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Latest issue of The WetSet available: Editor Zena Courtney has assembled the May-June edition. Read articles on PNA election results, PNA's Inspirational Swimmer and Coach of the Year awards, PNA Champs highlights and Greta's take on same, open water swims, clinics, and more! It’s also archived under The WetSet menu tab above.

Masters athlete survey: Western Washington University sport psychology graduate student Piper Marshburn is conducting a thesis study. She's surveying USMS members to learn more about how and why different Masters athletes are motivated. Please take her short survey (10 minutes or less), share your experience, and help a local grad student!

Reward your wonderful coach or inspiring swimmer! It’s time again to put some thought into PNA’s Coach of the Year and Dawn Musselman Inspirational Swimmer recognitions. With someone in mind, check out the nomination procedures under About PNA / About PNA / Awards & Recognition (scroll down). Criteria and procedures are in the March-April issue of The WetSet as well. These awards will be presented at PNA‘s Champs meet, April 11-12.

PNA SCY, SCM, LCM and Zone SCY Records Updated: Feb 7: Latest updates to the records collection by PNA Records & Top Ten Coordinator Doug Jelen through the Anacortes (SCM), Victoria BC (LCM) and Chehalem OR (SCY) January meets and Briggs Y (SCY) meet are now posted under Member Services / Records -->

Upcoming Clinics:  Check out the Events / Clinics page for info on upcoming Coach Certification, Swim Speed and Adult Learn To Swim Training clinics!

USMS TV Spot: From the National Office: "This past fall, four USMS members and teammates swam in the 360+ age group in a USMS meet setting several world records. The image of the four teammates was our most popular 2014 social media post seen by nearly 150,000 online viewers. The message of health, friendships, and that you are never too old are so inspiring that Rowdy Gaines helped us turn the story into a two-minute message for USMS. Kudos to Laura Hamel and Kyle Deery for developing and directing the two-minute piece." The ad aired on 207 TV stations across the country on January 6. You can view it on YouTube.

PNA SCY, SCM, LCM and Zone SCY Records Updated: PNA's Records & Top Ten Coordinator Doug Jelen has updated both the Zone and PNA Short Course Yards records and the Short and Long Course Meters stats. Along with the new 2014 records are dozens of historical corrections going back almost 20 years (SCM) and 40 years (LCM). All four categories are posted under Member Services / Records -->

PNA Past President Tom Foley Passes: Nov 11, 2014: Tom (80) co-founded PNA Masters Swimmers with the late Steve Engel, served as our second president, and continued to volunteer for over three decades. This Tigers member gained admiration for competing at virtually every local Masters meet, famous for always taking on the tougher challenges (200 Fly, 400 IM…). He was our historian and he and Lil headed the hospitality suite at two of the Nationals that PNA hosted. Tom was PNA’s Inspirational Swimmer (1990) and was awarded a USMS Service Award (2008). Our condolences to Tom's family. Tom's obituary is here. Phoebe Terhaar's PowerPoint presentation at Tom's Celebration of Life is here.

Puget Sound Swimmers score big in Oregon: Columbia Gorge Masters hosted a well-run SCM meet in Hood River. These hardy souls braved the cold and snow when they traveled to the meet on November 15: David Dahl, Sally Dillon, Brock Jones, Dan Phillips, Lucianne Pugh, and James Radcliffe. Details are here and on the Results page.

Open Water Swimming, Northwest Style:  Read KPLU Radio's recent article about the growing number of chilly-water swimmers in our area here! Featured are Guila Muir's Say Yes! To Life Swims, the Long Bridge Swim at Sandpoint, Idaho, the Portland Bridge Swim, and among a few l-o-n-n-n-g adventures our own BAM swimmers who recently crossed the Strait of Juan de Fuca in September (also detailed in The WetSet, Nov-Dec, page 9).

Second Annual Shadow Seals Open Water Event Produced Nothing but Smiles and Miles! The second annual Shadow Seals Open Water event was held Saturday, September 14, 2014, at Madison Park on Seattle’s beautiful Lake Washington. Shadow Seals is a local swim team for athletes with physical disabilities coached by Kiko van Zandt, Guillermo Romano and Justin Fleming. The Team supports athletes of all skill levels and has produced national record holders, world record holders, and Paralympians. Read more about this event here.

PNA Open Water High Point Awards: Check out your PNA Open Water High Point Award standings in the Final Results and Winners documents! Email Open Water Coordinator Jim Davidson if you find discrepancies. (Also available on the Events / Open Water and Postal page.)

