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The Legacy of Dave Parcells Lives On With The January Jam

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Honoring the spirit and legacy of International Marathon Swimming Hall of Fame Honour Swimmer Dave Parcells, the 2012 January Jam begins on January 1st and continues through January 31st.

Read on at Open Water Swimming

1 Jan 12 @ 2:02 PM  | 0 comments  |  Meets, Open Water, and Other Events | Open Water Swimming category

WOWSA Nomination, Liz Frey

27 Dec 11 @ 8:08 PM  | 0 comments  |  Meets, Open Water, and Other Events | Open Water Swimming | Swimmer Profiles category

Happy Holidays -- 4 days left to vote for World Open Water Swimming Woman of the Year!

**A Note from Liz Frey**

Hi,

I have been nominated for 2011 World Open Water Swimming Woman of the Year! The World Open Water Swimming Association (WOWSA) awards are sponsored by Open Water Source and they are nominating me in recognition for my two double crossings in 2011 as well as my work with Swim Across the Sound and other open water swimming feats, including a 25-mile crossing from Vermont, U.S.A. to Québec, Canada.

Please visit www.openwaterswimming.com for more information and to cast your vote! -- or, for a quick link to online voting: VOTE HERE.

Voting takes place from now through December 31, and winners will be announced on January 1. There are amazing nominees so if you have time please read about their accomplishments. Please note that you do not need to cast a vote in each of the three categories.

Below is a recent link from UCONN today http://today.uconn.edu/blog/2011/12/there%E2%80%99s-no-stopping-long-distance-swimmer-elizabeth-fry/

Below is a press release about the award nomination.. Thank you for your support, and please feel free to forward this to anyone else who would like to vote. Westport's Elizabeth Fry Nominated for 2011 World Open Water Swimming Woman of the Year

WESTPORT, Conn., November 15, 2011 -- Westport resident and record-shattering open water swimmer Elizabeth Fry has been nominated for the 2011 World Open Water Swimming Woman of the Year.

The nomination recognizes Fry, 52, for her dynamic spirit in helping others realize their open water dreams while she realizes her own potential in some of the most difficult swims in the world, according to the sponsor of the World Open Water Swimming Association (WOWSA) awards, Open Water Source. In particular, the nomination recognizes Fry for the two double crossings she swam in 2011.

Last June, she set the double crossing record and became the only person to complete the unprecedented 35-mile Ederle Swim, swimming from Manhattan Island to New Jersey, and back. Her time of 11 hours, 5 minutes set the standard for both men and women, young and old. She then became the oldest person to complete the 42-mile double crossing of the English Channel in 24 hours, 39 minutes, with her return journey faster than the outgoing swim from England to France. This was her third attempt to complete the two-way crossing of the iconic Channel, having previously accomplished five successful one-way crossings. She wrapped up her 2011 season with a 13 hour, 25 minute, 25-mile crossing from Vermont, U.S.A. to Québec, Canada.

In addition, Fry has served as the long-standing director of the 25K Swim Across the Sound, one of the nation's largest open water swimming events, which has raised millions of dollars for the St. Vincent's Medical Center Foundation.

Fry trains in Westport with the Westport, Connecticut Masters team. She began her swimming career in Long Beach, New York and attended Camp Akomak, a swim camp in Canada. As a teen in Westport, she swam for the Westport/Weston YMCA Water Rats and Staples High School swim teams. Fry attended college at the University of Connecticut, where she was awarded the John Squires Award for the most improved swimmer as a freshman while earning a degree in Chemistry, and earned graduate degrees at Fordham University.

About the WOWSA Award

According to Open Water Source, the WOWSA award is meant to honor not necessarily the best athlete, but the individual who best embodies the spirit of open water swimming; possesses the sense of adventure, tenacity and perseverance for which open water swimmers are known; and has most positively influenced the world of open water swimming in 2011. This year's award nominees include twelve women from nine countries. Awards also are given for Man of the Year and Performance of the Year.

Voting takes place online at www.openwaterswimming.com from November 1 to December 31. The winner will be announced and honored on January 1 at the Global Open Water Swimming Conference.

For more information on Elizabeth Fry, visit here.

To cast your vote, visit VOTE HERE.


27 Dec 11 @ 7:57 PM  | 0 comments  |  Meets, Open Water, and Other Events | Open Water Swimming | Swimmer Profiles category

State Senior Games

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Kate and I swam the State Senior Games meet last Saturday. Kate won the 500 free in 7:22 and took second in the 100 IM. I won the 100 fly in 1:10.6 and second in the 500 in 6:05.9 We both move up an age group next year.

Have a good holiday!

~Glenn (Partelow)

Thanks Glenn and congrats to both you and Kate!

18 Dec 11 @ 1:08 PM  | 0 comments  |  Dynoswim Palm Coast | Meets, Open Water, and Other Events category

Hammerhead Ocean Marathon

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~Note from Susan Wallis:

Hello Swimmers!

Thanks so much for participating in the 6th HammerHead Ocean Marathon! Congrats to all finishers, and to our overall winners!

Melissa Steele won the 2.5 mile swim for the 5th time. Blake Ehlers won the 2.5 mile for the second time in a row. John White (3rd overall) and Sheryl Watkins (masters winner in 2006 and 2009) were the overall masters winners.

For the 1.25 mile race, Wil Friedman defended his title as did Kristen Ghandor. The masters winners were Tim Adams and Sarah Pamula.

The results are finally up, on the 1st Place Sports website. Here is the link. http://1stplacesports.com/swim11res.html

HOWEVER, they did not pull out the overall winners and masters winners from the age groups, so you would have to manually do that when you look at the results (I have emailed them to ask that they fix it, but I know some of you wanted to see the results now!).

You can also check out jacksonville.com for photos (for a price, you can order some of you!) http://photos.jacksonville.com/mycapture/category.asp?eventID=1302206&Catego ryID=10410

I have lots of tshirts left over, and will sell them for $5 each! Not many of the smaller sizes, but lots of larges and xlarges in both white and yellow. Let me know if you want to buy some!

Next year's race will be on Saturday, AUGUST 11, 2012. Save the date!

If you would like to send any comments on how we can make things better for you (other than painting a black line on the ocean floor or something like that), please do! We did have one extra bus this year to relieve some of the overflow on the transportation. I also paid extra to have the bathrooms open at 6am (they better have had lots of toilet paper, been really clean, and had mints on the counters!), so I hope that helped. We also had a few extra buoys out along the course. And we measured the 2.5 mile course better, so that it was not long like last year!

The HammerHeads will still hold the open water swims on Sundays at the Jax Beach Lifeguard Station at 9am, for those who are preparing for a fall triathlon, or for those who just want more time in the water. (However, on August 28, we will be in Camp Blanding for our HammerHead Olympic Triathlon, so no swim that Sunday!!)

Thanks again for participating and we hope to see you again next year!

Susan Wallis, President, HammerHead Tri Club

Race Director, HammerHead Ocean Marathon

27 Aug 11 @ 4:42 PM  | 0 comments  |  Dynoswim Palm Coast | Meets, Open Water, and Other Events | Open Water Swimming category

Cruce Occidental Papagayo 2011

We are pleased to invite you to the eight edition of the Occidental Crossing and the fourth relay Occidental Crossing at the beautiful Gulf of Papagayo Costa Rica.

Dates: May 21st and 22nd 2011

Click here to see details

27 Mar 11 @ 7:21 PM  | 0 comments  |  Meets, Open Water, and Other Events | Open Water Swimming category

2011 January Jam Update

Dear 2011 January Jammer,

Congratulations and Happy Valentine's Day weekend! Thank you so much for participating in the Jam this year. We appreciate it.

You've crossed the metaphorical finish line and now we want to reward you. But we need you to get your yardage in! Please submit your stats as soon as possible. We will use the results as of February 15th to designate age group awards.

As in the past, we waited to order shirts and caps (new this year) until everyone signed up. I know it's surprising, but people do sign up at the end of the month. Please expect your certificate, shirt, and cap in about 4 weeks.

Thank you so much for swimming, we hope you had fun. You will receive an email shortly with the results and statistics for this year.

Best regards,
The January Jam team
Liz, Kristen, Josh, and Dean

ps - every February we say to ourselves "what can we do to make this better, more fun, get more people involved next year?" We welcome your feedback - the caps and certificates are new this year because you asked for them! Let us know how we can make this a better event for you.

Thank you
You can send feedback to: ksadams@optonline.net

13 Feb 11 @ 8:32 AM  | 0 comments  |  Meets, Open Water, and Other Events category

2010 US Masters Swimming Championships

~By Sheryl Watkins

Almost 2000 athletes, ages 18 and over, competed over the course of the four day Championship at the 2010 US Masters Short Course Nationals at the Georgia Tech Aquatic Center (GTAC) in downtown Atlanta, Georgia. This year marked the 40th anniversary of the Masters Nationals with 1,977 swimmers ranging from 18 to 93 years swimming over the course of the four-day event that took place May 20-23, 2010. The GTAC facility was the site of all swimming, diving and synchronized swimming competition as well as the swimming portion of the modern pentathlon during the Centennial Olympic Games in the summer of 1996. For the masters competition, the 50-meter pool was divided into 2, 10-lane competition pools and the diving well served as the warm-up pool. Odd and even heats were run for each event simultaneously. This was a must, with almost 2,000 swimmers and a total of 46 events (individual and relay). The most popular event, the men's 100 yd freestyle, contained 59 heats. That's almost 600 swimmers' in one event!

A total of 47 states and 8 countries were represented at the meet, so it was a true national and international event. Included were over 150 Florida swimmers making the pilgrimage, including 3 swimmers from Palm Coast's masters swim team, Dynoswim Masters and 7 swimmers from the Daytona Beach Masters Team. Dynoswimmers Glenn Partelow (62), Kate Sussman (52) and Sheryl Watkins (45) competed in a total of 12 events and brought home a total of 4 metals: Glenn took 7th place in the 200 yd Butterfly, 7th place in the 1,650 yd Freestyle (yes, that is 1 mile!), and 9th place in the 500 yd Freestyle. Sheryl brought home a 7th place in the 200 yd Backstroke. Metals were given out for the top 10 swimmers for each event and each age group. Age groups are, in general, defined by 5 year increments (i.e. 30-34, 35-39, 40-44, starting at 18 and ending at 90 and above). Glenn and Sheryl coach Dynoswim Masters, which practices at the Frieda Zamba Pool year round. Dynoswim member ages have ranged from 15 to 84, with ranging goals: fitness, triathlon training, and competitive swimming. Practices focus on technique and endurance building and are held Monday, Wednesday, and Friday at Frieda Zamba from 6-7:45 pm.

