Happy New Year to all our Metro LMSC members

Hope everyone had a wonderful holiday season and are ready to get back into the pool!


Mark your Calendars: CW Post Meet Opportunity
Sunday February 8th, CW Post will be hosting the first SCY swim meet this spring season. 
Register or with Club Assistant (shortly) 
 Must be received (not postmarked) by 6pm Wednesday February 4, 2013 
We hope you can attend the event. 


OBITUARY and Funeral Services 
One of our own- Professor Emeritus Leon Katz, age 94, passed away on Jan 2, 2015.   
Funeral Service will be held tomorrow Sunday Jan 11th at Gramercy Park Memorial Chapel-  353 2nd Avenue, New York, NY 10010. 
Photo viewing at 10:30. Services to start at 11 am.  

Leon Katz was born in New York City, on November 17, 1920, to professional musicians Israel Katz and Ida Elkan Katz.  At age 13, Leon experienced a near drowning that motivated him to learn to swim.  Fortunately, a champion swimmer noticed him, and offered him free swim instruction.  
Leon went on to study at Stuyvesant High School, followed by The City College of New York, where he studied Electrical Engineering and was a member of the swim team for both.
Throughout his life, Leon endeavored to pass along the life-saving knowledge of swimming to as many people as he could.  He gave back the gift of swimming to thousands of children and adults from the mid-1950’s to the early 1970’s working with the New York City Parks Department's Learn-To-Swim program, organizing the Lower East Side Neighborhood Association (LENA) athletic club for inner-city children.  As a volunteer with the Veteran’s Association he initiated a water rehabilitation program for injured veterans.  Alongside his professional career, he coached swimming at the Sol Goldberg (14th St Y) YMHA for 40 years.  He was honored by the American Red Cross for 40 years of volunteer service as a Water Safety Instructor.  In 1991 he was awarded the CCNY Alumni Varsity Association’s Service Award for volunteerism in the area of athletics, and was inducted into their Hall of Fame.  In 1996, he was honored by the National Fitness Leaders Association for

Leon Katz was a long time resident of the Lower East Side.  He is survived by three daughters and one son, Dr. Jane Katz, Paul Katz, Elaine Kuperberg and June Guzman; five grandchildren: Jason, Stephen, Justin, Austen and Autumn and one great grandson: Julian.  He was preceded in death by his parents, two older brothers, and his wife, Dorothea. 

A funeral service for Leon Katz will be held at Gramercy Park Memorial Chapel, 353 Second Ave (bet 20 & 21 St.), New York, NY on Sunday, January 11, 2015.   Photo viewing and visiting at 10:30 AM.  Service scheduled to start promptly at 11:00 AM. 
Your memories and thoughts are welcome through sharing on an online guestbook.  Please visit the NY Times guestbook and/or the Dignity Memorial website.


Reminder- USMS Membership
It is that time of the year again! Please renew your USMS membership.

The one-year membership fee for 2015 is $47.00.  This includes $37.00 ($2 dollar increase from last year) for the USMS portion of the fee, plus $10.00 for the Metropolitan LMSC fee.  (With Metro’s eye on our budget, we were able to absorb the $2 USMS increase and hold your membership dues the same at $47 dollars.) The club you choose may charge an additional fee.

Please go green and if possible do not have a physical USMS card sent to your home. Print it yourself at home. 

Please keep your eye out:
Metro will be holding at least 3 SCY meets this season so please keep your eye out those dates that will be posted shortly. Additionally, we will have a beginner swim clinic and a Synchronized clinic back by popular demand next month that will be announced shortly.



Congratulations to our 35 Metro’s swimmers who ranked in USMS 2014 Top Ten LCM. We are proud of your accomplishments and hope you enjoy your Starbucks card on us! 

JAN 2015

Go The Distance- Presented by Nike
Nike Go The Distance “GTD” is a self-directed program intended to encourage Masters swimmers to regularly exercise and track their progress. Speed doesn’t count—just the effort to attain whatever goal you set for yourself.

Nike GTD is on the honor system—you track the distance you swim. Daily, weekly, or monthly, enter that information into your online Fitness Log (FLOG). When you achieve certain milestones, you’ll be recognized on the U.S. Masters Swimming website and receive special prizes from Nike Swim, our title sponsor for the event.

There’s no cost to enter Nike GTD. You can register through your FLOG in the My USMS section of the website. Track your weekly, monthly and annual totals online. Once you've entered Nike GTD, your results are automatically included in the daily summary reports, and your milestone awards are sent directly to you.

I am proud to say that in 2014, we had 95 swimmers signed up from the Metropolitan LMSC. These swimmers have logged an impressive 17,992 miles (average of 189 per person). Let’s beat this as a community in 2015!

Special congratulations to :
•    Rich Bernstein                   M68    395.81
•    Karen L Einsidler                F58    712.85
•    Charley C Young                  F27    703.80
•    Melissa L Kretschmer             F52    564.67
•    Spencer L Schneider              M54    405.35
•    Michael J Gemelli                M44    365.09
•    Elizabeth Cornell                F47    303.48
•    Timothy E Gardner                M52    400.09
•    Morton F Wolf                    M66    313.24
•    Zahava Lipton                    F28    524.12
•    David E Uprichard                M48    511.88
•    Robert L Unger                   M57    516.98
•    Hannah Borgeson                  F42    503.31
•    Randall A Chamberlain            M45    330.89
•    Janet Harris                     F49    556.12
•    RJ Hermanet                      M44    627.37
•    Mark E Larson                    M51    859.54
•    Pascal Borderies                 M55    321.14
•    John B Inglese                   M31    630.70
•    Tom Morrisey                     M51    764.74


RC Saint-Amour
Chairman, Metro LMSC