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!
Saturday September 3 was the 10th Annual Lake Quassy Swimfest, held at the Quassapag Sailing Center in Middlebury, Connecticut.
45 Swimmers swam all three races (3 mile, 1.5 mile, 0.5 mile). 96 swam the 3 mile race. 125 swam the 1.5 mile. 114 swam the 0.5 mile.
16 year old Gareet Gallo won with a combined time of 18.104.22.168.
29 year old Eric Nilsson won the 3 mile in 1.04.08.
13 year old Joseph Nazzardo won the 1.5 mile in 36.33.
17 tear old Eric Bombery won the 0.5 mile in 12.03.53.
See all results here:
The two day CT Masters Long Course Championships held at the Wesleyan Natatorium at Wesleyan University in Middletown, Connecticut featured some outstanding swims and great camaraderie.
Mike Laux and Andy Reul scorched their 1500 swims, each launching themselves into potential number #2 national rankings in their age groups. Laux did a 27.33.48 in the Men’s 75-79, while Reul came in at 18.53.43 in the Men’s 50-54 group.
Diann Uustal set a WORLD RECORD in the women’s 70-74 age group with a 200 free swim of 2.46.63. For those who don’t know Dian, she is an amazing swimmer who overcame a near fatal car wreck to reach the heights she has. She is living proof of the power of swimming for building health and fitness and a winning smile!
Ryan Searle, Mike Laux, Bob Cahill and Billy Geoghgean swam a 6.20.36 in the Men’s 280-319 400 Freestyle relay, a time that should guarantee them a National Top Ten in 2016.
There were many other amazing swims this weekend.
Check out the full results here:
The meet could not have been the success it was except for the hard work of meet director Peter Solomon, Assistant Meet Director Ethan Cooke, Meet Coordinator Galen Rinaldi, Meet Management and Results Kathy Gaudio, Head Referee Dick Allison, and strokes and turns oficials Mike Barry and Spencer Miller. Tremendous job! And thanks from all who swam for making it possible. (Pictured: Cooke, Solomon, Gaudio, Allison)
Meet Coordinator Galen Rinaldi tearing it up in the Freestyle.
Galen Rinaldi’s Mom Regina and her sister (and former star swimmer) “Boomer” also provided a hand with timing and cheering!
Also thanks to Katie Scrimgeour for providing awesome massages to swimmers!
Day one events included:
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
The CT Nutmeg Games Masters Swim Meet, hosted by Central Connecticut State University, was held Saturday, August 6th. The meet featured a sprint and a distance challenge. The sprint challenge was four 50’s (fly, back, breast, free) and the 100 IM. The distance challenge was four – 200s and the 400 IM. The photo above are the three winners (Marta Taddeo, Robyn DeMarco, Joshua Mannarino) of the distance challenge who all won stuffed alligators.
CONN Swimmer Michael Barry served as a race official. Posing here with Chris Matarese and Veronia Suleski.
Race Coordinator Ally Sega and staff did a great job running the meet.
Caroyln Daniels gets a medal in the awards ceremony.
Ben Wyckoff wins the 100 IM in the meet’s final heat.
For those CONN swimmers who didn’t hit the pool, many traveled to Greenwich for the annual two mile swim. 126 swimmers in total took on the annual event.
John Montesi had the top time of 41.59. Fiona Donnell-McCarthy was the top female finisher in 45:29.
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:
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.
The 38th Annual Point to Point Swim was held at Compo Beach on July 10.
Here are the results:
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,
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.
Here are some photos:
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.
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.
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
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 email@example.com and we’ll post them on the web site, along with the race results.
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:
Lake Quassy Swim Fest – Not yet scheduled.
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.