A letter from Jeff Sargent

With the close of short course season upon us, the Connecticut Masters completed one of the teams more successful seasons in recent history. In addition to increased participation at both in state and out of state meets, Conn Masters put in a very strong showing at the New England Masters short course championships in March. Conn Masters followed that up with a very strong meet at the YMCA Masters Short Course Championships held April 10 – April 13. Swimming in Sarasota and under the Wilton Wahoo Masters banner, Conn Masters swimmers swam away with a 3rd place overall, with the women placing 3rd and the men placing 4th. Two additional Conn Masters swimmers representing the Soundview YMCA also swam well.

Short course season saw 29 new Connecticut state individual records and 13 new state relay records. Amelia Fox and Andy Reul led the charge with 5 new individual marks a piece, while Myles Lynch, Denise Callahan, Sian Nimkoff, Pam Wilson and Mike Laux each set 2 new standards. Greg and Jeff Sargent each swam on 4 record setting relays, while Pete Holmquist, Tait Michael, Sheila Stolarski, Pam Henry Moss, Steve Akers, Myles Lynch and Andy Reul were members on 3 relays each. The relay records are still a work in progress and should be on the website shortly. Likewise, the updated individual records will be up soon.

As of May 23, Connecticut Masters membership stood at 414 members, up slightly from last year (405).  I am gratified by the increased membership and very pleased with the number of swimmers coming out for meets. I do want to give a hat tip to both Ally Sega and Galen Rinaldi. Ally is running a growing and very enthusiastic masters group up in Meriden and Galen has a similar vibe going up at Cornerstone Masters. Please let me know about your masters group as well. I’d love to hear what you all have going on.

As we shift our focus to long course season and open water season, please continue to check the website for new meets and updates. http://www.ctlmsc.org/ The Wilton Summer Sizzler is scheduled for June 29 and there are several open water swims up on the calendar. The Conn Masters annual meeting will be held directly after the Wilton meet. We will hold officer’s elections and all are encouraged to get involved.

Lastly, registration for Masters World Championships closes June 1 and USMS Long Course championship entries close July 9th.  Both meets are “local” to Connecticut and I would like to see Conn Masters with some nice entries at both.

If you have any suggestions or comments please contact me directly at wahoomasters@att.net.

Looking forward to seeing you all at the pool.

Jeff Sargent

 

 

Spring Meet Results

Results for the Greenwich Mile 2014, WAM Invitational, and Short Course Nationals have been added.  Please check out Meet Results for more information.  CONN Master’s has had many great swims.  If you believe you may have a new CONN Master’s Record, please email Jeff Sargent at Jeff Sargent.

FINA World Master’s Championships

Registration has been posted.  Please see Meet Results.  Please note that there are qualifying times to enter the meet.  Please check qualifying times here.  Along with the pool events, there will also be a 3K open water swim.  The time standard for the 3K is 90 minutes or 30 minutes per kilometer.  While the event is listed as July 27- August 10, the pool events are being held between August 3 and 9, while the open water swim is the 10th.  The registration deadline is June 1, 2014 so please check it out now.

CT Open Water Championships Announced

CT Open Water Championships will once again be held at Lake Quassapaug in Middlebury, CT.  The event will be on Saturday, June 28th and is in honor of Dave Parcels.  This event is a great opportunity for Master’s swimmers to support a USA Swimming event and show younger swimmers that swimming is a great sport for all ages.  The event referee is Mike Huffman, who does an excellent job running swim meets and open waters races, paying particular attention to fairness and safety.  Last years race was exciting and this years race should be just as good.  Please click 2014_Open Water_Meet_Announcement for more information.

Congrats to Dana Brinker, 11th worst seeder at NEM Champs and other notables

Dana Brinker from CONN Masters made the worst seeders (3 or more events) list for NEM Champs.  She came in 11th place, being off 23.5 seconds per hundred in her 3 races, or 18.6% error.  In some cases, being off your seed times can be a bad thing.  In Dana’s case, however, being off is a great thing as her times were all improvements over what she predicted she would be able to swim.  Great job beating your expectations.  One Connecticut swimmer made the best seeders (for 3 or more events) list also.  Carolyn Daniels was 33 on the best seeders list.  Denise Callahan matched her 50 back seed time exactly.  Honorable mentions for best seeded swims went to Lorren Elkins- 50 back, Melissa Stango- 200 breast, Galen Rinaldi- 200 free, and Pam Henry Moss- 100 IM.

NEM Championships- Team Spirit

Thank you to everyone who participated.  Connecticut Masters was able to enter 10 relays through out the weekend- a record by far.  While the swimming was great, the camaraderie was even better.  I would especially like to thank Galen Rinaldi, Rob Duguay, Peter Berghaus,  and Stephen Johnson (who swam for Mansfield but cheered for CONN).  While ALL the CONN Masters were noted to have superior teammanship and spirit, these swimmers went above and beyond to make others feel good about the weekend.  “Galen was talking to me and I really felt like I could do it afterwards.”  “I did well because Rob helped me with my turns before my race.”  “I have to cheer for Peter because he always cheers for me and it really helps.” “Stephen counted for 5 swimmers in the women’s 500 free just to be nice to people.”  These were just some of the compliments heard.  I would also like to thank Carolyn Daniels and Robyn DeMarco who booked hotel rooms and dinner reservations for the Meriden Workout Group.

Upcoming USMS Coaching Certification Classes

For anyone interested in coaching Master’s Swimming, these classes are invaluable.  The knowledge gathered from both the instructors and the other participants is worth years of trial and error.  Not only are current theories of technique discussed, but so are business management, the uniqueness of the master’s swimmer, and the legal/insurance specifics of USMS.  Levels 1 and 2, can and should be taken together as a day long process.  Level 3 cannot be taken until Level’s 1 and 2 are passed and cannot be taken in the same weekend.  There will be two opportunities to take the courses in the northeast.  Boston, Levels 1 and 2 will be held on Saturday, May 17th and Boston, Level 3 will be held on Sunday, May 18th.  New York, Levels 1 and 2 will be held on Saturday, September 27th and New York, Level 3 will be held on Sunday, September 28th.  Please click the above links for more information.  A complete list off classes can be found at Class Schedule.

Registration is Ready

Online registration and paper entry forms are available both for New England Championships and Spring Nationals.  The links can be found at Meet Results.

Upcoming Meet information from Ally

I am already being contacted regarding doing relays at Harvard at ally98003@aol.com.  It looks like we might be able to get at least 3 relays in the same event at least once this year (our past record was 2 relays).  Keep contacting me with your name, age, gender, the days and times you are planning to be at Harvard and the strokes/distances you feel comfortable or uncomfortable swimming.  The more information I have ahead of time, the more accurate our relays can be.  

I have heard some newer swimmers say that they don’t think they are ready for a big meet like Harvard yet.  While there are a lot of fast swimmers at Harvard, they are not necessarily any faster than our fast swimmers- there are just more of them.  There are also a lot more average speed swimmers and there are more newer and slower swimmers.  I have met swimmers at past Harvard meets for whom it is their first swim meet ever.  Despite the large number of swimmers, the meet is run well.  It is efficient but organized and not rushed.  People are friendly and helpful- just like the meets we have hosted in Connecticut.  I believe that any swimmer of any ability or experience can have an enjoyable experience in Harvard.

I have already heard from some people interested in going to Spring Nationals in Santa Clara, California.  I would like to also put relays together for that meet.  If you are planning on going, please email me at ally98003@aol.com.

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