SPMS Awards

Club Swimmer of the Month Award

Nomination Link

Coaches, use the following link to nominate your swimmers:
SPMS Club Swimmer of the Month Award Nomination link

Selection Criteria

1. The purpose of this award is to give coaches the opportunity on a monthly basis to recognize SPMS swimmers on their team based on the criteria in item 2 below. This is purely a tool that coaches may choose to take advantage of if they feel it would benefit their club and/or swimmers. No coach is obligated to take advantage of this opportunity.

2. The criteria for the award are as follows:

a. The individual was a member of local swim club and SPMS during the month under consideration.

b. The swimmer accomplished something outstanding in the opinion of the coach either at swim workouts or a swim competition. Examples could be a swimmer who attended the most workouts that month, swam butterfly stroke for the first time, dove off the blocks for first time, finally learned a flip turn, perfected his or her breathing, swam the greatest distance that month, swam a first open water swim of any form, swam in first swim meet, broke a personal best time that was difficult to accomplish, exhibited outstanding team spirit in some special way, etc.

3. Selection:

a. Selection must be made by club coach.  Only a coach can nominate a swimmer to receive this award.

b. Club coach or coaches can submit a maximum of one name per month per swim club.

c. Coach should submit name of Masters Swim Club, name of swimmer, month and year of award, and a brief statement of recipient’s accomplishment.

d. Coach should use link provided on SPMS website for submission.

e. Submission should be made by end of each month in order for recognition to appear the beginning of new month on website.

f. SPMS Club Swimmer of the Month Award Nomination link

4. Recognition:

a. Club Swimmer of the Month shall be honored by the club coach who will be emailed a certificate to be printed out and presented to the recipient at appropriate and convenient time and place determined by the coach. It could be on deck before swim practice, at a team/club social, a club banquet, a holiday party, etc.

b. Recognition will also occur on SPMS website and newsletter.

5. Participation:

a. Coaches are encouraged to participate as appropriate to situation.

b. Coach may submit a deserving swimmer each month or just occasionally as he or she desires. All submissions are welcome and voluntary.

6. General Goals:

a. Encourage all swimmers, especially those who may not participate in reward generating programs such as swim meets. It is an opportunity to reward fitness swimmers and new swimmers who perhaps have never won a ribbon or medal ever before.

b. Recognize continued improvement in all aspects of swimming.

c. Promote inter-club awareness and unity by posting accomplishments on the SPMS website and newsletter.

d. Attract and encourage new members by sharing information on Club Swimmer of the Month on the website to show that Masters Swimming is more than just competitive swimming.

e. Retain and recruit Master Swimmers.

f. Improve swimmer morale.

g. Increase practice attendance.

