Monday, December 12, 2011

Reminder: Tulsa Masters Holiday Party-- Saturday, Dec 17th!


Just a quick reminder about the Tulsa Masters Christmas Party this Saturday, December 17th. Don and Nancy Nelson are our hosts. Bring a side dish and join your fellow swimmers for some dry land fun. All members should have received an invitation in the mail. If you didn't, or you've lost yours.... I've attached a flyer with all the details.

Also, don't forget to renew your USMS/TMSC membership for 2012 before December 31st.

That's all for now. See you at the pool!

Denise

Monday, November 21, 2011

TMSC annual club meeting minutes 11/19/2011







Hello, Swimmers

Attached are the minutes from the annual TMSC club meeting, held November 19, 2011 and the Jenks Aquatic Center.

Thanks to all of you who participated in the November birthday workout and to those of you who stayed for the meeting and refreshments afterwards. It was a fun day!

I also want to thank all of you for supporting Tulsa Masters this year. It is great to see so many people in the pool! I hope to hear from many of you regarding the needs we have to make 2012 another successful year. (See attached!).

Personally, thanks to all of you that I routinely come to for advice and encouragement. So many of you are willing to help when called upon and even when I don't ask. I truly appreciate you. Special thanks to Steve Lee, Dewey Smith and John Kopsky for trying to save me from myself! :) To all the newest members of the club, thanks for giving me so many fun people to swim with. You are the reason I look forward to practice every day!

Please contact me if you have any questions, suggestions, and ESPECIALLY if you can take on one of the many volunteer duties listed in the meeting minutes.

HAPPY THANKSGIVING!

Denise Smart
President, Tulsa Masters Swim Club

Thanksgiving week swim schedule!

Yes, we will be swimming next week at the Jenks pool. George will be gone starting Tuesday evening, but we will try hard to carry on without him! :)

Here is the schedule for next week:

Monday: normal schedule for all 3 workouts

Tuesday: lunch and evening workouts

Wednesday: 6 am workout ONLY

Thursday: NO SWIM

Friday: 8 am only

Saturday: normal 8 am workout

Other stuff:
We might still be able to get in on the can food drive. The boxes were still there when I left the pool tonight. Bring your cans and make the masters group look good!

One last reminder about the November b-day workout Saturday at 8 am. We will congregate in the classroom for refreshments after swimming all the birthday sets in the pool! I'll have the Tulsa Masters swim caps at the pool that day. $5. Get one!

See you in the pool!!

Denise.

Wednesday, November 9, 2011

No practice

Reminder: there will be no practice on Thursday afternoon, 10 November, at th3 6:00pm time.

George C. Villarreal, Manager
Jenks Trojan Aquatic Center
205 East B Street
Jenks, OK 74036
918.299.4415, ext. 1020

Thursday, November 3, 2011

Stroke Clinic

I’d like to host a stroke clinic on Saturday, 12th November. This is FREE to Masters swimmers who have paid November dues. I will host this during the regular Saturday morning swim time (8-10am), and will focus on freestyle technique, and may touch on backstroke as well. I’ll spend the first 1 hour of the period on the clinic, after which time you can stay for additional swimming.

Since we have the use of the facility to ourselves at that time, anyone choosing to forego the clinic can do practice as usual. We’ll just separate the groups into the two pools.

See you at the pool!

George C. Villarreal, Manager
Jenks Trojan Aquatic Center
205 East B Street
Jenks, OK 74036
918.299.4415, ext. 1020

Monday, October 31, 2011

November b-day workout, bagels & club meeting, Reminders!

Hello, Tulsa Masters Swimmers!

Several of your fellow Tusla Masters teammates are celebrating birthdays in November. You are invited to join Don Nelson, Dewey Smith, George Villarreal, and myself for a FUN Saturday birthday workout on November 19th, 8 am, at the Jenks pool. To further entice you, please plan to stay for refreshments after the workout. A very brief club meeting will take place then, too. See agenda & more info below.

I know there are probably more November birthday buddies out there, so let me know who you are. If you want to join in the fun, plan to contribute a short set (500 to 1000 yards) that we can all do together.

If 8 am is too early for you to swim, then come for the refreshments afterwards. We'll start munching about 9:45 or so.

As for the club meeting....
It is a requirement of USMS and Oklahoma Masters Swimming that each club hold an annual meeting. Our last official meeting was in July, 2010. I also sent out a year end newsletter in December 2010 along with the Christmas party invitations. I promise this meeting will be brief and not detract from the birthday celebration. I don't know of any 'new' business we need to attend to, unless you have something to add. I hope this will be a good opportunity for all of us to mix and mingle. With so many new members, and so many different workout groups, we rarely have a chance to all be together at once.

Please know this meeting is NOT mandatory for you to attend, but it is mandatory that we have a club meeting. I hope that in conjunction with a fun workout and FOOD, it won't be so bad! :)

Here is the agenda as of now:

I. Overview of the 2011
a. membership
b. TMSC hosted events

II. Upcoming events
a. Xmas Party
b. 2012 schedule

III. Treasurer's report

IV. Round Table


REMINDER:
November 5: Lighthouse Meet, OKC, aka, "Kathy's meet". I will definitely be going to this meet. Please let me know if you are going and you want to ride together. Meet info: http://www.okswim.org/LighthouseOKCflyer2011.pdf

Renew your USMS membership starting November 1: You'll soon receive an email from USMS encouraging you to renew your membership before the end of the year. Special sponsor discounts are offered as an incentive. Let's see if we can renew 100% of our club by December 31!

One favor to ask of the unattached swimmers: If you are a Tulsa area swimmer who registered as 'unattached' in 2011, I encourage you to select Tulsa Masters when you renew for 2012. There are many advantages for me personally, in that I can have one distribution list for all TMSC members to make sure everyone gets my very important emails! Also, a small portion of your annual fee does come back to the club to help pay for the Xmas party expenses, the occasional refreshments after workouts, etc. We do hope you will offer to help us at TMSC events, but we have no mandatory volunteer hour requirements.

Last note on USMS memberships: If you have friends who are waiting to join, tell them to sign up now. Their membership will be good for the remainder of 2011 (so they can swim at the Lighthouse meet!) and all of 2012.

As always, please contact me if you have any questions. I will apologize in advance if you receive multiple emails on this subject. I want to make sure I contact everyone.

Happy Swimming!
Denise Smart
Tulsa Masters Swim Club
denises@webzone.net
http://tulsamsc.blogspot.com
www.okswim.org

Monday, October 3, 2011

Upcoming Swim Meets

Hello Swimmers!

TULSA MASTERS NEWS!!
(please reply to Denise at denises@webzone.net)

Good evening Tulsa Masters Swimmers!

Just a quick update for you all this evening.

First of all, WELCOME to all the new swimmers who've joined Tulsa Masters Swim Club in the past few months. Our membership now totals 158 swimmers! Very impressive. Please let me know if you have any questions at all regarding masters swimming. We'd love to have you participate in our workouts, and in our events. I really believe Tulsa Masters has something to offer every level of swimmer. Our website, http://tulsamsc.blogspot.com, is frequently updated with information regarding places to swim, swim events, etc. You'll also get emails from me about from time to time updating you on the latest swimming news. You can also refer to the Oklahoma Masters Swimming website, www.okswim.org, for information regarding masters swimming in the state of Oklahoma.

As for places to swim, please note there are 3 locations in the Tulsa area that offer coached workouts. Charlie Haverstick at the Claremore Rec Center, Donovan Ewing at Bixby High School, and George Villarreal at Jenks Trojan Aquatic Center. Their contact information can be found on the TMSC website. Let me know if you have a standing swim group at another pool. We'd be glad to post it on the blog so new swimmers know they have choices when trying to find a place to swim.

Upcoming events:

October 15:
1st Annual Walmart Masters Swimming Invitational, Walton Life Fitness Center, Bentonville, Arkansas http://www.arkansasmasters.org/MeetInformation/2011_Walmart%20Masters%20Invite_SCY.pdf
Let me know if you are interested in going. We usually try to organize carpools to the out of town meets.

November 5:
Lighthouse Masters Meet, Lighthouse Fitness Center, Oklahoma City Kathy Keffer-Sharpe is the meet director. I haven't seen the meet entry info yet, but will pass it on when I get it. Kathy's email address is filtercam1@gmail.com. Again, we will try to carpool to this meet.

Social events:
Breakfast every Saturday after workout!!
A few of us usually go to eat after the Saturday morning workout at Jenks. Anyone is welcome to join us! Depends on how many are going as to where we go. The workout is over at 10 am, so we are on our way shortly after that.

Christmas Party, December 17th! SAVE THE DATE!!
Don and Nancy Nelson will host the TMSC Christmas Party this year. It is always a fun, dry land activity! Spouses and significant others are welcome. Details at a later date.

FOR SALE:
Tulsa Masters Swim Club caps
Be part of the team! Yellow caps with the TMSC logo in blue. $5.00. Contact me if you want a cap: denises@webzone.net

TALLCHIEF OPEN WATER CHALLENGE T-SHIRTS
There are a few shirts left over from the lake swim that can be purchased for $5.
I have 6 XL and 3 XXL royal blue shirts, pre-shrunk cotton, with our unique Tallchief logo designed by Tulsa Masters member, Jocelyn Wood. Again, contact me if you would like a shirt.

That is all for tonight. See you in the pool!

