CT Open Water Championships-June 25

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The Connecticut Open Water Championships was held today at Lake Quassapaug in Middlebury, CT. The one mile swim was sanctioned both by USA Swimming and US Masters and was held on the grounds of Quassy Amusement Park.

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Steve Akers won his 4th straight men’s championsip. Full results will be posted when available. Steve also helped out with running the kid’s Mini-Mile. Below is a video of the 11-12 year old start, future Masters swimmers.

Photos courtesy of Lisa O’Keefe, Glastonbury Assistant Head Coach.

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Upcoming Open Water races in Ct include:

July 9 – Mystic Sharkfest

July 10 – Compo Beach Open Water Swim – Westport

July 16 – Greenwich Point 1 Mile Swim

July 24 – Pig Iron, 1/2, 1, 2, 3 Mile Swim Races, Vernon

August 6- Greenwich 2 Mile Swim

Lake Quassy Swim Fest – Not yet scheduled.

Olympic Trials on TV

CONN Masters swimmers hoping to get a glimpse of our country’s top swimmers can watch the US Olympic Trials on TV, starting June 26. Here’s hoping for lots of slow motion replays focusing on technique.

Here is the schedule:

Sunday, June 26
6 p.m. NBCSN Qualifying Heats (tape)
8 p.m. NBC M/W 400 IM; M 400 FR

Monday, June 27
6:30 p.m. NBCSN Qualifying Heats (tape)
8 p.m. NBC W 100 FL, 400 FR; M 100 BR

Tuesday, June 28
7 p.m. NBCSN Qualifying Heats (tape)
8 p.m. NBC M/W 100 BK; W 100 BR; M 200 FR

Wednesday, June 29
7 p.m. NBCSN Qualifying Heats (tape)
8 p.m. NBC W 200 FR, 200 IM; M 200 FL

Thursday, June 30
6:30 p.m. NBCSN Qualifying Heats (tape)
8 p.m. NBC M 100 FR, 200 BR; W 200 FL

Friday, July 1
6 p.m. NBCSN Qualifying Heats (tape)
8 p.m. NBC W 100 FR, 200 BR; M 200 BK, 200 IM

Saturday, July 2
5 p.m. NBCSN Qualifying Heats (tape)
8 p.m. NBC W 200 BK, 800 FR; M 50 FR, 100 FL

Sunday, July 3
7 p.m. NBC W 50 FR, M 1500 FR

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

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August 27 and 28 there will be a two day CT Masters Long Course Championships meet at the Wesleyan Natatorium at Wesleyan University in Middletown, Connecticut. Peter Solomon will be the meet director.

Day one events include:

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

Entry Form

Wesleyan Natatorium

Lake Terramuggus Swim June 19

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Connecticut Open Water Season kicked off today on Lake Terramuggus in Marlborough with 3, 2, 1, and 1/2 mile swim races. Each race featured a wet-suit division. Many CONN Masters swimmers sporting the team colors on their bathing caps and tee-shirts came out on this gorgeous Father’s Day. The water temperature was reported at 73 degrees.

The event now in its fourth year, began at 8:00 A.M. with a three mile swim. The course was a circular one mile loop around the lake, marked by large yellow duck buoys.

27 swimmers took on the 3 mile challenge with Matt Erasmus (wet suit) topping all swimmers with a time of 1:00:46.9. Garrett Gallo was the top male in the regular division with a time of 1:05.32.5. Galen Rinaldi was the top female finisher at 1:05:49.9.

21 racers did the two mile course with Galen Rinaldi topping all swimmers with a time of 44.47.4.

39 took on the one mile distance. Chris Hume (wet suit) had the top overall time of 22.30.8. Gordon Nunes was the top non wet-suit male swimmer and Madison Heist won the women’s division. 12-year old Lidyana Nadeau made her open water debut coming in with a sterling 31.56.3.

24 competed in the final 1/2 mile race with Galen Rinaldi again taking top overall and female honors while Silas Garrett won the men’s division.

Results/Awards (Select Race and Division).

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The event was hosted by Newington Bike Shop which also runs the popular Lake T Thursday night Triathlon Series. In July they will be sponsoring another 3, 2, 1, and 1/2 mile swim event — this time at Lake Newhoca in Vernon.

July 24 – Pig Iron, 1/2, 1, 2, 3 Mile Swim Races, Vernon

Why We Swim

https://www.facebook.com/USMastersSwimmingFanPage/videos/1137999426221036/

Former CONN Swimmer, Holly Neumann, who is now the Education Manager for US Masters Swimming in Sarasota, Florida, has sent along news that U.S. Masters Swimming has released a new video and social media campaign called ‪#Why We Swim‬. You might enjoy watching and sharing it.

