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.
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.
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.
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.
Published in The Hartford Courant from Aug. 26 to Aug. 27, 2015
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.
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.
While NY Times CONN Masters Article primary speaks to Masters Swimming in Fairfield County (as that is the area the NY newspaper is closest too), it is a great article for promoting all Masters Swimming. If you have any news regarding adult swimming in Connecticut or any CONN Masters swimmers, please pass them on so that we can continue to show the diversity of all our members and events.
There are many CONN Masters participating and fundraising for the Swim Across the Sound coming up on July 25, 2015. In an attempt to be impartial, please go to Meet the swimmers page on the St. Vincent’s website to see the names of people registered. You will find CONN Masters listed under solo, two person relays, and team relays. I encourage all to consider donating to any of the people swimming. The proceeds from this swim help fund the St. Vincent’s Medical Center Foundation which will be used to provide cancer education, screening, and prevention programs to uninsured and underinsured people.
Registration for these two championship meets have been added to the Registrations and Results 2015 page. If you are planning or interested in going to Nationals in August please contact Rob Duguay at email@example.com. He would like to organize transportation, rooming, and relays with anyone who might be going. Please note that the registration deadline for Nationals is July 6th which is a month before the meet itself.