Colonies Zone at the National Convention
We can congratulate some Colonies Zone individuals who represented our region's business and recognition at the September USMS convention held in Dallas, TX. Greg Danner from Niagara was elected to a two-year term as Secretary. His duties will include recording, keeping, and posting our organization's records for the next two years. His election to the position came over two other nominees.
Cheryl Wagner of Potomac Valley was awarded the national June Krauser Communications Award. Cheryl was recognized for her long time dedication and service as editor of the LMSC's substantial newsletter.
Lynn Hazlewood, also of Potomac Valley, was awarded the Open Water Service Award for her leadership of the national Open Water Committee and its efforts in developing and promoting the growth of open water swimming in USMS.
Outgoing Zone Chair Jeff Strahota from Potomac Valley was honored with the Colonies Zone Dot Donnelly Award this year, for his dedicated volunteer service. Jeff has served as our zone chair for four years, and has also served several terms as his LMSC's Chair. He helped lead his club through an ownership transition, and has served on several national committees.
Finally, Mollie Grover of Potomac Valley was elected as our new Colonies Zone Chair to serve a two-year term. Rand Vaillandcourt from Maryland LMSC was elected to the vice-chair position.
2018 National Open Water Championships in Zone
The Colonies Zone will host two national open water championships in 2018. First in May, Reston Masters of Potomac Valley will hold the USMS Middle Distance Open Water National Championship. The 2-mile course will be laid out in Lake Audubon in Reston, Virginia for the Memorial Day weekend, May 27.
Later in the summer, the USMS Long Distance Open Water National Championship will be held by Open Water Swim LLC in Metropolitan LMSC at Fire Island, New York. The 5K swim in the Atlantic Ocean off Long Island will take place on July 7. Both of these swims are traditionally fund-rasing events for charity. Both entry links to these National Championships will be found on this site later in 2018.