Sunday, November 18, 2012

TMSC Christmas Party

Tulsa Masters Swimming Club Christmas Party is scheduled for Saturday, December 8th at Perryman Ranch (11524 South Elwood, Jenks, OK, 74037). Come enjoy holiday festivities and a BBQ dinner with the Masters team. Bring your spouse or significant other as well! Cost: $10.00/person. Sign up at now to get your reservation.

Wednesday, November 7, 2012

Jenks Pool Schedule for November and December 2012

Here is the collective schedule for Nov and Dec: Thurs. Nov 8- High School meet (no evening masters swim) Tues. Nov 13 -Park & Rec meet Thurs. Nov 15- High School meet (no evening masters swim) SATURDAY & SUNDAY November 17 & 18th: Turkey Splash- USA Swimming meet (no masters swim on Saturday) Monday Nov 19th: Park & Rec meet Thursday Nov 29: High School meet (no evening masters swim) Saturday Dec 1: High School meet (check with George re: masters workout)

November b-day workout, Nov 10, Jenks pool!

Good evening Tulsa Masters Swimmers!! Several of your fellow Tulsa Masters members are celebrating birthdays in November. Join us at the Jenks Trojan Aquatic Center on Saturday, November 10th, 8 am to collectively celebrate our birthdays. Yes, I'm one of them and this is a BIG milestone birthday for me. I plan to make the most of it. In addition to myself, the others celebrating birthdays in November are Joy Hancock, Don Nelson, Dewey Smith, George Villarreal, and Carolyn Westervelt. I'm sure there are others that I'm forgetting, or that I don't know about. I don't mean to leave any one out. After a fun swim, let's go out for breakfast! See you at the pool! OTHER ITEMS of INTEREST: You can now renew your USMS/TMSC membership for 2013. Enjoy early bird discounts from USMS sponsors. THANKS TO ALL OF YOU WHO HAVE ALREADY RENEWED THIS MONTH! And welcome to three brand new Tulsa Masters members: Lisa Butler, Blair Brockman and Rebecca Camfield. Canned Food Drive benefitting the Jenks Community Food Bank, now through November 15th. Drop off your donations at the Jenks pool. There is a box to collect our donations sitting outside of David's office in the lobby area of the pool. DECEMBER 8th, 2012: Annual Tulsa Masters Christmas Party, Perryman Ranch. An official invitation will be in the mail soon with all the details. Plus email reminders from me, of course! :) That's all for now. I hope to see a bunch of you at the pool next Saturday for the November birthday workout! Just keep swimming! Denise Smart Tulsa Masters Swim Club

Tuesday, October 2, 2012

SAVE THE DATE! - TMSC Christmas Party

YES, It is a few hours short of October 1st, but the holiday season is fast approaching! SAVE THE DATE: DECEMBER 8, 2012 FOR WHAT?? the Tulsa Masters Christmas Party! Okay, WHERE? Perryman Ranch, Jenks, Oklahoma Just plug it into your calendar for now, we'll get back to you with the details! Thanks! The Christmas Party Elves Andrea Gillman, Liz Lazar, Denise Freisberg, Joy Hancock and Leslie Sauber

Sunday, September 30, 2012

Oklahoma News - Tue, Sep 25, 2012

Hello Swimmers Colin, The October 13th Wal-Mart Invitational in Bentonville, AR has been postponed. Please see Tonya Vandermey's email below. I hope everyone plans to attend "Kathy's meet", the Lighthouse Swim Meet in OKC, November 3. Watch for the new entry form to be posted on Kathy Keffer-Sharpe is the meet director, Just keep swimming! Denise Smart Tulsa Masters Swim Club -----Forwarded Message----- From: Tonya Vandermey - t1vande Sent: Sep 22, 2012 10:29 AM Subject: Oct. 13 meet postponed Our pool is down for a few weeks so we will not be having the Oct. 13 meet. We will look at rescheduling once the pool is up and running again. Can you put this on the website calendar? Tonya Vandermey, Aquatics Supervisor Walton Life Fitness Center 1701 SE 14th St. Bentonville, AR 72716-0750 Phone: 479-204-1005 Fax: 479-204-1013 Oklahoma

Tuesday, September 11, 2012

Tuesday, September 4, 2012

Tallchief: online entries close THURSDAY SEPT 6th!

