US Masters SCY Nationals in Greensboro, NC

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Ten Connecticut Masters Swimmers head down to Greensboro, North Carolina for the US Master’s National Short Course Yards Championships held April 28-May 1.    Here they are:

Howard Alkoff   M80-84

Robert Duguay  M30-34

Jennifer Fredricks  W45-49

Matthew H Gordon   M50-54

Douglas A Gugino   M55-59

Arthur Gunzl  M50-54

Andy Reul M50-54

Ally Sega W40-44

William Traester  M65-69

Benjamin Wyckoff  M50-54

The Men’s 50-54 Age group looks especially powerful!

Heat and Psych Sheets are available at this link:

Heat and Psych Sheets

Best of luck!  We will have results and event recap when they are available!

 

Westport/Weston Takes 3rd at YMCA Nationals

The Westport/Weston YMCA took 3rd place (out of 45 teams – 18 combined teams) in the 2016 YMCA National Masters Swim Meet in Sarasota, Florida held on April 14-17.  The women took 2nd place in their team division (out of 31) and the men placed 7th (out of 29).  The 1662.5 points total was the best yet for the 38 member squad from Connecticut that in previous years competed under the Wilton Y banner.   Our get up in the frozen dark, scrape the ice off the windshield and drive through the blizzard CONN swimmers have again proven they can compete with those warm weather orange juice drinking sunshine every day Florida folks.

Swimmers think about your plans next April.  The Y team is always looking for more members and can arrange for non Y members to obtain a short-term membership to enable them to swim with the team.

482 swimmers competed in the four day event.  There were 2643 individual event splashes and 311 relay event splashes.

The full results, including relays can be found here:

YMCA Masters 2016 National Championship Results

Erin Condon led the team with nine first place finishes, followed by Amelia Fox, Jeff Sargent and Myles Lynch with five each.  Margit Jebe had four.  Anna Gryglewska, Allison Retotar, Meredith Moore and Jeremy Virgil all had three.

Here are all the 1st place individual swims from the Westport/Weston group:

