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April Newsletter from SLAM President Patrick Sullivan

Registration is open until April 4th (HURRY!) for our local meet, the 2024 Ozark LMSC Short Course Yards Championships, being held this weekend, April 6-7 at McKendree Metro Rec-Plex, 205 RecPlex Dr, O’Fallon, IL 62269. The link for registering is https://swimslam.org/2024-scy-entry-form/

If you can bring someone to volunteer as a lane timer, that would be a great help, too.

At the end of competition on Saturday, April 6th, SLAM swimmers are invited to eat and hangout together at Peel Pizza at 104 S. Cherry St, O’Fallon, IL 62269. https://www.peelpizza.com/ofallon 
If you know you’re going, just hit reply to this email so I can tell Peel how many people to expect.

If any workout group has events coming up, please reply to this email and SLAM will help promote it.

Second, please check out our continually updated website, https://swimslam.org. 

Next, we have a SLAM Facebook group: https://www.facebook.com/groups/1203100876702527

a SLAM Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/search/top?q=st%20louis%20area%20masters 

and an Instagram page:

https://www.instagram.com/usmsslam/?fbclid=IwAR0DlJ1tSs0w9j4ssas1B4a2UQzkkT4aSbxh0HME7pLxJGXJov5lPy3KUOg

We now have SLAM magnets and stickers for sale for $3 per magnet and $2 per sticker. They will be for sale at the SCY meet, or reply to this email if you are interested.

We should have caps with the new logo on them to give out at the meet this weekend. If you are going to the USMS 2024 Spring Nationals, let me know and I will try to get your last name placed on a couple caps for that meet. I hope to order those by the end of the first week of May.

We should also have the newly designed SLAM t-shirts ($20) and hoodies ($40) for sale at the meet this weekend. The preferred way to pay for merchandise at the meet will be through our Venmo, @SLAM_SWIM. If you can’t attend the meet but are interested, we plan to sell items on the SLAM website or you can reply to this email  (slam@swimslam.org).

Speaking of Spring Nationals—Registration is open until May 28 for the USMS 2024 Spring SCY Nationals taking place June 20-24 in the iconic IUPUI Natatorium in Indianapolis, which is the nicest pool I’ve ever swam in! Anyone can swim 3 events without a National Qualifying Time (NQT). I already registered, curently there are 10 SLAM swimmers signed up, and hope you will too! I went to last year’s Spring Nationals in Irvine, CA and it was the most exciting swim meet I’ve ever participated in. It’s so inspiring to watch someone in their 90s still competing. It’s also thrilling to compete alongside former Olympians who you grew up watching and cheering for. If you are looking for a nice place to stay that’s close by, I’m staying at Candlewood Suites (https://www.ihg.com/candlewood/hotels/us/en/indianapolis/indwp/hoteldetail). I stayed there for a meet late last year and it was perfect for a multi-night stay. I will be there for the whole meet, by the way.

If you are looking for other upcoming swim meets, the Lakeside Masters Spring SCY Mini Meet will be held April 14 th in Louisville, KY.  Sunday, May 5th is MOVY Masters’ “Swimmo de Mayo” (Cinco de Mayo) Pentathlon (SCY) in Gladstone, MO.

I look forward to seeing everyone at the meet this weekend, and don’t forget about eating at Peel after the competition on Saturday!  

Thank you,

Patrick Sullivan

SLAM President

March Newsletter from SLAM President Patrick Sullivan

Hello! I’m very excited to announce that registration is now open for our local meet, the 2024 Ozark LMSC Short Course Yard Championships, being held April 6-7 at McKendree Metro Rec-Plex, 205 Rec Plex Dr, O’Fallon, IL  62269.  The link for registering is https://swimslam.org/2024-scy-entry-form/If any workout group has any events coming up, please message me and SLAM will help promote it.  Second, we have updated our website, https://swimslam.org.  Please encourage your swimmers to check it out.  We are continuing to update it, too.  Hopefully, we’ll have a message board soon.  If your group has any change of schedule or venue, please let me know so we can update the SLAM website.

