Race Deadline Extended to May 2- Register Now

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The Registration deadline for the CT Masters Games Swim meet in New Britain, CT has been extended to Monday May 2.

This is a great meet run by Galen Rinaldi.  There is always great camaraderie and fun at this meet.

This may be your last chance to get race times for the 2015-2016 Short Course Yards season, which ends May 31, 2016.

The May 15 (Sunday) meet will be held at Central Connecticut State University, just off route 9 near the I-84 Interchange.

10:45 AM: Doors Open
11:00 AM – 11:45 AM: Warm-Ups
12:00 PM: Start

Race Information can be found here:

Connecticut Masters’ Games Swim Meet

The meet starts at noon.  All ages 18 and over are welcome.  Those 50 and over can qualify for the National Senior Games to be held in Birmingham, Alabama June 2-15, 2017.  All swimmers placing first, second, third or fourth in their age group or those who meet the national senior games minimum standards can qualify.  Galen Rinaldi is the race director.

These are the events offered:

  • 200 Free
  • 50 Back
  • 100 Breast
  • 200 Fly
  • 50 Free
    • Break – Medal Presentations 
  • 200 IM
  • 200 Back
  • 50 Breast
  • 100 Fly
  • 500 Free
    • Break – Medal Presentations
  • 100 IM
  • 100 Back
  • 200 Breast
  • 50 Fly
  • 100 Free
    • Medal Presentations

Swimmers can swim up to 6 events, and it is US Masters recognized.  You do not have to be a masters swimmer to enter.

The Games offer a bring a buddy program that allows current athletes to bring a “buddy” at half of the entrance fee. A “buddy” is a person who has not competed in the CT Masters’ Games in the last five years (2011-2015).  Details on the web site.

Last year 45 CONN Masters participated out of 69 swimmers overall.  Attendance has been increasing each year, and we hope to see many more CONN swimmers at the event.

Sign up now as registration ends May 2nd.  There are no deck entries!

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Alkoff, Matarese Lead CONN Masters at NE Champs

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Howard Alkoff and Christine Matarese captured multiple 1st place finishes in the New England Short Course Yards Championships at Harvard, leading team CONN to an 11th place finish among 73 teams competing in the championships.  CONN improved upon its 15th place finish in 2015.

Alkoff won the 500, 200 and 50 Freestyle in the Men’s 80-84 division, while Matarese won the Women’s 40-44 division 200, 100 and 50 Breaststroke titles.  Other CONN members with top 3 finishes include Robyn Demarco, Kate Powers, Ally Sega, Ben Wycoff, Douglas Gugino, Steve Akers, and Alexei Bachuretz.

Wyckoff, Bachuretz, and Akers teamed with Rob Duguay to win the Men’s 25+ 800 Freestyle Relay in a blazing 8:22.85 that will likely earn a national top ten.  Connecticut Masters also captured a first place in the Mixed  18+ 800 Freestyle relay thanks to awesome swims by Gugino, Sega, Kimberly Martin and Tomas Buitrago.  Nicole Guglielmo, Julia Golden, and Kathrine Damato teamed with Matarese in the Women’s 18+ 200 Free Relay for a 3rd place finish.

Connecticut scored 1064 points, with the women’s team outpointing the men 565-461.   In 2015, CONN finished with 871 points.

Ally Sega was the top women’s point-getter for Connecticut with 112 points followed by Demarco with 89, and Matarese with 87.

Ben Wycoff was the top men’s point getter with 96 points, followed by Duguay with 68 and Gugino with 63.

Other CONN swimmers making us proud were Laura Campbell, Peter Canning, Carolyn Daniels, Elaine Guardino, Morgan Guardino, and Peter Sheldrick.

If you have never been to the Harvard championships, think about representing us next year.  It is a fantastically well-run meet in a very fast and spectacular pool.  This year’s meet featured 742 swimmers from 73 teams.  The meet is held over four days in March with the distance day held on a Saturday, and the main meet held the following Friday, Saturday, and Sunday.  Come for one day or come for all.  See you next year!

Check out all results here:

Results

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Wilton YMCA Masters Prep Meet

The Wilton YMCA Wahoo Masters National Prep Meet was held on March 20,2016 with 46 swimmers from 15 teams competing on the 25 yard course.  16 members of CONN competed.

Results are available here:

Results

We are looking forward to a strong turnout for the annual Wilton Summer Sizzler Meet featuring  their 50 meter course — always a highlight of the summer.  Date to be announced.

CT Masters at NESCY Harvard Championships

A contingent from CONN Masters is up at Harvard this weekend representing Connecticut swimming.  In the first race of the day, Ally Sega and Robyn DeMarco had a photo finish in the 400 IM.  Robyn out touched Ally by 0.49 seconds.  If this is an indication of what is to come, it should be a great weekend!  Check out results at this link:

NESCY Results

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Swim caps for Connecticut Masters

A reminder that swim caps are available for all Connecticut LMSC members.  There was some confusion that they were only for members who had signed up for the Connecticut Masters Club.  This is untrue, ALL Connecticut LMSC members are invited to wear a Connecticut Masters cap.  If you have not received one yet and would like one, please contact Galen Rinaldi or Ally Sega.  We will have them available at Harvard for those who will be there.

Annual Meeting Minutes 2/7/16

Make up meeting for cancelled 6/28/15 meeting.

Meeting was called to order around 1:30 and was adjourned around 2:00.

