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2024 Canadian Masters Swimming Championships

Over Memorial Day weekend, May 24-26, 2024 – the Michigan Masters team of 53 swimmers crossed the border to swim at the 2024 Canadian Masters Swimming Championships. The team broke 47 individual State records and 13 relay records. In addition, Corrin Buck broke 2 USMS National records in the 50 and 100 breaststroke. Denise Brown was 7 for 7 national champion and 6 for 7 state records making her our TOP Michigan Masters Athlete!!!  As a team, they won 70 Gold medals, 53 silver and 47 Bronze, and if allowed to score, (Canadian teams only were allowed to score), Michigan Masters would have been National Champs… so job well done. Go team!! The last time Michigan Masters attended this meet was in 2014.

Attending their first national meet representing Michigan Masters was: Nicholas Rancilio, Dana Hunter, Mike Smith, Elise Dubois, Emily Gunderson, Luca Benetti, Kristen Adair, and Katie Glumpker.

Placing first, although from the USA, the following individuals were Canadian National Champions! To our surprise we got nice hardware and a National Champion patch. Our National Champions were: Gaard Arneson in 5 events, Jeff Bailey in 1 event, Ali Blondell in 3 events, Denise Brown in 7 events, Corrin Buck in 4 events, Lou Ann Dixon in 2 events, Joannie Eastridge in 2 events, Emily Gunderson in 2 events, Suzanne Harris in 1 event, Fares Ksebati in 1 event, Muffy MacKenzie in 3 events, Julie Master in 1 event, Thomas Melgar in 1 event, Laura Nathan in 1 event, Chuck Olson in 2 events, Kurt Olzmann in 4 events, Randy Parker in 4 events, Mike Schuldinger in 3 events, Chad Steed in 5 events, Wendy Szymczak in 3 events, and Sue Weir in 1 event.

In addition to our national champions, the following athletes placed second or third in event(s) and brought home some nice hardware: Sallie Bartkowiak, Sarah Bednarcik, Luca Benetti, Beth Carey, John Cassidy, Maddie Diedo, Nancy Frey, Luke Griffioen, Sue Hadden, Kathy Haney, Dana Hunter, Lisa Hypnar, Taylor Oberson, Jim Pogue, Nicholas Rancilio, Jacqueline Thorpe, Matt Wuchte and Karen Younkins.

 

MEET RESULTS. EVENT WEBSITE

 

Breaking Michigan Masters Individual State Records

  • Ali Blondell 100 IM, 200 free, 400 free, 100 fly, and 50 free.
  • Denise Brown 800 free, 200 back, 400 free, 200 IM, 400 IM, 1500 free
  • Sarah Bednarcik 800 free 1500 free
  • Corrin Buck 100 IM, 100 Breast, 200 breast, 50 breast
  • Joannie Eastridge 400 free, 200 breast, 200 IM, 400 IM
  • Emily Gunderson 50 back
  • Lisa Hypnar 200 free, 100 free, 50 free
  • Muffy MacKenzie 50 fly, 100 free
  • Chuck Olson 200 free, 400 free
  • Kurt Olzmann 100 breast, 200 breast, 50 breast
  • Randy Parker 50 fly, 100 breast, 50 breast, 50 free
  • Michael Schuldinger 400 free, 200 IM
  • Chad Steed 100 breast, 50 breast
  • Wendy Szymczak 50 breast, 50 free, 1500 free
  • Sue Weir 50 fly
  • Karen Younkins 200 back, 100 back, 50 back

Breaking Michigan Masters Relay State Records

Women’s Relays

  • 200 free and 200 medley relay both with Ali Blondell, Karen Younkins, Emily Gunderson,  Kristen Adair
  • 200 freestyle relay Muffy MacKenzie, Corrin Buck Wendy Szymczak, and Susan Harris
  • 200 medley relay with Susan Harris, Corrin Buck, Sue Weir, Muffy MacKenzie
  • 200 free relay with Laura Nathan, Sue Hadden, Lisa Hypnar, Kathy Haney

