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The Origins Of The 1-Hour Postal Swim

One of the most interesting cross-border rivalries among masters swimmers in the United States is the competition between the New England Masters (NEM) and the Davis Aquatic Masters in the 1-Hour Postal sanctioned and supported by U.S. Masters Swimming.

We have an NEM 1 Hour Swim coordinator who starts rallying the troops in December,” explains Tracy Grilli about the long-running rivalry between the two large East Coast and West Coast teams. “The New England Masters has consistently had great club participation, recruiting even those who are injured and have to kick to complete it.”

Recently, NEM has gained the upper hand after Davis Aquatic Masters won the large team division of the Hour Postal Swim championship 5 times since 1998 (1998, 1999, 2009, 2010, 2011).

But swim or kick, fast or slow, the name of the game was participation.

The event was first organized by Dale Petranech (shown on left) in 1978, modeled after a track & field event," recalls Ann Svenson formerly of the DC Masters and now with the Adirondack District Masters Swimming. "It helped make a reputation for DC Masters. After Dale moved to New Jersey in 1981, Art Smith and the late Dave McAfee took over running the event."

Started on a small scale by visionary Dale Petranech, the International Marathon Swimming Hall of Fame Honorary Secretary, its growth has been phenomenal. Hosted by the DC Masters until 1993, the Speedo USMS 1-Hour Postal National Championship went out to bid and is now rotated around the country. It has grown to become the most popular and largest U.S. Masters Swimming championship event.

In 2009, there were 2,577 participants hosted by Ohana Swim Team in Washington. In 2010, the Tamalpais Aquatic Masters in California hosted 2,961 participants. In 2011, there were a total of 2,834 participants hosted by the Tualatin Hills Barracudas in Oregon. In 2012, there were 2,668 participated hosted by Blue Wave Aquatics in Washington. In 2013, there were 2,493 participants hosted by the Davis Aquatic Masters in California. The Indy Aquatic Masters in Indiana will host the event in 2014 and the Chicago Smelts in Illinois will be the host in 2015. In addition to Americans, there are always a handful of other swimmers from FINA-affiliated masters swimming federations including Australia, Japan and Canada.

Meticulously organized on a national scale by U.S. Masters Swimming, the Speedo USMS 1-Hour Postal National Championship was inspired by the track and field community and limitations on conducting national championships during World War II.

The first few events were conducted without a computer,” explains Petranech who was instrumental in administrating open water swimming at the USA Swimming and FINA level back in the 1980s. “I'd get 3 x 5 cards and separate them by gender, age group and then arrange by distance. Then I would ask someone to type the results. That worked fine as long as the total number of swimmers was fewer than 200.

But now with the entries in the thousands, the old fashion methods just could not work
.”

Joann Leilich of the DC Masters (shown on left) recalls the early years. "Like Art Smith, my living room and hall were covered with mailing envelopes when I was the meet director. Every swimmer received printed results, many ordered T-shirts, and age group winners received medals. When the DC Masters was the host, we included interesting facts in the printed results; someone swam butterfly for one hour, which was noted in the results."

But Petranech’s vision has melded quite well with the dawn of computers and the Internet. He recalls, “Art was the first person to start using a computer to tabulate results."

Susan Kirk also recalls the early years, “The 1-Hour Postal started as a club swim and was run locally for a number of years before it went national.”

I started the 1-Hour Postal while a member of the DC Masters,” explains Petranech. “The event was a spin-off of a track event that was conducted as a National Championship AAU event. The postal concept was used in both swimming and track and field, particularly during the war years to cut down on costs and save petrol.”

Over the years, it smoothly transformed itself from a locally run masters event to a national championship event, built on the dedication of hundreds of volunteers and thousands of participants - and it is sponsored by Speedo. "We originally tried to make it an AAU Championship event for the younger pool folks, but the AAU and U.S. Swimming felt that to be designated a championship event, the contestants must have direct contact with each other," continued Petranech.

Through social media, the U.S. Masters Swimming website and the Internet, the contestants now have plenty of virtual contact with one another.

