Fall Meets Results Are In.

Simmons College hosted another well run meet.  Highlight of the meet for many was watching Laura Denison, para athlete from New England, swim her first 200 IM in a meter pool in just over 5 minutes.  Click here for more results: October Swim Fest 2015_Results.  Connecticut was also represented at Hawktoberfest at Roger Williams College by Ursula Nickerson, who had some great times.

Lastly, thanks to all who participated in Trinity College’s first, hopefully annual meet fall meet.  There were many familiar faces and lots of new faces too, from all over Connecticut.  It has been reported that there were at least 5 new swimmers to USMS.  Congratulations to all who competed for the first time, and to those who competed for the first time as an adult.  The officiating was excellent and the meet was well run.  Thanks to Carlos Vega for putting it all together.


It’s that time of year again: Registration

Please go to the Registration Page to register for USMS or to renew your membership.  If you were registered in 2015, your registration is good until 12/31/15 and you may compete in meets for the rest of the year with the your 2015 membership.  However, if you are new to masters, you may register now for the 2016 season and that membership will begin as soon as it is process (almost immediately if done through the website, longer if sent in by mail).  Most years there is confusion as to what areas to sign up for.  First pick your LMSC.  CONN is the LMSC for this area.  Then pick your club.  There are multiple clubs to pick from in Connecticut, including Club CONN (different from the LMSC CONN), and you also have the choice not to pick any club.  If you do not choose a club, you will be added to “Club” UC05.  This club is for technical purposes only and will not allow you to participate in any relays, so it is encouraged that you pick a club.  Under Club CONN, there are workout groups and you may choose a workout group, especially if you practice with one of the many area teams but you are not required too.  As always, our registrar is great about fixing mistakes in the registration process.  She is, however, a volunteer, so please try to be as accurate and thoughtful as possible when registering so as to help her out as much as possible.

Fall Schedule is Being Added to the Registrations and Results Page

The summer swim season might be winding down but Fall is picking up.  Simmons College will again host their mini meet, Saturday, October 17th, up in Boston and Roger Williams will host theirs on Sunday, October 25th.  These are great for those looking for a little adventure or to check out some of the NEM SCM Championships competition.  Hartford Masters will host their first Winter Classic on Sunday, November 8th for those who would like to stay closer to home.  Check out this form for registration:  Hartford Masters Winter Classic 2015.

For those who are thinking, I didn’t get to do anything really crazy this summer, here is your opportunity.  Lewes, Deleware will be having an Escape from Lewes Open waters swims.  There are two distances, a 1 mile and a 5k (approximately 3.1 miles) that will be taking place this Sunday, September 27th.  There is still time to register at Escape from Lewes.

New England Masters has announced that they will be moving their NEM SCM Championships from the beautiful Boston University facility to an equally beautiful Worcester Polytechnic Institute.  The advantage for us in Connecticut is that it is closer for most people and the traffic and parking are usually more reasonable.  The meet is scheduled for the weekend of December 11-13.  More details on this meet will follow.

More info on Val: Such an Interesting Person

Vladimir I. Ouchakof, of West Hartford, died peacefully at home on Sunday, August 23, 2015. Born in Berlin, Germany in 1923, son of Ivan and Eudoxie Ouchakof. Vladimir was married to Josephine (Machuca) for 57 years, who died in 2006. Vladimir spent his youth in France attending both French and Russian language schools. During WWII he was a member of the French Resistance. After the War, Vladimir emigrated to Puerto Rico where he met and married Josephine. They moved to the Bronx, Westchester County and Connecticut where they raised their children. He is survived by his children Oleg Ouchakof and his wife Michelle, Marie Ringquist and her husband David and Boris Ouchakof and his wife Marcia, grandchildren Michael Ouchakof (Cara Lacey), Kara Virello (Andrew), the Reverend Katya Ouchakof (Mike Krajewski), Mary Kok (Sam), Peter Ouchakof, Michael Dartt, Avery Ringquist, Lia Ringquist and great grandchildren Lorenzo Virello and Joseph Kok. He is also survived by his sister, Anna Schilling, of West Hartford. He was an industrial designer for Combustion Engineering for thirty five years. Vladimir’s passion in later life was competitive swimming, which he took up at the age of 50. He competed on the local, national and international levels, winning numerous gold medals in American National Championships as well as Senior World Championships. He competed as recently as three months ago and attended a family reunion in Texas in June. Friends and family may call at the Sheehan Hilborn Breen Funeral Home, New Britain Ave., West Hartford on Friday, August 28, 2015, from 4 pm to 7 pm. Friends are invited to a memorial service at the funeral home at 10 am on Saturday, August 29th, followed by burial at Fairview Cemetery in West Hartford. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in Vladimir’s name to the Bridge Center, 1022 Farmington Avenue, West Hartford 06107. On-line condolences please visit: www.SheehanHilbornBreen.com

Published in The Hartford Courant from Aug. 26 to Aug. 27, 2015

Connecticut loses a Legend

Vladimir “Val” Ouchakof passed away last Sunday, August 23, 2015.  Calling hours will be Friday, August 28, 2015 from 4:00 pm to 7:00 pm.  A memorial service will begin at 10:00 am on Saturday, August 29, 2015.  Both will be held at Sheehan – Holborn – Breen Funeral  Home located at 1084 New Britain Avenue in West Hartford, CT.

