Connecticut Masters Swim Big at Big Meets

This year, FINA World Masters Championships were held in nearby Montreal, Canada, July 27-August 10.  CONN Masters sent 23 swimmers including: Barbara Baker, Peter Berghaus, Colleen Brandon, Peter Canning, Heather Gesualdi, Matthew Gordon, Doug Gugino, Paul Harris, Hilde Kjekstad, Michael Laux, Tait Michael, Pamela  Moss, Ann Louise Onton, Greg Pinchback, Andy Reul, Whitney Ross, Melissa Stango, Adrian Stroie, Claudia Stroie, Gabriel Stroie, Lucian Stroie, Viorel Stroie, and Jeremy Virgil.  Adrian, Gabriel, Lucian, and Viorel also competed in two relays.  Congrats to all who not only did a great job representing Connecticut, but US Masters.

USMS Nationals were also close by in College Park, Maryland, August 13-17.  Although the numbers were smaller with only 4 swimmers representing CONN Masters, the scores were good.  CONN Masters was 54th out of 144 teams with 65 points.  Christie Anbar, Robert Duguay, and William Flick all scored points in both individual events and relays.  Also competing from Connecticut, swimming for Mansfield was Stephen E. Johnson and Scott James.

Jeff Sargent competed at the 2014 Connecticut LC Senior Championship Meet, July 10-13.  This is a meet run by Connecticut Swimming, as a USA Senior level swim meet and is open too all ages, provided one has made the challenging cut times.  Jeff swam both the 100 back and 100 breast, competing mostly with swimmers between the ages of 15 and 20.

The 2 Mile Cable Swim, also considered a USMS National Championship, was held in nearby Lake Placid, NY August 16th.  CONN Masters were represented very well:  Peg VanZoeren Byram, Rita Caldon, Christine Dos Santos, Paul Epstein, Greg Pinchbeck, Galen Rinaldi, and Jeffrey Stuart.  Out of 111 swimmers, CONN Masters had two finish in the top 10:  Galen Rinaldi, finished first of all swimmers, male and female of all ages and Jeff Stuart finished 7th.  Great job, Galen and Jeffrey.

 

Connecticut Swimmers Make the Headlines.

 If you saw this picture in your latest Swimmer Magazine and thought, “that face looks familiar”, there is a good reason.  This is Vladimir “Val” Ouchakof swimming at Spring Nationals in Santa Clara, California.  Val has been setting records and getting National Top Ten Times since 1987 as a CONN Master.  At 90, Val swam four events at Nationals, getting 2 first places and 2 second places.  Very impressive.

 Some of you may have also seen the article on this Connecticut Native in the Hartford Courant.  Marcy MacDonald completed her 15th swim across the English Channel on June 30th, 2014, twenty years to the day after her first crossing.   This makes her the new American record holder for most English Channel Crossings.  Please click here to see the Hartford Courant article.

Excellent Weekend for CONN Masters

Thanks to Jen Lyman for running the CT Open Water Championships on Saturday.  361 swimmers participated ranging in ages from 9 to 60.  The meet was organized and well run and the weather was perfect for swimming outdoors.  The results have been added to Meet Results or can be found at: CT-OPEN-WATER-SWIM-CHAMPIONSHIP-RESULTS.

Thanks to Jeff Sargent for running the Wilton Wahoos Summer Sizzler on Sunday.  92 swimmers participated, also in beautiful swimming outdoors conditions.  Also thanks to Jeff for organizing relays, especially with the last minute glitches of swimmers who were unable to make the meet.  Results have been added to Meet Results or can be found at: Sizzler_Results_06292014 (1).

Thanks to all the swimmers who participated in these meets, especially those who toughed out both days.  Thanks to both swimmers and fans who came ready to support and cheer for all swimmers.  It showed once again that Connecticut not only has great swimming, but great teammates.

Last reminder

The deadline for CT Open Water Championships is this Saturday, June 21st.

The deadline for the Wilton Summer Sizzler is next Tuesday, June 24th.

Deadlines coming up for Summer Championship Season

Here’s a reminder that there is a lot of great swimming going on this season but the deadlines are approaching quickly too.  First is the CT Open Water Championships.  This a great open water race: the competition is tough but the water is beautiful.  The registration deadline is June 21 and the meet is June 28.  Next is the Wilton Summer Sizzler, unofficially the CT LCM Championships.  This is also a great place to swim and the annual meeting will be held following the meet.  Registration ends June 24 and the meet is June 29.  FINA World Championships are in Montreal this year, the closest they have been in a long time and probably the closest they will be for a while.  Registration is quickly coming up on this: June 1 which is this Sunday, even though the meet is July 27-August 10.  USMS LCM National Championships are also close to home this year, in College Park, Maryland.  Registration ends online on July 9, but there is a discount for anyone signing up before June 19.  That meet will be August 13-17.  Anyone signing up for USMS LCM Nationals who either wants to or is willing to do relays, please contact me at ally98003@aol.com.  For information on how to register for these meets, please go to Meet Results.

