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

New workout group at Trinity in Hartford:

Starting November 1st, Trinity will have coached workouts on Monday and Wednesday mornings (facility opens at 5:45am) and baggy workouts during lunch time swim on Tuesday and Thursday.  Membership to Trinity College Sports Center is not required!  New members can register starting November 1, 2016.  Monthly membership are $60 for mornings and $50 for lunch.  Quarterly memberships are $165 for mornings and $135 for lunch.  Punch cards can also be purchased for $100 for 10 swims but expires after 3 mos and drop-in or try-outs are $10.  Payment method is cash or checks made out to Trinity College.
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 carlos.vega@trincoll.edu with any questions.

Registration and Results pages have been updated.

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.

Coaching Level 3 Certification Class

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

Frank Wuest

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”

CT Masters at NESCY Harvard Championships

A contingent from CONN Masters is up at Harvard this weekend representing Connecticut swimming.  In the first race of the day, Ally Sega and Robyn DeMarco had a photo finish in the 400 IM.  Robyn out touched Ally by 0.49 seconds.  If this is an indication of what is to come, it should be a great weekend!  Check out results at this link:

NESCY Results

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Swim caps for Connecticut Masters

A reminder that swim caps are available for all Connecticut LMSC members.  There was some confusion that they were only for members who had signed up for the Connecticut Masters Club.  This is untrue, ALL Connecticut LMSC members are invited to wear a Connecticut Masters cap.  If you have not received one yet and would like one, please contact Galen Rinaldi or Ally Sega.  We will have them available at Harvard for those who will be there.

Annual Meeting Minutes 2/7/16

Make up meeting for cancelled 6/28/15 meeting.

Meeting was called to order around 1:30 and was adjourned around 2:00.

The primary topic for discussion was the treasure’s report and subsequent budget.  Connecticut Masters is again generating more revenue than expenses.  It was noted that some board members have not submitted for 2015 expenses which explains part of the lack of expenses.  Said board members have said they will try to get there expenses in ASAP.  It was noted that last year, the board had agreed to run a survey for members to vote on a new logo and then create a cap for members as a free member benefit to all LMSC members.  The survey was successfully completed, caps were created and ordered (both latex and silicone) and have been handed out to any LMSC member at swim meets.  Almost half the of the latex caps have been distributed and all of the silicone caps have.  Due to the success, more caps will be ordered at a later point in time.  The board will also look into creating team t-shirts which will also be free to all LMSC members.

Jeff Sargent suggested to again have the LMSC pay all sanctioning fees for pool meets and would like to fund 2 sanctioned open water swim events.  He suggested we try to fund one in Fairfield/Litchfield counties and another in the central/eastern part of the state.  The board agreed with this decision.  Jeff will work with events in the Fairfield/Litchfield area to pick an event.  Galen Rinaldi will do the same in the rest of the state.

Jeff has been researching other ways services to offer members as a benefit.  He had suggested having learn to swim clinics with Pam Moss and Ally Sega as instructors.  He again suggested having one in the Fairfield/Litchfield counties and another in the central/eastern part of the state with the LMSC picking up costs to run these programs.  Again the board agreed.  It was also mentioned to have a competitive swim clinic somewhere in the state.  Ally was willing to be the coach for a clinic if a place could be found to have one.

Lastly, regarding the budget, Jeff suggested that the members would benefit if the LMSC bought a laptop and a license Meet Manager.  He believes that more places/groups would be willing to run meets if they had access to Meet Manager and that it might be easier for some already existing meets to have access to the LMSC’s license.   His research shows that Meet Manager can be owned by a club or an association, so the LMSC would qualify as an association.  It was noted that having an LMSC license to Meet Manager would be a great way to quickly update and store LMSC records.  It was suggested that the LMSC also buy a portable printer so that all meet hosts would be able to quickly set up and run meets.  The board unanimously agreed to purchase all three items.  Well many qualified members in the IT field were mentioned, it was agreed that Pam would research a good laptop and printer to purchase.  It was believed that her advantage was in hearing the discussion for what equipment would be most useful.

Lastly, Jeff brought up elections, which will be held at the next meeting.  He said he will not be willing to serve after this term as chair but would like to remain involved in recruiting groups to host masters events.  He also clarified that the only elected positions on the board are Chair, Secretary, Treasurer, and Registrar.  All other board positions are appointed positions and do not need elections.  (This is written into the CTLMSC bylaws.)

The floor was then open to at large questions.  The first question was the delay in meets being announced.  It was clarified that this was not a usms or ctlmsc website issue but an issue that the meets themselves are not finalized and announced until shortly before the event.  This was answered in that often the pools dates can not be confirmed until late.  Ally requested that all information for the website be sent to her as early as possible so it can be added to the website quickly.  All agreed to help in with this.  Peter Canning has also agreed to learn the website so that he can be a contributor.  This will hopefully also increase the amount and quickness of information being added to the site.

No other questions were asked and the meeting was adjourned.

Respectfully submitted,

Ally Sega, CTLMSC Secretary