Happy New Year and welcome to the first snowfall of the year. Check our facebook page or our yahoo mailing list for the latest in weather related closings
Voting has been completed and here is your board for 2017
President – Sue Perryman firstname.lastname@example.org
Vice-President – Abee Boyles email@example.com
Registrar – Heidi Williams firstname.lastname@example.org
Treasurer – Kirstie Scheib email@example.com
Secretary – Sharon Barrell firstname.lastname@example.org
At large members
Lou Gadol email@example.com
Barry Gooch firstname.lastname@example.org
Sandra McKinnon email@example.com
Chalice Overy firstname.lastname@example.org
Howdy DAMA swimmers,
Its that time of year. Time to make your voice heard and vote! https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/HZ2VYCQ Write-ins are encouraged. No nominations necessary.
These are the folks that are running for the DAMA board of directors for 2017.
President – Sue Perryman
Vice-President – Abee Boyles
Secretary – Sharon Barrell
Treasurer – Kirstie Scheib
Registrar – Heidi Williams
At Large members
Hi Swimmers –
Be advised the following practices (AM and PM) will be cancelled due to CH facility closings for holidays in November:
Friday, November 11th for Veterans Day
Friday, November 25th for Thanksgiving
Attention swimmers! Due to Thanksgiving, the Campus Hills pool will be closed and impact 3 DAMA practices (Wed-Night, Fri-Morning and Fri–Night)
Practice will resume Saturday (11/28) morning 8:00-9:30am
Campus Hills pool will be closed on Monday, January 20, in observance of Martin Luther King Day. There will be no morning or evening swim practices on this day.
- NO DAMA PRACTICES 12/23, 12/24, 12/25.
- Regular practices 12/26-12/31.
- NO PRACTICES 1/1/2014
Birthdate: November 4
Hometown: Mt. Pleasant, PA (it’s on the Pittsburgh side)
What is your favorite stroke? Freestyle, but I like backstroke too
What do you love about the sport of swimming? It’s relaxing, but you feel that you got a good workout when you’re done.
What do you enjoy about swimming with DAMA? Meeting new people that join the team.
How long have you been swimming with DAMA? 6 years
Swim Career Highlights/Experience or Swimming Background: Unexpectedly making the PA State Championships in high school for the 200 free relay with girls I’d been swimming with since I was little. We even broke our school record!
How often do you swim? I try for two times a week
Do you compete? If so, what are your favorite events to swim? I compete mostly in pool meets, but have done some open water races. In pool meets I like the 50 yd freestyle and 100 yd IM.
How does swimming affect your lifestyle? Keeps me active, and I know what I’m doing every Monday and Wednesday night. 🙂
Future swim goals? Just to keep swimming
What do you in your life outside of the pool? (work/school/etc.) I am a research meteorologist at UNC where I work on helping the National Weather Service improve decision support services to the emergency management community. No, I’m not on TV.
Advice for someone new to the sport? Don’t get discouraged, just keep coming to practice. You’ll improve.
High School: Mt. Pleasant Area
College(s): Penn State for undergrad, University of Oklahoma for graduate school, UNC for certificate in disaster management
Favorite sports (other than swimming): watching football
Ultimate Way to Relax: eating some takeout while watching a movie with my husband
Favorite professional swimmer: Cullen Jones, mostly because I got my picture with him at USMS Nationals in 2009
Favorite food: Spaghetti
Name: Heidi Williams
Birthdate: March 21, 1969
Hometown: Charleston, West Virginia
What is your favorite stroke? Freestyle, especially long distance.
What do you love about the sport of swimming? Doing a long workout or open water swim and getting to a meditative, auto-pilot state. Letting my mind wander underwater. Re-thinking my day at practice. Releasing stress in the water.
What do you enjoy about swimming with DAMA? Swimmers are great, friendly people. I have made many friends over the time I have been swimming with DAMA. I love having other people to swim with and also love having coached workouts. (Thank you Bud and Danielle! Gretchen, I miss you.)
