Champions!

In a stunning upset, the CONN masters swimming team won the New England Short Course Meters and Colonies Zone Championship held on December 8-10 in Worcester, Massachusetts, rallying from 5th place after Saturday to take the title on Sunday.

CONN won not only the individual points totals, but scored the most relay points.  A great team effort!

The weekend was filled with amazing performances.  From Galen Rinaldi’s heroic Friday night 1500 Freestyle, which she swam with one arm after injuring herself during warmups to Ben Wyckoff’s team leading  167 individual points to the arrival of Sunday reinforcements from the Westport contingent, including Mike Laux and John Schwarten who combined with Paul Epstein and William Geoghegan to win two relays in the Men’s 280-319 age group that look destined to earn high national top ten honors.

Special thanks to Ally Sega and Rob Dugay, who not only scored 142 and 141 individual points, but managed to organize all the relays.

Abbr Name Swimmers Entries Points Place
Ind Relay Total Ind Relay Total %
CONN Connecticut Masters 37 210 22 232 2482 640 3122 11.01 1
CRM Charles River Masters 44 233 17 250 2420 470 2890 10.20 2
GSP Granite State Penguins (NH) 28 194 15 209 2304 462 2766 9.76 3
WAM Worcester Area Masters 27 138 17 155 1737 486 2223 7.84 4
GBM Great Bay Masters Swimming, In 37 191 21 212 1687.5 514 2201.5 7.77 5
SWMR SwimRI 29 163 16 179 1698.5 438 2136.5 7.54 6

Here are the individual totals:

Sex Age
Group
Swimmer Individual
Events
Pts
Men 45-49 Akers, Stephen 4 54
Women 30-34 Bernstein, Heather 7 67
Women 30-34 Bey, Madeline 8 67
Men 55-59 Burbank, Gerald 8 73
Women 35-39 Burns Gallagher, Kelly 5 60
Men 55-59 Canning, Peter 13 119
Men 18-24 Davison, Andrew 2 28
Men 50-54 Doyle, Christopher 4 58
Women 30-34 Duguay, Melissa 5 63
Men 30-34 Duguay, Robert 11 141
Women 55-59 Edison, Cheryl 5 67
Men 70-74 Epstein, Paul 12 161
Women 45-49 Fox, Amelia 6 81
Men 65-69 Geoghegan, William 4 59
Men 25-29 Gerard, William 7 108
Women 30-34 Guglielmo, Nicole 7 81
Men 55-59 Hebner, George 3 42
Men 30-34 Heisler, Ryan 2 24
Men 40-44 Higgens, Erik 4 58
Men 30-34 Hinchey, Dave 3 35
Men 55-59 Lamontagne, Robert 3 32
Men 75-79 Laux, Michael 5 75
Men 50-54 Louden, David 2 15
Women 40-44 Matarese, Christine 6 87
Women 55-59 Moss, Pam Henry 3 49
Women 70-74 Onton, Ann Louise 10 139
Women 30-34 Perkins, Sarah 4 45
Men 18-24 Rebbecchi, Thomas 7 111
Women 45-49 Rinaldi, Galen 6 15
Women 70-74 Romayko, Janit 3 14
Women 35-39 Sanchez, Cyndia 3 0
Men 50-54 Sargent, Jeff 3 9
Men 65-69 Schwarten, John 3 38
Women 40-44 Sega, Ally 12 142
Men 35-39 Spoon, Ryan 2 17
Men 50-54 Wyckoff, Benjamin 12 167
Women 30-34 Zelek, Michelle 6 81
Total 37 210 2482.

 

More commentary and photos will be posted later this week.

Way to Go CONN swimmers!  Let’s defend our title next year!

 

Highlights

Steve Akers and Dave Louden

Dave Louden and Steve Akers had another epic duel in the pool. This time in the 400 Freestyle. Akers, our resident former British Olympian, bested Louden by with a 4:28.97 in a race that until the closing laps was within a body length. Akers took 2nd in the Men’s 45-49 while Louden earned a 2nd in the Men’s 50-54, Akers also took a 2nd place finish in the Men’s 200 Free.

Heather Bernstein

Heather Bernstein scored a 2nd, a 3rd, two 4ths and 5th in the 30-34 age group, getting a 5:15 in the 400 Free.

Madeline Bey and Nicole Guglielmo

Madeline Bey and Nicole Guglielmo, training partners at Cornerstone in West Hartford, both recorded personnel bests in their 200 and 400 Frees in the women’s 30-34, with both women coming under 3:00 minutes in the 200. Nicole edged Maddie out with a 2:58.65 to Maddie’s 2.59.79, but Maddie came back to top Nicole in the 400 by a second.