Men’s relays

  • 200 free relay with Jeff Bailey, Jim Pogue, John Cassidy, and Michael Schuldinger
  • 200 medley relay with Fares Ksebati, Brian Rudolph, Luke Griffioen, and  Luca Benetti
  • 200 Medley relay with Kurt Christensen, Randy Parker, Jeff Bailey, and Chuck Olson

Mixed relays

  • 200 medley relay with John Cassidy, Lou Ann Dixon, Jim Pogue and Wendy Szymczak
  • 200 medley relay with Chuck Olson, Randy Parker, Sue Weir, and  Lisa Hypnar
  • 200 free relay with Fares Ksebati, Luke Griffioen, Ali Blondell, and Emily Gunderson
  • 200 free relay with Muffy MacKenzie, Susan Harris Kurt Christensen, and Jeff Bailey
  • 200 free relay with Corrin Buck, Wendy Szymczak, Jim Pogue, and Michael Schuldinger
  • 200 free relay with Chuck Olson Sue Weir Lisa Hypnar, and Kurt Olzmann

2024 Meet Information and Links:

 

USMS Summer Nationals – Mission Viejo, CA

Competition days are August 21-25 at Marguerite Aquatics Complex, 27474 Casta Del Sol, Mission Viejo, CA 92692

To connect to the event’s website – CLICK HERE

If you are registered, or planning on registering, and would like to participate in Michigan Masters Relays – please email Team Captain, Corrin Buck: [email protected]


Pan Am Games – Cleveland, OH

July 17-20. This event will be swam in long course meters and there are many other sports as well as a swimming competition. To connect to the event’s website CLICK HERE. This meet is not sanctioned by USMS which means that times would not count towards top 10 or any records.


2024 State Meet Annual Award Winners:

The 2024 annual Michigan LMSC state awards were awarded at the Michigan Championship State Meet. Congratulations to our 3 2024 Award Winners:

  • Lifetime Achievement Award: Patrick Weiss
  • Chetrick Award: Barb Church
  • Lawrence Award: Chuck Olson

Lifetime Achievement Award: Patrick Weiss

Life-time Achievement Award: The Lifetime Achievement Award is presented to a person who demonstrates outstanding voluntary contributions, continuous swimming accomplishments, and a lifetime dedication and devotion to the objectives of masters swimming in Michigan. The recipient must have represented MI-LMSC in competition and service for at least 10 years. Current members of the Board of Directors are eligible to receive this award.

This Nominee is so accomplished I have broken out his accomplishment in 3 categories: Leader, Innovator and Lover… 

Leader

  • Michigan Masters Positions:
    • Chairman 2017 – 2019 & 2022-2024
    • Vice Chair 2015- 2017 & 2019-2022
    • Treasurer 2011 -2015
  • S. National Positions:
    • Current:
      • Rules Committee Member 2024 – Present
    • Previous:
      • Legislation Committee Member 2021 – 2023
      • Swimming Saves Lives Foundation Member 2020 – 2021
      • Legislation Committee Vice Chair 2017 – 2020
      • Fitness Education Committee Member 2015 – 2016
    • USMS Certified coach – Level 1 & 2
    • Has brought in over $1,000 in donations to the Michigan LMSC
    • Successfully navigated the challenging impact from COVID, now restoring us to pre-covid and beyond participation levels and memberships.
    • Key Lead for the Swim Across America open swim at Belle Isle (Cancer Research Initiative) raising record breaking donations to support cancer research locally (Univ. of Michigan Rogel Cancer Center)
    • Received the USMS Donnelly Service Award in 2017
      • This award is presented annually to USMS registered individuals whose volunteer service has contributed to the growth, improvement, or success of U.S. Masters Swimming locally, regionally, and/or nationally.

