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.

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 for more information.


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

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,

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, OR email:

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, 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.

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. 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!

Denise Smart
Tulsa Masters Swim Club
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:, and hit the button for SwimAmerica Swim Lessons, or contact Melissa Powell at


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

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.


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, 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.


Denise Smart
Tulsa Masters Swim Club

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