Denise Smart
Tulsa Masters Swim Club
denises@webzone.net
918-749-2253 (evenings)
http://tulsamsc.blogspot.com
www.okswim.org

Oklahoma
http://oklahomamastersswimming.com

Monday, September 26, 2011

Jenks Pool Lockers

Masters Swimmers,
It has been decided that we will have Masters swimmers use the Competition Pool (new pool) locker room. I know several of you have had lockers for a while, and will have to get a new combo and move your things. For now, we will have access to about 12 lockers in each locker room, men’s and women’s: so far, fewer than a dozen Masters swimmers have decided to obtain a locker. I will get a list of which lockers Masters will be assigned, and then you can move your things. For now, you may start changing in and using the on-deck locker rooms.

George C. Villarreal, Manager
Jenks Trojan Aquatic Center
205 East B Street
Jenks, OK 74036
918.299.4415, ext. 1020

Thursday, September 15, 2011

Tallchief results link

The Tallchief results are official and correct. Here is the link: http://www.onlineraceresults.com/event/view_event.php?event_id=7404

Tuesday, September 13, 2011

Jenks Trojan Aquatic Center - Course Changes

Dear Masters Swimmers,

You will notice that we have changed the pool to the 25 yard dimension, which affords us the use of 19 lanes. We made the change on Monday, and it was a good day to do it. The Jenks Trojan Aquatic Center Competition Pool is a multi-use facility, shared among three competitive programs. The Jenks High School team, the Jenks Trojan Swim Club and the Masters team all use the facility, and there is significant overlap, especially during the evening swim time. Therefore, we needed to accommodate the requirements of the other two programs. We will continue to use the 25 yard courses through the Fall and Winter, though we will look to create a few long course opportunities during this time. Any conversion, however, requires lots of coordination and willing workers, so we me see few changes in the coming months.

Program Notes:
Please be sure you have your USMS registration completed. You must have your registration to participate in practices.
During ALL practices, Masters Swimmers must use the refurbished locker rooms near the 25m pool.
If you want the use of a locker, let me know, and I will furnish you with a combination.

Congratulations to everyone who competed this past weekend, in triathlons or at the Tallchief event!

Also, we will be scheduling a time this fall to have our timing system manufacturer, Daktronics, provide us with a training session. I’d like to invite Masters swimmers to volunteer at meets this year to help run our timing.

See you at the pool!

George C. Villarreal, Manager
Jenks Trojan Aquatic Center
205 East B Street
Jenks, OK 74036
918.299.4415, ext. 1020

Monday, September 12, 2011

Thanks!---fwd note FROM George-- And results link

Hello, Tulsa Tallchief swimmers!

Thanks to all of you for participating today in the Tallchief Open Water Challenge. George asked me to forward the note below to all of you regarding washing our suits out before we return to the Jenks pool, or any other pool for that matter!

Also, the complete results from today's swim will be available later this evening on the DG Productions website. http://dgroadracing.com.

See you in the pool!

Denise
-----Forwarded Message-----
From: George Villarreal
Sent: Sep 11, 2011 1:03 PM
To: Denise
Subject: Thanks!

Denise,
Thanks for a great event! I really enjoyed it.

I wonder if you could pass this on to the rest of the Masters group:

Great job today Tulsa Masters! Great work, great swimming, and you should be proud of yourselves!

I want to ask if you could remember to wash out (in soapy water) any items you wore today in the lake before you use them again at the Jenks Aquatic Center. There has been research indicating that algae and mold spores can migrate from lakes to pools via swim suits and swim items. We have a great pool, and I know we want to keep it looking that way!

Again, great job today, especially to our organizers and volunteers! Thanks to everyone for showing up and representing our team!

Best,

George

Tuesday, September 6, 2011

Tallchief Open Water Challange 2011

Thank you so much for your entry in the Tallchief Open Water Challenge. The current forecast is for sunny skies with a high of 90 degrees. Should be perfect weather for us! It is not too late for your swimming buddies to enter. Early registration, both on line & paper entries, closes at 11:59 pm, Friday September 9th. Entries after that time will be $10 more.

Just a few reminders:

All information pertaining to the swim can be found by going to the TMSC website and clicking on the Tallchief logo. http://tulsamsc.blogspot.com

The event information includes directions to Zink Ranch, start times, etc. Please print this page for reference.

If you follow the directions, you shouldn't get lost. The biggest challenge will be avoiding the construction around downtown Tulsa to make your way to HWY 64/412 going west to Sand Springs/Stillwater. (Participants coming from OKC will not have to worry about this.)

Once on 64/412 going west, DO NOT exit until you get to 129th West Ave. There is a large, green, 'Zink Ranch' sign just before the exit. This is the exit to HWY 97 north, which will take you to Zink Ranch. Please note HWY 97 N will turn into a 2 lane road that has some twists & turns in it. Stay on the main road, do not turn off of it. Look for the event signs along the side of the road to reassure you. You will travel approx 9.7 miles north on this road.

Again, please read the directions given in the event information.

I will stress again that you need to allow plenty of time to find your way to Zink Ranch and Camp Tallchief where this swim is held. These are paved roads, but country roads, so highways speeds are not always safe. Once inside the ranch, the speed limit is pretty tame. We don't want to anger the Ranger! Enjoy the drive. It is beautiful inside the ranch.

The registration table closes at 8:30 am. You should plan to be through the main gate of the ranch no later than 8 am to allow plenty of time to check in and make your way to the start area. Swimmers may begin warming up at 8 am. No one should be in the water unless lifeguard support is present. Please listen to the officials at the start area.

Other info: the water temp should be well over 78 degrees. Wetsuits are not recommended when the water temp exceeds 78 degrees since it could cause a swimmer to over heat. If you choose to wear a wetsuit for safety reasons, please declare so at the registration table so that we may note it in the results. Swimmers wearing wetsuits are not eligible for overall awards. You may refer to the USMS Rulebook part 3 covering Open Water swim events for more information. The rule book is available on line at www.usms.org.

That should do it for now. Enjoy your swim, stay around for some fun afterwards. We will be cooking hamburgers & veggie burgers. Overall awards & a few special awards will be given during the feast. Please stick around. I will start the awards ceremony as soon as possible after the last swimmer is out of the water.
Thanks again for your entry. I know there are many choices in the arena of fitness events. I'm glad you chose the 2011 Tallchief Open Water Challenge!

Denise Smart
Event Director
denises@webzone.net
http://tulsamsc.blogspot.com
www.okswim.org

Thursday, September 1, 2011

Good evening swimming fans!
(Please reply to denises@webzone.net in response to this email)

Tulsa Masters Swim Club is hosting the 4th annual TALLCHIEF OPEN WATER CHALLENGE, Sunday, September 11th. Yes, we know this event conflicts with the TriTulsa event! TAT and TMSC don't want any sporting need to go unmet! :)

"Double it" Weekend: As an enticement to the sprint distance triathletes, I will offer special recognition to anyone who completes the TriTulsa sprint distance race on Saturday and the Tallchief Open Water Challenge on Sunday. Just one requirement: please let me know by Friday, September 9 of your intent to do both.

To register: Please go to the Tulsa Masters website, http://tulsamsc.blogspot.com - click on the Tallchief logo, which will take you straight to the online registration form and all the pertinent information about the event. Register by September 1st (earlier please!) to make sure you get a t-shirt. Please help me spread the word to all our multisport friends.

Upcoming masters swim meets:
October 15: 1st Annual Walmart Masters Swimming Invitational,
Bentonville, Arkansas
http://www.arkansasmasters.org/MeetInformation/2011_Walmart_Masters_Invite_SCY.pdf

November 5: Lighthouse Swim Meet, Oklahoma City. Contact Kathy Keffer-Sharpe, filtercam1@gmail.com

Swim meets are a great place to test your fitness, offering events for all types of swimmers. The Oklahoma Masters Swimming website, www.okswim.org, has results of recent meets in the state. Check it out to see that you do stack up with those you may consider to be "real" swimmers.

Triathlon/Duathlon events:
September 17th: Oklahoma State University's 7th Annual Triathlon presented by Outdoor Adventure. Not a USAT sanctioned event, but it looks fun! It is a Swim, RUN, BIKE triathlon in Stillwater. Check out the event info:
http://campusrec.okstate.edu/sites/default/files/documents/outdooradventure/11/2011%20Trifold%20Registration.pdf

October 1st: Jay Centennial Races, Jay, Oklahoma
https://www.signmeup.com/site/online-event-registration/76112
I believe this is a new event. Includes a USAT sanctioned duathlon, a 5K run, plus some events for the kids, and a parade.

That is all for now. Feel free to contact me at denises@webzone.net or call 918-749-2253.

Hope to see you at Tallchief September 11th!

Denise Smart
Tulsa Masters Swim Club
Tulsa Area Triathlete member
denises@webzone.net
918-749-2253 (evenings)
http://tulsamsc.blogspot.com
www.okswim.org

LUNCH TIME SWIM WORKOUTS at JENKS

LUNCH TIME SWIM WORKOUTS at JENKS start September 6th!!
(please reply to denises@webzone.net)

Good news for those of you who need a place to swim during the weekday:

Coach George Villarreal, george.villarreal@jenksps.org, will offer masters swim workouts at Jenks High School beginning Tuesday, September 6th. The pool will be available Monday through Fridays 11:30 am to 1:00 pm.

