Written by Brian Kremers   
Friday, 27 December 2013 16:38
For the tenth year in a row, the Long Beach Grunions hosted an incredibly successful 2013 SPMS SCM Championships.  Over 400 swimmers traveled from all over the country and Canada to battle it out, with swimmer's ages ranging from 18 to 92 years young. 

While the Belmont Pool gets a complete make over, the meet was hosted at the Brenda Villa Aquatic Center in the City Of Commerce.  Although we all had our concerns about the smoothness of the meet, ONCE AGAIN, the Grunions triumphed, providing the USMS swimming community with one of the best run meets in the country. 

In the pool, we were privileged to witness NINETEEN WORLD RECORDS AND ONE NATIONAL RECORD, along with countless personal best times.  A handful of Grunions also set some team records, which we will report in the upcoming weeks. We also placed 5th overall with 658 points, out of 56 swim teams!!!  Talk around the pool deck was that everyone loved the facility, loved the warmth of the Grunions, and the professionalism of the meet.  Congratulations to everyone who helped out, and thank you all for keeping our name in such high prestige.

And a special shout out to our meet director, the one and only Kenny Brisbin, who coordinated this three day meet to perfection.  There are quite a few Grunions who took control of their respected areas, but I just wanted to give an extra special thank you and standing applause to Kenny for really stepping up with the new venue change.

Also, if you'd like to catch any of the races from this past weekend, long onto and enjoy!
Written by Kenny Brisbin   
Friday, 27 December 2013 16:35
Each year, the SPMS recognizes a few key swimmers who have displayed exemplary commitments to masters swimming, achieved personal success at SPMS swim meets, and have been an inspiration to others.

The Grunions are honored to this year have one of their own be the recipient of the Swimmer Of The Year for 2013. Brian Kremers has been an inspiration to his teammates both in and out of the water.  In the water, Brian has achieved over 40 top ten swims in the nation leading into IGLA, plus an additional 5 more top ten times at IGLA Seattle. Also over the past year he was one of the most seen Grunions at workouts, attending on average five workouts per week.  Out of the pool, he revived the weekly Grunion Report as the must read newsletter of each week and coordinated with coaches the best possible relays for IGLA and SPMS Championship meets.  In addition, he inspired and motivated his teammates to do their best, all while dealing with a pretty serious spinal injury, which ended him up in the hospital for a fusion the week after IGLA.  

Let's all congratulate Brian on this wonderful honor!! 
Written by Kenny Brisbin   
Sunday, 10 November 2013 12:50
Hi Grunions,

Please help me in welcoming our new Head Coach, Colin Williamson.  He brings to the team lots of experience including coaching, swimming with the Cal State Northridge Division 1 team, 3 time All-American in several events and was Named Alaska Coach of the year in 2008.  These are only some of his accomplishments.

Here is a note from Colin:

Dear Grunion swimmers,

Thank you so much for the warm welcome as the new Head Coach for the Grunions. I am looking forward to being on deck and getting to know more of the swimmers. Swimming for the Grunions the last few months, I have gotten a chance to see how passionate the swimmers are for not only the team itself, but for swimming as well. I hope to continue to grow the team in not only membership but team spirit as well.

We have a couple of exciting events coming up that I am looking forward to. I know that the December meet is a huge team effort and I look forward to seeing the team not only compete but also help to run a smooth meet.

I look forward to seeing you all at the pool. Go Grunions!


Colin will start coaching this week on Tuesday and Thursday evenings so please come to practice and show him some Grunion Love.
Help Wanted: Timers - No Experience Necessary! Print
Written by Ruth Rawlings   
Sunday, 10 November 2013 12:48

Help Wanted: Timers - No Experience Necessary

We must fill at least 144 timing slots during our upcoming Short Course Meters Championship Meet on December 6-8. Plus a few extra for those inevitable moments when nature (or someone else) calls. 

And we are asking all Grunions, former Grunions, and friends and family, partners and spouses, and neighbors and co-workers of Grunions to step up to help ensure that this year's meet continues to be the best regional meet in the country!

What does a timer have to do? Timers participate in shifts of 3 hours each (there are three shifts each day), and using provided stopwatches, they time and record swim times for the swimmer in their lane.

Do they receive any training? Yes, the head timer will conduct a brief training session prior to each shift to go over what's expected and how to do it.

Do we provide any refreshments? Yes, timers receive food and beverages courtesy of the team. And timers also will get a meet T-shirt.

What about parking? There is plenty of free parking at the pool.

What is the daily schedule? The meet starts at 9:00 am each day (Friday, Saturday, and Sunday). Shifts are from 9am to 12pm, 12pm to 3pm, and 3pm to 6pm.  Timers need to be at the pool 30 minutes before their shift begins.

What does someone have to do to sign up as a volunteer timer? Visit the website at and follow the link under Upcoming Events. Forward this to link to anyone you think may be able to participate -- everyone matters! 
Written by Brian Kremers   
Sunday, 10 November 2013 12:46

Around 64 Grunions headed over to the Eagle's Nest Restaurant in Cypress last Saturday night for cocktails, dinner, good conversation, and a recap of the last 12 months, including awards, thanks to the board and coaches and some fun entertainment. 
Master of Ceremonies Steve Ingram got the banquet rolling with a few jokes to relax the room.  Up first was the presentation of Coaches Award, which went to everyone's favorite Packer Fan, Pat Powers, who really gave it her all in the pool all season.  Next up, the Most Improved Grunion Award was presented to Peter Abudayyeh, for really coming to the pool with a positive attitude and willingness to learn from the coaches on deck.  Then our current Coaching Staff was presented with the team's appreciation, which we all know really helped us achieve our personal goals. IGLA High Point Award was a tie this year, between our two female SUPERSTARS, each going 5 for 5 in golds, Heather Lambert & Lauren Goebel.  Bart then had a recap of IGLA, a presentation of our 1st place trophy in the medium team category, and a viewing of the Pink Flamingo.  Team Spirit Award, the one award the ENTIRE team votes on, went to Stan Smith for really showing what team spirit is all about!
The Eight Days Of Week Challenge was up next, with Stan Smith, Rachel Jiang and Kathy Wingert being the only three Grunions to swim all eight workouts within ONE week.  For the ninth year in a row, John JC Werner & Brian Kremers kept their streak alive for doing the UCOC since it's installation.  Other tough swimmers stepping up to do every single swim event offered, were
 Bart Parnes, Jax Cole, Mike Miranda, Heather Lambert, Anita Cole, Jeff Liu, Bill Sive, Stan Smith and Robyn Utu. Numerous team records were set over the past, and Stan Smith presented Heather Lambert, Jax Cole, Brian Kremers and himself with great looking trophies for having set 30, 40, 50 or over 60 records to coincide with their age groups.  Most Valuable Grunion Award, for his contribution in the water and out (probably this FABULOUS Grunion Report), went to Brian Kremers.  Up next, the Founder's Award, was awarded to Mike Baron, who with many personal roadblocks over this year, still brought to the pool a positive attitude that brushed off on all his teammates, and really showed what a Grunion is all about.  The Captain's Award, presented by the Captain to someone who has helped him over this past year, went to Erik Nielson.  The banquet finished with a thank you to the outgoing 2012-2013 Grunion Board, and an introduction to the 2013-2014 Board, which will be shared with you all next week.  And finally, Kenny Brisbin closed out the entertaining banquet with some fun awards that reminded the team, that although we may win medals and trophies, our main goal is to be one big family having fun! Thanks again to all that came!
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