Thursday, August 26, 2010


Apparently, in my grogginess last night, I put something in my note indicating you need a code to the electronic gate at Zink Ranch. You do not need a code on Sunday. There will be a volunteer there from 7 am to 8:30 am to let you in. But PLEASE don't wait until 8:30 to go through that gate. You will not make it to the camp & down to the water by 9 am. The registration table will close at 8:30. Plan to be through that gate no later than 8 am.

the very tired Tallchief Open Water Challenge Event Director!


Good evening!!!
Just a reminder of the Tallchief Open Water Challenge on Sunday, August 29. It is going to be a great event.

On line registration closes tomorrow evening. Go to for the quickest entry into the event.

You can also download an entry form from

If you can get the paper entry to me, either by mail or drop it by my house, by Saturday evening, you won't have to pay the race day fee.

Race day registrations will be accepted, for an additional $10 fee.

Here are directions to the event:

You are going to the Girl Scout Camp at Zink Ranch in Sand Springs, OK. You need to allow for more than extra time to get there, it is farther than you realize! It takes me a good 45 minutes from my house in Brookside. The registration table WILL ClOSE at 8:30 am on Sunday. DON'T BE LATE!

Directions to Zink Ranch, Sand Springs, OK: From Tulsa:

Hwy. 64/ 412 (Keystone Expressway) WEST to 129th West Ave. exit. (You will see a green ZINK RANCH sign just before the exit.) At the top of the exit, turn left, then right (North) onto Hwy. 97 (The arrow on the sign at the intersection points north to Skiatook, no mention of Zink Ranch) Drive approximately 9.7 miles north on Hwy. 97 to entrance of Zink Ranch.
(The road dead ends at the intersection of Hwy. 97 & Rock School Road)

Camp Tallchief Girl Scout Camp is located approximately 4.5 miles north of the ranch entrance.
You can find more info about the event at
Or you can email me or call me with your questions.

Hope to see you at the Tallchief Open Water Challenge on Sunday!!

Denise Smart
Event Director
(918) 749-2253

Tuesday, August 24, 2010

Update on Fall 2010 swimming options in Tulsa!

Good evening my swimming friends!

Just want to give you an update on your options to swim in Tulsa now that 'Summer' is over. Yes, it is still August, but we can no longer swim outside at McClure, so in my mind, 'summer' is over! The 1st three options are for organized swimming workout groups.

Option 1: Booker T. Washington HS- weekday evenings The pool is available starting THIS WEEK, August 23rd. New this year: 5 nights available! Monday through Friday evenings, 5:00- 7:00 pm. NO, you do not have to do a 2 hour workout, but the pool is available during those times. Coach on deck is Jason Sauer, BTW HS coach and owner of SWIM 201. You can reach him at or (918) 760-0909. Cost to swim is $5/ swim, or $60/ month for coached workouts, or $40/ month for just a place to swim (no coaching). You must join USMS,

Option 2: Jenks HS- Saturdays only
Don't forget, you can join us on Saturdays at Jenks HS, 8:00 to 10 am. To sign up, go to
The cost is $10.50 per month ($10.00 if you are a Jenks resident). You MUST sign up through the Jenks Community Ed office, either online, or over the phone, 299-4415 x2247. I cannot take any money at the pool!! :) You must also join USMS,

Option 3: Hutcherson YMCA- Weekday mornings If you are a YMCA member & like to workout early, there is a 'masters swim class' at the Hutcherson YMCA Monday-Wednesday-Friday mornings 5:45 am to 6:45 am. The coach on deck is Lucas Meyers. You will find a fun group to swim with early in the morning and a good coach to motivate you. The cost is $15/ month in addition to your Y membership.

Other not so organized swimming options are the various health clubs in town: St. John, St. Francis Health Zone, Gold's Gym, Patti Wilson YWCA, Hutcherson Y (in the evenings). Thornton Y is currently out of commission but should be back in business in the next month or so. Also, the University of Tulsa's pool is available for a semester fee, even if you aren't a student, employee or alumni. Tulsa Area Triathletes have pool time at ORU one night a week and an option to purchase a 'membership' to use the pool at other times.

It may not be easy, but it is possible to swim in this town!!! Enjoy the ride! The new Jenks Aquatics Center is on the very near horizon. Projected opening late March or early April 2011!
Let me know if you have any questions. Hope to see you at a pool.

Keep Swimming!

Denise Smart
President, Tulsa Masters Swim Club
(918) 749-2253

Monday, August 23, 2010

Summers over! NO MORE McCLURE! :{

Good evening my McClure swimming buddies!