Next, we do have a SLAM Facebook group: https://www.facebook.com/groups/1203100876702527 , a SLAM Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/search/top?q=st%20louis%20area%20masters and an Instagram page: https://www.instagram.com/usmsslam/?fbclid=IwAR0DlJ1tSs0w9j4ssas1B4a2UQzkkT4aSbxh0HME7pLxJGXJov5lPy3KUOg

Please encourage your swimmers to follow our social media accounts to keep updated. 

I’ve enlisted South City Y coach, Stephen Pyle, to help design merch for SLAM and for any SLAM swimmer’s participation at Spring Nationals.  Here’s his wonderful logo:

I’m really excited to start getting merch designed and produced, which I will work on it this month.  I’m working on caps, t-shirts (S,M,L,XL), hoodies, and possibly magnets.  If any of your swimmers are going to Nationals, let me know which ones, and I will try to get their last names placed on a couple caps.

Speaking of Spring Nationals—Registration is now open for Spring Nationals!  Spring Nationals will be held June 20-24 in Indianapolis, in the iconic IUPUI Natatorium, which is the nicest pool I’ve ever swam in!  Anyone can swim 3 events without a National Qualifying Time (NQT).  I already registered for this and hope you will too!   If you are looking for a nice place to stay, that’s close by, I’m staying at Candlewood Suites (https://www.ihg.com/candlewood/hotels/us/en/indianapolis/indwp/hoteldetail).  I stayed there for a meet late last year and it was perfect for a multi-night stay.  I will be there for the whole meet, by the way. 

If you are looking for another upcoming swim meet, the 2024 GRIN Short Course State Championship will be held at the IUPUI Natatorium (same pool as Spring Nationals!) 4/20-21 in Indianapolis (I’m going to this!). 

I look forward to seeing everyone at the meet on April 6-7.

Thank you,

Patrick Sullivan

SLAM President

February Newsletter from SLAM President Patrick Sullivan
Hello,

   First, if any workout group has any events coming up, please message me and SLAM will help promote it. Second, we have updated our website, https://swimslam.org. Please encourage your swimmers to check it out. We are continuing to update it, too. Hopefully, we’ll have a message board soon.
Next, we do have a SLAM Facebook group: https://www.facebook.com/groups/1203100876702527 , a SLAM Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/search/top?q=st%20louis%20area%20masters and an Instagram page:
https://www.instagram.com/usmsslam/?fbclid=IwAR0DlJ1tSs0w9j4ssas1B4a2UQzkkT4aSbxh0HME7pLxJGXJov5lPy3KUOg
Please encourage your swimmers to follow our social media accounts to keep updated.
   I’ve enlisted South City Y coach, Stephen Pyle, to help design merch for SLAM and for any SLAM swimmer’s participation at Spring Nationals. I’m really excited about his soccer-style crest idea for a swim cap and t-shirt design. We hope to share it soon.
   Speaking of Spring Nationals—Registration is now open for Spring Nationals! Spring Nationals will be held June 20-24 in Indianapolis, in the iconic IUPUI Natatorium, which is the nicest pool I’ve ever swam in! Anyone can swim 3 events without a National Qualifying Time (NQT). I already registered for this
and hope you will too! I went to last year’s Spring Nationals in Irvine, CA and it was the most exciting swim meet I’ve ever participated in. It’s so inspiring to watch someone in their 90s still competing. It’s also thrilling to compete alongside former Olympians who you grew up watching and cheering for. If
you are looking for a nice place to stay, that’s close by, I’m staying at Candlewood Suites: (https://www.ihg.com/candlewood/hotels/us/en/indianapolis/indwp/hoteldetail).  I stayed there for a meet late last year and it was perfect for a multi-night stay. I will be there for the whole meet, by the way.
   Please email me and let me know if you are interested in Level 2 and/or 3 USMS coaching certification (Level 1 is available online). If we get enough interest, I’ll reach out to the national office and ask to get a weekend set up in St. Louis.
   If you are looking for some upcoming swim meets, there are a few coming up. First, Jeff Enge and I are working hard to finalize the Ozark Spring Championships. We hope to have the pool and dates finalized by the end of February. Next, our O’Fallon, IL Otters have a Triathlon coming up, March 3 rd . I’ve
attached their flier and hope you encourage your triathletes to participate. Other meets (sign up on the USMS website) within a few hours’ drive include the John May Winter Classic on 2/18 in Champaign, IL; the 2024 Spring Classic in Bloomington, IL (I’m going!); and the 2024 GRIN Short Course State
Championship at the IUPUI Natatorium (same pool as Spring Nationals!) 4/20-21 in Indianapolis (I’m going to this, too!).
   Lastly, I met with our Social Chair, Katrina Bibbee, and as expected, she has some great ideas. She needs every workout group’s participation, specifically appointing someone that will help be a liaison between your workout group and SLAM to serve as a member of her standing committee. I’ve asked her to write
a message to you, which she has provided:   

