Encouraging More Adults to Swim
2014 USMS Award Recipients

Recipients of The Capt. Ransom J. Arthur M.D. Award

  Hill CarrowNorth Carolina LMSC

Recipients of The Speedo/U.S. Masters Swimming Coach Of The Year Award

  Cokie LepinskiCokie Lepinski is a USMS Level 4 coach and head coach of Swymnut Masters in Marin County, Calif., a team that's NUTS about swimming! She is the 2014 Speedo/USMS Coach of the Year and serves as vice chair for the USMS Coaches Committee. She authored a swimming drill e-book, “There is a Drill for That” because she is always on the hunt for ways for swimmers to become faster and more efficient in the water.

Recipients of The U.S. Masters Swimming Dorothy Donnelly Service Award

  Margaret BaylessMargaret continues as the registrar for the Lake Erie Local Masters Swim Committee of over 600 members, having served in this position for over 10 years. Its membership increased by nearly 300 during Margaret’s time of service. She was instrumental in the formation of the Shaker’s Swim Club, and oversees the Treasurer duties of the OHIO Masters swim club board as well. Recently, she assisted in the establishment of Liquid Endurance, another newly formed Masters Swimming club in her LMSC. At the same time, Margaret served as the U.S. Masters Swimming Controller for several of years.
  Peter GuadagniPeter Guadagni has been a Walnut Creek Masters (WCM) board member and Chair, team captain and treasurer for years. He was editor of the team newsletter, provided content for the website, and participated on the club's Needs Task Force. Nationally, he has been a member of the Legislation Committee and is currently on the Finance Committee. As the Chairman of the Pacific LMSC since 2012, Peter led restructuring of the organization and establishment of a new model for the transition of board positions and responsibilities. Peter created the LMSC Annual Meeting Celebration as a way to encourage greater participation in leadership and activities.
  Emmett HinesAs a volunteer for over three decades, Emmett Hines held positions with his LMSC by performing duties in member registration and records tabulation. His coaching ability extends beyond building one of the most successful local clubs in the country. He is a recognized author and authority on swimming technique and training, publishing several books and writing for national publications, and was honored as a USMS Coach of the Year. Nationally, he has been a welcome addition to the USMS Coaches Committee, and has been contributing to the development of the national online meet sanctioning process.
  Bruce HopsonIn addition to being the recipient of the 2013 Ozark LMSC Service Award, Bruce Hopson has hosted the popular annual Sunnen Lake Open Water Swim as well as many local pool competitions. He has served as Ozark LMSC Chair, Open Water Chair, Legal Counsel and Grievances Chair and has represented his LMSC as a delegate to numerous USMS National Conventions. Nationally, Bruce has served on the Long Distance Committee and as the USMS Liaison to the IGLA. He currently chairs the Policy Committee and serves on the USMS Board of Directors as the At Large Member from the Breadbasket Zone. He also coaches Masters workout groups in the St. Louis area.
  Cokie LepinskiCokie Lepinski has already been recognized as the Pacific Masters Coach of the Year and received the USMS Kerry O’Brien Coaching Award. As a Masters coach, she generously shares her knowledge through frequent skill and technique articles in USMS publications. She served two terms as her LMSC Coaches Chair and coordinated educational opportunities for Pacific coaches and members. Cokie organized clinics offering skill and technique development for the LMSC’s coaches and members. Cokie attends the USMS convention regularly and currently serves as Vice Chair for the USMS Coaches committee.
  Donn LivoniDonn Livoni holds many positions for the Montana LMSC, including the position of Chair. As the local Chair, Livoni ensures that swimmers receive all the opportunities to participate in open-water, fitness, clinics and pool swimming programs. Simultaneously, Livoni serves as chair of the Long-Distance Committee of USMS on the national level, promoting open water and distance programs nationwide.
  Chris McGiffinAfter 10 years as a Masters swimmer, Chris McGiffin decided to involve himself with the New Jersey LMSC. Chris started at the top by volunteering to Chair the LMSC and held the position for 5 years, during which time he helped to develop and implement the LMSC’s Continuous Membership Recognition Awards Program. Chris is currently Vice-Chair and Co-Registrar of the LMSC. Additionally, Chris has been a delegate to the USMS National Convention for the last 9 years and served on multiple committees including the Development Committee where he chaired the task force that developed templates for volunteer roles at all levels of USMS. Chris served as a Director for the Colonies Zone where he was Chair of the Volunteer Roles Task Force. Currently, Chris is the USMS Vice-President of Programs and a member of the IT Liaison Task Force.
