As a reminder, if you are interested in swimming the USMS 3000/6000 Yard Postal Championship, you need to have your swim in before November 15.

Ok, so only some of you are but I thought I would let you know anyway.

For all you distance folks, I would encourage you to participate. Rio Grande Masters is putting this event on, which is part of Border Masters, a small LMSC in SW Texas. They send some of their members to our meets in Phoenix and Tucson so let's show them some support for this event.

If you need an entry form, click here or email Max Veltman who is the event coordinator.

Good luck to all!


Become a Brute

Washington State University Masters is hosting a postal event that you brutes out there may dig.

As you can guess, they are hosting a brute squad meet.

How is this different than the one we have down in Tucson?

Well, this is a postal event, which means you can swim it anytime between November 1 and December 31.

You only have to swim three events for this meet. Those events are the 1650 Free, 400 IM, and the 200 Fly.

You can swim short course or long course but your Meters times will not be converted.

So if you still feel like a brute, go here to download the form or email Doug Garcia who is organizing the event.



There are many definitions for the word Butternut. However, since this is a swimming site, we will concentrate on a swimming-related (and non-official) definition.

Main Entry: but·ter·nut
Function: noun:

A swimmer who swims more than 500 yards of butterfly who does so legally and has a witness to the event -- also known as crazy or disturbed.

Team NASTI is organizing this event for anybody brave/insane enough to swim this event. If you are interested, click on this link for more information.

Good luck!



The Long Beach Grunions are once again hosting the SPMA Short Course Meters Championship Meet at the Belmont Plaza Olympic Pool in Long Beach from December 1st to 3rd. They are hard at work to make the meet even better than last year and are hoping to have 500 swimmers compete this year!

Meet entries are due before November 17th, the meet entry fee is $40. You will need to fill-out the SPMA entry card for this event.

For more information, call 714-273-8793 or email Kenny Brisbin.


Upcoming Meet - in NM

New Mexico Masters is hosting a sprint meet on Veteran's Day at New Mexico State University.

Hold on there cowboy, what's the difference between a "sprint meet" and a normal meet?

This meet will feature short races, the longest event is 100 yards. There will be 25's and 50's for most events, the relays will be 100 yards.

But wait, there's more!

After the meet, there will be a game of Sharks and Minnows along with Freeze Tag and Marco Polo.

You think I am joking about all this, well read the meet form for yourself.

FYI, NMSU is located in Las Cruces, which is about 35 miles from El Paso, TX. All you have to do is get on I-10 and go east, you will get there in a few hours.

The pool is operated by the University and looks like an outstanding facility. If you are interested, download the form (along with the entry card) and email it to the meet director.

Have a great time and good luck!


2007 Polar Bear Meet

While we are still in 2006, it is never too early to begin to think about next year.

No, I am not talking about New Year's Resolutions!

The date has been set for the 17th Annual Polar Bear Meet, which will be held on Sunday February 4th at Hillenbrand Aquatics Center on the University of Arizona campus.

This will be the first short course yards meet of the 2007 season and is always a well-run meet. The meet entry form will be posted in the upcoming edition of the newsletter, on the Yahoo group, and the website. As we draw closer to this event, there will be another posting regarding this event.

In the meantime, mark your 2007 calendars!



In the next few weeks, Arizona Masters will have elections for the Board of Directors. The information on the candidates, their bios, the official ballots, and the like will be distributed soon. When you receive your ballot, be sure to fill it out and participate.

More information on the candidates and positions will be posted on the blog shortly...


Fall Classic

This fall, NAU will host the 2nd Annual Fall Classic on Sunday November 5. This will be a Short Course Meters meet and will be held at the Wall Aquatics Center, which is on the corner of San Francisco and Franklin on the NAU campus.

But wait, there is more!

Join Northern Arizona Masters on Saturday, November 4 for a pre-meet Clinic/Workout and Pasta Party, which is guaranteed to make your travel more worthwhile. There will be stroke technique and turn instruction along with a late afternoon workout.

Sounds great, doesn't it? Here is how you get signed-up:

Liz Hobbs
514 W Navajo Rd
Flagstaff, AZ 86001

Entry Fee $40.00 fee includes up to 5 events, plus water time and pasta dinner on Saturday. If you can only attend the meet on Sunday entry fee is $25.00. Deck entries will be $30.00. Make check payable to Northern AZ Swimming. Entries must be received by 5 PM on Wednesday November 1 so get your's in today.

Unfortunately there is a football game this weekend at NAU, so there are no special rates available at local hotels. If you decide to come up for the weekend, it would be a good idea to make your reservation in advance. There are a number of Flagstaff masters swimmers who would love to put out-of-towners up for the night, especially swimmers on the Valley and Tucson teams could reciprocate when Flagstaff folk come down for meets in the spring when hotel rates are sky high.

If you are interested in being matched with a member up here, or have any questions about the meet, email Liz or call 928-773-4655.


Registration Renewal

On November 1, we will begin registration renewal for all members. On that date, the registration form will be posted as a PDF on the website, the Yahoo group, and will be included in the upcoming edition of the newsletter. Be sure you fill it out and send it in as soon as possible so we can get you renewed as a member. If you have any questions, call the information line at 480-365-0037 and choose option 1. You can also email Mitch with your questions.


Yahoo Group

Besides the blog, the website, the newsletter, and the information line, we have a Yahoo group for anybody who is interested in Arizona Masters. When you join this site, you can have access to meet entry forms, discuss topics related to masters swimming, chat with other members, among other activities. It does not cost anything and is easy to join.

Other LMSCs, not to mention other sports and interests, have group sites on Yahoo so this is a proven tool.

Go to this site and apply today.


Information Line

Don't forget that we have an information line that you can call to get the latest information on Arizona Masters Swimming.

Yes, we have our own phone number!


Give it a ring if you want to learn more about Arizona Masters, how to join, what events are coming up, and how to volunteer. If you have any questions, leave one after the tone and your message will get routed to the correct person.

BTW, if you were counting this is the 100th post on the blog.


Southwest Zone Championship Meet

On November 18-19, the Sun Devil Masters will host the 2006 Southwest Zone Short Course Meters Championship Meet at ASU. The meet will be at the Mona Plummer Aquatics Center and is sure to attract participants from all over the region. This will be a meet you won't want to miss and will be the last meet of the year for Arizona Masters Swimming.

The fee is $35 and entries must be received by November 10, 2006. Make checks out to Sun Devil Masters Swimming. Mail your entry card, check and photocopy of your USMS Card to:

Katy James
723 East Diamond Street
Tempe, AZ 85283

The meet entry form will be on the website shortly and is also available on the Sun Devil Masters website. If you have any additional questions, contact Katy James either via email or call her at 480-897-6411.

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