Chinooks News – September 2018

No Practice on Labor Day – isn’t that in May? Oh wait, we already missed Labor Day. Never mind…

Fall Trimester Dues – “Bring in your checks!”

Invoices went out for Fall trimester (Sept 1-Dec 31) dues. Yes, some of you gave a check early, but we can’t record them until invoices are generated on Sept. 1 and Tom wanted a screen-free MemLabor Day weekend. Dues are $100 (or $65 for students) which ends up being …

  • $25 per month
  • $7.70 per week
  • $2.50 per MWF practice or $3.85 per Tu/Th or $1.54 per practice available to all of us (except this week when we have 4 practices due MemLabor Day in which case it’s $1.92 each)
  • $0.00077 per yard based on a 2000 yard practice
  • A BARGAIN! So pay your dues.
Palouse Sprint Triathlon Volunteers – Saturday, Sept. 8th at 6:30 AM (or earlier for the best donuts!)

Kathie would love for 3-4 more people to help Chinooks “rool the pool” with our incredible powers of counting to 19, dipping huge paddles into the pool without falling in on the competitors and cheering loudly for Chinooks and random people (“Go Purple Cap! Go Tattoo Shoulder! You can do it!”) Email Kathie at if you can help till ~10:00AM.

Masters Meet Meeting – Inputs requested by Thurs 9/6 to Paige

Meet directors across the Inland NW are meeting to set the meet schedule for the upcoming year. Last year Chinooks hosted the championship meet as a one day meet as compared to previous years when it was two days. We have also hosted a meet before Thanksgiving in years past. When do you think works best for us as hosts? For you as a competitor? Give your inputs to Paige by the end of Thursday practice on 9/6.

Chinooks News - August 2018
Practice Schedule for August

Friday, August 17th LAST DAY OUTSIDE at Hamilton-Lowe Aquatic Center. Till then, 5 mornings a week M-F 5:30-6:45 AM
Monday, August 20th INSIDE at UI Swim Center 5:30-6:30 AM, continuing M-W-Fs
Tuesday, August 21st INSIDE at UI Swim Center 6:00-7:00 PM, continuing Tuesdays & Thursdays

It’s our “last day outside” tradition to have some workout time and some play time with the slides and lazy river (so long as we’re not interfering with Marcus’s maintenance routine). Be sure to join us on the 17th!

Parking at UI Swim Center

It’s that time of year again to get a parking permit for early morning practices at UI. The permit morning swimmers will need to park is the Overnight/Early Morning (OE) permit. They can be purchased online here. If you need, you can use the kiosk in the Parking & Transportation Services office (located in the Moscow Intermodal Transit Center on Sweet Ave.) You can pick up your permit at that same location. Cost is $15 or Free if you already pay big cash for annual colorful parking permits.

Evening swimmers don’t need a parking permit but may need to pay for parking at metered parking along Rayburn St. throughout the year.

USMS Summer Fitness Challenge (brought to you by SmartyPants Vitamins)

Kudos to everyone who swam the Summer Fitness Challenge: a 2K on Wednesday, July 25th. Chinooks had 14 people “officially” sign up for the challenge which helps the Swimming Saves Lives Foundation make grants to organizations teaching adults to swim. Do we need more challenging Fitness Challenges? Or different levels of challenge to meet all of your fitness needs? The USMS Fitness Education Committee would like your feedback:

Equipment & Gear Corner

Want a Chinooks shirt? We still have lots for sale. $15 each in unisex and women’s styles, navy or grey, short sleeve and long sleeve. Talk to Paige. We can plan a special order for sweatshirts, hoodies, etc. this fall.

Swimsuits with the Chinooks logo (heat press) and embroidered towels, parkas and warmup jackets are available at the Chinooks custom store at Paige has a couple of suits “in stock” for trying on and for purchase.

January, 2018 Newsletter

Chinooks Newsletter - January 2018

No Practice Monday, Jan. 15 in AM due to the UI holiday.

Bill gets to sleep in on his birthday! We'll sing on Wednesday.
Check practices on the Calendar at

Breaking Bread

Most Fridays you'll find Chinooks gathering for breakfast at the Gritman Cafe. With a traditional breakfast for only $3.25 why wouldn't you join in? All are welcome!

Upcoming Events

Feb. 2 & 3 - Splash Dash meet in CdA - The brute squad events are Friday evening, other events on Saturday after a group breakfast. Sign up at

Let Paige know if you're up for Swim and Ski with an overnight in CdA Sat. night.

Feb. 21/22 - Winter Fitness Challenge - 30 minute swim (during swim practice)

Mar 24-25 - Inland NW Champs meet - Chinooks host!

Apr. 6-8 - Northwest Zone Champs meet in Missoula, MT

Swim-etiquette Corner

Send offs - be sure to go 5 full seconds after the person in front of you. Talk with your lanemates to determine order based on the type of set. Stronger breaststrokers should lead breaststroke sets, stronger/faster kickers should lead kick sets, etc.

Beginning of Year stuff

Make sure you are registered with U.S. Masters Swimming at

Please update your Club Assistant profile so that we have your correct contact information and "in case of emergency" information. Look for a separate email with your login information, then go to to login. WARNING: login info is unencrypted so please use the system-generated passwords.

Chinooks Masters News - Nov. 2018

Chinooks News – November 2018

Practice Schedule Updates

Yes, there’s practice on Monday, Nov. 12th.

Thanksgiving Week Schedule

Mornings: Monday and Wednesday 5:30-6:30AM, Friday TBD

Evenings: Tuesday 6:00-7:00PM, no Thursday

Wanna get in on a snorkel order?

cordiO2 ylon-a YSTI snorkel: These are the competitive swimming snorkels that allow you to do flip turns. They are $33 at but $21 on the cordiO2 site directly. The Vandal Aquatic Club is doing a large order that we can get in on. Let Paige know by Friday, Nov. 16 at AM practice if you want this item in your gear bag.

Fall Fitness Challenge (and Challenge+)

Sign up to commit to the challenge of a 1650 Freestyle and support the Swimming Saves Lives Foundation helping teach adults to swim. Click Here.

Morning practice will use Wednesday, Nov. 28 as the Fitness Challenge. The whole workout will be the 2250 yards of the Brute Squad Set (our own Challenge+) consisting of a 1650 Free, 200 Fly, and 400 IM.

Evening practice will hold the Challenge and Challenge+ on Tuesday, Nov. 27 at 6:00PM. (Extra challenge: parking lot #39 restricted due to UI Men’s Basketball game at Mem Gym)

Winter Potluck and White Elephant

Vote YES or NO to party on Sunday, December 16th. If we get more Nos than Yeses we’ll pick another date. Use the Doodle Poll here:

Evening Parking Challenges – Lot #39 restrictions

Tuesday, Nov. 13 and Tuesday, Nov. 27 due to Men’s Basketball games at Mem Gym