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USMS Elects Officers and Honors Members

USMS Annual Meeting at the United States Aquatic Sports Convention

USMS | September 16, 2013

U.S. Masters Swimming has concluded its annual meeting during the United States Aquatic Sports Convention. In addition to committee meetings and rules and legislation reviews, USMS held officer elections and honored many of its deserving volunteers with service awards.

U.S. Masters Swimming is pleased to announce the results of elections and appointments to the Board of Directors: Nadine Day (Illinois) was re-elected and will serve another two-year term as president. Ed Tsuzuki (New Jersey) will serve as vice president of administration. Chris Stevenson (Virginia) will serve as vice president of local operations. Chris McGiffin (New Jersey) will serve as vice president of programs. Jody Smith (Oregon) will continue to serve as vice president of community services. Chris Colburn (Illinois) will serve as secretary. Phil Dodson (Illinois) will serve as treasurer.

There were two new at-large director positions appointed by the Board: Dave Diehl (Delaware Valley) was appointed at-large director for the Colonies Zone and CJ Rushman (Kentucky) at-large director for the Great Lakes Zone. The other at-large director positions remain: Bruce Hopson (Ozark), Breadbasket Zone; Maria Elias-Williams (South Carolina), Dixie Zone; Hugh Moore (Pacific Northwest), Northwest Zone; Jim Clemmons (Pacific), Oceana Zone; Jill Gellatly (Gulf), South Central Zone; and Phil Whitten (Arizona), Southwest Zone.

The Capt. Ransom J. Arthur M.D. Award is given annually to the volunteer who epitomizes the spirit of the founding father of U.S. Masters Swimming. In 1970, Dr. Arthur envisioned lifelong fitness and lifestyle benefits for adults through aquatic training and competition. Each year, the recipient of this award has demonstrated top-tier commitment and dedication to USMS's mission. The 2013 recipient is Patty Miller (Virginia).

Each year USMS and partner Speedo honor a coach who exemplifies the highest standards in Masters coaching, including growth and development of Masters Swimming with an all-inclusive approach that welcomes swimmers of all levels and abilities. This year's Speedo/USMS Coach of the Year is Whitney Hedgepeth (South Texas) of Longhorn Aquatics.

Volunteers who have made significant contributions on the local, regional, and national levels and whose service stands out in scope and impact are honored with the Dorothy Donnelly Service Award, named for one of USMS's first super-volunteers. The 2013 recipients are: Bill Bearden (New Mexico), Stephen Darnell (Oregon), Wes Edwards (Oregon), Kildine Harms (Pacific), Thomas Moore, Jr. (Minnesota), John Morales (Pacific), Jennifer Parks (Michigan), Dick Pitman (Wisconsin), Phyllis Quinn (Pacific), Garrick Snider (New Mexico), Anthony Thompson (Missouri Valley), Stephanie Walsh Beilman (Delaware Valley), Tim Waud (Oregon), and Dan Wegner (Southern Pacific).

The USMS Coaches Committee recognizes coaches who are building our membership in communities throughout the country. The Kerry O'Brien Coaches Award is named to honor the Walnut Creek Masters (Pacific) coach who embodies the passion, dedication, and heart that these coaches bring to the pool deck. The 2013 recipients are Marcia Benjamin (Pacific), Marcia's Enthusiastic Masters of Oakland; Sue Berger-Mann (Michigan), Stray Cats of the Southeast YMCA; Mary Gibson (Maryland), Talbot Manta Rays; Doug Green (Southern Pacific), South Coast Masters; Donald Jackson (Wisconsin), Walter Schroeder Aquatic Center; Mike Kazek (Pacific), Cal Maritime Academy Masters; Greg Orphanides (Gulf), Houston Cougar Masters; Jay Peluso (Virginia), Peluso Open Water Masters; Tom Reudy (Pacific) San Mateo Masters; Don Swalwell (Michigan), Ann Arbor Masters; and Kendra Wheeler (Oregon), KROC Masters.

USMS considers club development a priority, and recognizes a club every year with the Club of the Year Award. Masters clubs that do the most to promote USMS's values and mission in their communities and at the national level are candidates for this award. This year's Club of the Year is Blue Wave Aquatics Masters (Pacific Northwest).

The June Krauser Communications Award is presented annually to an individual or group whose communications efforts have contributed to USMS's growth, improvement, or success. The award is named for the author of USMS's first official rulebook and a prolific writer and editor of many early newsletters and other publications. This year's recipient is Sally Guthrie (Michigan).

The Championship Committee and Raleigh Area Masters select an individual each year for the National Championship Meets Award. The recipient of this award has made significant contributions to the success of championship-level competitions by providing excellent competitive conditions for racing at national or international meets. This year's recipient is Ed Saltzman (Georgia).

The Open Water Service Award is a new award in 2013, to honor an individual who has made significant contributions to promoting and building excellence in USMS open water swimming by embodying the USMS mission, vision, goals, and objectives through open water swimming. This inaugural award goes to Bob Bruce (Oregon).

Lastly, the Ted Haartz U.S. Masters Swimming Staff Appreciation Award recognizes one individual each year who demonstrates excellence in assisting and supporting the USMS National Office staff with its professional duties of servicing, promoting, and building the membership. The award is named in honor of a longtime leader who helped establish the foundation for USMS's evolution into a professionally operated organization. This year's recipient is Jeffrey Roddin (Potomac Valley).

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About U.S. Masters Swimming

U.S. Masters Swimming encourages adults to enjoy the health, fitness, and social benefits of swimming by providing more than 2,000 adult swimming programs and events across the country, including open water and pool competitions. USMS’s nearly 70,000 members range from age 18 to 99 and include swimmers of all ability levels. The nonprofit also trains and certifies coaches and provides online workouts, a bimonthly member magazine, monthly eNewsletters, and technique articles and videos at usms.org.

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