GRIN News and Notes
Hear from our Chair, learn the USMS membership renewal dates for 2017, welcome our new Fitness Chair, congratulate Dick Sidner, and check out the upcoming opportunities in our area.
A Word from Our Chair
Fall into the Pool!
Fall is here and with the days getting shorter, it is a perfect time to swim more! Avoid the feeling of never seeing sunlight by keeping your head in the water and fool yourself into a sunny swimming mood!
The GRIN Board has been busy getting an operating budget prepared for the year! The Board and Club Reps will be voting on the budget on Thursday, October 27 at 8:00p. Please identify your Club Representative by Wednesday, October 26 at 12:00 noon, so your team has a vote! WE will be discussing other new items, including another new Indiana Open Water event!
There are many events on our calendar all over the state; we hope to see you at one or more this season! And, be on the lookout for more information on the USMS Spring National Championships coming to Indy in 2018!!
See you in the pool!
USMS Membership Renewals for 2017
Club Registration is Now Open
Club registration for 2017 opened on October 1. Clubs can register for 2017 online at the USMS website. Please note that all clubs must be registered with USMS before November 1. Otherwise, your members will not be able to select your club when they renew their individual registrations. If you have any questions, please contact Karen Gernert, GRIN's Registrar.
Individual Registration for 2017 Opens on November 1
Individual registration is coming soon! Online individual registration for 2017 will open on November 1. Membership cards can be printed immediately upon registration and the cards should be brought to every practice. Again, if you have any questions or need help printing your card, please contact Karen Gernert.
Meet our new Fitness Chair, Ron Gatte
Welcome to GRIN's new Fitness Chair, Ron Gatte! Swimming for about 8 years, Ron started out with ISA swimming with his kids, is a certified USA Swimming Official, and sat on the Board of the Carmel Swim Club. Ron competes in triathlons, participated in his first Half Ironman this past spring, and swam in his first pool competition this past weekend at the 1st Annual Chris Clarke Invitational. Ron enjoys both swimming and all-around fitness, and is looking forward to sharing his fitness ideas with all of you. If there are topics you are curious about, please email Ron. Welcome aboard!
Congratulations Dick Sider!
Congratulations to Dick Sidner for winning the 2016 Open Water Service Award, which is a great national honor. Dick is the fourth person to receive this award. The award, announced last week at the USMS convention in Atlanta, is given in recognition of Dick's long history of hosting open water national championships and events, as well as his continued work in teaching open water skills.
Dick's accomplishments are too many to list, but we'll try. Dick organized and hosted the inaugural 25K Open Water National Championship in 2008 in Morse Lake. The success of the 25K encouraged USMS to award Dick and the Noblesville Adult Swim Team the 10K National Championship in 2010, the 25K National Championship in 2012, the 5K National Championship in 2013, and the 15K National Championship in 2015.
Dick has been a member of USMS since 1990 and served on the Long Distance Committee from 2000-2014. He has been attending the USMS annual convention regularly since 2000 as a representative of GRIN and a member of this committee. He also spent five years as photographer for the USMS delegate book. He is a past Dorothy Donnelly Award for Service winner.
On the local front, Dick served on the GRIN Board, volunteering to guide Indiana swimming, from 1993-2015. He served as Chair for three separate terms and has won the Irv Merritt Volunteer of the Year Award.
Dick is a certified Level 4 USMS Recognized Coach, and he has competed in numerous open water swims himself, including Chicago’s Big Shoulders and La Jolla Cove Rough Water swims.
He was nominated by Chris Sikich and letters were written in support from Doug Church, Victoria Rian, Jim Barber, Cheryl Gettelfinger, Lisa Brown, Marcia Cleveland of Illinois Masters, Ali Hall of Sierra Nevada Masters, and Susan Kirk of Berkley New Jersey Masters.
USMS Speedo 3,000 / 6,000-Yard ePostal National Championship
Want to compare your distance swimming with the rest of the country? Swim 3,000 yards and/or 6,000 yards in its entirety in any 25-yard pool before November 15. Some people swim the Speedo 3,000 / 6,000-Yard ePostal events for competition; others for fitness. Complete your swim and enter your results online.
Adult Learn-to-Swim Instructor Certification
An Adult Learn-to-Swim Certification class is taking place at Zionsville Aquatic Center on Saturday, October 8. Taught by GRIN Chair Lisa Brown, this is a great opportunity for those who teach or desire to teach adults to swim. The class is limited to 25 participants and limited scholarships are available for GRIN members, so register today!
6th Annual UINDY Masters Invitational
The 6th Annual University of Indianapolis Masters Meet will be contested on Saturday, October 15. This short course meters meet is a great local competition not to be missed. Registration is now open, so make sure this great race gets onto your calendar and we'll see you at U Indy!
Terre Haute Torpedoes Halloween Splash
Taking place at the VCSC Aquatic Center in Terre Haute from October 21 - 23, the Terre Haute Torpedoes Halloween Splash, a dual-sanctioned meet, is a great opportunity to test your racing mettle against the younger set. Masters swimmers swimming distance events will compete on Friday night. For the remainder of the weekend, Masters swimmers will compete in the OPEN category. Online registration is now open.
Sugar Creek Swim Club Pumpkin Paddle
Taking place at the Crawfordsville Aquatic Center from November 4 - 6, the SCSC Pumpkin Paddle is a dual-sanctioned meet that offers the 1650 Free (limited to 20 swimmers). Masters swimmers swimming the 500 Free or 400IM will compete on Friday night. For the remainder of the weekend, Masters swimmers will compete in the OPEN category. Download your Registration Form and enter today!
5th Annual Munster Masters Fall Frenzy
Featuring both the 400 IM and the 1650 Free, the 5th Annual Munster Masters Fall Frenzy is an event not to be missed. The meet will take place on Saturday, November 12, at the Munster High School Aquatic Center. Warm-ups get underway at 7:30a; the meet begins at 9:10a. Please note that all times are CENTRAL TIME ZONE and plan accordingly. As an added bonus, there will be ATHLETE hospitality at this meet. Great food and fast water. What could be better?
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!