5th annual Tallchief Open Water Challenge: ONLINE REGISTRATION CLOSES THURSDAY SEPT 6th!!!! Entry fee goes up $10 after that. ENTER NOW!! Save money, avoid the late fee! TALLCHIEF OPEN WATER CHALLENGE SEPTEMBER 9TH, 2012 ZINK RANCH, SAND SPRINGS, OKLAHOMA Online entries: click on the Tallchief logo on the right of the page to get to the online entry and information. ONE WEEK TO GO! Weather forecast for Sept 9th, SUNNY, 86 degrees!! PERFECT! Thanks to all of you who've already entered. We are now just a little short of 70 entries! And also thanks to those offering to help make this a great event for participants. Almost all the volunteer positions are filled. WHY YOU SHOULD ENTER THE TALLCHIEF OPEN WATER CHALLENGE: T-shirts to participants and volunteers, custom swim cap, participant awards, an optional 3 mile swim, PANCAKE BREAKFAST, nice, clean private lake. We will also honor the 5 year participants, volunteers, or both, at the post race party. Come out and enjoy a great day at the lake! See YOU September 9th! ENTER NOW!! Email me if you prefer to volunteer. "Just Keep Swimming!" Denise Smart Tulsa Masters Swim Club Event Director, Tallchief Open Water Challenge

Monday, July 30, 2012

Tulsa Masters News!

Hey, swimmers! I hope everyone is watching the Olympic swimming events. The underwater cameras are giving good views of fabulous stroke technique. I'm inspired! Please sign up for the Tulsa Masters hosted Oklahoma Memorial State Championship meet on August 11th at the Jenks Trojan Aquatic Center. Just think of this as our 'Olympics' in the fastest, coolest, pool in the region. Our meet offers a chance to swim some best times, get a good workout, and to have fun with your swimming friends. We'll have another fun social event afterwards. Details available at the meet. The meet is August 11, warm up 9 am, meet starts at 10 am. We should be through by 2 pm. Entry fee $20 if you register by August 4th. Fee goes up to $30 after August 4th. ENTER NOW! To download the meet information and entry form, go to and look for the Tulsa Masters logo on the right side of the page. VOLUNTEERS: We need swimmers and we also need VOLUNTEERS! If you really don't want to swim, please volunteer to time or to help at the registration table. We need at least 12 timers throughout the meet. Denise Freisberg can use two people to assist her at the registration table. We also need a couple of volunteers to help in the meet management room with the timing system. Short plug for the Tallchief Open Water Challenge, September 9, 2012. Look for the Tallchief logo on the Tulsa Masters website, You can also sign up in person at the meet August 11. 'Just keep swimming!' Denise Smart Tulsa Masters Swim Club

Thursday, June 28, 2012

Olympic Trials, USMS Nationals, Last Chance for Swim-a-roo!

Good evening swimmers! I hope you all are watching the Olympic Swimming Trials in progress this week through Monday July 2nd in Omaha, Nebraska! Both prelims, semifinals, and the FINALS are being televised by NBC everyday. The evening events come on at 7 pm our time. I work during the day so I'm not sure what time the morning session events are broadcast. Set your DVR so you won't miss a minute of the action! USMS Summer Nationals will begin July 5 through July 8 in Omaha, NE using the SAME POOL as the Olympic Trials. Six Oklahoma masters swimmers will be competing in Omaha. From Tulsa: Elisa Bates, Sean Callan, Matt Powers and Denise Smart. From OKC: David Badgley and John Ragland. There are also five swimmers from the Arkansas Masters group entered. You can check out all the info related to Masters Nationals at LAST CALL FOR SWIM-A-ROO entries!!! See my previous email sent last weekend, which is also posted on the club website, I need to hear from you by Thursday night if you want to participate in Swim-a-roo. I will send our registrations on Friday June 29 before I leave for Omaha. So far, we have 10 swimmers representing Tulsa Masters. It will be a fun evening. Hope you will join us. Go to Swim Tulsa's website, , if you want all the details. Want to participate in Swim-a-roo?? I NEED TO HEAR FROM YOU BY THURSDAY JUNE 28TH!! WHAT I NEED FROM YOU---Reply to this email NOW with the following information: Your birthdate What events you want to swim Your entry time for each event you will swim (you may enter 'no time' if you don't have a time in an event.) Your t-shirt size S, M, L or XL Cost is $15. You can pay me at the meet. (please don't forget!) That's all for now. See you at the pool! Denise Smart Tulsa Masters Swim Club Date: Jun 27, 2012 10:12 PM Good evening swimmers!