Innovator

  • Created a new outdoor meet highly enjoyed by all in Detroit at the Detroit Yacht Club for 2022 and 2023
  • Along with Jim delivered our first State Meet in Detroit
  • He developed the entire online registration system, that integrates into our website.
  • Increased the Michigan Masters scholarship contributions, by adding an opportunity to contribute at checkout when purchasing on our website.
  • Runs the Michigan Masters on-line store, with all profits going to the Michigan Master scholarship fund
  • Created the online registration and dedicated hours of his time to process those entries at no cost to the meet hosts or the LMSC

Lover of the Sport

  • Delivered incredible swim clinic opportunities for Michigan master’s swimmers to meet, learn from, and hear incredible personal stories from several of the most highly decorated U.S. Olympic Athletes: Rowdy Gaines, Nathan Adrian, Janet Evans, and Elizabeth Beisel
  • Overall career: 327+ Masters swims, and 1 Top 10 achievement (400 Mixed Relay in 2013)

Key volunteer and fundraiser for the USA Swimming Foundation


Chetrick Award: Barb Church

The Chetrick Award was established in 1977 and is named after Dr. Myron Chetrick. The award is presented annually to the person who has given outstanding service and exemplifies commitment to MI-LMSC. Criteria include outstanding contributions to both MI-LMSC and USMS. All members and volunteers, including officers, are eligible for this award.

The Nominee: 

  • This swimmer/member first joined United States Masters Swimming in 1980.
  • Over the past 44 years, she has seen masters swimming evolve and grow, along with her own swimming journey.
  • She first started with a Lansing area Masters team and eventually settled in as a member of the FAST masters team for the past 15 years.
  • She was there in 1983 when the legendary Indianapolis natatorium first opened and held the first long course USMS Summer Nationals meet. It was also the first year that USMS started keeping world records and she held the 50m Backstroke LCM world record for 3 three years in the 30-34 age group.
  • In addition to her participation in many local and national USMS meets, she has been active in many national Senior Games meets, where she has six first place finishes and three national records.
  • However, it’s her work outside of the pool that brings us to today’s recognition.
  • When she first assumed the role of Membership Coordinator in 2022, she was determined to reunite the Michigan Masters club into a cohesive group that could compete at national and international meets as a unified powerhouse team.
  • She contacted dozens of swimmers and coaches to explain the structure of clubs and teams in order to consolidate everyone into one team.
  • She also went to almost every meet where she was able to meet in person with swimmers to answer any questions they may have had about how to register and select a team.
  • The result was a reconstituted and unified Michigan Masters club with the largest number of members in many, many years.

Lawrence Award: Chuck Olson

The Lawrence Award (named after Bob Lawrence,) was established in 1978. The award is presented annually to a swimmer who has achieved outstanding performances during the previous year and/or over a long career while representing MI-LMSC. Examples of performance criteria include USMS All American selections, USMS or FINA masters swimming records, USMS or FINA masters swimming top-ten rankings, and USMS or FINA masters swimming championship meet titles. Other considerations include MI-LMSC records and championship meet titles.

The Nominee: 

  • A dedicated and hard worker who consistently puts in a great swim efforts and performances. A team leader in and out of the pool for Michigan Masters…
  • He had incredible attendance and performances during the 2023 swim season at both local and national swim competitions.
  • These swims provided him 12 “Top 10” finishes between the 3 courses
  • He represented Michigan at Spring Nationals (Irvine, California) where he delivered Michigan over 40 points
    • Finishing with 2 X Silvers (100 &200 Free), 2 X Bronzes, and placing in the top 8 in all events he swam
  • A member of MAC swimming, he continues to break Mac team records in all age groups yearly, smashing 9 Mac records this year alone
  • Overall career: 553+ Masters Swims / 106 individual, 59 relay Top 10s All American 1 Individual and 6 -time for relays

USMS Registration is Open

Are You a Member of USMS? Do You Need to Renew Your USMS Membership? Please visit the USMS website  to register or renew.  For detailed information, please visit the MI Masters Registation page.


Michigan Masters Scholarship:

For information about the Michigan Masters Scholarship – Click Here.