Record-holders for the Speedo USMS 1-Hour Postal National Championship include:

*Men 18-24 Robert J Margalis, St Pete Masters Inc: 2007, 6135 yards
*Men 25-29 Dan Veatch: 1994, 6115 yards
*Men 30-34 Blake Porch: 2003, 5750 yards
*Men 35-39 Mike G Shaffer, Ventura County Masters: 2003, 5905 yards
*Men 40-44 Mike G Shaffer, Ventura County Masters: 2009, 5910 yards
*Men 45-49 Jeff T Erwin, Sawtooth Masters: 2010, 5755 yards
*Men 50-54 Jim McConica, Ventura County Masters: 2002, 5620 yards
*Men 55-59 Jim McConica, Ventura County Masters: 2010, 5445 yards
*Men 60-64 Jim McConica, Ventura County Masters: 2011, 5285 yards
*Men 65-69 Tom Landis, Oregon Masters: 2008, 4680 yards
*Men 70-74 Graham M Johnston, Masters of South Texas: 2002, 4515 yards
*Men 75-79 David A Radcliff, Oregon Masters: 2010, 4520 yards
*Men 80-84 Aldo Da Rosa, Rinconada Masters: 1998, 3650 yards
*Men 85-89 Clarence Ross: 1985, 3240 yards
*Men 90-94 E Ole Larson, North Carolina Masters Swimming: 2013, 2330 yards
*Men 95-99 Gus Langner (shown above): 1999, 2175 yards

*Women 18-24 Sarabeth Schweitzer, Sierra Nevada Masters: 2000, 5550 yards
*Women 25-29 Lisa Hazen, Los Altos Mountain View Masters: 1994, 5560 yards
*Women 30-34 Lisa Hazen, Los Altos Mountain View Masters: 1995, 5625 yards*
*Women 35-39 Heidi George: 2012, 5645 yards
*Women 40-44 Susan Preston, Stanford Masters Swimming: 2006, 5550 yards
*Women 45-49 Susan Preston, Stanford Masters Swimming: 2008, 5550 yards
*Women 50-54 Suzanne Heim-Bowen, Walnut Creek Masters: 2010, 5180 yards
*Women 55-59 Laura Val, Tamalpais Aquatic Masters: 2010, 5090 yards
*Women 60-64 Laura Val, Tamalpais Aquatic Masters: 2012, 4920 yards
*Women 65-69 Lavelle Stoinoff, Oregon Masters: 1999, 4135 yards
*Women 70-74 Lavelle Stoinoff, Oregon Masters: 2003, 3960 yards
*Women 75-79 Ronnie Kamphausen, Maine Masters Swim Club: 2010, 3525 yards
*Women 80-84 Betty Lorenzi, Florida Aquatic Combined Team: 2010, 3250 yards
*Women 85-89 Rita Simonton, Golden West Swim Club: 2004, 3005 yards
*Women 90-94 Rita Simonton, Golden West Swim Club: 2009, 2720 yards
*Women 95-99 Mary Lathram, DC Masters: 2011, 1360 yards

Top photo shows Gus Langner, record holder in the 95-99 age division when he swam a total of 2175 yards in the 1999 event.

Photo on left shows Lisa Hazen who swam a total of 5625 yards in 60 minutes, averaging 1:04 per 100 yards and finished first overall.

After retiring from competitive swimming, she returned to the pool and defeated all the male and female participants in 1995 as she prepared for her open water races on the 1995 FINA Open Water Swimming Grand Prix circuit.

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2014 Global Open Water Swimming Conference Agenda


Friday, 19 September

5:30

PM


Welcome Reception at Mount Stuart House, Isle of Bute, Scotland

Documentary films shown throughout the reception:

Blue Journey-Amerika Samoa – Stronger Together: The Waterman’s Way
(film by Bruckner Chase)

Dancing With The Water, Crossing of Lake Pontchartrain
(film by Wayne Ewing about Matthew Moseley's Lake Pontchartrain crossing)

Bering Strait Swim Chukotka - Alaska
(film by Admiral Konstantin Sidenko about the relay between Russia and Alaska)

The Clean Swim – Hong Kong to Macau
(film about Simon Holiday's Pearl River Delta crossing)


Saturday, 20 September

9:00

AM


Registration and Coffee at Mount Stuart House, Isle of Bute, Scotland

10:00

AM


Keynote Speech:
Colleen Blair (Scotland) on The History of Scottish Swimming

10:20

AM


Christopher Guesdon (Australia) on Multidimensional Roles In The Sport

10:30

AM


Colin Hill (England) on Recent Explosion in UK Open Water

10:50

AM


Shelley Taylor-Smith (Australia) on The Feminine Code of Achievement - How a Lady from Down Under Revolutionized Professional Marathon Swimming

11:10

AM


Simon Murie (England) on Open Water Swimming Holidays: How A New Sector Was Created Within The Travel Industry

