• Harriet Wall Reaches A Milestone!

Harriet Wall, with GT Bay YMCA Masters, marked the 5th year in a row (+one leap year day) of not missing a swim. That’s 1826 days. They celebrated with workouts focused around 1826 that were fun, collections of things in 5’s, and a breakfast potluck after practice. She enters her “go the distance” daily and at age 74.5 is always in the top 10 finishers nationally.

Congratulations Harriet!




  • 2017 USMS Summer Long Course National Championships

2017 USMS Summer Long Course National Championships – University of Minnesota Aquatic Center – Wednesday August 2, 2017 – Sunday August 6, 2017.
This year is the first time in 18 years that the Summer Masters Long Course National Championships have returned to the University of Minnesota. In both 1993 and 1999 Long Course Nationals which University of Minnesota hosted, Michigan Masters placed 3rd out of over 120 teams.

To Register on-line; CLICK HERE

Michigan Masters have enjoyed winning team awards at past USMS Long Course National Championships in 1996, 2002, 2009, and 2015. In 1996, being the host team at the University of Michigan, 228 swimmers swam to 3 USMS National Championships in the Men, Women, and Combined Divisions. In 2002, at Cleveland State University, Michigan Masters was the highest scoring visiting team in the meet getting 2nd place to the host team OHIO Masters in all 3 divisions of Men, Women, and Combined.

In 2009, the forty-five Michigan Masters who swam in the meet earned a first place USMS Regional Club Championship title and that was the first time in Michigan Masters history that a combined Michigan team won a USMS Long Course National Championship outside the state of Michigan. In 2015, Michigan Masters were National Regional Club Champions and the highest scoring Club in all 3 categories of Women, Men, and Combined. This year there is the potential to do as well as 1996, 2009, 2015, and better than 2002.

With Michigan Masters success in the last 8 years at USMS Nationals there is no reason to think that Michigan Masters swimmers can’t be one of the top teams in the country for 2017 Long Course Nationals and possibly win the 2017 USMS Regional Club Championship title. In 2013, Michigan Masters were National Regional Club Champions and the highest scoring Club in the meet at the Short Course Nationals in Indianapolis. In the 2014, Michigan Masters was the first USA Club to be the highest scoring Club at the Short Course Canadian Nationals. These Championships are in addition to the 3 Long Course Championships.

Every swimmer that enters the 2017 Long Course National meet will get a free team t-shirt and free warm top with the State logo on a red background that was used for the Michigan Masters team swimming caps that did not receive one at past nationals courtesy of our generous sponsor. You can see what these look like in photos of the team at past Nationals. Caps will be available in both silicone and latex.

Also if anyone wants to swim a relay, we will have e-mail sign ups effective now until the meet deadline. Information about the Long Course Nationals was sent to all Michigan LMSC members in the May/June 2015 issue of Swimmer magazine on pages 36 to 39 and additionally is on the Michigan and USMS websites. With a great turnout, Michigan Masters can have fun and be a team force. If you are interested in swimming relays for Michigan Masters at the upcoming Long Course Nationals from Thursday, August 3, 2017 thru Sunday, August 6, 2017 please contact – Skip Thompson at  with the following information:

Name – as it appears on your USMS card.
Age – as determined on 12-31-2017.
Strokes – estimated times for 50 and 100 of strokes you would be interested in swimming.
Contact – leave phone number or e-mail

Each competitor will be allowed to swim all four relays that are offered from Thursday, August 3, 2017 thru Sunday, August 6, 2017 with swimming in one relay each day. Each swimmer may only participate in one age group only per relay event. Mark an X on the Relays that you would be interested in swimming. Skip Thompson will be putting together relays for Michigan Masters.

RELAY EVENT – Thursday, August 3, 2017
7. Men 200 Medley Relay
8. Women 200 Medley Relay

RELAY EVENT – Friday August 4, 2017
19. Men 200 Freestyle Relay
20. Women 200 Freestyle Relay

RELAY EVENT – Saturday, August 5, 2017
31. Mixed 200 Medley Relay

RELAY EVENT – Sunday, August 6, 2017

39. Mixed 200 Freestyle Relay


  • Michigan Masters takes 9th Place in the Regional Club Division

The 2017 USMS Spring National Championships took place from April 27 to April 30, 2017 at the Riverside Aquatic Complex in Riverside, California. 2026 swimmers entered the meet from 247 Clubs. 57 USMS Individual Event and 2 USMS Relay National Records were set during the course of the meet. Michigan Masters placed 9th in the Regional Club division with 189.5 points with 11 swimmers who attended. The Men’s team placed 6th with 119 points with 6 swimmers attending and the Women’s team placed 10th with 58.5 points with 5 swimmers attending.
Allan Charlton, aging up to the 80-84 age-group, won two USMS National Championships in the 50 and 100 backstroke events and set two LMSC State Records in the process. He was also 3rd in the 100 Free and 5th in the 50 Free. Christian Vanderkaay, aging up to the 35-39 age-group, placed top 8 in every event he swam and won the 200 Fly and took second places in the 200 Free and 200 IM. He set 3 State Records in the 200 Breast, 200 Fly, and 200 IM. Tamara Steil placed in the top 10 in 5 out of 6 events with a 3rd in the 400 IM, 4th in the 200 Fly, and a 5th in the 200 Breast.
Christian Vanderkaay was the Michigan Masters Men’s High Point winner with 46 points and Tamara Steil was the Michigan Masters Women’s High Point winner with 25 Points. Results, Records, and Places are included in the Exhibits. Congratulations to all 11 swimmers that swam in the meet.