Among the entrants were a number of Olympians, including Rowdy Gaines, Cullen Jones, Mark Gangloff, Josh Davis, Roque Santos, David Sims, Sue Walsh, Chris Stevenson, Jeff Farrell, David Wharton, Ryan Papa and Bumpy Jones. In addition, Swimming World's 2009 World Masters Swimmers of the Year Rich Burns, Laura Val, Michael Mann, and Mike Ross also competed. There were an amazing 103 individual and 19 relay record-breaking performances at the meet.

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1 Nov 10 @ 9:23 AM  | 0 comments  |  Dynoswim Palm Coast | Elite Level Competition | Meets, Open Water, and Other Events category

Senior Games

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~By Glenn Partelow

Kate Scully and I swam the Senior Games in Gainesville this past Sunday. Kate won 2 gold medals and one silver and I won 3 gold and two silvers.

Kate Scully won the 500 yard freestyle, the 100yard Breaststroke, and took second in the 200 yard freestyle.

I won the 100 yard butterfly and set a new State age group record for men 60-64. I won the 500 yard freestyle and the 50 yard butterfly, while taking second in the 200 yard freestyle and 100 yard freestyle. The Games were for all competitors over 50 in the State of Florida. Glenn and Kate both compete for Team Dynoswim based in Palm Coast and train 3 nights a week at the Frieda Zamba pool. Currently we have 12 members who swim for the team. This past August two members, Kate and Sheryl Watkins swam the 2.5 mile ocean swim at Jacksonville Beach and each won their age group with over 60 swimmers competiting. The strong currents that day stretched the distance to 2.8 miles! You can contact the team at 386-586-3437.

Thanks, Glenn Partelow / Coach of Dynoswim

1 Nov 10 @ 9:16 AM  | 0 comments  |  Dynoswim Palm Coast | Meets, Open Water, and Other Events category

U.S. Swimmer Found Dead

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U.S. swimmer dies during event in United Arab Emirates

25 Oct 10 @ 9:16 AM  | 0 comments  |  Elite Level Competition | Meets, Open Water, and Other Events | Open Water Swimming category

HammerHead Ocean Marathon 1.25 or 2.5 Mile Swim

2010 Race Information

5th Annual Swim

When: Saturday August 7, 2010

Time: 8:00 am

Where: Jacksonville Beach Lifeguard Station (registration and finish line)

Learn More by Clicking Here

12 Jul 10 @ 2:36 PM  | 0 comments  |  Meets, Open Water, and Other Events | Open Water Swimming category

2010 SCY Nationals at Georgia Tech

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Dynoswim fielded three swimmers, Kate Sussman, Glenn Partelow, and Sheryl Watkins, at the 2010 Masters Nationals at Georgia Tech. Placing in the Top 10 in 4 events and scoring 10 points for Dynoswim! 1979 swimmers were in attendance with many national age group records fealling i.e. 21.6 for the 50 fly 30-35 men!

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27 May 10 @ 4:17 AM  | 0 comments  |  Dynoswim Palm Coast | Meets, Open Water, and Other Events category

2010 SWIM Across the Sound - August 7, 2010 (Connecticut, USA)

The 23rd Annual St. Vincent's SWIM Across the Sound Marathon is open for online registration for solo swimmers, two-person relays and team relays. Scheduled for Saturday, August 7, 2010, the SWIM Marathon course is a 25 kilometer (15.5 miles) swim across the Long Island Sound. Swimmers start at West Beach in Port Jefferson, NY and finish at Captain's Cove Seaport in Bridgeport, Connecticut.

To find out more about the SWIM Across the Sound or to access an application, please go to our website at www.swimacrossthesound.org and select the "23rd Annual SWIM Marathon" from the event list on the homepage.

A fundraiser event that started in 1987, the St. Vincent's SWIM Across the Sound Marathon has raised millions of dollars over the years - $350,000 in 2009 alone. Each team relay is required to raise a minimum of $7,500, two-person relays must raise a minimum of $3,500 and solo swimmers a minimum of $1,500. All the funds raised benefit the SWIM's 36 cancer services, which provide financial support and care to patients and their families for the needs that health insurance companies do not cover in addition to support groups, education, prevention and wellness programs in the community.

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17 Mar 10 @ 3:35 AM  | 0 comments  |  Meets, Open Water, and Other Events | Open Water Swimming category

January Jam participants...

Dear January Jam participants,

Thank you so much for jamming with us for the month of January. The deadline to enter yardage was February 8th. For those participants who emailed yardage, please confirm that your yardage has been manually entered correctly. Tee shirts have been ordered and will be mailed as soon as they arrive, along with age group awards.

We will be providing the final results and wrap up shortly.

~Liz, Kristen, Josh, and Dean

18 Feb 10 @ 6:36 AM  | 0 comments  |  Meets, Open Water, and Other Events category

2010 January Jam Concludes

Congratulations, the 2010 January Jam is over!

Just a reminder, please submit your yardage for the month by February 8th. If you need help, please contact us and we would be happy to assist you.

Best regards,
The January Jam team

1 Feb 10 @ 5:12 PM  | 0 comments  |  Meets, Open Water, and Other Events | Website category

USMS Statement on Swimsuits

EMERGENCY RULE CHANGE

Due to the change in Masters swimwear rules published by FINA January 16, 2010, and pursuant to Article 601.4.8, the USMS Rules Committee and the USMS Executive Committee have approved the following emergency changes to the USMS swimwear rules. These changes are effective immediately for short course meters and long course meters competition. The changes are effective June 1, 2010 for short course yards competition. Note that the new swimwear rules no longer allow modesty/privacy wear underneath the competition suit nor zippers or fasteners of any kind except for a waist tie on a brief or jammer. The new swimwear rules will not govern the One Hour Swim being conducted January 2010.

Changes to the swimwear rules are underlined below.

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20 Jan 10 @ 1:38 AM  | 0 comments  |  Meets, Open Water, and Other Events | Open Water Swimming category

JAM for MS!

kristen-adams.jpg ~By Kristen Adams

MS is not going to kill me. It does, however, make my life slightly more aggravating. And for that I consider myself pretty lucky. Because the aggravating stuff reminds me to do the following:

Those are all pretty cool things, and I'm glad I have a constant reminder to practice them.

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13 Jan 10 @ 2:13 AM  | 1 comments  |  Meets, Open Water, and Other Events | Swimmer Profiles category

Jammer Highlight: Dynoswim Palm Coast

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Down here in Florida we are building our yardage slowly for the January Jam. We are swimming "OUTSIDE" with air temperatures ranging from the mid-thirties to the mid 40's for our scheduled 6 PM swims! Although the water is near 80, there is a bit of a sacrifice when you consider the wind chill and the sea fog that envelops those repeats! We swim on!

Friday night most of us declined to swim. Corrine La Fountain snuck in early at 4 PM to avoid the cold. Glenn Partelow was in at 5:30 and left after just 1500 yards. The 'sea fog' enveloped the local swimmers off and on throughout the late hours. We vowed to return Sunday at 11 AM to salvage the Friday night workout. Temperatures for Sunday's swim may be just 40 Degrees.

10 Jan 10 @ 2:24 PM  | 1 comments  |  Dynoswim Palm Coast | Meets, Open Water, and Other Events | Swimmer Profiles category

Jammer Highlight: Dan Martin

Dan Martin is a participant in the January Jam and we thought we'd let other participants know what he is up to:



The Global Triathlon from Daniel Martin on Vimeo.



An extreme test of both physical and mental resolve to circumnavigate the globe, combining an epic journey with the ultimate endurance sport:

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9 Jan 10 @ 11:15 AM  | 0 comments  |  Meets, Open Water, and Other Events | Swimmer Profiles | Triathlon category

1st Day Jamming

This morning the Westport Weston Family Y had a number of January Jam participants logging a lot of yardage for the first day of the Jam. Enjoy a few of the pictures that Kristen took with her iPhone.

What was your first day of Jamming like?

1 Jan 10 @ 5:27 PM  | 0 comments  |  Meets, Open Water, and Other Events category

THE 2010 JANUARY JAM: MS PLUNGE FOR PARCELLS BEGINS IN LESS THAN 10 DAYS!

Start the year with THE 2010 JANUARY JAM: MS PLUNGE FOR PARCELLS

Training for a big swim? Need to get back into shape? Feeling guilty from too many holiday treats? Up for some friendly competition?

Join in the fun! On January 1st JANUARY JAM participants from all over the world will track their yardage for the entire month to see who can "jam" the most yards into 31 days.

The St. Vincent's Medical Center Foundation's January Jam: MS Plunge for Parcells was created to promote fitness through swimming while raising money for the Dave Parcells MS Fund. In 2007, Dave Parcells passed away suddenly at the age of 49 while doing what he loved: swimming the Tampa Bay Marathon. Dave was diagnosed with Multiple Sclerosis (MS) and had a dream to set up a fund to support MS patients and their families with expenses not covered by insurance as they undergo treatment for MS. This event will help realize his goal and at the same time present a challenge Dave would have enjoyed --to jam as much yardage as possible into one month.

The 2009 January Jam was exciting to watch as Laura Colette set a new high water mark with 508,858 yards. Over 22 of the 58 participants successfully swam marathon swim in 2009. The Jam brought many swimmers back to the pool and helped others buckle down into a training regimen. Many participants dedicated their efforts to friends and family fighting and living with MS. We look forward to having you all back.

So get ready!

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22 Dec 09 @ 12:41 AM  | 0 comments  |  Meets, Open Water, and Other Events category

Florida Senior Games

~By Glenn Partelow

The All-Florida Senior games were held in Fort Meyers, Florida on December 5 and 6. Two swimmers from Dynoswim competed in 6 events and medaled in all six, despite sitting in the bleachers for 4 hours in the cold rain!

Placing first in the 50-55 age group in the 500 yard freestyle was Kate Sussman in 7:14. She took 30 seconds off her qualifying time that she made in Gainesville in September. She then placed second in 100 breaststroke and 3rd in the 50 breaststroke.

Glenn Partelow placed first in his events of the 500 yard free in 6:09, 9 seconds faster than his qualifying time in Gainesville. His 200 free was first with 2:17 and his 100 yard fly set a new age group record in 1:11.

Both swimmers have been practicing in the dark and cooler air here in Palm Coast at the Frieda Zamba pool. The Dynoswim team is preparing for an appearance at the Masters' National competition in May in Atlanta. Several team members have already qualified in multiple events. This January some team members intend to participate in the January Jam and complete the 1-hur postal event.