Same "rules" apply as for the other masters practices at Jenks High School:

1) You must pay the monthly fee of $25($26.25 for non Jenks residents)to the Jenks Community Education Department, via their website, www.jenkscommunityed.com, look for 'swimming programs' in the list on the left side of the page. You can also call the JCE office to pay over the phone, 918-298-0340.

2) You must join United States Masters Swimming/ Tulsa Masters Swim Club. You can register online at www.usms.org/reg. Put in your zip code to get to the Oklahoma registration page.

There is a lot going on in the swimming world these days. Please refer to the Tulsa Masters website, http://tulsamsc.blogspot.com, for recent emails regarding subjects such as:
--Tallchief Open Water Challenge, September 11th;

--Other up coming swim meets and multisport events;

--Places to swim/ schedules, including coached workouts, in the Tulsa area;

-- and Purchasing your own Tulsa Masters swim cap.

Also, please check out the Oklahoma Masters Swimming website, www.okswim.org, for information about masters swimming across the state.

As always, please feel free to contact me regarding your swimming questions!

Happy Swimming!

Denise Smart
Tulsa Masters Swim Club
Event Director: Tallchief Open Water Challenge denises@webzone.net http://tulsamsc.blogspot.com www.okswim.org

Labor Day masters workout at Jenks 8 am -- NO evening workout!

There WILL be a morning masters workout at the Jenks pool on LABOR DAY, Monday, September 5, 8 to 10 am. (Yes, Saturday morning workout as usual this weekend).

NO EVENING WORKOUT ON LABOR DAY!

Speaking of September, you can pay your September swimming fees on line to Jenks Community Ed. If you haven't bookmarked the JCE website by now, PLEASE DO SO! And add that monthly reminder to your calendar so we don't have to keep nagging you. Go to www.jenkscommunityed.com, look for 'swimming programs' in the sidebar to the left and go from there. OR go to the Tulsa Masters website, http://tulsamsc.blogspot.com, and click on the JCE logo which will take you straight to the website. EASY!

The new swimmers who haven't yet joined United States Masters Swimming (USMS)/ Tulsa Masters Swim Club, we need you to do that, too. Go to www.usms.org/ reg, put in your zip code and you will go to the Oklahoma registration page. Another EASY!

And since I might have your attention, one more plug for the Tallchief Open Water Challenge. In case you've missed previous emails, the event is Sunday September 11. It consists of a 1/2 mile, 1 mile or 2 mile swim. The event is located at Zink Ranch, which is located north of Sand Springs. The venue is a very nice small private lake on the property of the Camp Tallchief Girl Scout camp. The water is clean & relatively clear by Oklahoma standards. Please join us for a fun day at the lake. There will be a cookout afterwards. Your family members are welcome to come out to cheer you on. If you don't want to swim, I'm sure I can use your help to make it a great event for all the swimmers. Please contact me if you have any questions about the lake swim. denises@webzone.net. You can register by going to the TMSC website, http://tulsamsc.blogspot.com, and clicking on the Tallchief logo on the right side of the page.

See you in the pool!

Denise Smart
Tulsa Masters Swim Club

Tuesday, August 23, 2011

Oklahoma News - Mon, Aug 22, 2011

Good evening, Tulsa Masters members!

(Please reply to denises@webzone.net in response to this email)

Several things to tell you this evening. I'll do my best to keep it concise!

1)Thanks to everyone who participated, volunteered, or both at the our meet last Saturday! It was a big success. Thanks to Leslie Sauber for stellar job as meet director. Another big thanks goes to Lloyd Landreth for hosting the social at his office. We must also thank Jenks Public Schools for allowing us to swim and host events in such a fantastic facility. Meet results are posted on the Oklahoma Masters Swimming website: www.okswim.org

2) Next up: the 4th annual TALLCHIEF OPEN WATER CHALLENGE, Sunday, September 11th.
Your anxious event director (me!)needs your entry! Please go to the Tulsa Masters website, http://tulsamsc.blogspot.com - click on the Tallchief logo, which will take you straight to the online registration form and all the pertinent information about the event. Register by September 1st (earlier please!) to make sure you get a t-shirt.

We are competing for participants with the TriTulsa event the same weekend. I need your help to promote the Tallchief event. To entice the triathletes, I will offer special recognition to anyone who "doubles", i.e. does the sprint distance tri on Saturday and the Tallchief event on Sunday. Please help me spread the word to all our multisport friends.

Volunteers are needed, too! Not sure you want to do the open water swim? I need lots of volunteers for this event. Please email me if you can help. Jobs include: setting up the night before, "gate keeper", more set up the morning of the event; registration table; kayakers/canoes; finish line; food set up; clean up crew, etc. Volunteers receive an event t-shirt, and lunch afterwards, plus my never ending gratitude. Email me at denises@webzone.net

3) We have Tulsa Masters swim caps! The caps are yellow with the Tulsa Masters logo in blue. Caps are $5 (1/2 goes to pay for the caps, 1/2 to fund the Christmas party!) Contact me if you'd like a cap. If you are swimming at the Jenks pool, I'm keeping the caps there. Catch me at workout.

4) Coached workouts! There are now THREE pools in the area offering coached workouts to masters swimmers, triathletes and fitness swimmers. Donovan Ewing at Bixby HS and Charlie Haverstick at the Claremore Rec Center continue to offer their services. George Villarreal recently took on the masters group at the Jenks Aquatic Center. Email George at george.villarreal@jenksps.org for more information. We will be updating the website with this information soon.

5) Upcoming masters swim meets:
October 15: 1st Annual Walmart Masters Swimming Invitational, Bentonville, Arkansas http://www.arkansasmasters.org/MeetInformation/2011_Walmart_Masters_Invite_SCY.pdf

November 5: Lighthouse Swim Meet, Oklahoma City. Contact Kathy Keffer-Sharpe, filtercam1@gmail.com

That is all for now. Feel free to contact me at denises@webzone.net or call 918-749-2253.

Hope to see you in the pool!

Denise Smart
Tulsa Masters Swim Club
denises@webzone.net
918-749-2253 (evenings)
http://tulsamsc.blogspot.com
www.okswim.org

Wednesday, August 10, 2011

Calling all swimmers......

Hello swimmers!!

Just one last reminder about the Tulsa Masters Swim Club's annual Oklahoma Memorial State Championship swim meet at the NEW Jenks Trojan Aquatic Center on SATURDAY, AUGUST 13th. Even if you don't think you want to swim, there are plenty of reasons to attend the meet:

#1, most important reason: SUPPORT meet director, Leslie Sauber, and all the volunteers who are working hard to make this a special event. We are getting help from the Jenks Community Education department and the Jenks Trojan Swim Club. They are very excited about supporting the masters club. We want them to see their efforts are worth it! Here is the link to the meet information: http://www.okswim.org/OKmemorialflyer2011.pdf
There is an event or two for all swimmers, regardless of experience and fitness.

#2: Meet fun, new & old swimmers! We've seen an explosion of registered masters members in the state this year. Come to see old friends. Meet new friends!

#3: Come to see, and swim in, the best pool in the region (maybe the country). You won't be disappointed! Indoor 50 meter competition pool, 8 lanes.

#4: Purchase a Tulsa Masters swim cap! Caps will be available at the meet for $5.

#5: Need some last minute swim merchandize? Joy Hancock from the Tulsa Runner will have a table set up at the meet with suits, goggles and other items for purchase.

#6: Opportunity to sign up for the 4th Tallchief Open Water Challenge event, September 11. This is also a Tulsa Masters Swim Club hosted event. Registration forms will be available at the meet. Also on line at http://tulsamsc.blogspot.com.

#7: Meet the newest masters coach in the Tulsa area. George Villarreal has been hired by Jenks Public Schools to manage the Jenks Trojan Aquatic Center and to coach the masters group swimming there. George & his wife just this week moved to Oklahoma from Kentucky. Please join us Saturday to give George a warm (bad choice of words!) welcome!

#8: FINAL REASON: Come for the awesome, catered, indoor, party after the meet at the Landreth Law Firm in Jenks, just 1/2 mile east of the pool. Eat, drink, and be merry! The annual meeting of the Oklahoma Masters Swimming officers will be held as well. Chairman Dewey Smith promises to keep it short & sweet! Right, Dewey?! :)

Any questions? Please contact me at denises@webzone.net. And don't forget to regularly check the websites www.okswim.org and http://tulsamsc.blogspot.com for updated information about masters swimming in Oklahoma.

Thanks for reading my email. See you at the pool!

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




Tuesday, July 19, 2011

Update to Jenks swim schedule

Swimmers,

There will be no EVENING workout on Friday, July 22 at the Jenks pool. There WILL BE the regular masters workout Friday MORNING, 7/22 6 am, and Saturday, July 23 at 8 am. You should have the whole pool both days. Kids are away at a meet.

Please see my previous email sent Sunday evening, July 17, about other changes to the schedule.

Email me with any questions. THANKS!

Denise

Monday, July 18, 2011

Please read: Jenks swim schedule & other news!

Hello swimmers!!!

Just a few things to tell you. Please forgive me if this note ends up being too long!! I am out of town Wednesday July 20- Tuesday July 26. I'll have limited email access during that time. I'm getting far away from it all!!! :)

Most important: **upcoming changes in the workout schedule** JULY 25, Monday: no EVENING masters workout due to a meet using both ends of the pool. Morning group can swim as usual.

