FINA World Masters Championships-Results

FINA World Masters Championships was held in Budapest, Hungary this year from August 14-20th, and featured several CONN swimmers.

Full Results Here:

FINA Results

We hope to postsome pictures and individual CONN results later.

 

Nutmeg State Games Masters Meet (Results)

The Nutmeg State Games Masters Meet was held on Saturday, August 5.  Great job by Race coordinator Ally Sega.

Click here for full results:

Nutmeg Games 2017 Swimming Results

 

ALTS Instructor Class to be offered in Maine

USMS and New England Masters will be holding an Adult Learn to Swim (ALTS) Instructor Certification Class on Saturday, September 30.  The classroom instruction will be in Portland, Maine while the in the water portion will be in Westbrook, Maine.  Bill Meier, head coach of the Simon’s Rock Pace Makers, will be teaching the course.  USMS membership and ability to perform The American Red Cross’ Five Skills of Water Competency are required.  For more information, see the registration site or email holly.neumann@usms.org.

A Note from CONN Masters

We would like to call to attention that some information presented in this website is for informational purposes only.  USMS and CONN Masters only endorse pool meets, open water swims, and practices that are USMS sanctioned and are following all USMS rules and regulations.  This website historically advertises and keeps information for events that are not USMS sanctioned.  The hope is that this information is a benefit to the members and will help grow Master’s swimming in our area.  USMS and CONN Masters, however, can not be responsible for the safety or quality of any unsanctioned events.  All USMS sanctioned meets and open water swims will have a sanction number which is often advertised in the meet information or can be found in the Calendar of Events section of USMS.org.  If you are still unsure, please feel free to contact a board member for clarifying information.  Currently, there are two Connecticut pool meets, The Nutmeg State Games and Connecticut LCM Championships that are sanctioned.  None of the open water swims are currently sanctioned.  Thank you from Conn Masters.

Bill Krumm, former Westport/ Weston Y Coach and CONN Master

It is with great sadness that CONN Masters announces the passing of Bill Krumm.  He will be remembered as a great coach, a great swimmer, and a leader in the world of swimming.  Please see this article from USA Swimming World:

USA Swimming Western Zone Development Consultant Bill Krumm has died. He joined USA Swimming in 2007 after he spent 27 years as the head coach of the Westport Weston Family YMCA in Westport, Connecticut.

Below is the announcement put out by his former team, the Water Rats.

It is with great sadness that we announce that Bill Krumm, the former head coach of the Water Rats, has passed away.

Bill was the Sports Development Consultant for the Western Zone of USA Swimming, which he joined in 2007 after 27 years as Head Coach of the Westport Weston Family YMCA Water Rats. While he was our Head Coach, Bill was the anchor of our program, coaching many of our swimmers at the Age Group level with quite a few obtaining Team, State, and Zone records.

Bill was an exacting coach with a stern façade, who got the best out of his swimmers.  Underneath that curmudgeon-like exterior, however, was a kind and gentle soul who had a great sense of humor and devoted his life to our team when he was its coach.

Swimming was always part of Bill, who was a native of Connecticut. He graduated in 1977 from Southern Connecticut State University, where he was a nationally ranked swimmer and water polo player. When he was a senior, Bill won the Robert B. Muir Award as New England’s top senior swimmer. His team SCSU inducted Bill into its Sport Hall of Fame in 1995.

Bill also held many leadership positions as a volunteer in the swimming community.  He was YMCA League President, member of the USA Swimming Safety Education Committee, and was General Chairman of Connecticut Swimming.

USMS Levels 1 and 2 Coach Certification Course

USMS will have a Level 1 and 2 Coach Certification Course in Bridgewater, NJ  on Saturday, March 26, 2017 from 8:30-4:30.  This course is intended for any USMS member who currently coaches or runs a masters program or is interested in starting.  This course is also excellent for members who are not currently part of a program and would like more knowledge in how to coach for themselves.  The program does require USMS membership and includes course materials and lunch.  The instructors for this course are Dominic Latella, Owner and Head instructor of Swim Box and Bill Brenner, USMS Education Director.

Annual Meeting Minutes 11/13/16

Meeting was called to order with 5 people in attendance:  Jeff Sargent- chair, Ally Sega- secretary, Pam Moss, Ben Wyckoff, and Rob Duguay

National office received a complaint that the LMSC didn’t recognize a new member had joined.  Pam suggested that a welcome letter be sent to new members.  

