Fab New Patterns

A few weeks ago, Arizona Masters Swimming and Fab Swimwear announced a deal for all of our members. Anybody who orders suits from the site and enters promo code AZMASTER gets free shipping on their order, That has not changed.

However, Fabiola has released some new patterns for her swimwear. Take a look.

Just in time for summer...

Oh, and its not just the two-piece ones that have new colors. Take a look at these!

These suits have become very popular with women all over the world. If you are in the market for swim wear this summer, give Fab Swimwear a call.


Ski Pro Swim Shop Opening

It looks like Ski Pro has a swimming department now. They are opening a new store in Mesa on May 31 and have a special store opening raffle. Buy anything from the swim department to enter a raffle for a Speedo LZR Razer value up to $475! The winner will be awarded at the end of the day at the grand opening.

If you have any questions, contact Guillermo "Memo" Diaz de Leon - Ski Pro, Team Specialist by email or telephone (602-955-3939).

See you there!


Social Event - Chase Field 05/30/2008

Any plans for Friday May 30th? If not, here's one to consider, a baseball game with your friends from swimming! We have secured the Miller Lite Diamond Club for this event, which will make for a fun event. Plus, we got a $10 discount on tickets for this game!

Here is a picture of the section we will be in.

The area seats 240 in comfort and style

Game starts at 6:40pm so you can swing on by after work. For all you single people out there, this could be a good date idea (hint, hint). Just be over 21 because nobody under that age is allowed in this area.

So how do you get tickets? Funny you should ask, here's how:
All tickets must be purchased before 6:40pm on Thursday May 29th and space is limited. Order your tickets today!

If you still have questions, contact Ashley Long in the Diamondbacks ticket office. She can be reached at 602-462-4230. She can also help you or your group get tickets for other games.


Tribal Open Water Swim at Lake Pleasant

For all of you who enjoy open water swimming, DCB Adventures and Tribe Multisports have an event for you! The Tribal Open Water Swim will take place at Lake Pleasant on Saturday June 7, 2008 in conjunction with the triathlon that same day. The open water swim will be 2000M, which will be two loops on a 1000M triangular course. After you are done with your swim, you can watch the triathletes as they complete their event.

This will be a USMS-sanctioned event, so your times will be official. In order to participate you will need to be registered with USMS, which you can do online. If you have any registration-related questions, email our Registrar and he can help you out.

Former Sun Devil Masters coach and current USMS Vice President Mark Gill will be the Race Director for this event. He helped Arizona several successful open water events in the past and will be instrumental in the success of our New and Improved(tm) open water series. Stay tuned for more details on additional upcoming events...

Click here for more details on the event and to register online. Many thanks to DCB Adventures and Tribe Multisports for adding this event to their calendar! See you there.


Fab Swimwear Deals!

Arizona Masters Swimming is now offering a special deal in conjunction with Fab Swimwear. Our (female) members get free shipping with their order when the promo code "AZMASTER" is used.

You have probably seen the suits, they look like this...

Fabiola Molina is a world-class backstroker from Brazil who is competing in the upcoming Olympic games. Not only is she a top swimmer, she is an apparel designer who uses her wealth of experience to produce unique, functional, and stylish products.

From Fab Swimwear:
Fabiola Molina swim wear is uniquely designed for the swimmer who trains for fitness or swims competitively. The suits come in one piece or two-pieces. Two-piece suits include a drawstring both top and bottom keeping the suit securely in place during any vigorous workout.
There are many styles and colors to choose from, so if you want to get a comfortable suit, for a great price, that looks fab, then check out the website.

Also, look for Fab Swimwear at upcoming triathlons and swim meets where her local representative will be on-hand to show you the latest styles and colors. Look for this swim wear to become increasingly popular both here in Arizona and other Sunbelt states.

Summer is coming so get your Fab suit today!


Arizona State Men's Swimming Cut!

I am going to refrain from commenting on this right now, this is just unbelievable.

Read about this, it is important.

Thanks to Paul Cate from Sedona Swordfish who brought this to my attention.

From Swimming World...

TEMPE, Arizona, May 13. ARIZONA State University has cut men's swimming according to a press release sent out by the University. Men's tennis and wrestling have also both been cut as part of the move. This confirmation comes on the heels of a leak of the unofficial letter that went out to members of the team which was obtained by Swimming World. The letter is attached in this article.

"[Arizona State] will be dropping men's swimming and I knew absolutely nothing about it until 45 minutes ago…I am very surprised," Arizona State head coach Mike Chasson told Swimming World. "That's all I can say."

"This cut is extremely upsetting," College Swimming Coaches Association of America Executive Director Phil Whitten said. "I'd like to know what the economic realities are to which Athletic Director Lisa Love refers. She said the decision was not arrived in a hasty manner, however, there was no consultation with Coach Chasson, no consultation with me and no consultation with the NCAA, which has offered repeatedly to work with colleges so they won't cut Olympic sports. I've left a message with Love asking to meet with her right away. I'm sure she will be responsive, and we will discuss details and alternatives at that time."

"I am really disappointed in the situation," ASU alum Nick Brunelli said. "Hopefully, there is a way out of this and it is not officially cut. If it is funding, we will find a way to keep the program alive. If it is not funding, we really want to know what the reason is. Bottom line, we have recruits coming in next year expecting a program."

