Remember to check the entry deadlines carefully.

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.

Zone Championship Results

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.

Dave Parcells- A Connecticut Legend

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.

Summer Meets Being Added

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 ally98003@aol.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

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.

Greenwich hosts Mile Swim and Pool Party

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.

New England Short Course Championships

This meet is still accepting entries for those who have debated going.  Connecticut would love to put as many relays together as we can- we love those points and team spirit.  Anyone who is willing to do a relay come see either Charlene Puska, Carolyn Daniels or Ally Sega who will be sitting near the computer table in the bleachers.

Groundhog Results

Here are the 28th Annual Ground Hog Meet – Feb 2013 results.  The meet was very well attended and ran very smoothly.  Thank you to Mike Laux, Ellen Johnston and everyone who helped organize and run the meet.

Karlyn Pipes-Neilsen swim clinic in East Lyme

Karlyn Pipes-Neilsen will be holing a Freestyle clinic, including video taping participants in East Lyme.  The clinic will be on Sat, Feb 16th, 2013 from 12-4:30 pm and costs $195.  Please contact aquaticedge@hawaii.rr.com for more information or click here to be linked with the Aquaticedge’s registration page which will allow you to print a registration form or register online.

Meets have been added

Please check Meet Results as many new meets have been added.  First, a reminder that the Annual Ground Hog Meet is less than a week away on Sunday, February 3, 2013.  Hope you have been practicing and we will see you there.  Second, Greenwich YMCA is hosting a Mile Meet and Pool Party on Sunday, March 3, 2013.  This should be a good opportunity for Connecticut Master’s to be able to get in a distance swim early this year.  Then the dates have been announced for the NEM SCY Championships.  The distance day will be Saturday, March 16, 2013 and the rest will be Friday, March 22 through Sunday, March 24, 2013.  The event order has been posted although the entry form is not online yet.  Connecticut Master’s Games will host their swim meet on Sunday, May 19, 2013 at Central Connecticut State University.  Remember: it isn’t how fast you swam at the meet, it’s that you swam, had fun, and got a good meal afterwards!