The primary topic for discussion was the treasure’s report and subsequent budget.  Connecticut Masters is again generating more revenue than expenses.  It was noted that some board members have not submitted for 2015 expenses which explains part of the lack of expenses.  Said board members have said they will try to get there expenses in ASAP.  It was noted that last year, the board had agreed to run a survey for members to vote on a new logo and then create a cap for members as a free member benefit to all LMSC members.  The survey was successfully completed, caps were created and ordered (both latex and silicone) and have been handed out to any LMSC member at swim meets.  Almost half the of the latex caps have been distributed and all of the silicone caps have.  Due to the success, more caps will be ordered at a later point in time.  The board will also look into creating team t-shirts which will also be free to all LMSC members.

Jeff Sargent suggested to again have the LMSC pay all sanctioning fees for pool meets and would like to fund 2 sanctioned open water swim events.  He suggested we try to fund one in Fairfield/Litchfield counties and another in the central/eastern part of the state.  The board agreed with this decision.  Jeff will work with events in the Fairfield/Litchfield area to pick an event.  Galen Rinaldi will do the same in the rest of the state.

Jeff has been researching other ways services to offer members as a benefit.  He had suggested having learn to swim clinics with Pam Moss and Ally Sega as instructors.  He again suggested having one in the Fairfield/Litchfield counties and another in the central/eastern part of the state with the LMSC picking up costs to run these programs.  Again the board agreed.  It was also mentioned to have a competitive swim clinic somewhere in the state.  Ally was willing to be the coach for a clinic if a place could be found to have one.

Lastly, regarding the budget, Jeff suggested that the members would benefit if the LMSC bought a laptop and a license Meet Manager.  He believes that more places/groups would be willing to run meets if they had access to Meet Manager and that it might be easier for some already existing meets to have access to the LMSC’s license.   His research shows that Meet Manager can be owned by a club or an association, so the LMSC would qualify as an association.  It was noted that having an LMSC license to Meet Manager would be a great way to quickly update and store LMSC records.  It was suggested that the LMSC also buy a portable printer so that all meet hosts would be able to quickly set up and run meets.  The board unanimously agreed to purchase all three items.  Well many qualified members in the IT field were mentioned, it was agreed that Pam would research a good laptop and printer to purchase.  It was believed that her advantage was in hearing the discussion for what equipment would be most useful.

Lastly, Jeff brought up elections, which will be held at the next meeting.  He said he will not be willing to serve after this term as chair but would like to remain involved in recruiting groups to host masters events.  He also clarified that the only elected positions on the board are Chair, Secretary, Treasurer, and Registrar.  All other board positions are appointed positions and do not need elections.  (This is written into the CTLMSC bylaws.)

The floor was then open to at large questions.  The first question was the delay in meets being announced.  It was clarified that this was not a usms or ctlmsc website issue but an issue that the meets themselves are not finalized and announced until shortly before the event.  This was answered in that often the pools dates can not be confirmed until late.  Ally requested that all information for the website be sent to her as early as possible so it can be added to the website quickly.  All agreed to help in with this.  Peter Canning has also agreed to learn the website so that he can be a contributor.  This will hopefully also increase the amount and quickness of information being added to the site.

No other questions were asked and the meeting was adjourned.

Respectfully submitted,

Ally Sega, CTLMSC Secretary

 

NEM SCM Championships a success

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.

Fall Meets Results Are In.

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.

 

Fall Schedule is Being Added to the Registrations and Results Page

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.

More info on Val: Such an Interesting Person

Vladimir I. Ouchakof, of West Hartford, died peacefully at home on Sunday, August 23, 2015. Born in Berlin, Germany in 1923, son of Ivan and Eudoxie Ouchakof. Vladimir was married to Josephine (Machuca) for 57 years, who died in 2006. Vladimir spent his youth in France attending both French and Russian language schools. During WWII he was a member of the French Resistance. After the War, Vladimir emigrated to Puerto Rico where he met and married Josephine. They moved to the Bronx, Westchester County and Connecticut where they raised their children. He is survived by his children Oleg Ouchakof and his wife Michelle, Marie Ringquist and her husband David and Boris Ouchakof and his wife Marcia, grandchildren Michael Ouchakof (Cara Lacey), Kara Virello (Andrew), the Reverend Katya Ouchakof (Mike Krajewski), Mary Kok (Sam), Peter Ouchakof, Michael Dartt, Avery Ringquist, Lia Ringquist and great grandchildren Lorenzo Virello and Joseph Kok. He is also survived by his sister, Anna Schilling, of West Hartford. He was an industrial designer for Combustion Engineering for thirty five years. Vladimir’s passion in later life was competitive swimming, which he took up at the age of 50. He competed on the local, national and international levels, winning numerous gold medals in American National Championships as well as Senior World Championships. He competed as recently as three months ago and attended a family reunion in Texas in June. Friends and family may call at the Sheehan Hilborn Breen Funeral Home, New Britain Ave., West Hartford on Friday, August 28, 2015, from 4 pm to 7 pm. Friends are invited to a memorial service at the funeral home at 10 am on Saturday, August 29th, followed by burial at Fairview Cemetery in West Hartford. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in Vladimir’s name to the Bridge Center, 1022 Farmington Avenue, West Hartford 06107. On-line condolences please visit: www.SheehanHilbornBreen.com

Published in The Hartford Courant from Aug. 26 to Aug. 27, 2015