Post Groundhog Meet Message from the Chair

Great turnout at the annual Groundhog Meet last Sunday.  Thanks go out to Mike Laux and the rest of the Westport Masters for putting on a very good meet.  Following on the heels of the Wilton short course meters meet in January, we’ve had 2 good opportunities to get up and race.  The New England LMSC SCY Championships are next on the calendar with distance events scheduled for March 15 and the rest of the meet the following weekend.  Ally Sega (ally98003@aol.com) will be coordinating relays for Conn Masters.  Please remember that USMS and FINA rules, relay members must all belong to the same club, but can be members of different workout groups.  Likewise, the rules state that unattached members may not compete on relays.  If you would like to change your club affiliation, please email our registrar Sian Nimkoff (connregistrar@usms.org).  If you haven’t renewed for 2014 yet, you can follow the attached link and renew here.

The YMCA National Swimming and Diving Advisory Committee will host the annual YMCA Masters National Championships April 10th through April 13th in Sarasota, Florida.  This meet is open only to YMCA members, but the rules state that swimmers must be a member of a YMCA the day entries are due (March 14, 2014) through the end date of the meet (April 13, 2014).  Some YMCAs offer short term memberships spanning the required time frame.  If you are not a YMCA member but would liek to swim at this meet, please contact your local YMCA and ask to speak with the Aquatics Director.  Wilton, Westport-Weston, and New Canaan YMCAs have sent teams in the past.  This year, Wilton and Westport are joining forces and it is hoped that as many as 30 swimmers will swim as one team and show the rest of the Masters teams that Connecticut has some swimming game!  Please feel free to email me at wahoomasters@att.net for additional information or you can go to the following website for all the meet information.

USMS and Nationwide Insurance are hosting short course nationals at the George Haines Swim Center in Santa Clara, California May 1-May 4.  Information for that meet can be found here: 2014 Nationwide USMS Spring National Championships.

Lastly, as we look ahead to Long Course, please keep in mind that FINA World Masters Championships will be in our proverbial “backyard” this year.  The swimming events will run from August 3-August 10 in Montreal, Canada.  Information can be found at 2014 FINA World Masters Championship.

Hope to see you on deck soon.

Jeff Sargent