Moscow Chinooks Masters News - July Part DEUX * Moving Outside Monday

Chinooks News - July 2022 – Part DEUX

Chinooks are on the MOVE – to Hamilton-Lowe Aquatic Center

All practices move outside on Monday

There are slight changes to practice times:

  • MWF: 5:30 – 6:45 AM
  • Tu/Th: 6:30 – 7:30 PM free entry during last hour of daily operation – bring ID
  • Tu/Th morning practices continue at 5:45 – 6:45 AM

[Did you leave your swim stuff in the Memorial Gym locker rooms? No worries – only the swim center is closed but Mem Gym will be open during the days so you can launch your rescue mission when convenient.]

Welcome Outside Potluck Breakfast – Friday, July 29th after practice

Jeanne Leffingwell is inviting all Chinooks to a potluck breakfast on her patio across the street from the HLAC right after practice. Address: 835 Mtn View Rd. Opportunities to break bread together have been few during the pandemic, so it will be nice to socialize in the fresh air. Yes Coffee, No Covid. Yes bring something to share, No sharing forks. Yes French toast, No French kissing.

Try Masters Swimming Month Wrapping Up

Be sure to welcome Amy Hudson and Stacey Kingsbury to the Chinooks! They converted their trial membership into full-fledged Chinookiness. We have ~4 other people who have finished up their trial week and are considering joining.

The Try Masters Swimming Month campaign happens in July with special advertising paid for by USMS in the area around our participating club. Anyone is welcome to try Chinooks practices for a week at any time. Just have them visit

Open Water Swimming

Anyone want to learn to swim in open water? Let Paige know and we’ll schedule a time to go practice where the Snake River is very shallow.

Saturday, August 6 – Long Bridge Swim – Lake Pend Oreille, Sandpoint, Idaho

Visit for information and register to swim at the 27th annual event!

Sunday, August 14 – Coeur d’Alene Crossing – Lake Coeur d’Alene, CdA, Idaho

2.4 mile across the lake or 1.2 mile jump off a boat and swim back to shore. Check out for information and registration. Deadline to register is July 31st. Spectator tickets on the cruise boats are available beginning July 30th.

Roll-the-Bones Swim in the Snake River – Saturday, August 27 * meet at Staples to carpool at 6:50 AM

Let’s go swim from Granite Point to Wawaiwai Landing before the season is out. This is a 2.2 mile swim downriver. Wetsuits not needed. Donuts provided with a special Jelly Roll-the-Bones donut to the first finisher! Not a sanctioned practice or event – just for fun! Friends welcome.

Palouse Sprint Triathlon - Saturday, Sept. 10th

Palouse Sprint Tri registration is open! Sign up for this 500 yd swim, 15 km bike, and 5 km run happening on Saturday, September 10th around Moscow at If you are not participating/competing, then please help with counting competitors’ laps that morning at HLAC. We need about 15 Chinook volunteers. It’s a great way to meet other Chinooks who may swim in a different lane or on a different day. Mark your calendar for a September 10th morning of cheering and helping. We’re done by 10:15am.

Parking Permits for 2022-23

Commuter Overnight/Early AM permits for parking in UI Lot #39 (Gold Lot) are available for the next academic year. If you are not employed by or attending UIdaho, the best plan is to purchase the permit in-person at UI Parking Services located in the Moscow Intermodal Transportation Center on Sweet Avenue (7:30a-4:30p M-F). The cost is $15 if you don’t have a regular annual permit; if so, the CO/E permit is Free. Gold permit holders don’t need to go to the effort of getting the CO/E as in years past.

Don’t put this off until all the UI students return beginning in mid-August!

Moscow Chinooks Masters News - July 2022 ** No Practice on 4th **

Chinooks News – July 2022


Summer Practice Schedule Changes

MWF Practices move OUTSIDE to the Hamilton-Lowe Aquatic Center on Monday, JULY 25th 5:30 – 6:45 AM

Tu/Th Evening Practices move OUTSIDE on Tuesday, JULY 26th and the time shifts to 6:30-7:30 PM

Tu/Th Morning Practices stay the same at HLAC 5:45 – 6:45 AM 

All OUTSIDE practices at HLAC run through August 19th and then we return to UI Swim Center.

If you prefer a visual of when we move from indoor to outdoor check out -

You can print a nice calendar HERE:

Coach Coverage in July

Coach Shelly is off for her summer break in July. Many of you met Coach Mia Goodwin as she covered morning indoor practices as well as the outdoor mornings. Be sure to introduce yourself. Paige and Jay will cover evenings and Wednesday mornings.


