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USMS Director Nominations Open
Elections for eight at-large directors of U.S. Masters Swimming will take place in September. One at-large director is elected from each of the eight USMS zones. Nomination deadline for Colonies Zone has been extended to May 31, 2014. Nomination packets may be obtained from the Election page of the USMS website or by contacting Elections Chair Cheryl Gettelfinger.

The role of the Board of Directors is described in USMS Organization and Bylaws Article 506. The board and by extension, board members, are responsible for keeping USMS on mission. The term length is two years, with a two term limit.

The U.S. Masters Swimming board of directors is responsible for: 1) monitoring the fiscal and organizational soundness of USMS; 2) providing strategic direction to USMS while keeping the organization's mission and values at the forefront; 3) establishing policies to lead and control the organization; and 4) representing the organization to the public and USMS members.

Colonies Zone SCY Championship Results
Once again everyone had a great time at the Colonies Zone SCY Championships at George Mason University in Fairfax, Virginia. The 2014 meet held April 4-6 saw 550 swimmers entered, representing 68 teams. Joann Leilich set a potential new USMS national record at the meet with a time of 3:16.31 in the women's 75-79 200 breast. 50 swimmers and 6 relays swam faster than the previous Zone meet record

The youngest competitor was 18 year olds Devon McFadden. The oldest (all in their 80's) were Tom Lyons, Boots Hall, Stanley Shechter, Lesley Francis and Donald Messer. In all, swimmers from Virginia, Maryland, New York, New Jersey, Connecticut, Pennsylvania, Ohio, District of Columbia, Delaware, West Virginia, Texas and Florida participated in this three-day meet.

The combined high point trophies were won by the following teams:
  BINGHAMTON UNIVERSITY MASTERS - Large Team Division (25+ swimmers)
  SPRING VALLEY YMCA MASTERS - Medium Team Division (10-24 swimmers)
  MERRITT MARLINS - 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

Colonies Zone SCY Championship Entries
Open February 22

The Colonies Zone SCY Championships will be held April 4-6 at George Mason University in Fairfax, Virginia. Online entries open this Saturday, February 22 at 8:00 am.

In order to accommodate more distance swimmers this year, the Friday session opens two hours earlier than last year with five additional heats for the 1000 free (total of 120 spots) and four additional heats for the 1650 free (total of 80 spots). Both distance events should fill up in the first few hours entries are open. If you want to swim in these distance events, you should register for the meet on Saturday morning. Otherwise entries close March 28.
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