2011 News Archives

July  |  AugustSeptember


September 2011 News

September 21, 2011 - Congratulations to Linda Brown-Kuhn! Linda Brown-Kuhn was awarded the prestigious Colonies Zone Dorothy "Dot" Donnelly Award at the USMS convention in Jacksonville, Florida on September 17, 2011. The purpose of this award is to recognize and honor swimmers in the Colonies Zone who exemplify the spirit of Dorothy Donnelly in their love of participation in the sport and their work to further Masters Swimming in their LMSC.  Linda Brown-Kuhn is by far New Jersey’s longest standing board member, having served in a volunteer capacity for 24 consecutive years (and counting!).  Linda has been our newsletter (The Fastlane) since December 1987 and has produced every issue since (started out as a monthly newsletter, but is now published 8 times a year), for an approximate total of 280 issues!  In doing so, she has maintained a tremendous history of USMS swimming in New Jersey and has helped keep our membership (now approaching 900 members) well-informed. 
September 9, 2011 - Congratulations to Morgan Sawin (23), National Champion, who swam to a first place finish in the 18-24 age group and to Bridgette Hobart (48) who captured 4th place in the 45-49 age group at the USMS 25K Open Water National Championships on June 18, 2011 in Morse Reservoir in Noblesville, IN. Awesome marathon swimming ladies!!

September 9, 2011 - Congratulations to 10 NJ LMSC swimmers, including one National Champion, who all successfully completed and placed at the USMS 5K Open Water National Championships on August 6, 2011 in the Atlantic Ocean at Coney Island in Brooklyn, NY. Laura Smith, 40; Lynn Ascione, 44; and Sarah Clark, 40 captured 2nd, 3rd, and 4th respectively in their 40-44 age group. Bridgette Hobart, 48; Mary Guilfoyle, 48; and Rosanne Lemongello, 49 placed 4th, 7th, and 10th respectively in their 45-49 age group. Susan Kirk, 51 swam to a 2nd place finish in the 50-54 age group and Nancy Steadman-Martin, 57 swam to a dominating 1st place finish and is a National Champion. On the men's side, Jeff Jotz, 41 raced to a 2nd place finish in the 40-44 age group and Steve Levine, 58 placed 5th in his 55-59 age group. Great open water swimming by all as the strong currents definitely factored into the later stages of the swim!

August 2011 News

August 24, 2011 - Congratulations to the following NJ LMSC swimmers who recently competed at the USMS LCM Nationals at Auburn University, in Auburn, AL on August 3-6, 2011. Jane Fisher, 75, posted four National Championship swims in the 75-79 age group, all in NJ LMSC record time. Jane won the 50, 100 and 200 Breast as well as the 200 fly.  Jane also set new NJLMSC records in the 50 and 100 fly, where she placed 2nd and 3rd respectively.  Steve Hiltabiddle, 45, posted two National Championship swims and set three new NJLMSC records as he won the 50 fly and 400 IM, and finished 4th in the 200 fly.  Steve, also finished 2nd in the 50 free, 100 free and 100 fly.   New Records: Women 75-79 Jane Fisher (75) 50 Breast  1:08.97; 100 Breast  2:43.94; 200 Breast 5:44.18; 50 Fly 1:04.47; 100 Fly  2:44.71; 200 Fly 6:21.58. Men 45-49 Steve Hiltabiddle (45) 50 Fly 26.38; 200 Fly  2:31.93; 400 IM  5:27.38 

August 23, 2011 - Congratulations to the following NJ LMSC swimmers who set new NJ LMSC LCM records at the Jason Nessel Memorial Invitational held at the Rahway River Park Pool on August 7, 2011. Women 60-64 Marie Velucci (62) 400 IM - 8:33.13;  Women 70-74 Barbara Rosenbaum (70) 50 Breast - 55.29; 100 Breast - 2:13.42; 50 Fly - 56.29 75-79 Janet Moeller (77) 50 Breast - 1:00.75; 200 Breast - 5:06.32; 200 IM - 4:46.59; 400 IM - 10:26.95. Men 55-59 Ken Niemi (56) 200 Back - 2:52.33; 200 IM - 2:53.88. Men 65-69 Jack Zakim (66) 100 Free - 1:10.51; 200 Free - 2:40.27; Bob Hopkins (69) 400 IM - 8:20.69. Men 80-84 Nickolas Demas (81) 50 Free - 36.75; 100 Free - 1:30.57;  Isaac Siskind (83) 50 Fly - 1:05.70


August 16, 2011 - The NJ LMSC continues its solid run with the 5th highest swimmer participation and the 7th highest posted miles in the 2011 USMS "Go the Distance" program!  The Colonies Zone retains its #1 spot among the 8 zones with almost 80,000 miles and 621 participants.  New Jersey, with 115 registered swimmers has logged almost 14,000 miles! Anyone can sign up, swim and log thier miles.  New Jersey is only 900 miles behind Illinois and 1000 miles behind Oregon! To participate, simply submit your total yardage in your on-line FLOG (under MyUSMS). For more details about this fitness event, go to GO THE DISTANCE on the USMS website.   Congratulations to ALL of the participants who continue to make this program such a huge success within our LMSC!! Every member counts!!  

Top (7) LMSCs for 2011:
Pacific 36,355 miles, 257 swimmers
Florida 23,126 miles, 153 swimmers
Southern Pacific 21,509 miles, 157 swimmers
New England 18,017 miles, 129 swimmers
Oregon 14,960 miles, 99 swimmers
Illinois 14,817 miles, 110 swimmers
New Jersey 13,917 miles, 115 swimmers  

Click the "Go the Distance" logo above for the latest results.

August 16, 2011 - Announcing the first annual Octoberfest Meet on Saturday, October 15, 2011 at Drew University in Madison, NJ.  Warmup: 8:00-8:50 a.m.  Meet Starts: 9:00 a.m. Entry form must be received by 6 p.m., Wednesday, October 5, 2011. Please click here for the entry form. If you have any questions, please contact meet director Eric Scheingoltz at  

August 8, 2011 - "The Jason E. Nessel Memorial Invitational (LCM) swim meet was held on August 7, 2011 at the Walter Ulrich Community Pool in Rahway New Jersey. Click here for the results.

July 2011 News

July 26, 2011 - July/August Fastlane posted.

July 25, 2011 - Congratulations to Chris McGiffin, 45 for setting new NJLMSC LCM records at the Colonies Zone LCM Championships at Middlebury College (VT) June 24-26, 2011. Men 45-59; 400 Free 4:53.89; 1500 Free 19:39.72; 400 IM 5:35.56

July 6, 2011 - Congratulations to 6 swimmers, including one national champion, from the NJ LMSC who placed at the USMS 10K Open Water National Championships on June 11, 2011 in the Gulf of Mexico in Fort Myers Beach, Florida.  Lynn Ascione, 44;  Sarah Clark, 40; and Heather Guthrie, 43 swam to a 1-2-3 sweep in the 40-44 age group and Bridgette Hobart, 48 and Mary Guilfoyle, 48 finished 4th and 6th in the 45-49 age group.  Susan Kirk, 50 grabbed 2nd place in the 50-54 age group. For a warm-down swim in the evening, all (6) Jersey Girls along with close to 200 other swimmers--a combination of USMS and USA-S swimmers-- all swam in the Fran Crippen Sunset Mile which benefitted the Fran Crippen Elevation Foundation. Fran's Mom was on location to cheer on the athletes which included some of Fran's fellow FINA Open Water World Cup competitors.

Click here for News Archives