Hi all!
I am so excited for 2024 and what we can accomplish together as a SLAM community! My role and goal as SLAM’s Social Chair is to make it SO easy

to be connected and involved with SLAM that you don’t even realize you are doing it! We’ll have organized get-togethers at swim meets, outreach & community
service opportunities throughout the year, friendly competitions, and a chance to build relationships and find new friends!
As athletes, we are familiar with goals- and that’s exactly what we have as a “SLAM FAM” for this year! Take note of our calendar below so you know what to
expect and can plan to take part in the fun!

2024 “SLAM FAM” GOALS & FOCUSES:

Jan-March: Break the Ice!!
1) Get to know ALL of YOUR workout group teammate names and something about them!
2) Let’s get all SLAM members in our GroupMe group chat, scan the QR code below to check this to-do off your own list and make sure to remind your lane partners to do the same.
                                                     

April-June: Go the Extra Mile!
1) “Sister” Teams & Icebreaker challenges assigned for getting to know the other SLAM teams in your area!
2) SLAM FAM Volunteer Days- We’ll be volunteering in community outreach days to assist others in learning to swim and passing forward the crucial
life skill of water safety free of cost!
July-Sep: Dive Deeper!
1) Continuing “Sister” Teams and fun challenges, but taking the foot off the gas pedal as people prioritize family time/trips in the Summer.

Oct-Dec: Let’s “RELAY” Have Some Fun!

1) OCT: SLAM FAM Halloween & Costumed themed swim meet! Bring your family as there will be festive activities for all who attend with funny relays!
2) NOV: Canned food drive competition between workout groups! Team with the most donations will win the traveling trophy for the year with their team
name engraved onto the plaque for 2024!
3) DEC 2024-FEB 2025: New & Gently Used Coat drive! Have any unused or unworn warm attire? We will be collecting it this upcoming winter to donate
to STL’s St. Patrick Center- a nonprofit that diligently helps unhoused community members facing distress!
Thanks for reading! I am happy we can all come together in fellowship to support one another, and strengthen STL area communities by combining our efforts!
Best wishes,
Katrina Bibbee
SLAM Social Chair

January Newsletter from SLAM President Patrick Sullivan
I hope everyone had a great holiday season and New Year. We are working hard to really grow the club this year. I was really excited to have great participation at the December 9th meet in Edwardsville.
     I’ve recently named Gunnar Kohlbrecher as Chair of the Technology standing committee and Katrina Bibbee as the Chair of the Social standing committee.
I look forward to Gunnar running our updated website, swimslam.org. We are adding a workout group (WOG finder) on a map of the region, which will list practice days/times and have a contact for that group. We will try to have events associated with any of our workout groups listed in the Upcoming Events section. If you have any kinds of events coming up, please let us know so we can help promote them. Personally, I would love to participate in them, too. We will also be hoping to add a message board. Additionally, I’ve asked Gunnar to run the club’s Facebook page and start an Instagram page as well.
     I also look forward to Katrina developing the social-side of our club this year. Having worked with Katrina on these things at my workout group at the South City YMCA, I know she’ll come up with some great events that will benefit our club and communities.
     We have been working on establishing the Ozark Spring Championship meet and will hopefully have that posted soon. In the meantime, the South City YMCA group has an event that coincides with the 2024 USMS 1-hr Virtual Championship on January 20th and 21st . See the flyer in the Upcoming Events section for more information. It’s a great event in which donations will be used to fund swim lessons for under-privileged children in south St. Louis City. You can enter a 1-hr result on the USMS website (for a small fee) to see how you do in your age-group, nationally.  There are also several other events held in our neighbor-regions’ areas, within a half-day’s drive. On 1/21, the GRIN Pentathlon will be held in Greenwood, IN.  Also, on 1/21, The Neil Salkind Invitational meet will be held in Lawrence, KS. On 2/18, The John May Winter Classic meet will be held in Champaign, IL.  Then on 3/3, the Spring Classic meet will be held in Bloomington, IL.
     The U.S. Masters Swimming Spring National Championship will be held June 20-24 in Indianapolis, IN (only a 4 hour drive or so!) at the iconic IUPUI Natatorium. You can swim 3 events without a National Qualifying Time (NQT).  I’m hoping to get a lot of SLAM swimmers to participate. I’m working on designing merchandise for purchase (caps with names on them, shirts, hoodies, magnets) for SLAM swimmers that go. Also, the US Olympic trials will be taking place in Indianapolis. Swim during the day at Masters Nationals, go watch US Olympic Trials at night!
     Lastly, I would like to try to get a Coaches Certification Level 2 and 3 training here in St. Louis in 2024. Level 1 is available to get online through the USMS website. I will reach out to the coaches to determine the interest in getting the training sessions set up.

