June Krauser celebration of life

The Krauser familly and friends celebrated the life of June Krauser, founder of the Florida Gold Coast LMSC and GOLD Masters team, on Sunday, September 7, at the International Swimming Hall of Fame in Fort Lauderdale.

In the photo, June is to the right and her sister Joan is to the left. Both were young stars on the Indianapolis Athletic Club swim team. For more photos and captions, click HERE and then scroll down. Look for June Fogle, her maiden name.

GOLD dozen in August's USMS long course nationals

Twelve GOLD swimmers competed in the August 13-17 USMS Long Course National Championships in Maryland.

Swimmers were Lee Childs (65-69), Wally Dobler (80-84), Ahmed Hamada (75-79), John Hammerstrom (65-69), Keefe Lodwig (70-74), David Painter (75-79), Barbara Protzman (60-64), David Quiggin (70-74), Howard Rolston (70-74), Betty Lou Tucker (75-79), Karl Wiedamann (75-79), and Eliot Winokur (70-74).

GOLD swimmers competed in 52 individual events and medaled in each one, including 22 gold medals. Five relays medaled with two gold medals. Get results for GOLD swimmers by clicking HERE. Get full meet results by clicking HERE.

Three GOLD swimmers swim in USMS spring nationals

Three GOLD swimmers swam in the May 1-4 USMS Short Course Nationals in Santa Clara, California: Lee Childs (6 events), Al Moreno (6 events), and Danielle Ogier (6 events).

Click HERE for results for GOLD swimmers.

GOLD swimmers medal at Y Masters Nationals

GOLD swimmers swam well in the April 10-13 YMCA Masters Nationals in Sarasota. Gold medal winners were Peggy McDonnell, Danielle Ogier, B.J. Graham, Lee Childs, David Painter, Ahmed Hamada, and Karl Wiedamann.

Silver medal winners were Barb Protzman, Jorge Mejia, Ogier, Graham, Childs, and Hamada. Bronze medals were earned by Dale LeClair, Jeannie Mitchell, Andy Morrow, David McIntyre, McDonnell, and Painter.

Two GOLD relays also medaled. The Men's 75+ 200 free relay of Morrow, McIntyre, Hamada, and Painter won gold and the Men's 75+ 200 medlay relay of McIntyre, Wiedamann, Hamada, and Painter won silver.

Click HERE for complete GOLD results.

Two are tops at Open Water Festival

Two other GOLD swimmers were in the open water at Miromar Lakes the same weekend. Karen Lewin placed first in her age group in the Crippen Sunset Mile on April 12 and Carlos Lloreda placed third in his age group in the Open Water Festival 5K on April 13.

Spring, 2014, LMSC newsletter published

The Spring, 2014, Florida Gold Coast LMSC newsletter is posted on the Reference page (click the tab at the left) and scroll down the first column.

2014 USMS memberships (join/renew/update)

Click the box at the right to join, renew, or update (name, address change, etc.) your USMS membership for 2014 (credit card required). Memberships are good until December 31, 2014. Or, download a paper registration form and mail it in with a check.

2013 USMS Postals Championships successful for GOLD swimmers

3000/6000 Postal Championships: Seven GOLD swimmers participated this fall in the USMS 3000-yard and 6000-yard Postal Championships swum at local pools, and all placed among the elite in the country. Ricardo Valdivia not only placed first in his age group in both the 3000-yd and 6000-yd postals, he was the fastest swimmer in the United States of any age in either gender.

Six more swimmers did exceedingly well. In the 3000-yard Postal Championships, Dale LeClair placed 4th in the W40-44 age group, Andrea Woodburn 7th in the W45-49 age group, James Vaucher 5th in the M30-34 group, Valdivia won the M45-49 and David LeClair placed 9th, and Bill Korey (11th) and Jonathan Olsen (13th) placed in the M50-54 age group.

5K Postal Championship: Five GOLD swimmers competed during the summer in the USMS 5K Postal (long course). Amanda Singleton was 3rd in the W18-24 age group, Dale LeClair (4th) and Debra Robenhymer (13th) swam in the W40-44 age group, and Bill Korey (5th) and David LeClair (7th) swam the M45-49 age group.

One-hour Postal Championship: 15 GOLD swimmers competed in the January One-hour Postal, swimming as far as they could during the one-hour time limit.

In the women's competition, winners were Vanessa Segovia (W25-29, 13/77), Dale LeClair (W40-44, 15/163), Elaine Joggerst (W40-44, 17/163), Susan Scharr (W40-44, 137/163), Andrea Woodburn (W45-49, 31/182), Melissa Hinton (W50-54, 122/239), Cindi Wood (W50-54, 213/239), and Lisa Bell (W55-59, 135/165).

In the men's division, winners were Aldo Jansel (M25-29, 38/48), Tim Krajewski (M30-34, 28/66), Luis Comulada (M35-39, 16/92), Ricardo Valdivia (M45-49, 2/163), James Fetter (M50-54, 96/193, Blaise O'Neill (M50-54, 103/193), and Scott Woodburn (M65-69, 30/79).

Six make big splash in October's Tropical Splash

Six GOLD swimmers competed in the 5K race during the Tropical Splash open water swims in Sarasota on October 5. Ricardo Valdivia was the overall male champion. Suzanne Dearworth (40-44) finished first in her age group, Rob Abcug (40-44) and Darcy Lafountain (55-59) each finished second in their respective age groups, and Carlos Lloreda (55-59) and Catherine Trejo (25-29) each were third in their respective age groups.

