News and Noteworthy

USMS Postpones National Championships

Short Course Nationals July 21-25
Long Course Nationals October 6-10

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, U.S. Masters Swimming has postponed is National Championship events. Spring Nationals, renamed the 2021 USMS Short Course National Championship, is now tentatively scheduled for July 21-25 at the Greensboro Aquatic Center in Greensboro, North Carolina. Summer Nationals, renamed the 2021 USMS Long Course National Championship is tentatively scheduled for Oct. 6-10 at the SPIRE Institute in Geneva, Ohio. 
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Wisconsin Water Warriors Results

Like most activities in the past year, we had to switch things up for Wisconsin Water Warriors due to COVID.  In the past, this was a 2-week swim challenge (14 consecutive days) that took place between November 1st and December 31st.  The goal was to challenge yourself and “swim” as much as you can for the 2-week period. However, this past year, there were some swimmers that did not have access to a pool, or they were limited to the amount of time they could spend in the pool.  Therefore, for this year we allowed “other physical activities” to be reported as well during these two weeks.  This allowed everyone the opportunity to participate. 
This year, all participants will be receiving awards.  It is difficult to separate out the swimmers only from those that were only able to do other physical activities (or a combination of both) and try to weigh the activities equally.  I used the Walk Across Tennessee – Mileage Conversion Chart for Other Physical Activities (thank you Tim Capps).  This list provided the type of physical activity and the amount of time to equal one mile.  We all know swimming is difficult, but it is difficult to compare the overall minutes of other physical activities to swimming.



31 Years of Wisconsin Masters History
A few weeks ago, a box full of printed Wisconsin Masters newsletters arrived at my door. They had been saved by Nancy Kranpitz, who was the Editor from newsletter's launch in 1989 up to April of 2013. Until I scanned and read them I had no idea how much time and effort she had put into them. I have been humbled.
These newsletters have now been preserved in the News Archive section of the website. I am amazed at the rich history of Masters swimming in Wisconsin, and the number of swimmers and volunteers involved in this.
Besides news of events, records broken and Top Tens, plus chronicles of several interesting open water swims and Nationals, Nancy has laced these newsletters with helpful advice on health and nutrition, jokes and entertaining quips. Several coaches have included tips and advice that include useful information still relevant today.
I hope you will enjoy reading this as much as I did archiving them for posterity.

Carl Millhollland
WMSC Editor