Please join us in congratulating Dean Hawks and Karen Gernert for receiving awards at the 2017 US Masters Swimming National Convention last week in Dallas. Dean was the recipient of the Kerry O'Brien Coaching award, and Karen received the Dorothy Donnelly Service award. Thank you Dean and Karen for your outstanding dedication and countless hours of service to Indy Aquatic Masters and to the US Masters Swimming community. Great news and well-deserved!
The 4th Annual Indy Open Water Challenge was contested on June 17 at Eagle Creek Park in Indy. A fan-favorite, this year's race featured almost 150 competitors, beautiful conditions, and fast swimming. Check out the results for the 1-Mile Challenge, 2-Mile Challenge, 1-Mile Wetsuit Challenge, and 2-Mile Wetsuit Challenge and see the picture gallery from Saturday's race. Thank you to all - competitors, sponsors, and volunteers - who made Saturday's race such an amazing experience. We look forward to seeing you all next year!
Saturday, 9/23 - North Central High School at 10:00a.
Sunday, 9/24 - Carmel High School at 9:00a.
Saturday, 9/30 - NO PRACTICE. Compete in the Chris Clarke Invitational.
Sunday, 10/01 - NO PRACTICE. Compete in the Chris Clarke Invitational.
Saturday, 10/07 - North Central High School at 10:00a.
Sunday, 10/08 - Carmel High School at 9:00a.
Saturday, 10/14 - North Central High School at 10:00a.
Sunday, 10/15 - Carmel High School at 9:00a.
Saturday, 10/21 - North Central High School at 10:00a.
Sunday, 10/22 - Carmel High School at 9:00a.
Saturday, 10/28 - North Central High School at 10:00a.
Sunday, 10/29 - Carmel High School at 9:00a.
Please see our online calendar for additional information.
* All practices are subject to change.
Looks good! If pools will be closing, we'll note those here and invite you to join us at one of our other locations.
Registration will be opening shortly for IAM's Adult Learn-to-Swim Fall 2017 Program. Plan for the 8-lesson sessions to take place either on Monday and Wednesday evenings at Butler University or on Tuesday and Thursday evenings at Warren Central High School. Designed for adults aged 18 and over, the lesson progressions are tailored to each participants' personal needs. If you know any adults who would like to participate, the cost is only $80 for the each 8-lesson session. See our ALTS webpage for additional information. If you have any questions, please contact Pat Schenkel and we'll see you at the pool.
You can register for your 2017 USMS membership NOW! Among other benefits, your USMS membership provides the insurance that covers you while on deck and is required to swim with IAM. Membership cards can be printed immediately upon registration and the cards should be brought to every practice. If you need help printing your card, just let us know.
Get decked out from head to toe sporting your custom IAM gear from our IAM SwimOutlet Team Store - courtesy of IAM's sponsor, Swim Outlet.
Great merchandise is available, including custom sweatshirts, t-shirts, and parkas. All these new products complement our existing IAM line of suits, apparel, and bags. Sizing charts are also available online.
IAM offers practices at Carmel High School (520 East Main Street, Carmel, IN 46033) Monday/Wednesday/Friday at 5:30a, as well as Monday-Friday at 11:30a and select Sundays at 9:00a. Please note that school doors are locked Monday-Friday during school hours. Any IAM swimmers attending daytime practices must present a school-issued ID to gain access to the facility. Therefore, all swimmers intending to practice at Carmel High School need to have their Driver's License scanned at the high school's Main Office (Door 2) to receive your ID sticker prior to attending their first practice. Parking is available at the back of the high school and swimmers should enter the facility through Door 21.
In the event of school delays, the early morning practices will be AUTOMATICALLY CANCELED. If schools call a full cancellation, all practices are AUTOMATICALLY CANCELED. Note: In the Closings / Delays lists found on local television stations, radio stations, and web sites:
- Fishers High School will be listed as Hamilton Southeastern Schools.
- North Central High School will be listed as Washington Township Schools.
- Warren Central High School will be listed as Warren Township Schools.
- Carmel High School will be listed as Carmel Clay Schools.
- Butler University and the IUPUI Natatorium will be listed under the respective colleges' names.
Congratulations to Marty Mennen for being named the USMS All-Star for 2014. USMS been naming All-Stars since 1987. Pool All-Stars are those who have achieved the most first place finishes in their age group during the year in Top Ten competition. Congratulations Marty!
The IUPUI Natatorium will be undergoing an extensive renovation from April 2015 thru January 2017. The renovations will be conducted in 4 separate phases. During these phases, IAM practices will be impacted with pool changes and practice cancellations. Please check the Construction Updates often for new information.
In support of IAM member Jeff Halbert's daughter, Rory, IAM members donated a total of 409 miles swam to Team Rory to help raise awareness and money for Autoimmune Encephalitis. The total goal was to have 1,152 miles "donated" from all sources. That's the approximate distance that Rory must travel each month to receive care. As such, IAM members are urged to continue to run, walk, swim, or bike for Team Rory and/or make a donation to the Autoimmune Encephalitis Alliance. Thank you!
Indy Aquatic Masters was named USMS 2014 Local Club of the Year at this year's USMS Convention. USMS began recognizing a Club of the Year in 2006. Successful USMS clubs develop programs that draw people in, support their swimmers, and set standards for other clubs to follow. The Club of the Year award recognizes the efforts of the great clubs that embody these attributes. Learn what makes IAM special and why this is a team you should be proud of.
This is definitely a team effort and the IAM staff thanks of all of our members for being part of the program. You are truly what makes IAM a special program and we love working with you every day!
THANK YOU, IAM!
IAM recently received a letter from Chris Clarke's wife, Jane. The initial donations from IAM have been used by the Verbal Behavior Center for Austism to purchase and install a new security system at the school. Pictured to the right are VBCA Board Members, Jane Clarke and John Duffin, and new Executive Director, Breanne Hartley. Thanks to the IAM donations, the security system at the school is much easier to operate and the kids are safer. Thank you for your generosity in Chris' name.
The swimming community is mourning the loss of a great friend and teammate. On June 22, 2014, Chris Clarke, 45, was participating in the Indy Open Water Challenge when he was pulled from the water.
Words cannot express the depth and magnitude of grief being felt by his Indy Aquatic Masters teammates and his friends in the greater swimming community. Anyone who knew Chris felt his enthusiasm for life and his passion for swimming.
See the full tribute to Chris.
Congratulations to Mel Goldstein who is not only on the FINA Masters Committee, but has also been named the new Vice Chair. Way to go, Mel!
The International Masters Swimming Hall of Fame has inducted our very own Mel Goldstein into the Hall of Fame as part of the Class of 2012 inductees! Mel was inducted into the Hall of Fame at a ceremony in Greensboro, North Carolina, on September 14th. Mel enters the Hall of Fame in the Contributor category for his outstanding work promoting not only Masters swimming, but the entire sport both domestically and around the world. Congratulations Mel! We couldn't be prouder!
IAM Receives 501(c)(3) Status
Indy Aquatic Masters has received 501(c)(3) status by the Internal Revenue Service. This designation as a tax-exempt organization is retroactive to May 13, 2011; any contributions to IAM are tax-deductible for the giver. To download a copy for your records, please see our 501(c)(3) documentation.