Women 18-24 100 Yard Freestyle

1 Taddeo, Marisa 24 Westport/Weston 58.35

Women 25-29 500 Yard Freestyle

1 Retotar, Allison 29 Westport/Weston 5:23.18

Women 25-29 50 Yard Backstroke

1 Gryglewska, Anna C 25 Westport/Weston 29.83

Women 25-29 100 Yard Backstroke

1 Gryglewska, Anna C 25 Westport/Weston 1:04.11

Women 25-29 200 Yard Backstroke

1 Gryglewska, Anna C 25 Westport/Weston 2:14.49

Women 25-29 50 Yard Breaststroke

1 Crider, Katie 25 Westport/Weston 32.97

Women 25-29 100 Yard Breaststroke 

1 Finnegan, Lauren 29 Westport/Weston 1:12.02

Women 25-29 200 Yard Breaststroke

1 Retotar, Allison 29 Westport/Weston 2:39.40

Women 25-29 100 Yard IM

1 Retotar, Allison 29 Westport/Weston 1:03.82

Women 25-29 200 Yard IM

1 Retotar, Allison 29 Westport/Weston 2:21.98

Women 35-39 50 Yard Freestyle

1 Condon, Erin P 36 Westport/Weston 26.58

Women 35-39 100 Yard Freestyle

1 Condon, Erin P 36 Westport/Weston 59.81

Women 35-39 200 Yard Freestyle

1 Condon, Erin P 36 Westport/Weston 2:08.87

Women 35-39 500 Yard Freestyle

1 Condon, Erin P 36 Westport/Weston 5:37.00

Women 35-39 1650 Yard Freestyle

1 Condon, Erin P 36 Westport/Weston 19:29.88

Women 35-39 100 Yard Backstroke

1 Condon, Erin P 36 Westport/Weston 1:06.65

Women 35-39 200 Yard Backstroke

1 Condon, Erin P 36 Westport/Weston 2:21.74

Women 35-39 200 Yard IM

1 Condon, Erin P 36 Westport/Weston 2:27.13

Women 35-39 400 Yard IM

1 Condon, Erin P 36 Westport/Weston 5:19.19

Women 40-44 50 Yard Freestyle

1 Fox, Amelia P 44 Westport/Weston 26.24

Women 40-44 100 Yard Freestyle

1 Fox, Amelia P 44 Westport/Weston 57.41

Women 40-44 200 Yard Freestyle

1 Fox, Amelia P 44 Westport/Weston 2:03.39

Women 40-44 500 Yard Freestyle

1 Fox, Amelia P 44 Westport/Weston 5:29.90

Women 40-44 100 Yard Butterfly

1 Fox, Amelia P 44 Westport/Weston 1:04.85

Women 45-49 50 Yard Breaststroke

1 McFarlane, Tracey D 49 Westport/Weston 33.69

Women 45-49 100 Yard Breaststroke

1 McFarlane, Tracey D 49 Westport/Weston 1:17.18

Women 50-54 50 Yard Freestyle

1 Stolarski, Sheila M 54 Westport/Weston 27.66

Women 50-54 200 Yard Backstroke

1 Stolarski, Sheila M 54 Westport/Weston 2:26.67

Women 55-59 500 Yard Freestyle

1 Baker, Barbara S 55 Westport/Weston 6:11.80

Women 65-69 500 Yard Freestyle

1 Moore, Meredith A 66 Westport/Weston 7:06.33

Women 65-69 1000 Yard Freestyle

1 Moore, Meredith A 66 Westport/Weston 14:07.07

Women 65-69 50 Yard Backstroke

1 Moore, Meredith A 66 Westport/Weston 39.29

Women 75-79 100 Yard Freestyle

1 Jebe, Margit H 77 Westport/Weston 1:32.86

Women 75-79 1000 Yard Freestyle

1 Jebe, Margit H 77 Westport/Weston 18:04.12

Women 75-79 100 Yard Backstroke

1 Jebe, Margit H 77 Westport/Weston 1:42.67

Women 75-79 200 Yard Backstroke

1 Jebe, Margit H 77 Westport/Weston 3:40.91

Men 35-39 500 Yard Freestyle

1 Virgil, Jeremy C 36 Westport/Weston 5:03.21

Men 35-39 1000 Yard Freestyle

1 Virgil, Jeremy C 36 Westport/Weston 10:22.83

Men 35-39 1650 Yard Freestyle

1 Virgil, Jeremy C 36 Westport/Weston 17:32.63

Men 45-49 200 Yard Freestyle

1 Lynch, Myles G 49 Westport/Weston 1:51.96

Men 45-49 100 Yard Freestyle

1 Lynch, Myles G 49 Westport/Weston 49.43

Men 45-49 100 Yard Breaststroke

1 Lynch, Myles G 49 Westport/Weston 1:03.43

Men 45-49 100 Yard IM

1 Lynch, Myles G 49 Westport/Weston 57.29

Men 45-49 200 Yard IM

1 Lynch, Myles G 49 Westport/Weston 2:06.84

Men 50-54 1650 Yard Freestyle

1 Sargent, Jeff 51 Westport/Weston 18:37.49

Men 50-54 50 Yard Backstroke

1 Sargent, Jeff 51 Westport/Weston 27.74

Men 50-54 100 Yard Backstroke

1 Sargent, Jeff 51 Westport/Weston 59.56

Men 50-54 400 Yard IM

1 Sargent, Jeff 51 Westport/Weston 4:50.93

Men 50-54 200 Yard IM

1 Sargent, Jeff 51 Westport/Weston 2:15.57

Great swims all!