There is still too much money in the LMSC account.  It has been suggested to run ALTS programs, coaching clinics, and reimburse officials who work master’s meets.  

This year, CONN Masters LMSC paid for one open water swim.  Jeff suggested that next year’s goal be to pay for 3 swims.  Ally suggested that the goal be 4, 2 in the southwestern part of the state and 2 in the central part of the state.  

Jeff suggested that a list of approved officials be added to the website.  Officials can be certified by USA, high school, NCAA, or YMCA, or USMS.  For the times to count towards USA Swimming, the referee must be USA certified.  

The topic of an LMSC laptop and meet manager/team manager program came up.  It had been decided that the original reason for needing these had passed.  It was discussed that they would still be valuable tools in coordinating swimmer times from across the LMSC.  

Jeff suggested that towels be bought for members who achieve All American status.  Ally also suggested that the LMSC pay for top ten patches, maybe for first time recipients.  

40% of Conn Masters compete.  Can outreach be done to improve this number?  Ally to look into organizing coaches from all areas of the LMSC as a way of providing more information from the LMSC to coaches who can in turn provide that information to swimmers.  In areas that are uncoached, a swimmer representative could be used.  

Ben had some ideas for creating smart phone apps.  The idea would be to make times and time conversions more accessible.  There are challenges working with USMS’s database.  

It was suggested that USMS have a social event.  This social might occur after a swim meet, like the former post Summer Sizzler picnic.  The Groundhog meet would not be a good time as it is usually on Superbowl Sunday.  It could also involve a board meeting, dinner and then a social.  

Ally suggested getting a co-branded USMS/CONN Master’s banner.  

Per Bill Geoghegan, the number of sanctioned events were up this year.  There were 14 in 2014, 11 in 2015, and 16 in 2016.  

 

ALTS Class being offered in New Haven

USMS is offering an Adult Learn to Swim (ALTS) Instructor Certification Program in New Haven on Saturday, March 11, 2017.  This program is great for anyone in interested in teaching adults how to swim, especially aquatics coordinators, instructors and staff that offer or would like to offer adult learn to swim programs.  USMS membership is required along with the ability to perform American Red Cross’ Five Skills of Water Competency: step/jump into water over your head, return to the surface and float or tread water for one minute, turn in a full circle (to find an exit), swim 25 yards, and exit the pool.  The program costs $300 and includes 5 hours of classroom instruction, materials, lunch, and 2 hours of in pool instruction.

The class is being taught by Bill Meier, a long time USMS swimmer and coach, who helped create the ALTS Instructor Program.  Bill is as enthusiastic in his teaching (he may break out into song and dance) as he is knowledgeable.

For more details and to register:  ALTS clinics.

Trinity College Masters Meet-Nov 13-Results

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Another great meet was held at Trinity College on November 13, sponsored by Hartford Masters.

6 teams represented.
29 swimmers entered.
80 individual event splashes, 2 DQs.
4 relay event splashes.

Results for all CONN Swimmers

What Club should I sign up for and Other Questions?

With meet season coming and registration around the corner, it’s time to review the rules for which club to sign up for.  USMS does not place many rules on what club to sign up for, even allowing people to sign up for clubs in states that are different from their address.  One story that always makes my heart melt is the man from Detroit that belongs to his father’s team in Massachusetts as a memorial.  This is all acceptable within the rules of USMS.

This year I would like to clarify that if you sign up for Club CONN, you are not required to belong to a workout group.  If you do not belong to any of the workout groups listed under Club CONN, you may still belong to Club CONN, instead of UC05.  There are several groups in Connecticut, for example Waterbury YMCA, that do not have a workout group and those members are welcome to belong to Club CONN so that they may do relays with other members of Club CONN.  Remember that if you belong to UC05, you may not do relays, even with other UC05 members.

If you do see your group listed as a club, you are welcome to join that club or CONN according to USMS rules.  Please check with your group to determine their policy.  You may not belong to both at the same time.

There is no difference between a club and a workout group for the purposes of USMS as far as price, requirements, or advantages.  The exception is that workout group members benefit from being able to do relays with members in the larger club, and not just members of their own group, so I would encourage group leaders to consider that when deciding to register a club or a workout group.

Questions welcome at Ally Sega at CTWebmaster@usms.org