GRIN News and Notes
Read the latest from our Chair, register for the 2017 GRIN State Meet NOW, put the GRIN Annual Board Meetings on your calendar, hear from our Fitness Chair, congratulate our newest 100-Mile Club members, and check out upcoming area meets.
A Word from Our Chair
IT IS STATE MEET TIME! We are looking forward to seeing you at the GRIN State Meet on April 8 & 9th! Munster has worked hard to prepare to show off their wonderful facility and amazing volunteers. Join the fun at the meet, get to know some new friends, and make that winter hard work pay off! Our Annual Meeting is also happening at the meet and we look forward to your input and ideas!
Remember, April is Adult Learn to Swim Month! I challenge you to get one adult non-swimmer in the water this month! YOU can save a life, by helping an adult gain the confidence to get in the water and learn to swim! Click on Adult Learn to Swim for programs near you!
Swimming for fitness? Yes, we all are! Whether you are just leaning to swim, a triathlete, a previous high school, or collegiate swimmer, US Masters Swimming has a place for you! We are all trying to stay healthy, live a healthy lifestyle, and swim for life. So, let's spread the word that US Masters Swimming is for ALL adult swimmers.
While you're at it, please make sure that you and your teammates are all registered with USMS. Joining USMS is easy and you can join USMS online. Among other benefits, this membership helps protect your team, your facility, and your coaches by providing liability insurance that covers us all when we're in the water. All it takes is one unregistered swimmer to place the entire program at risk. Please be sure that person is not you.
See you in the pool!
Register NOW for the 2017 GRIN State Championships!
Hosted by the Munster Masters Association, the 2017 GRIN Short Course State Championships will be held on Saturday, April 8, thru Sunday, April 9 at the beautiful Jon Jepsen Aquatic Center located at Munster High School in Munster, IN. The GRIN State Meet typically draws competitors from all over the state and this year's meet will be no exception. It's a great opportunity to race fast, meet new friends, and reconnect with old friends. There is also a social on Saturday evening for swimmers and their families. So, register online BY 11:59P TOMORROW (TUESDAY, 4/04) for this great annual competition and we'll see you all in Munster!
Also, please remember that the deadline for relay entries is Thursday, April 6, at 11:59p EDT. Relay entries may be team designations only and relay swimmers/order may be changed on deck at least 30 minutes prior to the event. Relays are $8 per entry and fees are paid on deck prior to the event. Please submit relay entries to Karen (email@example.com).
Upcoming GRIN Annual Meeting
GRIN’s Annual Meeting will take place on Saturday, April 8, during the 2017 GRIN Short Course State Championships at the Jon Jepsen Aquatic Center. The Annual Meeting will be held at the conclusion of the 100 Back (Events #15 & 16). Topics include the Chair and Treasurer reports and the announcement of our annual award winners.
Jon Jepsen Aquatic Center
Munster High School
8808 Columbia Avenue
Munster, IN 46321
All are invited to attend the meeting.
A Word from our Fitness Chair
You’re in the pool feeling great and just beginning your kick set when you suddenly get a foot cramp. Ugh! There goes the morning’s workout. Sound familiar? Many of us are plagued with cramping problems. Usually the feet and calves cramp, although the hamstrings may also be involved. This problem can occur whether or not we are in shape. However, it more commonly occurs when we are getting back into shape after taking a break from the pool.
The two biggest causes of cramping are dehydration and fatigue. Dehydration can play a big roll in cramps, so this means drinking fluids before, during, and after our workouts is critical. Always have replacement fluids on deck and take small sips of fluid during your workouts. Fatigue can cause cramping, so get plenty of rest and always try to stretch before getting in the water. This is especially important when doing open water swims.
Just a little knowledge and planning can help keep cramping at bay. Please let me know if there are topics you'd like to learn more about. Don't forget to share your goals with me (firstname.lastname@example.org) and I will help keep you on track.
GRIN's 100-Mile Club
Congratulations go out to the newest GRIN members who have logged over 100 miles in the water this year:
Want to join the 100-Mile Club (or 200-Mile, 300-Mile, etc.)? Just track your swimming totals using the USMS Fitness Log (FLOG), which is free to all USMS members. Log into My USMS (first time users will have to create their account), enter Go the Distance, and log your daily yardage. Swimmers who attain 100-mile increments will be recognized in our newsletter and on the GRIN website. Set your goals, set up your FLOG, and get to the pool! Who will be 1st to swim 100 miles?