10 Dec 09 @ 4:33 AM  | 0 comments  |  Dynoswim Palm Coast | Meets, Open Water, and Other Events category

Florida Senior Games

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Dynoswim was well represented by its two senior swimmers Kate Sussman and Glenn Partelow. Together they amassed 7 gold, 3 silver and 1 bronze medal in the October 25th meet held in Gainesville at the University of Florida. Earlier in the year both swimmers swam the Hammerhead ocean swim in Jacksonville with Kate winning her age group in the 1.25 mile swim and Glenn in the 2.5 mile swim.

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28 Oct 09 @ 5:17 AM  | 0 comments  |  Dynoswim Palm Coast | Meets, Open Water, and Other Events category

Rio de Janiero Wins 2016 Games

Last week in Copenhagen, the IOC awarded the 2016 Olympic Games to Rio de Janiero, Brazil. Rio defeated Madrid in the final round. Tokyo was eliminated in the second round. Chicago, expected to be a finalist with Rio, was eliminated in the first round.

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7 Oct 09 @ 3:33 AM  | 0 comments  |  Elite Level Competition | Meets, Open Water, and Other Events category

Hammerhead Ocean Marathon 2009

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Dynoswimmers Glenn Partelow, Kate Sussman, and Sheryl Watkins swam in the 2009 Hammerhead Marathon Ocean swim in Jacksonville Beach, FL on August 1, 2009. Over 200 swimmers ranging in age from 13 to 69 participated in the race, with 89 swimming the 1.25 mile race and 113 swimming the 2.5 mile race. Kate swam the 1.25 mile and Glenn and Sheryl swam the 2.5 mile swim. Kate won her age group (50-55) by a whopping 5 minutes and was 18th overall (time of 33 minutes). Glenn won his age group by 12 minutes and was 19th overall (time of 1 hour 4 minutes). Sheryl won overall master female swimmer and was 27th overall (time of 1 hour 8 minutes). Johnny Delahoz told jokes to ease the race jitters, took pictures and video, and cheered us all on - Thanks so much for your support Johnny!

The ocean was the perfect temperature (about 78 or 79 F), and except for the usual clawing at the beginning and tightness that accompanies any ocean race (and Sheryl swimming past the pier) we all had a great race! The smoothies (provided by Smoothie King) were a nice touch at the finish too.

Final results

18 Aug 09 @ 1:41 AM  | 0 comments  |  Dynoswim Palm Coast | Meets, Open Water, and Other Events | Open Water Swimming category

Olympic Swimmer Rowdy Gaines to Swim in 2009 YMCA Masters Nationals

Stepping up to the blocks again 25 years after winning Olympic swimming gold three times, Rowdy Gaines will arrive in Ft. Lauderdale on April 17 to compete in his signature events at the 2009 YMCA Masters National Swim Meet being held in the Fort Lauderdale Aquatic Complex. Gaines, who turned 50 in February, will join a strong age group field that includes several swimming world record holders, for three events: the 50-yard freestyle, the 100-yard freestyle and the 200-yard freestyle.

Read on at Mat's Swimming Blog (About.com)

15 Apr 09 @ 5:55 AM  | 0 comments  |  Elite Level Competition | Meets, Open Water, and Other Events category

Do your Family and Friends Want to Donate to your Swim?

The month of January is winding down (bet you never knew 31 days could feel so long, and so wet). We are overwhelmed by the enthusiasm and sheer vigor you have brought to the January Jam. We have received numerous requests by supporters to donate to the Dave Parcells MS Fund. It's hard to believe that some people don't like to swim, but to our friends who say they'd like to support the foundation without getting wet, we say: no problem! You can send a nice, dry check payable to "St. Vincent's Medical Center Foundation":

2009 January Jam: MS Plunge For Parcells
St. Vincent's Medical Center Foundation
2800 Main Street
Bridgeport, CT 06606

Please specify in the memo field of the check if the donation is given on behalf of a JAM participant or in honor of an MS patient and/or family.

22 Jan 09 @ 10:25 PM  | 0 comments  |  Meets, Open Water, and Other Events category

Why Jam for MS?

Kristen-SAS-2008.gif Note: It's not too late to register for the January Jam, just submit the yardage you've already completed retroactively. The Jam will be open to new participants until January 31st!

~By Kristen Adams

Two years ago I was writing my shopping list on the pad stuck to the refrigerator door when I dropped the pencil. I bent down to pick it up, but as much as my brain told my fingers to grip, they just wouldn't respond. Picking it up in my left hand, and jamming into my right, I concentrated on pushing the pencil across the paper. No luck. Hmm. I had been tinkering with my stroke, and I figured I pinched a nerve in my neck. I went to a doctor who prescribed steroids, and after a few buzzed and agitated weeks I was better. Better, except for the lingering numbness in my right arm and these weird electrical tingles running up and down both arms and legs, like I was plugged in to a wall socket. Over the next few months I began to notice other symptoms: my left side weaker than my right, disorienting dizzy spells, alternating periods of pain, burning and numbness in my legs and feet. Debilitating fatigue, especially after a hard work out.

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14 Jan 09 @ 6:17 AM  | 5 comments  |  Meets, Open Water, and Other Events | Swimmer Profiles category

January Jammers...

If your creativity is lacking don't hesitate to use one of over 1500 workouts found within the Dynoswim workouts database. You could search by a variety of criteria - length by time or distance of practice, workout category (sprint, butterfly, etc.), or pool type. If you tried and enjoyed someone else's workout, leave them a comment and let them know. You can also use those comments to tell us how you've modified an existing workout.

7 Jan 09 @ 7:20 AM  | 0 comments  |  Meets, Open Water, and Other Events | Website category

Did you know...?

Australian swimmers 18 years and under will be banned from wearing full bodysuits in competition under new bylaws passed by the board of Swimming Australia. The board also agreed with other leading swimming nations, including the United States, to ask the governing body FINA not to approve any further swimsuits and ban the use of "multilayer" suits after some competitors at the Beijing Olympics wore several suits to help with buoyancy. The rules will come into effect in April, just before the Australian age-group championships in Sydney.

6 Jan 09 @ 6:45 AM  | 0 comments  |  Elite Level Competition | Fun Facts | Meets, Open Water, and Other Events category

JAM IS ON!

Register for the January Jam today!

3 Jan 09 @ 5:04 PM  | 2 comments  |  Meets, Open Water, and Other Events category

January Jam - Everybody in the water!

For those of that have, thanks for registering for the 2009 January Jam - MS Plunge for Parcells. For those of you that haven't, please register now that January 1st is upon us. You will notice that the total distances of your "saved" workouts will now display on the results pages. If you're new to the Dynoswim.com website please refer to this document (http://www.dynoswim.com/files/dynoswim-workout-guide.pdf) that will help you with entering your own swim workouts. If you have any questions/problems when entering a workout, use the "Contact Us" form on the website and someone will respond to you shortly.

Please encourage your fellow swimmers to sign up for this event as well. Registration will remain open until the end of the month as the system will allow you to enter and save workouts from the past.

Happy New Year!

Your Dynoswim / January Jam Team

2 Jan 09 @ 1:07 AM  | 0 comments  |  Meets, Open Water, and Other Events | Website category

THE 2009 JANUARY JAM: BEGINS IN THREE DAYS!

Dear Dynoswimmers,

Training for a big swim? Need to get back into shape? Feeling guilty from too many holiday treats? Just plain old competitive?

THE 2009 JANUARY JAM: MS PLUNGE FOR PARCELLS BEGINS IN THREE DAYS!

On January 1st, JANUARY JAM participants from all over the world will track their yardage for the entire month to see who can "jam" the most yards into 31 days. The St. Vincent's Medical Center Foundation's January Jam: MS Plunge for Parcells was created to promote fitness through swimming while raising money for the Dave Parcells MS Fund.

In 2007, Dave Parcells passed away suddenly at the age of 49 while doing what he loved: swimming the Tampa Bay marathon. Dave was known for his accomplish­ments as a long distance athlete and Channel swimmer, but not many people knew that just months before he died, Dave was diagnosed with Multiple Sclerosis (MS). Even while struggling with his personal challenges and fears for the future, Dave had a dream to set up a fund to support MS patients and their families with expenses not covered by insurance as they undergo treatment for MS. Unfortu­nately he passed away before fulfilling this dream. This event will help realize his goal and at the same time present a challenge Dave would have enjoyed - to jam as much yardage as possible into one month.

2008 was the January Jam's inaugural year and not surprisingly, there were eight English Channel swimmers and at least six participants who were attempting the English Channel or Swim Across the Sound in the upcoming summer. David Blanke of Austin, Texas set the high water mark, covering over 255,070 yards in the 31 days. David used his Jam yardage to prepare for a number of national and international marathon swims including Cook Strait (the body of water separating the North and South islands of New Zealand), a husband-wife relay at the Manhat­tan Island Marathon Swim, and the Chicago Shoreline Marathon. Marcy Mac­Donald was second with 196,900 yards.

Wishing you all happy and healthy holidays,

Dean, Josh, Judi, Liz, and Kristen - Your Dynoswim / January Jam Team

29 Dec 08 @ 1:33 AM  | 0 comments  |  Meets, Open Water, and Other Events | Website category

The Walk Up Warmup

For those of us that need those long warm-ups with heart rate thrown in for good measure. It makes perfect sense to me...

~By Nate McBride

I read an article in early 08 which was actually a transcription of Chris Davis' speech at the ASCA World Clinic in 2007 (Chris is the founder of SwimAtlanta and is a true coach among coaches). In his speech he was discussing the training regimen of Amanda Weir. It was a great speech and one particular section caught my eye. Recently I referred to a section from this very speech in an article on Dynoswim but with reference to the shoe training that Amanda did to improve her kick. This time the part I am referring to here is a particular section on walkup warmups. Chris discusses a time block in the 500 that Amanda just could not overcome (being unable to break 4:52 no matter what they did). So Chris decided to break convention completely and had Amanda do 16 100's on 1:10 immediately before her race and then had her walk to up the blocks and go. She went a 4:46.

Read on at West Side Swim Club

16 Dec 08 @ 3:48 AM  | 0 comments  |  Meets, Open Water, and Other Events | Technique, Tips, and Drills category

24 Stunden Schwimmen 2008. A New Dream.

Judi-112208.gif~By Judi Rich, Dynoswimmer

"You are never too old to set another goal or to dream a new dream." ~ C.S. Lewis

I remember when Dean first mentioned the 24H relay back in June of 2006. My immediate reaction was "I'm in!" I didn't give it much thought. I didn't think of the preparations involved or how I would break the news to my family. It was something so off-the-wall, a little crazy, if you will, and it immediately sparked my interest. I had always been an extremely spontaneous individual who, once I set my mind to something, there was absolutely no stopping me. No obstacle could stand in my way. The more challenging and crazier, the better!

