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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

Dot Donnelly Service Award To Dan Kornblatt
During the annual USMS convention in October, Niagara LMSC's Dan Kornblatt from Binghamton University Masters Swimming received our zone's Dorothy Donnelly Service Award. Dan was a founding member of the BUMS almost three decades ago. After almost fourteen coaches later, Dan took over head coaching duties and led the team to consecutive Zone Championships, and to membership of over 100 swimmers. Congratulations.

USMS Coaching Certification Class November 21
logoA coaching certification class opportunity is being offered in the Colonies Zone this November. First, a Level 1 and 2 class will be held at the Holiday Inn Stadium in Philadelphia on August 29. A level 3 Coaching Certification Class will be held at the Courtyard South - Navy Yard in Philadelphia. Registration can be made online from the USMS web site.
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Zone Open Water Championship Wrap up
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!

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Colonies Zone SCY Championship
April 8-10, 2016
George Mason University, Fairfax, VA
Entries open February 27.

Zone Meeting Minutes

Minutes for the Colonies Zone meeting held in October are posted.
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New Calendar Events

Colonies Zone Starts, Turns, and Sprints Weekend Clinic
College Park, MD

Carol Chidester Swim Series Meet 5
Severna Park, MD

Casco Bay Toughen Up Challenge
Freeport, ME

Maryland Masters Winter Meet
Catonsville, MD

Maine Masters SCY Championship
Augusta, ME