Monday, June 25, 2012


Hi everyone! The 59TH Annual SWIM-A-ROO is Monday July 9 at the old faithful McClure Park Pool, 7440 E 7th Street. Warm ups will start at 5:30pm and the meet is at 6pm. The meet is normally over by 9 pm. McClure is an outdoor 50m pool. Reply to me right now if you are interested in entering. See below for more info. I NEED TO HEAR FROM YOU BY THURSDAY JUNE 28th so I can turn in the entries on Friday before I leave town! Swimaroo is a Tulsa Park and Recreation meet for all swimmers - novice, park & rec, parents, Masters and USAS. All ages can enter, 5 to 95! This meet is hosted by our friends at SwimTulsa. Please see the link below with the complete meet details. There are only 4 events to choose from: 50 meter fly, 50 meter back, 50 meter breast, 50 meter free. You can swim as many events as you want. Only 1 event or up to all four events if you like. The $15 entry fee includes a t-shirt. Awards are given through 8th place: Medals 1st - 3rd, and ribbons for 4th -8th. I'll provide refreshments pool side. As masters swimmers, we will swim in the 19 and over age group. We swim in a heat with only 19 and over swimmers by gender, so a female heat and a male heat in each event for each age group. Tulsa Masters has been represented by 8 to 10 swimmers for the past few years. Some of our members have fond memories of swimming in this meet as a kid. It really is a very fun, no pressure event. If you've never entered a swim meet before, this is definitely a good meet to enter. WHAT I NEED FROM YOU---Reply to this email with the following information: Your birthdate What events you want to swim Your entry time for each event you will swim (you may enter 'no time' if you don't have a time in an event.) Your t-shirt size S, M, L or XL I NEED TO HEAR FROM YOU BY THURSDAY JUNE 28TH!! I will write one check to cover our entries. You may give me a check (made out to Denise Smart) or cash when you see me at Jenks or the night of Swim-a-roo. Just don't forget to pay me back!:) Questions? Reply to this email. Hope to hear from a bunch of you soon! Another reminder: Tulsa Masters will host our annual long course meet at the Jenks Trojan Aquatic Center on SATURDAY AUGUST 11th. You can find the entry form at Denise FREISBERG (NOT Denise Smart!) is the meet director. Thanks! Denise Smart

Monday, May 7, 2012

May Dues; USA Swim Meet

Dear Masters Swimmers, Just a friendly reminder to pay your May dues, if you haven't yet. On another note: the Jenks Trojan Swim Club and Jenks Trojan Aquatic Center will host the First Annual Aloho Invitational meet, May 18-20th. Session times are: Friday, 18th, 4pm to approx 8pm; Satruday and Sunday, 19-20th, approximately 8am to noon and 1pm to 4:30pm. We need some timers and volunteers for these sessions: you can pick and choose your times. Additionally, we need volunteers with familiarity with the Daktronics Timing system and Hy-Tek Meet Manager. This meet will be one of the last opportunities for swimmers to qualify for Olympic Trials, and we have a few swimmers with entry times close to those events. Additionally, the afternoon sessions will be for kids 12& Under, so you'll get a chance to see the future of OK swimming. Thanks for all your help at Sectionals. See you on deck! George Villarreal

Friday, April 27, 2012

Hello, swimming friends! Lots to tell you, but I will try really hard to keep it short and sweet! Tulsa Masters Swim Club and meet director Denise Freisberg ("the other Denise") wish to thank all of you who swam or volunteered at our April Pools meet April 14th. We had a great meet and a fun social at Johnny Carino's. There were several swimmers competing in their first swim meet EVER and several in their first masters meet. And it was awesome to see seven of our Arkansas friends at the meet. Results are posted on under the 'results and records' tab. The state and citizen records will be updated soon. Speaking of meets and results, Tulsa Masters members Elissa Bates, John Stroup, Sean Callan and Denise Smart competed in the South Central Zone Championship in Southlake, TX March 30- April 1st. There were 246 swimmers in the meet! You can check out the results at Best wishes to Elissa Bates and Sean Callahan at USMS Spring Nationals this coming weekend, April 26- 29 in Greensboro, North Carolina. Swim fast! UPCOMING USMS Sanctioned EVENTS: OPEN WATER and POOL EVENTS April 28: 8th Annual Hall of Fame Short Course Swim Meet, Little Rock, AR May 28: Ozark Open Water Swim, 1K, 2K, and 4K, Beaver Lake, Springdale, Arkansas June 8- 9: Bentonville Masters Swim Meet. Friday night is the 800/1500 events, Saturday morning everything else. Meet info not available yet, but I'll let you know when I get it. Nice 50 meter outdoor pool in Bentonville, Arkansas. July 5- 8: USMS Summer Nationals, Omaha, NE. The meet begins 2 days after the completion of Olympic Trials, in the SAME pool. I'm going to this meet! I hope some of you will join me. See for more info. Early registration closes May 9th. mid July, date TBA: Ft. Smith Masters meet AUGUST 11: Oklahoma Memorial State Championship, hosted by Tulsa Masters Swim Club at the Jenks Trojan Aquatic Center. Watch for meet information to be posted on SEPTEMBER 9: 5th Annual Tallchief Open Water Challenge, Zink Ranch, Sand Springs, OK. Event info to be posted at On a final note, the masters swimming community lost a dear friend, Steve Allen, on April 15, 2012 after a courageous battle with cancer. Steve lived in Muskogee with his lovely wife, Tommye. He registered with Tulsa Masters so that he could swim on Dennis Wilson's "chosen" relay team! Steve didn't start masters swimming until he was in his 50s. He holds Oklahoma state records in several age groups, as well as some national Top 10 times, including those relays with Dennis, Matt Powers, and Glenn Storey. Steve had a smile and a kind word for everyone he met. We will all miss him very much. Here is a link to Steve's obituary from the Muskogee Phoenix newpaper: That is all for now. I hope to see all of you at one or more of the events this summer. Just remember, the meet directors put on these events for YOU! Please support them. See you in the pool! Denise Smart Tulsa Masters Swim Club Oklahoma

THANK YOU for your help at the Tulsa Masters April Pools meet!

