If you’ve ever been to a Master’s swim meet or at least read the articles about them, you should know by now: Master’s meets are about having fun. Yet we still hear people say “I’m not that good yet,” “I thought you only wanted people for relays who swim at team practices,” and “I never swam as a kid.” Master’s swim meets are for everyone: all ages, all abilities, and all experience levels. All swimmers registered with a club are welcome to swim a relay with that club, which means all swimmers listed under CONN Masters Club can swim relays, regardless of workout affiliation, with other CONN Masters swimmers. At meets that are scored, all swimmers can help contribute to the score, especially by being on relays, and no swimmers take away from the score by not swimming well. Also, Masters are not required to stay for a whole meet, so if you can only swim for part of a meet, you are still welcome to come. So please save the date for New England Master’s Championships, March 12 and March 18-20 at Harvard University, in Cambridge, MA. Saturday, March 12 will be the distance swims: 1000 Free and 1650 Free. The rest of the events will be split between Friday, Saturday, and Sunday the next weekend.
CONN Master’s recently went to Worcester for the New England Master’s Short Course Meters Championships and had some wonderful swims and had an even more wonderful time with friends, new and old. Twenty-one swimmers competed over the course of 3 days, each contributing to an overall 7th place team finish (out of 63 teams). Please see this article: NEMSCMPOST by Peter Canning for details and photos.
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.
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.
“I apologize for the lateness of the Q1 update for Conn Masters. Later than usual championships and other work kept me tied up until just recently. The Masters short course season officially ended May 31 and, once again, Conn Masters had a banner year, including a “best ever” 5th place overall finish at the New England Masters short course championships in March. Conn Masters women grabbed 4th place and Conn Masters Men placed 6th. At the meet, swimming in the Men’s 25+ 800 free relay, the foursome of Steve Akers, Art Gunzl, Rob Duguay and Alexie Bachuretz combined to set a new Masters state record, covering the distance on 8:22.17. Nice work guys. IN late April, 5 Conn Masters headed down to San Antonio and raced at USMS Spring Nationals. Jen Brooks Crozier, Ashley Beeman, Ben Wyckoff, Howard Alkoff and Val Ouchakof all swam very well with Jen winning both the 100 IM and the 100 fly while Ashley Beeman took the title in the 1000 free and Val won the 200 IM. Congratulations to all who competed. Conn Masters followed that up with a very strong meet at the YMCA Masters Short Course Championships held May 7 – May 10. Swimming in Sarasota and under the Wilton Wahoo Masters banner, 36 swimmers joined to, once again, come away with a 3rd place overall, behind a very strong (and very large – 156 swimmers) Sarasota Sharks Masters and an equally strong (but not quite as large – 50 swimmers) YMCA of the Chesapeake team. The women took 3rdand the men placed 6th. One additional Conn Masters swimmers representing the Soundview YMCA also swam well. This meet will return to Sarasota next year, April 14th – 17th and I would encourage all to consider this meet. It is a lot of fun!
After the beat down Conn Masters put on the record books last year, I expected to see a drop off in new standards set. I was mistaken. 29 new Connecticut State individual short course records were set this year with Tait Michael out in front with 6 new records and Andy Reul leading the men with 5 new marks. Swimming in the 50 – 54 age group, Tait and Andy broke outright or tied every individual freestyle record with the exception of the 50 free. A remarkable accomplishment. And just for good measure, Tait decided to take on the 400 IM as well, taking that mark by over 40 seconds. Jen Brooks Crozier set 4 new State records, while Whitney Ross, Myles Lynch, John Craig and Jeff Sargent contributed 2 marks each. Amelia Fox, Maria Zenoni, Steve Akers, Mike Laux, Val Ouchakof and Jeremy Virgil each set 1 standard. In addition to the 800 free relay mentioned above, Lynne Zareski, Mary Anne Condon, Colleen Brandon and Sara Schrager set a new State mark in the Women’s 55+ 200 Medley Relay and Andy Reul, Greg Sargent, Anna Gryglewska and Whitney Ross broke the Mixed 18+ 200 Free Relay. Updated records will be on the website shortly. As always, if you see a record that I missed please contact me with the date and location of the meet and I’ll make the update.
As of May 23, Connecticut Masters membership stood at 477 members, up from 414 last year. We ended 2014 at 492 members and we are definitely on pace to exceed that mark. I am gratified by the increased membership and very pleased with the number of swimmers coming out for meets. Please let me know about your masters group as well. I’d love to hear what you all have going on. Also, please consider hosting a Masters meet. We need more places to race!
As we shift our focus to long course season and open water season, please continue to check the website for new meets and updates. http://www.ctlmsc.org/ The Wilton Summer Sizzler is scheduled for June 28 and there are several open water swims up on the calendar. The Conn Masters annual meeting will be held directly after the Wilton meet. We will hold officer’s elections and all are encouraged to get involved.
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Looking forward to seeing you all at the pool.
A note from the Editor: Thank you Jeff for all the hard work you put into Connecticut Masters.