November/December 2005 Issue
Kudos, Honors and Congratulations Handed Out at USMS Annual Convention
At its annual convention held September 14-18 in Greensboro, N.C., USMS shined the spotlight on its legion of hard working and dedicated volunteers, handing out a number of awards to members.
- Ransom Arthur Award.
Gathering for the closing banquet of the 2005 convention, USMS members paid special tribute to Betsy Durrant, recipient of the Ransom Arthur Award. The highest honor in USMS, this award is named in memory of Captain Ransom J. Arthur, M.D., who was instrumental in establishing the Masters swimming program in the United States. Durrant began Masters swimming in 1975 and is a member of the Virginia LMSC.
- Communications Award.
Swimming pioneer June Krauser of the Florida Gold Coast LMSC was the recipient of the USMS Communications Committee's award, which is being named in her honor. Presented annually, the award honors outstanding contribution to communications within USMS. Krauser created, edited and published the Swim Master newsletter-the first official publication of USMS.
- Speedo/USMS Coach of the Year Award.
Mark Moore, head coach of California's Mission Viejo Masters was the 2005 recipient. The award, now in its 20th year, is given annually to a USMS coach who has done the most to further the objectives of Masters swimming.
During the last few years, Moore has been instrumental in the development of the Masters swimming program in Mission Viejo, which has grown to more than 200 swimmers. Moore organizes 25 coached Masters workouts in two pool locations weekly, and he personally coaches 20 of the 90-minute-long practices. The club hosts several Masters swimming meets each year, and in August hosted the 2005 USMS Long Course Nationals, which Moore directed.
Moore's involvement with the Masters swimming community extends far beyond his home pool. In addition to his active participation in the USMS On-Deck Coaching program at nationals, Moore was selected to represent the United States as an On-Deck coach at the 2004 World Championships in Riccione, Italy. He also served as head coach of the eighth USMS/USA Swimming High Altitude Training Camp at the U.S. Olympic Training Center in Colorado Springs, Colo. For his many contributions both locally and nationally, Moore was awarded the 2003 and 2004 Southern Pacific LMSC Coach of the Year Award, and the 2004 USMS Dorothy Donnelly Service Award. "Mark has a clearly outlined vision for the growth and the future of the team-without losing focus on individual swimmers," says Mission Viejo swimmer and webmaster Connie Barrett. "Mark has endless knowledge, passion, dedication, patience and kindness."
- TYR/ USMS Newsletter of the Year Award.
This award recognizes the communication efforts of LMSCs with club members. Judges rank newsletters on several characteristics including information, creativity, production quality and presentation, range of appeal, consistency, overall look and readability.
Taking top honors in 2005 is WetSet, which is produced 12 times annually for Pacific Northwest LMSC. Editor Paul Freeman keeps his readers informed and entertained with a newsletter aimed at meeting members' communication needs.
- USMS Fitness Award.
Presented annually for outstanding contribution to fitness programs for Masters swimmers, the 2005 award goes to Doug and Marianne Brogan of O*H*I*O Masters. The Brogans have been instrumental in encouraging the 300-plus members of O*H*I*O Masters Swim Club to participate in both fitness and competitive events. They have successfully encouraged the club to bid for and host fitness and postal events, such as the 30-Minute Fitness Swim and the 3000/6000 Yard and One-Hour Postal Swims. The Brogans also conduct open water fitness swims in Lake Erie three times a week during the summer months.
- Dorothy Donnelly USMS Service Award.
As a volunteer-driven organization, USMS is forever grateful to the hundreds of talented volunteers who give their time, talent and expertise to help all phases of programs. Among those volunteers there are some whose service stands out in its scope, its impact on the program and its benefit to USMS members on the local, regional and/or national level. The USMS president and members of the Recognition and Awards Committee select the honorees for this award each year, recognizing these members and their accomplishments at convention and presenting them with a pin and certificate.
Congratulations to the 2005 recipients: Lee Carlson, Pacific Northwest LMSC; Peter Crumbine, Connecticut LMSC; Jan Kavadas, Pacific Northwest LMSC; Jane Masters, Border LMSC; Don Mehl, Border LMSC; Nancy Ridout, Pacific LMSC; Deb Walker, Florida LMSC; Jody Welborn, Oregon LMSC; and Jim Wheeler, Pacific LMSC.
- National Championship Meet Award.
The Raleigh Area Masters of North Carolina recognized Tracy Grilli, USMS national office administrator, and USMS with its 2005 National Championship Meet Award. Grilli and the USMS national office were recognized for outstanding leadership and lauded for the many behind-the-scenes administrative duties performed to facilitate national meets, including the processing of meet registrations.
- Yorzyk Award.
Michael Mann of Colorado Masters was awarded the David Yorzyk Memorial Award, presented annually to the swimmer who performs the most outstanding 400 IM at Short Course Nationals. Mann won the men's 50-54 age group in a time of 4:25.29, smashing the previous record of 4:30.10 by Jim McConica from 2001.