ALTS Class being offered in New Haven

USMS is offering an Adult Learn to Swim (ALTS) Instructor Certification Program in New Haven on Saturday, March 11, 2017.  This program is great for anyone in interested in teaching adults how to swim, especially aquatics coordinators, instructors and staff that offer or would like to offer adult learn to swim programs.  USMS membership is required along with the ability to perform American Red Cross’ Five Skills of Water Competency: step/jump into water over your head, return to the surface and float or tread water for one minute, turn in a full circle (to find an exit), swim 25 yards, and exit the pool.  The program costs $300 and includes 5 hours of classroom instruction, materials, lunch, and 2 hours of in pool instruction.

The class is being taught by Bill Meier, a long time USMS swimmer and coach, who helped create the ALTS Instructor Program.  Bill is as enthusiastic in his teaching (he may break out into song and dance) as he is knowledgeable.

For more details and to register:  ALTS clinics.

CONN Masters Ready for New England SCM Championships-December 9-11, Worcester, MA

The registration deadline has passed. The teams have been finalized. 29 swimmers from CONN will be traveling to the 2016 NE-LMSC & Colonies Zone SCM Championships in Worcester, MA, on December 9-11.

Last year with 21 swimmers CONN finished in 4th place for Medium teams (10-31 Swimmers) and 7th overall. Key to improving on last year’s performance will be putting together as many relays as we can. Last year we finished 34 points — one relay team win away from 3rd place. There are four scored relays (200 Medley, 200 Free, 400 Medley, 400 Free). We can enter as many teams as we can field, but no swimmer can swim in multiple categories within in each relay. In other words, you can’t swim on a Men’s 200 Free Relay and a Mixed 200 Free Relay. Ally Sega and Rob Dugay will be in charge of putting the relays together. If you don’t volunteer, you will be recruited!

Here’s the list of CONN Swimmers:

CONN 2016 SCM Champs Team

There are also 800 Free and 400 IM Relays offered, but they are not scored. In the 400 IM Relay, each swimmer swims a 100 IM.

Check out this letter from the meet director.

We have a very exciting meet planned for you and your teammates, so get them to register, as well!
As a reminder, there will be:
Free parking
Warmer pool
Special snapchat filters
Free give-a-ways on our Facebook page, and throughout the meet
Complimentary meet pictures
Free commemorative lapel pin for all meet entrants
Customized meet t-shirts for purchase. You will get to choose your color and style, and get to print your teammates’ names on the back.
Concessions stand on deck
Massage therapists
Suit vendor Metro Swim Shop
And a fun, incentivised 4x100m IM relay at the end of the meet.
I look forward to seeing the continuation of some fierce, but friendly, rivalries!

Alford Green
Meet Director

Here are last year’s team results:

2015 Results
Large Team
Cambridge Masters Swim Club 3,441.50
Great Bay Masters 2,672
Minuteman Andover Masters Asso 2,555

Medium Team
Worcester Area Masters 2,106
Granite State Penguins (Nh) 2,062
SwimRI 1,419
Connecticut Masters 1,383
Maine Masters Swim Club 1,207

Let’s put some relays together this year and move up in the standings!

2015 SCM NE Championsihips CONN Masters News

Trinity College Masters Meet-Nov 13-Results

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Another great meet was held at Trinity College on November 13, sponsored by Hartford Masters.

6 teams represented.
29 swimmers entered.
80 individual event splashes, 2 DQs.
4 relay event splashes.

Results for all CONN Swimmers

CONN Masters Earn Top 10 LCM Honors

CONN Masters recorded 40 individual national Top 10s for the 2016 Long Course Meters season and 10 Relay Top Tens. The 50 combined Top Tens is the most for CONN masters since 2011 when CONN masters earned 54 (49 Individual, 5 relay).

Galen Rinaldi and Mike Laux led the way with 6 individual Top tens each, followed by Jeremy Virgil and Jeff Sargent with 5 each. Andy Reul (4), Nicki Holbrook (3), Anna Gryglewska (2), Janit Romayko (2), Emily Przysinda (2), Ally Sega (1), Robert Duguay (1), William Gerard (1), Peter Deczi (1) and Paul Epstein (1) also recorded Top Tens.

Galen Rinaldi was number one in the Nation for Women’s 45-49 1500 Meters and Jeremy Virgil was number one for Men’s 1500 meters in the Men’s 35-39 Category.

Individual Top 10
Relay Top 10

The lists are preliminary. Any errors or ommisions should be reported to Mary Beth Windrath.

Great job CONN swimmers!

Area Meet Results

Here are results from some recent meets in nearbye states attended by CONN swimmers.

HAWKtoberfest Masters Swim Meet
Oct 23, 2016
1 teams represented.
34 swimmers entered.
88 individual event splashes, 0 DQs, 6 scratches or no-shows.
8 relay event splashes, 0 DQs, 0 scratches or no-shows.

Results

8th Annual UVAC Leaf Peepers Masters SCM Meet
Oct 22, 2016
24 teams represented.
84 swimmers entered.
333 individual event splashes, 0 DQs, 11 scratches or no-shows.

Results

October Swim Fest
Oct 15, 2016
4 teams represented.
65 swimmers entered.
189 individual event splashes, 1 DQs, 0 scratches or no-shows.
9 relay event splashes, 0 DQs, 0 scratches or no-shows.

Results

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.

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!

Results