2023 ARCHIVES
USMS 2023 RELAY

EVENT DEVELOPMENT


Thank you to Ozark LMSC Representatives Susan Furkin (L) and Patrick Sullivan pictured here attending the 2023 USMS RELAY at the Marriott Houston Airport, October 20 -22. The theme was Event Development, presentation topics included Swim Meets, Sanctions, Officials & Open Water events. 
Susan and Patrick are members of St Louis Area Masters club and both are USMS Certified Coaches for the South City YMCA STORM Masters workout group

 

 

Susan Furkin Report

Patrick Sullivan Report

 

Susan Furkin (L) and Patrick Sullivan, Ozark LMSC Representatives at 2023 RELAY

Welcome to USMS 2023 RELAY!
EVENT DEVELOPMENT 
October 20-22, Marriott Houston 

WELCOME NEW SLAM OFFICERS

President: Patrick Sullivan                                    VP: Susan Furkin               

                                   Patrick Sullivan, President


I am very honored and excited to serve you and our swim club in this new capacity as President and working closely with Susan, Teresa, and Daniel to ensure everyone’s experience with SLAM is a positive one.  One of my main goals will be to promote our club and increase participation in regional and national events, with an eye on Nationals in Indianapolis next June.  

As for me, I’ve been swimming Masters at South City Y for 10 years and competing several of those years.  I enjoy traveling for meets and recently participated in my first Nationals meet in Irvine in May.  
This summer, I’ve also spent time training at Crestview Middle’s outdoor pool and have enjoyed meeting new swimmers and coaches.    My favorite events are the 100 IM, 100 free, and 50 free.  Along with Susan, I am a Level 1 certified coach and usually coach on Tuesday evenings at the South City Y.  I am hoping to gain my level 2 and 3 certification in the next couple years, as well. 

When I’m not swimming or coaching, I enjoy spending time with my wife and two daughters (ages 9 and 4), going to concerts, and watching sports.  
I’m looking forward to meeting more of you at practices and meets.  Please feel free to reach out if you have any questions or concerns.  Also, if you have any suggestions for the club, I would love to hear them!

 

                             Susan Furkin, Vice-President


Susan has been swimming competitively for 36 years.  She started out in summer league, then YMCA as a youth, swam club in high school, and Division I in college. 
Originally from Illinois, Susan joined a SLAM workout group at the South City YMCA in 2021. 
“For me, the greatest part of masters swimming is the camaraderie.  My teammates make up a big part of my social circle.  Swimming is also the best way for me to keep my body healthy and to help me unwind after a long day at work.”
  

Susan lives in South City with her husband and their senior rescue dog.  She works full time as a dental hygienist and coaches part time at the South City YMCA.

                                                       – August, 2023

 

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Note: Susan Furkin decided to not be a candidate for Vice-President during SLAM elections 12/9/23; Stephanie Petersen is the current VP. 

