Greenville Splash Masters

May News Splash 2018

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YMCA Masters Nationals

We were beyond excited to take our biggest group ever to YMCA Nationals, 27 swimmers and some extra swim friends! We placed 7th overall in our best finish yet with these awesome swimmers: Jerry Anguiano, Sara Bopp, Ariel Brown, Amy Browning, Allan Byer, Rob Kane, John Decker, Susan DeMere, Chris Gibbs, Rick Haverland, Stephanie Heatley, Janice Hebel, V Kokila, Mark Kothe, Bob McAdam, Carolyn Moore, Casey Oliver, Cheryl Quinn, Bryan Rice, Pam Rogers, Rob Seigler, Nicole Smith, Rachel Smith, Brenda Stephens, Leslie Scott, Tom Waitkins, Molly Willingham
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May News

This is our busiest time of the year for Greenville Splash and our team has so much to be grateful for. We are in full swing with our adult learn to swim program. It's such a blessing that we have so many swimmers that offer their services to help others. Even when we need someone to fill in at the last moment, someone steps up to the plate to help out within a few minutes of being asked.

We took over 30 people to YMCA Nationals in Fort Lauderdale and had an absolute blast. Of course it's always fun to see some fast swimmers and break records in the process. But it's equally inspiring to see swimmers like Brenda Stephens win her first swimming medal ever, and to see swimmers overcome health issues to be a part of the team. We are so pleased to have swimmers join us from other states in our big events: Pam Rogers, Arial Brown, V Kokila, and Tom Waitkins! We had so much fun cheering for each other and hanging out together. Our group has plenty of memories to share for years to come!

Greenville Splash Adult Learn to Swim

We are off to a great start with teaching 80 adults how to swim! We are half way through our session and it's amazing to see the progress of all the participants. Thanks so much to these fabulous volunteers for extending their passion of swimming to others: Leah Aragon, Amy Browning, Allan Byer, Barbara Christ, Kacky Elliott, Bill Ewell, Dave Hall, Mark Kothe, Kristin Knowles, Carolyn Moore, Dan O'Connell, Casey Oliver, Melissa Patterson, Jordan Rumsey, Leslie Scott, Tyler Scott, and Molly Willingham
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We are proud to recognize Molly Willingham as Swimmer of the Month! Molly is an amazing swimmer to watch in the water. Her technique is so good and she makes all her strokes look so easy as she glides through the water. Her underwater dolphin kick is exceptional as she proved this past month. Molly set three National YMCA records in Ft. Lauderdale in the 50, 100, and 200 back! Molly has been swimming with Greenville Splash for several years. She started swimming with us during the summers when she was in college at Denison. Molly keeps a healthy attitude about swimming. She enjoys staying in shape by swimming a few times per week and doing lots of other activities as well. Molly has the sweetest personality and is a true team player during workouts and at meets. She is always available to give a compliment or help a new swimmer. Not only is Molly a wicked fast swimmer, but she believes in giving back to our community. Molly is volunteering to help with Adult Learn to Swim and is on our meet planning committee. Thanks for being an awesome teammate!

Upcoming Events


Adult Learn to Swim at Westside Wednesday evenings April 11 - May 16. Come out and watch this amazing event.

May 10-13

USMS Spring Nationals, Indianapolis, Good Luck to John Decker and Bob McAdam

May 13

Casey Swims for a Cure: Casey will swim 8 miles across Lake Jocassee. Help her raise money for the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society

May 18

South Carolina Senior Sports Classic at Francis Marion University, Florence, SC. This is a qualification event for the 2019 National Senior Games in Albuquerque, New Mexico. Open to anyone over 50. For more info click here:

May 18

Team Social Main Street Fridays. Meet in front of the Hyatt at NOMA Square at 6:00 pm. In case of rain we will meet at Kilpatrick's Pub.

May 19

Meet Planning Committee Meeting after Saturday workout 9:00-10:00 am

May 19

Beaufort River Swim For more info click here:

May 20

Coaches Meeting Pasta dinner at Carolyn's home 6:00 pm

May 26

Low Country Splash Open Water Swim, Charleston, SC

To enter click here

May 28

Our first Open Water Group Swim at Lake Jocassee Devil's Fork State Park meet at 8:30 am

June 16-17

South Carolina Long Course State Championships at Westside hosted by Greenville Splash. Register by June 1 for best entry price and t-shirt guarantee.

