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.

December 2017

Chinooks News - December 2017

Winter Break Schedule

Evenings - no more practices till Thursday, Jan. 4th

Mornings - CHANGE/UPDATE last practice of 2017 is at 8:00am-9:00am on Friday, Dec. 22nd *NEW TIME* due to UI holiday closure (and this is what we could get.)

Morning practices resume in 2018 on Wednesday, Jan. 3rd

Check out the calendar at!


Park legally – see note below.
Enter through the glass doors at the front of the UI Swim Center Dec. 22. No propping the dumpster door.
Memorial Gym will be closed Dec. 21st at 6:00PM through Jan. 2nd and there will be no access to those locker rooms (or any stuff you may leave in there!)
Parking Services says:

No permit is required for daytime parking in Red, Blue, Purple or Silver lots during winter break.
Gold and Green lots require permits as usual. Meter and pay station payment is required year round.
For complete information on break parking, view the Parking Enforcement Schedule. Regular enforcement resumes at 2 a.m. Wednesday, Jan. 10.

Year End Breakfast - Fri., Dec. 22 - 9:15am @ The Breakfast Club

Come be part of a long standing tradition of breakfast after our last practice of the year. All are welcome whether swimming or not. You have 1 week to get the morning off work :-)

Event Calendar

Feb. 3 - Spring Splash in CdA - They may need to rename this one since they moved the date up earlier. Mark your calendars!

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

March 23-24 - IW Champs in Moscow - Chinooks host!

November 2017

Chinooks News - November 2017

Pool Sharing on Wednesday AM

This Wednesday, Vandal Women’s Swimming will be using 4 lanes in the deep pool from 6:00-6:30 AM as they prepare for their invitational meet in Houston. We will have our usual space from 5:30-6:00 AM. Please be accommodating to Coach Kelly as she shifts us around to accommodate the college swimmers. Thanks so much!

Thanksgiving Practice Schedule

AM – Monday & Wednesday, November 20 & 22

PM – No practice Thanksgiving Week

Want to “make up” a practice from Thanksgiving or Black Friday? Visit the WSU Student Rec Center for just $3 any day during Thanksgiving Week. Not open Thurs or Fri. Check website for Facility Hours.

Chinook Website is Up & Running!

Check out

  • Announcements are on the Home page.
  • Calendar is up-to-date with our practice schedules.
  • Coaches page has biographies of our new coaches, Kelly and Mallory.
  • Member Login area which allows you to
    • update your Profile with current contact info and “In Case of Emergency” information. Please don’t add credit cards to Edit Payment Info as Chinooks don’t invoice to credit cards. But you can see your payments since Jan. 2015.
    • see the email archive by month. Look up September 2017 and you’ll see the email about how to order Chinooks gear.

If you need your Club Assistant member login and password, please email and Kelly, Mallory or I will have the system send you an email.

Swim Meets

Pencil in Saturday, February 3rd for a swim meet at the Kroc Center in CdA. The next day is Super Bowl Sunday. The meet isn't sanctioned yet, but feedback from regional reps for that day was good. We're hoping you'll be a part of our travel team with our overwhelming presence and cool Chinooks gear :-) And we'll laugh a lot and have fun!

Could we Chinooks host the Inland NW Champs meet March 24-25 in Moscow?