Fall Schedule is Being Added to the Registrations and Results Page

The summer swim season might be winding down but Fall is picking up.  Simmons College will again host their mini meet, Saturday, October 17th, up in Boston and Roger Williams will host theirs on Sunday, October 25th.  These are great for those looking for a little adventure or to check out some of the NEM SCM Championships competition.  Hartford Masters will host their first Winter Classic on Sunday, November 8th for those who would like to stay closer to home.  Check out this form for registration:  Hartford Masters Winter Classic 2015.

For those who are thinking, I didn’t get to do anything really crazy this summer, here is your opportunity.  Lewes, Deleware will be having an Escape from Lewes Open waters swims.  There are two distances, a 1 mile and a 5k (approximately 3.1 miles) that will be taking place this Sunday, September 27th.  There is still time to register at Escape from Lewes.

New England Masters has announced that they will be moving their NEM SCM Championships from the beautiful Boston University facility to an equally beautiful Worcester Polytechnic Institute.  The advantage for us in Connecticut is that it is closer for most people and the traffic and parking are usually more reasonable.  The meet is scheduled for the weekend of December 11-13.  More details on this meet will follow.

More info on Val: Such an Interesting Person

Vladimir I. Ouchakof, of West Hartford, died peacefully at home on Sunday, August 23, 2015. Born in Berlin, Germany in 1923, son of Ivan and Eudoxie Ouchakof. Vladimir was married to Josephine (Machuca) for 57 years, who died in 2006. Vladimir spent his youth in France attending both French and Russian language schools. During WWII he was a member of the French Resistance. After the War, Vladimir emigrated to Puerto Rico where he met and married Josephine. They moved to the Bronx, Westchester County and Connecticut where they raised their children. He is survived by his children Oleg Ouchakof and his wife Michelle, Marie Ringquist and her husband David and Boris Ouchakof and his wife Marcia, grandchildren Michael Ouchakof (Cara Lacey), Kara Virello (Andrew), the Reverend Katya Ouchakof (Mike Krajewski), Mary Kok (Sam), Peter Ouchakof, Michael Dartt, Avery Ringquist, Lia Ringquist and great grandchildren Lorenzo Virello and Joseph Kok. He is also survived by his sister, Anna Schilling, of West Hartford. He was an industrial designer for Combustion Engineering for thirty five years. Vladimir’s passion in later life was competitive swimming, which he took up at the age of 50. He competed on the local, national and international levels, winning numerous gold medals in American National Championships as well as Senior World Championships. He competed as recently as three months ago and attended a family reunion in Texas in June. Friends and family may call at the Sheehan Hilborn Breen Funeral Home, New Britain Ave., West Hartford on Friday, August 28, 2015, from 4 pm to 7 pm. Friends are invited to a memorial service at the funeral home at 10 am on Saturday, August 29th, followed by burial at Fairview Cemetery in West Hartford. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in Vladimir’s name to the Bridge Center, 1022 Farmington Avenue, West Hartford 06107. On-line condolences please visit: www.SheehanHilbornBreen.com

Published in The Hartford Courant from Aug. 26 to Aug. 27, 2015

Connecticut loses a Legend

Vladimir “Val” Ouchakof passed away last Sunday, August 23, 2015.  Calling hours will be Friday, August 28, 2015 from 4:00 pm to 7:00 pm.  A memorial service will begin at 10:00 am on Saturday, August 29, 2015.  Both will be held at Sheehan – Holborn – Breen Funeral  Home located at 1084 New Britain Avenue in West Hartford, CT.

Deadline for Nutmeg Games is Updated.

The deadline for the Master’s Nutmeg Meet will be Monday, July 27th.  Please register before that date to be included in the meet.  There will be tshirts, medals for top 3 places in each age group, and other prizes.

CONN Master’s Makes the NY Times

While NY Times CONN Masters Article primary speaks to Masters Swimming in Fairfield County (as that is the area the NY newspaper is closest too), it is a great article for promoting all Masters Swimming.  If you have any news regarding adult swimming in Connecticut or any CONN Masters swimmers, please pass them on so that we can continue to show the diversity of all our members and events.

Swim Across the Sound Fundraising

There are many CONN Masters participating and fundraising for the Swim Across the Sound coming up on July 25, 2015.  In an attempt to be impartial, please go to Meet the swimmers page on the St. Vincent’s website to see the names of people registered.  You will find CONN Masters listed under solo, two person relays, and team relays.  I encourage all to consider donating to any of the people swimming. The proceeds from this swim help fund the St. Vincent’s Medical Center Foundation which will be used to provide cancer education, screening, and prevention programs to uninsured and underinsured people.

