May 31-June 2, Beach Blast at Blaisdell, Topeka, KS, LCM (USAS/USMS recognized meet)
June 7-9, 2019, Bezerker Tyr Ragnarok, Joplin, MO, LCM (USAS/USMS recognized meet)
July 19-21, 2019, South Central Zone Championship, College Station, TX, LCM
June 29, 2019, Red River Masters Summer Invite, Shreveport, LA, LCM
(This is a new 50 meter pool!)
July 27, 2019: Trifest Open Water Swim, Rogers, AR (Beaver Lake)
(Any Ark Master member receives a $10 discount with this code: USMS0727)
Aug. 3, 2019, Oklahoma State Championship, Jenks, OK, LCM
Sept. 28, 2019, September SuperSoaker, Joplin, MO, SCM (yes, Meters!!!)
Click here for a full listing of events around the country.
Hall of Fame Awards
Two of our very own were honored with awards at the annual Hall of Fame banquet in Little Rock last weekend. Scott Halliburton received the Arkansas Masters Swimmer of the Year Award. Read about Scott’s background and his dedication and work ethic here. And Anita Parisi was honored with the Phillips 66 Volunteer of the Year. Anita gives tirelessly to both USA and USMS swimming, in addition to coaching and teaching lessons year round. Congratulations to both Anita and Scott!
This month we are spotlighting Veronica Dockery from Fayetteville. Veronica has been competing at our local meets and performing VERY well. How she has time to train, work, and raise 3 young children is beyond me. Learn more about Veronica here.
Arkansas Records Broken
The following State and Citizen records were broken recently, most of them at the 15th Annual Hall of Fame Meet in Little Rock this month.
Linda Bland: 500 Free (S & C), 1000 Free (S & C)
Carie O’Banion: 50 Fly (S & C), 100 Free (S & C)
Dotty Burke: 100 Free (S & C), 50 Free (S & C), 1000 Free (S & C), 1650 Free (S & C)
Lynn Morrison: 50 Free (S)
Alana Reid: 200 Free (C )
Daryl Sroufe: 500 Free (S), 1000 Free (S & C)
Doug Martin: 50 Fly (S), 50 Free (S)
Byron Shefchik: 100 Breast (S), 200 IM (S & C), 400 IM (S & C)
Jack Gooding: 200 IM (S & C), 100 IM (S)
Scott Halliburton: 200 Fly (S & C)
Trip Strauss: 1000 Free (S & C)
Srdan Markovic: 100 Breast (C)
Jack Gooding: 100 Free, 200 Free, 500 Free and 100 Fly (all C)
S = State Record, C = Citizen Record
For a full explanation and listing of these records, click 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.
Masters Member Gives Back: Adult Learn to Swim Lessons
Bonnie Adams, masters member and owner of The Joys of Swimming in Bentonville is giving back to the community in several ways. During the month of April, Bonnie provided 2 weeks of free Adult Learn to Swim classes. I personally had the pleasure of teaching some of these classes and I can’t tell you how rewarding it was. In addition, Bonnie is active in the community by offering Water Safety Classes to children, and a variety of clinics and classes for swimmers of all ages. Follow Bonnie on Facebook by searching for: @TheJoyofSwimming
USMS Gold Clubs
Starting last year, USMS has begun offering Gold Club designation for those clubs who meet the following requirements:
- Require USMS membership
- Offer a free trial (from 1 workout to 30 days) to potential members
- Have a USMS-certified coach
- Provide accurate club information in Club Finder
- Display USMS logo with registration link on the club’s website and/or Facebook page
- Participate in Try Masters Swimming Week
- Participate in one Fitness Series event
Megan Cameron runs a very active and thriving masters program in Joplin, Missouri that is designated as a Gold Club. Evan though this club falls just outside the boundaries of the Arkansas Masters LMSC, all of her swimmers register with us, so we benefit through their membership and participation.
Megan has also offered to host a meet this fall at the Missouri Southern State University pool which is Short Course Meters! It’s a bit harder to find a SCM meet, so be sure to put this one on your calendar (9/28/19). The registration link can be found above under Upcoming Events. Follow Megan on Facebook by searching for: @mcswimcoach