WAC Finds Coach: Washington Athletic Club Aquatics Supervisor Kelly Parr says, "We found a coach [for Monday – Thursday evening workouts]! Thanks for your help. The WAC is working to grow our Masters program and move to compete more and be active throughout the community, so hopefully you will hear more from us soon." t: 206.464.3086 |  e: kparr@wac.net

PNA Members Feted at USMS Convention: PNA was prominently featured at the annual USMS convention in Jacksonville FL, September 16-20, 2014:

  • BAM coach April Cheadle received a USMS Kerry O'Brien Coaching Award from the Walnut Creek Masters Coach himself who “embodies the passion, dedication, and heart” that coaches like April bring to the pool deck. (Thanks, BAM swimmers, for nominating your wonderful coach!) In addition, April was allotted last-minute “At Large Delegate” status, enabling her to actively participate and vote as one of the 12 PNA members attending the convention.
  • Outgoing PNA Treasurer Jeanne Ensign was honored with the Ted Haartz Staff Appreciation Award for her “demonstrated excellence in assisting and supporting the USMS national office staff with its professional duties of servicing, promoting, and building the membership.” Jeanne is currently chair of the USMS Finance Committee.
  • Kathy Casey, one of two At Large Directors on PNA’s board and chair of the USMS Rules Committee, was surprised and honored as recipient of this year’s WINS (Women IN Sports) award.
  • PNA now has winners in both USMS Club of the Year categories: Puget Sound Masters (PSM) earned the Regional Club of the Year award for its “successful programs that draw people in, support their swimmers, and set standards for other clubs to follow;” last year’s winner of the Local Club of the Year is Blue Wave Aquatics.
  • A Club Assistant staffer gave an unofficial but significant compliment to our Meets Coordinator Linda Chapman as “best to work with among all 52 LMSCs in meet sanction processing.” Linda, like April, is attending and participating in her first convention.
  • At the International Masters Swimming Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony, 2014 Honoree Tim Shead (Florida) acknowledged PSM’s Rick Colella as a friend, a personal inspiration, and worthy future candidate for this honor.
  • Last but not least, in their review of 2014 highlights at the closing banquet, US Synchronized Swimming noted last month’s establishment of the USA Synchro High-Performance Chair in honor of first U.S. Olympic synchronized swimming coach Charlotte Davis. PSM’s Charlotte was also inducted into the International Swimming Hall of Fame in 2014.

NEO Finds Coach: Aug 21, '14: The North End Otters hired former PNA swimmer Wayne Methner as their new coach. Mary Lippold: “He just retired and started swimming again. When he found out we were looking for a coach, he said he‘d like to do it! We‘re excited to have him!”

PNA Bylaws Revision Voting: As noted in 2014's March - April issue of The WetSet, your vote was sought for approval of a major change to PNA‘s governance structure. The bylaws changes received 417 yes votes and 6 no votes for a total of 423 (a 31% turnout). We needed 405 so thank your for helping us achieve that! The revised board structure was implemented at the May board meeting.

Lake Washington Masters Invitational Meet a Success: 185 swimmers converged on the Juanita Aquatics Center to compete in this 5th annual event on Sunday, February 23. Thanks to all the LWM volunteers and officials who ran the meet efficiently (actually finished ahead of estimated timeline)! While this wasn’t the first PNA meet to use Meet Mobile (2013’s PNA Champs and IGLA Champs used it), this app kept swimmers and coaches apprised of every phase of the meet as it progressed. Linda Chapman says, “During the meet we uploaded the seeded relays, 400 IM and 500 free to Meet Mobile. Data was available online before we printed even a single heat sheet.” She also uploaded to SwimPhone so people with web browser access could view online results. You have three places to view the finish times and places, splits, and (in the case of SwimPhone) even graphs of splits: Results, Meet Mobile (search for “2014 LWM”), and SwimPhone!

Aquatic Center Partnership Project: The City of Kirkland and the Lake Washington School District have agreed to partner on exploring options for replacement of the Juanita Aquatic Center located at Juanita High School. (More…)

PNA member Sally Dillon featured in Swimmer magazine: Check out the Inside USMS Volunteer Profile of Sally Dillon, currently PNA’s Secretary, on page 50 of the Jan-Feb 2014 issue of USMS Swimmer! Sally has contributed mightily at the local and national level. As vice chair of the USMS Recognition and Awards Committee, and a Captain Ransom J. Arthur awardee herself, Sally notes that “If more people were recognized for their volunteerism, it might not be so hard for LMSCs to find people to serve.”

PNA Treasurer Jeanne Ensign Stepping Down: (2014) PNA member Jeanne Ensign, who has served this organization many years in several positions, has moved back to Montana. Mark Bensihek has taken over as our new Treasurer. Thank you, Jeanne, for your long term service to PNA! Thank you, Mark, for stepping up!

