Jeff has announced that his goal for the 2014 season is to bring a team to a national or international level meet. Masters Worlds are from August 3- August 9th in Montreal. USMS LC Nationals are August 13-17 at the University of Maryland. Both sites are about 8 hours from CT which is really very close. While swimming at this level may seem intimidating, USMS prides itself on being inclusionary. ALL Swimmers are welcome and the more swimmers, the more individual and relay swims and the more opportunities for points. Please start looking at your calendars and let Jeff know if you are interested in either of these meets.
Wilton held their annual Summer Sizzler meet on 7/21/13. There were many excellent relays, including new world record holders in the Mixed 100-119 800 Free Relay! Congrats to Katie Grant, Caitlin Cole, Greg Sargent, and Spencer Scarth for putting together that relay. Please check out the preliminary results at 2013_Sizzler_results (1). Jeff Sargent would like to thank the Meet Ref- Roger Stewart, Starter- Tom GiGugliemo, Daktronics Operator- Jill Shoshan, Computer Operator- Suzanne Cheruk, back up timers- Elizabeth Sargent and Eden Shoshan, and also Penny Scarth. We would like to thank Jeff for all that he did to put the meet together.
Liz is looking to 2 swimmers for a relay team for SWIM Across the Sound, August 3rd, (less than 2 weeks away). They are planning on wearing wetsuits. If you are interested, please contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org. Please put a note in the header that this is for Liz’s Swim.
Cheshire Community Pool has had structural issues since it was built and again collapsed this winter. The town is still deciding whether to rebuild the cover so that the pool can be used in the winter. Cheshire CDogs, their USA Swim team, is competing for $5000 in a video contest. Please consider supporting another Connecticut swim program, going to the website at Go After Your Goals and voting for Cheshire.
Just a reminder to check the entry deadlines for the meets you are interested in participating in. Meets hosts are allowed to decided how and when to accept registrations. Most try to vary carefully analyze what will be the easiest while still getting the largest participation. Meets in the past had early deadlines because they were done through the mail and meet hosts were afraid that mail would arrive late. Then hosts started allowing for same day entries so they could encourage more participation. With computer programs doing online registration, entry dates have been extended but many don’t allow onsite registration anymore. Some meet hosts, like the Swim Festival, have started to charge different fees depending on when you register to encourage early sign ups. Be safe, read the entry options and deadlines closely. Please note that paper entries for the Wilton Sizzler must be received (not just postmarked) by Tuesday, July 9th but online registration goes until next Tuesday, July 16th. With July just starting, some are being caught off guard at the fast approaching deadlines.
CONN Masters got 19th overall and 11th for men’s teams. What makes this feat so impressive is that it was done all by one swimmer. Peter Berghaus was the only swimmer entered for CONN and scored 54 points, and as such placed quite impressively within other teams from the Colonies Zone. He swam 8 events, placing second in his age group and scoring 7 points each in the 50 and 200 back, 50 and 200 breast, 200 and 400 IM. He placed third, scoring 6 points in the 100 back and 100 breast. Thank you, Peter, for representing CONN Masters so well at Zones.
When most people think of great swimming, their minds go to California, Florida, Colorado, and Texas but Connecticut has some truly great swimmers especially in open water swimming. A Connecticut native, Dave Parcells was a triathlete and open water swimmer, competing in the Ironman Triathlon in Hawaii and is the oldest person to have done a double crossing of the English Channel. He was a champion fundraiser and organizer too, being a swim director of the St. Vincent’s Medical Center’s Swim Across the Sound and running the CT Open Water Championships. He was inducted into the International Marathon Swimming Hall of Fame after his death in 2007. Connecticut youth and masters swimmers honor him annually at the CT Open Water Championships this year to be held June 29th at Lake Quassey. Please see the Meet Results page for the registration website.
There are lots of open water events that have been added, including the annual swims in Greenwich and Westport and a new swim in Milford. More events are still to come. If you have a registration form or website for an upcoming open water event that has not been added yet, please email it to email@example.com. For those of you more interested in pool competitions, Wilton Wahoos are once again hosting a long course meet. Online registration can be found at Meet Results. If you would rather register through the mail, you can print the 2013WiltonSizzler form and send it to Jeff Sargent at the Wilton Wahoos. Mailed entries must be received by Tuesday, July 9th (not just postmarked but actually received). Jeff is also asking that if you have your relays set before the meet, please let him know early.
CT Master’s Games were held on Sunday, May 19th. For the first year, they required USMS membership but drew as many people as in years past. Heats were decided by gender and age, regardless of time which was a unique but fun experience. Many of the faces people have grown to love in CONN Masters were in attendance, including Val Ouchakof, Fred Goldner, Jimmy Goldsmith, Peter Berghaus, and Bob Cahill. There were also several people there swimming their first meet in many years (sometimes up to 30 years) and some where participating in their first swim meet ever. The organizers handed out medals after each third of the meet, which was lots of fun, and the medals were very, very nice. Many swimmers also swam excellent times causing people to wonder what was so fast about CCSU pool on Sunday.
Back in March, Greenwich YMCA Masters hosted a Mile Swim and Pool Party. 78 swimmers participated in the mile swim with times ranging from 17 minutes and 25 seconds to 46 minutes and 25 seconds. Here is the complete one-mile results with splits 3-3-13. Congratulations to everyone who completed the mile.