Saturday, June 27th, New Canaan YMCA will be hosting a Master’s Swim Clinic with guest coach, Dr. Sam Freas. Dr. Sam Freas has coached all levels of swimming including masters and Olympic. He focuses on strokes, starts, turns, finishes and dryland. The clinic will be held from 8:30 to 11:30 and is specifically for adults 18 years and older. Please see this NCY Masters Clinic for more information.
The Wilton Summer Sizzler is coming up on Sunday, June 28th. This is a great opportunity to swim Long Course Meters so if you hate flip turns- sign up soon. Following the meet is the CONN Master’s Annual Meeting. This meeting is for ALL Connecticut Masters, regardless of if you have a leadership position in the organization. The purpose of this meeting is for the board to be able to work with the members to set priorities, hear concerns, and work towards having a better organization. If you have any interest in having a leadership role or feel that you can contribute to CONN Masters, feel free to speak to Jeff Sargent at your earliest convenience. If you have any concerns or suggestions for the meeting and are unable to attend, please feel free to contact me and I will make sure it is on the meeting agenda.
The LMSC SCY records have been updated on the Records and Top Ten Lists page. Congrats to all the people who set records in the last year. Relay records are currently being updated and should be added soon.
For those looking for more pool competition opportunities, a chance to swim long course before Nationals, or just another excuse to get in the water, The 15th Annual Wilton Wahoo Summer Sizzler has been added to the line up. Please click here for registration.
Congratulations to all who participated in CT Master’s games. Many, many awards were given out and there were many close races to cheer for. Thanks to Galen Rinaldi for being the meet director. Also, thanks to the officials, timers, and all who helped put the meet together. Remember that meets are only possible with the large amount of people who commit before, during, and after the meet to work towards it’s success. I was pleased to hear many swimmers thanking people who were volunteering at the meet. Please see the results posted here.
Registration is still available online for the CT Master’s games through this Friday, May 8th. If you have not yet registered, please register here before this Friday. Remember to consider inviting a buddy, who might sign up at a discounted price.
Held at Wilton YMCA on 6/29/14.
Meeting called to order at about 1:00. Meeting was adjourned about 1:30.
No new nominations to the board. All members were reelected.
Treasurer’s report: Conn Masters ended last year with over 44,000.
Having officials for meets has been a challenge. Ideas introduced to encourage more officials at masters meets included using LMSC funds to offer stipends and reimbursing usms membership fees after officiating a set number of meets. Nothing has been agreed upon yet.
Conn Masters helped sanction the open water championships. Attendance was lower than hoped but it was agreed to help again next year. It was agreed that the race was important and more advertising efforts would made.
Jeff stressed his desire to have members participate in World Championships and Summer Nationals. Many at the meeting were planning to do one or the other.
It was again stated that Connecticut is looking for interested volunteers. Specifically, people to host meets, participate on the board, and get involved on a national level.
The registration deadline for CT Master’s is this FRIDAY, MAY 1ST. This year, CT Master’s is having a buddy registration process. If you have already registered, you may give your code to a friend who can enter the meet at a discounted price. If you haven’t registered, find a friend and register together. Please sign up as soon as possible so that everyone can come with a buddy. Also, Connecticut is an “Open State” meaning that not only can Connecticut residents participate, but out of state residents are welcome also. Please consider inviting friends from other states to make the competition more interesting. The registration link can be found here.
Connecticut open water swimming is growing in leaps and bounds. This year, the Dave Parcel’s Open Water Swim will only be sanctioned by USA Swimming. Adults are still welcome but only with a USA Swimming Memberships. Please see Connecticut Swimming’s Link for more information. Conn Masters will have plenty of oppurtonity for open water competition this summer with races at Lake Tarramuggus, Cummings Point, Compo Beach, Shady Beach, Lake Quassapaug, and two races in Greenwich. A USMS national championship will again be held at Lake George, NY and New Rochelle, NY will be having a new race. Please see the Registrations and Results page for more details. Check back often as new information comes in.
Open water swim races have already started to be posted and announced so start getting your reflective goggles and sunscreen ready. Lake Terramuggus is having an open water swim featuring 1/2 mile, 1 mile, 2 mile, and 3 mile races. Participants can sign up for one or more races. Greenwich will again be having their 1 and 2 mile races and The Quassapaug Sailing Center will again have their Open Water Swim Festival. A new race this year, The Inaugural New Rochelle Waterfront Open Water 2K in Memory of Dr. Art Figur, will be held on September 12, 2015 and will be followed by a Beach BBQ and Beverages. Please see Registrations and Results 2015 for more information. Also don’t forget the CT Master’s games have a registration deadline of May 1st, 2015, which I have heard they take very seriously.