What Club should I sign up for and Other Questions?

With meet season coming and registration around the corner, it’s time to review the rules for which club to sign up for.  USMS does not place many rules on what club to sign up for, even allowing people to sign up for clubs in states that are different from their address.  One story that always makes my heart melt is the man from Detroit that belongs to his father’s team in Massachusetts as a memorial.  This is all acceptable within the rules of USMS.

This year I would like to clarify that if you sign up for Club CONN, you are not required to belong to a workout group.  If you do not belong to any of the workout groups listed under Club CONN, you may still belong to Club CONN, instead of UC05.  There are several groups in Connecticut, for example Waterbury YMCA, that do not have a workout group and those members are welcome to belong to Club CONN so that they may do relays with other members of Club CONN.  Remember that if you belong to UC05, you may not do relays, even with other UC05 members.

If you do see your group listed as a club, you are welcome to join that club or CONN according to USMS rules.  Please check with your group to determine their policy.  You may not belong to both at the same time.

There is no difference between a club and a workout group for the purposes of USMS as far as price, requirements, or advantages.  The exception is that workout group members benefit from being able to do relays with members in the larger club, and not just members of their own group, so I would encourage group leaders to consider that when deciding to register a club or a workout group.

Questions welcome at Ally Sega at CTWebmaster@usms.org

New workout group at Trinity in Hartford:

Starting November 1st, Trinity will have coached workouts on Monday and Wednesday mornings (facility opens at 5:45am) and baggy workouts during lunch time swim on Tuesday and Thursday.  Membership to Trinity College Sports Center is not required!  New members can register starting November 1, 2016.  Monthly membership are $60 for mornings and $50 for lunch.  Quarterly memberships are $165 for mornings and $135 for lunch.  Punch cards can also be purchased for $100 for 10 swims but expires after 3 mos and drop-in or try-outs are $10.  Payment method is cash or checks made out to Trinity College.
Ferris Sports Center is located off of Broad Street near the intersection of Crescent St and Broad St.  Ferris will be your first building on your right.  Parking and entrance to pool is available behind the building, immediately to your right when turning into campus.  Contact Carlos at carlos.vega@trincoll.edu with any questions.

Trinity College to Host a Masters Meet

Sunday, November 13th, Trinity will host it’s second masters meet.  This is a great location, conveniently located in Central Connecticut.  Last’s years meet was well run and had lots of great swims.  This should be another excellent meet.  Please register early:  2016 Hartford Masters Winter Classic

SCM Meet Season

There are many short course meters meets being held in the next couple months in New York and New England. It is great chance to get out and show the other states what CONN swimmers have. The season culminates in the New England Championships held over three days, December 9-11 in Worcester, Mass. Friday the 9th is the 800 Free, Saturday and Sunday are full days with many relays. We had a great contingent last year and hope to have even more this year. Check the Meet calendar and then make your plans to compete.

Registration and Results pages have been updated.

We are using a new format for the tables in the Registration and Results pages.  This new format allows you to search for meets by entering information in the search field.  So if you know where a meet is located but can’t remember the name of it, for example you know it is in Westport but can’t remember that it’s the Compo Beach Point to Point, you can search Westport and it will list all the meets that have Westport either in the name or description.  We hope you enjoy this new format and find it more user friendly.  Please be patient as we continue to update our website.

Pan Am Games – July 28-August 3, 2018-Orlando, FLorida

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!

Fairfield YMCA Mile Swim (RESULTS)

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!


Boston and Newport Sharkfest (Results)

Boston and Newport Sharkfests were held this weekend. Results are posted here:

Boston Sharkfest

Newport Sharkfest

There were 77 racers at Newport, including CONN’s Ann Faust who won her age group.

There were 213 swimmers in Boston.

Lake Quassy Swimfest (Results)


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

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:


August 27-28 – CT Masters Long Course Championships (Wesleyan) RESULTS

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!

Wesleyan meet 8-27-16 (1)

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