We may have had a small turnout at the Pac Masters Short Course Meters Champs, but it was a powerful one! Six lady Swymnuts traveled to Walnut Creek and what a show they gave! They set 14 new team records, 9 lifetime best swims and 13 swims were their personal bests in their current age group. They combined for four relays taking two firsts, a second and a third. Among 37 teams with female swimmers, our ladies scored 7th place, an amazing accomplishment given the fact that three of our swimmers could only come one day.
It was the final weekend for official open water swims in Pacific Masters. Once again the Swymnuts rose to the occasion and showed their stuff. We had 6 Swymnuts and a soon-to-be Swymnut enter and complete their swims. A special congratulations to Brad Beach and Amy Probst with their first ever open water competition! Nicole Cibellis is our soon to be NUT and she posted a very fast half mile wetsuit swim, placing first in her age group, also a first time open water swim for her. She’s got a background as a 500 freestyler, so you can bet I’ve already begun casting my “swim meet charms” to her.
I think I was most proud to have all three pools represented at this swim. We had Sue August and Nance Rosencranz representing the JCC contingent (and Nicole is from there as well). We had Brad Beach representing the IVC group. We had Mary Piel, Amy Probst and Mary Sackett representing our Lucas Valley 5:30 swimmers. We only missed out on our 8:15 LV group and that’s because one of the swimmers who had signed up was sick.
Lots and lots of photos are posted on our team SmugMug page which you can find here. Here are a few to whet your whistle along with our tally of all the open water swim results for the Swymnuts in 2015.
There may have been only three Swymnuts at Mountain View this past Sunday, but they were really quite mighty. Jane Mothersill, Diana Peroni and Mimi Willard were the three amigos at this fun meet and all did quite well. Jane set her very first short course meters team record taking on the grueling 400 IM. When I asked her after her swim whether she’d do it again, she actually smiled and said she would. Crazy NUT. She also swam a solid 50 back and a 200 breast (her first in the short course meters venue) in a great time.
Diana Peroni swam her usual 200 fly (I mean, really? I’m not even sure if there is another NUT that can muster one in practice Diana.). She followed that with a 200 IM and a really nice 50 fly. On the 200 fly she narrowly missed her own team record.
Mimi was, simply put, on fire. After a “what, everyone has left the block??” type of start on her 200 Free, she settled in just missing her best time. Not to be discouraged, she tackled four more events, setting personal bests, lifetime bests and team records in all four swims (two of which were back-to-back the 200 Back and the 400 Free). Whoa!
Great job ladies, see you in Davis.
Full results for our team are here. 2015 Mtn View SCM 092715
Full results for the entire meet (with splits) are here: http://www.pacificmasters.org/comp/15/15MVMScmSplt.html
Swymnut Masters is excited to present a freestyle clinic at Indian Valley College on Sunday, September 13th from 11am-1pm. The clinic will be lead by Head Coach Cokie Lepinski, 2014 U.S. Master’s Swimming Coach of The Year, along with our incredibly friendly and oh-so-talented Swymnut coaches Susie Powell, Shari Cruse, Marlon Woolf and Nicole Coll. Please feel free to download the flyer below and share this information with your swim friends.
This swim clinic is open to adult swimmers (18+) who can swim at least 2 laps (50 yards) of freestyle without stopping. Pre-registration is required and you must reserve your spot before 9am on September 12th. The cost is $25 and payment is due the day of the clinic. Cash or checks payable to Swymnut Masters. The clinic is limited to 50 participants. Participants must be 2015 members of U.S. Masters Swimming. If you have never been a member of U.S. Masters Swimming, please contact Coach Cokie Lepinski at the email address listed on the flyer (or use the contact Coach Cokie box on the right side of this page).
The flyer details what we will cover which will range from stroke fundamentals to open water skills to tips and techniques for pool competitors. There will be an option to learn block dive starts and flip turns.
The first segment of the clinic will have all competitors learning or reviewing some core concepts to a good freestyle stroke. This will include on deck demonstrations, in water demonstrations and participants working through various drills and focal points. As we assess the ability levels of the participants we will begin to break into smaller groups allowing much more interaction with our skilled coaches. This approach will enable participants to choose instruction specific to their own needs such as open water skills or tips and techniques geared toward freestylers in swim meet competitions.
Equipment to bring:
- Swimsuit, Cap, Goggles
- Towel, water and or fuel replacement drink
- Fins and snorkels are welcome!
