The 2017 GRIN State Meet is Set!

The GRIN Board is thrilled to announce that the 2017 GRIN State Championship Meet will be held from April 8-9 at the Jon Jepsen Aquatic Center in Munster, Indiana.

Meet Hosts
The 2017 State Meet will be hosted by the Munster Masters Association. This diverse Masters program has approximately 60 registered members ranging in age from 21 years old to over 70.  Head Coach Matt Lee believes that you are never too old to be competitive and they are looking forward to bringing the GRIN State Meet competition to their pool. The Munster Masters Association also has a great volunteer base, enjoys hosting several Masters meets each year, and hosted the 2016 Illinois State Meet, which had over 600 swimmers. They certainly know how to run a championship meet and we are thrilled they will be our meet host for 2017!

Meet Facility
The Jon Jepsen Aquatic Center is located at Munster High School, 8808 Columbia Avenue, Munster, IN 46321.  The Aquatic Center features a beautiful 10-lane, 50-meter competition pool with moveable bulkheads to allow for separate competition and warm-up / warm-down pools. The facility also includes spacious locker rooms, offices, a large classroom, and a large open area that will feature vendors and concessions – all designed to handle the needs of a large event.

Additional details, including the order of events, registration information, and hotels, will be coming shortly. Please stay tuned, but be sure to get this great annual competition on your calendars now. We hope to see you all in Munster!

GRIN Board Meeting on Thursday, 10/27

GRIN LogoJust a reminder that the next GRIN Board meeting will take place via conference call on Thursday, October 27, from 8:00 – 9:00p EDT. All GRIN members are invited to call in. The main topic of discussions will be the GRIN 2017 Budget, 2017 State Meet bids,  Club Development program, USMS registration for 2017, 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

Bidding Now Open for the 2017 GRIN State Meet

Greater Indiana Masters Swimming (GRIN) is soliciting bids for the 2017 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 Bid Application 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 1. The winning bid will be selected on or about November 1.

The 2016 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.

Can You “Swim a Tri”?

Swim a Tri Logo RevisedSummer is upon us and triathlon season is kicking in to high gear. While some of us compete in triathlons, many of us watch and wonder just how far they race. Here is your chance to find out! Greater Indiana Masters Swimming is proud to announce our first “Swim a Tri” Postal Challenge. This is a chance for swimmers from all over the state to challenge themselves to “Swim a Tri” while competing against swimmers from other programs – no biking or running required! Just pick your distance (Sprint, Olympic, Half, or Full) and log your swim yardage over the summer. Will you try to “Swim a Tri”?

Postal Challenge Options:
Participants in the 2016 “Swim a Tri” Postal Challenge can choose from ONE of the following distances.

* Sprint Triathlon – 16 miles x 1,760 yards/mile = 28,160 total yards (2,347 yards/week)
* Olympic Triathlon – 31.93 miles x 1,760 yards/mile = 56,197 total yards (4,683 yards/week)
* Half Triathlon – 70.3 miles x 1,760 yards/mile = 123,728 total yards (10,310 yards/week)
* Full Triathlon – 140.6 miles x 1,760 yards/mile = 247,456 total yards (20,621 yards/ week)

Swim a Tri Entry Button RevisedUpon entering the Challenge, you will be emailed a Swim Log to track your yardage. All swim yardage between June 1 – August 31 counts – pool or open water – and equipment IS allowed. Just track your yardage and return your completed tracking log and entry form to Karen Gernert by September 10, 2016.

Entry Fees:
The Postal Challenge is open to all registered USMS swimmers. Entries are FREE for GRIN members; $10 for USMS members outside the GRIN LMSC. Checks in US Funds should be payable to Greater Indiana Masters Swimming and included with your completed entry submission. All fees are non-refundable.

Participants will compete in USMS age group categories: 18-24, 25-29, 30-34,…, 95-99, 100+. Age will be determined by the swimmer’s age on August 31, 2016. Results will be determined by the order of finish. The person that completes their distance and submits their complete entry & tracking log FIRST will win the event. However, mileage submitted CANNOT BE higher than the average for the next higher distance category. Results will be posted on the GRIN website.

Will you try to “Swim a Tri” this summer? Email your entry to Karen Gernert today!

What a State Meet!

GRN State Meet 2016This year’s championship meet was held on May 7 – 8 at the Vigo County School Corporation Aquatic Center in Terre Haute.  Over two days of racing, new friends were made and old acquaintances renewed.  And, with 105 swimmers in attendance ranging in age from 18 to 83, the meet promised fierce competition, an amazing venue, and fast water – and the competitors certainly delivered! Congratulations go out to Indy Aquatic Masters and the Noblesville Adult Swim for winning the Large Team and Small Team Divisions at the 2016 GRIN Short Course State Championships respectively!

GRIN State Trophy ResizedAll told, there were 26 new GRIN State Records set during the 2-day event. New record holders include: Mark Ahonen (M 50-54 – 25 Fly and 25 Breast), Barbara Bolda (W 50-54 – 25 Breast), Meg Carlson (W 30-34 – 25 Breast), Rick Chamberlain (M 60-64 – 25 Fly), Brian Cummings (M 55-59 – 25 Fly), Joseph Frey (M 18-24 – 25 Back), Cheryl Gettelfinger (W 55-59 – 25 Breast), Steve Julian (M 50-54 – 25 Back), Ed Keefe (M 75-79 – 25 Back), Tracy Knight (W 40-44 – 25 Breast), Ginny Kubek (W 65-69 – 25 Fly),  Denny Mattingly (M 60-64 – 25 Breast), George Quigley (M 75-79 – 25 Fly and 25 Breast), Julie Radtke (W 40-44 – 25 Free)¸ Matthew Schulstad (M 18-24 – 25 Fly), Dick Smith (M 70-74 – 1650 Free), Erica Smith (W 25-29 – 50 Fly, 100 Fly, 100 Free, and 100 IM), Haley Tisdale (W 18-24 – 25 Fly), Kendrick Vester (M 18-24 – 25 Free), and Bruce Young (M 55-59 – 25 Free).

GRIN relays were also highly competitive. Setting a new GRIN record for the Mixed 25+ 800 Free Relay  were Charlie Geist, Kari Peglar, Stephen Rouch, and Erica Smith with Indy Aquatic Masters.

In addition to new State records and a multitude of personal best swims, GRIN also had a number of swimmers making their competitive Masters debut. Check out the full 2016 State results and congratulations to all of our swimmers – from our novice to our seasoned competitors. This was a great State Meet! We look forward to seeing you all next year.

GRIN Board Meeting on Tuesday, June 14

GRIN LogoThere will be a GRIN Board meeting via conference call on Tuesday, June 14, from 7:00 – 8:00p. All GRIN members are invited to call in. The main topic of discussion will be the approval of the GRIN Policy Handbook, as well as 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

Good Luck at State!

2016 State Meet Logo DraftGood luck to all those heading to the GRIN State Meet in Terre Haute this weekend. Get ready for some fast water in an amazing facility. With over 100 swimmers in attendance, this will be a great time to catch up with old friends and make new friends.

Be sure to check out the revised Psych Sheet, Heat Sheet, and Tentative Meet Timeline. If there are any questions, please let Karen know. Swim fast and have fun!