Several people asked, "Why are you going to do it again? Swim for 24 hours! Are you insane? Why?" My reply, "Why not?"

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27 Nov 08 @ 11:39 PM  | 1 comments  |  Meets, Open Water, and Other Events category

5 Hours In with Commentary

5 Hours In.jpgHere I'm trying to give you an overview of the swimmers, their race, and Dynoswim's direct competitors in Lane 4, that is until Thorsten snuck up behind me...


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16 Nov 08 @ 4:47 PM  | 0 comments  |  Meets, Open Water, and Other Events category

Pre-Race Prep

FL grocery walk 111508.jpg We got into Liechtenstein an hour so before the 12pm race start. Pre-race prep consists of carving some spaces out at the pool, and running to the grocery store for supplies (photo is Thorsten and Sharon on our way back to the pool from the store).

I've uploaded a number of videos at You Tube. In the meantime, check out the Race Start below, there are other clips of pre-race preparation on You Tube, so check those out too!

You have to bear with me on the content of the blogs for the time being. The race ended a few hours ago and we're quite exhausted and in a lot of pain. More on that later...

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15 Nov 08 @ 2:01 PM  | 0 comments  |  Meets, Open Water, and Other Events category

7 hours before we're up...

Team Dinner.jpg I need to get to bed. We had a day in Zurich and an evening out in Konstanz for our team dinner.

You can't imagine how exhausted I am and tomorrow's race day. We do what we have to do, Sharon and Judi are asleep as is Thorsten. We left the others in Konstanz and they'll meet us in Liechtenstein tomorrow - slated to be there latest - one hour before race begins. Oh man.

If you'd like to meet the team, check out the video... And again, please wish us luck!


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14 Nov 08 @ 6:41 PM  | 2 comments  |  Meets, Open Water, and Other Events category

Are you ready?

Liecht-Flight-1.gifEver notice when you travel, sometimes the dumbest things make you laugh? I mean travelling is in and of itself a pretty lousy experience. So, we overcome it with a few beers and some nonsense. Like when we ask each other if we're ready? Well who knows, it's not the race that's the worry. It's the recovery that'll be painful. Our poor friends Goesta and Iris decided to stay home and we wonder if the recovery is the reason why (don't worry they're not part of the "8"). I've actually got a strategy for the recovery this time - it's called Ibuprofen before, during, and after the race. Last time I couldn't even manage to get out of bed. After slithering to the floor on my way to the bathroom I stubbed my toe; then I cried. We'll see if the Advil helps.

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13 Nov 08 @ 6:10 PM  | 0 comments  |  Meets, Open Water, and Other Events category

Liechtenstein 24H in 4 Days...

Well, we leave tomorrow and get into Zurich on Thursday morning. We've had six months of preparation and tonight is our last practice before the race. We'll get about 4 days of rest, then Sharon, Judi and I will take a week to visit some of my friends and family in Germany. We're really looking forward to the time off. To be honest, a break from the pool might be fitting as well as a break from our professional lives. It's brutal out there in the finance world. So please stay tuned, we'll try to update you with video clips, photos, and news of our adventures. We also have a tentative team dinner scheduled for Friday evening.

In the meantime, please wish us luck and if you have no idea what I'm talking about, check out the last time we did this event:

Suedkurier Article

A day in Liechtenstein

Swimming as a contact sport

24 Hour Relay Team Swims to Tell the Tale...

2006 International Dynoswimmers Leave for Liechtenstein...

11 Nov 08 @ 2:47 PM  | 1 comments  |  Featured Workouts | Meets, Open Water, and Other Events category

Rowdy Gaines and Mel Stewart at WSC

WSC-Rowdy_Mel-091308.gif On September 13, Rowdy Gaines and Mel Stewart hosted a swim clinic for the Water Rat Swim Team. A few of our WSC Swimmers were in attendance too.

Photo: Rowdy Gaines, Jake Gulick, Laura Burke, Billy Geoghan, Mel Stewart

~Billy Geoghegan writes:

Rowdy and Mel talked all drills. For free, Rowdy pretty much described as Mel demonstrated. A main thrust was body positioning. The first step was moving the head down, or "level swimming", not as we are used to, with the waterline just over our goggles. The head up position forces the back down, and presents a larger frontal area to the water, therefore more resistance. And streamlining off turns, with dolphin kicks was said to be "40% of the job". One drill was to keep one arm back at your side and stroke with the other arm. If you were moving the left arm you would then breathe on the right side to create rotation making the right shoulder nearly perpendicular to the bottom of the pool (when out of the water). One must be careful not to crossover when doing this drill. Rowdy also had the kids swim with their legs crossed at the ankles. This proved how important the kick is while keeping the feet aligned with the rest of the body at the surface. The fist drill was then added as a method of showing the importance of forearm positioning. Rowdy said that when kicking, to have at most, the heels break the surface.

Another drill was related to hand (arm) speed. Everyone had to try to turn their hands over as fast as possible when swimming while keeping the head up and out of the water. One point I found very interesting from him was about the finish. He said you "don't" (necessarily) have to finish past your suit. Most of the strength and speed from the hands are done by the time your hand position reached the suit, at that point you are only pushing water up thus pushing your body position down.

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16 Sep 08 @ 3:58 AM  | 0 comments  |  Meets, Open Water, and Other Events | Technique, Tips, and Drills category

Dynoswim swims at DBS Masters Swim Meet

DBSmeet_9-13-08.jpg Held September 12-13, 2008

Last night Glenn Partelow (6:28) and Kate Sussman (7:30) swam in the 500 Free. They both did well and came in 1st in their age groups! Way to go, Glenn and Kate!

Kate, Glenn and I had a fantastic time today. The meet was extremely crowded with kids when we first arrived since the 2008 Tom Kingston SC Invitational was taking place in the morning and their finals later in the afternoon. The masters meet fell in between.

It was a relatively small meet but well organized. The heats came up quick. Kate swam the 50 breaststroke (43.?), 100 breaststroke (1:32.5) and 100 IM (1.28.42). Glenn swam in the 50 free (28.56), 100 free (1:03.41), 50 butterfly (32.?) and 100 butterfly (1:14.36). I swam the 50 free (31.5), 50 back (39.9), 50 fly (41.7) and 100 IM (1:25.45). We placed in many of the events.

Glenn was kind enough to take our splits and Kate made her famous chocolate chip cookies. Thanks.

Today's meet was a lot of fun and I look forward to swimming it again next year. We noted our strengths along with our weaknesses and plan to focus on them at practice. We hope to have more swimmers attend next year!

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Judi Rich

Photo (left to right): Glenn Partelow, Kate Sussman and Judi Rich

13 Sep 08 @ 10:00 PM  | 0 comments  |  Dynoswim Palm Coast | Meets, Open Water, and Other Events category

Weekend Training

Team-Building-1.gifWe had a great weekend of training beginning on Saturday morning with a practice geared toward our Liechtenstein 24 Hour relay.

Later we all took part in a team-building exercise which lasted most of the day. Then on Sunday, we capped our weekend off with an open-water swim in Southport, Connecticut. I guess you could say it was the perfect weekend.

(I have to say, I really love these photos...)

Photos include Mabel Prada (top only) Laura Burke, Dan Cerasale (top only), Jake Gulick, Sharon Kriz (bottom only), Billy Geoghegan and Dean Osterloh.

Southport-090708.gif Also a special thanks to Suzanne Simmonds for taking some great photos of us in the Long Island Sound and sending them to us, thanks!


9 Sep 08 @ 2:24 AM  | 1 comments  |  Featured Workouts | Meets, Open Water, and Other Events | Open Water Swimming category

The Little Rhody Aquatic Club presents...

The Clara Walker Invitational at Taylor Natatorium, Providence College

This is a SCM meet and will be held on Sunday, October 12, 2008.

For those of you interested, check out the attached description and entry form.

By the way, if you're interested in learning more about the Little Rhody Aquatic Club, then please visit their website.

4 Sep 08 @ 6:51 AM  | 0 comments  |  Meets, Open Water, and Other Events category

Daytona Masters Swim Meet - September 12-13, 2008

Sent over by Anne Grams:

We would like to invite you to our first masters swim meet. The meet will be held in conjunction with the DBS Fall Invitational. The 500 free will be swum Friday evening at the end of the meet session, probably around 8:00. The rest of the events will be Saturday afternoon, in between the prelims and finals of the meet. Starting times for the masters events will be posted at Daytona Beach Swimming (DBS) around Sept. 10.

Depending on his schedule, Ryan Lochte plans to be here for the meet.

The meet information letter is attached (DBS Masters Meet 091208-1.doc)

18 Aug 08 @ 8:07 AM  | 0 comments  |  Meets, Open Water, and Other Events category

Outside The Lines: Gold Rush

You can also read one of the latest articles on Michael Phelps here at ESPN.

1 Aug 08 @ 6:56 AM  | 1 comments  |  Elite Level Competition | Meets, Open Water, and Other Events category

Swim Across the Sound

Dear Dynoswimmers,

This year, I'll be participating in the Swim Across the Sound as part of a relay team to raise funds for St. Vincents Foundation. Our goal as a relay is to raise over $20,000! I am personally trying to raise $2,500 by July 15 and then I hope to make a final push to get our relay to that $20,000 level.

I do hope that you'll find our mission to swim from Port Jefferson on Long Island to Bridgeport, CT on August 2, 2008 a worthy effort to bring attention to this important cause. Below you'll find a link to my personal webpage dedicated to tracking my progress.

Please donate; and please know how much it's needed and appreciated.

Click the link:

Dean's Swim Across the Sound Home Page

Sincerely,

Dean Osterloh

11 Jul 08 @ 6:59 AM  | 0 comments  |  Meets, Open Water, and Other Events | Open Water Swimming category

2008 Binge Swim Training Bender; May 23-June 1, 2008

(Open-water preparation for beginners, intermediate, and advanced swimmers)

Welcome to this year’s Binge Swim Training Bender and we’re happy that you’re considering joining us for ten days of swimming, sun, sand, chlorine, and a few good nights out and about in our little beach community. Please notice that the binge training mostly takes place on the weekend of May 23rd (three days due to Memorial Day) and the following weekend ending on June 1st. There will be two days off (Tuesday, May 27, and Thursday, May 29) and only one practice session on Wednesday and Friday of the same week. We understand that for our local participants and out-of-town visitors that the majority of our training is best completed on the weekends. This will free up time for those of you interested in visiting the local attractions or to attend to commitments away from the pool.

The overall purpose of this swim cycle is fourfold:

  1. Prepare participants for the 2008 open-water season.
  2. Encourage our tri-athletes to take part.
  3. Enable our less experienced swimmers to swim open-water with confidence.
  4. Support one another to achieve our training goals.