2023  Saluki Closed Invite Dual-sanctioned Long Course Meters Meets
Saturday April 15, 2023 at 9:00 am
Saturday, May 13 at 9:00 am

Dr. Ed Shea Natatorium, 300 E. Grand Ave, Carbondale, IL

Official Results 4/15

Official Results 5/13

  Paper Form with Mail-in Entry Only 
  Hosted by Saluki Swim Club 

The Ed and Ruth Shea Challenge Classic
Annual Long Course Swim Meet
Saturday July 8, 2023 at 10:00 am

Dr. Ed Shea Natatorium, 300 E. Grand Ave, Carbondale, IL

Official Results

Challenge Results

  Paper Form with Mail-in Entry Only 
  Hosted by SALUK
 Saluki Masters Swim Club 

SLAM Hosts 2023 Ozark LMSC & Breadbasket Zone Short Course Yards Championship

  • Brian Bagette, M 18-24: 50 breast, 100 IM
  • Jeff Enge, M 30-34: 200 breast
  • Jon Iwaszkowiec, M 45-49: 50 back
  • Clay Kolar, M 70-74: 200 breast
  • Drew May, M 25-29: 100, 200 fly
  • Paul Morris, M 60-64: 50, 100, 200 breast, 200 IM
  • Vic Perini, M 50-54: 100 breast
  • Laurie Smith, W 70-74: 50, 100, 200, 500, 1000, 1650 free, 100 IM
  • Sean Workman, M 25-29: 100 IM
  • SLAM (Laurie Smith, Cathy Kohn, Ruth Ann Hentsche, Teresa McDowell)W 65+: 200 Free
  • SLAM (Smith, Kohn, Jill Johnson, McDowell), W 65+: 400 Free
  • SLAM (Smith, Kohn, Johnson, McDowell) W 65+: 800 Free
  • SLAM (Hentschke, Kohn, McDowell, Smith), W 65+: 200 Medley Relay
  • SLAM (Johnson, Kohn, McDowell, Smith), W 65+: 400 Medley
  • SLAM (Sean Workman, Drew May, Michael Meyer, Brian Baggette), M 18+: 200 Free
  • CSPM (Justin Pasquesi, Jeff Enge, Jakub Petyniak, Connor Smoak), M 25+: 400 Free

2022

Lori Payne

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“Now it is time to turn the reins over to the younger generation”

A message from SLAM President, Lori Payne

 

Dear SLAM members,

     It has been my pleasure to serve you as St Louis Area Master’s Board President for many years, but now it is time to turn the reins over to the younger generation.
 
     I hope to see some new faces on the SLAM Board as masters swimming continues to be a force for all of us. We are all USMS members for different reasoons: competition, mental health, triathlons, fitness and much more.
      USMS has changed dramatically in the 31 years I have been a member, but one constant is the comradery amongst us, and for that I am so grateful. My logbook overflows with many wonderful adventures with my swim friends. 
        Thank you, I appreciate the opportunity to be a part of St Louis Area Masters.

 

SLAM Hosts 2022 Ozark LMSC Short Course Yards Championship

  • Erin Earley, W 18-24: 50 Back, 100 IM
  • Jeff Enge, M 30-34: 50 Back, 200 IM
  • Larry Good, M 85-89: 50 Back
  • Steve Hancock, M 65-69: 500 Free
  • Alfredo Jacobo, M 35-39: 50, 100 & 200 Breast
  • Joseph Kelley, M 70-74: 50 &100 Fly, 100 & 200 Free
  • Lori Lynn, W 25-29: 50 Back
  • Teresa McDowell, W: 70-74: 1000 Free, 50 Fly, 100 IM
  • Justin Pasquesi, M 25-29: 200 Free
  • Stephanie Petersen, W 60-64: 200 Back
  • Mary Pohlmann, W 75-79: 200 Free, 200 Breast, 200 Fly
  • CSPM (Erin Earley, Molly Connolly, Jeff Enge, Connor Smoak), Mixed 18+ 200 Free Relay

