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 chinookswimming.org

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 https://www.clubassistant.com/club/meets.cfm?c=1858

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 www.usms.org/reg

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 www.chinookswimming.org 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 chinookswimming.org!


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. https://urec.wsu.edu/facilities/student-rec-center/

Chinook Website is Up & Running!

Check out chinookswimming.org.

  • 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 mcm@gnorth.net 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?

September 2017

No Practice – Monday Sept. 4 – Labor Day

HLAC full schedule for the Labor Day Weekend is on their web page. The extracted lap swim schedule is Adult Swim on Sat 9-11am and Sun 9-Noon (BONUS HOUR!). Lap swim on Mon. Noon-1:30pm and 5- 7:30pm.

WHEN ARE WE GOING BACK TO UI SWIM CENTER INDOORS? Morning practice – Monday, Sept. 18 @ 5:30-6:30 AM Evening practice – Tuesday, Sept 19 @ 6:00-7:00 PM
Dues are Due – Friday, Sept. 1

Get a USMS sticker when you pay your dues. Evening swimmers can bring them to the first practice on Sept. 19th.

End of Summer Party – Friday, Sept. 8 – 5:30pm till ?? @ Jeanne’s backyard 835 N. Mtn View Rd

Why wait till we’re out of the Hamilton-Lowe pool to party? We figure several Chinooks will be picking up Palouse Sprint Tri packets on Friday night the 8th at the HLAC, so find your way over to Jeanne’s while in the neighborhood. BYOB and enjoy some healthy snacks to fuel your race or volunteer efforts the next day.

Farewell Coach Kelsie

Kelsie’s last day was bumped up to Wed., Aug. 30 as she has accepted an exciting opportunity to work as assistant swim coach at TCU in Ft. Worth, Texas and will be starting on Monday! We will have a couple of guest coaches on deck to get us through the outdoor season: Kirah Monks and Kelly Giffey. Kelly is also applying for the MCM coach position, so she is getting her candidate deck time already!

Coach Hiring Update

We have four candidates for MCM coach that the committee is interviewing on Tuesday and Wednesday. Yay! Look for updates on when guest coaches will be on deck. Kelly will be coaching on Sept. 6th.

Palouse Sprint Tri volunteering reminder

Saturday, Sept. 9th – If you are counting laps, be at the HLAC pool at 6:30 AM for orientation before the 7:00 AM start.

NEW Chinook Gear – it’s coming! By the 8th? By the 11th? Come to practice to see... 

August 2017

Chinooks News – August 2017 Practice Update

Mornings – MWF 5:30-6:45am OUTSIDE at the Hamilton-Lowe Aquatic Center THRU SEPT. 15TH. We move INDOORS on MONDAY, SEPT. 18TH to the UI Swim Center and swim 5:30-6:30 am.

Evenings – Tu/Th will begin TUESDAY, SEPT. 19TH indoors at the UISC. 6:00-7:00 pm.

Chinook Fees $100 Fall Trimester/$65 students – Due Friday, September 1st. Checks payable to “MCM.” Get a USMS oval sticker when you pay your Fall fees!

Coach Update

We have really enjoyed having Coach Kelsie tell us what to swim (and how to swim it) this summer. She will be with us through Sept. 15th. Coach Jackie will not be returning to coach us as she’s taking on a heavier credit load this fall and will be gone student teaching in the spring. And Coach Shelly* is having WAY too much fun with her baby, Aila Annaliise, who was born June 12th.

So we are once again on the hunt for a great Masters coach who will put up with us and the crazy hour at which 70% of us swim. We have a couple of letters of interest. If you would like to serve on the interview/selection committee, please email Paige (swim@gnorth.net).

Palouse Sprint Tri Volunteering – Saturday, Sept. 9 at 6:30 AM

Please let Kathie LaFortune (duckookie@gmail.com) know if you can be one of the Awesome Chinooks who help with the pool portion of the PST. The job requires knowledge of odd numbers between 1 & 20 and the ability to operate plastic levers and make tally marks with graphite devices. Family members can help, too. Out of town? Voluntold a teenager today!

