Greenville Splash Masters

June News Splash 2019

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It's a Greenville Splash Proposal!

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Coach Mark Kothe proposes at our group swim, Amy says yes!

Greenville Splash Hosts the Dixie Zone Championships

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We Need You!

Greenville Splash needs your help to host the Dixie Zones! Come swim or volunteer! So far these swimmers are signed up: Leah Aragon, Barbara Barber, Donald Bleasdale, Sara Bopp, Allan Byer, Michelle Carpenter, Ken Cooper, Lucas Cuadros, John Decker, Susan DeMere, Jeff Dietrich, Fran Durovic, Kacky Elliott, Bill Ewell, Oliver Geiger, Janice Hebel, Rob Kane, Kristin Knowles, Mark Kothe, Daniel Lowry, Molly Marett, Bob McAdam, Kim Merriwether, Carolyn Moore, Kristi Panayotoff, Cheryl Quinn, Jack Read, Bill Robertson, Sebastian Schneidet, Julia Schuman, James Secoy, William Seifried, Rob Seigler, Travis Self, Nicole Smith, Monte St. Amante, William Stuck, Jose Villa, Kim Williams, Rachel Wrenn. We are also proud to have Daniel Figueroa to swim with us, he just learned how to swim in our Adult Learn to Swim Program this year! If he can do it, so can you!

Dixie Zone Championships

Saturday, June 15th, 9am to Sunday, June 16th, 2pm

2700 West Blue Ridge Drive

Greenville, SC

This is our home meet! We need everyone to help as a swimmer, volunteer or spectator! Click here for more info and to register: Last day to register online is June 11. And of course the funnest meet social ever at World Piece Pizza 6:30-9:00 pm. Free Beer to participants and volunteers! Live music with Kyle Rowland.

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Upcoming Events

June 1 - 10 USMS Try Masters Swim Week. Invite your friends to try a workout. Swimming, there is no better exercise!

June 1

Lowcountry Splash 2.4 and 6 mile Open Water Swim in Charleston. Sara Bopp, Janice Hebel, Michelle Jones, Casey Oliver, Cheryl Quinn, Nicole Smith, and Hayes Walsh are planning to go.

June 8

Lure of the Lake Swim 1 and 3 mile Lake Lure, NC Click here to enter:

June 15-16

Dixie Zone LCM Championships, Greenville, SC

This is our home meet We need everyone to help as a swimmer, volunteer or spectator!

Click here for more info and to register:

Register by June 1 for event t-shirt. Last day to register online is June 11.

Click here to volunteer:

June 15

Dixie Zone Meet Social at World Piece Pizza 6:30-9:00 pm. Free Beer to participants and volunteers! Live music with Kyle Rowland.

June 23

Group Open Water Swim at Lake Jocassee. We meet at 8:30 am Devil's Fork State Park, in front of Eclectic Sun at Devil's Fork State Park Pavillion. You must be USMS registered and have a safe swimmer float. First time swimmers can fill out a 30 day waiver. We have extra floats if needed. Please RSVP if you plan to attend: We also love to have kayak volunteers.

July 20

Fontana Lake Open Water Swim 5k, 10k and 15k Almond, NC (near Bryson City)

Click here for more info and to enter:

July 21, Aug. 4 and Aug. 18

Group Open Water Swim at Lake Jocassee

Sept. 21

Upstate Splash Open Water Charity Swim Lake Jocassee, Salem, SC Hosted by Greenville Splash Registration is now open, click here:

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Schedule Updates

Greenville County Aquatic Complex (Westside)

New Summer Workout Hours, starting June 10: The pool is now long course. MW 6:00-7:30 pm, TuTh 5:30-7:00 am, Tu 11:30-1:00 pm, ThF 9:00-10:30 am. Saturday workout will be either 8:00 or 10:00. Check website or message groups. Pool closed June 22 and July 20.

Kroc Center: MWF 6-7 am

GHS YMCA: MW 6:30-7:30 pm, MTuTh 5:30-6:30 am

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Splashing Accomplishments


Awesome job at the O'Crud Open Water Swim in Charlotte: Hayes Walsh smashes the 2.4 swim!