Our friends to the north have revived the mid-July open water swim in Lake Coeur d’Alene. Grab (rent? buy?) a wetsuit and sign up for the Kroc Masters Open Water Swim (1 km & 2 km distances) to be held on Saturday, July 16th.

Get more info and sign up at;smid=15112

Deadline to enter is Tuesday, July 12th. Talk to Coach Mia or Paige if you are interested in carpooling to this event.

More Open Water Swimming in the Inland Northwest!

Saturday, August 6 – Long Bridge Swim – Lake Pend Oreille, Sandpoint, Idaho

Visit for information and register to swim at the 27th annual event!

Sunday, August 14 – Coeur d’Alene Crossing – Lake Coeur d’Alene, CdA, Idaho

2.4-mile across-the-lake or 1.2-mile jump-off-a-boat-and-swim-to-shore swims available. Check out for information and registration. Deadline to register is July 31st. Spectator tickets on the cruise boats are available beginning July 30th.

Moscow Chinooks Masters News - June 2022 * Summer Schedule Changes

Chinooks News – June 2022

Summer Schedule Changes – a phased approach

Phase 1 - ADDING TUESDAY & THURSDAY MORNINGS! Starting Tuesday, June 14th 5:45-6:45 AM at the Hamilton-Lowe Aquatic Center (F St. & Mountain View Rd – remember the Mtn View closure at Sixth St. this summer) Coach Mia Goodwin will be leading practices on those mornings at least till the end of June.

UI Swim Center has its annual maintenance shut down from July 23 – August 22. Phase 2 of our outside practices will move MWF morning and Tu/Th evening practices to HLAC during those 4 weeks.

In summary:
  • JUNE 14 through September 8* - Tuesday/Thursday mornings (5:45-6:45am)
  • JULY 25 through August 19 - MWF mornings (5:30-6:45am)
  • JULY 26 through August 18 - Tu/Th evenings (6:00-7:00pm)

*pending available staff that long

USMS Summer Fitness Challenge – 2K swim!

Coach Shelly will have us take the 2K Fitness Challenge on Tuesday, June 8th and Wednesday, June 9th. If you want to sign up for the challenge which supports Adult Learn to Swim programs across the U.S. and get some cool swag, visit

Mark your calendars – Palouse Spring Triathlon * Saturday, September 10th

Race – Individual entry is $50 + USAT one-day membership $15 if needed, or be the swim hero for a Team/Family @ $90 + USAT one-day membership ($15 if needed per team member).

Volunteer – This is the main Chinooks Masters community service event for the year. Many Chinooks help with organizing and registration activities. Other Chinooks help with race day pool logistics by counting for athletes during the morning. Please mark your calendar and set aside Sept. 10 morning to be part of this team event! Any event proceed sharing given to the Chinooks goes to support the Chinooks’ Adult Learn-to-Swim program.

Upcoming Adult Learn-to-Swim Sessions 

August 23-September 2 - Tuesday, Thursday, and Fridays 8:30-9:30 AM
October 25-November 4  - Tuesday, Thursday, and Fridays 8:30-9:30 AM

Know someone who aspires to learn how to swim? Have them contact to get answers to questions and to find out how to register. Each session (6 classes) is $25.00.

Become a Lifeguard

Heard about the lifeguard shortage nationwide? We're not immune here. The City of Moscow will pay for time spent taking lifeguard training in addition to hours worked. Break the generation barrier! Contact Ava Barker at by June 23rd if you are interested in outdoor summer work. Training dates are 

June 30, July 1, July 2 from 8am - 2pm and July 3 from 8am - Noon + 6-9pm

Plus up to 7 hours of online training to be completed prior to June 30th.

Moscow Chinooks Masters News - April 2022

Chinooks News – April 2022

Practice Schedule Updates

Wednesday, April 6 - Air Force ROTC - 5 lanes Deep Pool (plus one lane in Shallow Pool - MAYBE) 5:45 to 7:00 a.m.
Wednesday April 20 - Navy ROTC - one lane in the Shallow Pool from 5:30 to 7:00 a.m. and then three lanes in Deep Pool (lanes 6-8) 5:45 to 7:00 a.m.

Breakfast After Practice – Friday, April 8th @ Moscow Food Coop 7:00am

Swim Meets – Two More Flavors!

April 9-10 – April Flowers Swim Meet (short-course meters 25M) – Kroc Center, Coeur d’Alene, ID

Deadline to enter: Friday NOON 4/8 at;smid=14328

Start off by fueling and socializing with swimmers from around the region at a free breakfast at the home of one of the CdA Kroc Masters. If you are an open water swimming aficionado, plan to go as many of the Krocs and some of the Big Sky Montana swimmers coming for the meet love to chat about their summer plans over fruit and pancakes.