Click here for more info and to enter

July 28- Aug 3

Pan American Masters Championships YMCA Aquatic Center, Orlando, Fl Going for sure: Leah Aragon, John Decker, Carolyn Moore, Shelley Rubert, Leslie Scott

Aug 24-26

Annual Growler Invitational SCY Swim Meet at LTP Tennis Center in Mt. Pleasant hosted by our swim friends, Palmetto Masters

Sept 15

Upstate Splash Charity Open Water Swim hosted by Greenville Splash
Early registration is open: Register Here Today!

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South Carolina LCM State Championships

Greenville Splash will be hosting this swim meet on our own this year! So we need your help more than ever to swim, volunteer, or officiate. Our planning committee is busy making plans to have a fun and successful event. We have swimmers that come from all over the Southeast to join us and we always receive the highest compliments. Did you know you can become an official for USMS by taking an online test? Let us know if you are available to officiate. Click on this link for more info. We are also looking for Lane Sponsors. These sponsors will be included on the meet t-shirt, newsletters and will be on a sign placed at the end of the lane. Click the PDF below to find out more.

Click here to sign up to volunteer:

Like to be a lane sponsor? Click Here!

Great opportunity to help support the LCM State Championships. Download application today. Contact us if you have any questions:

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Casey Swims for a Cure

Greenville Splash is helping to support Casey as she raises money for the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society. Casey is part of a fundraising team for the Man & Woman of the Year campaign. The campaign is in honor of two local children who are blood cancer survivors.

Casey will swim eight miles across Lake Jocassee to help end cancer. Let's help support Casey by showing up at the finish line at Lake Jocassee or donating on Casey's fundraising page. Click here to make a donation

Schedule Updates

Greenville County Aquatic Complex (Westside)

Workouts MW 6-7 pm, TuTh 6-7 am and Sat 7:00-8:30 am, TuWTh 8:30-10:00 am

Saturday workouts change frequently during long course season, check our calendar on our website for updates

No workout May 5th due to age group meet

Kroc Center: MWF 6-7 am

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

Swim on your own? Print out a Greenville Splash workout to take to the pool!

Fun In and Out of the Pool!

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Open Water Group Swims

It's open water swim season. Come join us for a fun way to enjoy the great outdoors with your swim friends. All swimmers need to be USMS members to participate. If a swimmer is not a member, they can fill out a 30 day trial membership. Make sure to buy a safe swim buoy. They can be purchased at Amazon or SwimOutlet.
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Splashing Accomplishments

Congratulations to Greenville Splash for being awarded Gold Club Status by USMS! There are only 14 clubs in the country to receive this recognition!

Molly Willingham Breaks 3 National YMCA Records at YMCA Nationals in the 50, 100, and 200 Back! Kudos on such an EPIC accomplishment! We are super proud!

State Records Broken at YMCA Nationals:

Molly Willingham: 100 Back, Bob McAdam: 200 Breast, Carolyn Moore: 100 Fly, 200 Fly, 200 Free, Susan DeMere: 50 Back,100 Back

Women 55+ 400 Free Relay: Janice Hebel, Cheryl Quinn, Susan DeMere, Carolyn Moore

Many accolades to our National Champions:

Amy Browning 200 IM, John Decker 1,000 Free, Stephanie Heatley 200 & 1,000 Free, Bob McAdam 200 Breast, Carolyn Moore 200 Free & 200 Fly, Leslie Scott 100 Fly & 200 IM, Rob Seigler 50 Fly and 100 Back, Nicole Smith 50 Breast & 200 Fly, Molly Willingham 50, 100 & 200 Back, 50 Free, 100 & 200 Fly

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Yes Real Swimmers Use Fins by Coach Leslie Scott

After a hard kick set, many swimmers wonder why they are so tired from using fins. Using fins have many advantages. 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 wonder 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.

Be A Part of the Team!

Starting May 1st swimmers will need to be a member of United States Masters Swimming and pay Greenville Splash dues to participate in workouts at the Kroc and Westside. Thanks for those that have paid their dues already! We appreciate all the support. Being a member of USMS provides our club liability insurance at open water events and workouts. We will also gain Gold Club status which will provide us with more advertising and recognition.
2018 Greenville Splash Team Dues

Join the best Masters team in the Upstate! Click the above link to pay online. Or pay by check to Leslie, Carolyn, or Amy.

2018 United States Masters Swimming Dues

Click here for easy online registration

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Team Traditions

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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877 NE Main St. Suite A

Simpsonville, SC 29681


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