Denise and I (that being Denise Freisberg and Denise Smart) want to thank all of you one more time for your help at the April Pools meet on April 14th. Our meet was a success because of you. We had over 40 swimmers, which is great for Oklahoma masters meets. They enjoyed a very efficient and professional meet because of our volunteers -- YOU! Thank you, again. We appreciate you very much. Denise Smart President, Tulsa Masters Swim Club

Wednesday, April 18, 2012

Open Water Events

Please mark your calendar for TWO Open Water Swimming events this summer. After a great summer of training in our world-class 50m facility, you'll be ready for these events!

Tulsa Masters Swimming Club hosts the annual Tall Chief Open Water Challenge in September. Details will follow soon.

A new race, organized by TMSC member Danny Gassaway, is the Tulsa Swim. This event features several OW races, up to the full Ironman-distance swim (4000m or 4km). For details, go to

Support our local OW swimming competitions! Let's continue the growth of Tulsa's swimming and endurance-sport scene!


Monday, April 16, 2012

April Pools Results

The results of the meet this past weekend can be found here:
I wasn’t exactly sure what to do about the relays, so I can change those to reflect the correct age groups so that they can get on the national list.

Great meet! Thanks!

George C. Villarreal, Manager
Jenks Trojan Aquatic Center
205 East B Street
Jenks, OK 74037
918.299.4415, ext. 1020

Monday, April 9, 2012

Meets, Practices

The Parks and Recreation meet, the youth meet, is on Tuesday, not tonight, as I originally had said. So, parking tonight will be wide open, but tight on Tuesday afternoon.

Also, with the April Pools Masters Meet on Saturday, normal Saturday morning practice time has been cancelled (8am practice). Warm-up for the Masters meet will be available that morning.



Thursday, April 5, 2012

April Pools needs YOU!!! April 14th

Good evening swimmers!!

First--- watch this video featuring Olympic triathlete, Jarrod Shoemaker on the subject of swimming:

Then go to and download the April Pools entry form!

April Pools hosted by Tulsa Masters Swim Club is SATURDAY, APRIL 14th, at the Jenks Trojan Aquatic Club! That's little more than one week away!

Two things make for a great event:

1) PARTICIPANTS! We need your entry. You still have time to enter. Deck entries will be accepted the day of the meet, but pre-entries are encouraged.

2) VOLUNTEERS! Not sure you are ready to swim in a meet, never seen a masters meet, recovering from aches and pains, or just feel the need to do a good deed? We can use your help on SATURDAY APRIL 14th! We mainly need timers and we will train you.

Warm up is at 9 am, meet starts at 10 am. Our meets generally run about 4 hours in length, depending on the number of swimmers. There will be refreshments at the pool. Afterwards, please join us at Johnny Carinos, 9718 Riverside Parkway, to unwind and replenish.

Questions? Please contact meet director Denise Freisberg,, or me, the "other" Denise,

Hope to see you April 14th!

sent on behalf of meet director, Denise Freisberg by Denise Smart, 1st assistant Tulsa Masters Swim Club

Wednesday, March 28, 2012

Services for Dylan Lynn

In case you haven't heard, Dylan Lynn, son of Swim Tulsa coach (and former Tulsa Masters coach), David Lynn, died Sunday March 25. Apparently it was an accident in the bathroom in which he slipped, fell, and hit his head. I don't know any more than that. Services for Dylan will be Thursday March 29, 10 am, at Floral Haven in Broken Arrow. I will be attending the service.

Please go to the Swim Tulsa website for pictures of Dylan (on the home page, and a link to his Univ of Missouri bio,

I received an email from Corrine Dolan, the president of the Swim Tulsa parents group. She said that in lieu of flowers, donations can be made to your favorite charity in Dylan's name. I'd like to make a suggestion that Tulsa Masters Swim Club make a donation to the USA Swimming Foundation for the 'SAVING LIVES THROUGH MAKE A SPLASH' program. The link below should take you to information regarding the program.

I will send a donation from the club account. Please feel free to make an additional donation directly to USA Swimming if you choose. I think that will be easier than me trying to collect money.

