MASTERS SWIMMING AT NOVA

Masters practice will  resume on Sept. 8th at NEW 6:45 - 8:30 AM practice times.

 
 
 
Practice schedule: Monday - Friday 6:45 - 8:30AM.
 
$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 swimming 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, 6:45 a.m. to 8:30a.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 8:30 a.m. to 9:30 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.