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Montana Master’s Swimming Record Holder and Six-decade Champion of Montana Swimming – Bob McKinnon – Has Died

Montana Master’s Swimming Record Holder and Six-decade Champion of Montana Swimming – Bob McKinnon – Has Died

Robert Scott “Bob” McKinnon, a Montana Master’s Swimming record holder, former top-ten ranked Master’s Nationals swimmer, former championship high school and club coach, and six-decade swim instructor, died of esophageal cancer on July 7th.  McKinnon, who grew up in Oakland and swam for his father Gus, a UC Berkely assistant swim coach and YMCA club coach, was a high school YMCA All-American who brought California-style competitive swimming to Montana when he was awarded a full-ride scholarship to the University of…

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Stroke Clinic with Sam King RECAP

Stroke Clinic with Sam King RECAP

Check out the Stroke Clinic Recap – Includes tips for freestyle, butterfly, and breaststroke. This Stroke Clinic took place at the Helena YMCA 1200 N Last Chance Gulch on Sunday, November 13, 2022 Coach Sam King, a 4th generation Montanan, grew up in Missoula.  After high school, Sam moved to Laramie, Wyoming, to attend college at the University of Wyoming.  He swam for the University of Wyoming. Following college and before attending law school, he was a professional swim coach for eight years, coaching kids ranging…

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Save the Date: USMS Coach & ALTS Instructor Training

Save the Date: USMS Coach & ALTS Instructor Training

The Oregon LMSC will be hosting two USMS certification events in October in Hood River, OR. USMS Coaches Certification Level 3 Saturday October 29th, All day training: 11 a.m. – 5:30 p.m. USMS Adults Learn to Swim (ALTS) Instructor Training Sunday October 30th All day training: 7:30 a.m. – 3:30 p.m. Plus a swimmer stroke clinic from 8 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. More details will be sent out as soon as USMS has the registration info/link available. If you have…

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Charlotte Sanddal: Swim Wisdom

Charlotte Sanddal: Swim Wisdom

Check out these two news reports about our very own Charlotte Sanddal: An article by Swimswam contributors, Taking 5 On Aging Like Sea Glass: Part II A TV interview by KTVH, 99-year-old Helena swimmer proves its never too late to try something new Charlotte is a success story from the Adults Learn to Swim Program! Hear about Charlotte’s background, motivations, and daily swim workouts. We are lucky to have Charlotte as a member of the Montana LMSC. Her next big…

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RESULTS – April Flowers Masters Swim Meet

RESULTS – April Flowers Masters Swim Meet

Congratulations to the swimmers who competed in the April Flowers Meet on April 9, 2022 in Coeur D’Alene, Idaho! There were 28 new MT State Records with 22 by BSMT swimmers and 6 by one member not attached to a club. It is encouraging to see opportunities like this for swimmers to reconnect and challenge their fitness. Meet results and records can be found below. Meet Results Updated Short Course Meters records for Montana

RESULTS – 2022 Montana SCY Championship Meet

RESULTS – 2022 Montana SCY Championship Meet

Congratulations to all swimmers! It was wonderful to be back together at the Butte Family YMCS this year on April 8 and 9, 2022. This was an exciting meet and we hope you all feel good about showing up and making waves. The Meet Results and Team Scores can be found below. Meet Results Team Scores

NEW Masters Swim Workouts

NEW Masters Swim Workouts

A letter from your LMSC Coaches Chair- As the Montana LMSC Coaches Chair, I have heard from many swimmers who either swim by themselves or with a small group.  They’re looking for challenging workouts. Beginning April 18 to the end of May 2022, I will post 2 workouts each week. Each workout will have a different theme, contain some coaching comments, and can be tailored to meet the needs of any swimmer. I hope you find these workouts meet your…

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Swimmers Unite at the Kalispell Swim Meet

Swimmers Unite at the Kalispell Swim Meet

The Flatwater Lake Open Water Swim Club (FLOWS) had a nice turnout at the super fun dual-sanctioned meet on January 15th in Kalispell, MT. About a dozen masters swimmers from Hamilton to Whitefish competed.  This allowed the FLOWS to have two relays in each of the relay events! Way to start 2022 out strong!