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GRIN News and Notes

Read the latest from our Chair, see Governor Pence's Proclamation, register for the GRIN Short Course State Championships, recognize our LMSC's outstanding swimmers, and check out all of the upcoming opportunities in our area.

A Word from Our Chair

Spring has Sprung! With the flowers blooming, it is a great time to focus on growing your swimming experiences! There are many opportunities in Indiana this year to challenge ourselves and even share our talents.

The GRIN State Meet, hosted by the Terre Haute Torpedoes, on May 7 & 8 will be here soon. Remember, it is FREE to all GRIN members!

Adult Learn to Swim programs are being offered all around Indiana and Open Water season has begun with a few brave souls practicing in Indiana waters!

Congratulations to our Top Ten GRIN Swimmers (see below). What an amazing group of competitive swimmers! That hard work and dedication has set a very high standard of excellence in our State.

The Indy Open Water Challenge is approaching on June 18th! Hosted by Indy Aquatic Masters, this year's event serves as the USMS 2-Mile Cable National Championship. Sign up soon and don't miss out on a national championship so close to home!

Zionsville Aquatic Masters will host an Open Water Clinic on April 30th. Here's a great opportunity to improve your swimming without lanes!

Welcome to all of our new GRIN members and we look forward to seeing old friends soon at the many upcoming GRIN activities!

Lisa L. Brown

Governor Pence Proclaims April 3-9 as Adult Learn to Swim Week

For the past several years, the Swimming Saves Lives Foundation has declared the month of April to be "Adult Learn to Swim Month" to coincide with when pools, lakes, and beaches are starting to open. This year, Indiana Governor Michael R. Pence has proclaimed the 1st week in April as Adult Learn to Swim Week. Learn more about why this is such an important initiative and how you can become involved on GRIN's Swimming Saves Lives page. Links are provided to both free and paid lesson programs if you know an adult who needs to learn to swim. Drowning is preventable and it is NEVER TOO LATE to learn to swim.

Registration is Open for the 2016 GRIN State Championships!

Taking place on Friday, May 7 and Saturday, May 8, the 2016 GRIN State Championship Meet will be hosted by the Terre Haute Torpedoes Masters and take place at the VCSC Aquatic Center (2230 Prairieton Road, Terre Haute, IN 47802). Their brand new facility features a 10-lane, 50-meter competition pool and spacious locker rooms. This year's meet will feature our typical events PLUS the 4 x 200 Free Relay! Registration is now open, so choose your events and make plans to attend the State Meet in May!

Top Ten Results for 2015 Are In!

The GRIN LMSC was certainly well represented when the USMS Top Ten Results for 2015 came in. In all 3 courses, Indiana swimmers topped the list with their outstanding individual and relay efforts in the pool.

Our Short Course Yards Top Ten swimmers were Jim Barber, Jillian Bischoff, Kris Bowen, Bryan Buskar, Michael Campbell, Megan Carlson, Michael Carlson, Ben Christoffel, David Costill, Nadine Day, Britta English, Barbara Glander, Mel Goldstein, Maria Gramelspacher, Ellen Gregory, Michelle Harter, Brian Hartley, Andrea Hastings, Dean Hawks, Mary Hollister, James Holt, Curt Keller, Tammy Hopkins Kramer, William Huibregtse, Melissa Kerker, Vilmos Kovacs, Cristina Lambert, Christina Lapinskas, Charles Lee, Christopher Long, Jon Lowell, Linda Marvin, Jeffrey Maydak, Marty Mennen, Timothy Meyer, Andrew Mueller, John Oberwetter, Jeff Ostermann, Debbie Pfledderer, Brian Powers, Timothy Reiman, Danielle Revere, Victoria Rian, Milos Rokosz, Stephen Rouch, Nicole Saulters, Jutta Schickore, Susie Shuck, Christopher Sikich, Rachel Sitarz, Frank Smardo, Erica Smith, Mark Spratt, Shelby Stultz, Rachel Stutsman, Tori Taylor, Brian Teske, Stephanie Thomovsky, Michael Ullom, Katie Uppfalt, Jenny Weaver, Brittany Wetnight, and Bruce Young.

