3 Workouts & Lake Pic

Water at Biltmore Lake was 65F last Saturday, perfect with wetsuits! Come on out this week to give yours a try!


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A Few Things…

First, some sad news…read today and confirmed reason with long time local coaching friend that Sam Hartshorn, 28, passed away last Friday at home due to a prescription pain medication overdose.

Sam occasionally swam with us and was always a studly and graceful swimmer and a very sweet young man. If my memory serves correctly he was runner-up in the 100 yard Backstroke at D-II NCAA’s with an :48 sec effort. He swam at Mars Hill. His obit is in today’s Asheville-Citizen Times, and is copied here:FullSizeRender (6)Memorial services on September 16th at 2pm at Jubilee Community Church downtown Asheville.


Last Saturday while we hosted our swim meet in Asheville, one of our newest residents, Marty Moran (below, on right), was swimming in Chicago at the annual Big Shoulders Open Water 5K in Lake Michigan.

Water temp was reportedly 64F and Marty swam very well placing 5th in the wetsuit division coming in at 1:07:30. See website and full results here. Well done, Marty!IMG-8792.JPG

Here are the last three coached workouts, including the final session from Alexandra before she departs for travels and grad school. Thank you, Alexandra!



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Results and Pictures from 12th Annual Steve Barden Memorial Swimming Meet!

Thank you all for coming to the 12th Annual Steve Barden Memorial Swimming Meet this past weekend in Asheville!  We always seem to have a great time seeing everyone!

We’re so grateful to Lisa S. who gathered info and kept folks updated with emails and coordination of officials. Grateful to Colleen G., John G., Laura L. and Matt B. for making the meet official and handling the results, entries and timing system. Thanks to Frank K. and Lecky H. for getting all the equipment out and ready, and of course, the board for getting their punch list items taken care of and the meet together.

Many good swims were had, too, with meet records broken and a USMS National Record set, too, so a BIG CONGRATULATIONS to Clarke (Mitch) Mitchell, 85 years young, who demolished the 85-89 yr old age group record for the 50-yard Backstroke with his astounding 38.24 effort !! He shaved 4 seconds off the record! Way to go, Mitch!


Click here for 12th annual Steve Barden meet results

Click HERE for many pictures from our meet, thanks to Nancy Casey for the fine captures of your soul and Renee McNerheny for the quick videos at the end !!

We’d love to have your feedback about the meet as we contemplate whether to continue this annual tradition. Please drop me a note at lifeswim@gmail.com and I’ll pass them along to the board. Thanks!

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45 Entered for the The 12th Annual Steve Barden Memorial Swimming Meet is THIS Saturday, September 9th, 2017

HEAT SHEET.12th Annual Steve Barden Memorial Swim Meet.2017


The 12th annual Steve Barden Memorial Swimming Meet will be held Saturday, September 9th, 2017 at the Asheville School Pool, a 25-yard course, warm ups at 8a and meet starts at 9am.

We’ll follow the meet with a social event on Saturday afternoon at The WEDGE at WEDGE STUDIOS located at 37 Paynes Way, Suite 001, in Asheville. 828.505.2792. This is the original location, with the El Kimchi food truck onsite at noon.

On Sunday morning, we’ll have a fun lake swim where you are encouraged to bring your equipment, SUPs and coffee! It’ll likely be a bit chillier in the water this weekend, so, bring a fleece to wear when you’re done swimming. After, we’ll head to West End Bakery in West Asheville.

Please consider taking part, in some form or fashion, and helping to make it a wonderful weekend of pool racing, socializing, lake swimming, eating and fun!

Come on out, it’ll be fun and not at all serious…unless a dude name Chris shows up, he’s usually really serious:)  BUT, the rest of us are not. So, come play in our town and meet some fun folks!

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6-8a Monday, indoors all week, deadline for swim meet, yadayada

Labor Day Monday will be 6-8am. Coaching until 7:15am, then coach swims🐬👍🏽.

We are indoors at Asheville School all week, with our 12th annual Steve Barden Memorial Swim Meet at 9 AM Saturday the 9th.   Deadline to enter is Wednesday! Lunch and social to follow the meet on Saturday afternoon.

Lake swim Sunday at 7:30 AM with Breakfast to follow at West End Bakery.

As our only fundraiser of the year, please consider entering even if you’ll just be volunteering to help out timing wise Saturday.

Here are Friday and Sunday’s workouts:IMG_5585IMG_5593

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CHANGE ! Friday at Asheville School !

Venue change:

Friday at Asheville School with coach Alexandra

Saturday at Biltmore Lake 7-9am

Sunday at JCC 7-9am

Here is Daniel’s Wednesday Toughy:



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T-minus 12 days…

Less  then two weeks remain before our 12th annual Steve Barden Memorial Swim Meet! Please enter today by clicking HERE!

A written record of the past four coached workouts is below, beautiful weekend at the lake recently, we hope you all can get out to the Biltmore Lake before we come inside for the fall season!!




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