Greenville Splash Masters

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Bermuda Highlights

We had seven team members go to Bermuda to swim Around the Sound: Cheryl Reinke, James Winkler, Casey Oliver, Tyler Scott, Sara Bopp, Jack Read and Leslie Scott. We trained all summer to compete in either a 10k or 4k. We had the opportunity to swim several practice swims at beautiful beaches. The race director did a fabulous job with arranging sightseeing and practice swims. The first 2 days were beautiful weather. Although by Saturday, our practice swim had some rough water. By the time of the pre-race meeting the race directors decided to shorten the course due to a pending tropical storm. The storm was suppose to not be a direct hit and come around midnight. So the race directors felt by race time the water would be calm. Well the storm got to hurricane size and was a direct hit. It also hit about 5am. It was crazy, we went outside to video about 7am then decided to do a practice swim during the morning hours. It was a fun way to experience a hurricane! We met so many friends from all over the country during our four day stay. We got to spend time with Craik Davis and our North Carolina friends. We have so many fun memories that we were not too disappointed with the race cancellation. James Winkler and his family stayed an extra week and got to observe a much stronger hurricane. We hope you enjoy our videos from the trip. Greenville Splash now has a Youtube page to view our videos.

Swimmers on the Storm

Swimmers on the Storm Bermuda 2014

Swimmer of the Month: Brett Baker

Brett not only is a great swimmer but he reached a lifetime goal of climbing to the summit of Mt. Ranier this summer. It took four attempts. His first climb was several years ago and he had to turn back due to weather. The following year he climbed with his daughter, but it was not a summit attempt. This year he was determined to summit but on the initial attempt Mother Nature had other ideas. Fortunately for Brett, a spot had opened up for an attempt the following week and he went for it. The 4th trip up the mountain was the charm…he finally made the summit! 14,000 feet in 3 days!

Brett incorporates multiple disciplines into his training. To build his strength he walks miles and miles though his hilly neighborhood carrying his weighted down pack (up to 50 lbs). On the weekends he will take his pack and hike the trails at Parris Mountain, Table Rock, or Caesar’s Head. Interspersed with this regiment Brett will cycle or run to increase speed and agility (and now he’s added swimming).

Brett began swimming initially as a favor to Meg Hudak. He agreed to be a kayaker for the Swim Around Key West, but knew he was not a strong swimmer (actually, he wasn’t a swimmer at all) So he decided to improve for safety sake. He started out by building his endurance to swim one lap without stopping at his community pool. Then he worked his way up to multiple laps. He came to Greenville Splash about a year ago and his improvement has been remarkable! Brett is dedicated and comes to workouts every week to practice technique and build stamina in the pool. He is an inspiration to his coaches and other swimmers.

As a result of his new found swimming skills, Brett also challenged himself to attempt not one…but two sprint triathlons this year. Brett has competed in several running events this year including the Bridge Run in Charleston (10k), Georgia Regents University 10k in Augusta and and the Spinx Run Fest 10k.

6th Annual Thanksgiving Workout

Saturday, Nov. 22nd, 10:45am

2700 W Blue Ridge Dr

Greenville, SC

This year we will have our annual Thanksgiving workout at Westside Aquatic Center. We always have a great turnout for this team tradition. We swim 100 x 100's or 75's or 50's. Everyone goes on the same interval. You choose the distance. We have prizes and music! Cost is $7.00 for non-members. Please RSVP to Leslie if attending.

Congratulations Coach Zac

Best wishes to Zac and Lauren Mueller on the birth of their son, Cameron Henry on October 29. He was 9lbs 7oz.

Schedule Changes

The Thanksgiving workout on 11/22 time has changed to 10:45am
No evening workouts on Wed 11/26 at CH or GHS
No Friday workout on 11/28 Black Friday
Regular Saturday workout on 11/29

Upcoming Events

Nov. 22

5th Annual Thanksgiving Workout. 10:45am-1:45pm at Westside Aquatic Center. We plan to go to Barley's after the workout.

Dec. 6-7

South Carolina SCM Championships, Drew Pool, Columbia. Entries due online 11/29
We plan to take a large group to this meet, so enter today!

Dec. 13-14
Dixie Zone SCM Championships, Atlanta, GA

Jan. 31-Feb. 1, 2015
Sunbelt Charlotte SCY Meet, Charlotte, NC
This is our big team event. We are team champs 3 years running! Help us to keep the tradition alive!

Feb. 20-22, 2015
SCY South Carolina State Championships, Myrtle Beach, SC

May 7-10, 2015
YMCA Nationals, Sarasota, Florida
You have heard the stories, you know you want to join us! Mark your calendar.

May 30, 2015
Lowcountry Splash Open Water Swim 2.4 and 5 mile, Charleston, SC

July 24-26, 2015
Dixie Zone LCM Championships, Greenville, SC

Aug. 29, 2015
Greenville Splash hosts the Upstate Splash Open Water Event at Lake Jocassee

The Village Coaches Come Back from the 70's for Halloween Workout

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Bermuda Memories

Bermuda Memories 2014