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15 Feb 08 @ 6:16 AM  | 4 comments  |  Meets, Open Water, and Other Events | Open Water Swimming category

Coach's Corner - Having (or Giving) a Good Time

~By Dave Samuelsohn

Announcement: "Come on people; I know it's late but we can't start the 500 until we have sixteen timers. If you can time, please help us out now."

You're thinking, "I dunno how to use a stopwatch." But your ride is in heat six. So you're thinking "Oh God, kill me now." At least if you knew how to time....

I have been asked to offer a Primer on Timing for all of us - and for all of the friends and family who we bring with us for no apparent reason, to swim meets, the planners of which, unfortunately, have not planned well enough to have arranged for timers in advance. I hate when that happens. So, here goes:

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11 Feb 08 @ 6:47 PM  | 0 comments  |  Meets, Open Water, and Other Events | Technique, Tips, and Drills category

Annual 24 Mile Tampa Bay Marathon Swim

The date is set: April 19th, 2008. All interested parties need to contact Dave Petkovsek (Dynoswim's team Captain for this year's event) and give him a $100.00 deposit. Last year's participants will be given first priority.

This race is sanctioned by Florida LMSC for USMS Inc., Sanction # (applied for), and current USMS (United States Masters Swimming) Long Distance Swimming rules govern this swim.

Read more about the Eleventh Annual 24 Mile Tampa Bay Marathon Swim

15 Jan 08 @ 6:23 AM  | 0 comments  |  Meets, Open Water, and Other Events category

Rotary Tour of Scenic Highway (Century), Flagler Beach

No matter which length tour you take this year, you will be on a designated Florida Scenic Highway – if you do the 100 mile tour, you travel all five in the Flagler area.

Click here for the Rotary Tour Brochure

13 Jan 08 @ 10:56 AM  | 0 comments  |  Meets, Open Water, and Other Events category

Polar Bear Plunge a Success!

Polar Plunge 2007.jpg

Cold? Just a little. Wet? Yes. Fun? Absolutely!

Seven Dynoswimmers participated New Years Eve in the 1st Annual Dynoswim Polar Plunge. The weather was beautiful at 72 degrees however the water was a bit chilly at 63 degrees. Once the initial shock of getting in was over and hypothermia starting to set in - a few of us went for a short swim. Of course, the spectators on the beach thought we were insane but that’s okay. That’s what it’s about, having fun and being a little crazy!

Participants in order (left to right): Judi Rich, Samie Grogan, Dean Osterloh, Dave Petkovsek, Christine Bange, Michael Rich and Grace, Dave’s yellow lab (the newest Dynoswim member!)

6 Jan 08 @ 11:14 AM  | 0 comments  |  Meets, Open Water, and Other Events category

1st Annual Dynoswim Polar Bear Plunge

Polar Plunge.jpg

Cold? Maybe. Wet? Probably. Fun? Definitely!

Our 1st Annual Polar Bear Plunge will take place December 31st at 1pm. By the way, you won’t have to plunge to have some fun – support your cold and wet teammates. Feel free to just stop by and heckle your fellow swimmers. Grab some Hot Cocoa or the beverages of your choice and meet us at A1A and Highbridge.

Just be sure to RSVP by December 30th. Just call Coach Dean O. or send him an email.

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21 Dec 07 @ 7:28 PM  | 0 comments  |  Meets, Open Water, and Other Events category

January Jam 2008: the MS Plunge for Parcells

~By Liz Fry

Dave Parcells had a dream to set up a fund to support needy patients and families with expenses not covered by insurance as they undergo treatment for MS. Unfortunately he passed away before fulfilling this dream. I am creating an event to help achieve that dream and at the same time present a challenge that Dave would have enjoyed –to jam as much yardage as possible in one month. Those that knew Dave would agree he would love this challenge.

The January Jam starts January 1st and participants will track their yardage for the entire month. I will send out weekly results to all participants that email their yardage to me. Please send your weekly total yardage to me by 7:00 PM each Tuesday EST at eafry@aol.com. Additional information is included in the attached entry form.

The intention of the Jam is to promote fitness through swimming while raising funds for the Dave Parcells MS Fund. Have fun and please use caution and do not build up your yards too quickly.

21 Dec 07 @ 1:20 PM  | 8 comments  |  Meets, Open Water, and Other Events category

2007 Florida Senior Games

Dynoswim's Kate Sussman did us proud earlier this month at the Florida Senior games, great job, Kate!

The Florida Senior Games State Championship kicked off with competition in eight sports and events. Over 1,600 Florida athletes age 50 and over will compete over nine days in Lee County and the City of Cape Coral in 24 sports and events.

Read on about Day 1 of the Senior Games

Read about Day 2, when numerous swimming records were set

11 Dec 07 @ 2:09 AM  | 1 comments  |  Meets, Open Water, and Other Events category

St. Croix Dolphins Swim Team Invites You...

We would like to invite Dynoswim and all US Masters teams to a swim meet this February 2008, in sunny St. Croix, US Virgin Islands. Please contact me if you're interested, and I will send out the meet summons. Additionally, we will be more than happy to help with travel arrangements. Please free to contact me if you have any questions.

Thank you for your time,

Nadene Landry

Contact Nadene through the St. Croix Dolphins website or use Dynoswim's contact us link and we'll provide you with the phone number.

26 Nov 07 @ 8:51 PM  | 0 comments  |  Meets, Open Water, and Other Events category

COACHES CORNER; Having (Or Giving) a Good Time

Pretty soon we'll be in the heart of meet season. As we all know meets can never be successful without willing and able volunteers. Read on...

~By Dave Samuelsohn

Announcement: "Come on people; I know it's late but we can't start the 500 until we have sixteen timers. If you can time, please help us out now."

You're thinking, "I dunno how to use a stopwatch." But your ride is in heat six. So you're thinking "Oh God, kill me now." At least if you knew how to time....

I have been asked to offer a Primer on Timing for all of us - and for all of the friends and family who we bring with us for no apparent reason, to swim meets, the planners of which, unfortunately, have not planned well enough to have arranged for timers in advance. I hate when that happens. So, here goes:

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10 Oct 07 @ 10:28 PM  | 0 comments  |  Meets, Open Water, and Other Events category

Moss Park Triathlon

Scott Bay at the Moss Park Triathlon:

"I was hurting today. Hot and humid but managed a 14th overall out of 300+. Even after going off course. I was + 9 minutes to the guy at the end and there were a pack of us at @ 1:06-7. Not bad on the swim, a little slow due to a picture pose again but hey...It is not the Olympic Trials right?"

Results

Photo Opportunity

26 Aug 07 @ 4:19 PM  | 0 comments  |  Meets, Open Water, and Other Events category

Nohner completes swimming goal in Big Birch Lake

Note: This is a follow-up to Emily's 9-miler published August 17, 2007

~By Herman J. Lensing

Emily Nohner came from Washington, D.C. to Big Birch Lake just to take a swim.

Well it was more than just the swimming, it was to help out the friend of a friend. Nohner, 22, the daughter of Kevin and Mary Nohner, swam between nine and 10 miles in Big Birch Lake Saturday, Aug. 4 to bring a bit of attention to the need for research on cerebral palsy.

A graduate of the University of Dayton, Ohio, with a major in political science and a minor in International Studies, Emily Nohner became interested in cerebral palsy when she found out that Maddison Duncan, the nephew of a former professor, has cerebral palsy.

She had often heard of people who ran or walked in a marathon for a specific cause, but was not that interested in walking. She did, however, like to swim.

Read on at the Melrose Beacon

22 Aug 07 @ 4:47 AM  | 0 comments  |  Meets, Open Water, and Other Events category

Visiting Dynoswimmer at the Pan Am Games

Recent graduate goes to Venezuela:

A recent graduate, and swimmer, from FSDB, James McGowan, will be returning from Valencia, Venezuela this weekend with a heavier suitcase. Jimmy will return Saturday from the 4th Annual Deaf Pan Am Games in Venezuela with 2 silver and 1 bronze medal in swimming.

Jimmy raised the money needed for travel by saving his graduation gift money, with the help of some very generous teachers and staff on campus, and his grandparents. He was excited about this opportunity and made the commitment to train six days a week all summer long. I arranged for Jimmy to join the St. Augustine Cyclones swim club in town and Dynoswim Aquatics in Palm Coast, where he lives. I didn't mind interpreting practices for him because Jimmy never complained - even when we went to double practices and had to be at the pool at 6 a.m. and back again at 5 p.m.!

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21 Aug 07 @ 4:27 AM  | 3 comments  |  Meets, Open Water, and Other Events category

4th Annual DeLand Triathlon

Scott was 5th overall and first in his Age Group. He also finished second in the swim at approximately 12 minutes. (Note: results include the time to the transition area and a stop to pose for a photo, so please disregard any faster swim times since Scott was second out of the water.) Interesting fact: as an off-road event, Scott used his secret weapon, a bike that he got out of the garbage. He still managed to have the fourth fastest bike split though.

DeLand Tri Results

Click here to request an autographed photo

12 Aug 07 @ 4:19 PM  | 5 comments  |  Meets, Open Water, and Other Events category

2007 Swim Across the Sound Recap

westport swim club lane 3

First off thank you to everyone who donated! Our team "Westport Swim Club Lane 3" fundraised over $8000 for the Swim Across the Sound. Saturday's 25km swim fundraised $350,000 amongst all the relay teams and solo swimmers. The conditions of Long Island Sound couldn't have been more optimal, with finishing times being the fastest in the 20 year history of the swim. Our team finished in first place for the 2nd consecutive year in a row, breaking the amateur relay record with a time of 4 hours and 47 minutes! We couldn't have done it without the encouragement and generosity of all of our supporters.

I've included some pictures from the event (including one advertising the swim, that turned out to be me [Josh] on a billboard located on I-95) as well as newspaper and media clips covering the event.

swim across the sound I95 billboard

Many thanks once again,
Joshua Usdavin

9 Aug 07 @ 5:38 AM  | 2 comments  |  Meets, Open Water, and Other Events category

Dear Dynoswimmers...

~Originally sent via email to the Dynoswim community on March 1, 2007

I would like to bring your attention to something that is very important. It’s important not just for the obvious reasons, but important because of its potential to change all the people that are directly and peripherally involved.

As many of you know, Dynoswim is working quite closely with Emily Nohner to help her achieve her goal to swim 9 miles open-water as part of a charity event for a young man who isn’t quite as lucky as most of us.

(Details can be found here): Emily's 9 Miler

What I’d like to point out to you is not so much that this is a charitable event for a noble cause, but more important, to point out your ability to make a difference in a person’s life. You see, many of us want to do what we can to support this cause whether that be with a donation of time, money, knowledge, or enthusiasm. But this initiative goes a little deeper than that.