It is official! Summer is over! No more workouts at McClure Park Pool! We found out today that the Tulsa Parks Dog Splash event is tomorrow, August 22. McClure will be drained for the winter sometime this coming week. Our summer swimming season is over, just like that! We honestly thought we had the pool one more week, but obviously there was a miscommunication.

Thanks to all of you who participated this summer. Thanks to Coach Scott for his help this summer. I had so much fun swimming with all of you. It was good to have some new faces in the pool, too. I hope you will continue swimming and participating in Tulsa Masters/ USMS events.

Next up is a return to Booker T. Washington HS for some of us. I haven't talked to Coach Jason yet about the schedule. I'll try to confirm the details very quickly and email you all. TPS students start school Monday, so we should be able to swim this week if Jason will be having evening workouts.

Don't forget, you can join us on Saturdays at Jenks HS, 8:00 to 10 am. To sign up, go to cost is $10.50 per month ($10.00 if you are a Jenks resident). You MUST sign up through the Jenks Community Ed office, either online, or over the phone, 299-4415 x2247. I cannot take any money at the pool!! :)

If you are a YMCA member & like to workout early, there is a 'masters swim class' at the Hutcherson YMCA Monday-Wednesday-Friday mornings 5:45 am to 6:45 am. The coach on deck is Lucas Meyers. You will find a fun group to swim with early in the morning and a good coach to motivate you. The cost is $15/ month in addition to your Y membership. You will find me at this workout from time to time.

You can find some masters swimmers in the evenings at Hutch as well. We have to work around the splash classes, but there are several people that try to meet there & do a workout together. Seems like Tues/Thurs nights are the best as the splash class doesn't start until 7 pm on those nights. They start at 6:00 on MWF nights. When class is in session, there is only one lap lane available. Can get a little crowded! Just have to be a YMCA member, no extra fee.

Thanks again for a great summer! Keep swimming!

Denise Smart

President, Tulsa Masters Swim Club

(918) 749-2253

Wednesday, August 18, 2010

(less than) 2 MORE WEEKS of McCLURE SWIMMING & other info!

Hello, my swimming friends!

I meant to send this Sunday evening and may have sent something else instead. My brain is truly overloaded right now. Please read on.....

(warning--- this is a long note, but of course contains VERY important information!)

Hard to believe we only have TWO weeks left to swim at McClure! The majority of you have hung on this long, so don't quit now!! If you haven't been to the pool in a while, please join us for the last few days of outdoor swimming. There is SOME hope that the water temp will be cooler this week with the slight break in the heat and cooler night time temps.

The good news is that Coach Scott is back from his roller coaster riding jaunt around the country. You won't have to put up with MY workouts anymore! Scott will be on deck every night for the last two weeks. Many great reasons to come to McClure: 1) Scott will be writing the workouts-- YAY! 2) Scott will be on deck to give you all the stroke help you can handle. 3) FUN! Despite the hot water, we manage to have fun swimming every night. So come join us.

NOW for the schedule leading up to and including the meet, which is THIS coming weekend, FRIDAY night and SATURDAY, August 20 & 21st!!! Lots of info, please bear with me!
**** If you plan to swim in the meet, but haven't yet sent your entry to Leslie, bring it to me tomorrow evening. I will drop them by Leslie's house on my way home. IF you just can't make yourself swim in the meet, we can REALLY REALLY use your help as timers. See below for more details.

1> Already mentioned, Scott is back every night this week (and next).
2> Rhonda's merry elves should be placing the starting blocks at the deep end of the pool sometime this week.
3> A few of us will be picking up the touch pads from Union HS on Wednesday evening prior to workout. We will arrive at McClure to transfer those touch pads to the guards room where they will remain until Saturday. We will need help UNLOADING the touch pads when we arrive at the pool. If you are swimming Wednesday evening, please offer your assistance to us when we arrive. THANK YOU!
4> THURSDAY NIGHT, August 19th: WE NEED TO PUT IN ALL THE LANE ROPES. If everyone helps, it will go fast and we can still do a workout. Please make an effort to come to the pool Thursday evening so we can complete this task quickly.
5> FRIDAY NIGHT: THE MEET! This is the distance night, 800 meter free & 1500 meter free. Warm up is at 5 pm, 1st heat starts at 6 pm. If a distance swim isn't your thing, please come to the pool to help time. We won't be using electronic timing that night, so we need at least 2 timers on every lane and we will probably use all 8 lanes. Some of the swimmers may also need someone to count for them. No experience necessary, we can train you quickly if you are new to this sort of thing. Twisting the arms of your loved ones to help us is also encouraged! :D The group usually goes to dinner together after completion of the swims.
6> SATURDAY: THE BIG DAY! Possibly the last USMS sanctioned event at McClure Park Pool. You don't want to miss this!

