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 firstname.lastname@example.org. 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.
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.
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 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 email@example.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.
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!
THE LINK FOR THE GROUND HOG ENTRY IS HERE https://www.clubassistant.com/club/meet_information.cfm?c=1867&smid=4447 Prepare for your Super Bowl Party by swimming in a meet that morning. The Annual Westport Y Masters Ground Hog Meet will be held from 9 AM till 1 PM on February 3, 2013. The event will include the 800 Free Relay and the 400 Medley Relay as new meet events this year. This is also a great opportunity for your relay to swim a TOP TEN Time.
Plan NOW to be there. Enjoy mid-winter camaraderie and fun. Use the January Jam as a method to get in shape and ready for the meet.
Enter on line NOW. HERE IS THE LINK https://www.clubassistant.com/club/meet_information.cfm?c=1867&smid=4447
The Goundhog Meet that is held annually in Westport is one of Connecticut Master’s longest running and most treasured swim events. This is a great local meet that offers all level of competition. It is a great meet if you are starting your swim career and want to see how a meet works. It is also a great meet if you want to try your skills against some of Connecticut’s best swimmers or want to have a meet to prepare for New England Championships or other larger meets. This year it will be held Sunday, February 3rd. Details will be added to the swim site when they are available.