  Bill MeierBill Meier is an early crusader for the adult Learn-To-Swim programs promoted by USMS’s Swimming Saves Lives Foundation. Based on his successful programs at the Bard College PaceMaker Swim Club, he received a $5,000 grant from the Foundation to develop and support adult swim lessons throughout New England. He created New England’s "April is Adult Learn-to-Swim Month" campaign. Under Bill's leadership, eight New England Masters teams will be conducting Swimming Saves Lives programs during the year, using Masters Swimming volunteers to teach over 400 people how to swim. At Bill's urging, the governors of Massachusetts, Maine, New Hampshire, Rhode Island and Vermont have proclaimed April as "Adult Learn-to-Swim month."
  C.J. Rushman(CJ) Rushman has been active with the Anderson Barracudas in Cincinnati, OH since founding the swim program 18 years ago. He has served as on the board of directors at Kentucky Masters as team president and secretary. CJ was also worked on the LMSC board in numerous positions, as vice chair, secretary, and fitness/safety officer. He has directed numerous swim meets and officiated as referee and stroke/turn judge at all levels of swimming from high school through adult Masters. Nationally, he was the USMS Corporate Secretary and brought his expertise to the Information Technology, Coaches, Championship, Communications, and Publications committees. CJ also attended USMS conventions for fourteen continuous years.
  Virginia TrimbleCaptain Ginny Trimble, U.S. Air Force, founded the Warner Robins Aquanauts Masters Team three years ago, building the first competitive masters team in middle Georgia. Although having many military ties, there is diversity in age, careers and even the level of training. Ginny took on the initial organization, the coaching development, securing pool space, and the administrative tasks.
  Ed TsuzukiAs a 20-year member of the New Jersey LMSC, Ed has been a delegate and an active committee member at the USMS National Convention. He served as Vice-Chair and Chair of the Records and Tabulation Committee for 10 years, during which time he was instrumental in developing and bringing the End-to-End Event Management System to fruition. In addition, he has held the position of Top Ten and Records Chair and served concurrently as the Webmaster and as Secretary. Most recently, Ed has served as the Vice President for Local Operations and is currently the Vice President of Administration.
  Rand VaillancourtRand is one of Maryland’s most dynamic coaches for his work in promoting and growing USMS. Rand Vaillancourt has been a tireless coach for the Anne Arundel Amphibians for more than two decades, helping to grow its membership and programs, and providing increasing competitiveness in local competitions. Not limiting his efforts to his own team, he has been counted on to increase adult swimming opportunities for others by helping in the establishment of several other local swim clubs. Rand brings his expertise to the LMSC as chairman, overseeing the administration and operation of other local clubs throughout the state. He is a regular that represents all of Maryland at the annual USMS convention, serving on its committees that benefit from his long-term service and knowledge of local services.
  Greta van MeeterenTen years ago, Greta Van Meeteren co-founded the Twin Rivers YMCA Masters Team in New Bern, North Carolina where she is still the de-facto leader. Her communication skills have increased membership and brought together her team as well as the North Carolina LMSC where she served as Secretary. Four years ago, she launched the monthly newsletter which she continues to edit. Greta served at the highest volunteer level of her LMSC as chair, while simultaneously serving on national committees and continues to do so.
  Cheryl WagnerAn active participant for over 20 years, Cheryl immersed herself in the needs of the LMSC early, starting with her Terrapin Masters club when she developed a web based communications program. Cheryl’s local service quickly extended to the Potomac Valley LMSC where she served as secretary for nearly two decades. Her skill at capturing our activities is unparalleled and her historical knowledge and recall is invaluable. As newsletter editor, her reporting of news of local swimmers and her trademark “Swim Humor” informs and entertains the LMSC’s nearly 3000 members. Cheryl also spearheaded the 7.5 mile Potomac River Swim in 2002 and has helped administer and grow it substantially since then.
  Alice ZabudskyAlice’s dedication to Masters swimming begins in the 1970’s when she assisted the founders of Oregon Masters Swimming with newsletters, results, meets, and anything else that needed to be done. Alice has continued to contribute and currently serves as the editor of the Local Master Swimming Committee (LMSC) monthly newsletter. As editor, she keeps every contributor on task for meeting deadlines, and produces a professional looking newsletter. She participates in LMSC Board meetings and leads implementation of improved technology in communications.
  Cokie Lepinski