JULY 29, Friday, July 30, SATURDAY: NO MASTERS WORKOUTS at all, no am, no pm! BIG meet that weekend at the pool. Age Group Championships. Small pool will be utilized as a warm up/cool down pool.

Heads up that you will see the pool set up as 25 yards again this week through Monday July 25. After that, it should be back to 50 meters through August 20th.

Maybe more important:
PLEASE, PLEASE, PLEASE use the 'adult' locker rooms in the mornings and evenings. We received a vague report that "someone is using the kids locker room and 'they' aren't happy about it!". I have no idea if this complaint came from the morning group or the evening group or if it was in the men's or women's locker room. Bottom line is, just use the adult locker rooms to avoid any problems. We (me or Lloyd) will tell you if if is okay to use the kids locker rooms.

The online enrollment for August is available for sign up on the JCE website, www.jenkscommunityed.com, if you want to be proactive. :) If you are new to the group, and haven't yet joined United States Masters Swimming, please do that as well, www.usms.org/reg.

Other Fun Stuff:

Tulsa Runner, 9708 Riverside Pkwy, (918)494-8800, is now carrying swim apparel and accessories. NIKE products have already arrived, and SPEEDO stuff will be available soon. Joy Hancock, TMSC member and Tulsa Runner employee, is open to suggestions as to sizes and other equipment that should be carried in the store. Thanks for the info, Joy!

**Upcoming Tulsa Masters events**

SATURDAY, AUGUST 13 ***Oklahoma Memorial State Championships at the Jenks Pool. *** This meet replaces the meet we hosted for years at McClure Park Pool. Make plans to set your swim PRs officially in our wonderful new pool. We need your participation, either as a swimmer or volunteer, or both! Even better than swimming in a fast pool, is the really fun social event that will take place AFTER the meet. Lloyd Landreth is hosting the celebration at his office, which is conveniently located less than a mile east of the pool, on 'B' Street. Join us for a cookout with all the fixin's, both edible and drinkable! :) Here is the link to the entry form: http://okswim.org/OKmemorialflyer2011.pdf.

SUNDAY SEPTEMBER 11th ***4th Annual Tallchief Open Water Challenge, Zink Ranch, Sand Springs, OK.*** This is a lake swim consisting of your choice of 1/2 mile, 1 mile, or 2 mile swims. The lake is a small private lake on the Zink Ranch property. Beautiful setting, clean water to swim in. This a great chance to test your open water skills. The first event in 2008 had 30 participants; last year we had 100 swimmers! If open water swimming isn't your thing, I can definitely use your help the day of the event. Sponsors play a big part in making this event top notch. Thanks to Swim Tulsa, Tulsa Area Triathletes, Coach-Janet, Landreth Law Firm, and Leslie Sauber for their continued support. I am still soliciting sponsorship to help cover costs. Sponsors receive one free entry to the event for every $100 donated AND their name on the t-shirt! Please contact me if you know anyone who might be interested in contributing to our event. A portion of the proceeds are donated to the Girl Scouts of Eastern Oklahoma Camp Tallchief scholarship fund as a thank you to the Girl Scouts for allowing us to use their wonderful facility for our event. Go to http://tulsamsc.blogspot.com and click on the Tallchief logo for more information about this event.

I think I've about covered it for now. Please contact me if you have any questions.

Happy Swimming!

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

Monday, July 11, 2011

Going to Ft. Smith meet this weekend??

http://www.arkansasmasters.org/MeetInformation/2011_Fort_Smith_Masters_Meet.pdf

It's not too late to make plans to participate in the Ft. Smith masters meet this Saturday, July 16. Please see the link to the entry form above. The group in Ft. Smith has a great meet every year. It would be awesome to have Tulsa represented at the meet.

Let me know if you are going and are interested in riding together. Dewey Smith, Don Nelson and I are planning to ride together. We can take a couple more people with us easily. The more the merrier.

Thanks!
Denise Smart
Tulsa Masters Swim Club

Thursday, July 7, 2011

5k/10k swim scheduled for July 9 POSTPONED to Aug 20th!!

5k/10k swim scheduled for July 9 POSTPONED!!

Due to unforeseen circumstances, the 5K/10K Postal swim at the Jenks pool has been postponed! We are tentatively rescheduling the swim for August 20TH. Watch your email for details!

YES, there will be masters practice at Jenks at our regular times.

Please contact me with any questions, denises@webzone.net

Keep training!

Denise Smart
Tulsa Masters Swim Club
http://tulsamsc.blogspot.com
www.okswim.org

Thursday, June 30, 2011

Jenks Masters Swim Schedule 4th of July weekend

We will be on our regular schedule for this holiday weekend, EXCEPT no masters workout Monday evening, JULY 4th!

Friday July 1: 6:00 am-- Larry Krutka's b-day workout!
Friday evening 6:00 pm-- regular workout, no age group kids!

Saturday, July 2: 8 to 10 am-- age group kids will be there. We will have our usual 4-5 lanes depending on the size of our group.

MONDAY July 4th: 6 am workout ONLY. I think we will have the whole pool that morning.

Other items to note:
--You can now sign up for the months of July and August on the JCE website, www.jenkscommunityed.com

--To those of you who've recently joined our swim group at Jenks, please note you are also required to join United States Masters Swimming, www.usms.org/reg. Thanks for your interest in swimming!

--There will be no evening workout on July 25th due to the High School Swimming All State meet. We can't use the small pool because of swimming lessons. Darn! A day off!!

I'll let you know of any other changes in the schedule as needed.

Please feel free to contact me or Lloyd if you have any questions about masters swimming at Jenks.

Have a safe holiday weekend. See you in the pool.

Denise Smart
Tulsa Masters Swim Club
http://tulsamsc.blogspot.com
www.okswim.org
918-749-2253

Monday, June 27, 2011

Dear Swimming friends!

Several new swimming "things" to tell you about and reminders about others. Please contact me with any questions. Much of this information is available on the TMSC blog, http://tulsamsc.blogspot.com. In addition, please check out the new and improved Oklahoma Masters Swimming website, http://www.okswim.org, for all information pertaining to masters swimming in the state.

Upcoming Events:

1) July 9: USMS 5K/10K Postal Championship, https://www.clubassistant.com/club/meet_information.cfm?c=1246&smid=2770. Our distance swimming queen, Leslie Sauber, leslie.sauber@att.net, is organizing this event for July 9th at the Jenks pool. Please contact Leslie if you are interested in participating. Please note, if you do want to officially enter the event, you MUST bring someone to count for you during the swim. Those that want to officially enter the event will be accommodated during the regular Saturday morning Jenks masters workout. The rest of us will take the remaining lanes and do our thing. WE WILL HAVE ALL 8 LANES on Saturday, July 9. The kids will be away at a meet. Please see the above link for more info regarding this distance swim event.

2) July 11: Swim-a-Roo, Tulsa, OK sponsored by Tulsa Park & Rec and hosted by Swim Tulsa, 5:30 pm at McClure Park Pool. PLEASE CONTACT ME, denises@webzone.net, if you are interested in participating in this fun meet. The area kids Park & Rec teams will be there in full force. The only events offered are a 50 of each stroke. You can enter 1 event or all 4, your choice. We will swim in the 19 & over age group. I will gather all our entries and turn them in to the meet director. For more information about the event, go to: http://www.swimtulsa.org/osst/__eventform__/160030_Meet%20Info%20SwimARoo%202011.pdf
I need to hear from you by June 30th, if you want to participate! TMSC has been represented at this meet the past 3 years. Let's keep it going!

3) July 16: Ft. Smith Masters Meet, Ft. Smith, AR, http://www.okswim.org/Ft_Smith_Masters_Meet__11.pdf.
Several of the Tulsa swimmers will attend this meet. Email me, denises@webzone.net, if you want to carpool.

4) July 22-24: South Central Zone Championships, The Woodlands, Texas, www.wmst.net/calendar/usms-scz-lc-championships. Tulsa Masters member and Bixby coach, Donovan Ewing, is thinking about attending this event. It would be great to have more Oklahoma swimmers at this meet. Let me know if you are interested in going.

4) August 3-6: USMS Long Course Nationals, Auburn University, Alabama. www.usms.org/comp/lcnats11

6) August 13: OKLAHOMA MEMORIAL STATE CHAMPIONSHIP, hosted by Tulsa Masters Swim Club, NEW location: Jenks Trojan Aquatic Center, Jenks, Oklahoma. Go to the TMSC blog, http://tulsamsc.blogspot.com, scroll down the right side of the page to find the link to the entry information. Leslie Sauber is the meet director, leslie.sauber@att.net.

7) September 11: 4th Annual TALL CHIEF OPEN WATER CHALLENGE, hosted by Tulsa Masters Swim Club, location: Zink Ranch, Sand Springs, OK. Online event information and entry available: https://www.clubassistant.com/club/meet_information.cfm?c=1761&smid=3236
Entries now being accepted. In fact, we received our first online entry today, from MONTANA - my sister! You can contact me for more information, denises@webzone.net

Updates to 'places to swim':

-- No more morning 'masters swim class' at Hutcherson YMCA. Coach Lucas's schedule changed and he is no longer able to offer this class. We want to thank Lucas for giving the former Downtown Y swimmers a place to swim and the motivation to swim hard! You might see Lucas IN THE WATER at Jenks on Saturday mornings!