PNA President Lisa Dahl featured on Swimming World TV's The Morning Swim Show: Check out Jeff Comming's fun interview with Lisa about her goal of bringing more children of color into swimming and the annual program she's instituted to make that happen with the Central Area Aquatics Team on YouTube.

BAM! Gals Make Channel Crossing

Bad Ass Mermaids and PNA members Katie McMullen (left) and Hope Dean (right) swam the Guemes Channel from Anacortes to Guemes Island WA Saturday, September 28, 2013!

Scott Lautman's Bering Strait Adventure (almost): Here's the follow-up to Scott's open water adventures this year (see the Triple Crown article below). While he did not do the Bering Strait crossing, his related adventures are documented here.

FINA Rules Changes! Review this document from the USMS Rules and Legislation Committees for the latest changes affecting Masters competitions. In summary,

  1. Unattached swimmers are automatically attached to the “club” Unaffiliated Club [LMSC #] (UC36 for PNA) because FINA declares that any unattached swimmer in a meet invalidates ALL competitors’ times from counting toward FINA Top Ten or World Records!
  2. Breaststroke: changes clarifying turns, kicks, touches and cycle – you should study these.
  3. Fly: changes clarifying turns, stroke and touches – you should study these.
  4. Back: changes clarifying turns and finish – ditto.
  5. Swimwear: Power bands and adhesive substances added to banned list.
  6. These changes are effective September 25, 2013.

USMS Convention: Ten PNA delegates (Arni Litt, Homer Lane, Hugh & Jane Moore, Jeanne Ensign, Kathy Casey, Lisa Dahl, Sarah Welch, Steve Peterson, and Walt Reid) attended the 2013 USAS Convention in Garden Grove CA. Convention materials, meeting minutes and other information can be found here.

September-October issue of The WetSet is now available: Read about PSM's experience at the 2013 Summer National Championships in Mission Viejo CA, Greta Perales' backstroke workout adventure, Bob Pilger's recollections of Dr. Ransom J. Arthur, and upcoming pool and open water events here. It's archived under The WetSet menu tab above as well.

Scott Lautman completes Triple Crown Congratulations to Scott, who completed his Catalina Channel crossing in tandem with Marcy MacDonald (Andover CT) in a time of 12 hours, 9 minutes, on June 25. With this swim, both Marcy and Scott completed the third tier of their Triple Crown.

The Triple Crown of Open Water Swimming is the sport's equivalent of the Triple Crown of Thoroughbred Racing. Members of this elite club have successfully completed three marathon swims: the English Channel (21 miles) between England and France; the Catalina Channel (22 miles) between Santa Catalina Island and the Southern California mainland in the United States and the Manhattan Island Marathon Swim, a 28.5-mile circumnavigation of New York City. Scott is the first northwest swimmer to complete the big three.

View more images at the Catalina Channel Swimming Federation.

“US MASTERS NATIONAL CHAMPION KIRK NELSON WINS BIG ON JEOPARDY! Read this Swimming World article on how our Spring Nationals 1650 Champion fared on the small screen.


Congratulations to 2013 PNA Coach of the Year April Cheadle (Bainbridge Aquatic Masters)! Read about one of April’s swimmers, Jane Lindley, in this recent article in the Kitsap Sun. Jane competed at USMS Spring Nationals in Indianapolis May 9-12 in 100 Free (14th), 50 Fly (13th), 50 Back (12th), 50 Free (11th), the 45+ Mixed Medley Relay (10th), Women's 35+ Free Relay (8th) and Women's 45+ Medley Relay (4th!). You can search individual and club results for any of our 35 PSM and 1 BWAQ swimmers here. PSM Swimmers in Indianapolis As a Regional Club, PSM placed fifth overall (fifth in Women and sixth in Men). [Team Scores]
PSM had lots of National Champion first places: Rick Colella (6 for 6 – see Swimming World article!), Charlotte Davis (5), Susan Wetstone (4), George Roudebush and Haleigh Werner (3 each), Gail Gladwell (2) and Kirk Nelson (1). Of seventeen relays, ten placed in the Top Ten including two firsts and a second.

PNA Champs Meet, April 13-14: Two days of great competition among 425 swimmers at KCAC are done. The team standings are here; the tentative individual and relay results are posted on our Member Services / Results page as well.

Dawn Musselman Inspirational Swimmer, 2013: LWM member Bruce Deakyne offered some insight in his Inspirational Swimmer nomination letter: “When I heard about the award, I wanted to know more about Dawn Musselman. She passed before I was born, but I found a great 1978 Sports Illustrated article that followed her swimming career, retirement and comeback. Beating her old times didn't matter; she swam because she loved to swim and inspired others along the way.

