Nominations Open For Dot Donnelly Service Award
Nominations for the 2015 Colonies Zone Dot Donnelly Service Award are now being accepted. The award recognizes and honors swimmers in the Colonies Zone who exemplify the spirit of Dorothy Donnelly in their love of participation in the sport and their volunteer work to further Masters Swimming in their LMSC and the Colonies Zone. Any Masters swimmer in the Colonies Zone may nominate someone from the Zone. Nominators must complete a form giving details of the nominee's work and submit by September 20, 2015. The recipient is named at the USMS Convention in Kansas City.
USMS Coaching Certification Classes
There are two coaching certification class opportunities being offered in the Colonies Zone this fall. First, a Level 1 and 2 class will be held at the Holiday Inn Stadium in Philadelphia on August 29. Later on November 21, the Level 3 Coaching Certification Class will be held at the Courtyard South - Navy Yard, again in Philadelphia. Registration can be made online from the USMS web site.
Zone Open Water Championship Wrapup
The Asphalt Green Masters One Mile Ocean Swim & Colonies Zone Open Water Championships at Point Lookout Town Beach, NY was the best of the past 18 years it has been contested. The weather was perfect and the surf was fun and made for a fast incoming tidal push for the measured mile. The 115 athletes who finished was the largest since the race was a USMS National Championship in 2001. Brian Krut, from the Open Water Swim Team was first overall and Rachel Ripley, Asphalt Green Masters, was the first female (7th overall). Congratulations.
Results From The Zone LCM Championship
About 120 swimmers attended the 2015 Colonies Zone LCM Championship / 8th Terrapin Cup July 10-12 at the University of Maryland. As both meets had not been held in a few years, this was a most welcome addition to the 2015 LCM calendar.
The meet was held in a 3-day format, offering the 1500 on Friday and two short sessions on Saturday and Sunday morning, and featured all of the 400 and 800 relays. This was a great opportunity to swim a fast meet in a fast pool (host of last year's Summer Nationals) and for those heading to nationals, to do some fine tuning. Cecelia McCloskey of 1776 swam to 4 new USMS records in the W 65-69 age group.
Thank you to all who were able to come and support this event and we look forward to seeing you back at UMD soon!