-- Adult lap swim continues at McClure Park, outdoor 50 meter pool, Tues-Wed-Thurs evenings, 6:30 to 7:30 pm.. Rhonda Feiner suggests swimmers become "friends" with 'Tulsa Parks Pools' on Facebook to get alerts about last minute pool closings & other information. Get your swim pass at the Hicks Community Center, 3443 S. Mingo. A lifeguard will be on deck. You do not have to be a USMS/TMSC member to participate in these open lap swimming sessions. Go here for general Tulsa Park Pool information. The online ' summer fun' guide can be found here. Scroll down to "Fitness/Sports-Aquatics" and look for lap swimming; or call 596-PARK (7275).


I believe that is all for now. Keep Swimming!!

Denise Smart
Tulsa Masters Swim Club
918-749-2253 (evenings)
http://tulsamsc.blogspot.com
www.okswim.org

Thursday, June 16, 2011

Facebook Friend TULSA PARKS POOL for latest information

From: "Freiner, Rhonda"
Sent: Jun 16, 2011 3:41 PM
To: Denise
Subject: McClure Pool

Pass on to the master lap swimmers that McClure is closed for the rest of the day..fecal accident in the pool. Also if they want to be alerted have them ask to be friends with Tulsa Parks' Pool on Facebook. I try to post all the daily pool closings.

Rhonda Freiner
Tulsa Parks
Aquatics/Adult Sports

175 East 2 Street Suite 570
Tulsa Ok 74103-3216
Office: (918) 596-2526
Fax: (918) 699-3290

Tuesday, June 14, 2011

Oklahoma Masters Swimming - New Website Launched!

All Swimmers!

The Oklahoma Masters Swimming website has be updated, please visit the new website at www.okswim.org for the latest updates on swim meets and practices in oklahoma and other meets!

Wednesday, June 8, 2011

Jenks Swim Schedule Friday 6/10 and Saturday 6/11

Hi, swimmers!

Need to let you know that there will be NO masters workout Friday EVENING 6/10. Yes, you can swim FRIDAY morning!!

There is workout Saturday morning 6/11. Norman Kahler will open the pool in my absence. Also the club team will NOT be swimming Saturday morning, so you will have the whole pool and the locker rooms on the deck to use if you want to.

Let me know if you have any questions! I'll be out of town but will try to check email periodically.

Thanks!

Denise
denises@webzone.net

Wednesday, June 1, 2011

Swimming at Jenks next weekend, June 3 & 4

Too many emails today, SORRY!!!

Need to advise everyone that we will swim in the 'instructional pool' (the old pool) next Friday EVENING (June 3) and Saturday morning (June 4). There is a 'Alumni Reunion Meet' for former Jenks swimmers on Saturday morning in the new pool. They will be setting up the pool Friday evening, the meet is Saturday morning.

Yes, we can still swim, but we will swim in the 25m pool instead of the 50m pool. Good flip turn practice!

THANKS for reading all my emails.

Denise

Please read! Date set for TMSC summer meet AND Daktronicstrainingng.

Hello, Tulsa Masters Swim Club Members!!!!

GOOD NEWS!! We have a date for the Oklahoma Memorial Masters State Championship meet! The meet will be August 13th and the brand new, indoor, 50 meter, Jenks Trojan Aquatic Center. Tulsa Masters Swim Club is beginning a new chapter in its history of bringing quality masters swimming competition opportunities to our region.

What happens now??? We now need to IMMEDIATELY identify a meet director! Don't worry, the new meet director won't be in it alone. I will be acting as the liaison between the club and Jenks Public Schools (JPS) for the things pertaining to the facility itself. The meet director will be responsible for the 'other' stuff: obtaining the sanction, the entry form, registration, volunteers, social, etc. And as meet director, many of these things can be DELEGATED to your fellow club members! It is OUR meet, we can ALL help in some way.

PLEASE contact me immediately if you are willing to help. We need to start publicizing the event soon, so people will make plans to attend.

Next on the agenda: Daktronics training. The timing system at the new pool is Daktronics. We need a few Tulsa Masters members to be trained in using this system so we can use it at our meets, specifically for the August meet. I doubt it takes a computer 'geek' to run this system, but it will require some training. So whether you are a 'geek' or not, please email me if you are interested in learning the system so I can get training set up. Again, this is something that needs to happen sooner rather than later. It is VERY important to have electronic timing at our meets.

Bottom line: 1) We need a meet director for the August 13th meet
2) We need to have several Tulsa Masters members participate in training for the Daktronics timing system at the new pool.

PLEASE LET ME HEAR FROM YOU!!!!

Thanks!
Denise Smart
Tulsa Masters Swim Club
918-749-2253 (evenings)
denises@webzone.net
http://tulsamsc.blogspot.com

ALL THINGS SWIMMING!! Save these dates!

Dear Swimming friends!

It is Memorial Day weekend and summer is HERE!! Just a brief reminder/ recap of all the swimming 'stuff' going on over the next few months. Print this note, save these dates! Please contact me with any questions. Much of this information is available on the TMSC blog, http://tulsamsc.blogspot.com

1) May 31: "masters" swim workout starts at Bixby High School, 6 am. Contact Donavan Ewing at dewing@bixbyps.org. You do not have to be a USMS/TMSC member to participate in these coached workouts.

2) June 7: Adult lap swim begins at McClure Park, outdoor 50 meter pool. Tues-Wed-Thurs evenings, 6:30 to 7:30 pm. Get your swim pass at the Hicks Community Center, 3443 S. Mingo. A lifeguard will be on deck. You do not have to be a USMS/TMSC member to participate in these open lap swimming sessions.

3) June 11: Masters Swim Meet in Bentonville, Arkansas. http://www.arkansasmasters.org/MeetInformation/2011_06_11%20NWA_meet_info.pdf

4) June 12: Team St.Louis/St.Louis Area Masters 1 & 2 mile Open Water Swim https://www.clubassistant.com/club/meet_information.cfm?c=1732&smid=3112

5) July 11: Swim-a-Roo, Tulsa, OK sponsored by Tulsa Park & Rec and hosted by Swim Tulsa, 5:30 pm at McClure Park Pool. I'll be putting out more information later in June.

6) July 16: Ft. Smith Masters Meet, Ft. Smith, AR. I will provide a link to the entry form as soon as it is available.

7) July 22-24: South Central Zone Championships, The Woodland, Texas,www.wmst.net/calendar/usms-scz-lc-championships

8) August 3-6: USMS Long Course Nationals, Auburn University, Alabama. www.usms.org/comp/lcnats11

9) August 13: OKLAHOMA MEMORIAL STATE CHAMPIONSHIP, hosted by Tulsa Masters Swim Club, NEW location: Jenks Trojan Aquatic Center, Jenks, Oklahoma. Meet info available soon!

10) September 11: TALL CHIEF OPEN WATER CHALLENGE, hosted by Tulsa Masters Swim Club, location: Zink Ranch, Sand Springs, OK. Event info available soon!

Keep Swimming!!

Denise Smart
Tulsa Masters Swim Club
918-749-2253 (evenings)
http://tulsamsc.blogspot.com

Saturday, May 14, 2011

ADD Wednesday mornings at Jenks to your swim options!

Dear Swimmers:

Morning masters workouts at Jenks will now include WEDNESDAYS! That means you can swim three days/week in the mornings, 6 am to 7:30am. Lloyd Landreth is still your contact, llandreth@landrethlaw.com , for the morning swims, but Leslie Sauber will be 'in charge' on Wednesday mornings when Lloyd can't be there. Please see the information below, especially the arrival time!

Also, in case you've missed it in other emails, we are swimming FIVE nights per week (6 pm to 7:30 pm) AND Saturday mornings (8 to 10 am) at the new Jenks Pool. I'm your contact for questions regarding these workouts.

Happy Swimming!!
Denise Smart
Tulsa Masters Swim Club
918-749-2253
http://tulsamsc.blogspot.com
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Here are the policies we MUST adhere to: (In the mornings only!)

• Ben will be there for Rise and Shine, so the doors will be unlocked UNTIL Ben leaves around 6:00 AM or shortly thereafter, so be there a few minutes BEFORE 6:00 AM
• Ben will lock the outside doors when he leaves, so anyone trying to get in after Ben leaves is out of luck unless you let them in. This will change when the Club starts swimming in the AM.
• Morning Swim is over at 7:30 AM, so please make sure all Masters swimmers are out at that time.
• No one swims alone
• You will not have to unlock or lock anything.
• Ben or Denise or I will let you know once we get keys to the remodeled locker rooms. Until then, use the new ones. Not as big an issue until school is out and the Club starts swimming in the morning.
• Do a sign-in sheet each morning and either drop them in my mailbox or fax to me or scan and email to me.

Also: Denise sent out info regarding fees/ method of payment. Try to pay ASAP so we keep everyone happy. From Denise:
If you plan to be a regular swimmer at Jenks, you need to pay! Please go to the Jenks Community Ed (JCE) website,http://jenkscommunityed.com/classes.asp?categoryid=24&categoryname=Master%20Swim. We will pay by the month. Please note that if you are over 62 yrs old AND a Jenks resident, you are eligible for an additional discount. Please read the info on the link above and call the JCE office directly.
In addition to the monthly fee paid to JCE, you are required to join United States Masters Swimming- Tulsa Masters Swim Club. This is an annual fee. Please go to www.usms.org/reg and go from there. Quick and easy.

