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DCM Member of the month

Nancy is the current president of DC Masters Swimming.

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Bargain Goggles

goggles Bargain Goggles again from Big Lots! This time, they are listed as Adult size, and they are really good. 3 for $5. They are well made, do not leak and have very strong straps. Most goggles in swim shops cost $14 or so. Also, one notes that men's Speedos cost $30, but you get free postage because they weigh less than 1 ounce! If they were made in China, they would be $1.98. The adult goggles cost a dollar more each than the kids' goggles I tried last time: $1.67 instead of $0.67. --Ray

2008 Frank Murphy Long Distance Awards

Award goes to folks who swim USMS-sanctioned races 1650 yds or 1500m or longer including the 5 USMS Postal National Championships (One Hour; 5K & 10K; and 3000-yd & 6000-yd) (Info on 2009 events- click here). Points are given for age-group/gender place.

Nominations should be returned to me by March 1. Awards will be presented at Colonies Zone Champs in April. - Ann

The Swimmer's Ear

those of you who opted out of the paper copy of the Swimmer's Ear, the latest edition is now available online. Thank you to Ray Novitske and Cheryl Wagner for putting this together:

The hardcopy has just been sent to the printer and will be coming out shortly.

If you wish to unsubscribe to the hard copy (for future editions), please send the name of the swimmer to me ( and indicate you wish to unsubscribe.

Jeff Roddin, Potomac Valley Registrar
United States Masters Swimming
PV Website:

the DC Masters Board of Directors election

Please vote for or against the slate of candidates below for the DC Masters Board of Directors. You can vote by mail or email. Please send your vote to me by Nov 30, 2008.

These are all experienced candidates, having served in their respective positions for at least a year.

  • Nancy Kirkendall—president
  • Betty Griffin – VP
  • Barry Shay – Treasurer
  • Ann Svenson – Secretary
  • Ray Chen – Board member
  • Trippi Penland – Board member
  • Andrea Hunt (formerly Haines) – Board member and registration chair
  • Sumie Emory – Board member and webmaster
  • Bill Braswell – Board member


PVMasters Newsletter

Cheryl Wagner has just informed the PV Board members that she has been unable to do either the Feb. or May newsletters due to several unforeseen events and is going to try to put out a summer one.  In the meantime, below is the calendar of summer events from the Potomac Valley website.  The entry forms are available at the following link here.

Trinity Masters Swimming

New schedule…new fee…new coaches! Join us in the pool this fall at the Trinity Center! Coached training sessions are held:

* Tuesday mornings 6a – 7a
* Tuesday evenings 7p – 8p
* Thursday evenings 7p – 8p
* Friday mornings 6a – 7a

Monthly and Pay-per-Swim fee options:

* $20/mo for Trinity Center members
* $40/mo for non-members
* $2/swim for Trinity Center members
* $4/swim for non-members

Stop by for an initial FREE swim to meet our coaches and see if our program is the right fit for you! The Trinity Center is located in the Brookland neighborhood in NE DC. Information on the Trinity Center and Trinity Masters can be found at or by contacting Jamie Burket .

From Lorraine Murphy

D.C. Masters ,

I had my 90th birthday yesterday. Ann Lyttle presented me with a beautiful bathing suit from you. I look forward to using it!

I have started swimming. I intend on getting better each day. You have all been a great inspiration to me. I look forward to seeing you and swimming together! I may be able to join you one day soon! Thank you again for the gift. My love and best wishes to you all, Lorraine.

Frank Murphy Long Distance Awards

April 13, 2008 at George Mason University pool at the end of the individual events at Colonies Zone Championships, Lorraine Murphy presented the first annual Frank Murphy Long Distance Awards to Julie Oplinger, of Fairfax County Masters, and Jeff Roddin, of Montgomery Ancient Mariners. Points were awarded for their performances in USMS-sanctioned long distance events (1500, 1650, postals and open water swims). Pictures will be in the next Potomac Valley newsletter.

Steve Highley

For those of you who remember our former member during our winning years...
(from Anita Callahan Hyink)

Thought you might want to know that Steve Highley is losing his battle against non-Hodgkins Lymphoma. His sister e-mailed a few of his swimming friends today and said he never woke up from emergency surgery last Friday and he has been taken off life support. How sad. He has been battling cancer for eight years. He even tried to swim sometimes after his chemo treatments. When he was undergoing treatment several years ago, several of us assisted his wife and transported him to and from the treatments in Fairfax. He was a part of our swimming world for many years. I first swam with him in the early '80s at Wakefield Park, then Burke and finally GMU.


You Name It, and Exercise Helps It

Here it is from NY Times, April 29, 2008 Personal Health. Go to the article.

Swallow This

New York Times PLAY Magazine
From the perspective of an athlete, few things top the virtuous satisfaction that comes from a hard workout. That 10-mile run, that 1,500-meter pool sprint, that hour with the free weights. Makes you feel great, right? You’ll do it again tomorrow, for sure. But then it hits — the aftermath. read this article