Einschulung Party – Saturday, Aug. 26 @ 4:00 PM @ Lauren Torok’s 2310 Weymouth St., Moscow

From Lauren Torok - In Germany Einschulung is a party the whole town gets in to.... with a parade of the First Graders. We will provide German beer, grill up some brats and we'll have the First Graders parade down the street per the German tradition. **Please let us know if you are coming so we have enough food/beer.**

Another part of the tradition is Zuckertuetes that some of the kids will have. The idea is for people to bring contributions. If you want to bring stuff to put into Zuckertuetes=sugar cones (so sweets are expected), have fun with the ritual, but there’s no obligation.

UI Parking at Memorial Gym for Morning Practices

Morning Chinooks need an “Early Morning Activity” permit from UI Parking Services to park in the Memorial Gym Gold Lot #39. You can apply for the permit online and then pick it up and pay during office hours. If you are a UI student or employee, it can be delivered via campus mail. Cost is $15 unless you have an annual UI parking permit and then it is Free!

Evening Chinooks don’t need parking permits but do need to watch signage for spaces restricted after 5pm in Lot #39 and possibly pay meters on Rayburn St. till 9:00pm.

Columbia Crossing Swim – Saturday, Sept. 9 @ Pasco, WA

Hey, the summer of 2017 was pretty much a bust for open water swimming in the Inland Northwest due to high winds, but there’s one more chance at the Columbia Crossing 1.5 mile swim. $10 to enter, $15 more for a t-shirt. Deadline with shirt is Aug. 31 or Sept. 5 without one. https://3rrr.org/events/registration/?ee=200

*If there is ever a reason to “drink the Facebook Kool-Aid” it is to “friend” Shelly Lynn and see the cute pix of Aila and read the funniest things brother Viren says on Shelly’s feed. 

May 2017

Hello Chinooks,

The results are in and the most clear trend is that you’d like to do your own thing during our 3 week interval between the UI pool closing (May 6th) and the earliest date that we can get into the Hamilton- Lowe Aquatic Center (target May 30th).

There isn’t enough interest to pursue renting Gibb Pool in Pullman or setting up a Chinook-only dryland class at the UI Student Rec Center, so we are not going forward with either of those.

However, the other more individual options are still yours to pursue.

Rolling Hills Masters M-W-F 5:15am – 6:30am at Pullman Aquatic Center

Depart 4:50am from Winco/Buffalo Wild Wings parking lot if you’re interested in carpooling.

RHM can accommodate a maximum of 10 Chinooks on any given day.

Free parking

Lap Swim at Pullman Aquatic Center ($5)

Full Schedule: http://www.pullman-wa.gov/city-council-boards/city-boards/application-for- vacancy/doc_download/5540-pool-schedule-jan-2-june-9

Gather informally

6:30am – M-F

6:00pm – 7:00pm any day, focusing on Tues & Thurs

Free parking

WSU Student Rec Center ($8)

Full Schedule: https://urec.wsu.edu/facilities/facility-hours/

Gather informally

6:00am – M-F

6:00pm – 7:00pm any day, focusing on Tues & Thurs

Pay to park at kiosk

Because we’ll be missing approximately one-quarter of the summer trimester, Chinook fees will be discounted to $75 or $50/student payable on May 1st. Let’s make the most of our final week in the UI pool for a while. Scrape up your knuckles on the rough gutters while you can! 

April 2017

Chinooks Newsletter - April 2017

Photo Day - Monday, April 24

Wear your Chinooks gear for a team photo at the beginning of practice 5:30am sharp! We want you included. Need gear? See below...

Navy ROTC will be using the shallow pool during our entire practice (5:30- 6:30am) Wednesday and using Lanes 5-8 in the deep pool from 6-7 AM. Please plan accordingly. Our coaches will!