Wednesday, May 4, 2011

Informational Update to Jenks and new place to swim - Bixby High School

Informational Update to Jenks and new place to swim - Bixby High School

1) Jenks Trojan Aquatic Center, located at 'B' Street & Birch St in Jenks, OK. (western edge of the Jenks HS campus). Please go to the Jenks Community Education website to register, http://jenkscommunityed.com/classes.asp?categoryid=46&categoryname=Sports%20&%20Fitness%20for%20Adults
to sign up for Masters workouts and the Rise and Shine swims.

MASTERS WORKOUTS:
The masters workouts below are currently 'swimmer coached'. An annual USMS membership is required to participate in the masters workouts. Register at www.usms.org/reg, $40/yr. Swimmers must also sign up through Jenks Community Ed (see website above). Cost is currently $25/ month.
We do anticipate our very own masters coach to be hired and on deck in the near future!!! Also coming in the near future, LUNCH TIME masters workouts!!

MORNING Masters WORKOUTS: 6 to 7:30 am Monday AND Fridays ONLY for now. Contact Lloyd Landreth, llandreth@landrethlaw.com for details.

EVENING Masters WORKOUTS: 6 to 7:30 pm Monday through Friday, 5 nights per week! Contact Denise Smart, denises@webzone.net

SATURDAY MORNING Masters WORKOUTS: 8 to 10 am. Contact Denise Smart, denises@webzone.net

LAP SWIM:
RISE & SHINE lap swim at Jenks: 5 am to 6 am, Monday, Wednesday and Friday mornings. contact Ben Thorman, BenT@flintco.com. This is not a masters workout, no coach on deck, swimmers do their own thing. A USMS membership is NOT required for the Rise & Shine swim. Sign up through Jenks Community Ed (website above). Cost is $20/ month.


6) Bixby High School:
MORNING Masters WORKOUTS beginning May 31st until school starts in the fall: 6 to 8 am, Monday through Friday, 5 days/week! COACHED workouts by Coach Donovan Ewing. Donovan is the Bixby Aquatics Director and Head Coach of the Bixby HS Team and the Bixby Swim Club. Cost is $15 per week or a $5 drop in fee. You do NOT have to join USMS to participate in this workout. Contact Donovan Ewing, dewing@bixbyps.org.

Wednesday, April 27, 2011

Add another pool to the list! Claremore Rec Center

Hello, again, swimmers!

The list of places to swim in the Tulsa area continues to grow. Please add the Claremore Rec Center to the list I sent out last night. The Claremore Rec Center is an awesome 25 yd by 25 meter indoor pool. Triathletes know it as the location of the Spring Fever Triathlon. Tulsa Masters used the pool for our spring meet for a few years before the BTW HS was completed. http://www.claremorecity.com/index.aspx?nid=226

Claremore Rec Center is offering workouts for adult swimmers, not just Masters, starting at 6:30 pm on Monday, Tuesday and Thursday evenings for $35 per month. They will be expanding to Friday evenings in May. Tuesday & Thursday morning workouts, 6 am, will start in May as well.

The Claremore Rec Center is located at 595 Veteran’s Pkwy, Claremore, OK 74017, phone(918) 341-4516. Call Charlie Haverstick at 918-770-6204 or email him at cfhaverstick@yahoo.com for more information.

KEEP SWIMMING!!!

Denise Smart
Tulsa Masters Swim Club
(918) 749-2253 (evenings)
denises@webzone.net
http://tulsamsc.blogspot.com

Sunday, April 24, 2011

SWIM INFO!!! BTW, McCLURE, Hutcherson Y, ORU, and JENKS!!!


Hello Swimmers!!!

SWIM INFO!!! BTW, McCLURE, Hutcherson Y, ORU, and JENKS!!!

Below is a description of everything I know about the options to swim in the Tulsa area for the next few months! This information will be posted on the TMSC blog as well, http://tulsamsc.blogspot.com.

BOOKER T. WASHINGTON HS: April 25- April 29, 2011--> LAST WEEK OF WORKOUTS at BTW :(
5 to 7 pm, Monday-Friday.

MCCLURE PARK POOL, outdoor 50 m pool, 7440 E. 7th Street.
NEW THIS YEAR! Starting TUESDAY JUNE 7th, 2011 Adult (18 & over) lap swimming, 6:30 to 7:30pm, TUESDAY, WEDNESDAY, and THURSDAY evenings, through Thursday August 11th, 2011. Offered by the Tulsa Parks Department. A lifeguard will be on deck for that hour. No coach, swimmers do their own thing. Swimmers will purchase a pool pass from the Parks Department. Cost: $20 for 10 swims, $55 for the entire summer, or $5 for drop in. You must purchase the swim pass at the Hicks Community Center, 3443 S. Mingo. You DO NOT have to be a masters member to swim.

HUTCHERSON YMCA, Pine & Peoria, (918) 382-9622: 'Masters Swim Class', Monday, Wednesday & Friday mornings, 5:45 to 6:45 am. Some 'coach on deck' workouts, some swimmer organized workouts. Y members pay $10 a month. Non- YMCA members are allowed for a slightly higher monthly fee. You DO NOT have to be a masters member to swim in this workout either.

ORAL ROBERTS UNIVERSITY: Members of Tulsa Area Triathletes (TAT) have the benefit of swimming Tuesday & Thursday nights, 6:00 pm to 7:00 pm at the in-door pool in the ORU-Kenneth H. Cooper Aerobics Center. See the TAT website for more information, http://tatok.com/swim. OR email: membership@tatok.com

JENKS TROJAN AQUATIC CENTER: 'B' Street & Birch Street, Jenks, OK, Brand new, indoor, state of the art, 50 meter x 25 yard pool. 8 lanes in the summer when the pool is configured as a 50 m pool. Please note that masters will have reserved pool time 3 x/ day, 5 days per week, and Saturday mornings WHEN WE ARE UP TO FULL SPEED. There will also be open lap swim times EVENTUALLY. The new Facility Director AND Masters Coach has not arrived yet, so we are covering the best we can until staff is in place.

Read below:

MONDAY April 25, 2011 6 - 7:30am: Morning workouts begin! We should have all 8 lanes. Please contact Lloyd Landreth if you are interested in swimming at this time, llandreth@landrethlaw.com. Lloyd will be able to cover the Monday & Friday swims, the other days depend on his travel schedule. Please stay in touch with Lloyd. Again, we should be up to 5 days a week once the new staff is in place.

SATURDAY April 30, 2011 8 to 10 am: Saturday workouts resume. We will have all 8 lanes. I will be responsible for this workout until the new staff is in place. denises@webzone.net

MONDAY MAY 2, 2011 6:00 to 7:30pm: Evening workouts begin! I will also be responsible for this workout until the new staff arrives. denises@webzone.net. We may have to share the pool for the month of May until school gets out. After that, all 8 lanes should be ours!

RISE & SHINE, 5:00 am to 6 am, Monday, Wednesday, & Friday mornings. This is an adult lap swimming session, not a masters workout. No coach, swimmers do their own thing. I'm not sure when this program will start so PLEASE contact Ben Thorman for more info before you show up before the crack of dawn!

COMING SOON: Lunch time masters workouts- 12:00pm to 1:30 pm. This will begin once staff is in place. Watch your email for more info.

We encourage all swimmers including competitive (meet) swimmers, triathletes, and fitness swimmers at the Jenks masters workouts. This is not a learn-to-swim program. Until the new coach arrives, the swimmers will be making up the workouts each day. We encourage group workouts as they are more fun, and allow you to advance your fitness goals. We will offer a mixture of freestyle sets with the other 3 competitive strokes. Don't be intimidated if you can't swim all the strokes. Freestyle is always an option. The other swimmers and the new coach can help you expand your swimming portfolio if you desire.

For the first two weeks or so at the new Jenks pool, you will not have to pay to use the pool. Come check it out, see if you like it. I will let you know when you will need to officially sign up and how to do it. Until then, all swimmers will sign a release (just once) and sign in each time they swim. I've attached the release to this email. You can print it and bring it with you, or I will have copies at the pool. This will also be posted on our blog.

Swimming is getting big time in the Tulsa area. I hope all of you will join us in the pool at one time or another. Watch for more information as I get it. Please feel free to contact me with all your questions!

Thanks!
Denise Smart
Tulsa Masters Swim Club
denises@webzone.net
918-749-2253 (evenings)

Monday, April 18, 2011

2011 April Pools Results








SwimAmerica: Redskin Learn to Swim Camp

Do you have children or grandchildren in need of swimming lessons this summer?

SwimTulsa conducts the Redskin Learn to Swim Camp featuring SwimAmerica Lessons year round at the Union 6th & 7th grade center. A summer session will begin June 6th. This learn to swim program is offered for school aged swimmers ages 4 and older.

For more information, please go to the SwimTulsa website: www.swimtulsa.org, and hit the button for SwimAmerica Swim Lessons, or contact Melissa Powell at melissapowell@swimtulsa.org.

Thanks!

Denise Smart
Tulsa Masters Swim Club

Wednesday, April 13, 2011

Thanks for your participation in the 2011 April Pools Swim Meet!

