GRIN News and Notes
Read the latest from our Chair, register for the 2017 GRIN State Meet, put the GRIN Board Meetings on your calendar, remember Kevin Sherman, learn about Swimmer's Shoulder from our Fitness Chair, congratulate our first 2 100-Mile Club members, and check out upcoming area meets.
A Word from Our Chair
Swim into Spring!
With the mild winter months, it seems Spring is right around the corner! Spring brings us to the many great swimming events - the GRIN State Meet, several local swim meets, April's Adult Learn to Swim Month, and some great events around Indiana this summer! If your team is offering Adult Swim lessons in April, please let us know and we can help spread the word. It is a great way to give back and to share your love of swimming.
As we mourn the loss of our fellow lane mate, please remember your sunscreen, sunscreen, sunscreen, hats, and get to the Doctor for a check up or with any strange looking spots.
Swim Fast and Stay Healthy!
Register 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. 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. Register online for this great annual competition and we'll see you all in Munster!
There will be a GRIN Board Meeting via conference call on Thursday, March 30 from 8:00 – 9:00p (EST). All GRIN members are invited to call in. The main topics of discussion will be the GRIN State Meet, the Great Lakes Zone Meet, and Club Development, as well as any new business.
Upcoming GRIN Board Meetings
Conference Call Details:
Members calling in for the meeting should use the following:
- Toll Number: (701) 801-1220
- Meeting ID: 947-708-061
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 these meetings.
Remembering Kevin Sherman
In the words of Chris Sikich -
I have sad news to share. Kevin Sherman was diagnosed with melanoma that had metastasized in January and he died this Saturday. Kevin swam for many years with the NASTIs and Indy Aquatic Masters. Personally, he was a dear friend and got me and several NASTIs into long-distance open water swimming. In 2007, he decided he was going to do a 10K in New York off Long Island and several of us went up there with him. We've never looked back. Well, we've looked back, but we still do those races. He was 9th overall in the inaugural 25K at Morse Reservoir and a top-10 swimmer in the 400 IM. Kevin was one of my favorite people to practice against. He spent his last summer here with the NASTIs at Forest Park, I think in 2011, before he moved to the east coast for work. He and I would trade off writing workouts with descending intervals and no rest. It was like riding on the edge of failure all summer. Somehow we made it through all of those ridiculous sets. Kevin was one of the toughest men I ever swam with, but also one of the kindest. He never had a cross word for anyone that I ever heard. On the east coast, he got into cycling with what looks like a tough group. He was always posting about long rides on Strava and Facebook on his beloved warbird, suited for gravel riding. He did a 50 miler on January 1 and looked fine. It's shocking news. Kevin we will miss you.
A Word from our Fitness Chair
Swimmer’s shoulder is the most common injury in swimming. It can be caused by bad technique, excessive or quickly increased workload, or the use of swim paddles and pull buoys. Swimmer's shoulder manifests itself as pain and inflammation. Even though swimming is a low-impact sport, it uses the shoulders extensively and puts them at risk. A shoulder rotates about 10 times when swimming 25 yards of freestyle. That means that for a moderate 50 lengths workout, each shoulder rotates about 500 times. Multiply this by a few swim sessions per week and you see that it quickly adds up. To help prevent injury, make sure you swim with correct technique. Your coach on deck can assess your stroke, highlight mistakes, and suggest corrections. Overtraining or training with tired muscles can also cause issues, as the stabilizing muscles of the shoulder don’t work correctly and can cause injury. Finally, be sure to avoid sudden increases in amount or intensity of the swim workouts.
Remember to eat healthy by incorporating at least one serving of fish in your diet per day along with plenty of fruits and vegetables. And, always stay hydrated by drinking 8-9 glasses of water per day.
Please let me know if there are topics you'd like to learn more about. Don't forget to share your goals with me (email@example.com) and I will help keep you on track.
GRIN's 100-Mile Club
Congratulations go out to Todd Marshall (Terre Haute Torpedoes) and Stephen Rouch (Indy Aquatic Masters)! Both Todd and Stephen have already logged over 100 miles in the water this year!
Do you need a new fitness goal this year? 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
The GRIN Winter Postal Challenge took place from January 1 - February 28, 2017. All online entries must be received by March 15.
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 available, so head to Kendallville this weekend!
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. Register online now!
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.
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. Registration is coming soon, so be sure to save the date now!
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!
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!