YMCA Masters National Swimming Championships

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38 Masters swimmers from Connecticut representing the Westport/Weston YMCA team are headed down to Sarasota, Florida on April 14-17 for the 2016 YMCA Masters National Swimming Championships.  The team, which last year competing as the Wilton YMCA, took third place, finishing only behind the resident Sarasota Sharks and the YMCA of the Chesapeake, is looking to again record some great swims.

Check out Westport/Weston’s powerhouse roster here:

Westport/Weston YMCA Club Roster

From 24 year old Marissa Taddeo’s powerful backstroke to 83 year old phenomn Howard Alkoff’s freestyle, Westport promises to make another bold statement about masters swimmers from the Charter Oak State.

The meet kicks off on Thursday with the Men’s and Women’s distance events (1650 and 1000 Free).

Good luck Swimmers!  We are rooting for you!  Represent!

 

USA Masters Top Ten SCM

CONN Masters had 18 Top Ten individual finishes for the 2015 Short Course Meters Season and 4 relay teams who also won Top Ten honors, according to the official rankings now available on the US Masters website.  Galen Rinaldi led the way with 4 Top Ten individual finishes and 3 Top Ten relays.  Janit Romayko had three individual Top Tens and 1 Top Ten relay.  Amanda Brown had two individual Top Tens and 2 Top Ten relays.  John Craig had the highest men’s finish, ranking second in the nation in the Men’s 60-64 200 Meter Butterfly. Rinaldi had the highest women’s finish, ranking second in the Women’s 45-49 400 Free.

CONN Top Ten Individual SCM 2015

CONN Top Ten Relays SCM 2015

2015 USMS Top 10 SCM for CONN Masters

Women 25-29
Place Event Name Age Club LMSC Time
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7 100 Breast Amanda L Brown 26 CONN Connecticut 1:20.11
4 200 Breast Amanda L Brown 26 CONN Connecticut 2:55.01

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(Cyndia Sanchez)

Women 35-39
Place Event Name Age Club LMSC Time
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10 100 Breast Cyndia Sanchez 37 CONN Connecticut 1:27.55
7 200 Breast Cyndia Sanchez 37 CONN Connecticut 3:07.85

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(Ally Sega)

Women 40-44
Place Event Name Age Club LMSC Time
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9 200 Fly Ally Sega 42 CONN Connecticut 3:51.00

Women 45-49
Place Event Name Age Club LMSC Time
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8 100 Free Galen D Rinaldi 47 CONN Connecticut 1:06.31
6 200 Free Galen D Rinaldi 47 CONN Connecticut 2:21.86
2 400 Free Galen D Rinaldi 47 CONN Connecticut 4:54.08
3 1500 Free Galen D Rinaldi 47 CONN Connecticut 19:51.46

Women 70-74
Place Event Name Age Club LMSC Time
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7 50 Breast Janit P Romayko 70 CONN Connecticut 53.31
6 100 Breast Janit P Romayko 70 CONN Connecticut 1:56.69
7 200 Breast Janit P Romayko 70 CONN Connecticut 4:14.01
8 100 Fly Ann Louise Onton 72 CONN Connecticut 2:46.17
7 200 Fly Ann Louise Onton 72 CONN Connecticut 6:14.98

Men 25-29
Place Event Name Age Club LMSC Time
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8 400 Free William A Ballentine 29 CONN Connecticut 4:43.43

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(Rob Dugay)

Men 30-34
Place Event Name Age Club LMSC Time
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7 800 Free Robert E Duguay 30 CONN Connecticut 10:27.12

Men 55-59
Place Event Name Age Club LMSC Time
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3 200 Fly Jeffrey S Stuart 55 CONN Connecticut 2:35.25

Men 60-64
Place Event Name Age Club LMSC Time
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2 200 Fly John M Craig 61 CONN Connecticut 2:32.05

2015 USMS Top 10 SCM Relays for CONN Masters

Paul,Doug,Art,Rick Men's 800 Relay

(Epstein, Gugino, Gunzl, Spear)

