John E Cranch (1922-2013) PDF Print E-mail
Thursday, 25 July 2013 23:54

The Niagara District is saddened to hear of the recent death of John Cranch on July 14, 2013, six days short of his 91st birthday. John competed actively in District, State and National meets, accumulating 81 Top Ten swims from 1987-2008 in short course yards, meters and long course meters. John also regularly competed in open water competition in the Rochester area. John was not only an excellent backstroke swimmer, but he competed in distance freestyle events as well, including the 400, 500, 800 and 1500. John last competed at age 86 in the 2008 Empire State Games, placing 1st in all 5 of his events. John still holds the 18 Niagara District records for backstroke and distance freestyle events in the 70-74, 75-79, 80-84 and 85-89 age groups.

John Eliot Cranch Obituary

Summer meet results PDF Print E-mail
Tuesday, 23 July 2013 02:35

Meet results have been posted for several summer meets, most recently for the 2nd Ithaca Masters LCM event. There were nearly 100 swimmers at the event, which is a great showing! Dozens of Niagara LMSC records were broken.

Results are also linked for the Colonies Zone LCM Championship, which was held in Virginia. Three Niagara swimmers made that trip: one from the BUMS and two from the RAMS (representing NIAG).

Prior to that was the 2013 Pan-American Masters Championships in Florida. Niagara had two swimmers participating in that competition!

The records will be updated shortly.

BUMS open workout in Ithaca PDF Print E-mail
Sunday, 02 June 2013 21:40

In preparation for the 2nd Annual Ithaca Masters LCM Meet on July 13th, the BUMS are renting the Ithaca College 50M pool for a pre-meet workout on Saturday 6/29 from 9-11AM.  All Niagara swimmers are invited to attend. There will be nine separate workouts (9 lane pool) so a lane for all abilities will be available. A $5.00 donation per swimmer is appreciated. No reservations needed.

Oneida Shores PDF Print E-mail
Thursday, 30 May 2013 03:30

The Oneida Shores Open Water swim has been reportedly cancelled. The event has been removed from the Calendar.

USMS Nationals results PDF Print E-mail
Written by dan kornblatt   
Monday, 20 May 2013 22:20

The BUMS represented Niagara very well finishing 6th out of 180 in the local club division.  We had two National Champions: Jessica Koltz in the woman’s 18-24 1650 free and Steve Michaels in the men’s 35-39 1000 free.  We had numerous Masters PR’s and several life time bests when HS or College is taken into account.  With our 20 swimmers we also swam 16 relays which really brings everyone together.  We had rented two houses a few miles from the pool so there was much “Apres Swim” celebration in the evenings especially in the hot tub.  There were also two swimmers there from Niagara who swam well.

One of the things we discussed as a team is that more of our members should swim at our District meets and also at end of the season meets like Zones or Nationals.  Going to meet gives you a check on your training and keeps you sharp.  I frequently ask swimmers if they are going to meets and get the answer “I can’t set any PR’s anymore so why bother”.  Of course older swimmers can’t swim as fast as they once did years ago.  That’s why Masters has age groups.  On the BUMS we have coined a new phrase: RPR’s.  This means recent personal records.  We look at a four year rolling time frame.  No need to wait to age up.  The goal is to set an RPR anytime you swim at a meet.  So on your meet entry use your previous RPR as your entry time.  That way you and anyone else can see your goals and if you are close or hitting them.  Hopefully this will give you some additional motivation to swim at meets I know it does for us.  A good place to start is our LCM Meet at Ithaca College on 7/13.  See you there!

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