February 2019 Newsletter

Upcoming Events

Mar. 2, 2019:  Red River Masters Winter Invite, Shreveport, LA, SCY

Mar. 9, 2019: Oklahoma Masters & Harrah High School Swim Meet, Harrah, OK, SCY

Mar. 29 -31: 2019 South Central Zone Championships, The Woodlands, TX, SCY

Apr. 25-28, 2019: 2019 Spring Nationals, Mesa, AZ, SCY

May 11, 2019: Hall of Fame Meet, Little Rock, AR, SCY

For a full listing of events around the country, visit the USMS Events Calendar.

Meet Jeff Box

 Our swimmer of the month is Jeff Box. Jeff is a swimmer and triathlete who trains in Searcy, Arkansas. Read about Jeff here.

Arkansas Records Broken

These Arkansas Masters swimmers have broken state and/or citizen records recently.  Congratulations to them on their speedy swims!

Byron Shefchik: 100 Fly, 200 Breast, and 100 and 400  IM – Short Course Yards
Sharon Taylor: 50, 100, and 200 Breaststroke, 200 IM, 50 and 200 Freestyle- Short Course Yards
Daryl Stroufe: 1000 and 1650 Freestyle- Short Course Yards

You can view all of our State and Citizen records here. Note that the more recent records are highlighted and that there are tabs at the bottom of the files to view the Men’s/Women’s records.

ARKM Swimmer of the Year

We are proud to announce our Arkansas Masters Swimmer of the Year Award for 2019, Scott Halliburton.  Scott has a true passion for the “daily grind” every swimmer must possess from the beginning of a swimmer’s career. He is a role model for swimmers of all ages, showing them how to do the hard work, even when no one is looking. Scott put in a total of 601 miles of swimming last year, averaging 4118 yards over 257 swims.  And for the past 18 years, Scott has completed 100 x 100’s around Thanksgiving!  A truly dedicated swimmer!

In addition to his commitment in the pool, Scott volunteers many hours a month as the registrar for Arkansas Masters Swimming.  His work behind the scenes are efficient and precise, helping the LMSC to run smoothly.  We are truly appreciative to his dedication to our organization.    

Scott will receive his Swimmer of the Year award at our annual Hall of Fame Banquet in Little Rock this spring, but if you see him prior to that, give him a big pat on the back.  Congratulations Scott Halliburton!

The Good Old Days


A big THANK YOU to Carolyn Hyink for her many hours spent scanning and uploading historic photos and newspaper articles from the early days of Arkansas Masters Swimming.  Included in this project are 70 articles that were carefully placed in  scrapbooks during the 1980’s and 90’s.  These scrapbooks were passed on to me, and Carolyn generously volunteered to archive them on our website.  There are a few people who had a lot of press written about them and it would be good to track them down (or their family) and let them know this body of work exists. Please take a look and forward the link below to anyone who might be interested in this body of work.  And moving forward, please forward any newspaper articles that you find regarding Arkansas Masters Swimming.



ARKM Annual Meeting

The annual meeting for the Arkansas LMSC took place on Jan. 24th in Rogers.  The new officers are:

  • Chair – Carie O’Banion
  • Vice Chair – Bonnie Adams
  • Treasurer – Anita Parisi
  • Secretary – Paige Grunnagle
  • Registrar – Scott Halliburton
  • Top Ten – Doug Martin
  • Sanctions – Byron Shefchick
  • Officials – Kristin Caldwell
  • Webmaster – Carolyn Hyink

Grants for Swimmers, Events and Certifications

Did you know that the  Arkansas Masters LMSC offers grants to swimmers, coaches and instructors?  Check out the “grants link” on our website for more information.  Coming up soon in our area:  Adult Learn-to-Swim certification class on May 18th, in Tupelo, Mississippi (grants available to cover the $250 class fee).   

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