The true gift here is proving how achievable it is for all of us to pursue the causes that are dear to us. To help each and every individual feel empowered to do something that will have an impact, and that will effectively change the world, even if it’s just one person’s world.

Making a difference starts with one good intention at a time, and like enthusiasm, it’s contagious. So, I ask you to please look inside yourself, find something you’re truly passionate about, and make a difference. Charity, for lack of a better term, comes in many shapes and sizes; and all charity is equally influential. Know that you do have the power to make a difference in a person’s life, and don’t take that responsibility lightly. Time moves ever so quickly and we all live our lives with regrets. But remember, you will never regret giving something of yourself, no matter how big (an endowment), no matter how small (a pat on the back), we’ll look back on this and feel that we accomplished something that matters.

Best Regards,

Dean O.

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6 Aug 07 @ 8:47 PM  | 0 comments  |  Meets, Open Water, and Other Events category

Boy with disorder inspires 9-mile swim

~By TaLeiza Calloway

FREEPORT — Emily Nohner has always been a unique person in her uncle Al's eyes. Her commitment to social justice makes her stand out, he believes.

It led her to set a personal challenge to swim the circumference of Big Birch Lake — all nine miles of it — and then some.

Last year, as she was applying for the Truman Scholarship, Emily Nohner learned that Maddison Duncan, the nephew of her professor and mentor Chris Duncan, lives with severe cerebral palsy.

She decided to make the swim around the lake where her family has a summer home to draw attention and raise funds for cerebral palsy. After months of preparation, she completed the challenge Saturday.

Read on at the St. Cloud Times

6 Aug 07 @ 11:23 AM  | 0 comments  |  Meets, Open Water, and Other Events category

Emily's 9 Miler - COMPLETED! - Update 8/4/2007

Latest update at http://www.swim4cp.nohner.com/

Photos can be found by clicking here.

The swim started in the dark as Emily and Dean quietly slipped into the water at 5:19am. When all was said and one, the GPS said they actually swam 10.1 total miles. They wanted to make sure there was no question they did 9 full miles, but their course was also altered by buffeting wind and waves that developed about half-way through the swim. Throughout the swim they also had to be cautious to avoid a large number of additional boats circling the lake as part of a local Fishing Tournament. All ended successfully at the Nohner cabin on the southwest shore of Big Birch... where family, friends and neighbors gathered to cheer them in at 11:18am, just 6 hours later.

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6 Aug 07 @ 11:19 AM  | 4 comments  |  Meets, Open Water, and Other Events category

Emily's 9-Mile Swim

Emily's Swim for Cerebral Palsy and the Maddison Duncan Fund

Get to the heart of the matter, look for real time developments, and learn about Cerebral Palsy and what you can do to support those in need.

"It's about doing something special for someone I've never met, to stretch who I am by doing something never imaginable, by working with people who are willing to make the impossible into 'I'm possible' and demonstrate a random act of kindness. It's for real!" ~Emily Nohner

Learn about the 9 Mile Swim for Maddison Duncan

Sauk Herald Announcement

1 Aug 07 @ 7:38 PM  | 0 comments  |  Meets, Open Water, and Other Events category

9 mile swim planned at Big Birch Lake Aug. 4

Will aid family with CP child

Emily Nohner will be undertaking a nine-mile swim around Big Birch Lake near Melrose, Aug. 4 to heighten awareness of cerebral palsy and raise funds to support a family whose teenage son suffers from the incurable disease.

Nohner, whose family has a summer home on the lake, and swimming coach Dean Osterloh plan to embark on the swim at sunrise and conclude approximately six hours later. The route will begin at Paradise Bay on the southwest corner of the lake, proceed east around the entire perimeter of the 2,100-acre body of water, and finish on the south shore near the former Nohner's Resort.

Read on at the Melrose Beacon

30 Jul 07 @ 10:40 AM  | 0 comments  |  Meets, Open Water, and Other Events category

Six Days to Nine Miles

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Our last weekend of open-water training before Minnesota and the nine mile swim to benefit a young man with Cerebral Palsy. This weekend we were training in Stony Brook Harbor in St. James, New York. Most of our swimming was at a very relaxed pace, long, strong, and focused. The venue was nearly ideal - an inlet of the Long Island Sound - although rocky onshore with quite a few sand bars in the middle of the bay.

We did have a few problems running into large schools of fish but the biggest source of concern was one neither of us had ever seen before. In fact, had I not been in Long Island, I would have bet it was a sea turtle, especially after it rolled on its back and moved it's fins. The only suspect we could identify was the Wolffish. I must say, I was really taken by surprise and I've never seen anything quite like it. Very unsettling, although I'm guessing its harmless.

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29 Jul 07 @ 9:19 PM  | 2 comments  |  Meets, Open Water, and Other Events category

Beaches Fine Arts Sprint Triathlon

Congratulations to Judi Rich and Christine Bange who participated last weekend (July 14) at the Lifestyle Realtors Beaches Fine Arts Sprint Triathlon.

Judi said, "I did a few seconds slower than the last one. I had to RUN to my truck (a mile) to get my photo ID and ALMOST missed the start. I was tired before I started. Oh well, I’ll chalk it up to experience."

"I was slower on my swim. I kept getting knocked by these two girls. So I had to hold my ground. It’s a battlefield out there."

"Had fun."

Results

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22 Jul 07 @ 11:29 AM  | 0 comments  |  Meets, Open Water, and Other Events category

Update: Emily's 9-Miler

We continued our training this weekend with a 9-mile swim Saturday morning (at 5:30am) on Long Island, New York. Check out Dean and Emily's below route which began from Short Beach in St. James to Porpoise Channel in Stony Brook, then back again in a little less than five and one-half hours. There's only three more weeks until Minnesota. (Welcome to marathon swimming!)

On Sunday, we garnished our training with another 3.5 mile "short" swim in 1 hour 45 minutes.

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15 Jul 07 @ 9:49 PM  | 6 comments  |  Meets, Open Water, and Other Events category

Up to the Challenge: News Leader Article

2007 Ed Gaw 5K

Can you spot the Dynoswimmers?

Read on in the Fernandina Beach News-Leader

12 Jul 07 @ 6:12 PM  | 0 comments  |  Meets, Open Water, and Other Events category

2007 Ed Gaw Amelia Island Open Water Challenge

2007 Ed Gaw Amelia Island Open Water Challenge

Five Dynoswimmers participated this past June 30 in the 1 mile and 5K Ed Gaw Open-Water Challenge on Amelia Island. Despite some questions on the course layout and adherence to race rules it still managed to be a great experience for all. Special congratulations goes to Christine Bange on her 1-miler!

Race results haven't been posted yet; please keep an eye out for them in the below comments section.

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4 Jul 07 @ 8:14 PM  | 1 comments  |  Meets, Open Water, and Other Events category

Swim Across the Sound

Donate to Joshua Usdavin's Swim Across the Sound Fundraising Page

On August 4th, 2007 I will be competing in the 20th Annual Swim Across the Sound 25km marathon swim for the 4th year in a row. A field of over 160 solo and relay swimmers participated in 2006 and raised approximately $250,000 for cancer prevention, education and support programs sponsored by the Swim. Last year our relay team fundraised over $7000 and finished in 1st place out of 31 relay teams. Swim officials are expecting an unprecedented crowd in 2007. Contributions received from Swim Across the Sound will be donated to secondary cancer prevention, with the endeavor of utilizing screening tests or examinations to detect early disease before they are clinically evident. Detection of the disease process in an early stage is essential for the purpose of initiating early intervention and improving long-term prognosis. Please consider donating to this crucial cause!

Please use the link below to donate online quickly & securely. You will receive email confirmation of your donation and I will be notified as soon as you make your donation. I thank you in advance for your support, and really appreciate your generosity!

Donate by clicking here

Please forward this link to as many people as you can to encourage them to donate as well.

19 Jun 07 @ 11:00 PM  | 0 comments  |  Meets, Open Water, and Other Events category

Lifestyle Realtors Beaches Fine Arts Sprint Triathlon

Judi Rich, Christine Bange, Joe Matuszczak, and Ashley Forte at the Lifestyle Realtors Beaches Fine Arts Sprint Triathlon this past June 9th. Check out the results.

Some great photos too. Can you spot the Dynoswimmers?

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12 Jun 07 @ 1:06 AM  | 2 comments  |  Meets, Open Water, and Other Events category

Open Water Swimming in Ireland - 2007

The following is a note from Ned Dennison and is directed to all Dynoswimmers, near and far.

Much of the open water swimming in Ireland is organized by water polo teams and players - so you should feel right at home. If you are travelling this way in the next year drop me an email in advance and I'll get you connected with the group nearest your destination.

In the province of Munster (the South-West) we have over 200 organised swims in the nearby sea, rivers and lakes. The largest, on 28 July, is a 1.25 mile swim through the center of Cork City. We expect 400 swimmers and crowds in excess of 4,000. We guarantee a great party following the swim!

Online registration for the ‘Vibes & Scribes’ Lee Swim 2007 is now open on:

Vibes and Scribes Registration

Regards,

Ned Denison, Cork Masters Swimming Club

14 May 07 @ 7:48 PM  | 0 comments  |  Meets, Open Water, and Other Events category

'I Finished!' The Competitive Spirit, in Their Own Words

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We did good. The race was awesome! I can definitely see how this can be addicting. Christine and I had such a blast! It wasn’t as intimidating as I thought it would be.

Unfortunately, the swim was canceled due to the rough conditions so I ended up doing a Duathlon. The run is definitely my weakest leg(s) of the race, however I did learn that biking is one of my strongest.

The first run I did very well (2 miles). Then the bike I did GREAT. I passed a lot of people. But by the 2nd run, everyone I passed on the bike—passed me on the run! I could have gone faster—but I’m not used to running in the sand and my left leg felt as if it might give out. So I was being careful so I could finish. Towards the end of the run, I picked up the pace to the finish.

We had so much fun! I really enjoyed it. Now my son Michael wants to start training for a tri. He was my biggest fan out there cheering me on! :-)

Publix Family Fitness Weekend

Great Job, Judi, Christine and Lori!

7 May 07 @ 8:30 PM  | 4 comments  |  Meets, Open Water, and Other Events category

Binge Swim Training Bender

Dear Dynoswimmers,

In the past many of you have expressed an interest in participating in a binge swim training bender. With that in mind, I would like to invite you all to participate in a five day (spread over two weekends), open-water training preparation. The overall purpose of this swim cycle is fourfold:

  1. Prepare the participants for the 9-mile (Minnesota) Swim.
  2. Encourage our tri-athletes to take part.
  3. Enable our less experienced swimmers to swim open-water with confidence.
  4. Support one another.

