>Heres how it works in Ohio: Each swimmer competes for his/her local
>club within the Ohio LMSC, but competes for the LMSC (Great Ohio Swim
>Team) outside of it. This is accomplished by registering every swimmer
>in the LMSC to a single team with USMS: GOST.
16/17 of this year I swam at the Ohio State Masters Championships at Miami
U. in Oxford. Reviewing the results I found that there were 23 teams
participating- at least one team was from Indiana and another team from
Michigan-- but most were from Ohio. The Greater Columbus Masters (GCMST)
placed first in team rankings followed by Cincinnati Marlin Masters (CMM),
O*H*I*O Masters (OHIO), Gamble Nippert Y (GNY), Southwest Ohio Masters
(SWOM), Michigan Masters (MICH), Buckeye Masters (BMSC), Greater Indiana
(GRIN), Hamilton West YMCA (HWY), Miami Valley AC (MAKO), Jordan Y (JY),
Ohio University Masters (OUM), Zura Aquatic (ZURA),-- and so on......
The Ohio Team which Ed refers to, "GOST", placed _18th_ in the Ohio State
Championships. Not the final standing you would expect if everyone in the
Ohio LMSC swam for that team.
Another point I would like to bring up about Masters Swimming in Ohio
is that it, in fact, is divided in two LMSCs-- (the Ohio LMSC and the
Great Lakes LMSC) I think that this alone defuncts Ed's statement:
"better that theres only one team from Ohio
than several smaller teams"