Gerald Burbank

Masters newcomer Jerry Burbank showed impressive back and breast strokes in scoring 73 points in the Men’s 55-59 group, including a 4th place in the 200 Back.

Kelly Gallagher Burns

Kelly Gallagher Burns helped Conn off to a great start with a 4th place finish in the 1500 Free on Friday night in the Women’s 35-59 group. She came back on Sunday to score 43 more points with high finishes in the four additional events.

Peter Canning

Peter Canning swam his first ever 200 Meter Butterfly, in 4:31.40 (with no time spent hanging on the walls) completing his 2017 Check-off Challenge (swimming in every masters event during the course of the year plus doing an open water), and notching 15 points for CONN in the process with a 2nd place finish in the 55-59 group.

Andrew Davidson

Andrew Davidson notched two third place finishes in the 18-24 group with blazing 100 and 200 Freestyle (1.02.68 and 2.19.52).

Christopher Doyle

Christopher Doyle had three 2nds and a 4th including a 59.55 in the 100 Free in the 50-54 group.

Melissa Duguay

Melissa Duguay earned CONN 40 points in three backstroke events and added another 23 points in two freetles.

Robert Duguay

Rob Dugay swam 11 events, winning 3 of them including the 200 Back, the 200 Breast, and the 400 IM. Rob also finished 2nd in the 30-34 1500 Free.

Cheryl Edison

Cheryl Edison, who trains at Cornerstone and Trinity, won a 2nd, a 3rd, two 4ths and a 5th in the women’s 55-59, including a personal best 1.16.16 in the 100 Free.

William Geoghegan

William Geoghegan won the 200 Fly in the 65-69 group and three 3rds in the 200 and 400 IM and the 200 back.

Michael Laux

Mike Laux, the ageless wonder, took two firsts (50 and 200 Breast), two thirds, and a 4th in the 75-79 group, all on Sunday, scoring 75 points for CONN.

Paul Epstein

Paul Epstein scored 161 points swimming 12 individual events (and all four relays) despite fighting a bad cold. He notched a 2nd in the Men’s 200 IM, the first time he has swum that event.

Amelia Fox

Amelia Fox took three first places in the 100 Fly, 100 and 400 Free, and two seconds in the 50 Fly and 50 Free on the 45-49 group.

 

William Gerard

William Gerard won three 1sts in the 200, 400 and 1500 Frees and had high finishes in four other events to total 108 points in the 25-29 group.

George Hebner

George Hebner scored three 3rd place finishes in the highly competitive 55-59 group in the 50, 100, and 200 Free

Ryan Heisler

Ryan Heisler scored a 4th and a 6th in the Men’s 30-34 group with blazing 100 and 200 Freestyle performances.

Erik Higgens

Erick Higgens gave CONN a huge Sunday boost with a 1st in the 100 Back, a second in the 50 back, and 4ths in the 100 and 200 Free.

Dave Hinchey

Dave Hinchey racked up 35 points on Sunday with a 3rd, a 6th and a 7th, besting his seed times in each event.

Robert Lamontagne

Robert Lamontagne, with his powerful leg kick, scored 32 points in the three breast stroke events in the men’s 55-59 group.

 

Christine Matarese

Chris Matarese came all the way from Oklahoma to swim for CONN, winning the 200 Breast, and taking a 2nd in the 50 Breast and the 400 IM — her first time swimming the event in the 40-44 group.

Pam Henry Moss

Pam Henry Moss took 1sts in the 100 and 200 Free and a second in the 50 Free, earning 49 points in three events.

Ann Louise Onton

Ann Louise Onton scored 139 points, including 1sts in the 200 Back, 100 Breast, and 100 Free in the 70-74 group.

Sarah Perkins

Sarah Perkins notched firth place in the 100 Free and three 6ths in the 30-34 group

Thomas Rebbecchi

Thomas Rebbecchi earned three 1sts (50 Fly,100 Back and 50 Breast) and 4 seconds in the 18-24 group, scoring 111 points for CONN.

Galen Rinaldi

Galen Rinaldi hurt her arm on Friday night right before the start of the 1500 Free. She swam the race with one arm in 24:37.

See the video here:

One Armed 1500

Amazing!