Hello swimmers, volunteers, and supporters:

I wish to thank all of you for making the 2011 April Pools meet a success. BIGGEST thank you to our officials Russell Hurst and Annette Vickery, and to our computer man, Gene Vickery. Also to Coach (and swimmer) Jason Sauer for assisting in getting Tulsa Public Schools to give permission to rent the pool for the meet. The meet would not happen without these four people! Oh, one more person I should add to the list is my boyfriend, Steve Lee! I can't be a meet director if Steve isn't around to keep me in line. THANK YOU!

Next big thank you goes to everyone who responded to my request for help at the meet. Coach Jason's Booker T. Washington HS swim team cleaned the pool deck and tested the touch pads for us. Thanks to the timers and to those of you who came early to help me get things set up before the meet, and to those that stayed a little longer to help clean up. Swimmers, if someone in your support crew assisted in timing, and they aren't getting this email, please thank them for me. Events big and small require a lot of volunteers, so thank you so much for all you did to help me with this meet.

Finally, thanks to all the swimmers who participated in the meet. We had a good turnout in 35 swimmers. Of course, I always strive for more entries so I hope you will recruit your swimming buddies for future masters meets.

Allow me to give you a few tidbits about some of the swimmers:
--I'd like to recognize Ruth Atkinson, who at 74 yrs old, swam in her first masters meet. Her BTW swim group is so proud of her!
--It was fun to have former Tulsan David Zimmerman at the meet with his swim group from Missouri. Rick Wooden, I hope you will swim some individual events at the next masters meet!
--Good luck to Sean Callan who is going to USMS Nationals in Arizona at the end of the month.
--Courtney Nichols, who I've know since she was an age group swimmer for Swim Tulsa, swam today along with her husband, Casey. Leslie Ellis, another new masters swimmer, swam for Coach Courtney at Broken Arrow HS just a few years ago.
--Thanks to Thad Davis for representing Kansas at our meet! Thad is from Wichita.
--Colin & Kriss McClain's daughters, Sophia and Briana, help to time during the meet. The McClains, along with Tonya Vandermey, swim in Arkansas.

We are in the process of finalizing the results and they should be posted very soon. I will send out another email when they are ready for viewing. Any state or citizen records will be indicated on the results. I also have split sheets for each swimmer. If you swam an event over a 50 in distance, you will have a split time. I will send these out individually, so give me time to get that done.

Last, to those of you that went to eat at Spaghetti Warehouse: so sorry for the delay in getting seated. We arrived much earlier than expected and they weren't ready for us. Totally my fault in planning that one, so PLEASE don't hold it against S.W. Once we got some food in our bellies, everything was great! Live & Learn! Can someone take over the party planning next year, please! :)

Again, I very much appreciate your support of the April Pools meet. Please let me know if you have any suggestions on how to make it better. There is a very good chance that this meet will move to a new venue (brand new pool) next year. I hope to see all of you at upcoming masters events. I believe next on the schedule in our area is the Bentonville, AR meet June 11. As for Tulsa events, you can expect a long course meet in August-- no date set yet. Also, the 4th annual Tallchief Open Water Challenge will be September 11 at Zink Ranch in Sand Springs.

That's all for now. Keep Swimming!!

Denise Smart
Tulsa Masters Swim Club
918-749-2253

Swim at Booker T. Washington through the end of April

I think everyone knows that Jason won't be on deck at BTW anymore! :(

BUT Jason made arrangements with TPS/ BTW to allow us to continue to swim in the evenings through the end of April. Normal time, 5 to 7 pm, Monday through Friday.

New routine: whoever arrives first just needs to find the janitor to open the pool. They are expecting us, so it shouldn't be a problem. If you don't immediately encounter the janitor when you wander down the hall, you can go to the guards desk and they will call. We only need to make sure the door is shut when we leave. I am hardly ever there by 5pm so don't wait on me to get things open.

PLEASE do not get into the pool if no one else is there. Safety first!!

Workouts: Elissa is happy to make up workouts on the days she is there. If no one has put up a workout by the time I get to the pool, I'll do it!! :)

I have a card for Jason for everyone to sign. Some of you who were at the meet have already signed it. I'll bring it to the pool this week to get the rest of you.

I'm still waiting for official word on when the Jenks pool will be open for business. I do anticipate we will be able to swim there starting May 2. You should have your choice of workout times, not just evenings only. I'll let you know as soon as I get the details.

There will be adult lap swimming at McClure starting June 7th. This will NOT be a Tulsa Masters only workout. It will be open to the public, but will be for adults 18 & over. There will be a lifeguard on duty. You can swim Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday evenings from 6:30 to 7:30 pm. Swimmers will be required to buy a swim pass from the Parks Department. The cost is $20 for 10 swims or $55 for the whole summer. Not a bad deal. I'll send out the details on where to buy the swim pass as soon as I get it from Rhonda.

See you at BTW. I will be there tomorrow evening (hopefully by 5 pm), Elissa will not be there.

Denise

Sunday, April 3, 2011

One final reminder about April Pools meet, April 9th, BTW HS

Hello swimming friends!!

This is the last reminder (yay!) you will receive from me about the April Pools Swim Meet this coming Saturday, April 9th at Booker T. Washington HS! I hope you are making plans to swim or at least come by to volunteer for a while. It takes a full pool of people to make the meet a success. Thanks to those of you who've already entered or contacted me to say you can volunteer, and also to those that have sent their regrets for not being able to attend.

In case you STILL haven't looked at the entry form, the meet is Saturday, April 9 at Booker T. Washington HS. Warm up begins at 9 am, the meet starts at 10 am. Download the meet information from the TMSC blog, http://tulsamsc.blogspot.com. Scroll down the page & you'll see the link on the right side of the page. Or you can click on the actual entry form found on the left side of the page. I am the meet director, so be sure to contact me if you have any questions. Get your entry to me by Wednesday, April 7th to avoid the $5 late fee.

Update on the social: we will be going to the Spaghetti Warehouse this year after the meet. It is located downtown and only a couple of miles from the pool. TMSC will pay for some appetizers for everyone to share. You can order whatever you want from the menu at your expense. Please plan to join us for some post meet carbo loading.

I'm still soliciting (begging!) for volunteers the day of the meet. We must have at least 12 timers behind the blocks to start the meet on time at 10 am. There are other jobs that day that I can delegate as well. If you are bringing your support crew with you to the meet, please ask them if they'd be willing to help out. No experience necessary, we will train! I can offer community service hours to high school students. Even if they can't be there all day, I can use whatever time they do have available. The meet begins at 10 am and should be over by 2 pm.

Hope to see ALL of you, one way or another, at the meet on April 9th. As always, please contact me with your questions.

THANKS!

Denise Smart
Tulsa Masters Swim Club
918-749-2253

Monday, March 28, 2011

Friendly reminder-- April Pools Swim Meet is April 9th!! (tmsc)

Good day, swimmers!

Just want to remind you the annual April Pools Swim Meet hosted by Tulsa Masters Swim Club is less than TWO WEEKS away! I hope you are making plans to swim or at least come by to volunteer for a while. Thanks to those of you who've already entered.

Saturday, April 9 is the date. Booker T. Washington HS is the location. Warm up begins at 9 am, the meet starts at 10 am. Download the meet information from the TMSC blog, http://tulsamsc.blogspot.com. Scroll down the page & you'll see the link on the right side of the page. Or you can click on the actual entry form found on the left side of the page. I am the meet director, so be sure to contact me if you have any questions.

I can definitely use volunteers the day of the meet. We must have at least 12 timers behind the blocks during the meet. There are other jobs that day that I can delegate as well. No experience necessary, we will train you! Even if you can't be there all day, I can use you during whatever time you have available. The meet begins at 10 am and should be over by 2 pm. Your non swimming family members are welcome to volunteer as well.

Hope to see ALL of you, one way or another, at the meet on April 9th. As always, please contact me with your questions.

THANKS!

Denise Smart
Tulsa Masters Swim Club
918-749-2253

Monday, March 14, 2011

April Pools Swim Meet, Tulsa, OK April 9, 2011

Hello Swimmers!

How are you feeling today after the time change?? The clouds and cool temps definitely don't help relieve my grogginess!

With spring soon arriving, so does the annual April Pools Swim Meet hosted by Tulsa Masters Swim Club.
The meet takes place Saturday, April 9 at Booker T. Washington HS. Download the meet information from the TMSC blog, http://tulsamsc.blogspot.com. Scroll down the page & you'll see the link on the right side of the page. Or you can click on the actual entry form found on the left side of the page. I am the meet director, so be sure to contact me if you have any questions.

Not sure you're up for swimming in a meet right now? I can definitely use volunteers the day of the meet. We must have at least 12 timers during the meet. There are other jobs that day that I can delegate as well. No experience necessary, we will train you! Even if you can't be there all day, I can use you during whatever time you have available. The meet begins at 10 am and should be over by 2 pm. Your non swimming family members are welcome to volunteer as well.

Hope to see ALL of you, one way or another, at the meet on April 9th. As always, please contact me with your questions.

THANKS!

Denise Smart
Tulsa Masters Swim Club
918-749-2253

Sunday, February 27, 2011

Reminders...

Hello swimmers!!

