South Carolina Masters Swimming
May, June, July Newsletter
South Carolina Masters Swimming
Chair's Corner- Mike Malik
As we embarked on this transformation journey of our online presence and logo for the LMSC, it reminded me of the first time I stepped out of the comfort of a clear, chlorinated pool and into the murky depth of open water swimming. It was the Lowcountry Splash here in Charleston. As a pool brat, I had no idea what to expect. Why were people putting on sunscreen? I needed to wear a cap with a microchip in it? So many questions. Answers that wouldn’t be revealed until I hopped off the dock into the salt water, swam 5 miles, and ended up at Patriot’s Point. What a feeling of accomplishment! I climbed up out of the water, met up with my friends, and in true swimmer fashion, we headed to the nearest Cracker Barrel to stuff my face with pancakes and sweet tea.
In the middle of the swim, I remember thinking how different it was to not have any walls to hang on (what a bummer!) but my favorite part was swimming to an end point and sighting for it. Picking a landmark and just swimming and swimming and swimmmmming until I got to the chute. From that point on, I was smitten with open water swimming. Oh sure, I still swam in the pool for practice, but there was something about open water swimming that took my love and respect for the sport of swimming to a new level. After that first Splash, I went on and swam a few more open water races and with each one, I got the same nervous exhilaration before jumping into the ocean, river, intracoastal, etc. and would do it again, over and over.
Enough about me though; this month we started to see the open water season kick into high gear. We have a wonderful open water community here within our LMSC. I am in awe of the swims these folks take on. They constantly challenge themselves and the distances! They don’t even blink an eye about swimming over 10 miles. Whether they know it or not, they are inspiring and I can’t wait to see how many miles get logged and the locations they will travel to this open water season.
If you have ever thought about it doing an open water event and have yet to try one, let me tell you…you won’t regret it. Sign up and take the plunge! Just make sure you don’t forget about us pool brats when you start setting your sights on the English Channel.
#USMSVOLUNTEERS use it in your social media posts!!
Recognizing Your Volunteers!!
(see the links below) Make sure to note the deadline dates!!
USMS Officials Needed!!
Attention all South Carolina USMS Swimmers:
We are in need of people willing to become Certified USMS Stroke & Turn and Starter Officials to work USMS sanctioned meets! Anyone 18 years or older can become an official and USMS has made the process very easy - no classes to attend – no huge time commitment. Simply complete the online video training and pass the online test afterward.
This link will get you started: https://www.usms.org/admin/lmschb/content/officialscert
It is not only Masters Swimmers that we are looking for, your non-swimming spouse (officiating is much more fun than sitting in the stands), your 18 & older children (giving them the power to DQ mom or dad), etc…
In South Carolina we have 588 Masters swimmers represented by 16 clubs. It would be great if we could get 2 or 3 people from each club to step up and become a certified USMS Official.
For those of you hesitant to take on this role, remember this is NOT like a USA Swimming meet.
- We don’t do fly over starts
- We don’t have screaming parents
- We don’t argue about the official’s calls (for the most part)
Please take a moment and go online to the USMS Officials page https://www.usms.org/gto/gto_officials and consider signing up. If we can get a pool of 30 or 40 officials to draw from, it would make hosting and running our Masters Swimming meets much easier.
Greenville Splash awarded Gold Club Status by USMS
Fun in the Sun at Y-Nationals
Adult Learn to Swim
One more reason to come to SC LCM State Champs!!!
Beaufort River Swim is Fast Approaching!!
Swimmers of all levels participate in the River Swim: triathletes, recreational lap swimmers and competitive age group swimmers. The Race starts at Port Royal Landing Marina, travels around the bend, passes the Hospital, and finishes at the Boat Ramp at the corner of the Downtown Marina, adjacent to Waterfront Park.
Registration link is below!
LOCO-BMST and Special Olympics
PALM awarded Gold Club Status by USMS
Adult Learn to Swim
"3 1/2 Lungs" take 2nd in Lido Key
Sun City Hilton Head Masters
Sun City Hilton Head conducted the five session program from April 16th - 20th, 2018 at our 4 lane indoor pool. Each session lasted one hour and the goal was to provide Sun City residents skill refinement of stroke and breathing techniques in free style.
There were 28 participants from Sun City, supported by 8 volunteer swim coaches, 4 assistant swim coaches, one on deck coach and a volunteer team of nine from the swim club to assist with registration. By the end of the week, many happy participants were swimming laps and moving on to other strokes.
A certificate was provided at the end of the five day program, which made many smile at their achievement!
This was the second Adult Learn to Swim program in April, and they already have 15 people on the wait list for next year's program.
Sun City's US Masters membership continues to grow and they are proud to state that many are competing in their first US Masters' meet in 2018!!
POOL/ MEET Events
SC LCM State Championships
Saturday, June 16th, 8am to Sunday, June 17th, 11:45pm
2700 West Blue Ridge Drive
2018 Pan American Masters Championships
Saturday, July 28th, 12pm to Friday, Aug. 3rd, 11:45pm
8422 International Drive
Growler Invitational- Save the Date!!
Save the date - August 24-26th - for The 2018 Growler Invitational!
The outdoor meet will take place at LTP Swimming Club in Mt. Pleasant, SC! More details to come soon!!
Dixie Zone Meet Schedule
Open Water Races/Events
12th Annual Beaufort River Swim is May 19th!!
Rat Race/Dixie Zone Open Water Championships
Friday, June 1st, 12am to Saturday, June 2nd, 11:45pm
Chattanooga, TN, USA
Championship Meet. It will be held on Saturday, June 2nd and will be a
4.5 mile downstream open water swim. There will also be a 1K fun swim
on Friday, June 1st for swimmers registered in the 4.5 mile swim. All
of the event info is linked below.
Swim Across America
Swim Across America is excited to host the second Charleston - Kiawah Island charity swim this August 5th!
Join Olympians at this renowned scenic destination as a way to fight cancer by fundraising to support clinical trials and research.
You're invited to participate in 1.5-mile and 0.5-mile swim options. Our Swim is not a competition, but a fundraising event for everyone, both swimmers and volunteers. Choose a distance to swim or sign up as an event volunteer. We welcome you to the Swim Across America family and our efforts to “Make Waves to Fight Cancer!”
Triangle Swim Series
April 15 - Jordan Lake Open Water Challenge (Vista Point)
May 13 - Little Uno and Big Deuce (Vista Point)
Oct 07 - Triangle Open Water Hurricane Swim (New Hope Overlook)
Swim Across America
The next newsletter will be sent out August 2018.