Event Highlights:
--> A limited number of commemorative t-shirts will be available to swimmers & volunteers!
--> The water slide will be open during the meet! We will have lifeguards on duty to protect us from ourselves and to watch over your children. Yes, your family members are encouraged to spend the day at the meet. The shallow area of the pool is available for play and the slide will be open.
--> We want EVERYONE- swimmers, timers, anyone able to complete a 50 meter swim- to participate in the last event of the day, the 200 Free relay. If you don't have a relay team going for Top 10, this event is for FUN. You don't have to dive off the blocks, water starts okay. In fact, no one will be diving off the side of the shallow end-- USMS rules! Have that suit on and be ready to swim in the last official masters relay at McClure Park Pool.
-->And last but not least, the post meet celebration will take place at Leslie's air conditioned home! Main dish & drinks provided. We need YOU to provide the side dishes and desserts.

NOW for the Saturday schedule:
1) 8:30 am: Drop off your FOOD at Leslie's house on your way to the pool. Leslie's address-
724 S. Sandusky Ave. Leslie is just north of 11th Street, between Harvard & Yale, about a mile from the pool. Someone will be at Leslie's house until about 9:45 to accept your food.
2) 9:00 am: Meet registration, warm up begins.
3) 10:00 am: Meet begins.
4) 2:00 pm: Post Meet Celebration at Leslie's house!!!
In case you STILL haven't looked at the entry form, here is the link: ( just click on the forms & print them as needed.)
I think I got it all. Thanks for your undivided attention. Please contact me or Leslie,, if you have any questions.

I will see you at the pool this week!!!

Denise Smart
Tulsa Masters Swim Club
(918) 749-2253

Monday, August 9, 2010


August 20th & 21st, 2010

Meet Location : McClure Park Pool 7440 E. 7th Street, Tulsa, OK
Time : Friday Event 1 Warm-up 5pm Event 1 starts 6 pm.
Saturday Warm-up 9 am Remaining events start 10 am

Meet Director Leslie Sauber 724 S. Sandusky Ave Tulsa, OK 74112-4130-24
Phone (918-808-4384)

Sanctioned by OMS for USMS Inc. Sanction # 2710-180

If you are not a registered masters swimmer, you can sign up at the meet for $40 (good till the end of the year) or pay a one time fee of $15 for the meet, Payable to OMS. Cost of the meet is $20 postmarked by Aug 13th, $25 thereafter, payable to TMSC. Please include a copy of your USMS card with your check.

Conduct of the Meet Open to all swimmers 18 and older as of December 31, 2010, who are currently registered with United States Masters Swimming Inc. The meet will be conducted under USMS rules. The no-false-start rule will be in effect. The meet will be held in an 8 lane, 50 meter pool with antiturbulent lane lines and a separate warm-up and cool down area. Please enter as early as possible, however deck entries will be accepted. All events will be timed finals with touch pads and electronics. The events will be seeded slow to fast, not by age groups.

The Tulsa Masters will once again be hosting their famous social following the last event. We will be moving it indoors this year: Leslie’s house less than 1 mile from the pool. Barbeque sandwiches. Club members will be asked to bring a covered dish--drop it off at Leslie's (724 S. Sandusky Ave) before you go to the meet.

Tuesday, August 3, 2010

the dog days of August at McClure!

Hello McClure swimmers!

Yep, we are still swimming at our favorite outdoor pool for the month of August. Thanks to Matt, Sarah & John for providing the soaker hose to help cool us a little bit at the shallow end of the pool. The water temp was tolerable last week. I'm not sure we can expect the same this week, so bring your ice cold drinks to have on the edge of the pool. But nothing that will cause an abnormal physiological response and create a medical emergency, please! :)

Scott Z. will miss the next two weeks as he is vacationing with his family before his son returns to school. BUT.... he will make it up to us the last two weeks of August by being on deck all four nights of those two weeks.

In the meantime, there will be no shortage of workout ideas. I'm open to suggestions, so don't be bashful. We will adjust the intensity according to the pool temp. I'll arrive armed with three different workouts for your choosing. Just remember this is masters swimming... you really can do what you want to do! Long gone are the days when coaches threw chairs in the pool for not following commands. (Yes, I really did have a coach throw a chair in the pool during my high school practice!)

See you at the pool!


What would you like to see on the TMSC Website?