Men 240-279 SCM (2015)
Place Event Club LMSC Time Swimmers
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9 800 Free CONN Connecticut 11:20.87 Douglas A Gugino (55), Paul M Epstein (69), Rick Spear (64), Arthur Gunzl (53)

Women 120-159 SCM (2015)
Place Event Club LMSC Time Swimmers
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6 800 Free CONN Connecticut 11:20.98 Ann F Faust (56), Amanda L Brown (26), Galen D Rinaldi (47), Madeline Bey (29)

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(Onton, Romayko, Faust, Rinaldi)

Women 240-279 SCM (2015)
Place Event Club LMSC Time Swimmers
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6 400 Medley CONN Connecticut 7:23.19 Galen D Rinaldi (47), Ann F Faust (56), Ann Louise Onton (72), Janit P Romayko (70)

Mixed 120-159 SCM (2015)
Place Event Club LMSC Time Swimmers
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10 400 Free CONN Connecticut 4:26.77 Galen D Rinaldi (47), Robert E Duguay (30), Amanda L Brown (26), Arthur Gunzl (53)

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Register Now – Deadline-April 29 for May Master’s Meet

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Registration for the CT Masters Games Swim meet in New Britain, CT closes April 29.  The May 15 meet will be held at Central Connecticut State University, just off route 9 near the I-84 Interchange.  This is the last CT meet in the Short Course Yards 2015-2016 year that ends May 31.

Race Information can be found here:

Connecticut Masters’ Games Swim Meet

The meet starts at noon.  All ages 18 and over are welcome.  Those 50 and over can qualify for the National Senior Games to be held in Birmingham, Alabama June 2-15, 2017.  All swimmers placing first, second, third or fourth in their age group or those who meet the national senior games minimum standards can qualify.  Galen Rinaldi is the race director.

These are the events offered:

  • 200 Free
  • 50 Back
  • 100 Breast
  • 200 Fly
  • 50 Free
    • Break – Medal Presentations 
  • 200 IM
  • 200 Back
  • 50 Breast
  • 100 Fly
  • 500 Free
    • Break – Medal Presentations
  • 100 IM
  • 100 Back
  • 200 Breast
  • 50 Fly
  • 100 Free
    • Medal Presentations

Swimmers can swim up to 6 events, and it is US Masters recognized.  You do not have to be a masters swimmer to enter.

The Games offer a bring a buddy program that allows current athletes to bring a “buddy” at half of the entrance fee. A “buddy” is a person who has not competed in the CT Masters’ Games in the last five years (2011-2015).  Details on the web site.

Last year 45 CONN Masters participated out of 69 swimmers overall.  Attendance has been increasing each year, and we hope to see many more CONN swimmers at the event.

Sign up now as registration ends April 29th.  There are no deck entries!

 

US Masters Calendar of Events

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While we will try to keep up notice of upcoming meets on our Connecticut Masters site, the go-to-place for meet information is located on the US Masters site at this link:

Calendar of Events

You can enter any zip code or city, and it will list all upcoming meets within 25, 50, 100, 200, 500 or 1000 miles, as well as open water events. Check it out today.  There are already a number of events listed for Connecticut this summer, including:

Pool Events:

Connecticut Masters’ Games Swim Meet – May 15, 2016

Nutmeg Games – August 6, 2016

Open Water Events:

Lake Terramuggus 3,2,1 and 1/2 mile swims – June 19, 2016

Mystic Sharkfest Swim – July 9, 2016

Greenwich Point One Mile Swim – July 16. 2016

Pig Iron 3, 2, 1, 1/2 Mile Swims in Vernon, CT – July 24, 2016

Island Beach Two Mile Swim – August 6, 2016

New races are added all the time.

Thinking about a vacation to Florida or a visit to in-laws in Ohio?  Go to the Calendar of Events page and see if there is a upcoming meet or open water swim in the area around the time you are planning to go and schedule your trip accordingly. The site lists all meets in the US and some around the world.