A letter from Jeff Sargent

With the close of short course season upon us, the Connecticut Masters completed one of the teams more successful seasons in recent history. In addition to increased participation at both in state and out of state meets, Conn Masters put in a very strong showing at the New England Masters short course championships in March. Conn Masters followed that up with a very strong meet at the YMCA Masters Short Course Championships held April 10 – April 13. Swimming in Sarasota and under the Wilton Wahoo Masters banner, Conn Masters swimmers swam away with a 3rd place overall, with the women placing 3rd and the men placing 4th. Two additional Conn Masters swimmers representing the Soundview YMCA also swam well.

Short course season saw 29 new Connecticut state individual records and 13 new state relay records. Amelia Fox and Andy Reul led the charge with 5 new individual marks a piece, while Myles Lynch, Denise Callahan, Sian Nimkoff, Pam Wilson and Mike Laux each set 2 new standards. Greg and Jeff Sargent each swam on 4 record setting relays, while Pete Holmquist, Tait Michael, Sheila Stolarski, Pam Henry Moss, Steve Akers, Myles Lynch and Andy Reul were members on 3 relays each. The relay records are still a work in progress and should be on the website shortly. Likewise, the updated individual records will be up soon.

As of May 23, Connecticut Masters membership stood at 414 members, up slightly from last year (405).  I am gratified by the increased membership and very pleased with the number of swimmers coming out for meets. I do want to give a hat tip to both Ally Sega and Galen Rinaldi. Ally is running a growing and very enthusiastic masters group up in Meriden and Galen has a similar vibe going up at Cornerstone Masters. Please let me know about your masters group as well. I’d love to hear what you all have going on.

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 29 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.

Lastly, registration for Masters World Championships closes June 1 and USMS Long Course championship entries close July 9th.  Both meets are “local” to Connecticut and I would like to see Conn Masters with some nice entries at both.

If you have any suggestions or comments please contact me directly at wahoomasters@att.net.

Looking forward to seeing you all at the pool.

Jeff Sargent

 

 

Spring Meet Results

Results for the Greenwich Mile 2014, WAM Invitational, and Short Course Nationals have been added.  Please check out Meet Results for more information.  CONN Master’s has had many great swims.  If you believe you may have a new CONN Master’s Record, please email Jeff Sargent at Jeff Sargent.

CT Open Water Championships Announced

CT Open Water Championships will once again be held at Lake Quassapaug in Middlebury, CT.  The event will be on Saturday, June 28th and is in honor of Dave Parcels.  This event is a great opportunity for Master’s swimmers to support a USA Swimming event and show younger swimmers that swimming is a great sport for all ages.  The event referee is Mike Huffman, who does an excellent job running swim meets and open waters races, paying particular attention to fairness and safety.  Last years race was exciting and this years race should be just as good.  Please click 2014_Open Water_Meet_Announcement for more information.

Congrats to Dana Brinker, 11th worst seeder at NEM Champs and other notables

Dana Brinker from CONN Masters made the worst seeders (3 or more events) list for NEM Champs.  She came in 11th place, being off 23.5 seconds per hundred in her 3 races, or 18.6% error.  In some cases, being off your seed times can be a bad thing.  In Dana’s case, however, being off is a great thing as her times were all improvements over what she predicted she would be able to swim.  Great job beating your expectations.  One Connecticut swimmer made the best seeders (for 3 or more events) list also.  Carolyn Daniels was 33 on the best seeders list.  Denise Callahan matched her 50 back seed time exactly.  Honorable mentions for best seeded swims went to Lorren Elkins- 50 back, Melissa Stango- 200 breast, Galen Rinaldi- 200 free, and Pam Henry Moss- 100 IM.

NEM Championships- Team Spirit

Thank you to everyone who participated.  Connecticut Masters was able to enter 10 relays through out the weekend- a record by far.  While the swimming was great, the camaraderie was even better.  I would especially like to thank Galen Rinaldi, Rob Duguay, Peter Berghaus,  and Stephen Johnson (who swam for Mansfield but cheered for CONN).  While ALL the CONN Masters were noted to have superior teammanship and spirit, these swimmers went above and beyond to make others feel good about the weekend.  “Galen was talking to me and I really felt like I could do it afterwards.”  “I did well because Rob helped me with my turns before my race.”  “I have to cheer for Peter because he always cheers for me and it really helps.” “Stephen counted for 5 swimmers in the women’s 500 free just to be nice to people.”  These were just some of the compliments heard.  I would also like to thank Carolyn Daniels and Robyn DeMarco who booked hotel rooms and dinner reservations for the Meriden Workout Group.