Click the Competition or Open Water tabs at the left for links to complete results.

GOLD Rush in California at USMS LC Champs

Four GOLD swimmers competed the USMS Long Course National Championships in Mission Viejo, California, from August 7-11.

Lee Childs (M65-69) won gold in all five of his events (50/100/200 free, 50 fly, 200 IM), John Hammerstrom (M65-69) placed ninth in the 50 free, Danielle Ogier (W60-64) won silver in the 400 free and bronze in the 100 and 200 free, and David Painter (M75-79) won gold in the 50 free and 200 IM and silver in the 100 back and 400 IM.

Pan Am Championships conclude in Sarasota

POOL: Forty-seven GOLD swimmers entered the pool competitions June 5-12. Gold medal winners in individual events were Deven Christopher, Birgit Lohberg, Danielle Ogier, Sean Frampton, Lee Childs, Cav Cavanaugh, Karl Wiedamann, Andy Morrow, and Mani Sanguily.

Relays that won gold medals were Men's 280+ 200 free relay (world record: David Quiggin, Jose Feraz, Cav Cavanaugh, Lee Childs), Mixed 240+ 200 free relay (Lee Childs, Birgit Lohberg, Barbara Protzman, David Quiggin), and the Mixed 280+ 200 medley relay (Jeannie Mitchell, Karl Wiedamann, Danielle Ogier, Cav Cavanaugh).

For results of all GOLD swims, click HERE. Links to complete results are on the Competition page

OPEN WATER: Eleven GOLD swimmers were among the 400 swimmers from South America, Central America, North America, and Europe competing in the Pan Am Open Water Championships on Siesta Key, Florida, on June 13.

Ricardo Valdivia was the overall Pan Am champion in the 3K event, which had 295 entrants. Rob Abcug was 5th in the 40-44 age group, Jonathan Olsen finished second and Luiz Freire 6th in the 50-54 age group, Carlos Lloreda 7th in the 55-59 age group, and Ronald Samson 4th in the 70-74 age group.

In the women's 3K division, Suzanne Dearworth was 5th in the 40-44 age group, Denise Desaulniers 10th in the 45-49 age group, and Darcy Lafountain 6th and Karen Lewin 16th in the 55-59 age group.

In the 1K event, Leonard Silverstein finished 2nd in the 75-79 age group.

Links to complete results are on the Competition page.

Three GOLD swimmers named 2012 LMSC Swimmers of the Year

The Florida Gold Coast LMSC held its 2012 awards banquet/brunch on May 19 where three GOLD swimmers were honored as LMSC Swimmers of the Year.

Tim Shead was the male pool swimmer of the year, Amanda Singleton the female long distance swimmer of the year, and Alan Rapperport, right, the male long distance swimmer of the year.

Shead was a 2012 All-American in the 60-64 age group in Short Course Yards (100/200 back, 50/100/200 breast, 100/200 IM) and in Long Course Meters (50/100 back, 50/100 breast, 200 IM).

Singleton was the 2012 All-American in the 18-24 age group in the USMS 5K Postal.

Rapperport was the 2012 All-American in the 75-79 age group in the USMS 1-mile Open Water National Championship.

Valdivia collects second 2013 USMS open water national championship

Fresh off his win in the USMS 5K open water national championship on April 27 (see next article), Ricardo Valdivia traveled to Las Vegas, Nevada, to compete in the May 18 USMS 10K open water national championship. He earned All-American honors again, winning his age group and finishing second overall.

Swimmers collect medals, national champion patches at USMS 5K Open Water Championships

Sixteen GOLD swimmers competed in the USMS 5K Open Water National Championships at Miromar Lakes on April 27 and came away with 12 individual medals and 12 relay medals.

Ricardo Valdivia, first out of the water in the photo at the right, won the overall championship with a time of 1:05:07.60 for the 5K. He and Jon Olsen won gold in their individual age groups.

Michael Hobbs, Bill Korey, Dave Owen, and Scott Woodburn won silver or bronze medals in individual competition for men while Emily Schwartz, Andrea Woodburn, and Lisa Bennett won silver or bronze in their respective age groups. More individual medalists were Denise Desaulniers, Dale LeClair, and Carlos Lloreda.

Four GOLD relays were national champions: Women's 25+ (Emily Schwartz, Birgit Walters, Melissa Wu), Men 45+ (Jon Olsen, Bill Korey, Ricardo Valdivia), Mixed 45+ (Denise Desaulniers, Lisa Bennett, Dave Owen, Tom Krasner), and Mixed 55+ (Scott Woodburn, Carlos Lloreda, Karen Lewin, Nancy Streb).

Ogier, relays set eight zone records, one USMS record

The 2013 SCY season is off to a fast start for GOLD swimmers. Danielle Ogier has set six individual Dixie Zone records (1000/1650 free, 50/200 back, 100/200 IM) and two 55+ relays have set zone records and broken one USMS record.

The Women's 800 freestyle relay team of Chela Devanney, Debbie Cavanaugh, Lisa Bennett, and Peggy McDonnell set a new American record and the Mixed 800 freestyle relay team of Craig Burns, Debbie Cavanaugh, Lisa Bennett, and Lee Childs broke the existing Dixie Zone record.

Links to FGC LMSC, Dixie Zone, USMS, and FINA records are on the Records page. Click the Records box at the left.



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