Mock Meet at Cornerstone Pool

Galen Rinaldi would like to invite everyone to Cornerstone Pool Friday, April 11, 2014 for a mock meet and get together.  Warm up is at 6:30, 7:00 start, end around 8:30, drinks and food at 9 at the Tavern in West Hartford.  The meet is free- with a max of 4 events plus up to 2 relays.  People are encouraged to bring friends and family but no sneakers on the deck!!- only flip flops.  This would be a very good meet to swim your off events- try the back for the first time, get a time in the 200 fr or 100 fl you’re afraid of.  The order of events is as folllows:  200 Fr, 100 IM, 50 Fl, 50 Ba, 200 Fr Relay, Break- catch breath, 100 Fr, 50 Br, 100 Ch, 50 Fr, 200 Medley Relay.  If you have any questions, you may email Galen at deeralen@aol.com.

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

A Message from USMS regarding the One Hour Postal Championships

Due to the extreme weather conditions experience during the month of January throughout the country, and the ensuing pool closures, the USMS Long Distance Committee has extended the date by which all swims must be completed for the 2014 USMS One-Hour Postal National Championships.  The extension will be from January 31 until February 10, 2014.  Entries must still be received by February 10, so swimmers should use the on-line entry system for swims done during this extension to avoid missing the deadline.  For swimmers who complete their One-Hour swim during the extension, their age will be determind as of their age on January 31, 2014.  For everyone else, their age of record will still be that on the day they swam, and results will be compiled accordingly.  This extension shall apply to all swimmers regardless of their LMSC.  You can find event and entry details at: https://www.clubassistant.com/club/meet_information.cfm?c=1308&smid=4912.

New England Masters SCY Champs

The website for New England Master’s SCY Championships is up and running.  They are not accepting registrations yet but the dates are as follows: 1000/1650 Free is on Saturday, March 15, 2014 and the rest of the events will be split between Friday, March 21- Sunday, March 23.  We will be trying to put as many relays together as we can.  I encourage everyone to get involved in the relays-  No one should be thinking that they are not a good enough swimmer because most all relays earn points for the team.  If you are not currently registered as part of the club CONN (regardless of workout group), please email the registrar if you are interested in swimming relays as part of CONN.  If we have enough swimmers for multiple relays, we will be able to organize swimmers into age groups and ability levels, which makes the relays more enjoyable and earns more points.