11:30

AM


Swimming The Oceans Seven
A round table discussion moderated by:
Kevin Murphy (England), with Stephen Redmond (Ireland), Anna-Carin Nordin (Sweden),
Darren Miller (USA), Adam Walker (England), Kimberley Chambers (New Zealand)

12:30

PM


Coffee and Break

1:00

PM


World Open Water Swimming Awards Luncheon:
with co-hosts Shelley Taylor-Smith (Australia) and Steven Munatones (USA)

Pádraig Mallon (Ireland), 2013 World Open Water Swimming Man of the Year

Olga Kozydub (Russia), 2013 World Open Water Swimming Woman of the Year

Bering Strait Swim, 2013 World Open Water Swimming Performance of the Year

Honoring: Vladimir Chegorin, Maria Chizhova, Elena Guseva, Ram Barkai, Jack Bright, Oksana Veklich, Aleksandr Jakovlevs, Matías Ola, Henri Kaarma, Toomas Haggi, Nuala Moore, Anne Marie Ward, Toks Viviers, Melissa O’Reilly, Ryan Stramrood, Cristian Vergara, Craig Lenning, Rafal Ziobro, Andrew Chin, Jackie Cobell, James Pittar, Paolo Chiarino, Mariia Yrjö-Koskinen, Ivan Papulshenko, Zdenek Tlamicha, Zhou Hanming, Oleg Adamov, Andrei Agarkov, Alekseev Semen, Tatiana Alexandrova, Roman Belan, Elena Semenova, Alexander Brylin, Afanasii Diackovskii, Vladimir Nefatov, Evgenii Dokuchaev, Oleg Docuckaev, Roman Efimov, Dmitrii Filitovich, Olga Filitovich, Victor Godlevskiy, Olga Golubeva, Alexei Golubkin, Alexander Golubkin, Alexandr Iurkov, Oleg Ivanov, Pavel Kabakov, Eduard Khodakovskiy, Aleksandr Komarov, Aleksandr Kuliapin, Andrey Kuzmin, Irina Lamkina, Vladimir Litvinov, Andrey Mikhalev, Victor Moskvin, Nikolay Petshak, Sergey Popov, Vladimir Poshivailov, Grigorii Prokopchuk, Dmitrii Zalka, Natalia Seraya, Viacheslav Shaposhnikov, Olga Sokolova, Andrei Sychev, Alexei Tabakov, and Nataliia Usachaeva [represented by Admiral Konstantin Sidenko and Nuala Moore]


2:30

PM


Alexey Salmin Pavlovich (Russia) and Dmitry Dragozhilov (Russia)
on the 2016 Winter Swimming World Championships [film]

2:50

PM


Sally Minty-Gravett (Jersey) on Motivating Swimmers

3:10

PM


Dmitry Blokhin (Russia) and Aleksei Veller (Russia)
on the First World Ice Swimming Championships [film]

3:30

PM


Matthew Moseley (USA)’s Dancing With The Water, Crossing of Lake Pontchartrain [film]

3:50

PM


Simon Holliday (England) and Doug Woodring (Hong Kong)’s The Clean Swim – Hong Kong to Macau 2014 [film]

5:00

PM


International Swimming Hall of Fame (ISHOF)
and International Marathon Swimming Hall of Fame (IMSHOF)

IMSHOF Induction Ceremonies and Dinner
with co-hosts Shelley Taylor-Smith (Australia) and Steven Munatones (USA).

Recognition of International Swimming Hall of Fame honorees:

  • Elizabeth Fry (USA), IMSHOF Honour Swimmer

  • Vojislav Mijić (Serbia), IMSHOF Honour Swimmer

  • James Anderson (USA), IMSHOF Honour Administrator

  • Dr. Jane Katz (USA), IMSHOF Honour Administrator

  • Indonesian Swimming Federation Open Water Committee (Indonesia), IMSHOF Honour Organisation

  • Melissa Cunningham (Australia), Irving Davids – Captain Roger Wheeler Award by the International Swimming Hall of Fame and IMSHOF Honour Swimmer

  • Sandra Bucha (USA), ISHOF Honor Open Water Swimmer and IMSHOF Honour Swimmer

  • Jon Erikson (USA), ISHOF Honor Open Water Swimmer and IMSHOF Honour Swimmer [represented by Sandra Bucha]

6:30

PM


International Swimming Hall of Fame (ISHOF) Introduction Video.
Welcome speech by host Shelley Taylor-Smith (Australia)

6:45

PM


Dinner

7:30

PM


International Swimming Hall of Fame (ISHOF)
Induction Ceremonies and Dinner with host Shelley Taylor-Smith (Australia)