Janit Romayko

Janit Romayko delighted us all with her arrival on Sunday afternoon, after shoveling out from the storm, then went out and swam a 54.73 in the 50 Breast in the 70-74 group, earning a third place and 14 points for CONN.

John Schwarten

John Schwarten came up on Sunday and notched a third in the 100 Back in the 65-69 group and two 5ths, scoring 38 points.

Ally Sega

Ally Sega wracked up a team second best 142 points, swimming 12 events, including three 3rds (100 Fly, 200 Fly, and 400 IM) in the 40-45 group.

Ryan Spoon

Ryan Spoon took 1st place in the 50 Breast in the 35-39 group with a blazing 31.45.

Benjamin Wyckoff

Ben Wyckoff led the team with 167 points including 2nds in the 200 IM, 200 Breast,and 100 Back in the Men’s 50-54 group.

Michelle Zelek

Michelle Zelek took three 1sts in the 30-34 group including all the breast stroke events.

New England SCM Championships – Go CONN!

The New England SCM Championships at Worcester Polytechnic Institute runs from December 8-10, 2017.  CONN has 37 entered swimmers.  All individual entries are closed.

Psych sheets have been posted on Swim Phone.

Psych Sheets

Anyone swimming this weekend, we need you on our relay teams.

RELAYS: Relay swimmers must be entered in at least one individual event. Relays will be deck entered at the meet and must be submitted by 9:30 am (day’s first relay) and 2 pm (day’s remaining relays). Swimmers will be allowed one relay for each relay event; swimmers may not be on a single-sex and mixed-sex relay of the same event. Due to USMS rules, all swimmers on a relay must be affiliated with the same USMS team.

Look for the Connecticut Masters banner at poolside to find our team.  See Ally Sega or Rob Dugay who will be helping put the relay teams together.  You can join a competitive relay and try for a nation top 10 or a fun relay to help us score points.  Every available swimmer is needed.

Hope to see you there.  We are hoping for our best team finish ever!

Go CONN!

Hartford Masters Winter Classic 2017-Results

Hartford Masters hosted a great meet on Sunday November 12 at Trinity College.  37 swimmers participated.

Results

New England Short Course Meters Championships- December 8-10, 2017-Registration Ends November 24

CONN MASTERS NEED YOU TO SWIM FOR US AT THE NEW ENGLAND SHORT COURSE METERS  CHAMPIONSHIPS, which will be held again in Worcester, Mass on December 8-10, 2017.  This is the first-class team event for CONN Masters where every point an individual swimmer earns adds to the team total, as well as relay points.  There will be two relay events on Saturday (200 Free and 400 Medley) and two on Sunday (200 Medley and 400 Free).  We need as many relay teams as we can field.  Come with your own team or come alone and we will assign you to a relay.

Last year Connecticut had a fantastic showing coming in second place in the medium team category, losing to Rhode Island by only 29 points, and finished fifth overall among all teams with a total of 2,276 points.

2017 is our year to move up in the standings.  Every CONN swimmer counts, and all swimmers who attend are urged to join our relays, which are very important to team scores.  Also, last year many of the relays earned national top ten honors.

Connecticut had 29 swimmers last year. Through November 17, 14 CONN swimmers are signed up, and we expect many more will, but don’t wait.  Registration ends November 24th.  The race organizers have challenged us to bring at least 35, moving us into the large team category and making us eligible for a raffle to win a team pizza party on Saturday night.  We’d like to see even more entrants, and win not just the pizza party, but a top three overall standing.

It is a fantastic facility, a very well run meet, and easy to get to.  Come on everybody!

More information can be found here:

NESCM Championships 2017

Here is a sneak preview of the three day meet:

Friday, December 8, 2017 – Session 1 – Distance Day
Warm-ups start at 4:00 PM
Meet Session starts at 4:40 PM
Meet Session is estimated to end at 8:00 PM
# Sex Event
1 Women 1500 M Free
2 Men 1500 M Free

 

Saturday, December 9, 2017 – Session 2 – Saturday
Warm-ups start at 9:00 AM
Meet Session starts at 10:00 AM
Meet Session is estimated to end at 5:30 PM
# Sex Event
3 Women 200 M IM
4 Men 200 M IM
5 Women 200 M Free Relay
6 Men 200 M Free Relay
7 Mixed 200 M Free Relay
8 Men 400 M Free
9 Women 50 M Fly
10 Men 50 M Fly
11 Women 200 M Back
12 Men 200 M Back
13 Women 50 M Free
14 Men 50 M Free
15 Women 100 M Breast
16 Men 100 M Breast
17 Women 100 M Fly
18 Men 100 M Fly
19 Women 100 M IM
20 Men 100 M IM
21 Women 400 M Medley Relay
22 Men 400 M Medley Relay
23 Mixed 400 M Medley Relay
25 Women 800 M Free Relay
26 Men 800 M Free Relay
27 Mixed 800 M Free Relay