Recipients of The U.S. Masters Swimming Kerry O'Brien Coaching Award

  Jenny Birmelin
  Noah Birmelin
  April Cheadle
  David Clark
  Richard Garza
  Mary Kahn
  Steve Lintz
  Dirk Marshall
  Mary Nygren
  Peggy Stringer
  Patty Waldron
  Lisa Ward

Recipients of The U.S. Masters Swimming Club of the Year Award

  Puget Sound MastersRegional Club of the Year
  Indy Aquatic MastersLocal Club of the Year

Recipients of The U.S. Masters Swimming June Krauser Communications Award

  Frank 'Skip' Thompson

Recipients of The U.S. Masters Swimming Fitness Award

  Susie Powell
  Jim Wu

Recipients of The U.S. Masters Swimming National Championship Meets Award

  Jacki Allender

Recipients of The U.S. Masters Swimming Open Water Service Award

  Glenda Carrollby Phyllis Quinn and Peter Guadagni

Glenda Carroll’s contributions to open water swimming span all levels of the USMS organization and have benefited members of all abilities.

At the national level Glenda has been a long time member of the Open Water Committee including two years as its Vice Chair helping to guide this new committee in its initial stages.

As the Pacific Open Water Chair for 5 years (2008 to 2012) she oversaw what is probably the most active USMS open water program; a program that averages nearly 20 swims and 1500 participants each year. In that role she provided guidance to race directors and held them accountable to the LMSC’s high standards for event conduct and safety. She continued to improve the open water events each year by working with the Race Directors and creating an open water committee. The committee spearheaded ways to grow open water events in Pacific Masters. Because of her passion for open water and her experience working in this area, Glenda became an “expert” that others sought out for advice. She brought her "expert" role to the national level, advising LMSC administrators and event managers across USMS as the Open Water committee go-to person for event management issues.

Recognizing the fear many novice swimmers have of swimming outside a heated pool, she spearheaded the creation of the Open Water 101 Clinic. To conduct these clinics, Glenda recruited some of the nation’s most accomplished swimmers to work in small groups with participants. The clinics were so successful a 201 series was added, as well as a special classroom session for individuals wanting to prepare for an upcoming 5k/10k event. As LMSC Open Water Chair she successfully fought for the introduction of Category 2 competition and One Event Registration at local events. Glenda educated the LMSC’s leadership on the benefits of the proposed new policies and eventually persuaded Pacific to embrace the changes.

Other accomplishments as Chair included establishment of a program where the LMSC funds ambulances at smaller events, helping bring a national championship event to the area, and outfitting the Pacific open water equipment trailer with bright graphics that promote open water swimming for Masters.

In 2013, she became event director of the John Steiner Mile, a postal event sponsored by her club that also raises money for the American Cancer Society.

Glenda understood one of her most important roles as a leader was to recruit a replacement. She recognized Phyllis Quinn as a capable leader and by mentoring and training Phyllis as her replacement she insured the continued vitality of the Pacific open water program. Although Glenda has retired as Chair, her volunteer work on behalf of Masters open water swimming remains with her service on the USMS Open Water Committee and continuing responsibility for Pacific’s Open Water 101 and 201 clinics. It is hard to imagine anyone being more deserving of the Open Water Service Award than Glenda Carroll.

Recipients of The Ted Haartz U.S. Masters Swimming Staff Appreciation Award

  Jeanne EnsignWritten and presented by Susan Kuhlman at the 2014 Annual Meeting: Each year, the Ted Haartz Staff Appreciation Award is given to a special volunteer, chosen by the staff. The Award is named in honor of Ted Haartz, who’s been a leader in U.S. Masters Swimming since 1970. Ted helped establish the foundation for USMS’s evolution into a professionally operated organization and he was the inaugural recipient of this award in 2009. The Staff Award recognizes one individual who demonstrates excellence in assisting and supporting the national office staff with its professional duties of servicing, promoting, and building the membership; and carrying out the vision and strategic plan set forth by our volunteer leadership. Speaking of the strategic plan, this is a topic at every annual meeting, and I want to share a little history with you. Recently we came across the 1999 Strategic Plan. This is 10 years prior to forming the national office. Items in that plan included: • Increase our outreach to potential new members • Increase retention of current members • Increase USMS exposure through the media and sponsorships • Implement adequate staffing at the national level • Increase the number of USMS coaches and provide education and training for them • Promote the USMS Endowment Fund (now the Swimming Saves Lives Foundation). Sound familiar? This year’s Staff Award recipient was on that Board of Directors in 1999 and played a vital role in moving USMS forward; setting the groundwork for the successes we’re celebrating today. She’s best known for her financial leadership skills. You have seen her in action during this convention. At the local level she's served as a zone treasurer, LMSC president, vice president, treasurer, and registrar. At the national level, she's served as a member of the USMS Board of Directors, treasurer, member of the Audit Committee, and chair of the Finance Committee. She’s been instrumental in the creation and implementation of the checks and balances contained within the Financial Operating Guidelines and Finance and Audit Committee responsibilities. Her expertise as a CPA has resulted in a clearer understanding of the federal nonprofit tax returns. But not only at the national level—USMS’s 52 LMSCs each have to file tax returns as well, and her advice on issues that crop up during that process has been invaluable in helping the staff understand and be able to assist the LMSC volunteer leaders with their tasks. This year’s recipient has a knack for making complex financial issues understandable. She has served, supported, and influenced many with her vision and skills, and her efforts contribute greatly to getting the business of the organization done. When she starts a sentence with: “Let’s think about this for a minute,” you realize how fortunate we are to have her on the USMS team. It is my privilege to present the Ted Haartz Staff Appreciation Award to Jeanne Ensign.

Recipients of The USMS Athletes Inducted into the International Masters Swimming Hall of Fame (IMSHOF)

  Timothy Shead
  Jean Troy
  David Guthrie
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