USMS Coaching and Adult Learn to Swim Classes offered in the Northeast

USMS is offering a Coaching Levels I and II class in New York City on March 20, 2016.  Many masters from Connecticut have already taken this class which teaches both on deck coaching skills and also program management skills.  This program is beneficial for those already coaching and those interested in becoming a coach or starting a program and for any masters swimmer who swim independently and are self coaching.  You may register at New York City Levels I and II.

USMS is also offering an Adult Learn to Swim (ALTS) Instructor class in Boston on April 23, 2016. The class will be instructed by Bill Meier, who is very passionate about the ALTS program and April being Adult Learn to Swim month.  This program is great for any swimmer who is interested in teaching adults to swim and has no swim instructor experience or has work with children and would like to learn how to adapt those skills to better help adults.  You may register at:  Boston ALTS Instructor Class

Save the Date NEM SCY Championships

If you’ve ever been to a Master’s swim meet or at least read the articles about them, you should know by now: Master’s meets are about having fun.  Yet we still hear people say “I’m not that good yet,” “I thought you only wanted people for relays who swim at team practices,” and “I never swam as a kid.”  Master’s swim meets are for everyone: all ages, all abilities, and all experience levels.  All swimmers registered with a club are welcome to swim a relay with that club, which means all swimmers listed under CONN Masters Club can swim relays, regardless of workout affiliation, with other CONN Masters swimmers.  At meets that are scored, all swimmers can help contribute to the score, especially by being on relays, and no swimmers take away from the score by not swimming well.  Also, Masters are not required to stay for a whole meet, so if you can only swim for part of a meet, you are still welcome to come.  So please save the date for New England Master’s Championships, March 12 and March 18-20 at Harvard University, in Cambridge, MA.  Saturday, March 12 will be the distance swims: 1000 Free and 1650 Free.  The rest of the events will be split between Friday, Saturday, and Sunday the next weekend.

NEM SCM Championships a success

CONN Master’s recently went to Worcester for the New England Master’s Short Course Meters Championships and had some wonderful swims and had an even more wonderful time with friends, new and old.  Twenty-one swimmers competed over the course of 3 days, each contributing to an overall 7th place team finish (out of 63 teams).  Please see this article: NEMSCMPOST  by Peter Canning for details and photos.

Registration for New England SCM Championships ends November 30, 2015

A reminder that the entry deadline for NEM SCM Championships ends November 30, 2015.  Connecticut will be putting together relays so get your entries in at NEM SCM Champs.

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.