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December 6th, 2017 - Congratulations to the following NJ LMSC swimmers who set new NJ LMSC SCY records at the Eastern Express Veterans Day Meet on November 11, 2017 at The College of New Jersey.

Women 55-59: Laurie Ditomasso (55) 50 breast - 36.28; Women 65-69: Heidi Remak-Ziff (65) 50 free - 33.03, 100 free - 1:12.49, 200 free - 2:47.50, 100 IM - 1:28.40; Men 75-79: Bob Hopkins (75) 500 free - 8:06.91, 1650 free - 26:51.33, 200 IM - 3:14.44

November 16th, 2017 - Congratulations to Laurie DiTommaso (55) and Bob Hopkins (75) who set new NJ LMSC SCY records at the Sussex County YMCA Adult Mini-Meet on October 14, 2017. Laurie broke the women's 55-59 records in the 50 fly (29.99) and 100 IM (1:11.28) while Bob lowered the men's 75-79 standard in the 1000 free to 17:03.13.

October 29th, 2017 - The September/October issue of the Fastlane Newsletter is now available!

October 23rd, 2017 - U.S. Masters Swimming will be holding a USMS Adult Learn to Swim Certification Course on Sunday, November 12th at the Hilton Garden Inn in Springfield for the classroom portion, and the Berkeley Aquatic Club in New Providence for the pool portion. Click here to register and for additional details.

October 23rd, 2017 - Congratulations to the following NJ LMSC swimmers who broke NJ LMSC LCM records at the FINA World Masters Championships in Budapest, Hungary on August 14-20, 2017.
Women 55-59: Laurie Ditomasso (55) - 100 fly (17th place) - 1:12.52 (Laurie also placed 5th in the 50 fly)
Men 25-29: Eric Materniak (26) - 100 breast - 1:05.51 (2nd place), 200 breast - 2:21.20 (2nd place), 200 IM - 2:11.06 (2nd place), 400 IM - 4:50.70 (5th place)
Men 60-64: Ken Niemi (62) - 100 back - 1:20.08 (14th place), 200 back - 2:55.19 (13th place)

October 22nd, 2017 - Uh oh! NJ has slipped back to 3rd place - by a mere 91.8 miles! Southern Pacific up to 2nd overtaking NJ since our last update (August). NJ still has highest % participation at 9.9%, although Gulf, who is also 4th in total mileage, right behind NJ has 9.0%!

Here are the top 5 LMSCs in total mileage:

Pacific 56818.8
Southern Pacific 27187.2
New Jersey 27095.3
New England 19965.2
Gulf 18382.2

Here are the top 5 in member participation: (also showing their total LMSC membership and GTD participation %)

Pacific 318 11736 2.71%
Southern Pacific 149 4904 3.04%
New Jersey 140 1422 9.85%
Gulf 126 1404 8.97%
New England 108 2505 4.31%


Click the "Go the Distance" logo above for the latest results, and click here for the GTD archives.

September 25th, 2017 - Congratulations to James Ryan (65) for breaking the men's 65-69 1500 freestyle LCM record at the 2017 CT Long Course Masters Championships at Wesleyan University on August 26, 2017. Jim lowered the record to 21:34.39.

August 28th, 2017 - The July/August issue of the Fastlane Newsletter is now available!

August 26th, 2017 - Mighty New Jersey is holding strong in our GTD numbers. We’re still on top in percent participation at 10.35%, we’re still second in total mileage (22,030 miles) and we are third in total number of participants – 137.

Colonies Zone (which NJ is a part of) is the #1 zone with a total of 84,579 miles and 571 swimmers. The average across our zone is 148.12 per participating swimmer. For NJ, we average 160.8 miles per participating swimmer!


Click the "Go the Distance" logo above for the latest results, and click here for the GTD archives.

August 23, 2017 - Congratulations to Rich Schubert (65) who broke the NJ LMSC LCM record for the men's 65-69 1500 meter freestyle at the 12th Annual June Krauser Summer Splash meet in Fort Lauderdale on June 18, 2017. Rich swam the 1500 in 27:11.63.

August 14, 2017 - Congratulations to the following NJ LMSC swimmers who set new NJ LMSC LCM records at the Jason E. Nessel Memorial Invitational meet at the Rahway River Park Pool on August 6, 2017.

Women 55-59: Laurie Ditommaso (55) - 50 fly 32.63
Women 65-69: Sue Freeman-Patterson (66) - 50 free 43.20, 100 free 1:47.84
Men 50-54: Jose Faria (51) - 400 IM 5:52.64
Men 70-74: Jack Zakim (72) - 400 free 6:14.80

July 24th, 2017 - 2017 Swim University Degrees Awarded ~~ Congratulations to all Graduates!!