Please pass this email to anyone else you think might want to know this news. Thanks for your time.

Denise Smart
Tulsa Masters Swim Club

Tuesday, March 27, 2012

April Pools meet


Tulsa Masters Swim Club will host the April Pools meet, SATURDAY APRIL 14th, at the Jenks Trojan Aquatic Center. We need your entry! Go to to download the entry form.

You won't want to miss this opportunity to swim in the FASTEST pool in the region! Hope to see you ALL at our pool April 14th!

Denise Smart
Tulsa Masters Swim Club

Thursday, March 8, 2012


To all Masters Swimmers:
Thank you so much for supporting us during the Sectional Championship! So many of you came out to volunteer during the meet, which ran so well. We got so many compliments about how warm and welcoming our volunteers were. Because the masters swimmers made up such a big proportion of the "crew," the success of the meet is due in large part to your efforts!

Thank you again for everything!

George Villarreal

Monday, February 27, 2012


Hello swimming friends!

I'm sending one more plea to ask for your help at the Speedo USA Swimming Region VIII Sectional Championship this coming weekend, March 1- March 4th at the Jenks Trojan Aquatic Center. MANY volunteer slots are still available every day of the meet. YOUR help is needed to make this meet great. 2012 is an Olympic year. This meet will feature swimmers who've already qualified for the Olympic Trials or who may qualify during this event. You might witness a potential TEAM USA medal winner at the London Olympics swimming in OUR pool in OUR town! At last report, there are over 600 swimmers entered in this meet. THIS IS A BIG DEAL!!!

Please think about all the things you do in life that require volunteers to make a great experience. I'm not just talking about sporting events. Whether you are a organizer, participant or beneficiary of these events, you know that volunteers make the event. Many unpaid volunteers who have "other lives" are already putting their heart and souls into making this a great experience for these swimmers. Let's show our appreciation by filling the open slots.

Even if you are not swimming at the Jenks pool, please consider volunteering your time. Tulsa Masters and USMS have already benefitted from (and will continue to do so) the support of Jenks Public Schools, Jenks Community Education and Jenks Trojan Swim Club. Getting involved in this meet is a great way say THANKS.

It is easy to sign up for an open slot. An on line 'job signup' sheet is available. Many openings are still available. Some jobs require knowledge of competitive swimming, some do not. There is a brief description of each job on the sign up sheet. Most of the slots require a 4 hr commitment; a few less than that. Your significant other can help, too. Scroll through the list to see the available positions, the time slot, and the names of those who've already made a commitment (thank you!).

To sign up, go to:
click on 'meets/events' on the right of the screen click on the 'job signup' button under the 'Mar 1 ~ 4, 2012 - Region VIII Sectional Championships' listing.
Sign in: for the email address use: for the password use: jtscvolunteer Scroll down through the list of openings. Click on the box next to the slot you are willing to fill.
Click on the sign up button.
A box will pop up asking for contact information. Please put your name and a phone #/email address here.
You are done. THANKS very much.

If you have specific questions, you can contact me or George Villarreal,

Please don't wait, sign up now! The meet starts Thursday, March 1st! Take some stress of the event directors and FILL THOSE SLOTS! You'll enjoy the experience.

Thank you for your time!

Denise Smart
Tulsa Masters Swim Club

Monday, February 20, 2012

CALLING ALL SWIMMERS: On Deck and In the pool!

CALLING ALL SWIMMERS: On Deck and In the pool!
Hello fellow swimming friends!

Your time and participation is requested for several up coming swimming events. Please see below for information about these events and what YOU can do to be involved and/ or participate. (sorry for another long email!)

MANY volunteers are still needed for the Speedo Region VIII Sectional Championships hosted by Jenks Public School District and the Jenks Trojan Swim Club, March 1- 4. This is the most prestigious event yet to be held at the new Jenks Trojan Aquatic Center. For more information on the event itself, go to:

Thanks to all of you who've already committed your personal time to help at this event. There are still MANY slots to fill! Please consider volunteering for even just one slot during this four day weekend. This is not just a "Jenks thing". This is a swimming "community" thing. JPS and JTSC are very supportive of masters swimming. Masters swimmers have the opportunity to work out in the best pool in the country; we have the opportunity to host masters meets, INCLUDING the 2013 Zone Meet, in the best pool in the country; and members of JTSC have offered to assist at our events. Let's continue to work together to promote swimming for ALL ages.

An on line 'job signup' sheet is available. There are many openings available. Some jobs require knowledge of competitive swimming, some do not. There is a brief description of each job on the sign up sheet. Examples of open positions include: timers, runners, safety marshals, hospitality room, awards, concessions, console operator assistant. You can scroll through the list and see who else has signed up. You can also enlist the help of your significant other/family members. The time commitment varies depending on the position. You can sign up for a position that fits your schedule. I promise, you will enjoy this experience. Please get involved!