This program is designed for *entry level* and *intermediate* swimmers. In other words, it is open to everyone and we’ll be encouraging anyone who desires to do so, to take part. We expect a relatively small group (less than six swimmers).

There is one condition: you must confirm your attendance. There will be no drop-ins.

Additionally, we will open this program up to non-Dynoswimmers provided they are USMS registered, pay $20.00 and purchase one Dynoswim T-Shirt and swim cap (additional $20.00).

There are no fees for Dynoswimmers.

So, if you’re interested, please participate. Please also remember that this program is rooted in the 9-mile swim preparation, a worthy cause.

Learn more here: Emily's 9 Miler

Best Regards,

Dean O.

Download the Tentative Schedule Here

3 May 07 @ 10:52 PM  | 0 comments  |  Meets, Open Water, and Other Events category

Sun Masters March Madness Invitational

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Check out Dynoswim at the Sun Masters meet in Clearwater. Way to go guys!

Club Results

Team Results

Club Scores

Team Scores

Note: club scores / results do not include FACT (Florida Aquatic Combined Team) whereas team scores / results do include FACT.

12 Mar 07 @ 10:20 PM  | 0 comments  |  Meets, Open Water, and Other Events category

Emily's 9 Miler

~Written by Emily Nohner

"My heart is moved by all I can not save:
So much has been destroyed
I have to cast my lot with those
who age after age, perversely
with no extraordinary power,
reconstitute the world."
~Adrienne Rich

The Swim

It came to me this summer that I needed to do something extraordinary. Something that scares me a bit, and moreover, that I think to be impossible. What first triggered this thought allows a bit more explanation. You see, I have never met this boy that lives in Nevada who has suffered from the most extreme cerebral palsy. He has undergone numerous surgeries - one which last year lasted over a month as he had to have his entire back re-opened because he had become infected from the first surgery (which fused a metal pole on his spine). This meant he had to lie on his stomach for six weeks with an open back as the wounds healed. I was told about this courageous young man by my mentor, professor, and friend Dr. Duncan. This 16 year old hero is his nephew. While I spent my junior year writing essay after essay, pouring hours into the Truman Scholarship application, Dr. Duncan was putting in the same selfless hours by my side. He was the only one from the beginning who felt I actually might have a chance at winning the scholarship, besides of course Mom and Dad! I was certainly an underdog in many respects. He assures me that I won it because of me not him, but I can assure everyone that realistically if he had not nominated me, helped me through the process, edited my essays, and drilled me for the practice interviews, winning would never have been an option for me.

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15 Feb 07 @ 5:44 AM  | 4 comments  |  Meets, Open Water, and Other Events category

Interested in Trying Irish Open Water Events?

Then visit Cork Masters Swimming Club.

2007 sponsored events include:

July 18, 2007 ‘Vibes & Scribes’ Lee Swim 2007 (1,900 meters) through the centre of Cork City, County Cork, Ireland.

September 22, 2007 ‘Autodesk’ Sandycove Island Challenge 2007 (1,600 meters) around Sandycove Island in Kinsale, County Cork, Ireland.

Plus over 200 other local open water swims. (Contact Cork Masters by email: openwater@corkmasters.ie).

28 Jan 07 @ 6:43 PM  | 0 comments  |  Meets, Open Water, and Other Events category

All in a Day in Liechtenstein

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~by Judi Rich

As I walked in the pool area I tried to picture what it was going to be like within the next hour. Three teams per lane, swimmers diving over each other, this so called boxing in etc... 24-hours of non-stop swimming. I was about to find out whether or not all the training I’ve done for the past 2 months actually prepared me for this kind of event. Deep down I knew I’d finish—I just didn’t know how I’d finish. As I looked around and studied all the varied ages, sizes, shapes of the swimmers—I thought if they could do it, I could do it.

I knew that the first hour I had to swim 50s for 1 hour 40 minutes straight and that I would follow Dean. So, that’s exactly what I did. Every time I saw Dean get up for his 50—I knew I’d be next. And it followed that pattern until Iris came in to relieve him of his turn. At that point I knew that my turn would be ENDING shortly as well. At the beginning, I started going out way too fast (which I tend to do often), but Dean sternly reminded me to ease up because I still had another 23.5 hours to go—it took me the first hour or so to really GET that. OK, maybe the first 10 hrs. I just had to get “into my stroke” and keep that pace. Finding it was the challenge.

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21 Nov 06 @ 11:14 AM  | 7 comments  |  Meets, Open Water, and Other Events category

Yes, Swimming is a Contact Sport

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I've received many inquiries from the Dynoswim community and others trying to get a handle on the structure of this event.

There are three teams for each lane. Yes, you can implement race strategy similar to NASCAR - as in boxing in swimmers or pushing them into lane lines. No, there aren't any designated sides, places, or spots for your team in your designated lanes; you have to make your own space. "Are there any serious injuries?" I was asked. The answer is no. Carsten did sustain a bloody nose. I have a bunch of scratches and bruises, but that's all. I did however, nearly take the head off of a competing swimmer on one of my (289 to be exact) dives. I also apologized. With all the scratches and misdirection though, this is a very well organized event. As a matter of fact, the more time that passes the more fun the 24 Hour Relay becomes! By the way, yellow caps are Dynoswim.

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15 Nov 06 @ 10:41 PM  | 4 comments  |  Meets, Open Water, and Other Events category

Liechtenstein 24 Hour Relay Team Swims to Tell the Tale...

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Dynoswim came in 5th of 11 teams for a total of 115,450 meters! That's over 14,431 meters per swimmer at a 37.5 second pace! Stay tuned for a recap, pictures, and video in the coming days.

14 Nov 06 @ 5:46 PM  | 7 comments  |  Meets, Open Water, and Other Events category

International Dynoswimmers Leave for Liechtenstein...

Please note that your Dynoswimmers will soon be off to Liechtenstein for the 24 hour relay, please wish them luck! The final team roster is as follows: Lars Lensdorf, Marc Strittmatter, Carsten Franke, Iris Teckentrup, Hans-Joerg Herzog, Thorsten Kuechler, Judi Rich, and Dean Osterloh. For those of you who have asked how the race is structured, please feel free to review the final race plan for our relay.

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We'll see you soon...

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6 Nov 06 @ 11:54 PM  | 6 comments  |  Meets, Open Water, and Other Events category

Speed Enhancement and Racing Strategy Clinic

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Judi Rich, Amy Britton, and Scott Bay had a great weekend with Gary Hall jr. at the Speed Enhancement and Racing Strategy Clinic. Here's a photo of Gary and Scott.

29 Oct 06 @ 5:37 PM  | 2 comments  |  Meets, Open Water, and Other Events category

Speed Enhancement and Racing Strategy Clinic

Don't miss out on this great opportunity! The "Speed Enhancement and Racing Strategy Clinic" isn't your average "Starts & Turns" clinic. Experience a piece of The Race Club swim camps and train like The Race Club Olympic, National, and World Champions!

October 28th and 29th, 2006 / Orlando, FL / 9am - 12:30 PM

Call 877-SWIM-RACE for more information or to register. Make sure you tell them that you were referred by Dynoswim!

(Learn about the Race Club here.)

20 Oct 06 @ 8:01 PM  | 2 comments  |  Meets, Open Water, and Other Events category

Hannah Gerber's Half-Ironman Cancun

Check out Hannah (25-29) in Cancun. There are plenty of pictures of her there too. You just have to brush up on your Spanish. Great Job, Hannah!

Ironman Cancun Results

24 Sep 06 @ 10:35 PM  | 0 comments  |  Meets, Open Water, and Other Events category

Christine Bange at the Downtown Orlando Triathlon

Great job, Christine!

Results

20 Sep 06 @ 10:33 PM  | 4 comments  |  Meets, Open Water, and Other Events category

24 Hour Relay in Liechtenstein - CONFIRMED

It's official! Dynoswim will be participating as a combined relay team together with swimmers from SG Frankfurt, Germany, and the Smokewater Dolphins Triathlon Club in Konstanz, Germany. This is the annual 24 Hour Relay in Triesen, Liechtenstein. You can find more information here:

SC-Aquarius - 24 H Staffel

It's not too late to participate although time is running out. With a few more swimmers, we may even enter two Dynoswim teams!

24 Hr Relay Team 2000

Photo from November 2000, Smokewater Dolphin Relay Team. (Can you spot the Dynoswimmer?)

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10 Sep 06 @ 10:06 AM  | 1 comments  |  Meets, Open Water, and Other Events category

24 Hour Relay in Liechtenstein

I am trying to gauge interest for an event that I’ve spoken to many Palm Coast Dynoswimmers about already. The event is a 24 hour relay taking place this November and the goal would be to put a Dynoswim (not all Dynoswimmers will be from Palm Coast) relay of about eight swimmers together to participate. This event is open to both Masters and Youth swimmers alike. Please be aware that this is not an occasion for the faint of heart.

If any of you are interested in *possibly* participating in this event, then please email Dean or use the contact us link.

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2 Sep 06 @ 7:12 PM  | 0 comments  |  Meets, Open Water, and Other Events category

Dynoswimmers Come Up Big at Deland Triathlon

Rookie Sean Bean joined veteran Triathlete and fellow Dynoswimmer Scott Bay for The Deland Triathlon on August 19, 2006. This unique event rearranges the order of events from swim-bike-run to bike-run-swim. Despite being a tri newbie, Sean placed second in his age group while also posting the 4th fastest swim split of the day! Not an easy task on tired legs. Overall Sean was in the top 25 and had a great day. The most amazing thing that happened after that is Sean went to practice directly from the awards ceremony and swam again. Now that is dedication!

Scott posted one of the three fastest bike splits clocking an average around 25mph which he and a few other athletes needed to do to make up for missing the turn around and adding extra distance to the bike segment.* Scott finished off the race with the 5th fastest swim split behind Sean, an overall 5th place finish and 1st in his division.

Results can be found by clicking here.

*Please note that the actual bike distance was 15 miles for most and 16 miles for Scott and the top 4 finishers. The turn around was not marked until after the leaders had passed it.

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22 Aug 06 @ 8:39 PM  | 5 comments  |  Meets, Open Water, and Other Events category

'Autodesk' Sadycove Island Challenge on September 23, 2006

Here's your excuse to compete in Ireland!"

This 1,700 meter event is sponsored by the Cork Masters Swimming Club. It's also capped at 150 swimmers, so book your flight and reserve your place now! You can find the entry form by clicking here .