The third year of Swim University drew to an end on June 30th and this year’s graduates did a wonderful job! The 35 people who swam, logged an impressive 6,523.52 miles! The Swim University 2016’s crowd swam slightly more at 6,583.37 miles but there were 39 graduates. Last year eight swimmers earned their PhD’s in Swimology by swimming 240 plus miles in the six-month time frame from January through June. We topped that this year with nine swimmers earning the highest distinction. And a shout out to Paula Pyrcz who really packed in the swims the last two weeks of June to make it to her goal of earning a Bachelor’s degree. I’m sure she’s not the only one who swam hard to reach their goal. Great job everyone!!

Associate’s Degree (30+ miles)
Susan Gibson 30.54
Linda Brown-Kuhn 50.1
Julie Schoenlank 58.97

Bachelor’s Degree (60+ miles)
Paula Pyrcz 60.31
Heidi Pfefferkorn 65.22
Sara Johnston 72.44
Yumei Guo 74.17
Bill Reichle 78.48
Francesca Mancuso 88.66
Marie Velluci 90
Lan Ge 116.6

Master’s Degree (120+ miles)
Tom Sartorio 135.38
Beth Maloney 136.75
Asabi Davis 139.68
Deborah Elkis-Abuhoff 146.93
Ed Tsuzuki 155.72
Arun Rao 158.05
Curtis Miller 167.64
Cathy Failcon 177.69
Sharon Danzger 178.6
Mark Haftkowycz 187.11
Jane Ikeda 190.87
Sarah Lepson 203.79
Susan Kirk 215.30
Gail Seelig 221.36
Sandra Seddon 231.01

PhD of Swimology (240+ miles)
Aaron Moore 240.28
Irene Fisher 286.81
Pia Lord 302.54
Robert Gatto 323.19
James Hoke 341.46
Jen Baumann 345.92
Dongho Choi 363.24
Kim Plewa 388.71
Jim Ryan 500.37

July 10th, 2017 - Registration is now open for the Jason E. Nessel Memorial Invitational LCM meet, being held August 6th, 2017 at Rahway River Park in Rahway, New Jersey. Click here for the online entry form and here for the paper entry form.

June 22nd, 2017 - NJ Masters swimmers really embrace GTD, echoing the trend among Masters swimmers to focus on the fitness aspect of swimming over competition. The 132 NJ swimmers participating in Go the Distance ranks us in 3rd place nationwide in number of participants behind Southern Pacific and the behemoth Pacific LMSC that has more than 10,000 members, 301 of whom are in GTD. NJ still holds the number 2 spot in total mileage at 15,212.81 miles. And among the top LMSCs, NJ is number one in percentage participation of members at 10.29% with Gulf and North Texas right behind us. That is impressive! Keep up the great work!


Click the "Go the Distance" logo above for the latest results, and click here for the GTD archives.

June 18th, 2017 - The May/June issue of the Fastlane Newsletter is now available!

May 23rd, 2017 - Congratulations to NJ LMSC swimmer Jesse Novak (22) who broke the NJ LMSC SCY record in the men's 18-24 100 yard freestyle with a 46.45 at the Somerset County YMCA Masters "Last Chance" Meet at the Somerset Hills YMCA on May 21, 2017.

May 8th, 2017 – Congratulations to USMS national champion, Eric Materniak (25) who won the men's 25-29 200 breaststroke with a new NJ LMSC record time of 2:03.69 at the USMS Spring National Championships in Riverside, CA (April 27-30 ,2017). Eric also set new NJ LMSC records in the 50 (3rd place) and 100 (5th place) breaststroke events with a 26.62 and 57.91 respectively. NJ also had two additional record setters at this meet in the men's 50-54 age group. Jose Faria (51) broke the following records: 200 back (8th place) - 2:10.03, 200 IM (6th place) - 2:08.95, 400 IM (5th place) - 4:43.17 and William Segal (52) set new standards in the 50 free (6th) - 22.71, 50 fly (6th) - 24.37, 100 fly (6th) - 54.42.

Michelle Davidson (46) posted 5 top eight finishes and Christopher Gibson (61) brought home a 3rd and 6th place medal in his events.

April 28th, 2017 - Congratulations to the following NJ LMSC swimmers who set new NJ LMSC One Hour Postal records in the 2017 USMS One Hour ePostal National Championship event. Rob Perkins (50) set a new record of 4,695 yards in the men's 50-54 age group and Paul Kiell (86) tied Jim Pendergrass' record of 2,850 yards in the men's 85-89 division.