Recipients

Swimmer Club Coach Reason
May 2017
Ana Fradkin Southern California Aquatic Masters rossella pescatori for organizing the team and relays at Nationals
Elizabeth Olsheim Mission Viejo Masters Tina Sanderson Discipline in practice and competitive spirit!
April 2017
Beata Konopka Conejo Valley Masters Nancy Kirkpatrick-Reno Outstanding Performance at 2017 Spring Nationals
Marlow Peterson Mission Viejo Masters Mark Moore Improvement, Performance, and Commitment
March 2017
Gary Meisels Conejo Valley Masters Nancy Kirkpatrick-Reno Swimming Breakthough Freestyle 100 in under 1:25
Jennifer Batcheller Mission Viejo Masters Jeff Taylor Exceptional effort and concentration at practice
Tom Reichhardt Silver Peak Performance Charles McPeak 1st Meet Block Start Flip Turn - New to Swimming
February 2017
Jim Santy Mission Viejo Masters Tina Sanderson Outstanding Competitive Drive and Spirit
Michael Chang Southern California Aquatic Masters Rossella Pescatori at every meet and rallies others
Niki Stokols Conejo Valley Masters Nancy Kirkpatrick-Reno 1st Time 400 IM, 200 Fly & 200 Breast, Rose Bowl
January 2017
Carolyn Kluss Mission Viejo Masters Tina Sanderson Continued Improvement and Team Leader
Denise Hearst Conejo Valley Masters Nancy Kirkpatrick Reno Winner of Open Water Series and Postal 400 Kick
December 2016
Ronald Durkee Los Alamitos FINS Janice Akins Herculean efforts and accomplishments
November 2016
Duran DesBaillets Conejo Valley Masters Nancy Kirkpatrick-Reno Consistent Workout Effort and Marked Improvement
Tiffany McQueen Fort Irwin Sand Sharks self coached 21 open water swims (14 marathon swims) in 2016
October 2016
Jim Elowitt Conejo Valley Masters Nancy Kirkpatrick-Reno Great Improvement in Speed and Endurance
Ken Umholtz Ojai Masters Rick Goeden Dedication and Meet consistency
September 2016
Elaine Eddinger Long Beach Grunions Kenny Brisbin Excellent Improvement
Renee McDonough Conejo Valley Masters Nancy Kirkpatrick-Reno Commitment to Technique & Positive Team Spirit
August 2016
Patty George Mission Viejo Masters Mark Moore Improvement,Team Support, and Outstanding Effort,
July 2016
Andre Harmse Competitive Tri-Swim Masters LLC Christine D. Maki 34th birthday swam 34 miles of CTSM practices+
Roger Anderson Conejo Valley Masters Nancy Kirkpatrick-Reno Most Improved Open Water Swimmer
May 2016
Becky Cleavenger Conejo Valley Masters Nancy Kirkpatrick-Reno Excellent performance SCY Nat's Ten Top Ten Swims
April 2016
Helen Wang Henderson Aquatics Devonee McCary One of very few going to meets!
Karin Wegner Las Vegas Masters Vic Hecker Helped LVM win SPMS Regionals!
Lorraine Bashsam Competitive Tri-Swim Masters LLC Christine D. Maki Completed the entire 1-1/2 practice of 200 I.M.'s
Pak Him Lai Brickhouse Multisport Amanda Stone Commitment to Consistency!
March 2016
Christopher Lee Conejo Valley Masters Nancy Kirkpatrick-Reno Displaced by SoCalGas Co. Never missed Workouts
January 2016
Niki Stokols Conejo Valley Masters Nancy Kirkpatrick Reno Consistent Effort, Improvement,Team Support
December 2015
Leslie Monroe Conejo Valley Masters Nancy Kirkpatrick Reno Excellent Improvement in Swimming and Triathlon
November 2015
Vickie Olney Conejo Valley Masters Nancy Kirkpatrick Reno Excellent improvement and Dedication to Workouts
October 2015
Suzanne Baird Conejo Valley Masters Nancy Kirkpatrick Reno Consistent Effort, Attendance and Improvement
September 2015
Claire Scullion Mission Viejo Masters Tina Sanderson Consistent, trains smart and a great attitude
Doug Custodio Fort Irwin Sand Sharks Jodie Grimm Completion of first open water (roughwater!) swim
Lou Silbermann Desert Olympic Tritons Ben Hobbins 89 years old young, 'Spirit Of Tritons' SMPS Icon
Mark Losinski Conejo Valley Masters Nancy Kirkpatrick Reno Remarkable time improvements 1st Top Ten USMS time
August 2015
John Fiedler Swim Dude Academy Dan Halladay Official Team Speaker & Anchor of the Middle Lane
Maggie Conway Fort Irwin Sand Sharks Jodie Grimm Best Workout Attendance and Tireless Work Ethic
Mark Losinski Conejo Valley Masters Nancy Kirkpatrick Reno Mark has dropped dozens of seconds on this times
Sunday Servey Tomlin Piranha Swim Team Amanda Stone 10 Second Time drop in 100 Free
Tami Barrera Mission Viejo Masters Mark Moore Workout Attendance & Daily Doubles twice a week
Toni Caylor Brickhouse Multisport Amanda Stone Commitment to Consistency!