Pig Iron (Results)/ Upcoming Open Water Swims

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The Pig Iron Swimfest was held Sunday July 24 in Vernon, CT. Four races were held that featured many CONN swimmers.

In the 3 mile, Jeff Stuart was first out of the water in a time of 1:20:53. Jeff Michaud was 2nd with a time of 1:21:15. Julie Madison was first female finisher with a time of 1.25.50.

Jeff Stuart also won the 2 Mile and the 1/2 mile races, but finished 2nd to Matt Erasmus in the one mile.

Rowen Price was the top female finisher in the two mile. Fiona Price finished first in the 1 mile, and Svetlana Vassileava won the half mile.

For more results, click this link:

Pig Iron Swim Festival Results.

The event was hosted by the same fine folks from Newington Bike Shop who put on the Lake Terramuggus Swim Festival earlier and who host the Lake Terramuggus Sprint Triathlon Series.


For those who didn’t get to swim, there are still plenty of open water swims left this year.

We have just received word that while registration is not yet open, the Lake Quassy Swim festival is scheduled for September 3 this year. Save the date on your calendar for this great event featuring 3 mile, 1.5 mile and 0.5 mile races.

Lake Quassy Swim Festival

August 6- Greenwich 2 Mile Swim

September 11 – 2nd Annual Art Figur Tour de Shore 2k Swim

CT Nutmeg Games Aug 6 Meet-Register Now(Deadline August 2)

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August 2, 2016 is the new registration deadline for the CT Nutmeg Games Masters Swim Meet, hosted by Central Connecticut State University. The meet will be held Saturday, August 6th and coordinated by Ally Sega. The location will be the Jack Suydam Natatorium in Kaiser Hall at Central Connecticut State University.

2016 Event Order:
400 Individual Medley
100 Freestyle
50 Fly
100 Breaststroke
200 Freestyle
50 Backstroke
200 Individual Medley
200 Breaststroke
500 Freestyle
50 Breaststroke
100 Fly
200 Backstroke
50 Freestyle
200 Fly
100 Back
100 Individual Medley

Swimmers can compete in up to 5 events.


The “Sprint Challenge” is for anyone who signs up for the 50 Fl, 50 Ba, 50 Br, 50 Fr, and 100 IM
The “Distance Challenge” is for anyone who signs up for the 200 Fl, 200 Ba, 200 Br, 200 Fr, and 400 IM

Register Here

August 27-28 – CT Masters Long Course Championships (Wesleyan)

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On line registration is now open for the August 27 and 28 —  two day CT Masters Long Course Championships meet at the Wesleyan Natatorium at Wesleyan University in Middletown, Connecticut. Peter Solomon is the meet director. The meet is specifically for masters swimmers.

Day one events include:

50 ­Meter Breaststroke
50 ­Meter Freestyle
200 ­Meter Individual Medley
100 ­Meter Backstroke
100 ­Meter Butterfly
200­ Meter Breaststroke
200 ­Meter Freestyle
400 ­Meter Medley Relay
1500 ­Meter Freestyle

Day two events:

50 ­Meter Backstroke
50 ­Meter Butterfly
400 ­Meter Individual Medley
100 ­Meter Freestyle
100 ­Meter Breaststroke
200 ­Meter Backstroke
200 ­Meter Butterfly
400 ­Meter Freestyle Relay
400 Meter Freestyle

On Line Registration

Entry Form

Wesleyan Natatorium

Compo Beach-July 10-Results

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The 38th Annual Point to Point Swim was held at Compo Beach on July 10.

Here are the results:

Compo Beach Point to Point Results 2016

North Woods had the top time of 15:24.
Mark Loftis was second with 15.47.

Katy Luchansky had the top female time of 16.16.

The 38th Annual Swim had a large contingent of CONN swimmers including Mike Barry, Greg Sargent, Robin Demarco, Charles Lang, Ann Louise Onton, Ron Abbe, Myles Lynch and Howard Alkoff and many others.


Open water swimmers take note of of the upcoming Greenwich One Mile Swim on Saturday July 17,

Greenwich One Mile Swim

Wilton LC Summer Sizzler-July 10-Results

The Wilton Wahoo Masters Annual Summer Sizzler Long Course Swim Meet was held Sunday, July 10. It started as a coldish overcast day, but by the end of the meet the sun was out. The race features some great swims and camaraderie. 48 Swimmers from 14 clubs participated.

Great job by the event organizers with putting on a great meet and getting the results posted to the US Masters site so quickly.


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Swim Weekend-Mystic Sharkfest, Compo Beach, Wilton LCM

The coming weekend of July 9-10, 2016 features three premiere swim events for Connecticut masters swimmers.

On July 9, Sharkfest brings its brand race for a second straight year to Mystic for a 1500 swim “from from “A” Dock at Seaport Marine, up the Mystic River and under the famous Bascule drawbridge to finish at Mystic Seaport.” Consider bringing your wet suit as the water temperature is expected to be in the low to middle sixties.