How long have you been swimming with DAMA? I started my Masters swimming with DAMA in 1998. I left to swim with NCAM for a couple years when DAMA had no coaching.
Swim Career Highlights/Experience or Swimming Background: I started swim team when I was 10. I swam for a club team, Sun Aquatics, in WV through high school, competing in all events. I walked onto the swim team at U of New Mexico and after a year transferred and swam for Shippensburg U in Shippensburg, PA. I swam distance freestyle in college, the 500, 1000 and 1650. I started open water swimming in 2002 (HUGE thank you to Doug Asbury and Liz Sullivan who inspired me to try open water). Highlight swims have been Bermuda Round the Sound 10K, Bonaire Eco-Swim 10K, several 2.4 Mile Low Country Splash swims in Charleston, SC and my favorite, Big Shoulders 5K swim in Lake Michigan in downtown Chicago.
How often do you swim? 3-4 times/week
Do you compete? If so, what are your favorite events to swim? I have always enjoyed competing. It’s great to socialize at meets with teammates and swim friends on other teams. I have traditionally favored the 500 Free, 1000 Free, 1650 Free and the 400, 800 and 1500 in meters. I like 200 backstroke and more recently have enjoyed the 200 butterfly. My preference now, however, is open water.
How does swimming affect your lifestyle? It is a major priority. I find places to swim when I travel and alternate places to swim when our pool is closed. Swimming is a major component of my physical and mental health.
Future swim goals? I am currently focusing on the 200 butterfly. I plan to compete at Frank Clark and State Champs Meets. This spring/summer I plan to swim the FSSeries Open Water Swims. I’m hoping to swim Big Shoulders this eptember and with a little luck, maybe Bermuda. It would be fun to be a USMS Long Distance All-Star again.
Have a great swimming story? Swimming tips? My favorite swim was a one miler in northern Lake Michigan (Little Traverse Bay, Harbor Springs) with my Dad a few years ago. It was his 1st open water race ever and a chilly 62 degrees. I swam beside him (on his breathing side) swimming breaststroke and guiding him around the course. We got to the finish and as we crossed the line I grabbed his hand to cross together. We stood up and the finish judge smiled at us and said, “I saw Dad first”. He loved it and loved the swim, his first at 70 years old!
What do you do in your life outside of the pool? (work/school/etc.) I am a Surgical Tech at Duke Hospital where I have specialize in Orthopedic Surgery. I captain a dart team on Tuesday nights. My husband is a carpenter/contractor and semi-professional cook/gluten-free baker who spoils me daily with his delicious meals and desserts.
Advice for someone new to the sport? Keep coming back. Time in the water makes you better. When you are new to the sport and start competing, you get personal bests all the time which just makes it even more fun.
High School: George Washington HS, Charleston, WV
College(s): U of New Mexico, Shippensburg U, U of Charleston, WV
Favorite sports (other than swimming): As participant: Canoeing, Hiking, Camping; As spectator: Football, Golf, Volleyball
Nickname(s): Hei-dog, MawMaw, Hardcore
Pet(s): Domino, 3, German Shepherd, Anna, 11, Choc Lab/Chow mix
Ultimate Way to Relax: Pedicure
Favorite professional swimmer: Dara Torres
Favorite food: Spinach, Olives, Hot Peppers, French Fries
DOB: June 9, 1985
Hometown: Raleigh, NC
What is your favorite stroke? Breast stroke
What do you enjoy about swimming with DAMA? Trying to keep up with my lane mate, Heidi
How long have you been swimming with DAMA? 1.5 years
Swim Career Highlights/Experience or Swimming Background: Making great friends as a member of UNC-CH varsity swimming and diving team
What are your favorite events to swim? I’ll occasionally race a 25 against the high schools that I teach.
Have any swimming tips? Swim with a fury.
What do you in your life outside of the pool? I work in EMS and I will be going to PA school, soon!
Advice for someone new to the sport? Just keep going
Favorite sports (other than swimming): Basketball
Pet(s): Toy fox terrier
Favorite professional swimmer: Kosuke Kitajima
Favorite food: Anything grilled