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October 25th, 2008, 07:19 PM
Day One of the TYR Grand Prix - Indianapolis has concluded and the meet was fast as expected. Yoshi Oyakawa has moved into the 75-79 age group and already started to rewrite the record book. Today, he broke the FINA 50 Back World Record with a 35.76 slashing 1.12 seconds off the record of Clarke Mitchell.

Kevin Doak is also lighting up the scoreboard. In the same heat as Yoshi, he turned in a 25.83. This is under the USMS record for the age group 25-29 (it should be noted Kevin has been faster already in this age group, but is waiting for record approval).

Backstrokers weren't the only ones making some waves. The 280+ Indy SwimFit relay of David Costill, George Quigley, Mel Goldstein and Marty Mennon absolutely crushed the USMS record in the 800 free relay. The record had stood at 12:31.62 since 1999. That all changed as the Indy SwimFit quartet hit the water. Finishing in a time of 10:35.98, they left no doubt the bar that had been raised.

All total, 47 TYR Grand Prix records were broken. Complete results as well as the pysch sheet and meet program can be found at www.tyrgrandprix.com

Online entry for the Louisville and Chicago legs of the Grand Prix are expected to go live this week.

October 26th, 2008, 07:22 PM
Day Two picked up where we left off the day before with another World Record. 75 year old Yoshi Oyakawa broke the existing record in the 100 back in a time of 1:20.25. His time took almost 4 seconds off the national record and 2 seconds off the World Record (1:25.13 and 1:21.78 respectively).

All total, there were 2 World, 4 USMS and 95 TYR Grand Prix records broken this weekend.

Complete results have been posted from the TYR Grand Prix - Indianapolis. The next stop on the Grand Prix is Louisville on November 16. Go to www.tyrgrandprix.com for more information.

November 5th, 2008, 11:17 PM
Online registration for the TYR Grand Prix - Louisville and TYR Grand Prix - Chicago is now available. Go to www.tyrgrandprix.com

November 14th, 2008, 12:55 AM
Pysch sheets, preliminary meet program and the estimated timeline are now posted at www.tyrgrandrpix.com for this weekend's TYR Grand Prix - Louisville.

I look forward to seeing everyone in Louisville. Also, the online registration system for the TYR Grand Prix - Chicago is now open.

November 16th, 2008, 08:40 PM
Results from today's TYR Grand Prix - Louisville are now posted at www.tyrgrandprix.com.

Another stop on the Grand Prix, another FINA Masters World Record for Yoshi Oyakawa. Today, he lowered his 50 backstroke standard that was set in Indianapolis only three weeks ago posting a 35.51. Congratulations to Yoshi and everyone else on their great swims. Results and individuals summaries of each race with splits are now posted.

Next stop, Chicago.

December 4th, 2008, 12:00 AM
TYR Grand Prix Chicago Update

The entries are in and we are almost ready to swim. The estimated timeline, pysch sheet and preliminary meet program are now posted at www.tyrgrandprix.com. Please take a look at your entry and let me know if you see any mistakes. You can email me at mark.gill@usms.org. I will try to post the final meet program on Thursday night that you can download and bring to the meet. I will send out an email when the program is finalized.

Distance Swimmers

Wow! A third of the meet participants signed up to swim the 800 and the 1500 free. To accommodate the demand, we added one extra heat of the 1500 and two heats of the 800. Even with that, we still ended up with a waiting list. To help make sure everyone that wants to swim gets a chance, if you know you are going to scratch either of these events, please let me know in advance.

We will also have positive check-in for the 800 free on Saturday and the 1500 free on Sunday. The check-in deadline will be 8:50 AM. Check-in will be located at the registration table in the pool area.


The parking lot located directly across from the facility on South Ellis is free on the weekends.

USMS Card and Guest List

In order to enter the facility, you must show your USMS card at the front desk. Please dont leave home without it. If you are planning on bringing any non-meet participants with you, I need to put their name on the guest list. Please email me by Thursday at 10:00 PM the names of any guests that will be accompanying you. The doors will open at 7:50 AM each day. If you arrive before then, be prepared to wait outside of the facility. Brrr.

UC Waiver

All swimmers must sign a University of Chicago waiver before swimming in the meet. These will be available at the check-in table or you can print it off the www.tyrgrandprix.com website and bring it to the check-in table.

Social Event

The swimming is estimated to finish around 1:30 on Saturday. For those that would like to meet for dinner, drinks and telling complete stories about how fast you swam; we are going to meet at Leonas on Taylor Street (1419 W. Taylor Street, Chicago 60607) at 7:30 PM. Directions will be available at the pool. Leonas is about 8 miles from UC and located in downtown near public transportation.

Support UC Swimming

This meet is run as a fundraiser for the University of Chicago Swim Team. They are one of the top DIII schools in the country. Not only are they academically tough, but both the mens and womens teams are ranked in the top 20. Last year individuals donated money to thank the varsity swimmers for timing our meet during their exam week. We would again like to collect money to support the UC swimmers. There will be an envelope at the registration desk you can put you tax deductible gift in. Last year we raised almost $1000 for the team.

I look forward to seeing everyone in Chicago on Saturday.