To sign up, go to:
click on 'meets/events' on the right of the screen click on the 'job signup' button under the 'Mar 1 ~ 4, 2012 - Region VIII Sectional Championships' listing.
you will be required to sign in: for the email address use, for the password use: jtscvolunteer Scroll down through the list of openings. Click on the box next to the slot you are willing to fill.
Click on the sign up button.
A box will pop up asking for contact information. Please put your name and a phone #/email address here.
You are done. THANKS very much.

If you have specific questions, you can contact me or George Villarreal,

SECOND request: SWIM at the Rose State Meet The Rose State Masters Meet is next Saturday FEBRUARY 25 in Midwest City. This is always a fun meet and several Tulsa swimmers are planning to go. Please support the meet director, Janet Latham. It takes time and effort for our volunteer meet directors to provide opportunities for us to test our swimming skills. Let's show our appreciation by attending this meet.
FYI--- For those of you who like to set records: this is the only short course meters meet in Oklahoma. A great chance to get your name in the record books! Here is the link to the meet info:
If you want to carpool to the meet, plan to meet at the Jenks Aquatic Center parking lot on Saturday at 9:30 am. Warm up is 11:30 am and the meet begins at 12:30.

THIRD request: SWIM at the USMS South Central Zone Championship Meet, Southlake, Texas (near Dallas) March 30- April 1st.
The South Central Zone consists of USMS swimmers in Texas, Oklahoma, and Arkansas. A Zone Championship meet is held two times per year: the spring meet is short course yards, the summer meet is long course meters.
Mark your calendar and plan your training for this meet. It's been awhile since Oklahoma had any significant participation in the Zone meet. Dallas is an easy drive; we don't have many excuses NOT to attend. Plus, Tulsa Masters will host the 2013 Long Course Zone meet at the new Jenks pool. We need to get the word out about our fabulously fast pool so all those Texans will want to come to our meet.
Here is the link to the meet information:

LAST, but not LEAST:: APRIL POOLS, April 14th at the Jenks Trojan Aquatic Center, hosted by Tulsa Masters Swim Club.
Please go to to find the entry form.
I hope all of you will make time to participate in OUR meet. Denise Freisberg is our first time meet director. Let's show our thanks to her for taking on this job by swimming or volunteering in the meet.

Baby update: Masters swimmer Jocelyn Wood and her husband, Keith, are the proud parents of twin girls, born Feb 10th. Masters swimmers Courtney (McGill) and Casey Nichols also had a baby girl about the same time as Jocelyn. Just one more girl and they'll have a relay team! Congrats to all of you!

That is all for tonight. Have a great week. Sign up for the sectional meet; shoot me an email if you want to go to the meet this weekend. I'll be bugging you about it if I see you at the pool. :)

Keep Swimming!
Denise Smart
Tulsa Masters Swim Club

Friday, February 17, 2012

April Pools Meet 2012 Entry Form

Hello Swimmers!

The April Pools Meet 2012 entry form is now ready for download here! There will be a lot of new firsts at this year's April Pool's meet: New Jenks Pool and New Meet Director Denise Freisberg!! Download the entry forms and sign-up now!!! See you soon at the pool!

The other Denise

Wednesday, February 1, 2012

Practices, Week of January 30th

There will be NO 6:00pm practice on Friday, 3rd February. All other workouts will go as scheduled, including Saturday morning, though Saturday, we have to be out by 9:30am.

Have a great week!

George Villarreal

TMSC 2012 New Year Update

Hi Swimmers!

It is the end of January and it feels like March. My sinuses are telling me the same. We are going to regret the prayers for a mild winter!

It's time for a new year update. (yes, Steve Johnson, this will be a very long email!) I know you've missed getting emails from me!! I want to welcome all the new members and also thank those of you who renewed your memberships for 2012. Tulsa Masters does benefit from your USMS membership. A percentage of the total USMS membership fee funnels through Oklahoma Masters Swimming and then to Tulsa Masters Swim Club. These funds will go toward club activities. We anticipate receiving approximately $900 "profit sharing" from the 2011 memberships. It's not all about the money, though. I'm just happy to have a so many people to workout with on a daily basis! You can see the list of all registered Oklahoma swimmers at

If for some reason, you haven't renewed for 2012, please do it NOW. Remember, for those swimming at Jenks, you are REQUIRED to be a USMS member to participate in the designated masters workouts.

For those of you new to the club, please regularly check the TMSC website, and also the Oklahoma Masters Swimming website, for updates to the calendar, news, etc. We do our best to keep this as up to date as possible. Almost all of the emails I send will be posted to the club website.

