USMS Coaching Certification Class in Connecticut

USMS is hosting a USMS Masters Coach Certification Level 1 and 2 Class on Saturday, April 18th, 2015, starting at 9:00 am running through 5:00 pm.  The class will be held at Hilton Garden Inn Hartford North\Bradley International Airport located at 555 Corporate Drive, Windsor, Connecticut.  This is an excellent opportunity for any one who coaches Masters Swimmers, paid or volunteer.  Also, if you’ve ever wondered if you have what it takes to start a program or help out with your program, this class will give you the skills you need.  You must be a current USMS Member to participate and received the certification.  Recognized USMS coaches will receive a discount but it is not necessary to participate.  Dominic Latella and Bill Brenner are the instructors for this class.  Click here for registration and more information.  Registration will end Friday, April 17th or when 40 people have signed up.

Great Groundhog Meet

121 Swimmers competed in the 30th Annual Groundhog Meet on Sunday, February 1st.  20 clubs were represented from all over the US.  Many thanks to Mike Laux and Ellen Johnston for hosting the well run meet.  Also thanks to the officials, timers, and anyone else who volunteered for their time.  Results are posted on USMS.org and CTLMSC.org and on a program called swimphone.com.

Also, CT Master’s SCM records have been updated and are on the Records and Top Ten Lists Page.

Reminder about upcoming meets.

Registration ends for the Groundhog meet tomorrow, Friday, January 30th, before noon.  On deck entries are discouraged but allow for an increased fee for those unable to get their entries in tomorrow.  I suspect there will be an after meet brunch at a local restaurant.  Please see Carolyn Daniels or Robyn DeMarco at the meet if you are interested.

Also, New England SCY Championships has opened their registration.  The meet this year will be March 15th for the distance day.  Please note this is a Sunday which is different than it has been in the past.  The rest of the meet will be March 20-22, 2015.  Please email me if you are interested in doing relays at Harvard, email me at Ally Sega.  Last year, we had many great swims and relays.  New England swimmers were impressed with our enthusiasm and sportsmanship at this meet.

YMCA Nationals are coming up May 7th- May 10th.  If you are interested in going, but do not belong to a participating YMCA please contact Jeff Sargent.  The Wilton YMCA is offering a deal so that you can belong to their YMCA for the duration of the registration/meet process.  Last year, Wilton placed 3rd with 33 swimmers participating.  Jeff would love to take 40 or more swimmers this year and try for first or second place.

 

Attention CONN Master’s

An email will be distributed shortly to all registered CONN Masters with an opportunity to vote for a new CONN Master’s logo and tagline.  There are many creative and fun ideas.  The winning logo will be used to create new CONN Master’s caps which will be distributed to all registered CONN Master’s.   If you are not yet registered for USMS, in the Connecticut LMSC, please register now so that you may participate in the voting process.

Paul Epstein makes the local news

Many in Connecticut Swimming know Paul Epstein as an avid open water swimmer who isn’t afraid to compete in pool competitions, a great competitor, serious competition, a friendly face, and sometimes- the man behind the camera.  The Hartford Courant and Valley Life have recently written articles, with great pictures, honoring our teammate Paul.  Please click these links: Hartford Courant Article and Valley Life Article to read the articles.

Reminder information from the Registration Page

A reminder for registration season:

During the online registration process, you will be asked to pick a registered USMS club.  If you do not pick a club, you will be automatically assigned to UC05, which is the unattached club*.  Once you pick a club, if that club has workout groups (not all do), you will be asked to pick a workout group.  All members of the same club can participate on relays together, regardless of workout affiliation.  When participating at meets, you will be listed by your club, not your workout group.  So for example: if you register for club CONN, and workout group Wilton, you may participate in relays with someone who registered for club CONN, and workout group Meriden or someone who is registered for club CONN, and did not pick a workout group.  You may not participate in relays with someone who registered for Chelsea Piers, as they are a different club.

*UC05 is referred to as a club for the technical purposes of FINA Master’s Swimming rules, but does not include any of the benefits of being part of a club.  UC05 members may NOT do relays.  You are encouraged to sign up for a club, even if you do not currently plan on doing relays.  While our registrar has been great about fixing swimmers team affiliation extremely quickly, it would be a shame to miss an opportunity because you were not able to coordinate with her.

Also, to clarify: USMS and CONN masters does not care which pool or which team you practice with when registering.  You are welcome to self designate your team/workout group as you see working best for you.  Please check with your pool/team first, however, if you would like to use a different group as they may have other expectations.  If you would like to change your team/workout group status, please contact Sian Nimkoff.

Galen thanks Cornerstone Meet attendees.

Galen would like to thank all who attended the meet this Sunday in West Hartford.  She says,  “It was a great turnout and exciting to have so many first time master swimmers compete.  It was great to have a lot of New England Masters attend.”  It was a great turnout: 93 swimmers entered from 10 different teams.  There were 21 relays in age groups ranging from 25+ up to 65+ up.  Thank you to Galen, the staff at Cornerstone Pool, and the Conard/Hall swim teams for putting together a great meet.

Who’s up for lunch after the Cornerstone Meet

For those going to the Cornerstone Meet this Sunday, please fill out this form: http://goo.gl/M9wwtq, especially if you are interested in going to lunch after the meet.  We would like to make reservations well in advance of the meet so that all who are interested might be included.

Wilton Wahoo Meet

Thanks to all those who participated in the Wilton Wahoo SCM Meter meet on Sunday, November 2, 2014.  There were very new to very experienced swimmers who all swam fabulously.  Most impressive was Jim Dragon’s 50 fly, setting a new world record.  Congradulations to everyone who participated and thank you to all the officials, timers, and staff who helped coordinate the meet.  Click here for results.

Two meet links added.

First added is a local Connecticut meet to be held at Cornerstone pool in West Hartford.  While this is the first USMS sanctioned meet to be held at Cornerstone, it will probably be quite popular due to it’s convenient location of of Rt 84.  Please register early Cornerstone meet.

The second meet added is the SCM Champs at Boston University.  This meet generally serves as the New England SCM championships, but this year it will also be half of the Colonies Zone SCM Championships. The other half of the Colonies championships is being held at George Mason University in Manassas, VA.  The two meets will be held the same weekend, with results being combined, and is unofficially being called the “North versus South” meet.  This meet might also be quite popular as there may be a big push from both sides to see who will win.  Registration starts November 1st SCM champs.