Missouri Valley News

Here it comes, ready or not… 2016!

Don’t forget to include a few swimming resolutions for the new year. Maybe set a new Go The Distance goal, or a new event you haven’t tried. Could be consistency or maybe flip turns. How ‘bout attending more meets, or participating in your first meet? There are also lots of Postals and fitness events to participate in.

What a better way to start of the year with a meet in Lawrence on January 17th?? Online registration is now open! https://www.ClubAssistant.com/club/meet_information.cfm?c=1603&smid=7137

I hope everyone has the best year end, Happy New Year, Merry Christmas, Happy Chanukah and/or Happy Kwanzaa.

If you haven’t already done so, it’s time to renew your USMS membership so you don’t have any interruptions.  I used to wait for the first meet I was going to participate in. I’ve found it’s better/easier to just go ahead and renew so I don’t have to bite the bullet and pay the renewal on top of meet fees.

See you in the water somewhere soon!


Doug Hayden

MOVY Chair

Missouri Valley News

Tomorrow is November 1stThe 2016 USMS registration opens! There are perks to being a USMS member has perks (Fitness events, competition, sponsor discounts, SWIMMER magazine, insurance, etc.). If we are Masters swimmers… shouldn’t we all be USMS members?😉

I know many of you have been waiting to sign up for our November 14th meet in Gladstone for the 2016 registration window. That’s why we have the meet after Nov 1st.  All the meet information and Online Registration is open here: https://www.clubassistant.com/club/meet_information.cfm?c=1603&smid=6974

We already have 19 swimmers signed up and, 9 of the 16 distance event slots are taken. Once again, we are shooting to break that 100 swimmer mark! We have hit 99 before, and it’s killing me to keep putting 50-100 swimmers in the description! So, I hope everyone can come and talk someone else into coming! By the way, we are getting duel USMS/USA Swimming sanctions if that interests anyone. As usual we’ll go out to dinner afterward, and we are looking to head on out to Ernie Biggs Piano Bar. Susan Blattner says, “a blast for the wild or non-wild group”.

If you’ve been waiting to sign up for the 2016 USMS window, follow the link above, and it will walk you through the USMS registration before taking you to the meet registration. Just make sure you choose MOVY for you club!

If you’re a facebook kind of person, I’ve set up an event at the following link. Chime in there and let everyone know you’re coming! https://www.facebook.com/events/901103489982778/

Last thing, if anyone is interested, we are planning to have our annual MOVY board meeting before the meet. It’s pretty informal, so if you want to attend and see that side of being a MOVY Masters member, please do. Let me know if you have any questions.

Thanks and see you soon!

Doug Hayden

Missouri Valley News

One week to go till our first meet of the summer, the 2nd Annual “Make a Ripple” Swim Meet (LCM) on Sunday, July 19, 2015, warmups at 7am! I for one, haven’t been working out since KCCC, so I’m just looking forward to seeing everyone and just swimming along! Won’t you join us??

The online registration is open at the following link: https://www.clubassistant.com/club/meet_information.cfm?c=1603&smid=6789

Jewish Community Center
5801 W 115th St
Overland Park, KS 66211 USA

Last year’s “JCC Strong” meet featured more than 50 masters swimmers competing on a beautiful, sunny day, and attendees were fortunate to see two national records fall.  More importantly, a check in the amount of $1,315 was donated to the Reat Griffin Underwood Rising Stars Fund.

This year JCC and MOVY Masters Swimming have partnered with the SevenDays Make a Ripple, Change the World organization to make a difference in our community.  While a tragedy occurred on the grounds of the JCC and nearby Village Shalom in April of 2014, MOVY Masters swimmers and citizens of the Kansas City area know that good will always prevail.  All proceeds from the “Make a Ripple” Swim Meet will go to the Reat Griffin Underwood Memorial Foundation, which benefits “making good things happen” in the disciplines of medicine and the performing arts.

You can always check out local, regional and national meets by going to the “Events and Results” tab and click on “Calendar of Events” in the drop down
See you there!

Doug Hayden
Missouri Valley LMSC Chair

Missouri Valley News

I hope this finds you well! It’s too cold to do anything but swim indoors. I know attendance has steadily been ramping up at our practices as Spring is right around the corner. We have several upcoming events to put on your calendar.

All Relay MeetMarch 7th, 9am at RPAC (Roeland Park Aquatic Center). This meet cosists, as the name depicts, all relays in 3 courses; LCM, SCY, SCM. It works a little differently, just email Bill Sherman bsherm81@gmail.com (asap) with your name, USMS #, Birth date, an idea of what strokes you like and approx. times, and how many times you want to swim.Only $20 at the door.