Earning Short Course Meters Top Ten finishes were Mark Ahonen, Robert Buna, Brian Buskar, David Buskar, Megan Carlson, Michael Carlson, Daniel Carrillo, Andrew Catlin, David Costill, Brian Cummings, Nadine Day, Pascual Delgado, Mike Dolence, Linda Marvin, Jeremy Mendoza, Steven Millies, Kari Peglar, George Quigley, Christine Reichart, Stephen Rouch, Jutta Schickore, John Seaman, Susie Shuck, Christopher Sikich, Jon Shope, Frank Smardo, Erica Smith, Richard Smith, Hannah Taschwer, Brian Teske, Brittany Wetnight, Artie Wolfe, and Bruce Young.

Finally, our Long Course Meters Top Ten finishers were Megan Carlson, Andrew Catlin, Nicolle Corporon, Randy Crutchfield, Brian Cummings, Nadine Day, Mike Dolence, Kathy Gifford, Mel Goldstein, Ellen Gregory, Kathryn Hicks, Alex Jerden, Christina Lapinskas, Meave Lee, Jon Lowell, Jeff Maydak, Jeremy Maylath, Douglas Miller, George Quigley, Stephen Rouch, Christopher Sikich, Rachel Sitarz, Frank Smardo, Erica Smith, Richard Smith, Jutta Schickore, Susie Shuck, Tori Taylor, Brian Teske, Katie Uppfalt, Robert Wright, and Bruce Young.

Congratulations to all of our Top Ten individual and relay swimmers. What an amazing year!

GRIN's Relay All-American Swimmers

To be recognized as attaining Relay All-American status, a relay must post the fastest time in an event / age group in at least one of the three official courses (SCY, SCM, or LCM) as listed in the USMS Top 10 Tabulation or in one of the recognized Long Distance Championships. GRIN programs and swimmers attaining Relay All-American status during the 2014-2015 season were:
  • Indy Aquatic Masters: Megan Carlson, Andrew Catlin, Alex Jerden, Linda Marvin, Kari Peglar, Erica Smith, and Katie Uppfalt
  • iSwim Masters: Christina Lapinskas, Maeve Lee, Rachel Sitarz, and Tori Taylor
  • Munster Masters: Bryan Buskar, Michael Carlson, Jon Lowell, and Milos Rokosz

Congratulations to our Relay All-Americans. Outstanding swimming!

1st Annual GRIN Winter Postal Challenge Results

The 1st Annual GRIN Winter Postal Challenge was held from January 1-February 29. Participants swam in their own pools and competed in the following Challenges:
  • 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 
Just 18 swimmers took up the Challenge, but they posted some great times. Check out the full Winter Postal results and congratulations to those who competed!

Upcoming Events

ILMSA Short Course State Championships
The ILMSA Short Course State Championships will take place on Friday, April 15, through Sunday, April 17, at the Munster High School Aquatic Center in Munster. This three-day championship meet boasts over 600 swimmers and is a great trial run for our GRIN Championships in May. Will you be there?

Open Water Swim Clinic
Jim Barber, Ralph Dixon, and Lisa Brown will be conducting an Open Water Swim Clinic to help you master the open water next summer. The clinic will be held on Saturday, April 30, from 1:00-4:00p at the Zionsville Aquatic Center. Video-analysis, drills, and open water instruction geared to the adult Open Water swimmer will all be offered. Register online.

2016 GRIN State Championship
Hosted by the Terre Haute Torpedoes Masters, the 2016 GRIN State Championship Meet will be held on Saturday, May 7, thru Sunday, May 8, at the brand new Vigo County School Corporation Aquatic Center in Terre Haute. The GRIN State Meet is a great opportunity to race fast, meet new friends, and reconnect with old friends. Registration is now open, so register online for the State Meet and we will see you in Terre Haute!

USMS Levels 1 & 2 Coach Certification Class
U.S. Masters Swimming is conducting a USMS Level 1 & Level Coach Certification Class in Columbus, Ohio, on Sunday, May 22. Taught by Dominic Latella and Mel Goldstein, the class is intended for current coaches, as well as those interested in becoming a coach or starting a Masters program. The class is limited to 40 participants; register online for the certification class.

2016 USMS 2-Mile Cable Swim National Championship
This year's Indy Open Water Challenge will serve as the USMS 2-Mile Cable Swim National Championship! Taking place on Saturday, June 18, at Eagle Creek Park, the 2-Mile Course will be four circuits of  a ¼-mile length of cable on the U.S. National Rowing Course certified accurate to USMS standards. Back in the Midwest for the first time in 12 years, the event is expected to sell out, so register early!

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!
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