We are getting into a great summer season as more events are being advertised on CTLMSC.org. There is still time to enter the only long course competition in Connecticut: The Wilton Summer Sizzler (can we call it the Connecticut Long Course Championships?). Relays will be run in the 200, 400 and 800 distances and it would be great to see CONN Masters set some records at this meet. Click here: Register for the link to the online registration. Two open water swims on Long Island have been added. Also keep the date open for Wilton’s SCM meet on November 11th. This is a great time to try to set some records for CONN Masters.
Registration for the CT Open Water Championships in honor of Dave Parcells can now be done at Active.com. This meet was formally held at the Madison Surf Club in Madison and has a long history of being a quality, competitive open water event. The meet is in honor of Dave Parcells, an avid open water swimmer and volunteer whose accomplishments include a double crossing of the English Channel. He was the meet director for the Open Water Championships from 2001-2006 before passing away in 2007. This meet includes both USA Swimmers (age groupers) and Masters swimmers.
Registration is available for the Wilton Summer Sizzler Meet. Click 2012WiltonSizzler_Final for a papercopy that you can mail in. Wilton is also accepting online applications at Wilton Summer Sizzler 2012 or go to the Meet Results page. The Wahoos will be hosting a BBQ after the meet at 1:00 pm that is free to participants and $5 per guest or $10 per family. All participants must be USMS registered so if you have not become a member yet, just go to the Register page and sign up first.
USMS just released that 4 LMSC”s have already surpassed last year’s membership: Nebraska, South Dakota, North Carolina, and Connecticut!!! Congratulations to us and thanks to all the volunteers that make CONN Masters work.
Mike and Jeff would like to congratulate the following people for having the great honor of making FINA WORLD TOP TEN 2011. Yes that was world top times. In SCM Individual events: Galen Rinaldi, 6th in the 400 Free, Fred Goldner, 4th in the 1500 Free and John Craig, FIRST in the 200 Fly. In LCM Individual events: Galen Rinaldi, 10th in the 200 Free, 9th in the 400 Free, 4th in the 800 Free, 2nd in the 1500 Free (to Janet Evans), Sheila Stolarski, 9th in the 100 Back, Fred Goldner, 8th in the 400 Free, 6th in the 800 Free, 4th in the 1500 Free, John Craig, 6th in the 100 Fly.
For SCM Relays: 200 Free: 200-239 Women’s: Colleen Brandon, Barbara Baker, Pam Henry Moss, Sheila Stolarski, 800 Free: 200-239 Women’s FIRST PLACE: Colleen Brandon, Barbara Baker, Pam Henry Moss, Sheila Stolarski, 160-199 Mixed: Michael Hoffman, Galen Rinaldi, Tait Michael, and Jeff Sargent, 200-239 Men’s: Andy Reul, Jake Gulick, Jack Geoghegan, and Jeremy Virgil.
For LCM Relays: 400 Free: 160-199 Men’s: Myles Lynch, Jeff Sargent, Greg Sargent, James Lewis. 200-239 Mixed: Andy Reul, Michael Laux, Charlene Puska, Galen Rinaldi. 200 Medley: 160-199 Mixed: Sheila Stolarski, Myles Lynch, Gregory Sargent, Galen Rinaldi.
Apologies to anyone who was missed. Please let me know if you know of someone else who should be included in this distinguished list.
CONN Masters went to another big meet and did very well. High point winner for Connecticut was John Craig with 22 points. He got a 1st in the 200 Fly, 4th in the 100 Fly, and 7th in the 100 Back. Almost as impressive as the top finishes was that in 2 events, John was able to swim within .1 seconds of his seed time. Fred Goldner also got a first place in the 1650 and 3rd in the 200 Free. Greg Sargent had a 6th place in the 100 IM, 7th in the 200 Fly, and 10th in the 100 Fly. William Traester had a 9 place finish in the 200 IM and Arthur Gunzl had 2 10th place finishes in the 50 and 100 Back. CONN Masters had 55 points which got them 63rd out of 152 teams. Way to go CONN Masters.
For those of you who love open water swimming, this is shaping up to be a good year. For those of you who haven’t done open water swimming, try it. All triatheletes, get a jump on the competition by practicing some open water swims where you can concentrate just on the swimming. The CT Open Water Championships in honor of Dave Parcells will be held in a new location this year at Lake Quassapaug on June 30th. This is a USAS and USMS joint meet and a great opportunity to see some of the best swimming in Connecticut by all ages. For more information, see CT Open Water Champs. Greenwich has posted information on both their 1 mile and 2 mile swims. Quassapaug Sailing Center has posted information on their Open Water Festival which offers a 3 mile, 1 1/2 mile, and 1/2 mile swim and the opportunity to try all three. Information for all of these events can be found in the Meet Results tab. Westport has also stated that they will be hosting their Compo Beach Mile Swim. Information will be added when it is available.
Please help me welcome Jeff Sargent to the list of Conn Master’s Officers in the Vice Chair position. He humbly accepted the position for which he was unanimously voted into at out last meeting. This is a position that is required by USMS. Thank you to Jeff for allowing CONN Masters to meet this requirement by accepting the position. Please visit the Officers page if you would like to contact Jeff.
Connecticut sent two teams to the Y Nationals last weekend: Westport/Weston and Wilton. There were so many great swims that it would be to difficult to name them all so here are the highlights. Westport had 6 relays place, 3 got second places. Wilton had 20 relays, 9 got first places. Mike Laux, Sheila Stolarski, Kristin Gary, Catherine Milton, Susan Wager, Mereidth Moore, Margit Jebe, Barbara Love, Dan Goodwin, Peter Holmquist, Jeff Sargent all had an individual first place. Lauren Finnegan, Pam Moss, Markley Rizza, Bill Geoghegan, Danielle Honrath, Denise Callahan, Jill Looney, Cheryl Kupan, Lynne Zareski, Gregory Sargent, James Lewis received at came in top three. Tracy Phillips, Heather Friel, Coleen Brandon, Sian Nimkoff, Sara Schrager, Alexander Jason, Steven Shtab, James Kroll also all placed in individual events. That is 30 swimmers in all. Hope everyone had fun and we are very proud of all of you. If I forgot anyone or left out a team, please email me for a correction.
CONN Master’s only had one swimmer at the Zone Championships but Peter Berghaus did us very proud. Peter swam 8 events over 2 days. He placed second in the 100 Ba, 200 Ba, 200 IM and 400 IM. He placed third in the 50 Br, 200 Br, and 50 Ba. He placed fifth in the 100 IM with a great time (which just goes to show having a great time and a great place don’t always happen together). The results can be seen at Colonies Zone Championships 2012 or by going to the Meet Results page.