Here’s a reminder that there is a lot of great swimming going on this season but the deadlines are approaching quickly too. First is the CT Open Water Championships. This a great open water race: the competition is tough but the water is beautiful. The registration deadline is June 21 and the meet is June 28. Next is the Wilton Summer Sizzler, unofficially the CT LCM Championships. This is also a great place to swim and the annual meeting will be held following the meet. Registration ends June 24 and the meet is June 29. FINA World Championships are in Montreal this year, the closest they have been in a long time and probably the closest they will be for a while. Registration is quickly coming up on this: June 1 which is this Sunday, even though the meet is July 27-August 10. USMS LCM National Championships are also close to home this year, in College Park, Maryland. Registration ends online on July 9, but there is a discount for anyone signing up before June 19. That meet will be August 13-17. Anyone signing up for USMS LCM Nationals who either wants to or is willing to do relays, please contact me at email@example.com. For information on how to register for these meets, please go to Meet Results.
With the close of short course season upon us, the Connecticut Masters completed one of the teams more successful seasons in recent history. In addition to increased participation at both in state and out of state meets, Conn Masters put in a very strong showing at the New England Masters short course championships in March. Conn Masters followed that up with a very strong meet at the YMCA Masters Short Course Championships held April 10 – April 13. Swimming in Sarasota and under the Wilton Wahoo Masters banner, Conn Masters swimmers swam away with a 3rd place overall, with the women placing 3rd and the men placing 4th. Two additional Conn Masters swimmers representing the Soundview YMCA also swam well.
Short course season saw 29 new Connecticut state individual records and 13 new state relay records. Amelia Fox and Andy Reul led the charge with 5 new individual marks a piece, while Myles Lynch, Denise Callahan, Sian Nimkoff, Pam Wilson and Mike Laux each set 2 new standards. Greg and Jeff Sargent each swam on 4 record setting relays, while Pete Holmquist, Tait Michael, Sheila Stolarski, Pam Henry Moss, Steve Akers, Myles Lynch and Andy Reul were members on 3 relays each. The relay records are still a work in progress and should be on the website shortly. Likewise, the updated individual records will be up soon.
As of May 23, Connecticut Masters membership stood at 414 members, up slightly from last year (405). I am gratified by the increased membership and very pleased with the number of swimmers coming out for meets. I do want to give a hat tip to both Ally Sega and Galen Rinaldi. Ally is running a growing and very enthusiastic masters group up in Meriden and Galen has a similar vibe going up at Cornerstone Masters. Please let me know about your masters group as well. I’d love to hear what you all have going on.
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 29 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.
Lastly, registration for Masters World Championships closes June 1 and USMS Long Course championship entries close July 9th. Both meets are “local” to Connecticut and I would like to see Conn Masters with some nice entries at both.
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Looking forward to seeing you all at the pool.
CT Open Water Championships will once again be held at Lake Quassapaug in Middlebury, CT. The event will be on Saturday, June 28th and is in honor of Dave Parcels. This event is a great opportunity for Master’s swimmers to support a USA Swimming event and show younger swimmers that swimming is a great sport for all ages. The event referee is Mike Huffman, who does an excellent job running swim meets and open waters races, paying particular attention to fairness and safety. Last years race was exciting and this years race should be just as good. Please click 2014_Open Water_Meet_Announcement for more information.
Dana Brinker from CONN Masters made the worst seeders (3 or more events) list for NEM Champs. She came in 11th place, being off 23.5 seconds per hundred in her 3 races, or 18.6% error. In some cases, being off your seed times can be a bad thing. In Dana’s case, however, being off is a great thing as her times were all improvements over what she predicted she would be able to swim. Great job beating your expectations. One Connecticut swimmer made the best seeders (for 3 or more events) list also. Carolyn Daniels was 33 on the best seeders list. Denise Callahan matched her 50 back seed time exactly. Honorable mentions for best seeded swims went to Lorren Elkins- 50 back, Melissa Stango- 200 breast, Galen Rinaldi- 200 free, and Pam Henry Moss- 100 IM.
