AZ Open Water Swim
Nathan Freeman emerged victorious beating over 350 athletes in the 2.4 Mile AZ Open Water Swim. The 19 year old from Phoenix won in a time of 47:34.0. He was followed a little over 30 seconds behind by Temujin Gold in a 48:06.6 and Bill Daniel in 49:27.7.
For the women, former ASU swimmer Susie Fawcett came in first in 52:29.9. Twelve seconds after her was McCall Dorr in a 52:41.0 and Claire Moty in 53:15.8. Claire was one of the youngest competitors at age 15. Interestingly, the top three women were also among the top 6 finishers overall.
The race, put on by DCB Extreme Adventures, is the largest open water swim and one of the largest swimming events ever held for adults Arizona. Only the 1994 and 2003 USMS Short Course National Championships have had more participants.
Dr. Mark Gill
University of Louisville
SCY State Championship Results
Ford Aquatics - 1561
Sun Devil Masters - 630
Phoenix Sunfish - 488
Brophy East Swim Team - 462
Heartland Swim Association - 363
Prescott Masters - 235
Sun City Grand Masters - 167
Colorado Masters Swimming - 163
Swimmers Plus Green Valley - 119
Highland Ranch Masters - 76
Metro Masters Swim Club - 73
Sunwest Swimming - 66
Northwest YMCA - 55
Scottsdale Aquatic Club - 36
Westside Silver Fins - 32
Tucson Jewish Community Center - 20
Federal Way Kings - 18
Desert Thunder Aquatics - 11
The full results have been posted on the Ford Aquatics website.
SCM Top Ten
Deadline for Nationals
The atmosphere promises to be electrifying and exciting for competitors and spectators alike. The already spectacular Aquatic Complex in Coral Springs, FL just has been upgraded with new grandstands, two new scoreboards, additional shading, tables and chairs. Last weekend, the facility and the equipment were tested when the Coral Springs Swim Club hosted the Florida Gold Coast Junior Olympics with almost 1000 swimmers. From many FGC coaches you could hear “This was the best JOs ever and CSSC did an awesome job. It is just fun to compete in this Aquatic Complex. There is no way you don't swim fast here.”
- For hotel and other information and an aerial view of the Aquatic Complex, go to the club's web site at
United States Masters Swimming
Laura Wilkinson - Sullivan Award - Call to Action
The last diver to win this award was Greg Louganis in 1984 and only three divers in all have claimed this prestigious award (the other two were Patricia McCormick in 1956 and Sammy Lee in 1953).
We hope you will agree that Laura Wilkinson is an excellent choice for the 76th James E. Sullivan Award. We encourage you to go to USA Today’s website to vote for Laura and forward this message to others in the aquatics community and ask them to vote for Laura as well.
Thanks for supporting Laura for this award.
Jim Quinlivan, USA Diving
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Swimming and Training Website
Fresh Fundraiser, Round III
SW Zone Meet
Mountain Man Events
Mountain Man Events is hosting two triathlons in Arizona this year. One will be in the cool pines of Flagstaff during the summer, the other one will be in Parker during the early fall. Both events attract hundreds of the best triathletes from Arizona, California, Nevada, and other nearby states. So mark these dates on your calendar and start training.
Mountain Man Triathlon - July 16, 2006
Blue Water Triathlon - November 12, 2006
IMAZ, DCB, and AZ LMSC
NOTE: This is a USA Triathlon (USAT) sanctioned event. If you are a registered member of Arizona Masters and have your USMS card, you will need to purchase a one-day USAT membership.
If you want to be a part of this event but don't want to swim, why not volunteer? DCB is always looking for helping hands to make their events a success, so why not assist in some way. If you will be available on Saturday and want to help, go here to get in touch with their volunteer coordinator. Your time and assistance will be greatly appreciated by both the athletes and the organizers.
Good luck to everybody!
Anybody have any good swimming-related haikus that you want to share? Here is one I came up with that might apply to some members...
Nothing is better
Than swimming at Nationals
Unless you false start
All you have to do is adhere to the 5-7-5 syllable format and you will have a one of your own. Send me your haikus and I'll post the best ones.
All five clinics will be conducted at the ASU Student Recreational Center pool. The event will have both classroom and pool sessions, the entire clinic will last around five hours. Participants will all receive an underwater video tape of yourself included in the cost of the clinic. The clinics are limited to 40 participants, so if you are interested contact make sure you sign-up early.
Stroke Clinic Dates:
Freestyle - April 15, 2006
Open Water Swimming - April 22, 2006
Backstroke - May 27, 2006
Breaststroke - June 24, 2006
Butterfly - September 16, 2006
As many of you know, Ron Johnson is a legend of Masters and World Swimming. He has coached 14 Olympic Medallists and 29 Olympic Finalists. During his tenure as ASU Head Coach he was the NCAA Coach of the Year and coached countless NCAA finalists and All Americans. As a Masters coach he has been the USMS Coach of the Year and holds numerous USMS World Records. His 50 years of coaching experience make him one of the most experienced coaches alive. His enduring passion for the sport makes him one of the best-informed and best clinician’s around.
If you have any questions, please call 602-224-4845 or email Simon Percy.
Tucson Triathlon - March 12, 2006
Sahuarita Lake Triathlon - May 29, 2006
Firecracker Triathlon - July 2, 2006
Tinfoilman Triathlon - October 10, 2006
As many of you know, Coach Jim Stites is involved in triathlons as well as swimming in that part of the state. These events are well-run and very popular, so if you are interested make sure you enter early. Good luck to all of our members (both current and prospective) at these events.
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A little over two years ago when I was in England, I saw this commercial on ITV. It is the most amazing ad I have ever seen, words can't describe it. One might say it is an automotive Rube Goldberg device, but that does not do it justice. Just watch it and you will see.
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In the near future, I would like to feature each team so that members of the blogsphere (which includes prospective members) can get to know each one. Coaches, this is your chance to tell the outside world about your team! The only restriction on your posting is keep it short, so don't go over 200 words. If you have a logo, phone number, address, etc. that you want to include, I will make sure those appear with your article.
Free advertising, is it worth it to you?
Remember that membership has it privileges. As a member of AZ LMSC you receive USMS Swimmer magazine and the Swim Arizona newsletter. You also are a part of the Corporate Perks program, which means you can receive discounts on thousands of different items from hundreds of retailers. In the near future, we will also announce new programs for our members that will include discounts on services and special deals from companies that partner with Arizona Masters.
So make sure your membership is current and let us know if you have any questions.