The 2018 Pan American Games Swimming Championships will be held in Orlando, Florida, USA, July 28-August 3, at the Orlando YMCA Aquatic Center. They were last held in 2015 in Medellin, Columbia. With the 2017 FINA World Championships scheduled for Budapest, Hungry and the 2019 FINA Championships for Gwangu, Korea, the 2018 Pan AM games will be CONN swimmers closest bet for international competition. The races will be long course meters. Mark your calendars now, and hit the pool!
The Third Annual Fairfield YMCA Mile Swim was held at Penfield Beach in Fairfield, CT on September 17th. 114 swimmers swam the mile, including many from CONN Masters. Congratulations to all swimmers!
Saturday September 3 was the 10th Annual Lake Quassy Swimfest, held at the Quassapag Sailing Center in Middlebury, Connecticut.
45 Swimmers swam all three races (3 mile, 1.5 mile, 0.5 mile). 96 swam the 3 mile race. 125 swam the 1.5 mile. 114 swam the 0.5 mile.
16 year old Gareet Gallo won with a combined time of 126.96.36.199.
29 year old Eric Nilsson won the 3 mile in 1.04.08.
13 year old Joseph Nazzardo won the 1.5 mile in 36.33.
17 tear old Eric Bombery won the 0.5 mile in 12.03.53.
See all results here:
The two day CT Masters Long Course Championships held at the Wesleyan Natatorium at Wesleyan University in Middletown, Connecticut featured some outstanding swims and great camaraderie.
Mike Laux and Andy Reul scorched their 1500 swims, each launching themselves into potential number #2 national rankings in their age groups. Laux did a 27.33.48 in the Men’s 75-79, while Reul came in at 18.53.43 in the Men’s 50-54 group.
Diann Uustal set a WORLD RECORD in the women’s 70-74 age group with a 200 free swim of 2.46.63. For those who don’t know Dian, she is an amazing swimmer who overcame a near fatal car wreck to reach the heights she has. She is living proof of the power of swimming for building health and fitness and a winning smile!
Ryan Searle, Mike Laux, Bob Cahill and Billy Geoghgean swam a 6.20.36 in the Men’s 280-319 400 Freestyle relay, a time that should guarantee them a National Top Ten in 2016.
There were many other amazing swims this weekend.
Check out the full results here:
The meet could not have been the success it was except for the hard work of meet director Peter Solomon, Assistant Meet Director Ethan Cooke, Meet Coordinator Galen Rinaldi, Meet Management and Results Kathy Gaudio, Head Referee Dick Allison, and strokes and turns oficials Mike Barry and Spencer Miller. Tremendous job! And thanks from all who swam for making it possible. (Pictured: Cooke, Solomon, Gaudio, Allison)
Meet Coordinator Galen Rinaldi tearing it up in the Freestyle.
Galen Rinaldi’s Mom Regina and her sister (and former star swimmer) “Boomer” also provided a hand with timing and cheering!
Also thanks to Katie Scrimgeour for providing awesome massages to swimmers!
Day one events included:
50 Meter Breaststroke
50 Meter Freestyle
200 Meter Individual Medley
100 Meter Backstroke
100 Meter Butterfly
200 Meter Breaststroke
200 Meter Freestyle
400 Meter Medley Relay
1500 Meter Freestyle
Day two events:
50 Meter Backstroke
50 Meter Butterfly
400 Meter Individual Medley
100 Meter Freestyle
100 Meter Breaststroke
200 Meter Backstroke
200 Meter Butterfly
400 Meter Freestyle Relay
400 Meter Freestyle
Conn led by Jeremy Virgil and Mary Anne Condon scored 28 Individual Top Tens for the 2015-2016 Short Course Yards (SCY) Ranking season. Virgil, who earned four top tens, was number one in the nation in the men’s 35-39 age group for the 1650 Yard Swim. Condon was 1st in the 50 Back for 70-74 year old females.
Other Top Ten finishers
Andy Ruel (3)
Myles Lynch (3)
Amelia Fox (3)
Galen Rinaldi (2)
Jeff Sargeant (2)
Shelia Stolarski (2)
Nicki Holbrook (2)
Jennifer Fredricks (2)
Steve Akers (1)
James Auxier (1)
Brenda Glidden (1)
Anna Gryglewska (1)
Ben Wykcoff, Rob Duguay,Alexi Backuretz, and Steve Akers earned a Top Ten for the Men’s 800 Free Relay in the 25 + Age group.
For times and places, click this link:
The 2015-2016 Season ran from June 1, 2015-May 31,2016.
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
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”
The CT Nutmeg Games Masters Swim Meet, hosted by Central Connecticut State University, was held Saturday, August 6th. The meet featured a sprint and a distance challenge. The sprint challenge was four 50’s (fly, back, breast, free) and the 100 IM. The distance challenge was four – 200s and the 400 IM. The photo above are the three winners (Marta Taddeo, Robyn DeMarco, Joshua Mannarino) of the distance challenge who all won stuffed alligators.
CONN Swimmer Michael Barry served as a race official. Posing here with Chris Matarese and Veronia Suleski.
Race Coordinator Ally Sega and staff did a great job running the meet.
Caroyln Daniels gets a medal in the awards ceremony.
Ben Wyckoff wins the 100 IM in the meet’s final heat.
For those CONN swimmers who didn’t hit the pool, many traveled to Greenwich for the annual two mile swim. 126 swimmers in total took on the annual event.
John Montesi had the top time of 41.59. Fiona Donnell-McCarthy was the top female finisher in 45:29.
July 30th was a special day for swimming. Many Conn Swimmers swam for a cause larger than themselves. The 29th Annual St. Vincent’s Hospital Swim Across the Sound was held. Swimmers departed Port Jefferson, NY and swam 25K to Captain’s Cove Seaport, Bridgeport, CT. They swam as solo swimmers, two-person relays and team relays — all for the cause of raising money to fight cancer.
Scan the entrants at the links below and you will see the names of many of our team members.
It is not too late to show your support by donating to their fundraising efforts. $100, $50, $25, whatever you can afford is appreciated.
Last year they raised over $250,000.
Meanwhile up in Newport, Vermont, CONN swimmer Paul Epstein took on the Kingdom Swim, which is also this year’s US National 10 Mile Open Water Swim Championship and the WOWSA (World Open Water Swimming Association) 10 Mile World Championship. Paul, at 70, the oldest swimmer participating, swam in memory of his daughter Serena Rae Epstein, who passed away when she was 27.
He perserved throughout the long ten miles, battling currents and fatigue, and he came out a champion.
Paul Epstein, CONN Swimmer, US and World Champion in 10 Mile Open Water 2016, Age group 70-74.
Full race results will be posted when available.
“The inspiration of a noble cause involving human interests wide and far, enables men to do things they did not dream themselves capable of before, and which they were not capable of alone. The consciousness of belonging, vitally, to something beyond individuality; of being part of a personality that reaches we know not where, in space and time, greatens the heart to the limit of the soul’s ideal, and builds out the supreme of character.”
-Joshua Lawrence Chamberlain
On Saturday, no one swam alone.