Thank you to everyone who participated. Connecticut Masters was able to enter 10 relays through out the weekend- a record by far. While the swimming was great, the camaraderie was even better. I would especially like to thank Galen Rinaldi, Rob Duguay, Peter Berghaus, and Stephen Johnson (who swam for Mansfield but cheered for CONN). While ALL the CONN Masters were noted to have superior teammanship and spirit, these swimmers went above and beyond to make others feel good about the weekend. “Galen was talking to me and I really felt like I could do it afterwards.” “I did well because Rob helped me with my turns before my race.” “I have to cheer for Peter because he always cheers for me and it really helps.” “Stephen counted for 5 swimmers in the women’s 500 free just to be nice to people.” These were just some of the compliments heard. I would also like to thank Carolyn Daniels and Robyn DeMarco who booked hotel rooms and dinner reservations for the Meriden Workout Group.
I am already being contacted regarding doing relays at Harvard at email@example.com. It looks like we might be able to get at least 3 relays in the same event at least once this year (our past record was 2 relays). Keep contacting me with your name, age, gender, the days and times you are planning to be at Harvard and the strokes/distances you feel comfortable or uncomfortable swimming. The more information I have ahead of time, the more accurate our relays can be.
I have heard some newer swimmers say that they don’t think they are ready for a big meet like Harvard yet. While there are a lot of fast swimmers at Harvard, they are not necessarily any faster than our fast swimmers- there are just more of them. There are also a lot more average speed swimmers and there are more newer and slower swimmers. I have met swimmers at past Harvard meets for whom it is their first swim meet ever. Despite the large number of swimmers, the meet is run well. It is efficient but organized and not rushed. People are friendly and helpful- just like the meets we have hosted in Connecticut. I believe that any swimmer of any ability or experience can have an enjoyable experience in Harvard.
I have already heard from some people interested in going to Spring Nationals in Santa Clara, California. I would like to also put relays together for that meet. If you are planning on going, please email me at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Great turnout at the annual Groundhog Meet last Sunday. Thanks go out to Mike Laux and the rest of the Westport Masters for putting on a very good meet. Following on the heels of the Wilton short course meters meet in January, we’ve had 2 good opportunities to get up and race. The New England LMSC SCY Championships are next on the calendar with distance events scheduled for March 15 and the rest of the meet the following weekend. Ally Sega (email@example.com) will be coordinating relays for Conn Masters. Please remember that USMS and FINA rules, relay members must all belong to the same club, but can be members of different workout groups. Likewise, the rules state that unattached members may not compete on relays. If you would like to change your club affiliation, please email our registrar Sian Nimkoff (firstname.lastname@example.org). If you haven’t renewed for 2014 yet, you can follow the attached link and renew here.
The YMCA National Swimming and Diving Advisory Committee will host the annual YMCA Masters National Championships April 10th through April 13th in Sarasota, Florida. This meet is open only to YMCA members, but the rules state that swimmers must be a member of a YMCA the day entries are due (March 14, 2014) through the end date of the meet (April 13, 2014). Some YMCAs offer short term memberships spanning the required time frame. If you are not a YMCA member but would liek to swim at this meet, please contact your local YMCA and ask to speak with the Aquatics Director. Wilton, Westport-Weston, and New Canaan YMCAs have sent teams in the past. This year, Wilton and Westport are joining forces and it is hoped that as many as 30 swimmers will swim as one team and show the rest of the Masters teams that Connecticut has some swimming game! Please feel free to email me at email@example.com for additional information or you can go to the following website for all the meet information.
USMS and Nationwide Insurance are hosting short course nationals at the George Haines Swim Center in Santa Clara, California May 1-May 4. Information for that meet can be found here: 2014 Nationwide USMS Spring National Championships.
Lastly, as we look ahead to Long Course, please keep in mind that FINA World Masters Championships will be in our proverbial “backyard” this year. The swimming events will run from August 3-August 10 in Montreal, Canada. Information can be found at 2014 FINA World Masters Championship.
Hope to see you on deck soon.
The website for New England Master’s SCY Championships is up and running. They are not accepting registrations yet but the dates are as follows: 1000/1650 Free is on Saturday, March 15, 2014 and the rest of the events will be split between Friday, March 21- Sunday, March 23. We will be trying to put as many relays together as we can. I encourage everyone to get involved in the relays- No one should be thinking that they are not a good enough swimmer because most all relays earn points for the team. If you are not currently registered as part of the club CONN (regardless of workout group), please email the registrar if you are interested in swimming relays as part of CONN. If we have enough swimmers for multiple relays, we will be able to organize swimmers into age groups and ability levels, which makes the relays more enjoyable and earns more points.
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.