Greenville Splash Masters
April News Splash
Swimmer of the Month
Super Sprint Saturday for Open Doors
Sara celebrates the Big 5-0 with her children: Monica and Mikey
Low Country Splash Open Water
Saturday, May 24th 2014 at 7am
40 Patriots Point Rd
Mt Pleasant, SC
YMCA Nationals, Sarasota, FL.
We have a record crowd going this year: Carolyn Moore, Sara Bopp, Casey Oliver, Cheryl Quinn, Janice Hebel, Susan Demere, Bonnie Glasgow Spann, Leslie Scott, Bill Robertson, Blake Leche, Doug Long, Mark Kothe, Jack Read, Michael Roka, Michael Mauhar, Rick Haverland and Troy McAlister. Good luck Splash!
Water Safety Awareness Week. Free sessions for children at all 3 YMCA locations.
Bubble Removal Day at Caine Halter and GHS
Low Country Splash Open Water Swim, Charleston, SC
www.lowcountrysplash.com Come swim the 2.4 mile or 5 mile swim. We always have a big group for this exciting event. Register early for the 5 mile because the slots fill up fast (only 30 slots left in the 5 mile)
Beaufort River Swim, Beaufort, SC
LCM Swim Meet at University of Georgia, Athens, GA
Latta Open Water Challenge Latta Plantation Gar Creek, Charlotte, NC
Death Valley Open Water Swim, Clemson, SC
Dixie Zone Open Water Championship, Chattanooga, TN
Long Course Meet Roy Dessloch Invitational, Greenville, SC
This is a big team event. Save the date! We need YOU to help us score big team points!
October 13, 2014
Bermuda Round the Sound. Be thinking about joining us this year for a choice of 10k, 7k, 4k, 2k or .8k. So far Tyler Scott, Sara Bopp, Leslie Scott, Cheryl Reinke, Craik Davis, and Casey Oliver are planning to go.
Scott Brown was second out of the water in his age group! He was fourth on the bike and sixth in the run. He finishes overall in studly fashion!
Columbia Downtown Triathlon
Michael Mauhar is 4th overall! Phil North finishes in the top quarter! Karen Bailey wins 1st place in her first ever Aquabike!
Michael Mauhar is 5th overall in this sprint triathlon
Yes Real Swimmers Use Fins!
After one of Tom Callaway's workouts, many swimmers were wondering why they were so tired from the fin set. Beginner swimmers are reluctant to use fins because they think it is cheating. However the benefits are huge. Using fins allows a larger muscle mass of the legs to be used. This allows a more demanding workout that burns more calories and increases fitness levels. This increased work load means exertion levels remain higher and the cardiovascular system gets a more intense workout with even greater fitness benefits. Fins will develop leg strength. Kicking with fins is like lifting weights. The added resistance from the blade increases the workload on the leg muscles. The body adapts by increasing the strength of the muscles. Fins also help with increased ankle flexibility. Many triathletes have poor ankle flexibility and their feet point down which causes drag. Good swimmers can hyperextend their ankles. Fins use an increased surface area which forces ankle extension during the power phase of the kick. Using fins stretches the ankles and increases flexibility so the kick will become more efficient. Fins will improve body position and technique. Fins add propulsion which increases speed. Good swimmers stay on top of the water while beginner swimmers tend to drag their legs and swim more vertical. Fins allow swimmers to stay more horizontal in the water. Fins allow swimmers to swim at faster speeds. This will transfer to swimming faster without fins because of muscle memory. The muscles will remember the feeling of the faster swimming and will duplicate that pattern without fins. Technique will improve by repeated use of swimming faster with fins and staying higher in the water.
Many swimmers ask me what kind of fins to get. Longer fins provide more resistance and allow for more propulsion which is great for beginner swimmers. Shorter fins require a faster kick and are good for more advanced swimmers and those with good ankle flexibility. Medium blade fins capture the best of both worlds. The blade is short enough to allow a good tempo but long enough to work on ankle flexibility. My favorite fins to recommend are called aquasphere. These have a medium curved blade and have a right and left foot design. These fins are made of a lightweight foam which helps beginner swimmers to have an improved body position. I have been recommending these fins for years and recently found out that Karlyn Pipes-Neilsen also recommends aquasphere. She holds the most records in Masters swimming.
Out on the town!
Cheryl, Leslie, Janice and Casey
Kiah's Art on Display
Casey, Kiah, Leslie, and Michael at Art and Light Studio
Bryan quit shagging and come back to swim!