You can help the campaign gain steam by following these steps.

1. Go to the USMS Facebook page and share the new video (it will be on top), called “Why We Swim,” with the hashtag *#WhyISwim*‪, and include the reason/s why you swim.

2. If you have a Twitter account, please share the video there with the appropriate hashtag/s.

Spread the word. Swimming is awesome!

Conn Swimmer Sanchez Sets Records in Puerto Rico

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CONN swimmer Cyndia Sanchez set three Puerto Rican national records in the women’s 35-39 age group at the Masters Championships of Puerto Rico, winning all three breaststroke events in the long course championships held in San Juan on May 19-22, 2016.

Here are her times:

50 Breast – 39.31
100 Breast – 1.26.17
200 Breast – 3.05.07

Great job, Cyndia!

Wilton LC Summer Sizzler-July 10

Save the Date. The Wilton Wahoo Masters Annual Summer Sizzler Long Course Swim Meet has been scheduled for July 10. Registration Information is available here:

Wilton 16th Annual Summer Sizzler Swim Meet

Swimmers are permitted to enter a MAXIMUM of four (4) individual events & three (3) relay events. The 400 freestyle will be limited to a maximum of 3 heats or 15 swimmers.

Warm-ups start at 7:30 AM
Meet starts at 8:30 AM
Meet is estimated to end at 1:00 PM

# Sex Event
1 Mixed 400 M Free Relay
2 Women 400 M Free Relay
3 Men 400 M Free Relay
4 Mixed 200 M IM
5 Mixed 100 M Breast
6 Mixed 50 M Back
7 Mixed 100 M Free
8 Mixed 100 M Fly
9 Mixed 200 M Medley Relay
10 Women 200 M Medley Relay
11 Men 200 M Medley Relay
12 Mixed 400 M Free
13 Mixed 50 M Free
14 Mixed 100 M Back
15 Mixed 50 M Fly
16 Mixed 200 M Free
17 Mixed 50 M Breast
18 Mixed 800 M Free Relay
19 Women 800 M Free Relay
20 Men 800 M Free Relay

CT Masters Games Swim Meet

The Connecticut Masters Meet was held on Sunday May 15, at Central Connecticut State College in New Britain. It was well attended with 100 swimmers entered and winning medals. Those over 50, qualified for the National Senior Games to be held in Birmingham, Alabama June 2-15, 2017 by coming in any of the top four spots in their age group or by meeting time standards.

Here are results:

Results

Masters Result Site

Here are some photos from the event:

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Great job by Race Director Galen Rinaldi and her staff!

SCY Nationals Recap (Race Videos)

The CONN team  put up some speedy times in Greensboro.  Andy Reul had two second place finishes, Jennifer Fredricks had two third place finishes and many members of the team have set personal bests in their swims!  Here are the CONN swimmer times in individual events and relays.  Great job by all!  Congratulations on showing the rest of the states what Connecticut swimming is about!

Check out some of the videos below with commentary by Rob Duguay.

All CONN RESULTS HERE

Event 1  Women 45-49 1000 Yard Freestyle

3 Fredricks, Jennifer    45 CONN             11:54.92

Event 1  Men 50-54 1000 Yard Freestyle

2 Reul, Andy             52 CONN             10:39.85

Event 3  Men 30-34 1650 Yard Freestyle

3 Duguay, Robert E       31 CONN             20:19.88

Event 5  Women 40-44 500 Yard Freestyle

19 Sega, Ally             43 CONN              7:53.32

Event 5  Women 45-49 500 Yard Freestyle

3 Fredricks, Jennifer    45 CONN              5:44.97

Event 8  Men 50-54 100 Yard IM

100 IM Video

26 Gunzl, Arthur          54 CONN              1:03.05

32 Wyckoff, Benjamin W    51 CONN              1:04.37

Event 8  Men 55-59 100 Yard IM

Here are some photos of Doug Gugino who raced the 100 IM.  Here is getting encouragement from  CONN Masters Coach Ally Sega before winning his heat.

