Announcements

A few announcements:

  1. We will not hold practice this Wednesday or Thursday November 26-27th in observance of Thanksgiving.
  2. The annual holiday party will be held on Friday December 5th from 7-10pm at Rachel Brown’s place- 1020 N Highland Street, Arlington, VA, in the second floor club room. Please make sure to sign up at the pool and bring an appetizer, dessert or snack to share. We will also conduct officer elections and vote in the amended bylaws. The holiday party is always a fun social event with prizes (caps, tshirt and punch card giveaways)!
  3. We are also looking for a front desk volunteer for Monday nights. Volunteers get a free swim each time they work the desk. The commitment is twice a month, every other week. All you need to do is arrive 15-20 minutes before practice to check in swimmers and set up the deck. Please contact myself or Brittany Van Arkel at brittany.vanarkel@gmail.com if you are interested!
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Happy Hour

We had a great turnout for happy hour at O’Sullivans!

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Register/Renew your USMS Membership!

It’s that time of year to renew/register your USMS membership.  Registration can be done here. This year, we have elected to collect your club dues with your USMS registration. This $57 annual fee provides for a hassle-free registration.  Below is the breakdown of your fee:

$38- USMS Fee. This covers your swimming insurance and is mandatory for anyone participating in US Masters Swimming programs.

$8- Potomac Valley LMSC Fee. Potomac Valley is our local region. This goes towards meets and other events.

$12- Arlington Masters  Swim Team dues.  This goes towards equipment, happy hours, social events, holiday parties, coaches gifts, etc.

Total = $57.

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Upcoming Pool Closures, Socials and Holiday Party

Mark you calendar for the dates below:
Thursday November 6- Happy Hour! The pool will be closed during practice due to a dive meet. Instead of practice, we will hold happy hour. Meet at O’Sullivans in Clarendon from 7-9pm. The address is 3207 Washington Blvd, Arlington, VA 22201.
 
Tuesday November 11- pool closed. The pool will be closed during practice in observance of Veterans Day.
Friday December 5- Holiday Party! 7-10pm.  Rachel Brown will be hosting us this year. Please bring an appetizer, dessert or snack to share. More details to follow in the upcoming weeks.
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GMU Sprint Classic Meet

Congrats to those who swam in the GMU Sprint Classic this fall.  Special shoutout to Johnny- This was his first meet in 30 years and he took first place in both his events!

Johnny, John, Coach Dan, Alison and Ellen

Johnny, John, Coach Dan, Alison and Ellen

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Way to go Patriots Half Ironman finishers!

Congratulations to Alison Mathey, Ben Richards and Steve Studley for conquering the Patriots Half Ironman in blazing 100 degree heat!!!! Ben placed second in the Aquabike division, earning more hardware, and competed in the Sprint race on Sunday. Way to go Arlington Masters.

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Ben celebrates his podium finish

Alison and Steve celebrate their finish

Alison and Steve celebrate their finish

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Nationals, Triathlons and Ironmans, Oh My!

We had a busy weekend with team members competing at the US Masters Long Course Nationals Swim Meet, Luray Triathlon, and Mont-Tremblant Ironman.
 
ARMS had eight members (Alison Mathey, Brittany Van Arkel, Joanne Hopkins, Colleen Moore, Jen Wheeler, Dan Summers, Aaron Frederick and John Guiffre) participate in the US Masters Long Course Nationals Meet at the University of Maryland and placed 28 out of 144 teams. Each member placed in the top ten for their age group in at least one event, ensuring that everyone on the team earned at least one medal! We also participated in the Mixed 200 Freestyle and Medley Relays earning 4th and 5th respectively. Many of the participants dropped time in their events and John Guiffre placed 1st in the Men’s 400 Meter IM in his age group! 
 
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Additionally, we had a strong showing with four team members (Steve Studley, Amanda Telford, Zsuzanna Jeney and Seb De La Cueva) competing in the Luray Triathlon. 

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Finally, Mike and Dawn Stevenson also participated in the Mont Tremblant Ironman. Dawn had a great first Ironman showing placing 5th in her age group and 22nd in the overall female category with a time of 10:37:52. Mike placed 68th overall and qualified for Kona with a time of 10:00:52!

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