.

Also, please keep in mind that relay entries must be submitted to Karen by Wednesday, March 21, at 11:59 P.M. EDT. Relay entries may be team designations only. If relay swimmers are known at the time of entry, names would be greatly appreciated. Relay swimmers / swimmer order may be changed on deck. All relay changes must be received by the head table at least 30 minutes prior to the event. All relays (GRIN and non-GRIN teams) are $12 per relay and the fees are paid on deck prior to the event.

If you have any questions, please let us know. We look forward to seeing you all next weekend for the GRIN State Meet at North Central High School.

You must check in at 7:30-8 a.m. Saturday and Sunday for the 1650 and 1000 and by 10:30 a.m. for the remainder of events.

3/24/2018-  3/25/2018
GRIN State Meet
North Central High School
Indianapolis, IN
Online Registration
Updated Timeline – as of 3-23-2018
Psych Sheet -as of 3-23-2018
Heat Sheets– as of 3-23-2018 (These may change due to scratches. Up-to-date Heat Sheets will be posted at the pool.)

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

GRIN’s 2018 Board Election Meeting

There will be an Election Meeting on Wednesday, March 14, at 8:30p. The purpose of this meeting is to elect the new Executive Board for 2018 – 2020. The slate of candidates is as follows: Lisa Brown for Chair, Michael Carlson for Vice-Chair, Karen Gernert for Secretary, and Sue Pollard for Treasurer. Per the GRIN By-Laws, the Secretary has confirmed that each nominee is willing to serve. Learn more about your candidates.

Election Information
Club Representatives from each club within GRIN will vote on the slate of candidates via conference call using the call-in information below:

  • Toll Number: (701) 801-1220
  • Meeting ID: 947-708-061

If you need to register your Club Representative in order to vote, please submit the Club Representative Form by Tuesday, March 13, at 7:00p to GRIN Secretary, Karen Gernert. Let us know if you have any questions.