FUN STUFF: Congrats to 7 Tulsa Masters members who completed the impromptu One Hour swim at the Jenks pool on Saturday, Jan. 28: Stephen Louy, Jon Dees, George Villarreal, Joe Ballinger, Bruce Dart, Norman Kahler and Denise Smart. Sorry, I don't know how far everyone swam. I do know George did somewhere around 4800. He bragged that he lapped Jon Dees 8 times. Show off! :)

Also congrats to the Tulsa Masters members who competed in the the ORU Indoor Triathlon on Saturday, Jan 28: Mona Canaday (1st 55-59); Amy Fahrlander (1st 35-39); Elissa Bates (4th overall and 1st 20-24); Denise Smart (1st overall female); Colin Drysdale(6th 35-39); Alejandro Torres(1st 40-44); Robert Broaddus(1st 50-54); Matt Bowler(3rd overall,1st 35-39); Alan Ball(2nd overall,2nd 25-29). Brian McKinney did the race with his daughter, Gracie. I think she is 11 yrs old and she was 2nd in the 8-14 age group. This was Gracie's first triathlon. Good job everyone! Please forgive me if I missed anyone in the results.

MEDICAL MOMENTS: I want to acknowledge some of our members who are recovering from surgeries, going through treatment, and anxiously ready to give birth! Please keep our teammates and their families in your thoughts as they go through life's joys and tribulations: Steve Allen, Don Nelson, Betsy Beddow, Jon Billings, Denny Saunders and Jocelyn Wood. I know Jon has already returned to the pool, and Betsy hopes to in the very near future. Jocelyn is holding onto twin girls, but it sounds like she is ready to let them go whenever they decide it's time. Best wishes to all of you!

The rest of this newsletter contains information regarding the 2011 TMSC Financial Report, upcoming meet schedule, volunteer opportunities at the USA Swimming/Speedo Sectional meet, and an update on action items from the annual club meeting. Please contact me if you have any questions!

The club's financial report is available for your viewing pleasure on the TMSC website:
Click on it to make it readable.

Just a note of explanation-
The club account had a loss of $883 in 2011. This entire amount can be attributed to the Tallchief Open Water Challenge event:
1) We incorporated chip timing to add quality and efficiency to our event.
2) Event income was affected by the loss of approximately 20 participants over 2010.
3) Swim Tulsa did not co-sponsor the event, so TMSC picked up the full share of expenses.

I once again need to acknowledge the financial sponsors of the 2011 Tallcheif event: Landreth Law Firm, Leslie Sauber,, JW Designs, and Tulsa Area Triathletes. We would not be able to put on this unique event without their assistance.

The 5th Annual Tallchief event is September 9, 2012. The event will be dual sanctioned with USA Triathlon (USAT) and United States Masters Swimming (USMS). We hope this will increase participation. I do intend to use the chip timing system again.

Please continue to check the Oklahoma Masters Swimming website,, for updates to the calendar. Colin Drysdale, the web master, will update the dates, links to entry forms, etc, as he gets the information. Also watch for emails from our registrar, Loida Delgado,, with information about the meets. The email subject line usually reads something like "Oklahoma" or "Oklahoma news". Loida sends out information to all Oklahoma masters swimmers upon request.

February 25th: Rose State Masters meet, Midwest City:

March 30 - April 1st: South Central Zone Championships (TX, AR, OK) Southlake, TX (near Dallas), Carroll Independent School District pool. Dewey has talked to the meet director and the entry form will be available soon.

April 14th: April Pools, Jenks Trojan Aquatic Center. Entry form will be available soon! Denise Freisberg is the meet director.

April 26 - April 29: Short Course Nationals, Greensboro, No.Carolina July 5 - July 8: Long Course Nationals, Omaha, Nebraska

VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITIES USA SWIMMING/SPEEDO SECTIONALS MEET March 1- March 4 at Jenks Trojan Aquatic Center YOU have the opportunity to be a part of the most prestigious event yet to be held at the new Jenks swimming facility. This event hosts the 'best of the best' in USA Swimming's Central Zone. Many of these swimmers have already qualified for the Olympic Trials. Whether you swim at Jenks or somewhere else, your help is needed for this 4 day event. Please contact George Villarreal,, if you can assist. A list of volunteer needs is posted on the TMSC website,

UPDATE from the 2011 TMSC ANNUAL MEETING In case you missed it the first time, the minutes from the annual TMSC club meeting held in November are posted on the website:
Thanks to all of you who answered the call for help with various club activities. It takes a village! There are still many opportunities to get involved. I promise, you can hold down your 'real' job, your family responsibilities, and your workout schedule, and still help the club. The more people who get involved, the less of a burden it is.

Thanks to Gordon Pirie, Erin Morrison, Don Nelson, Dewey Smith, and Leslie Sauber for being volunteer "officials" for the Tulsa Public School swim events at Booker T. Washington HS. We are great ambassadors for life time swimming and our assistance is appreciated by those organizing these meets.

