Written by Brian Kremers   
Sunday, 05 October 2014 14:26

As you have read in previous reports, 16 Grunions made the trek to Cleveland to represent the Grunions for Gay Games 9. Enjoy a recap below on how each of your friends did.


Richard Ammon At 74 years young, he clobbered the field in the 50 fly, and won 2 golds and 1 silver individually, and one of each in the relays
Craig Coffin Our OC Distance Man did it again, winning 3 golds and 2 silvers individually and a relay gold.  One of those golds, everyone had the pleasure of seeing a full moon each time he did a flip turn.  Tie your suits people.  Tie. Your.  Suits.
Jax Cole Came for two days to win 4 golds and a bronze individually.  Then 2 more golds in the relay, one of which was the exciting come from behind gold for the women's 800 free relay.
James Coloma Our newest Grunion won a trifecta of medals, with a relay gold and silver to go with his 200 back bronze.  But he became the biggest winner of all, winning a drawing for all swimmers who didn't get their medals due to shortage.  James won TWO free first class tickets on United to anywhere in the US.  Go Grunions!
Drew Giacobe After racing in the triathlon, where he was the fastest out of the water and had a great bike split, Drew headed over to the pool to also win a trifecta of medals, including a bronze in the 200 back.
Sara Gilliland Our Grunion swimmer/diver had a great meet, not only winning 3 golds in diving, but taking 2 relays silvers to go with her other 4 individual silvers.  But her best was her come from behind gold medal winning 50 free.
Mark Holt The Flying Eagle came prepared for GG9. After narrowly missing a bronze in the 200 free, Mark swam his heart out to win two relay silvers and also take the bronze in the 1500 free.
Anne Jacobus One of only three Grunions to bring home 8 medals, Anne took home 2 golds and 3 silvers individually and 2 golds and 1 silver in they relay.  But since she's all about perfection, she traded one of her silvers for a bronze so she could have a complete set. She also says she's pretty.
Brian Kremers Just one year post spinal fusion and only a few months of training, Brian swam better than expected, taking 3 individual golds and 1 silver to go with two relay gold medals.
Heather Lambert One of only two to win all their events, she swept the butterfly and took home 5 individual golds and 2 relay golds and 1 silver. She's one tough grandma!
Ann Oakleaf The Leaf, while visiting family, took time away to hit the waters, taking 2 golds and 2 silvers individually to go with 2 golds and a silver in the relays.  
Barton Parnes Returning to the Gay Games after providing a standing ovation for his 2006 200 butterfly, Bart wins his first Gay Games medals, taking home 2 relay golds and 1 silver.  
Pat Powers The GreenBay Grunion was at it again, going 5 for 5 in her individual events to go with her 2 relay golds and 1 silver. It's hard to tell if she's more entertaining to watch in the pool or out!
Robyn Utu Narrowly missing the bronze in GOLF, Robyn came to the pool for vengeance, winning 3 individual golds, 1 silver and 1 bronze, and 1 relay gold and silver.
John Werner
Taking the bronze for the second year in a row in the 200 fly, JC decided one medal wasn't enough, so he added another bronze in the relay. But the most fun was his side by side 800 free race with his husband Mark, who swam stroke for stroke almost the entire race, barely out touching him by a half a second.  
Kathy Wingert In her first Gay Games, Kathy took home 3 individual golds and 2 silvers swimming all the grueling events (winning the 200 fly and 400 IM).  She also took home 1 gold and 1 bronze in the relays.

As you can see, The Grunions kicked butt in Cleveland.  Aside from swimming, the Grunions did a ton of sightseeing. They saw museums, The West Side Market, Progressive Field and The Rock & Roll Hall of Fame (see pic on left). Fine dining was done at Lolita's, and plenty of martinis were had at The Chocolate Bar.  They also watched other sports like diving, golf, figure skating and dance sport and hit some of the GG9 socials.  Go to our photo gallery to see more photos!

Way To Go Grunions on representing us with pride.  We are all so proud of you!!!
Ralphs will donate to the Grunions every time you shop there Print
Written by Ruthless Ruth Rawlings   
Sunday, 05 October 2014 14:19



Through their Community Contribution program, Ralphs donates a percentage of your purchases (excluding stuff like alcohol, tobacco, and gasoline) to the Grunions. Yep, they send us a check.  The more you spend, the higher the percentage they send us.


Note: If you have been in this program in the past, you do need to re-enroll by following the instructions below, as it has changed.


To make this happen, here's all you need to do: 


* If you have a Ralphs card, register it online at by clicking the "Register" button.


* If you don't have a Ralphs card, get one at your nearest Ralphs, then start shopping! Once you're registered, click the Community Tab / Community Rewards.  


At the bottom of the page you'll see an "Enroll Now" button. 

Follow the instructions, and enter "Long Beach Aquatics" as your organization. If you have questions about the program, there's a handy "questions" link. Bottom line -- it helps our bottom line. Sign up now, and encourage your friends and family to enroll, too. 

Written by Powerpunch Pat Powers   
Sunday, 05 October 2014 14:18


I am pleased to announce an addition to our coaching staff.  Mike Baron (sprinter extraordinaire) has agreed to become our permanent Tuesday evening coach.  Mike is a long time Grunion and understands all of our little "quirks" including the value of a well-coached workout.


Please join me in welcoming Coach Mike to the coaching staff and when you see him, thank him for the great workout you received and for his willingness to help the organization we all love.  Go get '"em Mike!!

Water Station Volunteers Needed Print
Written by Water Station Volunteers Needed   
Sunday, 05 October 2014 14:14


On October 12th, we are collaborating with the Shoreline Frontrunners to compete for a $1000 grand prize to share amongst our clubs for the best water station.  The theme is a birthday theme to celebrate the 30th Anniversary of the marathon.  Lots of birthday theme items and noise makers will be provided to support the runners but feel free to bring your own if you prefer.  Stations are judged on Theme, Efficiency, and Energy!

They need general volunteers as well as volunteers to run a spray station for the runners (swim wear preferred).

Volunteers are needed from 5:00AM until 11:00AM. (Light breakfast items provided and fun Diva music!)

Please sign up at the link below for more details and mention if you are willing to be a spray station attendant.

The Shoreline Frontrunners have offered to help us with our December meet - so lets show them how a Grunion stays cool and wet on Marathon day!
Written by Stan The Man Smith   
Sunday, 05 October 2014 14:13



Lacking that motivation to come swim?  Have goals you want to achieve in the water and out?  Looking for inspiration?  Well last Saturday I got all of that!  Five of your fellow Grunions were on deck ready to swim, all of which have completed at least one Ironman Triathlon. That's 140.6 miles of swimming, cycling and running! Between JC Werner, Drew Giacobe, Brian Kremers, Mark Holt and Jeff Liu, they have completed 14, yes I said FOURTEEN Ironman races between them. Talk about inspiration!  I gotta tell you you guys that it rubbed off on me during Lauren's workout and I kicked butt as well!

This is just a reminder, any goal can be achieved!! GO GRUNIONS!  

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