GRIN News and Notes
Read the latest from our Chair, submit nominations for the Irv Merritt Award, register NOW with USMS, and check out upcoming area meets, including the 2nd Annual GRIN Winter Postal Challenge, the USMS One Hour Swim, and the 2017 GRIN Short Course State Championships. It's going to be a great year!
A Word from Our Chair
Happy New Year! Dive in to a pool near you!
With the New Year comes new swimmers to the pool. What an exciting opportunity to welcome new swimmers to the sport we love. Yes, you may have to share with someone slower, you may have to learn new names, you may even have to swim in the faster lane, but what a great way to open the sport to new swimmers and introduce someone to a healthier lifestyle! Welcome new Greater Indiana Masters Swimmers! We are so glad you are joining the team.
Thank you to our 2016 GRIN Swimmers! Welcome back and keep up the great swimming. 2017 brings many opportunities to challenge yourself. We have exciting postal pentathlon swims for our Indiana swimmers, US Masters National Postal One Hour Championship, local swim meets, and our GRIN State Championship Meet in Munster on April 8-9!
Don't forget about the great Adult Learn-to-Swim and Swimming Saves Lives programs around the state. These are great programs to help our adult neighbors learn to be safe in the water!
Have a wonderful new year of swimming and we will see you in the pool!
Lisa L. Brown
Nominations for the Irv Merritt Award
Irv Merritt was a highly competitive athlete and regular participant at Masters swimming competitions. At the time of his death, Irv´s family established an annual award in his memory to be presented to an Indiana Masters swimmer who exemplified the standards and values embodied in his life. Nominations are now being accepted for the 2017 Irv Merritt Award. Please submit your nominations to Karen Gernert by January 31.
Renew your USMS Membership for 2017 NOW!
It's (past) time to renew your USMS membership for 2017. Among other benefits, your USMS membership provides the insurance that covers you while on deck and is required to swim with GRIN-registered programs. New membership cards can be printed upon registration. If you need help with your registration, please let us know.
A Word from our Fitness Chair
It's January. The holidays are behind us and it is time to get back to a healthy lifestyle. Now is the time to put into play the steps needed to keep our goals for 2017 on track. Goals are not something we achieve on one particular day, but in smaller steps taken along the way that lead up to the larger goal. If you are trying lose weight, maybe start by cutting out sugared drinks. Then, after a couple of weeks, eat smaller portions, and so on. If you have a fitness goal, maybe a good place to start is by using the stairs instead of the elevator or taking an hour-long walk through your neighborhood every night. This will help you both attain your goal and de-stress from the day's activities.
Make 2017 the year you get out of your comfort zone. Compete in your first swim meet, run a 5K, or complete a Sprint Tri. The list of options is endless. Just don't get discouraged along the way. Tell a friend and keep each other accountable! Please share your goals with me (firstname.lastname@example.org) and I will help keep you on track.
GRIN's 100-Mile Club
Need a new fitness goal for 2017? Strive to be in GRIN's 100-Mile Club (or 200-Mile, 300-Mile, etc.) Swimmers can track their swimming totals using the USMS Fitness Log (FLOG), which is free to all USMS members. Simply log in to 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?
2017 GRIN Winter Postal Challenge
Here's your chance to compete against other GRIN members from the comfort of your own pool in the 2017 GRIN Winter Postal Challenge. Participants can choose from one of the following Challenges or swim up to 5 events of their own choosing.
The GRIN Winter Postal Challenge will take place from January 1 - February 28, 2017. Online entries are being accepted now. Are you ready for the challenge?
- Sprint Pentathlon - 25’s of each stroke + 100 IM
- Mid-Distance Pentathlon - 50’s of each stroke + 200 IM
- Distance Pentathlon - 100’s of each stroke + 400 IM
USMS One Hour ePostal National Championship
The USMS One Hour ePostal National Championship is taking place in January AND February 2017. Your objective is to swim as far as possible in one hour in any pool you choose that is 25 yards or longer (If you swim in a meters pool, the final distance will be automatically converted by the online entry system). Some people do the One Hour Postal event for competition, while others do it for fitness; all who wish to participate are welcome. Event results are sent in electronically or by mail so you can compare yourself to other swimmers doing the same event.
14th Annual New Year's Resolution Masters Meet
Head to Muncie on Sunday, January 15, for the 14th Annual New Year's Resolution Swim Meet. The Lewellen Pool on the campus of Ball State University is outstanding and the fast water always produces excellent results. Online/early entries are open and deck entry will be available.
Cole Center Family YMCA Spring Fever Invitational
Head to Kendallville for the Cole Center Family YMCA's Spring Fever Invitational on Saturday, March 11. This is a fun, low-key meet and is a great opportunity for the first time Masters swimmer. The Cole Center Family YMCA Masters team are great hosts and provide a video of the meet during a free meal after the meet concludes. State records have been broken in this fast pool. Entry information is coming soon, so make plans to compete now!
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 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.
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. Swim in up to 3 events without meeting National Qualifying Times; swim up to 6 events with qualifying times. Online entry will be available shortly.
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!