 

Sunday, December 10, 2017 – Session 3 – Sunday
Warm-ups start at 9:00 AM
Meet Session starts at 10:00 AM
Meet Session is estimated to end at 6:10 PM
# Sex Event
29 Women 400 M Free
31 Women 200 M Medley Relay
32 Men 200 M Medley Relay
33 Mixed 200 M Medley Relay
35 Women 100 M Free
36 Men 100 M Free
37 Women 200 M Breast
38 Men 200 M Breast
39 Women 50 M Back
40 Men 50 M Back
41 Women 400 M IM
42 Men 400 M IM
43 Women 200 M Free
44 Men 200 M Free
45 Women 100 M Back
46 Men 100 M Back
47 Women 50 M Breast
48 Men 50 M Breast
49 Women 200 M Fly
50 Men 200 M Fly
51 Women 400 M Free Relay
52 Men 400 M Free Relay
53 Mixed 400 M Free Relay
55 Women 100 M Medley Relay
56 Men 100 M Medley Relay
57 Mixed 100 M Medley Relay

 

2018 Pan Am Games – Orlando, Florida – Registration Now Open

Registration for the 2018 Pan American Games to be held in Orlando, Florida from July 28 to August 5, 2018 is now open.  Masters swimmers can swim in up to 5 individual events and four relays but not more than two individual events a day.  The meet is long course meters.  There are no qualifying times.  Open Water races of 1.5 and 5 k will be held on August 5th.

Meet Web Site

Registration

Here is the event schedule:

Sign up now as the event may fill up.  US Masters will not be holding a Long Course National Championship this year to encourage swimmers to attend the Pan Am Games instead.

Connecticut Masters LCM 2017 Top Ten

Connecticut Masters captured 30 individual LCM Top Tens and 5 relay Top Tens in 2017.  Great going swimmers!

Women 18-24 LCM (2017)

 Place  Event  Name  Age  Club  LMSC  Time
 10  100 Back  Hannah C Georgiades  22  CONN  Connecticut  1:42.31

Women 25-29 LCM (2017)

 Place  Event  Name  Age  Club  LMSC  Time
 10  50 Free  Anna C Gryglewska  27  CONN  Connecticut  28.53
 10  100 Free  Anna C Gryglewska  27  CONN  Connecticut  1:03.42
 6  100 Back  Anna C Gryglewska  27  CONN  Connecticut  1:12.64
 8  200 Back  Anna C Gryglewska  27  CONN  Connecticut  2:35.60

Women 40-44 LCM (2017)

 Place  Event  Name  Age  Club  LMSC  Time
 10  200 Fly  Ally Sega  44  CONN  Connecticut  4:03.23

Women 45-49 LCM (2017)

 Place  Event  Name  Age  Club  LMSC  Time
 7  800 Free  Galen D Rinaldi  49  CONN  Connecticut  11:10.16
 4  1500 Free  Galen D Rinaldi  49  CONN  Connecticut  21:00.12

Women 55-59 LCM (2017)

 Place  Event  Name  Age  Club  LMSC  Time
 3  100 Back  Sheila M Stolarski  55  CONN  Connecticut  1:19.58

Men 18-24 LCM (2017)

 Place  Event  Name  Age  Club  LMSC  Time
 4  200 Free  Thomas P St Vincent  23  RAC  Connecticut  2:05.94
 3  400 Free  Thomas P St Vincent  23  RAC  Connecticut  4:34.10
 10  100 Fly  Thomas P St Vincent  23  RAC  Connecticut  1:04.17
 9  200 IM  Thomas P St Vincent  23  RAC  Connecticut  2:31.28

Men 25-29 LCM (2017)

 Place  Event  Name  Age  Club  LMSC  Time
 10  400 Free  William H Gerard  25  CONN  Connecticut  4:50.34
 9  800 Free  William H Gerard  25  CONN  Connecticut  10:05.76
 3  1500 Free  William H Gerard  25  CONN  Connecticut  19:28.76

Men 30-34 LCM (2017)

 Place  Event  Name  Age  Club  LMSC  Time
 6  1500 Free  Robert E Duguay  32  CONN  Connecticut  20:54.11

