Postal Events -- 2018

2017 Speedo USMS 1-Hour ePostal National Championship - AKA “Happy Hour” for Masters Swimmers

     The event is relatively simple to accomplish . . . find a pool, have someone count your laps and take your splits while you swim as far as possible in one hour, celebrate your accomplishment (breakfast, lunch, cocktails . . .), and submit your results via the internet. Thousands of Masters Swimmers take on this event each year.

    New in 2017 . . . 1) Instead of having the month of January to participate in the event, it is extended through February; and           2) The age-determining date is December 31 (same as metric pool competitions). The age that you will be on 12/31/17 is the age you are when you swim the event. This eliminates the former opportunity for some people to enter two different age groups.

     Rules that have not changed:
     • You must be a currently registered member of USMS on or before the day of your swim.
     • The pool must be 25-yards or longer (a conversion for metric pools takes place during registration).
     • Swim your 1-Hour event FIRST; then enter/register for the championship online.
     • Deadline to enter is March 10, 2017 (by 11:59 pm HAT)

     Be sure you are familiar with all the details by downloading the official 1-Hour ePostal event information, which can be found at: Look for more information in the January/February issue of The WetSet. Contact Sally Dillon, PNA's Postal Event Coordinator, at if you have questions.

Postal Championship Results - 2016 Speedo USMS 3000/6000-Yard ePostal Nationals

     The final postal swims of 2016 took place between September 15 and November 15. The event was hosted by Sawtooth Masters, out of Boise, ID. Ten members of Puget Sound Masters competed in the 3000-yard event, which could have been swum in either a 25-yard or 25-meter pool. Individual results including time, age group, and individual finish are:

Sarah Landrum, 42:16.83, 35-39, 5th
Tammy Koppelberger, 42:23.88, 40-44, 8th
Michelle McRae, 37:33.39, 40-44, 3rd
Betsey Kassen, 43:35.99, 60-64, 6th
Sheila Vonbergen, 1:15:48.48, 45-49, 41st
Lucianne Pugh, 1:20.02.00, 55-59 ,50th
Johnny Van Velthuyzen, 38:31.70, 35-39, 8th
Dan Kirkland, 36:50.16, 65-69, 2nd
Tom Fritschen, 51:33.08, 60-64, 24th
Gregory Henzel, 56:58.14, 45-49, 37th

     Michelle McRae was the only PSM swimmer to take on the 6000-yard event and she finished FIRST in her age group with a time of 1:15:51.53. Sarah, Tammy, and Michelle were entered in a Women’s 35+ relay and took second place in a combined time of 2:02:14.11. Johnny, Dan, and Tom were entered in a Men’s 35+ relay and placed 9th in a combined time of 2:06:54.94. Michelle, Sarah, Johnny, and Dan were entered in a Mixed 35+ relay and placed 3rd in a combined tie of 2:35:12.08. Congratulations to all who participated in this annual event.