- Jerrilynn Bayless, Terre Haute Torpedoes Masters
- Steven Conover, Cole YMCA Masters
- Aubrey Harbison, Terre Haute Torpedoes Masters
- Tom Hintz, Terre Haute Torpedoes Masters
- Linda Marvin, Indy Aquatic Masters
- Lisa Phillips, Terre Haute Torpedoes Masters
- Mary Titcomb, Fort Wayne YMCA Sharks
- Joni Williamson, Indy Aquatic Masters
2017 GRIN Short Course State Championships
Hosted by the Munster Masters Association, the 2017 GRIN Short Course State Championships will be held on Saturday, April 8, thru Sunday, April 9. The annual championship meet will take place at the beautiful Jon Jepsen Aquatic Center located at Munster High School. The GRIN State Meet is a great opportunity to race fast, meet new friends, and reconnect with old friends. Register online BY 11:59P ON TUESDAY, 4/04. We will see you in Munster!
3rd Annual PPSC "Need for Speed" Sprint Invitational
The 3rd Annual PPSC "Need for Speed" Invitational will take place on Saturday, April 29, at the Portage High School East Pool. This SCM meet will feature the "typical" meet events plus 25's of each stroke, the 800 Free, and relays. Early bird entries (received by 4/08/17) are just $20; just $25 for entries received between 4/09 and 4/28. Deck entries ($30) will also be accepted. Remember that Portage is on Central Time. Warm-ups start at 8:00a and the meet gets underway at 9:00a.
2017 Nationwide USMS Spring National Championships
The 2017 U.S. Masters Swimming Spring National Championship will be held April 27 - 30 at the Riverside Aquatics Complex in Riverside, California. This facility boasts two 9-lane 25-yard competition courses plus ample warm-up lanes. This will be an amazing opportunity to race in a very fast pool. Entries are now closed for this championship meet.
4th Annual Indy Open Water Challenge
The 4th Annual Indy Open Water Challenge presented by the Runners Forum will be held on Saturday, June 17. Taking place at beautiful Eagle Creek Park, this year's race will once again feature both 1-Mile and 2-Mile races. Both races will feature an in-water start and a beach finish. Online registration is now available. Will we see you at Eagle Creek?
2017 Endless Summer Beach Swim
Head to the beautiful shorelines of southern Lake Michigan on Saturday, August19, for the 2017 Endless Summer Beach Swim. This is a perfect swim for those doing their first Open Water Event, as you can swim close to shore in waist deep water. More competitive swimmers can swim in the deeper and faster waters 50 feet off shore. Both 1-mile and 2-mile events are available, so make your plans to head to Gary now!
Rock the Quarry Mile Swim
Also taking place on Saturday, August 19, the Rock The Quarry Triathlon and Mile Swim is a USAT-sanctioned Triathlon that also offers a Mile Open Water Swim. The unique venue is a former rock quarry that is filled with pristine water. Since swimming and motor boats are not normally allowed in this water, this is a once-a-year opportunity to swim in the deep, clear water!
Indiana Swimming Open Water State Championship
This year's Indiana Open Water State Championship for age group swimmers will feature a Masters category! Taking place at Morse Reservoir on Saturday, September 16, this is a 5K race you don't want to miss. More details are coming soon, so save the date!
2017 Chris Clarke Invitational and Great Lakes Zone SCM Championship
On June 22, 2014, the swimming community mourned the loss of a great friend and competitor, Chris Clarke. Anyone who knew Chris felt his enthusiasm for life and his passion for swimming. Now, with the blessing of his family, we continue to celebrate his life and enthusiasm for our sport through the 2017 Chris Clarke Invitational Presented by Runners Forum, which is being held at the IUPUI Natatorium on September 30 thru October 1. This year's meet - in it's expanded 2-day format - will also serve as the Great Lakes Zone SCM Championship. We look forward to seeing you all in Indy!
What Do You Think?
Let us know what you think. We'd love to hear your suggestions for improving Masters swimming in Indiana. Check out the GRIN website, join our Facebook page, and get in the conversation. Contact us with your suggestions, feedback, and questions. We look forward to hearing from YOU!