Register Here:

Mystic Sharkfest

July 9 06:30 AM EDT – Athlete Check-In

July 9 08:00 AM EDT – Pre-Race Announcements

July 9 08:15 AM EDT – Race Starts

July 9 09:30 AM EDT – Awards Ceremony

After the race visit Mystic Seaport, the Aquarium, go for a sail, or down the road to Misquamicut.

On Sunday Masters swimmers face a tough choice: Open Water at the well run 38th Annual Compo Beach Point to Point One Mile Swim or the 16th Annual Wilton Wahoos Master’s Summer Sizzler Long Course Meters Meet at the Wilton Y’s pool (outdoors in the summer) — one of only two long course meters meets in Connecticut this summer.

Register Here:

38th Annual Compo Beach Point-to-Point Swim


Day of race registration and check in begin at 7 a.m., Sunday , July 10th at Compo Beach in Westport, Connecticut.

8:30 a.m. – Point to Point starts
9:30 a.m. – Kids Mini Point to Point starts
10:00 a.m. – Awards Ceremony

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Register Here:

Wilton Summer Sizzler LCM Masters Meet

On-line entries close July 5, 2016.

Warm-up 7:30am; meet start 8:30am; pool must be cleared by 1:00pm. Deck entries must be in by 7:30am! No deck entries will be accepted after this time.

Whatever your choice, send your pictures (and commentary) to Peter Canning at ptcanning@yahoo.com and we’ll post them on the web site, along with the race results.

CT Open Water Championships (Results) -June 25


The Connecticut Open Water Championships was held today at Lake Quassapaug in Middlebury, CT. The one mile swim was sanctioned both by USA Swimming and US Masters and was held on the grounds of Quassy Amusement Park.


Cecilia Embridge won the women’s division in 24.50.

Steve Akers won his 4th straight men’s championship in 22.26. Steve also helped out with running the kid’s Mini-Mile. Below is a video of the 11-12 year old start, future Masters swimmers.

Photos courtesy of Lisa O’Keefe, Glastonbury Assistant Head Coach.

Here are the official results:



Upcoming Open Water Races in Ct include:

July 9 – Mystic Sharkfest

July 10 – Compo Beach Open Water Swim – Westport

July 16 – Greenwich Point 1 Mile Swim

July 24 – Pig Iron, 1/2, 1, 2, 3 Mile Swim Races, Vernon

August 6- Greenwich 2 Mile Swim

Lake Quassy Swim Fest – Not yet scheduled.

September 11 – 2nd Annual Art Figur Tour de Shore 2k Swim

Lake Terramuggus Swim (Results) – June 19

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Connecticut Open Water Season kicked off today on Lake Terramuggus in Marlborough with 3, 2, 1, and 1/2 mile swim races. Each race featured a wet-suit division. Many CONN Masters swimmers sporting the team colors on their bathing caps and tee-shirts came out on this gorgeous Father’s Day. The water temperature was reported at 73 degrees.

The event now in its fourth year, began at 8:00 A.M. with a three mile swim. The course was a circular one mile loop around the lake, marked by large yellow duck buoys.

27 swimmers took on the 3 mile challenge with Matt Erasmus (wet suit) topping all swimmers with a time of 1:00:46.9. Garrett Gallo was the top male in the regular division with a time of 1:05.32.5. Galen Rinaldi was the top female finisher at 1:05:49.9.

21 racers did the two mile course with Galen Rinaldi topping all swimmers with a time of 44.47.4.

39 took on the one mile distance. Chris Hume (wet suit) had the top overall time of 22.30.8. Gordon Nunes was the top non wet-suit male swimmer and Madison Heist won the women’s division. 12-year old Lidyana Nadeau made her open water debut coming in with a sterling 31.56.3.

24 competed in the final 1/2 mile race with Galen Rinaldi again taking top overall and female honors while Silas Garrett won the men’s division.

Results/Awards (Select Race and Division).


The event was hosted by Newington Bike Shop which also runs the popular Lake T Thursday night Triathlon Series. In July they will be sponsoring another 3, 2, 1, and 1/2 mile swim event — this time at Lake Newhoca in Vernon.

July 24 – Pig Iron, 1/2, 1, 2, 3 Mile Swim Races, Vernon

CT Masters Games Swim Meet

The Connecticut Masters Meet was held on Sunday May 15, at Central Connecticut State College in New Britain. It was well attended with 100 swimmers entered and winning medals. Those over 50, qualified for the National Senior Games to be held in Birmingham, Alabama June 2-15, 2017 by coming in any of the top four spots in their age group or by meeting time standards.

Here are results:


Masters Result Site

Here are some photos from the event:

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Great job by Race Director Galen Rinaldi and her staff!

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:


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