There is also a link to upcoming national and international championships.

National and International Championships

Here are the championship events for 2017:

2017 Nationwide U.S. Masters Swimming Spring National Championship
Riverside, California
April 27-30, 2017
Short Course Yards

2017 U.S. Masters Swimming Summer National Championship
University of Minnesota Aquatic Center, Minneapolis, Minnesota
August 2-6, 2017
Long Course Meters

XVII FINA World Masters Championship
Budapest, Hungary
July-August, 2017 (Masters dates are TBD)
Long Course Meters

Mark your calendars, then get back in the pool, and start training!

Alkoff, Matarese Lead CONN Masters at NE Champs

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Howard Alkoff and Christine Matarese captured multiple 1st place finishes in the New England Short Course Yards Championships at Harvard, leading team CONN to an 11th place finish among 73 teams competing in the championships.  CONN improved upon its 15th place finish in 2015.

Alkoff won the 500, 200 and 50 Freestyle in the Men’s 80-84 division, while Matarese won the Women’s 40-44 division 200, 100 and 50 Breaststroke titles.  Other CONN members with top 3 finishes include Robyn Demarco, Kate Powers, Ally Sega, Ben Wycoff, Douglas Gugino, Steve Akers, and Alexei Bachuretz.

Wyckoff, Bachuretz, and Akers teamed with Rob Duguay to win the Men’s 25+ 800 Freestyle Relay in a blazing 8:22.85 that will likely earn a national top ten.  Connecticut Masters also captured a first place in the Mixed  18+ 800 Freestyle relay thanks to awesome swims by Gugino, Sega, Kimberly Martin and Tomas Buitrago.  Nicole Guglielmo, Julia Golden, and Kathrine Damato teamed with Matarese in the Women’s 18+ 200 Free Relay for a 3rd place finish.

Connecticut scored 1064 points, with the women’s team outpointing the men 565-461.   In 2015, CONN finished with 871 points.

Ally Sega was the top women’s point-getter for Connecticut with 112 points followed by Demarco with 89, and Matarese with 87.

Ben Wycoff was the top men’s point getter with 96 points, followed by Duguay with 68 and Gugino with 63.

Other CONN swimmers making us proud were Laura Campbell, Peter Canning, Carolyn Daniels, Elaine Guardino, Morgan Guardino, and Peter Sheldrick.

If you have never been to the Harvard championships, think about representing us next year.  It is a fantastically well-run meet in a very fast and spectacular pool.  This year’s meet featured 742 swimmers from 73 teams.  The meet is held over four days in March with the distance day held on a Saturday, and the main meet held the following Friday, Saturday, and Sunday.  Come for one day or come for all.  See you next year!

Check out all results here:

Results

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Wilton YMCA Masters Prep Meet

The Wilton YMCA Wahoo Masters National Prep Meet was held on March 20,2016 with 46 swimmers from 15 teams competing on the 25 yard course.  16 members of CONN competed.

Results are available here:

Results

We are looking forward to a strong turnout for the annual Wilton Summer Sizzler Meet featuring  their 50 meter course — always a highlight of the summer.  Date to be announced.

CT Masters at NESCY Harvard Championships

A contingent from CONN Masters is up at Harvard this weekend representing Connecticut swimming.  In the first race of the day, Ally Sega and Robyn DeMarco had a photo finish in the 400 IM.  Robyn out touched Ally by 0.49 seconds.  If this is an indication of what is to come, it should be a great weekend!  Check out results at this link:

NESCY Results

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Swim caps for Connecticut Masters

A reminder that swim caps are available for all Connecticut LMSC members.  There was some confusion that they were only for members who had signed up for the Connecticut Masters Club.  This is untrue, ALL Connecticut LMSC members are invited to wear a Connecticut Masters cap.  If you have not received one yet and would like one, please contact Galen Rinaldi or Ally Sega.  We will have them available at Harvard for those who will be there.