Wichita/Andover Masters MeetMarch 21, This meet is open to USMS swimmers and YMCA members. For more information and to register online, follow this link: https://www.clubassistant.com/club/meet_information.cfm?c=1603&smid=6308

Fools’ SwimMarch 29th, $15 and only open to 40 swimmers. Check-in at noon, hit the water at 12:30 sharp. This workout is affectionately know as 100x100s and we do it annually for April Fool’s day because it’s a workout only FOOLS would do. If you can’t (or don’t want to) make 100s on 1:40, we also have lanes for 100x75s or 100x50s, Or you can just come and do as many as you can. Swim, Kick, Pull, Fins, Paddles, Pull Buoys… all are welcome. (Great for Triathlon training!). USMS membership is not required.
For more information and to register for the event, go to the Gladstone Community Center website here: http://www.gladstone.mo.us/CommunityCenter/fool_swim.php

USMS Spring Nationals – San Antonio, Texas, April 23-26, 2015. For more information go to USMS.org: http://www.usms.org/comp/scnats15/

That’s all for now! See you at a pool somewhere soon!
Thank you,
Doug Hayden
Missouri Valley LMSC Chair

Missouri Valley News

On Saturday March 7th at 9am at Roeland Park we are holding our annual all course relay meet. Entries are now open.

Entries are a bit different for this $20 meet: Just email Bill Sherman at bsherm81@gmail.com and let him know you will be there, and how many times you want to swim. If you are new to the meet, also let him know what your best/favorite swims are.

The earlier you sign up the easier the organization.

Thank you,

Doug Hayden
Missouri Valley LMSC Chair

Missouri Valley News

We have A LOT going on in MOVY for the remainder of the year! I hope to see you soon!

MOVY Happy Hour Social (postponed): GO ROYALS! Due to the World Series game on Friday and the expected craziness at the Power & Light District, we are going to postpone the MOVY Happy Hour Social. We will work on a new date and let you know.
WSC Masters Meet (Oct 25th): Please click on the following link for the meet information this weekend in Wichita. Online registration is open till Friday at Midnight.
6th Annual Gladstone Masters Meet – Fall Classic (Nov 15th): If you are currently a USMS/MOVY member, you can go ahead and early register. If you are not currently a USMS/MOVY member, wait till November 1st to register so you can register for all of 2015! Then you won’t have to worry about that piece when you sign up for meets/Go The Distance/Fitness Events etc.. in the coming year. Please click on the following link for meet information and/or to sign up for the meet: https://www.clubassistant.com/club/meet_information.cfm?c=1603&smid=5782
USMS Levels 1&2 Coaches Certification (Nov 22nd):
Life Time Fitness Lenexa 16851 West 90th Street Lenexa, Kan.  66219
For more information or to register, please click on the following link:
2014 MOVY Birthday Classic (Dec 6th): Birthday Classic?? Yes, it’s Bill’s Birthday and he is throwing a party… at the Lee’s Summit pool! Please click n the following link for meet information and/or to sign up for the Pool Party!

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As we head into the final days of the summer, with but one more day of racing this coming Sunday (psych sheet included), let’s look back on the last few weeks at what has been a furious Long Course racing schedule for some of our own. First, we teamed with the large workout group at the Jewish Community center to start a meet to benefit the Reat Griffin Underwood fund, named for one of the victims of last spring’s shootings. In our first effort we raised $1315! Thanks to facility manager Tara Corwin and swimmer Scott Moore for their efforts, we now plan to hold this meet annually. The highlights of the meet were Nan Bohl’s 2 National Records in the 800 free and the 50 breast in W85.

Next up was the Fina World Championship Meet in Montreal, where our local group was bolstered by some of Bill Sherman’s friends from his trips to Boston every March. We joined 5800+ athletes from 97 countries and had these results:

Tom Hairabedian, M90, forced FINA to open a new age group in platform diving, becoming the first athlete his age to ever complete the climb to the top. Suffice to say he was victorious

Emily Curran, W35, competed in the freestyles

Stacey Vorhies, W40, set a MOVY mark in the 100 back

Kyle Stephenson, M50, swam the sprints

Reese Thompson, M55, swam freestyles from 100 to open water, setting MOVY marks in the 400 and 800

Eric Valley, M50 (from Seattle), swam distance events

Bob Welchlin, M55, swam sprints, scoring a 6th in 50 fly

Bill Sherman, M55, swam sprints, earning a 10th, 6th, and 3rd

Dave Noble, M70, had 5 top 6 placings, and 3 MOVY marks

Bob Wright, M60, had 3 top 3s, a 10th, and a MOVY mark

Steve Mugford, M45 (Boston), had a 5th and a 10th, and 2 MOVY marks

Glenn Dixon, M50 (New York), had 4 top tens, and 3 MOVY marks

Fritz Bedford, M50 (Etna, NH), had an 8th, a 5th, and 3 World Championships in 50 back, 50 fly, and 100 back, in which he set a world meet record.

