November 2019 Newsletter

Deadline this week for the Santa Splash meet

Note that the deadline for the AquaHawgs Santa Spash is approaching quickly (see the first link below in Upcoming Events).  Wednesday Nov. 27th is the last day for entries!  Since this is a dual sanctioned meet, please note that the masters swimmers will gather in one spot to hang out and cheer for each other.  It would be a great idea to bring a chair, as seating is limited.

There is no online registration form for this meet for masters, so the best way to register is to email John Mosley:   and include the following:

Your full name, your birthdate, your USMS #, your USMS Club affiliation, the events that you wish to swim along with your seed time (or NT).  Then bring a check to the meet for payment.

Upcoming Events

Dec. 7-8, 2019, AquaHawgs Santa Splash, Springdale, AR,  SCY  (Dual Sanctioned)
Feb. 23, 2019,  The Block Party, Joplin, MO,  SCM
Apr. 3-5, 2020,  South Central Zones Championship (Short Course), Houston, TX
April 23-26, 2020, USMS Spring Nationals (Short Course), San Antonio, TX
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.

Top 10 for Arkansas Masters:  2019 Long Course Meters

Congratulations to these swimmers for placing in the Top 10 in the country for Long Course.  It would be great to see this list grown bigger and bigger every year!  And a very loud applause for these “All American Swimmers” who placed #1 in their event:

Dotty Burke (3 time All American for LCM this year!)
Byron Shefchik (1 time All American)
Trip Strauss (2 time All American)
Doug Martin (1 time All American)  

Top 10 part 1Top 10 part 2

9th Annual Swim Challenge for Arkansas Children’s Hospital

Please read the message below from fellow masters swimmer Steffan Sarkin in regards to an annual event his family sponsors to benefit  Ark. Children’s Hospital.  Noah is Steffan’s son.  

2019 is particularly significant in that it is the 10th anniversary of Noah’s injury and his successful surgery at Arkansas Children’s Hospital. It was September 15, 2009, when Noah was critically injured, suffering a fracture to his head while practicing soccer. Four neurosurgeons at Children’s Hospital in Little Rock, Arkansas performed a craniotomy, which included the cauterization of a severed artery and reconstruction of part of his skull with titanium plates.

In 2010, our family established the English Channel Challenge for Children’s. Its original purpose was a one-time fundraising event, a solo swim challenge crossing of the English Channel but it became something bigger. It turned into an annual fundraising swim challenge for Arkansas Children’s Hospital, which has raised over $300,000.  Our family thanks you from the bottom of our hearts for your generous support of the English Channel Challenge.

100% of every dollar donated has gone to the Children’s Hospital to support programs provided through the Arkansas Children’s Hospital Foundation, including financial assistance to families in need for travel and lodging, and providing fun and interactive environments inside the hospital for the children many of who are under long-term care in the Hospital. Since 2017, all donations have been earmarked for the new Children’s Northwest hospital right on our doorsteps, which has already established itself as the bar for pediatric healthcare in NWA.

It is important to continue to raise funds for Arkansas Children’s. The work is never done as no child will ever be turned away, and the particular programs we direct our efforts to are only possible through donations from the public. They are not budgeted nor paid for by patients.

On this 10th anniversary, the 9th Annual English Channel Challenge for Children’s is going from sea level to one of the highest altitude pools in the world, located in Mountain  Village, Telluride, Colorado, at 9,547 feet above sea level, where the air pressure is some 30% less than at sea level. Noah will be front and center providing crew and feeding support for a  solo 21 mile swim (English Channel distance) in the pool starting at 7.00am (Mountain Standard Time) this Saturday, November 23, 2019 (more likely Sunday, November 24, 2019…to have one day to acclimate). We leave for Colorado tomorrow.

On this week before Thanksgiving, please consider the kiddos and the families of patients in need by supporting the this year’s Swim Challenge by making an online donation on our website:  The home page has a GREEN tab link (Donate Now) which you can click on to make secure donations directly to the Arkansas Children’s Foundation.

Christmas Gifts for the Swimmer

Having a hard time with your Christmas list this year?  Consider a hoodie, cap, tshirt, or a mesh gear bag with the Arkansas Masters logo.  Shop here!

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