Repeated attempts to contact athletics department officials have been unsuccessful. Swimming World will continue to work on this story.
From the ASU Athletic Director...

Tuesday, May 13, 2008

Dear MEN'S SWIMMING Student-Athlete,

It is with much sadness that we provide you with this message. Your coach may or may not have had an opportunity to speak with you prior to your reading this email, but because of the timing of these events, we had to contact you directly as well.

Due to economic realities the decision has been made to discontinue your sport at ASU. This decision was not arrived at in a hasty manner as there was much deliberation and searching for alternative solutions.

As you look to the future, I am sure you have many questions. To that end, a meeting has been scheduled for 1:00 pm TODAY in room 35-41 at Wells Fargo Arena. There you will be presented with more information regarding this matter. You can find room 35-41 in the corridor in the lower level of Wells Fargo Arena. Should you not be able to attend, written materials will be sent by overnight mail to your permanent address. You can also contact your coach for this information as well.

Please know that we will do everything we can to assist you through this difficult time.


Lisa Love

Mr. Jean Boyd

Associate Athletic Director
Student Athlete Development
Arizona State University
From ASU...

In response to economic realities experienced over a long period of time, Arizona State University today announced the discontinuation of three varsity sports programs, effective immediately. The sport programs affected are men's swimming, men's tennis and wrestling. ASU President Michael Crow and Vice President for University Athletics Lisa Love made the announcement. With the budget cuts the University is facing, Intercollegiate Athletics cannot expect the University to make up the difference.

This move reduces the number of varsity sports sponsored by ASU to 20 from 22. The move will not affect men's diving. ASU will continue to fund football, men's and women's basketball, baseball, softball, men's and women's golf, men's and women's cross country, men's and women's indoor and outdoor track and field, women's tennis, women's swimming and diving, men's diving, women's volleyball, women's gymnastics and women's water polo.

"Our primary concern for the immediate future is the student-athletes and coaches that are affected," says Love.

The student-athletes in the discontinued sports who decide to transfer to another institution will be provided with full assistance from ASU regarding the transfer process. The student-athletes who chose to remain at ASU will receive the full benefits of their scholarship awards through their senior year.

"With a dedicated effort to a successful 20-sport varsity program in mind," says Love, "these three sports were selected with the following criteria: financial impact, potential competitive success, conference/regional support and gender equity. Our revenue trajectory has been positive, however, our ongoing financial challenges have been well documented by the media. The decision to discontinue sport programs is a last resort, yet necessary."

"These moves are extremely painful," says Love. "We have arrived at the realization that funding a 20 sport program is a better fit for our financial profile and will serve to secure and strengthen our future. It is our responsibility to operate a fiscally prudent varsity athletics program. The costs of doing business are escalating daily and the costs of maintaining excellence even more so."

At 20 varsity sports, ASU is in line with other major institutions around the country. In the Pacific-10 Conference, schools that compare favorably with ASU are UCLA and Washington 23 sports each, USC 21, Arizona 20, Oregon and Oregon State 18 each and Washington State 17. On a national scale, Florida, Georgia and Auburn sponsor 21 varsity sports, Texas, Tennessee, Oklahoma and LSU 20 apiece, and Florida State 19.

"The profile of our operations budget and donation base does not lend itself to the sponsorship of 22 athletic teams," says Love. "While our revenue streams are achieving a positive trajectory they are simply not keeping pace with the current size and scope of the department.

"The decision to discontinue sports has been the most distressing and painful choice this administration has had to make. It is counter-intuitive to our administrative thinking. This decision impacts many people, both on and off our campus. The entire University, the Board of Regents, Sun Devil alumni and other universities will share in the loss of these sports and student-athletes and the contributions they have made to our University and to their sport.

"The action is in no way meant to diminish the dedication, effort or ability of these student-athletes, coaches and alumni. They have contributed greatly to Arizona State University athletics and to the vitality and history of the University," Love says.

As many as 70 student athletes will be affected by the elimination of these sports. Six full-time coaching positions will be eliminated. Head coaches will remain on contract through November, 2008.

The establishment of a 20-team varsity sport program will allow the department to realize a reduction in expenses that will total approximately of $1 million annually.

This is the second time in ASU's athletic history that programs have been eliminated. In 1993 ASU eliminated men's gymnastics, an NCAA-sponsored sport, and two club sports sponsored by ICA -- men's and women's and mixed archery and men's and women's and mixed badminton. Two sports have been added in recent program history, including women's varsity soccer in 1996 and women's water polo in 2002.

Any way you cut it, this is bad news for college swimming. Our sport has lost many mens collegiate teams over the last few years and ASU is just the latest casualty. I encourage anybody who cares about swimming at any level to get involved in helping save men's swimming at ASU.


Short Course Nationals - WOW!!!

Some of you may be wondering how our National Team did in Austin.

Here are the final results:


Colorado Masters Swimming



Arizona Masters



Woodlands Masters Swim Team



Pacific Northwest Aquatics



Longhorn Aquatics



Team Illinois Masters



Fort Lauderdale Aquatics



Walnut Creek Masters



Southern Methodist Masters



The Olympic Club


In a word, wow! Our swimmers did a fantastic job representing Arizona deep in the Heart of Texas. You can read all about it here.

Great job everybody!

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