U.S. Masters Swimming Open Water Clinic

U.S. Masters Swimming Open Water Clinic

U.S. Masters Swimming will present an Open Water Swim Clinic in conjunction with the USMS 25K Open Water Nationals in Noblesville, Indiana.

It’s a learning opportunity not to be missed.

The clinic is jam-packed with several experienced open water swimmers and headlines two Triple Crown swimmers (Mallory Mead and Jim Barber). The coaching staff has more than 100 years of open water swimming experience under its collective swim caps – each with an intense desire to share their knowledge, experience and advice.

With such a large number of experienced coaches, everyone from beginners to veterans will have the opportunity to learn and develop their technical open water swimming skills and racing knowledge for swims ranging from triathlon swim legs to difficult channel swims.

The coaches include Mallory Mead (shown on left). She was the 39th person to complete the Triple Crown of Open Water Swimming (English Channel, Catalina Channel and Manhattan Island Marathon Swim). She is a USMS 10K national champion with plans for the Oceans Seven and the The Swim For Kids’ Sake race director.

Kris Houchens is an 18-year coaching veteran and is the Head Coach of YMCA Indy Swim Fit, USMS Club of the Year for 2006. Kris coaches everyone including elite triathletes and open water swimmers and was honored as the Speedo USMS Coach of the Year Award in 2007.

Kevin Sherman is 7-year veteran who was a USMS 10K national champion, runner-up in the 2008 USMS 25K National Championship, 2nd in the Swim Across the Sound 25K with years of experience in triathalons.

Dick Sidner is a swimmer and coach from Noblesville, Indiana who also serves as the Race Director for the USMS 10K National Championships and two 25K National Championships. He presented at the USMS Open Water Safety Conference and is a frequent contributer to swimming publications and is the creator of SwimOpenWater.net.

Jeff Maydak with two decades of coaching experience as the Head Coach at Noblesville Adult Swim Team. He has earned many accolades from USMS including Long Distance All-Star and Long Distance All-American honors. He is a 5-time USMS national champion and has completed numerous 5K, 10K and 25K races.

Ben Christoffel is a USMS national record holder, an 8-time USMS All-American, and a 4-time U.S. Open participant.

Victoria Rian is veteran swimmer with experience in Lake Michigan, St. Croix, Bermuda, Long Island Sound and the Catalina Channel where she is among the all-time top ten fastest women. She is a USMS 10K and USMS 25K national champion and won the women’s race at the 25K Swim Across the Sound.

Jim Barber is the 37th person to complete the Triple Crown of Open Water Swimming. His experience is counted in the decades where he has competed in the Long Island
Sound, Big Shoulders, Key West, Seal Beach, St Croix, Coronado Island, and the Chesapeake Bay Swim.

Will Simmons has swum nearly every distance from 5K and triathlons to the English Channel and volunteers as a kayaker.

Jeff Halbert has swum the English Channel, Long Island Sound, USMS 25K Nationals, and Big Shoulders with several USMS national titles to his credit.

It is an impressive growth with over a century of experience who are all willing to share their expertise and passion for the sport.

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