March 2018 Newsletter

Upcoming Events
Don’t forget to register for the Annual Hall of Fame Meet in Little Rock, on April 28th. In case you need motivation, check out the state records! Many are attainable (especially if you are a female!) We will have some brand new Arkansas Masters swim caps to hand out at the meet, and well….it will just be fun! We try to highlight local and zone meets on our Arkansas Masters webpage “Upcoming Events”, but a full listing of sanctioned meets can be found on the USMS Calendar of Events page.

Updated Arkansas Masters Webpage
Thanks to Carolyn Hyink, new swimmer in our state, we have a very much needed, new and improved website. Please check it out! Carolyn is also tackling a new project which we are super excited about. Under the “Photos and Articles” tab, you will find historical photos (and articles to be added soon) from our club, dating back to the 1980’s. If you swam back then in the state, we think you will really enjoy this trip down memory lane. Please share this site with any other swimmers who might be interested. We are still trying to caption and label the pictures, so if you have info to provide about names or places, just leave a comment on the photos. A big thanks to Ron Bank for passing along the scrapbooks to us, and to Carolyn for digitizing and archiving these historical photos and articles!

Meet your fellow swimmers
About a month ago, we created a new page on the ARKM website to showcase swimmers in our state. Because we are so spread out and fragmented across the state, this is one small way that we can build community among our group. Please check out the swimmers we have highlighted so far. We will post about 2 new bios every month. And if you haven’t completed your swimming bio info for us, please go here to fill out the Google Form.

Go the Distance in 2018
GTD is a self-directed program intended to encourage Masters swimmers to regularly exercise and track their progress. There’s no time limit for the distance milestones, except that they must be achieved in the calendar year. Speed doesn’t count—just the effort to attain whatever goal you set for yourself. If you haven’t set your goal for GTD 2018, it’s not too late. And remember, we will recognize the top distance swimmers in the state early in 2019.

Doug Martin, World Record Setter
Last, but not least… we want to recognize Doug Martin for setting two world records recently! How amazing is that? Doug broke a pair of short course meters Masters World Records at the Albatross Open Masters Meet at the Kennedy Shriver Aquatic Center in North Bethesda, Maryland. Doug swam a 25.42 in the 50 free, and a 28.65 in the 50 fly. Read all the details here, and keep up the great work Doug!

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