Parking is free at IVC on Sundays!
If you have any questions, please contact Coach Cokie Lepinski
Ah the blessed frustration of it all. Swimmers who come to the pool without their water bottle. Makes me want to stomp up and down and throw a hissy fit. But my fine upbringing (yeah, right) stops me from such a public display.
All joking aside, you should not be working out at any activity without some form of hydration. Do you have any idea what happens to your body and your mind when it is dehydrated? We are talking some serious repercussions. Stop messing around and bring your water bottle. Don’t let me get all Ninja on you!
Now, if you’ve stopped laughing, time to get serious and educate yourself. Check out this interesting and short video on just what happens when you mess around with the Hydration Gods.
We had a great open water swim at Aquatic Park today. 16 Swymnuts made the journey to brave water temps around 55 and air temp around 50! Check out the photos on our SmugMug page which you can find here. Meanwhile, here are a few pictures to get you started:
Mimi Willard, 61, is our lone Swymnut at the 2015 USMS Short Course Yards Nationals in San Antonio. She is off to a great start, landing a 5th place in the 1000 free in a 14:42.49. That is a 3 second drop from her swim two weeks ago. New to the 1000 free, Mimi is already showing a rock-solid steadiness as she held sub 1:30s for all the middle 100s. Way to rock it Mimi!
Update 4-24-15 11:15 AM. Mimi swam the 200 Free with a new personal best of 2:39.02 breaking that 2:40 barrier and bettering her time by 2 seconds. She placed 13th our of 22 in a very competitive field. She has 100 back left later today.
Update 4-24-15 4:15 PM. Mimi completed her swimming trifecta with her 100 Backstroke at Nationals. She set another personal best and placed 12th with a time of 1:27.88. Congratulations to Mimi on a very successful Nationals (she could only swim Thursday and Friday at Nationals due to prior obligations). Absolutely terrific results demonstrating that her hard work with Ultra Short Race Pace Training definitely paid off.
Swymnut Masters is eager to assist U.S. Masters Swimming in its endeavor to reduce the number of drownings here in the U.S. Did you know that approximately 37% of adults in the U.S. do not know how to swim? To combat this, U.S. Masters Swimming has developed an Adult Learn to Swim program and they are working with individual States and Congress to dedicate every April as Learn to Swim Month. While CA has not yet adopted this declaration, we hope they do soon!
We want to do our part and it is our hope that in 2016 Swymnut Masters is able to embrace this ALTS program and bring free swim lessons to adults in our Community in the spring and summer of 2016. We’ll be looking for swimmer volunteers to work one-on-one with those taking lessons. Our goal is to run a 4-week series with two half-hour sessions each week for a participant. With the possibility of grant funding, we hope to provide our participants with a swim snorkel, along with a swim cap and t-shirt celebrating their step to overcome their fear of water and maybe even fall in love with it like we have!
Here is a video from Growing Bolder profiling the work being done to help save lives.
And here is information on the U.S. Masters Swimming website on their ALTS program. http://www.usms.org/learntoswim along with a public service announcement starring Mysty Hyman on ALTS.
Woo Hoo! It is happening! Swymnut Masters is expanding operations to the Indian Valley Pool (Novato) on Monday, April 20th. You’ll find our IVC schedule posted on our website page here. This is a very exciting time for Swymnut Masters. Our land based operations for our team are only two years old this month and we are blessed to have workouts at three locations – Lucas Valley, the Marin JCC and now Indian Valley.
Thank you to Warren Lager for opening the doors to our team there at the Indian Valley Pool. We are thrilled to have the opportunity to continue our quest to offer a strong adult aquatics fitness program to the community in San Rafael and Novato. I began my coaching there with Marin Pirates Masters in 2009-2011 and the chance to return there and build that swim community back to its former glory is definitely a dream come true.
Don’t forget we have a team party at Coach Cokie’s house on Saturday, April 25th. We’ll celebrate our team’s birthday and launching our IVC operations. Bring a beverage, an appetizer, or just yourself. Be prepared to celebrate!
15 NUTS competed at the 2014 Pac Masters Short Course Meters Championships in Walnut Creek the weekend of October 11-12. We had some GREAT individual swims and super fast team-record-setting relays. Our 15 members were comprised of 12 females, 3 males. Our gals took 4th place overall and our team placed 7th overall. This is truly amazing especially given the fact that very few of our swimmers competed in the max number of events. The weather was perfect with temps in the mid 70s to low 80s. Check out our results!