Men 35-39 LCM (2017)

 Place  Event  Name  Age  Club  LMSC  Time
 2  200 Free  Jeremy C Virgil  38  CONN  Connecticut  2:05.85
 1  400 Free  Jeremy C Virgil  38  CONN  Connecticut  4:27.29
 1  800 Free  Jeremy C Virgil  38  CONN  Connecticut  9:28.67
 1  1500 Free  Jeremy C Virgil  38  CONN  Connecticut  17:54.18
 4  50 Breast  Ryan D Spoon  36  UC05  Connecticut  32.28
 5  100 Fly  Jeremy C Virgil  38  CONN  Connecticut  1:02.56
 3  200 Fly  Jeremy C Virgil  38  CONN  Connecticut  2:16.99

Men 50-54 LCM (2017)

 Place  Event  Name  Age  Club  LMSC  Time
 9  200 Free  Andy Reul  54  CONN  Connecticut  2:10.05
 8  400 Free  Andy Reul  54  CONN  Connecticut  4:37.77
 6  800 Free  Andy Reul  54  CONN  Connecticut  9:46.93
 4  1500 Free  Andy Reul  54  CONN  Connecticut  18:25.28
 10  200 Back  Gregory O Sargent  50  CONN  Connecticut  2:36.89

Men 55-59 LCM (2017)

 Place  Event  Name  Age  Club  LMSC  Time
 7  400 IM  Arthur Gunzl  55  CONN  Connecticut  5:50.86

 

Men 120-159 LCM (2017)

 Place  Event  Club  LMSC  Swimmers (age)  Time
 7  400 Free Relay  CONN  Connecticut  William H Gerard (25)
Ethan E Cooke (24)
Erik Higgens (42)
Benjamin W Wyckoff (53)
 4:29.22

Women 120-159 LCM (2017)

 Place  Event  Club  LMSC  Swimmers (age)  Time
 6  400 Free Relay  CONN  Connecticut  Christine A Matarese (42)
Madeline Bey (31)
Nicole Guglielmo (34)
Hannah C Georgiades (22)
 5:54.91

Women 160-199 LCM (2017)

 Place  Event  Club  LMSC  Swimmers (age)  Time
 9  400 Free Relay  CONN  Connecticut  Sarah K Perkins (33)
Ally Sega (44)
Janit P Romayko (72)
Marta A Taddeo (39)
 7:46.33

Mixed 120-159 LCM (2017)

 Place  Event  Club  LMSC  Swimmers (age)  Time
 8  400 Free Relay  CONN  Connecticut  Melissa Duguay (30)
Ally Sega (44)
Robert E Duguay (32)
William H Gerard (25)
 5:46.96
 2  400 Medley Relay  CONN  Connecticut  Melissa Duguay (30)
Benjamin W Wyckoff (53)
Ally Sega (44)
Robert E Duguay (32)
 6:36.33

Lake Quassy Swimfest (Results)

The 11th Annual Lake Quassy Swimfest was held on September 2, 2017 in Middlebury, CT.  239 swimmers competed in at least one of the three races (3 miles, 1.5 mile, 0.5 mile).  45 swam in all three races.

Full results are available here:

Quassy Results 2017

 

2017 CT Long Course Masters Championship-August 26-27-RESULTS

 

The Connecticut Long Course Masters Championships was held on August 26-27 at Wesleyan University in Middletown, CT.  The only long course masters meet in Connecticut this year, it was a terrific event featuring 60 swimmers.

Thanks to Peter Solomon, Galen Rinaldi, and Wesleyan Cardinal Masters for all their work putting the meet together.

Results are available here:

 

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FINA World Masters Championships-Results

FINA World Masters Championships was held in Budapest, Hungary this year from August 14-20th, and featured several CONN swimmers.

Full Results Here:

FINA Results

We hope to postsome pictures and individual CONN results later.

 

Long Course Nationals-Results

Great job by CONN Swimmers at the 2017 USMS Summer National Championship in  Minneapolis, Minnesota
from August 2-6, 2017.  the team finished in 27th Place out of over 180 clubs entered.

All | Women | Men |
Sex Age
Group
Swimmer Individual
Events
Pts
Men 30-34 Duguay, Robert 5 31
Women 25-29 Gryglewska, Anna 6 40
Men 55-59 Gunzl, Arthur 6 22
Men 50-54 Reul, Andy 5 22
Men 35-39 Virgil, Jeremy 6 61
Total 5 28 176.0