2021
SLAM swimmer, SLAM coach profiled in May/June 2021 USMS SWIMMER Magazine (DIGITAL EDITION)

SLAM Hosts 2021 Ozark LMSC SCM Championship 10/30


Meet Results

19 SLAM Swimmers Competed
22 New Ozark LMSC Records:

-Maryanne Barkley, W 60-64: 200 Backstroke

-John Bolling, M 45-49: 200 Breaststroke

-Doug Dowd, M 60-64: 50 Butterfly

-Kristen Gross, W 45-49: 800 Freestyle

-Steven Hancock, M 65-69: 100, 400, 800 & 1500 Freestyle; 50 Backstroke

-Mary Pat Henehan, W 75-79: 100 Individual Medley

-Jonathan Iwaszkowiec, M 45-49: 50 Backstroke; 50 Butterfly

-Bill Oswald, M 65-69: 200 Freestyle

-Mary Pohlmann, W 75-79: 50, 100, 200, 400, 800 & 1500 Freestyle; 50, 100 & 200 Backstroke

Ozark SCM Records 10/30/21

SLAM swimmer Dave Seamen
2021 Ozark LMSC Service Award

John Pohlmann, Mary Jane Woehler, Jeff Enge, Mary Pohlmann & Larry Walker
SLAM 8th Place Local Club
2018 USMS Spring Nationals SCY

USMS – Pohlmann’s Interview
(click on photo to read)

Four SLAM Swimmers Attend LCM Nationals in Geneva, OH 10/7-10


National Champions: Larry Good, Teresa McDowell and Mary Pohlmann

Larry Good, Men 85-89: 1st 200 Breaststroke, 200 & 400 Individual Medley.

-Teresa McDowell, Women 70-74: 1st 200 Butterfly; 2nd 50 Butterfly; 3rd 100 Backstroke, 100 Butterfly; 4th 200 Backstroke

-John Pohlmann, Men 75-79: 5th 50 Breaststroke; 6th 100 Breaststroke

-Mary Pohlmann, Women 75-79: 1st 1500 Freestyle; 2nd 200 Individual Medley; 3rd 100 Freestyle, 50-100-200 Backstroke

Ozark LCM Records 10/10/21

 

2021 LCM Nats: Larry, Mary, Teresa & John

 

3000/6000 Yard ePostal

New Ozark Records 1/12/20

-Kristen Gross, W 45-49, 3000
-Jill Johnson, W 60-64, 6000
-Bill Oswald, M 65-69, 3000

 

2021 SCY Nationals: Mary Jane Woehler, John Pohlmann, Mary Pohlmann, Teresa McDowell, Larry Good, Maryanne Barkley

Ten SLAM Swimmers Attend SCY Nationals in Greensboro, NC 7/21-25


National Champions: Jeff Enge, Larry Good, Teresa McDowell, Mary Pohlmann, Eric Pounds & Mary Jane Woehler

Maryanne Barkley, Women 60-64: 3rd 200 Backstroke; 4th 400 Individual Medley; 5th 1000 Freestyle

-Doug Dowd, Men 60-64: 30th 100 Freestyle

-Jeff Enge, Men 30-34: 1st 100 & 200 Freestyle, 50 & 100 Butterfly; 2nd 50 Freestyle, 100 Individual Medley

-Larry Good, Men 85-89: 1st 200 Breaststroke, 200 & 400 Individual Medley; 2nd 100 Breaststroke

-Bruce Hopson, Men 55-59: 9th 400 Individual Medley; 10th 200 Butterfly

-Teresa McDowell, Women 70-74: 1st 200 Butterfly; 2nd 50 & 100 Backstroke, 100 Butterfly; 3rd 200 Freestyle, 200 Backstroke

-John Pohlmann, Men 75-79: 6th 50 & 100 Breaststroke

-Mary Pohlmann, Women 75-79: 1st 1650 Freestyle, 50 & 100 Backstroke, 400 Individual Medley; 2nd 200 Backstroke

-Eric Pounds, Men 35-39: 1st 100 Backstroke; 2nd 200 Freestyle, 50 & 100 Butterfly; 4th 200 Butterfly

-Mary Jane Woehler, Women 60-64: 1st 100 Backstroke, 50 Butterfly, 100 Individual Medley; 2nd 50 & 100 Freestyle, 100 Butterfly

 

Ozark SCY Records 7/26/21

 

Mary Pohlmann & Jeff Enge 7/25/21

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