Practice schedule: Monday - Friday 6:00 - 7:30 AM. At the Gayton Site
$65 per month includes NOVAFit membership 


                                   Contact Coach Mark Kutz for more information, [email protected] or (804)339-0246

There is also a practice offered Mon/Wed/Fri from 8:30-9:30 am swimming at Gayton
with Coach Mark for folks with flexible schedules!


NOVA Masters swimming program serves swimmers of any ability age 19 and over who wish to swim in a structured training program and maybe even competitively. 

US Masters Swimming (USMS) is a national organization that serves adult swimmers through Masters programs across the country. Founded in 1970, USMS currently serves over 54,000 swimmers. The organization supports recreational swimming and competition for swimmers age 19+. More than half of USMS members participate recreationally and do not compete. Like USA Swimming, the United States is divided into zones; our USMS zone includes most of Virginia and part of West Virginia. There are 30 Masters clubs in the zone with about 950 swimmers. Masters swimmers at NOVA are affiliated with the Virginia Masters Swim Team, which has over 300 members.

The NOVA group is coached by our own Mark Kutz (read more about Coach Mark here). Mark has been involved with NOVA for 17 years, and with Masters swimming for 15  years. Mark is a certified level 4 US Swimming coach. In 2012, he won USMS’ Kerry O’Brien Coaching award, which is given in recognition of coaches who have done a great job in building strong USMS membership in local communities. He has contributed regularly to the USMS magazine, Swimmer.

NOVA’s Masters team currently includes 30 swimmers, ranging in age from 19 to 75. Many of these swimmers participated competitively as kids and missed the excitement of racing. Some have come to swimming as a way to get exercise and keep healthy as they have grown older. Whatever the reason, this tight-knit group has a great time.

Mark’s role as coach includes developing the structured practices, overseeing the training, and helping those swimmers who wish to compete with their racing strategy. “When these swimmers train with a regular group, they benefit from not only the camaraderie, but also get a better and more consistent work out,” states Kutz. “They may have started swimming for the exercise, but I think many of them keep coming for the friendship and fun environment.”

 Masters swimmer and former Masters World Record holder Chris Stevenson started swimming Masters just a year after his collegiate swimming career ended. Although he has participated in other sports, he comes back to swimming for both the exercise and camaraderie. He describes NOVA’s Masters group as “a great mixture of serious and fun…people want to work out and swim fast, but they also want to have fun doing it.” Chris appreciates Coach Mark’s knowledge as a coach as well as his enthusiasm, and says NOVA’s Masters group is the best of the many with which he has swum.

 There are numerous Masters meets held throughout the year. Some are local, but others are located at pools around the Mid-Atlantic. Recent meets attended by NOVA Masters swimmers include some in Richmond, Northern Virginia and Maryland. Swimmers at meets are divided into divisions based on age; swimmers only swim with those within these five-year increment groups to keep it competitive.

The Masters group at NOVA practices Monday through Friday, 6:00 a.m. to 7:30a.m. The cost is $65 per month, and also includes a NOVAFit membership, which allows Masters swimmers to utilize the pool during open lap swimming times (30+ hours a week). Mark also leads a practice from 8:00 a.m. to 9:00 a.m. on Monday/Wednesday/Friday; the focus of this practice is more recreational than competitive.

No matter what your motivation may be, Masters may be a good fit for you. If you’re interested in joining Masters at NOVA, contact Mark at [email protected] or (804)339-0246. The business office can also answer questions about the program.


NOVA MASTERS News --  Fall 2021

l to r:   Alex Marshall, John Morris, Sarah Tisdale, Kristen Harris, Kevin Mastracci, Val VH Pate, Sarah Jorgenson

Mark has been busy prepping NOVA Masters swimmers this fall/winter to swim fast.  And darn if they didn’t deliver on three separate occasions!  On December 4, 2021, seven NOVA team members traveled to Germantown Indoor Aquatic Center in Boyd, MD for the 8th Annual SCM (Short Course Meters) Solstice Meet.  Our NOVA team broke ten LMSC (State) Records, set 11 meet records, recorded 21 Top Ten times, and had a swimmer swim (50 breastroke leg) in a “pending” World Record breaking W 200-239 200m Medley relay; swim. Have a look at the swims they posted below.


