Westport had 80 people register for the 29th Annual Groundhog Meet this Sunday. There was a wide range in swimming abilities including David Lessing, who had an impressive 51.09 in the 100 free to several swimmers doing their first meet ever. Click here for full results. At the beginning of the meet, Mike Laux announced that it should be the last Groundhog Meet at the current Westport YMCA pool. Next year for the 30th Annual Groundhog Meet, we will hopefully be admiring Westport’s new 10 lane aquatic center. A reminder that if you have pictures of the Groundhog Meet, the Wilton Meet, or any CONN Masters Swimmers (they don’t have to be swimming), please send them to the webmaster for inclusion on the website.
Congratulations to our 2013 Individual All Americans, Galen Rinaldi and Christy Hayes. An athlete earns Individual All American status by swimming at least 1 individual event (pool or open water) that earns a number 1 ranking.
The Connecticut LMSC also had 17 swimmers qualify for Relay All American status. An athlete earns Relay All American by swimming on at least one relay that earns a number 1 ranking. These include: Dan Goodwin 46, Peter C Holmquist 48, Jeff Sargent 48, Myles G Lynch 46, Tait Michael 49, Sheila M Stolarski 50, Jeremy C Virgil 33, Katherine Grant 20, Alyssa M LaFrenierre 20, Caitlin Cole 19, Morgan Scarth 19, Amelia P Fox 42, Florence M Chretien 39, Lauren Finnegan 27, Andy Reul 50, Gregory O Sargent, and Spencer Scarth 22.
Further infomration on the USMS All Americans program can be found at: www.usms.org/comp/aa
The preliminary results for the meet this weekend: Wilton Wahoos Results 1-12-14 have been added to the website and to the USMS database. The registration link for the Ground Hog meet in Westport is now up and running. Greenwich will again be running a 1650 meet in March which will be a USMS recognized meet. You can find the registration links for the Ground Hog Meet and the 1650 in Greenwich in Meet Results.
YMCA Nationals, April 10-14, have also been posted. Jeff Sargent would like to send one team from Connecticut. Regardless of what YMCA you belong to or even if you don’t belong to a YMCA, please contact Jeff Sargent if you would like to swim at Y Nationals. USMS Spring Nationals are to be held in Santa Clara, CA on May 1-4th. There has already been some interest from CONN Masters. Please contact Ally Sega if you are planning on going to SCY Nationals so that we can enter relays.
The meet has reach full capacity at 92 swimmers. They are hoping the meet will not run over 12:00 noon.
The annual Westport Groundhog Meet Announcement is now posted: 28th Annual Ground Hog Meet2014. There are some technical difficulties with the links but please use this form to reference the date, time, order of events, etc. It will be announced when the link to Club Assistant is up and running or when there is an alternative pre race day registration method.
A couple of FYIs for the meet this Sunday.
1.Warmup is 8:00 with a 9:00 start. We are at entry capacity (92 swimmers) so if you are entered in the 400 free, please come to the computer table in the pool and “positive check in”. Current timeline puts the session at just around 3 hours. The meet should be over at or around noon.
2. Any team(s) interested in relays, please get me your relay entries asap. I’d like to pre-enter as many as possible and avoid the rush morning of the meet.
3. The pool will be measured pre and post meet. Times will be submitted for consideration for USMS and FINA Top 10.
4. Forecast is for temps in the mid 40s. The bubble is heated, but the air temp may be a little brisk after these past few days of single digit temps. Bring your fleece, warmups parka, etc.
5. The Y has ample parking but the lot closest to the door is reserved for Y members. This does not include members that will be swimming in the meet.
6. The Wilton Y Wahoos are running a Winter Coat drive which will end this Sunday. We will be accepting new and gently used Coats and also hats and gloves. Any donations will be greatly appreciated and will directly impact someone’s life. All donations will go to benefit the Salvation Army and the AIDS project in Greater Danbury. If you have any questions please contact Dana Dolan at firstname.lastname@example.org. Bins are in the lobby of the Y. Thank you for your generosity!
CONN Masters had an excellent showing at the New England Master’s Short Course Meters Championships, which was also the SCM Championships for the Colonies Zone. 5 Swimmers scored 488 points to put CONN Master’s 4th in the Small Team Division (4-9 swimmers). Ann Louise Onton swam impressively being the Women’s High Point Winner with 183 points. Peter Berghaus was tied for 17th and Steven Skolnick was tied for 112th out of 245 men. Jennifer Madonia was tied for 51st and Pam Henry Moss was tied for 89th out of 201 women. All represented Connecticut very well. Thank you.
The meet will now be held on January 12th, warm up at 8:00 am and meet starting at 9:00 am. Deck entries will be allowed but must be in by 8:00 am. Online registration will be allowed at Wilton Wahoos Meet Registration until January 7th.
Results from the John Merrill Memorial Meet have been posted or can be viewed at John_Merrill_Memorial_Masters_Meet_111713. Congratulations to all the excellent times. The next upcoming meet in CONN is the Wilton Wahoo SCM Meet on December 8, 2013.
Y Master’s Nationals will be held in Sarasota, Florida April 10-13. You do have to be a member of a YMCA between the registration period and the meet itself and you must be part of a YMCA team that is insured. Jeff has said that you might be able to be part of the Wilton Y Master’s team if you would like to participate in this event and do not belong to a YMCA that will be sending a team. More information to follow on how this can be done. Click 2014 Masters Packet for the registration information.