Then enjoy 10% more racing for the same low price of $35! Short course meters is about 7 feet longer than our 25 yd pool and separate records are kept. Relay records!! Come swim with us!

Want to carpool? Contact Paige and/or Coach Shelly to get in on logistics planning.

May 20-22 – Fazzari’s Open Swim Meet (long-course meters 50M) – Orchards Pool, Lewiston, ID

Deadline to enter: paper entry via U.S. Mail must be RECEIVED by May 8th

Form available at: [under Fazzari’s section]

This is a dual-sanctioned swim meet with Inland Empire Swimming where Masters swimmers will compete in the 13&Over age group alongside the youth swimmers. The 1500 Free will be on Friday evening. The meet allows for more rest between events and is typically a fun weekend in the sun looking at the Palouse hills (or keeping tabs on tornado watches – one or the other!) Got a kid who swims? This is a wonderful family meet to cheer for each other and friends.

Have questions about swim meets? Ask Coach Shelly for tips and advice!

Moscow Chinooks Masters News - March 2022

Chinooks News – March 2022

Practice Info

Spring Break (March 14-18) - We’ll have morning swim practices for sure, but evening practice will depend on staffing. Please stay tuned!

Mask/Facial Covering Update

As of Tuesday, March 1st the University of Idaho made wearing masks inside their facilities optional. Chinooks will follow that policy of optional face coverings on deck, especially with the CDC’s newest guidance. Going forward we ask that everyone support our teammates’ decisions to wear a mask or not wear a mask. Coach Shelly will continue to accommodate swimmers starting at both ends of the lanes – keep up the good communication on send offs with your lanemates.

Thank you to everyone for being good facility users at the UI Swim Center and helping us meet our commitments and facility use agreements by wearing masks on deck. We have a great working relationship with our swim center – thanks for keeping us in good standing! See more on this topic below.

Swim Meet Info – a meet each month!


It’s Champs season and We Don’t Have To Host! For the first time in 13 years Chinooks get to just Attend the Inland NW Masters swim champs meet and Swim Fast without having to worry about hosting duties. The Spokane Club Masters will be hosting champs on March 19th (the back end of Spring Break). Plan the short trip to the Lilac City to swim and enjoy the social event after – it’s included in the fee!

March 19 - Inland NW SCY Champs in Spokane, WA @ Spokane Club []


Kroc Masters wants to skip the showers and go right to the flowers on the podium when you race at their short course meters meet in April. Lots of relays offered at this two-day meet with the potential for getting USMS 2022 Top 10 times (as not too many meets are held in short course meters!)

April 9-10 - April Flowers SCM meet in Coeur d'Alene, ID @ Salvation Army Kroc Center []


There is a great opportunity for racing long course meters in Lewiston but the meet runs according to USA Swimming rules, so no butterfrog and no continuous warm-up lanes. Check the meet info to see how the schedule of events with breaks works for you!

May 20-22 - Fazzari's Open LCM meet (combined format dual-sanction) in Lewiston, ID @ Orchards Pool [Paper Entry Only -]

Chinooks Adult-Learn-to-Swim Program Receives 2nd Grant

Kudos to Sue Kappmeyer and Debbie Bell for putting together a really solid grant application for the Adult-Learn-to-Swim lessons the Chinooks are offering periodically. Their application was ranked 5th out of the 40 programs that were given grants. If you know of someone who would like to learn to swim or who is fearful of water and needs special support, please let Sue and Debbie know.

Facility Use Expectations

COVID has changed the landscape of society a bit and as we come out the other side it’s a good time to outline what that landscape looks like for our swim club’s operations at the UI Swim Center.

We rent the competition pool MWF mornings and Tu/Th evenings. Sharing with university groups and other renters as needed is a requirement of our facility use agreement (FUA). This happens in the fall when high school swim is in season and a few times each year with the ROTC groups when they need to conduct testing or hold practice sessions. We are allowed to use the shallow/warm/teaching pool when it is not otherwise scheduled.

Starting in Fall 2021 the swim center decided to open the warm pool to lap swimmers starting at 6:00 AM to accommodate user requests. Chinooks were asked to share lanes and Coach Shelly has been facilitating that with the regular lap swimmers and our regular warm pool swimmers.

Another way our landscape looks is that we are able to accommodate more swimmers in each lane with people starting sets at each end of the pool. This really helps on those days when lots of our registered members decide they need to swim.

Finally, we’ve been getting the opportunity to swim on university holidays more since the pandemic started. That’s truly a silver lining!

If you have questions about our facilities, please ask Coach Shelly or Paige.