OW Clinic with Olympian Alex Meyer PDF Print E-mail
Tuesday, 05 January 2016 23:04

USA Swimming National Team member and 2012 Olympian, Alex Meyer, ran an Open Water Clinic at Ithaca College on December 19th for USMS members. The event was hosted by the Binghamton University Masters program, in conjunction with support from Ithaca College Swim Team staff, as the well Niagara LMSC Board of Directors.

The clinic was a sold out event that was a great experience for all attendees. Alex spoke about his experiences at international events and how various aspects of open water swimming are transferable for open water swimmers of all levels.











Alex then worked with the clinic participants for two hours in the pool, on areas ranging from drafting to buoy turns. We hope he will join us for another event in the future. Good luck in 2016, Alex!

2015 SOTY Preliminary Results PDF Print E-mail
Saturday, 02 January 2016 15:52

The 2015 Swimmer of the Year Challenge has concluded. Please review the preliminary results (click here for the standings) and report any errors by January 31st. Trophies will be awarded to each of the winners at the March masters meet in Rochester (TBA). Keep an eye on the calendar for more information. Meet information has been posted to the calendar for January (Buffalo) and February (Syracuse).

The Swimmer of the Year Challenge will continue in 2016, so sign up to get your head start on the rest of the pack! The award this year will be plaques.

Open Water Clinic with Alex Meyer PDF Print E-mail
Tuesday, 24 November 2015 23:37

We are pleased to announce that Alex Meyer will be presenting an Open Water Clinic at the Ithaca College pool on December 19th from 9 am to 12 pm, hosted by the Binghamton University Masters (BUMS) club. Alex Meyer was on the 2012 USA Summer Olympic Team in London, where he placed 10th in the 10k Open Water Swimming event. Alex won the gold medal in the 25K event at the 2010 FINA World Open Water Swimming Championships and the silver medal in the 25K event at the 2015 FINA OW World Championships.

This event is limited to 30 participants, so please register as soon as possible. Online entry and the full agenda are available in the Calendar section.

Stacy Moor Memorial Meet results PDF Print E-mail
Friday, 20 November 2015 02:32

Meet results for the Stacy Moor Memorial Meet hosted by the RAMS at RIT have been linked and posted in the Results section.

We have two meets on the calendar: Ithaca on December 13th (entries due Dec 9) and Buffalo on January 24th (entries due Jan 16th).

U.S. Masters Swimming Recognition and Awards PDF Print E-mail
Saturday, 17 October 2015 16:34

Swimmer gives back—and gets recognized!

Members of U.S. Masters Swimming don’t just confine their participation to the pool. There are many volunteer opportunities for their talent, expertise, and generosity. USMS recognizes the commitment of those who give back with the Dorothy Donnelly Service Award, honoring one of USMS's outstanding volunteers. The award recognizes those whose contributions stand out in service to local, regional, and national programs. Up to 15 people are selected each year with nominations coming from Local Masters Swimming Committees, clubs, and individuals.

Dan Kornblatt has devoted inordinate efforts to the success of his team, the Binghamton University Masters Swimming (BUMS) while also engaging generously at all levels of U.S. Masters Swimming. In 1984 Dan was one of the founding members of the BUMS and soon took on the role of President. Over the next three decades, Dan was the bond that held the club together as it experienced at least 14 coach changes. Dan took charge of all team administrative functions, working silently and tirelessly to propel the BUMS success.

Dan networked extensively within the Niagara Local Masters Swimming Committee (LMSC) to promote meets and to learn from other coaches how to grow the BUMS. For 30 years, Dan was the Director for the BUMS annual meet. Each year he gave competitive opportunities to hundreds of swimmers and often sacrificed his own competitive participation in order to handle the club duties.

In 2011, Dan became head coach. The team accomplished the goals he set, winning the Small Team Division at the Colonies Zone SCY Championships in 2011 and the Large Team Division in 2012 and 2014. In 2013, the team placed 6th at U.S Masters Swimming Spring National Championships. Dan continued to grow the team by actively recruiting tri-athletes and distance swimmers.

In a small community, with limited pool time, Dan built the most successful program in the history of Niagara LMSC. He has coached National and Colonies Zone Champions to dozens of Niagara LMSC records.

Within the Niagara Local Masters Swimming Committee (LMSC) Dan has been a long time Member of the Board. He served as its Chairperson from 2000 to 2004, Vice Chair from 2012-2014, and, as the member of the Competition Committee, charged with providing more meets. In his role as Vice Chair he was an invaluable resource for the new Chair, providing advice and historical insight. It is safe to say that the Niagara LMSC would not be achieving its all-time high membership and meet participation without Dan’s 30 years of service.

Dan is the third recipient of this national award as a Niagara LMSC member, joining George McVey (2012) and Gene Donner (1997).

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