Deadline for Nutmeg Games is Updated.

The deadline for the Master’s Nutmeg Meet will be Monday, July 27th.  Please register before that date to be included in the meet.  There will be tshirts, medals for top 3 places in each age group, and other prizes.

CONN Master’s Makes the NY Times

While NY Times CONN Masters Article primary speaks to Masters Swimming in Fairfield County (as that is the area the NY newspaper is closest too), it is a great article for promoting all Masters Swimming.  If you have any news regarding adult swimming in Connecticut or any CONN Masters swimmers, please pass them on so that we can continue to show the diversity of all our members and events.

Swim Across the Sound Fundraising

There are many CONN Masters participating and fundraising for the Swim Across the Sound coming up on July 25, 2015.  In an attempt to be impartial, please go to Meet the swimmers page on the St. Vincent’s website to see the names of people registered.  You will find CONN Masters listed under solo, two person relays, and team relays.  I encourage all to consider donating to any of the people swimming. The proceeds from this swim help fund the St. Vincent’s Medical Center Foundation which will be used to provide cancer education, screening, and prevention programs to uninsured and underinsured people.

Colonies Zone and National Championships for LCM

Registration for these two championship meets have been added to the Registrations and Results 2015 page.  If you are planning or interested in going to Nationals in August please contact Rob Duguay at bobbydoogs@gmail.com.  He would like to organize transportation, rooming, and relays with anyone who might be going.  Please note that the registration deadline for Nationals is July 6th which is a month before the meet itself.


A letter from the Chair, Jeff Sargent

“I apologize for the lateness of the Q1 update for Conn Masters. Later than usual championships and other work kept me tied up until just recently. The Masters short course season officially ended May 31 and, once again, Conn Masters had a banner year, including a “best ever” 5th place overall finish at the New England Masters short course championships in March. Conn Masters women grabbed 4th place and Conn Masters Men placed 6th. At the meet, swimming in the Men’s 25+ 800 free relay, the foursome of Steve Akers, Art Gunzl, Rob Duguay and Alexie Bachuretz combined to set a new Masters state record, covering the distance on 8:22.17. Nice work guys. IN late April, 5 Conn Masters headed down to San Antonio and raced at USMS Spring Nationals. Jen Brooks Crozier, Ashley Beeman, Ben Wyckoff, Howard Alkoff and Val Ouchakof all swam very well with Jen winning both the 100 IM and the 100 fly while Ashley Beeman took the title in the 1000 free and Val won the 200 IM. Congratulations to all who competed. Conn Masters followed that up with a very strong meet at the YMCA Masters Short Course Championships held May 7 – May 10. Swimming in Sarasota and under the Wilton Wahoo Masters banner, 36 swimmers joined to, once again, come away with a 3rd place overall, behind a very strong (and very large – 156 swimmers) Sarasota Sharks Masters and an equally strong (but not quite as large – 50 swimmers) YMCA of the Chesapeake team. The women took 3rdand the men placed 6th. One additional Conn Masters swimmers representing the Soundview YMCA also swam well. This meet will return to Sarasota next year, April 14th – 17th and I would encourage all to consider this meet. It is a lot of fun!

After the beat down Conn Masters put on the record books last year, I expected to see a drop off in new standards set. I was mistaken. 29 new Connecticut State individual short course records were set this year with Tait Michael out in front with 6 new records and Andy Reul leading the men with 5 new marks. Swimming in the 50 – 54 age group, Tait and Andy broke outright or tied every individual freestyle record with the exception of the 50 free. A remarkable accomplishment. And just for good measure, Tait decided to take on the 400 IM as well, taking that mark by over 40 seconds. Jen Brooks Crozier set 4 new State records, while Whitney Ross, Myles Lynch, John Craig and Jeff Sargent contributed 2 marks each. Amelia Fox, Maria Zenoni, Steve Akers, Mike Laux, Val Ouchakof and Jeremy Virgil each set 1 standard. In addition to the 800 free relay mentioned above, Lynne Zareski, Mary Anne Condon, Colleen Brandon and Sara Schrager set a new State mark in the Women’s 55+ 200 Medley Relay and Andy Reul, Greg Sargent, Anna Gryglewska and Whitney Ross broke the Mixed 18+ 200 Free Relay. Updated records will be on the website shortly. As always, if you see a record that I missed please contact me with the date and location of the meet and I’ll make the update.

As of May 23, Connecticut Masters membership stood at 477 members, up from 414 last year. We ended 2014 at 492 members and we are definitely on pace to exceed that mark. I am gratified by the increased membership and very pleased with the number of swimmers coming out for meets. Please let me know about your masters group as well. I’d love to hear what you all have going on. Also, please consider hosting a Masters meet. We need more places to race!

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 28 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.

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”


A note from the Editor:  Thank you Jeff for all the hard work you put into Connecticut Masters.