Extended repairs and maintenance will have the UI pool closed May 6th until possibly into September.

The Chinooks board has been researching various alternatives for wet and dry team activity at our usual morning time (+/- 1 hr). We've created a SurveyMonkey survey to gauge your interest in those options so that we can pursue the high-interest alternatives and decide on fees. Please complete the survey by This Monday.

https://www.surveymonkey.com/r /9PWFTCB

Congratulations to Coach Shelly who was named the 2017 Model Master for

her commitment to, support of and enthusiasm for Masters Swimming. Several of you sent letters of support for her nomination commenting on the impact she has had on the success of the team and on you personally as a swimmer through her coaching. Yea, Shelly!!

Chinooks Gear

Paige has gear. T-shirts are $15. Checks made to MCM. Exact cash OK, too. The "Chinooks Store" will be set up on deck Friday and Monday.

Upcoming Meets

See more information about the
meets on the www.inlandnwmasters.org webpage.

May 20-21 - Lewiston, ID: The Fazzari's Open swim meet kicks off the long course meters swim season.

June 16-18 - Spokane, WA: The Summer Solstice swim meet is another opportunity to swim long course meters close by.

Partial Pool Availability - Wednesday, April 26

Last Day of Practice at UI Swim Center - Friday, May 5

May Swimming/Activity Options - Survey due by Monday, April 24

Coach Shelly Named "Inland NW Masters Swimming Model Master 2017" 

March 2017

Chinooks News - March 2017

Home Pool Advantage Swim Meet - April 1-2
(AKA: Inland NW Masters Short Course Yards Championship Meet)

Don't let the fact that this is listed as a "championship" meet deter you from participating in our home meet in a couple weeks. It just means all the events are offered which means there is something for everyone - distance junkies and allergic-to-more-than- 100-yards dip-n-flip'ers alike. Plus relays, Relays, RELAYS!

Who are you racing? Time, of course! The clock is your best competition to measure your fitness. But feel free to belly up to the block and swim fast against a teammate! Even if she is 7 months pregnant :-)

How to enter the meet:

- https://www.clubassistant.com/club/meet_in formation.cfm?c=1858&smid=8631

There are also paper forms on the bulletin board. DEADLINE TO ENTER IS TUESDAY, MARCH 28.

There's a social event/dinner on Saturday evening (4/1) at Rants'n'Raves
Brewpub over by the recycle center at 5:30pm. The cost is just $10 for dinner (+BYOB) and the rest is covered by the Inland NW Local Masters Swimming Committee. Buy a ticket when you enter the meet or use the following link:

Banquet Only
- https://www.clubassistant.com/club/clinics/r eserve.cfm?c=1858&cid=73492

H.O.S.T. - House Our Swimmers Tonight

A fun way to meet swimmers from out of town is to host those looking for a place to stay on Saturday evening between days of the meet. If you have a spare bedroom, please let Kathie know via EMAIL (she's not going to be at practice) at duckookie@gmail.com. Let her know 1) # of beds and sizes and 2) if you have pets in case guests are allergic.

Awards and Recognition

If there is someone you would like to nominate for either of the Inland Northwest LMSC "Model Master" or "Volunteer of the Year" awards, please email a brief letter of nomination to Matt Bronson
at IWChair@usms.org by March 30.

A "Model Master" is someone who embraces what Masters Swimming has to offer them through (for example...) training, coaching, competing, goal setting, fitness-logging, socializing, etc. etc.

The "Volunteer of the Year" is someone who should be recognized for their contributions to the Inland Northwest Local Masters Swimming Committee's members and events.

May Training

The Chinooks board (Asaph, Kathie, Lisa B, Sue, Tammy, Paige and Tom L.) are working to figure out training options for the time between when the UI pool is likely to close for summer maintenance and repairs and when the HLAC opens June 9. Some options are dry and some are wet. If you have ideas, please let a board member know and we'll circle back soon after the meet is over.