We are proud of our Lowcountry Splash Open Water Swimmers for getting under it: Sara Bopp, Janice Hebel, Michelle Jones, Mark Kothe, Jim Osborn, Casey Oliver, Cheryl Quinn, Nicole Smith, Brenda Stephens and Hayes Walsh . It was a great event with lots of fun stories. Janice celebrated her BIG 6-0 and is our newest MVP. Brenda and Michelle competed in their first ocean open water swim ever!

Jose Villa rocked the Lake Murray Sprint Triathlon.

Middle Tyger Triathlon superstars Vicki Dixon and William Stuck competed in superb fashion!

Montgomery Olympic Triathlon: Vicki Dixon crushed her goal of 3:45 and got it done in 3:20 with an awesome swim to go along with her success!

Ross Germani stomped the ride to Mt. McKinley with an incredible finish in 34th place out of 400 cyclists!

Congratulations to Molly and Jay Merett on their wedding on May 25th! Best wishes for a happy life together with lots of swimming included.

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Fun In and Out of the Pool!

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Know Your Target Heart Rates for Exercise by Coach Bill Ewell

What should your heart rate be when working out, and how can you keep track of it? The chart will help keep you in the target training zone, whether you want to lose weight or just maximize your workout.

The figures are averages, use as a general guide.


Target HR Zone 50-85%

Average Maximum Heart Rate, 100%

20 years 100-170 beats per minute (bpm) 200 bpm

30 years 95-162 bpm 190 bpm

35 years 93-157 bpm 185 bpm

40 years 90-153 bpm 180 bpm

45 years 88-149 bpm 175 bpm

50 years 85-145 bpm 170 bpm

55 years 83-140 bpm 165 bpm

60 years 80-136 bpm 160 bpm

65 years 78-132 bpm 155 bpm

70 years 75-128 bpm 150 bpm

Find Your Heart Rate

A wearable activity tracker makes it super easy, but if you don’t use one you can also find it manually:

  • Take your pulse on the inside of your wrist, on the thumb side.

  • Use the tips of your first two fingers (not your thumb) and press lightly over the artery.

  • Count your pulse for 30 seconds and multiply by 2 to find your beats per minute, or 15 seconds times 4.

  • Your resting heart rate is the number of times your heart beats per minute when you’re at rest. A good time to check it is in the morning after you’ve had a good night’s sleep, before you get out of bed

So what’s in a number?

*If your heart rate is too high, you’re straining.

*If it’s too low, and the intensity feels “light” to “moderate,” you may want to push yourself to exercise a little harder.

*Goal being to exercise comfortably at up to 85% of your maximum heart rate.

*If you’re just starting out, aim for the lower range of your target zone (50 percent) and gradually build up.

Important Note: Some drugs and medications affect heart rate, meaning you may have a lower maximum heart rate and target zone. If you have a heart condition or take medication, ask your healthcare provider what your heart rate should be.

Swim on your own? Print out a Greenville Splash workout

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Let Leslie know if you have not received your 10 year anniversary team swag. We have new long sleeve t-shirts and silicone caps. We tried to mail and hand out at workouts. But we may have missed you, so let us know.
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Swim Technique Articles by USMS

Lowcountry Splash, Mt. Pleasant

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Watch Kim Swims on Netflix, it's an awesome story about an open water swimmer!

Make a Difference

Thank you so much to all of our swimmers that volunteer for Greenville Splash! Your efforts help to make our community safer in the water and provide fitness and competition activities for swimmers. We have been busy making final preparations for the Dixie Zone LCM Championships in June. It's a great feeling of giving back to our fellow swimmers around the country.

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Advisory Board

Meet the Greenville Splash Advisory Board:

Sara Bopp, Amy Browning, John Decker, Mark Kothe, Carolyn Moore, Casey Oliver, Judi Rich, and Leslie Scott

Please, reach out to these board members with any suggestions for the future success of your Greenville Splash Masters team. Email:

Follow us on facebook, twitter, instagram and our website for more information about our USMS club. We always welcome all swimmers to any of our workouts, events and socials. Join the fun!

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Upstate Splash Charity

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Visit Sara Bopp O.D.

877 NE Main St. Suite A Simpsonville, SC 29681


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Congratulations Molly!

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