Recognition of International Swimming Hall of Fame honorees:

  • Mercedes Gleitze (England)
    ISHOF Honor Pioneer Swimmer and IMSHOF Honour Swimmer
    [represented by daughter Doloranda Pember]

  • Dale Petranech (USA)
    ISHOF Honor Contributer and IMSHOF Honour Administrator

  • Claudio Plit (Argentina)
    ISHOF Honor Open Water Swimmer and IMSHOF Honour Swimmer
    [represented by Shelley Taylor-Smith]

  • Judith van Berkel-de Nijs (Netherlands)
    ISHOF Honor Open Water Swimmer and IMSHOF Honour Swimmer
    [represented by Niek Kloots]

  • George Young (Canada)
    ISHOF Honor Pioneer Swimmer and IMSHOF Honour Swimmer
    [represented by the Catalina Channel Swimming Federation]

  • David Yudovin (USA)
    ISHOF Honor Open Water Swimmer and IMSHOF Honour Swimmer


Sunday, 21 September

9:00

AM


Registration and coffee at Mount Stuart House, Isle of Bute, Scotland

10:00

AM


Nuala Moore (Ireland) on The Mindset of 1000m at 0ºC

10:20

AM


Admiral Konstantin Sidenko (Russia)’s Bering Strait Swim Chukotka - Alaska in 2013 [film]

10:40

AM


Ned Denison (Ireland) on Swimming The World

11:00

AM


Bruckner Chase (USA)’s Blue Journey-Amerika Samoa
Stronger Together: The Waterman’s Way
[film]

11:20

AM


Rok Kerin (Slovenia) on Lifestyle Benefits From Open Water Swimming

12:00

PM


Survey distribution and group photo-taking

2:00

PM


Swim at Stravvana Bay, Isle of Bute






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The Global Open Water Swimming Conference is a conference on the sport of open water swimming, marathon swimming and swimming during triathlons and multi-sport endurance events.

The conference which has been attended by enthusiasts and luminaries from 6 continents, is devoted to providing information about the latest trends, race tactics, training techniques, equipment, psychological preparation, race organization and safety practices used in the sports of open water swimming, marathon swimming and triathlons.

The conference's mission is to provide opportunities to listen and meet many of the world's most foremost experts in open water swimming, and to meet and discuss the sport among swimmers, coaches, administrators, event organizers, sponsors, vendors, officials, escort pilots, and volunteers from kayakers to safety personnel.

Dozens of presentations at the 2014 Conference at the Mount Stuart House cover numerous aspects of the vast and growing world of open water swimming where attendees can learn and share the latest trends, race tactics, training modalities, swimming techniques, equipment, race organization, logistics, operations, and safety practices for open water swimming as a solo swimmer, competitive athlete, fitness swimmer, masters swimmer, triathlete, multi-sport athlete, administrator, race promoter, sponsor or referee.

The conference was first held in Long Beach, California as part of the 2010 USA Swimming National Open Water Swimming Championships. It has since been held on the Queen Mary in California, at Columbia University and the United Nations in New York City, and in Cork, Ireland. This year in September, it comes to another iconic location, the Mount Stuart House on the Isle of Bute in Scotland.

"The Global Open Water Swimming Conference was started due to the desire and need for athletes, coaches, referees, administrators, race directors, promoters and sponsors from around the world to share, collect and learn information about the growing sports of open water swimming, marathon swimming and triathlons," said founder Steven Munatones. "Other swimming conferences usually offering nothing on open water swimming or perhaps a speech or two, but we thought open water swimming deserves its own global conference. It is great that the community shares its information via the online social network, but there is nothing like meeting other open water swimming enthusiasts face-to-face and talking about the sport from morning to night."

Speakers at the conference include English Channel swimmers, ice swimmers, record holders, renowned coaches, world champions, professional marathon swimmers, renowned race directors, officials and administrators from the Africa, Americas, Asia, Europe and Oceania.

"Because the audience is passionate and educated about the sport and its finest practitioners, the Global Open Water Swimming Conference is also the location of the induction ceremonies for the International Marathon Swimming Hall of Fame and the annual WOWSA Awards that recognize the World Open Water Swimming Man of the Year, the World Open Water Swimming Woman of the Year, the World Open Water Swimming Performance of the Year, and the World Open Water Swimming Offering of the Year. Special Lifetime Achievement Awards are also occasionally presented to individuals who have made significant contributions to the sport over their career."


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