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.
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.
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.
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.
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
Ferris Sports Center is located off of Broad Street near the intersection of Crescent St and Broad St. Ferris will be your first building on your right. Parking and entrance to pool is available behind the building, immediately to your right when turning into campus. Contact Carlos at firstname.lastname@example.org with any questions.
We are using a new format for the tables in the Registration and Results pages. This new format allows you to search for meets by entering information in the search field. So if you know where a meet is located but can’t remember the name of it, for example you know it is in Westport but can’t remember that it’s the Compo Beach Point to Point, you can search Westport and it will list all the meets that have Westport either in the name or description. We hope you enjoy this new format and find it more user friendly. Please be patient as we continue to update our website.
USMS will be having a Coaching Level 3 Certification Class on Sat., Oct. 29, 2016 in East Elmhurst, NY. In order to take the Level 3 class, you must be a current USMS member and have passed Levels 1 and 2. The class is going to be taught by Mel Goldstein and Bill Brenner, both of whom are knowledgeable and enthusiastic teachers. The class runs from 9 am to 3 pm and costs $225. Registration
It is with sadness that I share the news of Frank Wuest’s passing. He was a longtime member of New England Master’s. Some may know him through his participation and organizing in open water swimming, especially in the Rhode Island area. He was also signed up to swim in the CT LCM Championships coming up in a few weeks. Please read this message from Doug Sayles, NEM Chair.
“We are deeply saddened to share that long-time Cambridge Masters and New England Masters swimmer Frank Wuest passed away unexpectedly on Saturday, August 13, 2016, while participating in an open water race in Rhode Island. He was 56.
Frank has served on the board of New England Masters Swim Club and the New England Local Masters Swimming Committee, the regional arm of USMS, since 2011. For many years, he coordinated and promoted NEM’s participation in the One Hour Postal Swim and led NEM to be National Champions in 2012, 2013, and 2014. In 2013, the club had 625 swimmers participate, the greatest number of participants ever by one team.
In the water, Frank was a committed long-distance swimmer. He was a USMS Long Distance All Star in 2009 for accumulating the greatest number of points across a series of USMS open water and postal swims during the year, was twice a USMS Individual All-American (winning the 1-mile National Championship in 2008 and the 5K Pool Championship in 2010), and had 21 individual and 49 relay USMS Top-10 swims. Earlier this summer, Frank completed a 10,000M swim for time and was the top male finisher in the annual Charles River Swim.
Frank was the top fundraiser for the Swim Across America 2014 Boston Harbor Relay. He “made waves to fight cancer” by raising funds to honor his stepson, Elias, who had been diagnosed with and successfully treated for melanoma skin cancer.
Frank, President of Marcus Partners, a leading real estate investment and development firm in New England, pursued everything in life that was important to him – family, friends, work, volunteer work, travel, food, and swimming – with passion and focus. Many of you will remember his intensity when racing and when cheering for friends during their swims. Just this past March, he broke a finger during a strong finish in the 400 free relay at the Harvard meet. Frank always had inspirational words for Cambridge Masters teammates as they prepared for races, and provided thoughtful and encouraging feedback after each race. He made everyone feel special.
Frank is survived by his wife, Lyn Duncan (a fellow NEM and Cambridge Masters swimmer), his children, Sam and Allie, and his step-children, Micki and Elias. Funeral arrangements are pending.
With deepest sympathy,
The New England LMSC Board of Directors and Cambridge Masters”