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Colonies Zone Championship Recap
Once again everyone had a great time at the Colonies Zone SCY Championships at George Mason University in Fairfax, Virginia. The 2016 meet held April 8-10 saw 447 swimmers entered, representing 72 teams. Congratulations to Fall Willeboordse of Bearcat Masters (BCTM) who set a potential new USMS record in the 100 IM. Courtney Hurtubise, Katie Grier, Gabrielle Mizerak and Sara Shaner from Club Tribe Alumni (1693) also potentially set a new national record in the Women's 400 free relay.

51 swimmers and 8 relays swam faster than the previous Zone meet record.

The youngest competitors were 18 year old Billy Kirkendall and Rebekah Sheppard. The oldest (all in their 80's) were Nancy Brown, David Nicholas, Dick Scott, Marcelo Barreiro, Thomas Lyons and Lesley Francis. In all, swimmers from California, Delaware, District of Columbia, Florida, Georgia, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, Nevada, New Jersey, New York, North Carolina, Pennsylvania and Virginia, participated in this three-day meet.

The combined high point trophies were won by the following teams:
    RESTON MASTERS SWIM TEAM - Large Team Division (20+ swimmers)
    COLONIALS 1776 - Medium Team Division (10-19 swimmers)
    ASPHALT GREEN MASTERS - Small Team Division (1-9 swimmers)

The Patriot Masters want to thank all of their officials for providing another well-run meet. And special thanks go to the George Mason University Men's and Women's swimming & diving teams for cheerfully helping with timing, registration and awards. CONGRATULATIONS to everyone!
-Cheryl Ward, Meet Director
Final Results

USMS Class Schedule Update
logoColonies Zone will play host to a few USMS Coach Certification classes as well as Adult Learn-to-Swim instructor classes this year. On June 4, New England LMSC will host Level 1 and Level 2 USMS Coach Certification at the Courtyard Boston Marlborough. Later, the same Level 1 and Level 2 will be hosted by Maryland LMSC on November 6 in Baltimore, and by Metropolitan LMSC in New York on October 29.

The USMS Adult Learn-to-Swim classes can be found at the Boston Marriott Quincy on April 23. Later Philadelphia will host the classes on June 11, and New York will on October 1.

USMS Coach Certification
     Marlborough, MA - June 4
    New York, NY - October 29
    Baltimore, MD - November 6

Adult Learn-to-Swim
     Boston / Quincy, MA - April 23
     Philadelphia, PA - June 11
    New York, NY - October 1

Colonies Zone Rocks 'Go The Distance' In 2015
The distance tallies for USMS Go The Distance are in. Colonies Zone blew away other zones for distance and participation in 2015. With 160,913 miles logged in, the zone outpaced the second place Dixie Zone by 40 percent. 758 swimmers from Maine to Virginia swam in the year-long fitness event. What region has the most passionate active swimmers?
miles     zone swimmers
160,913   Colonies 758
114,202   Dixie 519
99,643   Oceana 430
91,316   Great Lakes 442
69,608   Southwest 307
67,375   Northwest 307
61,242   Breadbasket 299
56,385   South Central 298

Natalie Ferdinand Taylor New Colonies Zone Chair
During the meeting at the annual convention, the Colonies Zone representatives selected Natalie Ferdinand Taylor as their new Zone Chair. Natalie is an aquatics director at the University of Maryland, and was a director for the USMS National Long Course Championship in 2014. Natalie has the following message to our Colonies Zone:
Hello Colonies Zones Members,
I would like to thank everyone who voted for me as your new Zone Chair at the recently concluded USAS Convention. With the help of the fantastic volunteers we have on our Zone, I hope to continue moving our Zone forward.


For those who do not know me, here is a little bit about my background. I swam competitively for about 25 years, including at the varsity level, and joined the USMS community when I began coaching the Terrapin Masters team at the University of Maryland in 2006. I am a level 2 certified USMS coach and enjoy helping swimmers achieve their goals in any way I can. Swimming has allowed me to travel to some fantastic destinations around the globe, such as Brazil and Australia and it has also contributed to some of my longest lasting friendships. Along with Carrie Tupper, I co-hosted the 2014 Marriott U.S Masters Swimming Summer National Championship, and the smiles I saw throughout the meet, made all the hard work that our group put in extremely worth it.

The more I learn about USMS and the dedicated volunteers who make this organization succeed, the more I want to contribute in my own little way. I hope you will all join me in continuing to advocate for the Colonies Zone and our LMSCs.
Happy Swimming,
Natalie Taylor nee' Ferdinand


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Colonies Zone SCY Championship Results

Final official results are available from the zone's short course yards championship meet April 8-10.
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