Most urgent volunteer needs as of today:
1) USA SWIMMING/SPEEDO SECTIONALS MEET March 1- March 4 at Jenks Trojan Aquatic Center. See above. Please contact George Villarreal, if you can help. Anytime you can give will be greatly appreciated. I promise, you will enjoy being involved with this event.

2) April 14th: April Pools, Jenks Trojan Aquatic Center. TMSC's annual spring masters meet. Denise Freisberg is tackling her first meet director job. If you don't want to swim in the meet, we can use your help the day of the event. We also need someone to plan the post meet party. Please contact us if you can assist in any way. Denise Freisberg, meet director: OR Denise Smart, club president,

Thanks for reading my very long email. Please contact me if you have questions, comments or suggestions. Email:; In person: at the Jenks pool in the evenings or Saturdays.

Keep Swimming!!

Denise Smart
Tulsa Masters Swim Club

Tuesday, January 31, 2012

Sectional Championship Volunteers

Dear Masters Swimmers,
Our March 1-4 Sectional Championship is approaching fast! National-level and some international-level swimmers will be setting records and qualifying for Olympic Trials in our pool! I've sent out requests for volunteers, and now we've set up a more detailed registration/information process. Please use the directions below to register, view assignment descriptions, and sign up for your opportunity.

I've asked for the help from EACH of you for as many duties/opportunities you can offer. Since we will be missing swimming all day Thursday-Saturday, why not plan to donate your time during the sessions you'd have normally come to swim? Considering all you've gained from swimming here, why not give back to the Jenks Trojan Aquatic Center?

If the directions below aren't clear, let me know, and I will send you the original document (I cut-and-pasted this).


George Villarreal

Instructions for Sectionals Meet Job Sign-up

Go to the Jenks Trojan Swim Club site at
Click on the "Sign In" button.

Enter '' in the E-mail box and 'jtscvolunteer' for the password.

Once you are logged on, click on the "MEETS/EVENTS" button to the right of the main screen.

A list of upcoming meets will appear. Scroll down until you see the "Sectionals Championships" meet.
Click on the "Job Signup" button under the Sectionals meet.

You should then see a list of volunteer jobs with the various shifts.
Click on the check box for the job(s) and time period(s) you would like to sign-up for and then click on the "Signup" button.

A pop-up will appear asking for your "optional contact info".

Please, enter your contact information (email address, name, phone #, etc.) so that we can send reminder emails and information regarding any changes to sessio! n times. At a minimum, we need your name so that we will know who has signed up.
Once you click "Sign Up", you will see your information listed next to the shifts you signed up for.

If you have any difficulties, you can contact Emily Forbes at

Wednesday, January 25, 2012

TMSC 2011 Financial Report

Masters: Speedo Sectionals Volunteering

Dear Masters Swimmers:
In the Fall, I sent a note asking that you mark your calendars so that you can volunteer during our Speedo Sectional meet here, March 1-4. Please consider giving back to the District and the Aquatic Center, and, considering that we are going to miss practices the second half of that week, you might consider coming here to volunteer during that period.

I attached some of the responsibility areas, but I will need specific help in the areas "nearest the pool," ie, areas where experienced swimmers know how to handle things. SPECIFICALLY: I need members to help who are familiar with timing systems and with Hy-Tek (I can train you during HS meets in the next month). Please do help, take off work, and get FREE MEALS and tee-shirts during the times you volunteer. I also may need concessions volunteers.

Please send me back areas you would be interested in helping, and what dates and times. March 1: 5:00pm to 9:00pm. March 2-4: 8am to 1:00pm and 5pm to 9pm.



*Computer Room *Hytek MM chair

*Timing Console *Entry chair

*Announcer *DJ

*Resolution Desk *Clerk of Course


*Timers (16 + 2 for relief timers) *May want 3 for 50M races

*Head Timer (1)

*Runners (3)

*Marshal (2) male and female

*Hospitality (1)

*Ribbons and Awards (2)

*Photography and Media



*Marshal (1)

*Runner (1)

*Concessions (2-3)


*Marshal (1)

*Runner (1)


*Door monitors


*Admissions Table (2-3)


*Staff (2-4)

*Door Monitors

*Runner (1-2)


*Door Monitors

*Parking attendants

*Directing pedestrians

*Drop-off (1)

*Shuttle drivers


*Bleacher areas

*Directions for pedestrians

*Swim clubs for bleacher and crash areas

*Directions for participants


*Door Monitor (1-2)

*Hope to have a caterer who brings own crew.


*Folks to wipe down stainless steel, glass (window/doors)

*George will have most assigned

*Supply chain-folks to go get food, change, etc for meet

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

What would you like to see on the TMSC Website?