If youíre hearing the theme song from Jaws, itís not that thereís an imminent shark attack, it just means that itís the start of the long course season. And that means, of course, freezing cold water at the beginning of the season followed by bath water at the end of the season, cold weather, algae in the pool and no wall at the 25! For those of you who donít swim long course, yawn, and ignore the preceding.
Congratulations to our womenís team at the USMS short course nationals, they tied for 36th place out of 95 in the small team division, without having one relay! Especially impressive was Michelle Shinnís victory in the womenís 35-39 1000 Free in which she went an 11:14.25. She also finished in the top 10 in the 500 Free (5th) and 100 Free (10th). Other swimmers in the top 10 were Stephanie Petersen in the 50, 100 and 200 breaststroke (4th, 2nd and 3rd, respectively) and the 100, 200 and 400 IM (8th, 6th and 8th, respectively) in the womenís 40-45 age group. Finally, Terry Varney Freerks, who came out of her competition dormancy, finished 6th and 7th in her 1000 free and 100 back in the womenís 45-49 age group. The men, Stanley Freerks and your president, Bruce Hopson, did not fair well as neither one was able to place. Complete results for SLAM members can be found later in the news letter.
Summer Meets. Although SLAM doesnít hold a pool event, we encourage everyone to attend the Saluki Mastersí Meet in Carbondale, IL, which is about 100 miles southeast of St. Louis. They have a fantastic indoor, 10-lane, 50-meter pool. An entry form, along with meet information is included with this newsletter. Additional information can also be found at their website: http://www.siu.edu/~epse1/pohlmann/SMSC/.
We are having another open water swim this year. It will be held Sunday, July 6, starting at 9 a.m. at the YMCA of the Ozarks near Potosi, MO.
This is where the Trout Lodge is for those of you familiar with that. This will be an incredible experience as the staff down there are excited and eager to help us run this event. We will be having two races this year, both a one mile and a two mile. Also new will be the St. Louis Spirits will also be sanctioning an age group open water swim to be run concurrent with ours. So now both you and your children can race at the same time. While youíre down there, take advantage of the beautiful environment, as registrants are allowed to spend the day there and are provided with a buffet lunch. Triathletes, I cannot stress how important it is for you to have open water experience. Information regarding the swims, including an entry form, are also enclosed with the newsletter.
Information about other meets, including USMS Long Course Nationals in Piscataway, NJ (Rutgers Univerisity) Aug. 13-17 can also be found on our website (www.swimlam.org) or by contacting me if you donít have access to the website.
Finally, itís not too early to starting thinking about 2004 USMS Short Course Nationals. The will be held April 22-25 at the IUPUI Natatorium in Indianapolis, IN. You will get several reminders about this throughout the coming year. This is only a 4 hour or less drive from St. Louis. In 1998, St. Louis had approximately 35 people and did quite well. In 200, we only had about 12 people. We have several people on our team who could do quite well, and we would have several relays that would place.
SLAM swimmers have faired quite well over the last ten years as you can tell from the attached list that shows those swimmers whoíve recorded Top Ten Times, including All-American and #1 Swims. The computer archives only go back ten years. Otherwise, there would probably be more people listed!
Until then, keep on swimming.