20 Aug 06 @ 1:45 AM  | 0 comments  |  Meets, Open Water, and Other Events category

Hammerhead Ocean Marathon

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Six Dynoswimmers swam the Hammerhead Ocean Marathon last Saturday (8-5-06) in Jacksonville Beach, FL: Judi Rich, Christine Bange, Sean Bean, Amy Britton, Dakin Fromhold, and Sheryl Watkins. There were a lot of people participating: 52 swimmers in the 1.25 mile and 73 swimmers in the 2.5 mile swim. The weather was hot, but the water was comfortable (~80F). And, there were no waves and no jellyfish (smooth sailing).

Christine made her debut in the 1.25 mile and placed second in her age group. Way to go Christine! Amy, Dakin, and Sheryl were first in their age groups in the 2.5 mile swim, with Judi placing second in her age group. Sean treated us all to lunch afterwards at Copeland's (Cajun cuisine) and Dakin fell asleep on the way back (good thing we carpooled!).

Results and photos from the race are posted at:

Hammerhead Triathlon Club

9 Aug 06 @ 11:19 AM  | 0 comments  |  Meets, Open Water, and Other Events category

Josh Usdavin at the Greenwich Mile

Check out Josh at the Greenwich Mile, great job!

Greenwich Mile Results

3 Aug 06 @ 10:09 PM  | 1 comments  |  Meets, Open Water, and Other Events category

600KM Swiss Bike Race Completed by German Dynoswimmers

Check out two friends of Dynoswim, Thorsten Kuechler and Goesta Kumlehn from Germany. Thorsten and Goesta completed the 600km (373 mile) Bodensee to Bern bike race in Switzerland this past June.

Check out the results:

Radmarathon Homepage

Details - Results

Great job, guys!

24 Jul 06 @ 12:27 PM  | 0 comments  |  Meets, Open Water, and Other Events category

Hammerhead Ocean Marathon

Dynoswim will be participating in the Hammerhead Ocean Marathon on Saturday, August 5, 2006 at 9:00am in Jacksonville. Please be sure to confirm your attendance with Amy once you're registered.

Check out the details:

Hammerhead Ocean Marathon

21 Jul 06 @ 2:42 PM  | 0 comments  |  Meets, Open Water, and Other Events category

3rd Annual Moss Park Triathlon Series

Check out Scott Bay at today's race - ninth overall, first in his division. Great job!

Results

15 Jul 06 @ 7:28 PM  | 3 comments  |  Meets, Open Water, and Other Events category

New Bridge of Lions 5K

Check out Christine Bange and Dakin Fromhold at the New Bridge of Lions 5K. Unfortunately, there was a glitch with Dakin's results but he completed his race in 24:11.

Results

15 Jul 06 @ 4:12 PM  | 1 comments  |  Meets, Open Water, and Other Events category

Fine Arts Sprint Duathlon

It would have been a Triathlon, but that's another story.

Check out Christine Bange and Joe Matuszczak at Saturday's event. Great job guys!

Fine Arts Sprint Duathlon

9 Jul 06 @ 7:16 PM  | 0 comments  |  Meets, Open Water, and Other Events category

Ed Gaw Amelia Island (5K) Open Water Challenge

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Eight Dynoswimmers participated in the 5K open-water challenge. Everyone placed, survived rough conditions, and had a great time! Scroll down to the 5K and check out the results for Scott Bay, Sean Bean, Amy Britton, Dakin Fromhold, Dean Osterloh, Dave Petkovsek, Judi Rich, and Sheryl Watkins.

Ed Gaw 1 Mile and 5K Results

Thanks to Samie Grogan for coming out, taking great photos, and supporting the team!

9 Jul 06 @ 12:48 PM  | 4 comments  |  Meets, Open Water, and Other Events category

Dynoswimmers at the Firecracker 5K / 10K Runs

Amy Britton was 1st and Pat Milton placed 2nd in their respective age groups at the Firecracker 10K. Not bad considering they biked there and back for a total of 52 miles! Joe Matuszczak ran both the 5K and 10K events and was first in both events, awesome!

Results

6 Jul 06 @ 8:37 PM  | 1 comments  |  Meets, Open Water, and Other Events category

Joshua Usdavin at the Madison Mile

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Check out Josh at the Madison Mile where he finished 6th overall and 1st in his age group.Great job!

It ended up being a shortened course due to fog (swimmers couldn't even seen the 1st bouy when the fog rolled in). Instead of doing a mile, participants swam two laps of the mini mile course (1000 yards). By the way, the water temp was 64 degrees!

This is a picture of the Madison Mile course - spooky...

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28 Jun 06 @ 8:58 PM  | 0 comments  |  Meets, Open Water, and Other Events category

Scott Bay at the Baldwin Park Triathlon

Check out these highlights:

Now, that's awesome!

Baldwin Park Tri Results

22 Jun 06 @ 11:05 PM  | 1 comments  |  Meets, Open Water, and Other Events category

Dynoswim Team Event: Open Water Challenge

Ed Gaw Amelia Island Open Water Challenge 5K and 1 mile

Please see attachment for more info and entry form:

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Advise Amy and Dean once you register.

15 Jun 06 @ 1:44 PM  | 0 comments  |  Meets, Open Water, and Other Events category

Beaches Fine Arts Triathlon

Joe Matuszczak and Christine Bange had a fine race day at the Beaches Fine Arts Triathlon. Check out the results:

Proud Dynoswimmers' Results

11 Jun 06 @ 10:48 PM  | 0 comments  |  Meets, Open Water, and Other Events category

Dave Petkovsek at the 2006 Central Florida Triathlon Series

Dave was first in his age group, first in his wave, with the 7th fastest swim overall. Awesome!

Results

4 Jun 06 @ 10:30 PM  | 1 comments  |  Meets, Open Water, and Other Events category

Synchro Belles 2006 Water Exhibition (Synchronized Swimming)

Adult Admission: $3 Child Admission: $1

Money raised will support the Flagler County Synchro Belles and their trip to Nationals later this month in Seattle Washington, including our very own Melanie Watkins (thumbprint artist, Dynoswim supporter, and synchro swimmer).

3 Jun 06 @ 4:12 PM  | 1 comments  |  Meets, Open Water, and Other Events category

USMS Records Shatter

Not surprising, Masters swimmers are getting faster and faster...

Swmming World Magazine

2 Jun 06 @ 1:31 PM  | 0 comments  |  Meets, Open Water, and Other Events category

Scott Bay 4th of 25 at Monday's Cycling Criterium

With an average speed of 25mph and a top speed of 36mph, it's no wonder. Not to mention how he protected his buddy Serge Torres into the breakaway off the front and controlled the rest of the group with an iron fist. That's called teamwork, sacrificing for the greater good of the group.

Results

30 May 06 @ 4:09 PM  | 0 comments  |  Meets, Open Water, and Other Events category

Come join Flagler County & the American Cancer Society’s Relay for Life!

What is it? Relay for Life is a community gathering where everyone can participate in the fight against cancer. This year, we have approximately 20 teams participating! The goal of each team is to have a member walking or running in the relay at all times. Teams are raising money for the American Cancer Society, though there are many ways to help.

When & Where?

The Luminary Ceremony will proceed shortly after dusk. Walking will continue through the night and into the next day!

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22 Apr 06 @ 8:13 PM  | 0 comments  |  Meets, Open Water, and Other Events category

Florida Swimmers, Welcome to Ireland

‘Vibes & Scribes’ Lee Swim 2006

The date is 22 July (Saturday) with the swim starting at 2:30pm – through the centre of Cork City, Ireland. We expect 200+ swimmers and crowds larger than the estimated 5,000 who cheered us on in 2005.

This swim is not handicapped and is open to ALL competent swimmers regardless of age, wetsuit (or just swimsuit/togs) or membership in a swimming club/association. For the latest information on this and other events, or if your email system hasn’t forwarded the entry form attachment see Cork Masters.

The swim was re-launched last year as part of the celebrations of the Cork 2005 European Capital of Culture. To learn more download the attached file.

Download file

12 Apr 06 @ 12:53 PM  | 0 comments  |  Meets, Open Water, and Other Events category

Open Water Swim at the Publix Family Fitness Weekend

This year, Dynoswim will participate in the open-water swim as part of the Publix Family Fitness Weekend. The open-water will take place on Saturday, April 22, 2006 at 12:00pm at Crescent Beach in St. Augustine.

Below is the overview for all events taking place.

Family Fitness Weekend

The following link will detail the schedule.

Schedule

All Dynoswimmers (youth and masters alike) can register with active.com by clicking on the following:

Open Water Registration

All Dynoswimmers are encouraged to participate and cheer on their teammates; this event is widely regarded as the kickoff to the Summer season. If you're a little concerned or apprehensive, just speak to your coach and we'll sort it all out. Please be sure to email Dean as soon as you're confirmed. It'll be tons of fun!

12 Mar 06 @ 4:01 PM  | 0 comments  |  Meets, Open Water, and Other Events category

One-Hour Swim

Please read about another event that we'd normally participate in (this year posed a small conflict with the Dixie Zone championships).

One-Hour Swim

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23 Feb 06 @ 7:25 PM  | 1 comments  |  Meets, Open Water, and Other Events category

SUN Masters Valentine Meet / 2006 Dixie Zone SCY Championships

Take a look at the results from last weekend's meet. Stay tuned for more information regarding our performance, team standings, and pictures.

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13 Feb 06 @ 10:32 PM  | 0 comments  |  Meets, Open Water, and Other Events category

SUN Masters Valentine Meet

The 2006 SUN Masters Valentine Meet and Dixie Zone SCY Championships will be held February 11-12, 2006 in Clearwater.

If you think you might like to attend, please think about some of the events you'd like to swim and e-mail Dean. We also need to put together a few relays.

Additionally, since this is our first meet as a team, we will train for this as a "NO PRESSURE" meet. That means that we will do it primarily for the competitive experience and to get our "feet wet" so to speak.

Please review the details:

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24 Jan 06 @ 7:50 PM  | 0 comments  |  Meets, Open Water, and Other Events category

Swimming History: July 25, 1925

For those of you interested in swimming history from the silent film era, check out the following website and download the day's competition recaps from the Bottrap Swim Stadium in Germany.

July 25, 1925 Kreisfest

You'll notice a variety of events including: Synchronized Swimming and the 100M Freestyle relay (notice that there are only three legs to the relays). You'll also get to see Double-Arm Backstroke as an optional component to the backstroke event. Equally interesting is the Women's Breastroke (3x100) relay and diving from a 9M platform! The clip concludes with a lifeguard competition and Water Polo.

It's seven minutes long, but very interesting!

29 Nov 05 @ 7:13 AM  | 0 comments  |  Meets, Open Water, and Other Events category

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