A letter from the Chair, Jeff Sargent

“I apologize for the lateness of the Q1 update for Conn Masters. Later than usual championships and other work kept me tied up until just recently. The Masters short course season officially ended May 31 and, once again, Conn Masters had a banner year, including a “best ever” 5th place overall finish at the New England Masters short course championships in March. Conn Masters women grabbed 4th place and Conn Masters Men placed 6th. At the meet, swimming in the Men’s 25+ 800 free relay, the foursome of Steve Akers, Art Gunzl, Rob Duguay and Alexie Bachuretz combined to set a new Masters state record, covering the distance on 8:22.17. Nice work guys. IN late April, 5 Conn Masters headed down to San Antonio and raced at USMS Spring Nationals. Jen Brooks Crozier, Ashley Beeman, Ben Wyckoff, Howard Alkoff and Val Ouchakof all swam very well with Jen winning both the 100 IM and the 100 fly while Ashley Beeman took the title in the 1000 free and Val won the 200 IM. Congratulations to all who competed. Conn Masters followed that up with a very strong meet at the YMCA Masters Short Course Championships held May 7 – May 10. Swimming in Sarasota and under the Wilton Wahoo Masters banner, 36 swimmers joined to, once again, come away with a 3rd place overall, behind a very strong (and very large – 156 swimmers) Sarasota Sharks Masters and an equally strong (but not quite as large – 50 swimmers) YMCA of the Chesapeake team. The women took 3rdand the men placed 6th. One additional Conn Masters swimmers representing the Soundview YMCA also swam well. This meet will return to Sarasota next year, April 14th – 17th and I would encourage all to consider this meet. It is a lot of fun!

After the beat down Conn Masters put on the record books last year, I expected to see a drop off in new standards set. I was mistaken. 29 new Connecticut State individual short course records were set this year with Tait Michael out in front with 6 new records and Andy Reul leading the men with 5 new marks. Swimming in the 50 – 54 age group, Tait and Andy broke outright or tied every individual freestyle record with the exception of the 50 free. A remarkable accomplishment. And just for good measure, Tait decided to take on the 400 IM as well, taking that mark by over 40 seconds. Jen Brooks Crozier set 4 new State records, while Whitney Ross, Myles Lynch, John Craig and Jeff Sargent contributed 2 marks each. Amelia Fox, Maria Zenoni, Steve Akers, Mike Laux, Val Ouchakof and Jeremy Virgil each set 1 standard. In addition to the 800 free relay mentioned above, Lynne Zareski, Mary Anne Condon, Colleen Brandon and Sara Schrager set a new State mark in the Women’s 55+ 200 Medley Relay and Andy Reul, Greg Sargent, Anna Gryglewska and Whitney Ross broke the Mixed 18+ 200 Free Relay. Updated records will be on the website shortly. As always, if you see a record that I missed please contact me with the date and location of the meet and I’ll make the update.

As of May 23, Connecticut Masters membership stood at 477 members, up from 414 last year. We ended 2014 at 492 members and we are definitely on pace to exceed that mark. I am gratified by the increased membership and very pleased with the number of swimmers coming out for meets. Please let me know about your masters group as well. I’d love to hear what you all have going on. Also, please consider hosting a Masters meet. We need more places to race!

As we shift our focus to long course season and open water season, please continue to check the website for new meets and updates. http://www.ctlmsc.org/ The Wilton Summer Sizzler is scheduled for June 28 and there are several open water swims up on the calendar. The Conn Masters annual meeting will be held directly after the Wilton meet. We will hold officer’s elections and all are encouraged to get involved.

If you have any suggestions or comments please contact me directly at wahoomasters@att.net


Looking forward to seeing you all at the pool.

Jeff Sargent”


A note from the Editor:  Thank you Jeff for all the hard work you put into Connecticut Masters.

Master’s Swim Clinic to be held at New Canaan YMCA

Saturday, June 27th, New Canaan YMCA will be hosting a Master’s Swim Clinic with guest coach, Dr. Sam Freas.  Dr. Sam Freas has coached all levels of swimming including masters and Olympic.  He focuses on strokes, starts, turns, finishes and dryland.  The clinic will be held from 8:30 to 11:30 and is specifically for adults 18 years and older.  Please see this NCY Masters Clinic for more information.

Wilton Summer Sizzler and Annual Meeting

The Wilton Summer Sizzler is coming up on Sunday, June 28th.  This is a great opportunity to swim Long Course Meters so if you hate flip turns- sign up soon.  Following the meet is the CONN Master’s Annual Meeting.  This meeting is for ALL Connecticut Masters, regardless of if you have a leadership position in the organization.  The purpose of this meeting is for the board to be able to work with the members to set priorities, hear concerns, and work towards having a better organization.  If you have any interest in having a leadership role or feel that you can contribute to CONN Masters, feel free to speak to Jeff Sargent at your earliest convenience.  If you have any concerns or suggestions for the meeting and are unable to attend, please feel free to contact me and I will make sure it is on the meeting agenda.

CONN Masters SCY Records

The LMSC SCY records have been updated on the Records and Top Ten Lists page.  Congrats to all the people who set records in the last year.  Relay records are currently being updated and should be added soon.