Rick Colella has a very similar story. He retired after the 1976 Olympics ... started swimming again ... became a founding member of Lake Washington Masters. The team has followed his lead, welcoming anyone from a love for swimming: slow and fast, young and old...” Check out our Awards & Recognition page under About PNA / About PNA.

New Officers Take Over: Elected officers for the 2013-2015 biennium are Lisa Dahl (president), Michael Grimm (VP), Jeanne Ensign (treasurer), Sally Dillon (secretary), Herb Cook and Kathy Casey (at-large representatives). Congratulations!

Another PNA Swimmer Featured in USMS Swimmer magazine: Have you pulled out the calendar poster from your Jan-Feb issue? Any idea who that sleek swimmer is? It’s our own President Lisa Dahl leading off a relay at USMS Summer Nationals, Omaha, last July!

PNA Swimmer Featured in USMS Swimmer magazine: Long time PNA stalwart Hugh Moore is profiled in the Nov-Dec issue, and rightly so! Look for this write-up on page 79.

Northwest Zone SCM Champs, Federal Way, Oct 20-21, 2012 -- Nearly 200 swam the NW Zone SCM Champs at Weyerhaeuser King County Aquatic Center, hosted by Team Orca. Congratulations to BWAQ's Scott Lautman with a world record 200 Fly (2:29.40)! Swimmers came from Washington and other places including Oregon, Montana, Utah, Arizona, British Columbia and Alberta. Results are posted on SwimPhone with full info on splits including graphs showing times by each 50! Official results are posted on our Member Services / Results page.

Club PNA changes name, elects new officers -- Election results are in. The new name is Puget Sound Masters. Read the details under Member Services / Club Development and scroll down. The name change takes effect November 1, 2012; swimmers need do nothing but remember the new name.

Current PNA Swimmers in the News --  Dan Robinson, Kirk Nelson and Scott Lautman wear their medals from the 200 Fly at the Southern Pacific Masters Long Course Champs meet in Mission Viejo CA. Dan won the 55-59 age group, Kirk was second in 40-44 (with a new PNA record) and Scott won 60-64. SPMA's Marguerite Aquatic Center is the venue for USMS Summer Nationals next August.


PNA Places Second at USMS Summer Nationals (Omaha, July 5- 8, 2012)! 

Find the U.S. Masters logo in the photo?  -->

Omaha Meet Results and Records -- PNA Results Summarized!

New PNA record-setter summary and all PNA results are available here and on the Member Services / Results page!

PNA Nationals Coaches Becca Watson and Ken Rice did a great job supporting our 30+ athletes in Omaha. Here's how the top ten Regional Clubs finished:

1 - Colorado Masters Swimming - 1440.5
2 - Pacific Northwest Aquatics - 1114
3 - Illinois Masters - 948.5
4 - Oregon Masters - 840.5
5 - New England Masters Swim Club - 618.5
Find results for all swims broken down by age group on the USMS results page. At this meet 40 USMS and 24 World records were broken. See all the new standards, including two World Records by Rick Colella (60-64), smashing the previous 5:28.25 (2011) with his 5:11.73 in 400 IM and a 2:42.84 in 200 Breast (previous: 2:46.46), and a USMS record by Lisa Dahl (50-54) in 50 Fly - 30.34!

PNA set two of the meet's three new relay World Records: Lisa Dahl, Sarah Welch, Charlotte Davis and Sue Dills lowered the 240-279 Free relay to 2:09.56 (previous world mark: Peru, 2:11.16, 2009; previous USMS: PNA, 2:13.33, 2008)! Stella Priessler, Lisa Dahl, Charlotte Davis and Sue Dills set the new 240-279 Medley mark at 2:29.28 (formerly 2:29.91 world and 2:33.52 USMS)!


In the Men's Free relay 120-159 bracket, Todd Doherty, Donald Graham, Chris Conroy and Cejih Yung swam 1:44.19 for the gold!


Colleen Healy, Brittany Tourigny, Susan Wetstone and Paloma Dinkel earned gold medals with a 1:57.74 in the Free relay 100-119 years bracket.

March 28, 2012 - Welcome to PNA’s new website! Please send your comments and suggestions to webmaster Steve Peterson.

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Click the links below or check the Events and Calendar listings for details on these events:

April 11-12
• PNA Champs Federal Way (SCY)

May 16
• Adult Learn to Swim (USMS Clinic)

May 16
• ORCA Emerald City Pentathlon (SCY)

June 21
Swim Defiance (OW)