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100 IM Video

25 Gugino, Douglas A      55 CONN              1:06.94

Event 8  Men 65-69 100 Yard IM

15 Traester, William F    67 CONN              1:43.40

Event 12  Men 50-54 50 Yard Backstroke

11 Gunzl, Arthur          54 CONN                28.60

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Event 14  Men 50-54 100 Yard Freestyle

13 Reul, Andy             52 CONN                52.12

25 Gunzl, Arthur          54 CONN                55.72

38 Wyckoff, Benjamin W    51 CONN                57.75

Event 13 Women 45-49 100 Yard Freestyle

9 Fredricks, Jennifer 45 CONN 1:00.08

Women’s 100 Freestyle Video

Event 14  Men 55-59 100 Yard Freestyle

24 Gugino, Douglas A      55 CONN                56.98

Event 15  Women 40-44 200 Yard Butterfly

7 Sega, Ally             43 CONN              3:19.33

Saturday Results – Individual

Event 22  Men 30-34 500 Yard Freestyle

9 Duguay, Robert E       31 CONN               5:42.75

Event 22  Men 50-54 500 Yard Freestyle

2 Reul, Andy             52 CONN               5:05.13

Event 24  Men 50-54 100 Yard Butterfly

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100 Butterfly Video

14 Gordon, Matthew H      52 CONN              58.16

21 Wyckoff, Benjamin W    51 CONN             1:01.15

Event 26  Men 55-59 50 Yard Breaststroke

50 Breast Stroke Video

17 Gugino, Douglas A      55 CONN              32.04

Event 28  Men 30-34 200 Yard IM

12 Duguay, Robert E       31 CONN              2:30.75

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Event 28  Men 50-54 200 Yard IM

25 Wyckoff, Benjamin W    51 CONN               2:24.16

Event 28  Men 65-69 200 Yard IM

9 Traester, William F    67 CONN              3:48.76

Event 30  Men 50-54 50 Yard Freestyle

26 Gunzl, Arthur          54 CONN                 24.82

 Event 30  Men 55-59 50 Yard Freestyle

28 Gugino, Douglas A      55 CONN                 26.20

Event 32  Men 50-54 100 Yard Backstroke

100 Backstroke Video

14 Gunzl, Arthur          54 CONN             1:02.11

Sunday results:

Event 41  Women 40-44 200 Yard Freestyle

18 Sega, Ally             43 CONN              2:53.67

Event 42  Men 30-34 200 Yard Freestyle

11 Duguay, Robert E       31 CONN              2:06.40

Event 42  Men 50-54 200 Yard Freestyle

8 Reul, Andy             52 CONN              1:52.43

Event 42  Men 55-59 200 Yard Freestyle

15 Gugino, Douglas A      55 CONN              2:10.96

Event 44  Men 50-54 50 Yard Butterfly

26 Wyckoff, Benjamin W    51 CONN                27.42

Event 44  Men 65-69 50 Yard Butterfly

17 Traester, William F    67 CONN                43.81

 Event 46  Men 50-54 200 Yard Backstroke

16 Gunzl, Arthur          54 CONN              2:17.42

Relays

Event 17  Mixed 25+ 200 Yard Freestyle Relay
27 CONN 'A' 1:58.34 1:56.99 1) Gugino, Douglas A M55 2) Sega, Ally W43
 3) Fredricks, Jennifer W45 4) Duguay, Robert E M31
 25.84 1:00.73 (34.89) 1:29.25 (28.52) 1:56.99 (27.74)

Event 19  Mixed 25+ 400 Yard Freestyle Relay
21 CONN 'A' 4:21.33 4:21.60 1) Fredricks, Jennifer W45 2) Sega, Ally W43
 3) Duguay, Robert E M31 4) Wyckoff, Benjamin W M51
 29.58 1:00.97 (1:00.97) 1:41.13 (40.16) 2:23.10 (1:22.13)
 2:53.05 (29.95) 3:24.16 (1:01.06) 3:51.79 (27.63) 4:21.60 (57.44)
Event 34 Men 45+ 200 Yard Freestyle Relay

200 Men's Free Relay Video

 20 CONN 'A' 1:40.31 1) Gugino, Douglas A M55 2) Wyckoff, Benjamin W M51
 3) Gunzl, Arthur M54 4) Reul, Andy M52

26.70       52.24 (25.54)

1:16.31 (24.07)     1:40.31 (24.00)

 

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Event 40  Men 45+ 200 Yard Medley Relay

12 CONN  ‘A’                           1:49.66

1) Gunzl, Arthur M54             2) Gugino, Douglas A M55

3) Wyckoff, Benjamin W M51       4) Reul, Andy M52

28.31        59.09 (30.78)

1:26.00 (26.91)     1:49.66 (23.66)

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!