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:
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.
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.
Ally Sega, CTLMSC Secretary
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.