February 2020 Newsletter

Upcoming Events

March 21-22, Ozark LMSC Championship (Short Course), Chesterfield, MO
Apr. 3-5, 2020,  South Central Zones Championship (Short Course), Houston, TX
April 23-26, 2020, USMS Spring Nationals (Short Course), San Antonio, TX
April 25, 2020, Arkansas Hall of Fame Meet, Little Rock, SCY
May 9, 2020, LC at LSR7, (Long Course), Lees Summit, MO
May 2, 2020, April Pools, Jenks, OK, SCY
July 24-26, 2020, South Central Zones Championship (Long Course), San Antonio, TX
July 25, 2020,  Oklahoma Memorial Meet, Jenks, OK, LCM
Aug. 12, 2020, USMS Summer Nationals (Long Course), Richmond, VA

Click here for a full listing of events around the country.

Swimmer Spotlight – Byron Shefchik

The latest Swimmer Spotlight features our new LMSC chair, and Swimmer of the Year (more about that later), Byron Shefchik.  Read all about him here!

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Annual Board Meeting

The annual board meeting for Arkansas Masters took place on January 30th in Bentonville.  At that time we approved a budget for 2020, voted on a slate of officers, and set goals for the year.  Please know that these board members volunteer many hours during the year, so please extend a thank you to them if you can.  The officers are listed below along with how many years they have served on the board:

Chair:  Byron Shefchik (1 year)
Vice Chair:  Bonnie Adams (2 years)
Secretary:  Carie O’Banion (5 years)
Treasurer:  Anita Parisi (6 years)
Membership Coordinator:  Scott Halliburton (5 years)
Coaches Chair:  Megan Cameron (newly elected)
Officials Chair:  Kristen Caldwell (1 year)
Sanctions Chair:  Byron Shefchik (1 year)
Top Ten Recorder:  Doug Martin (11 years)
State record keeper:  Carie O’Banion (5 years)
Webmaster:  Carie O’Banion (5 years)

Joplin meet

Megan Cameron’s club, the MC Soakers, hosted another Short Course Meters meet on February 23, with 50 swimmers from 6 states in attendance!  The results aren’t quite yet available, but I know that many records were broken that day – they will be reported in the March newsletter so stay tuned!  Thanks so much to Megan and all she does for masters swimming!

joplin meet feb 2020

2020 Initiatives

The board members will meet again on Monday, Mary 9th to discuss initiatives for this coming year.  In particular, we are looking for ways that Arkansas Masters can  encourage adults to get out and swim!  If you have ideas for initiatives or events, please share them with us by emailing Byron at byronshefchik@yahoo.com

All suggestions should align with our mission which is:  “to promote and develop swimming for the benefit of swimmers of all abilities aged 18 and over in accordance with the standards and the rules prescribed by USMS and this LMSC.”


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