Also setting new One Hour ePostal relay records were the following Somerset County YMCA Masters (SCYM) relay teams. In the Men's 45+ age group, Rob Perkins (50), Tom MacNabb (51) and Marc Israel (59) combined for a total of 13,570 yards. Two mixed SCYM relays also set new standards. Stephanie Chamberlain (47), Suzanne Lemieux (46), Rob Perkins and Tom MacNabb broke the 45+ record with a total of 16,520 yards and Julie Stone (55), Susan Olesky (60), Scott Eichhorn (62) and Marc Israel recorded a total of 13,945 yards in the 55+ age group.

April 28th, 2017 - Registration is OPEN for the Somerset County YMCA Masters new Last Chance SCY Meet being held at the Somerset Hills YMCA on Sunday, May 21st, Click here for the online entry form or click here for the paper entry form.

April 18th, 2017 - The March/April issue of the Fastlane Newsletter is now available!

April 18th, 2017 - Congratulations to Nancy Steadman Martin (62) and Jim Dragon (72) for setting new NJ LMSC records at the Ocean County YMCA Masters Meet on February 12, 2017 at the Ocean County YMCA. Nancy set a new record in the women's 60-64 100 fly with a 1:18.67 and Jim set a new standard in the men's 70-74 100 breaststroke at 1:24.97.

March 23rd, 2017 - Only a few spots left for the spring pool open water clinic with Olympian Alex Meyer!

March 21st, 2017 - Announcing Sussex County YMCA's Adult Mini-Meet for Saturday, April 15th, 2017! There will be a new swimmer orientation from 1:00-1:30 pm, with meet check-in at 1:30 pm, and warmup beginning at 2:00 pm. All entries (click here for entry form) must be received by Wednesday, April 12, 2017. ​Questions may be directed to Ray Gaffney, at 973-209-9622 ext. 224.

February 15th, 2017 - The January/February issue of the Fastlane Newsletter is now available!

January 23rd, 2017 - The NJ LMSC is excited to announce that it will host a spring pool open water swim clinic with Olympian Alex Meyer! All levels of open water swimmers are invited to join us on Sunday April 2nd 11:00am - 2:00pm at the Berkeley Aquatic Club for a pool open water swim clinic with Olympian Alex Meyer. The cost is subsidized by the NJ LMSC and is only $25 per registered NJ Masters Swimmer! Mail in your form today- space is limited!

January 12th, 2017 - Three new USMS Educational Clinics for coaches and swimmers to be held in the New Jersey LMSC are now available for registration. Click the links below to sign up.

Level 1 -2 Coach certification class – March 25, 2017
Clinic Course for Coaches – March 25 – 26, 2017
Stroke clinic for swimmers – March 26, 2017

January 11, 2017 – New Jersey concluded the 2016 Go The Distance event with a third place ranking among all 52 LMSCs in the country! NJ ranked third not only in total miles logged but also in number of participants! NJ's total mileage of 37,452 is the highest annual total for NJ and was only surpassed by Pacific and Southern Pacific at 81,357 and 40,439 miles. Pacific and Southern Pacific have 12,213 and 5,046 total members respectively (NJ had 1,582 members in 2016), so once again, NJ had the highest percentage of their membership participate at 9.0%! If you haven't already signed up for the 2017 event, please consider participating in this terrific fitness event. This free on-line event is a great way to keep a log (you can log all of your fitness activities – not just swimming) and also serves as a tremendous motivator for you to stay consistent. For the NJ LMSC membership note that you can also use GTD to track your mileage for the Swim University fitness event. To participate, simply register and then 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.


Top (5) LMSCs for 2016:
Pacific – 81,357 miles, 338 swimmers (2.8% of LMSC membership)
Southern Pacific – 40,439 miles, 177 swimmers (3.5% of LMSC membership)
New Jersey - 37,452 miles, 142 swimmers (9.0% of LMSC membership)
New England - 31,534 miles, 131 swimmers (5.2% of LMSC membership)
Florida - 25,534 miles, 110 swimmers (4.1% of LMSC membership)

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

January 1st, 2017 - Congratulations to the following NJ LMSC swimmers who broke NJ LMSC SCM records at recent meets. At the Dr. Bill Ross Memorial Masters Swim Meet at the Nassau Aquatics Center in East Meadow, NY on November 12, 2016, Michelle Davidson (46) set new NJLMSC SCM standards in the women's 45-49 100 fly (1:16.54) and the 200 fly (2:48.04). At the same meet, Laurie Ditommaso (54) also set new records in the women's 50-54 50 breast (42.37) and 50 fly (34.71).

Michelle Davidson (46) continued her record setting swims by setting a new NJLMSC SCM record in the women's 45-49 200 back with a 2:39.80 at the 4th Annual Solstice SCM Meet at the Germantown Indoor Swim Center in Boyds, MD on December 3, 2016.
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