Kentucky Masters Swimming

Kentucky Local Masters Swimming Committee

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Kentucky Masters Swimming is the governing body for Masters swimming in the Kentucky LMSC (Local Masters Swimming Committee). We subscribe to the founding principles of United States Masters Swimming: to encourage and promote improved physical fitness and health in adults, to offer adults the opportunity to participate in a lifelong fitness and/or competitive swimming program, to encourage organizations and communities to establish and sponsor Masters swimming programs, and to enhance fellowship and camaraderie among Masters swimmers.

General Information

The KY-LMSC covers the geographic area of the state of Kentucky, with the addition of Floyd and Clark Counties, Indiana (de facto suburbs of Louisville). In 2005, we had 521 swimmers, ranging in age from 18 to 93.

Click here for a history of the LMSC.

Current KY-LMSC board members are:


Louisville Invitational to be held Sunday, Nov. 16! Enter online (preferred) or by snail mail.

Results for Lakeside Invitational now available.

UPDATE: He made it! Mike finished his Channel swim in 13 hours, 50 minutes! You can follow the track of his swim here. Also check out his splits here.

Have you always wanted to know someone who has attempted the English Channel Swim? Well, now you do!

Swim Louisville Masters swimmer Mike Johmann and family flew to London, England, on Tuesday, June 24. After a few days of sightseeing, Mike will be making his way to Dover, England, in advance of his attempt.

Mike has been planning and training for this swim for quite a few years. The training started in earnest over the last year, including a 6 hour+ swim in the Ohio River last fall. Air temperature at entry was 37 degrees, with water temperature under 58 degrees. Fellow Masters Nancy McElwain, Nina Norris, and Sallie DiLaura have helped along the way by escorting his many training swims in kayaks and developing feeding strategies.

Captain Paul Foreman of the escort boat Optimist (great name, huh) will have the final say on when the swim will start. Weather, tide, and current will determine Mike’s departure during a 10-day window of July 1 through July 10. When successful, Mike will become only the third Kentuckian and, at 52, the oldest Kentuckian to have accomplished the swim.

The Optimist can be tracked by going to or Channel Swimming & Piloting Federation. We will try to get the word out about Mike’s start date/time.

Go Mike Go!

Stroke clinic for Masters swimmers! Asbury University in Wilmore, Ky., is holding a stroke clinic on Sept. 27 to raise fund for a mission/training trip to Puerto Rico! Click here for registration form and more information.

Dates set! The Lakeside Invitational this year will be August 2-3 (entry info will be posted when available). The KY-LMSC long course mini-meet will be hosted at Lakeside on July 13 (may be hosted at other locations as well; stay tuned). Mini-meets are open only to KY-LMSC registered swimmers; no online entry for mini-meets.

The 9th Annual Bowling Green Sprint Triathlon will be held this year on Sunday, August 17 at the Russell Sims Aquatic Center in Bowling Green, Kentucky.

This year’s event is a project of the Bowling Green Rotary Club and the Western Kentucky Green Gators Masters Swim Team, with the major sponsorships from the Bowling Green City Parks and Recreation Department and Graves Gilbert Clinic. Funds raised from this event will be used to support the Rotary Club’s scholarship program.

The race itself consists of a 400-meter pool swim in the 50-meter Russell Sims Pool, a 23-kilometer bike race through the rolling and sometimes challenging hills of the Bowling Green/Warren County area, and a new 5 K run course. WE HAVE SET UP A NEW 5K RUNNING COURSE THIS YEAR, PROVIDING A HIGHER PERCENTAGE OF THE COURSE ON RUNNING TRAILS AND NOT CITY STREETS.

Online registration is available. More information is available at the Bowling Green Triathlon website or through the Graves Gilbert Clinic website. Email or call 270-791-9437.

Coaches certification clinics to be held in Ohio, Nashville.

Open water swim, hosted by Etown Dolphins (USA Swimming team), will be held Sunday, June 21. Sanctioned by USA Triathlon; must be USA-T member to compete (one-event registrations available).





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