Below are the LMSC (State) Record Breaking swims which happened that night. 

 * also denotes a Meet Record

also denotes a World Record

( ) denotes Top Ten ranking


Kevin Mastracci M 25-29

*50 Back – 25.75 (2)

*50 Free – 23.28 (2)

*100 Free – 51.92 (2)

*100 Fly – 57.88 (2)


Alexandra Marshall W 25-29

*50 Free – 27.43 (1)

*100 Free – 59.79 (1)


Kristen Harris W 45-49

*50 Breast – 35.78 (2)

*100 Breast – 1:17.82 (2)


Val Van Horn Pate W 55-59

*100 Fly – 1:17.55 (2)

*100 Back – 1:19.87 (7)


# * 200m Medley Relay (1)

W 200-239

Kristen Harris swam the breaststroke (50m) leg in the relay helping to break the world record - 2:06.51 (pending verification)


Other commendable NOVA swims:

Sarah Tisdale W 30-34

50 Free – 30.70

100 Free - 1:06.92

50 Fly - 34.67



*200 IM - 2:55.57 (6)

50 Back – 36.05 (5)

50 Fly - 33.37 (3) LMSC record - until broken by another swimmer in the following heat



50 Fly 30.78 (2)

* 100 Fly 1:07.59 (2)


Sarah Jorgenson W 18-24

100 Free 1.07.26 (9)

200 Free 2:27.20 (6)

*100 Fly - 1:12.30 (4)


John Morris M 35-39

200 Fly - 2:51.95 (7)

100 Free - 1:10.76

200 Back 3:02.73 (6)

400 IM 6:09.66 


X120-159 Free Relay --1:59.94     1st at meet

Kevin (23.51), John (31.76), Sarah (30.72), & Alex (28.95)


In October, Alex Marshall (26), Kevin Mastracci (25) and Sarah Jorgenson (22) competed in the first competition held at the new NOVA Regency pool (SCY) where they took on the younger competition (15–18-year-olds) from NOVA’s fastest swimmers in the Senior Gold and Silver groups as well as athletes from Poseidon and SwimRVA in the NOVA Kick-Off.  When asked about the experience, Kevin stated that, “it was the first meet I had competed in since Feb 2020, so about 20 months…it was great to be back in a competitive atmosphere after such a long time, and it was a pleasure to be racing amongst some of NOVA’s fastest swimmers….we were the oldest swimmers there (by far), the kids seemed to enjoy racing us and we didn’t feel out of place”, while Alex viewed the meet slightly differently, saying “Swimming in the kickoff meet was a lot of fun in that it was my first meet back in over three years. It was interesting however, swimming with the youngsters. I missed competing with people around my age and felt a little awkward swimming with middle and high schoolers. At the end of the day though it is my own lane, and it is me against the clock. All in all, I still had fun and it was a good first meet to clean the cobwebs off the racing shelf.” 


They held their own as Kevin swam to two 2nd place finishes (50 Free - 21.59, 100 Fly - 52.4) and a 4th place (100 Free - 48.00) while Alex finished 7th (50 Free - 25.1), 9th (100 Free - 55.5) and 10th (100 - Fly 1:01.6). 

They were turning some heads that day, as they proudly represented our NOVA Masters team!


On December 12, 2021, Peyton Farmer competed in the Carol Chidester Memorial Swim Meet No. 3 (SCY), held at the Casey Swim Center, Washington College, Chestertown, Maryland.  As a team of one Peyton finished tied for sixth place in the team standings.  All her swims were first place finishes (W 18-24 category)

50 Y Free – 25.46

50 Y Fly – 27.97

200 IM Y – 2:26.47


Well done NOVA Masters!!