Overall – Meet Results – Click Here

Age Group – Results – Click Here

MI Masters Swimmers Results with Splits and Scores – Click Here

MI Masters Swimmers Results & Records – Click Here


  • 2017 Michigan Masters Annual Award Winners

2017 MM Award Winners

The 2017 annual Michigan LMSC state awards were awarded at the state meet in Saginaw.
(Pictured – Left to Right: Jim Izzi, Wallie Jeffries, Bob Isbister)

The 3 award winners are:

Lifetime Achievement Award: Bob Isbister
Lawrence Award: Wallie Jeffries
Chetrick Award: Jim Izzi

Bob Isbister, 2017 Lifetime Achievement Award recipient.

This award is an individual who has demonstrated outstanding voluntary contributions and a lifetime dedication and devotion to the objectives of Masters swimming in Michigan. Bob has been a continuous registered member of the Michigan LMSC for over 35 years. He has been a Coach, Meet Director, Club Officer, and Newsletter Editor at the Club level. On the LMSC level, he has held 3 positions on the Michigan LMSC Board as Registrar, Records &Top Ten Chair, Sanctions Chair, and Marketing Chair.

Some of Bob’s accomplishments are as follows: He was the Co Meet Director of the Brighton Meet from 1988 to 1994, this being the largest meet outside the State Meet at the time. He acted as Assistant Meet Director for 1989, 1992, and 1996 State Meets and the 1990 Great Lakes Zone Meet. He is also Co-Meet Director of the Dearborn Long Course Meet from 1988 until the present time. In 1987, he became the LMSC Records Top Ten Chair from 1987 to 1995. Not only did he computerize all three courses (SCY, SCM, LCM) but also started the SCM Records. He also published LMSC Top Ten lists for Michigan LMSC swimmers in all sanctioned meets that swimmers entered and this service was done before USMS had launched the Event Results Data Base that provides this service today and had done this since 2009.

When our Registrar resigned in 1997, he stepped in and became LMSC Registrar and performed that function until 2001. He also served three terms as the LMSC Marketing Chair from 1997 to 2005. Bob has swam and represented Michigan Masters in multiple USMS National Championships in both Pool and Open Water Events. He has helped organize numerous USMS Postal National Championship swims by volunteering to get a facility, timing, and sending in team entries and organizing relays. For the last 20 years, he has organized a New Year’s workout swim at the Livonia YMCA free of charge to all masters swimmers. This past year, 25 people completed 117 X 50 yards on the interval of 50 seconds.

Bob’s service, commitment, volunteering, and dedication made him a great recipient.

Wallie Jeffries, 2017  Lawrence Award Recipient.

The recipient of this award is a Michigan Masters Swimmer who has achieved outstanding performances in National competition over the last year as well as over their long-term swimming career. Wallie started swimming in USMS in 1973, some 45 years ago. He has 64 USMS Top Ten Swims over the years with some impressive results. He was one of 3 swimmers awarded at the 2016 Michigan LMSC Awards for outstanding performances.

In 1992, he set a USMS and FINA World Record in 1992 in the 1500 Free SCM in the 60-64 age-group. This past year he set a USMS Record in the 200 SCM Free and a USMS and FINA World Record in the 400 SCM Free in the 85-89 age-group. That is a separation of 24 years between records which is quite impressive. He has been part of 4 USMS and 6 FINA Masters World Relay Records. He has been named a USMS All American in 1992 and 2016. He has been a USMS Relay All American in 1976, 2013, 2014, and 2016. Wallie swam for the University of Michigan and was an All American swimmer while there.

Jim Izzi, 2017 Chetrick Award Recipient.

This award is an individual who has exhibited outstanding service and continuous voluntary contributions to the Michigan LMSC. Jim started swimming in USMS in 2007 and immediately started volunteering for the Milford Athletic Club (MAC). Jim is a Graphic Designer and put those skills to use by designing a logo for MAC. From that logo T-shirts were ordered for MAC swimmers at State Meet and banners were designed for team awards earned at the State Meet.

He designed the MAC website and updates news and swim meet results of the swimmers from MAC. He also updates all the Team Records for MAC swimmers from sanctioned meets. In 2015, he became one of the coaches of MAC and volunteers his time to help swimmers. Michigan Masters has benefited from his skills as he has designed all of our Championship banners that we have achieved in Masters Championship Meets. When Sally Guthrie ended her 10 year run as Webmaster in the fall of 2015, he stepped up and became the Communications Director of the Michigan LMSC. He assumed the duties of webmaster and has designed the latest two YTD Michigan LMSC Newsletters, which is one of our main communication networks.

Last spring, he was appointed to be in charge of the Michigan LMSC Facebook page. This past fall he was appointed the LMSC Sanctions Officer when Sally moved to the Pacific LMSC. On the National level, he was appointed to the Sports Medicine Committee after attending his first USMS Convention last year. He plans on getting certified as a USMS Coach and will be the Meet Director of a SCM meet next fall because at the present time we only have 1 SCM meet and he is stepping up to help the LMSC.



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  • USMS_Logo_tm_200x1452017 USMS Registration is Open

Are You a Member of USMS? Do You Need to Renew Your USMS Membership? Please visit the USMS website  to register or renew, and designate your CLUB as Michigan Masters (MICH).  You do not register for a STATE MEET TEAM on the USMS site. To select your State Meet Team (click here).  For detailed information, please visit the MI Masters Registation page.


  • Michigan Masters Scholarship:

For information about the Michigan Masters Scholarship – Click Here.<