GRIN News and Notes
Hear from our Chair, read the latest Board news, check out the proposed GRIN Policy Handbook, try to "Swim a Tri", and check out the other upcoming opportunities to compete in our area.
A Word from Our Chair
Swim into Summer!
Lisa L. Brown
With all of the outdoor and summer swim events, I hope that you have a chance to enter at least one event! There are opportunities within driving distance of you!
Make sure your club is represented within GRIN! All you need to do it to email Karen Gernert with a name and your club is all set (see below). Remember, only Club Representatives and the GRIN Board Members can vote on policy changes to our handbook on June 14th.
Thanks to all of you who are helping each other with swimming every day. It is not just the coaches that make each team great, it is the swimmers! Whether you are new to U.S. Masters Swimming or have been a part of the group for years, YOU make U.S. Masters Swimming great!
Keep up your swimming and don't forget to "Swim a Tri" this summer!
See you in the pool!
News from the GRIN Board
Upcoming Board Meeting
There 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, which is how posted on the GRIN website for review, as well as any new business.
Conference Call Details:
Proposed GRIN Policy Handbook
Having not been revised since 2006, the GRIN Board has undertaken the challenge of revising our Policy Handbook. These updates will be discussed at our upcoming Board Meeting. Please review the GRIN Policy Handbook and pass on any comments to your Club Representative.
Additional Club Representatives Still Needed
Any program that has 4 or more members is entitled to select one Club Representative to represent their Club's interests at the Board meetings of Greater Indiana Masters Swimming (GRIN). The Club Representative can be any coach or swimmer that is a USMS member in good standing and is affiliated with GRIN. Select your Rep simply by submitting the Club Representative Form to GRIN Secretary Karen Gernert.
Members calling in for the meeting should use the following:
- Toll Number: (701) 801-1220
- Meeting ID: 947-708-061
Will You Try to "Swim a Tri"?
Summer is upon us and triathlon season is in 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 and equipment allowed! Just pick your distance (Sprint, Olympic, Half, or Full) and log your swim yardage from June 1 through August 31. To receive your Swim Log, send your entry form to Karen Gernert. Completed logs must be received by September 15. Will you try to “Swim a Tri”?
USMS Speedo 5K & 10K ePostal National Championship
Want to compare your distance swimming with the rest of the country? Swim 5,000 meters and/or 10,000 meters in its entirety in any 50-meter pool you choose. Some people swim the Speedo 5K & 10K ePostal events for competition; others do it for fitness. Complete your swim today and enter your results online.
GRIN's 2016 "Swim a Tri" Postal Challenge
Our “Swim a Tri” Postal Challenge is a chance for swimmers from all over the state to challenge themselves to “Swim a Tri” – with no biking or running required and equipment allowed! Just pick your distance (Sprint, Olympic, Half, or Full) and log your swim yardage from June 1 through August 31. To receive your Swim Log, send your entry form to Karen Gernert. Completed logs must be received by September 15. Will you try to “Swim a Tri”?
4th Annual Munster Masters Summer Splash
Taking place on Saturday, June 12, at the Munster High School Aquatic Center, the 4th Annual Munster Masters Summer Splash is another great opportunity to compete in this 10-lane, 50-meter competition pool. Great swims and fast water await those entering this LCM meet. Don't miss out; register today!
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. Register now!
3rd Annual Poseidon Swim Challenge
The 3rd Annual Poseidon Swim Challenge will take place on Saturday, July 17, in the Indianapolis Canal. The canal is approximately 3.5 feet deep and 40 feet wide throughout the majority of the course. The 2K swim starts at the Headwaters near 11th Street and ends at White River State Park. Online registration is now open and race day entry is available.
2nd Annual PPSC "Kitchen Sink" Invitational
The 2nd Annual PPSC "Kitchen Sink" Invitational is taking place on Saturday, August 6, at the Portage High School East Pool in Portage, Indiana. Hosted by the Portage Porpoise Swim Club, this SCM meet features the "typical" meet events, 25's of each stroke, and a "Mystery Event" (#21). Note: The Mystery Event may involve use of pull buoys or kick boards. This meet is always a lot of fun. Register now!
2016 USMS Summer National Championship
The 2016 U.S. Masters Swimming Summer National Championship will be held August 17-21 at the Mt. Hood Community College Aquatic Center in Gresham, Oregon. Competition will be held in an outdoor 8-lane, 50 meter pool, and an indoor 25-yard pool will be available for warm-up and warm-down during the meet. Online entry is now available. Remember, you only need qualifying times to swim MORE THAN 3 events. Everyone is welcome to race!
Rock the Quarry Triathlon and Mile Swim
Taking place on Saturday, August 20, 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. Swimming (and motor boats) is not normally allowed in this water. This is a once-a-year opportunity to swim in the deep, clear water! We will "own" the pond on the day of the event, so be sure to register for Rock the Quarry today!
2nd Annual Indianapolis Sharkfest Swim
The Indianapolis Sharkfest Swim will take place in the Indy Canal in downtown Indianapolis on Sunday, September 4. Two distances will be available in this point-to-point open water swim: a 1500 meter swim and the Indy 501. The 1500 meter swim starts at Ohio Street Basin behind Fire Station #13 and the Indy 501 (501 meters) starts at the Walnut St. Online registration is now open.
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!