A friendly reminder that the ROSE STATE swim meet in Midwest City, OK is NEXT Saturday, March 5. Warm-up at 12:15 pm, meet starts at 1:15 pm. Come one, come all. It's been a while since we've had a meet. You can find the entry form and all the details at http://oklahomamastersswimclub.com/SwimEvents/RoseState/11RSFlyer.pdf.
Janet Latham is the meet director: janet.latham@okc.gov

Tulsa area swimmers, please email me if you plan to go to the meet and are interested in carpooling.

The next sanctioned masters event in Oklahoma is APRIL 9th in Tulsa, OK. The annual April Pools Swim Meet at Booker T. Washington HS. I'll be your meet director again this year, denises@webzone.net. You can find the entry form at http://tulsamsc.blogspot.com. Just scroll down until you see the entry form, click on it, print it. I'll be bugging you again about attending this meet after we complete the Rose State meet.

There are a couple of other events organized by masters swimmers in which you may have interest:

1)Saturday March 26th 10 am: Hutcherson YMCA Strong Kids campaign organized by Nick Irving, masters swimmer and awesome Aquatics Director at the Hutcherson YMCA, Pine & Peoria, Tulsa, OK. Help a kid get swimming lessons by participating in your favorite pool event. Choose from 100 x 50s, walking 100 loops in the lazy river, or 100 trips down the slide. Something for everyone. Please see the attached poster for details or email Nick Iriving, nirving@ymcatulsa.org. You DO NOT have to be a YMCA member or a USMS member to participate in this fundraising event.

2) Also on March 26th, 1:30 pm in Okarche, OK, the 'March in Okarche Duathlon'. Okay, so no swimming involved but Desiree Margagliano, a Tulsa Masters Swim Club member, is the race director for this Tri-OKC event. Find more info at http://www.triokc.org/?page_id=5, or email Desiree, desiree-margagliano@ouhsc.edu.

That's all for now. Keep swimming!!

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

Thursday, February 10, 2011

Weekend Swimming Option

With the closing of the Jenks pool this month the Hutcherson Y will have times for both members and non-members to workout. For Y members it will be free, and for those non-members it is $5.00 per workout (50% off the normal day fee!)

Rose State College Meet



Sunday, January 30, 2011

Saturday, January 29, 2011

Jenks Swimming

This note is really about workouts in the month of February, and the opening of the brand new facility.

It looks like February 19th will be our LAST swim at the existing Jenks pool before the NEW Jenks Aquatic Center opens. February 19th also may be our ONLY day to swim at Jenks HS in February. Please read on....

Here's the deal:
There is a high school meet February 5th. They need the pool early, thus knocking us out of the pool. No Saturday swim on February 5th.

There is an age group meet on February 12th. We have an option to swim really early and be done by 7:15 am (say swim at 6:00 am to 7:15) OR swim in the afternoon after 2 pm. As long as there are at least 2 people who want to swim, it can be done. I will be out of town that weekend, so don't count on me. PLEASE LET ME KNOW YOUR VOTE on IF you want to swim that day, and if so, WHAT TIME DO YOU PREFER. I will notify Alice in the Community Ed office of our decision.

As I said above, our last swim, as we now know it, will be February 19th. The pool will close on February 24 for approximately 7-8 weeks. The existing pool will undergo remodeling and the finishing touches will be put on the new pool. The date of the grand opening of the entire facility hasn't been set but the expectation is around April 20th or so.

We should be back in the water, in the new pool, for our Saturday workouts, in May.

As for registration for February, I think we are only going to pay $5, regardless if we swim one day or two. If you've already paid for February, I think the Community Ed off can either refund your money or carry the balance to May. I'll let you know for sure what JCD want us to do. www.jenkscommunityed.com

Please contact me if you have any questions. Hope to see you in the morning!

Sunday, January 23, 2011

Postal Swim Photos

The 1 Hour Postal Swim was held on January 22nd, 2011 at the Jenks pool. Here are a few photos from the event.























Thursday, January 20, 2011

February Fitness Challenge!

Need more motivation to swim during the cold winter months?? You have the 1 Hour Swim in January and now the the Fitness Challenge in February!

The Tualatin Hills Barracudas, a USMS club in Oregon, is hosting the February Fitness Challenge, another "postal" event that you can do on your own, in your own pool, on your own time. Please go to http://www.barracudas.org/pool/febfitness/ffc.htm for all the information about the event.

The website should tell you everything you need to know, but if you have any questions, please contact me & I'll try to answer them.

And while I have your attention..... please save the date of April 9, 2011 for the Tulsa Masters Swim Club April Pools Swim Meet at Booker T. Washington HS. I'll have the entry forms ready to go very soon.

Tuesday, January 18, 2011

Postal Swim - This Saturday!

WE ARE ON for the one hour postal swim on January 22 at Jenks. PLEASE NOTE we will start at 7 am sharp as there is a High School meet at the pool later that morning. We need to be finished by 9 am and out of their way.

For more info on the postal swim, go to http://www.usms.org/longdist/ldnats11/#postals and scroll down to "2011 Postal Swims". Do this event for fun, just to see how far you can swim in an hour. You don't have to officially enter the competition, but you can still participate. We will have 2 heats & take turns counting for each other, so be prepared to stay the full 2 hrs so that everyone who wants to swim gets to swim. If you have a loved one who wants to count for you, great, bring him/her with you. Depending on the number of swimmers we have, we may be able to leave one lane open for those who just absolutely refuse to play! :)

Any masters swimmer is welcome to participate in this fun event. If you haven't joined/renewed your membership for 2011, go to www.usms.org.reg to quickly register. If you are not a regular Saturday swimmer at Jenks HS, there will be a $5 drop in fee that will go to the Jenks Community Ed Department. I will collect that fee Saturday morning & turn it in. If you'd like to join us on a regular basis for the Saturday workouts, please register at https://jenkscommunityed.com/index.asp --> Masters Swim to register. If you have any problems enrolling on line, please call the office, 299-4415.

Contact me with any questions. Hope to see a bunch of you at Jenks HS Saturday morning. First heat goes at 7 am. It will be fun, I promise. How about breakfast afterward??

Thanks to the Jenks Community Ed Department, Alice Bowling, for working out a compromise with Coach Turner to allow us to swim Saturday morning.

Sunday, January 16, 2011

Hutcherson Pool is OPEN!

The Hutcherson pool is now back in operation! We hope to see you all in the pool soon.

Sincerely,

Nicholas Irving
Hutcherson Aquatics Director

Tuesday, January 11, 2011

Reminder - Jenks Postal Swim - January 22nd

Also mark your calendar for the one hour postal swim on January 22 at Jenks. For more info on the postal swim, go to http://www.usms.org/longdist/ldnats11/#postals and scroll down to "2011 Postal Swims". Do this event for fun, just to see how far you can swim in an hour. You don't have to officially enter the competition, but you can still participate. We will have 2 heats & take turns counting for each other, so be prepared to stay the full 2 hrs so that everyone who wants to swim gets to swim. Depending on the
number of swimmers we have, we may be able to leave one lane open for those who
just absolutely refuse to play! :) More info on our postal swim to come via email.

Hutcherson Pool Closure

The Hutcherson pool will be closed until Thursday. An issue with the heater has caused pool temperatures to dip below an acceptable level. The repair company has been in and ordered the necessary part which will arrive on Wednesday afternoon. We plan to be fully operational on Thursday morning at 5:30 a.m.

The Owasso and Thornton pools remain open for members of the Y.

Please contact Nicholas Irving at the Hutcherson Y with questions.

Thank you,

Nicholas Irving

Sunday, January 9, 2011

Saturday Jenks Swimming

Hello, TMSC members!!

Enrollment is now available for our Saturday swim workouts at Jenks High School for the months of January & February. Please go to https://jenkscommunityed.com/index.asp --> Masters Swim to register. If you have any problems enrolling on line, please call the office, 299-4415.

Please note that registration is also available on the site for March, April & May. I suggest that you only enroll in January & February. We anticipate the existing HS pool to close at the end of February for some remodeling before the entire, new, aquatic center complex opens. The exact date of the grand opening is yet to be set. I'm almost positive we won't get to swim there in March, and maybe not April either. I'll keep you posted!

I do know that we won't be able to swim on Saturday, February 12 as there is an kids meet at the pool that weekend.

In the meantime, join us for fun group workouts on Saturdays in January & February. The workouts are friendly to all swimming levels, and freestyle is an accepted substitute if you aren't skilled at the other strokes. We have the pool from 8 to 10 am, but we are usually out of the water by 9:30 or so, just depends on the group & how soon we get going. We occasionally go out to breakfast afterwards for some dry land training!

Also mark your calendar for the one hour postal swim on January 22 at Jenks. For more info on the postal swim, go to http://www.usms.org/longdist/ldnats11/#postals and scroll down to "2011 Postal Swims". Do this event for fun, just to see how far you can swim in an hour. You don't have to officially enter the competition, but you can still participate. We will have 2 heats & take turns counting for each other, so be prepared to stay the full 2 hrs so that everyone who wants to swim gets to swim. Depending on the number of swimmers we have, we may be able to leave one lane open for those who just absolutely refuse to play! :) More info on our postal swim to come via email.

AGAIN....You MUST sign up through the Jenks Community Ed Department to swim on Saturdays and you MUST be a current 2011 USMS member. (go to http://www.usms.org/reg to renew) If you only want to come on Jan 22nd for the postal swim, I will collect $5 from you to cover your swim fee for that one day only.

Hope to see YOU in the pool at Jenks HS!

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

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