2001 USMS National Elections
Betsy DurrantBetsy Durrant
Candidate for President

Why are you interested in being USMS President and why do you believe you would be a good candidate for this position.
I am committed to this organization and dedicated to serving in any way I can. I believe that I have the skills, the experience, and the time to do this job successfully. I work well with others and I know how to involve others in projects and decisions.

What do you consider to be the major issues facing USMS in the next four (4) years. As the USMS President, how would you address these issues.
One major issue is USMS support of the LMSCs. The national organization can do more to identify what makes a successful LMSC and to make help available to those LMSCs who request it. While there are vast differences in geography and population within our LMSCs, I believe there are common characteristics of LMSCs with a lot of activities and involvement. We should begin by asking LMSCs to identify their strong points and their weak points. When we have compiled lists of what makes an LMSC strong and what problems exist, we can then search for solutions.

The issue of coached workouts and encouraging swimmers of all levels is related to the LMSCs, but even strong LMSCs may not have adequate coached workouts. Wouldn't it be wonderful if every adult swimmer in the country could find a coached workout? To work toward this, I believe we must establish or encourage relationships with YMCAs, colleges, and USA-Swimming teams.

Please list USMS committees that you have served on.

  1. Zone Committee, 1986-1991
  2. Zone Committee Chairman, 1991-1995
  3. Ex-officio member (in charge of Top Ten subscriptions) of the Records and Tabulations Committee, 1992-2000
  4. Executive Committee Liaison for: Rule Book Committee, 1997-2000; Records and Tabulations, 1997-2001; Planning, 1997-2001; Officials, 2000-2001
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