The relays? That’s where the fun was!

The M240 Medley team of Welchlin, Noble, Wright, and Stephenson earned a 2nd place

The M240 Free team of Wright, Welchlin, Noble, and Valley earned a 3rd

The M200 Medley team of Bedford, Mugford, Dixon, and Sherman were World Champions in the 4th fastest time in history

The M200 Free team of Bedford, Stephenson, Dixon, and Sherman were World Champions in the 2nd fastest time in history

Only the M240 free team missed MOVY marks

Shortly after, we had but a single representative at the Gay Games National long course meet, where Rob Poste notched 5 top ten swims in the 470 strong meet

Finally, joining 1025 entrants at the USMS Nationals in College Park, MD were

Nan Bohl, W85, with 5 victories and 4 MOVY marks

Richard O’Dell, M35, who had 3 3rds in his 6 top 6 swims

Scott Moore, M40, with 4 top tens

Sandy Cohen, M45, with a pair of 3rds in his 5 top tens

Anthony Thompson, M50, with 4 3rds and a 7th

Bill Sherman, M55, with a pair of 2nds, a 3rd, and 2 MOVY marks

Walt Richardson, M70, with a 1st, a 2nd, and a 3rd in the butterflies, all MOVY marks

The M160 free relay of Sherman, Moore, Cohen, and O’Dell placed 4th.

The records page has been updated to reflect this busy schedule!

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Ahhh, summertime… finally! Let’s swim outside!

We have scheduled a LCM (Long Course Meters) meet on July 19th at the Jewish Community Center. Won’t you join us?? Please follow this link for information and registration:

(Proceeds from this event will be donated to the Memorial Fund for the April 13th, 2014 tragedy. That day an active shooter entered the parking lots of JCC as well as nearby Village Shalom. This senseless act of violence resulted in the loss of three innocent lives, and caused millions around the world to express their heartbreak and grief.)

Bill Sherman is taking the lead on this one. If you have any questions, please email bsherm81@kc.rr.com
Also, check out the Fitness Events and articles, Check-Off Challenge, 5k and 10k postal, etc… at http://www.USMS.org

We might try to organize the 5k/10k postal if there is interest.

Is there interest in a late summer SCM (Short Course Meters) meet (Dog Days of Summer)? Email: dhayden141@gmail.com

SAVE THE DATE!! November 15th – 6th Annual Gladstone Masters meet.
Coach Doug

USMS Mission: To promote health, wellness, fitness and competition for adults through swimming

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Hi MOVY Masters!


The time has come for the tie dyed army to assemble for our annual assault on the pool known as the ALL RELAY MEET!


On Sunday, March 9th, we will warm up at 11:00, then start racing at Noon.  We will start with Long Course, flip to Short Meters, then turn the pool and finish with Yards.


Entry is different from normal meets:  simply email Bill Sherman at BSherm81@kc.rr.com, and tell him what strokes and distances you prefer, and about how many times you wish to swim in the 4 hour time frame.  Remember that Nan Bohl swam all 13 events at age 82.


Our purpose is to get as many relays in the rankings as possible, to improve our own records, and to make more friends from within our geographically scattered team.


Cost is $20.  The waiver form with the order of events is on the usms website calendar as 3 different meets.


The sooner you can enter the better!



Missouri Valley News

Online registration is still open for the Lawrence Masters Meet this weekend! If you haven’t swam at this facility, it’s a really nice 25yd x 50m pool. You can’t beat it for only $25!

Follow this link to register before midnight on Friday, Jan 17th: https://www.clubassistant.com/club/meet_information.cfm?c=1603&smid=5147

Deck entries are also accepted on Sunday for $30.

GTD (Go the Distance – Have you made your 2014, new year’s resolutions (i.e. swimming/fitness goals)? GTD is a good way to track your yardage/mileage for the year. In 2013 MOVY had 53 participants and swam over 9500 miles! This year we are off to a good start with 35 swimmers so far and closing in fast on 300 miles! You can sign up anytime throughout the year and catch up any yardage you have done, but it works best if you get signed up at the beginning of the year. You can also track your running, biking, mileage and other workouts like weights and/or yoga etc..

Holler if you help signing up, but follow this link for more info and to sign up: http://www.usms.org/fitness/content/gothedistance

Hope to see you soon!