CT Masters at NESCY Harvard Championships

A contingent from CONN Masters is up at Harvard this weekend representing Connecticut swimming.  In the first race of the day, Ally Sega and Robyn DeMarco had a photo finish in the 400 IM.  Robyn out touched Ally by 0.49 seconds.  If this is an indication of what is to come, it should be a great weekend!  Check out results at this link:

NESCY Results

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Swim caps for Connecticut Masters

A reminder that swim caps are available for all Connecticut LMSC members.  There was some confusion that they were only for members who had signed up for the Connecticut Masters Club.  This is untrue, ALL Connecticut LMSC members are invited to wear a Connecticut Masters cap.  If you have not received one yet and would like one, please contact Galen Rinaldi or Ally Sega.  We will have them available at Harvard for those who will be there.

Annual Meeting Minutes 2/7/16

Make up meeting for cancelled 6/28/15 meeting.

Meeting was called to order around 1:30 and was adjourned around 2:00.

The primary topic for discussion was the treasure’s report and subsequent budget.  Connecticut Masters is again generating more revenue than expenses.  It was noted that some board members have not submitted for 2015 expenses which explains part of the lack of expenses.  Said board members have said they will try to get there expenses in ASAP.  It was noted that last year, the board had agreed to run a survey for members to vote on a new logo and then create a cap for members as a free member benefit to all LMSC members.  The survey was successfully completed, caps were created and ordered (both latex and silicone) and have been handed out to any LMSC member at swim meets.  Almost half the of the latex caps have been distributed and all of the silicone caps have.  Due to the success, more caps will be ordered at a later point in time.  The board will also look into creating team t-shirts which will also be free to all LMSC members.

Jeff Sargent suggested to again have the LMSC pay all sanctioning fees for pool meets and would like to fund 2 sanctioned open water swim events.  He suggested we try to fund one in Fairfield/Litchfield counties and another in the central/eastern part of the state.  The board agreed with this decision.  Jeff will work with events in the Fairfield/Litchfield area to pick an event.  Galen Rinaldi will do the same in the rest of the state.

Jeff has been researching other ways services to offer members as a benefit.  He had suggested having learn to swim clinics with Pam Moss and Ally Sega as instructors.  He again suggested having one in the Fairfield/Litchfield counties and another in the central/eastern part of the state with the LMSC picking up costs to run these programs.  Again the board agreed.  It was also mentioned to have a competitive swim clinic somewhere in the state.  Ally was willing to be the coach for a clinic if a place could be found to have one.

Lastly, regarding the budget, Jeff suggested that the members would benefit if the LMSC bought a laptop and a license Meet Manager.  He believes that more places/groups would be willing to run meets if they had access to Meet Manager and that it might be easier for some already existing meets to have access to the LMSC’s license.   His research shows that Meet Manager can be owned by a club or an association, so the LMSC would qualify as an association.  It was noted that having an LMSC license to Meet Manager would be a great way to quickly update and store LMSC records.  It was suggested that the LMSC also buy a portable printer so that all meet hosts would be able to quickly set up and run meets.  The board unanimously agreed to purchase all three items.  Well many qualified members in the IT field were mentioned, it was agreed that Pam would research a good laptop and printer to purchase.  It was believed that her advantage was in hearing the discussion for what equipment would be most useful.

Lastly, Jeff brought up elections, which will be held at the next meeting.  He said he will not be willing to serve after this term as chair but would like to remain involved in recruiting groups to host masters events.  He also clarified that the only elected positions on the board are Chair, Secretary, Treasurer, and Registrar.  All other board positions are appointed positions and do not need elections.  (This is written into the CTLMSC bylaws.)

The floor was then open to at large questions.  The first question was the delay in meets being announced.  It was clarified that this was not a usms or ctlmsc website issue but an issue that the meets themselves are not finalized and announced until shortly before the event.  This was answered in that often the pools dates can not be confirmed until late.  Ally requested that all information for the website be sent to her as early as possible so it can be added to the website quickly.  All agreed to help in with this.  Peter Canning has also agreed to learn the website so that he can be a contributor.  This will hopefully also increase the amount and quickness of information being added to the site.

No other questions were asked and the meeting was adjourned.

Respectfully submitted,

Ally Sega, CTLMSC Secretary

 

Registering for a club and participating in relays

Several years ago, FINA, the international governing body for masters swimming created a rule that no swimmer would be allowed to participate in an international event without belonging to a “team”, or as USMS calls a club.  USMS had allowed for swimmers to be considered unattached and these swimmers not be allowed to participate in international events and could potentially negate the results for other attached swimmers.  USMS considered many possible solutions to this problem and decided upon creating clubs called unattached, one for each LMSC.  These teams or clubs would fulfill all the purposes of a team for FINA’s rules but would still not be considered actual clubs by USMS rules.  While you may swim in international events as an unattached swimmer, you may not participate in relays at any level.

It has been found that when registering, there is still confusion.  Some reasons include the confusion between belonging to LMSC Connecticut and Club Connecticut Masters.  Being part of  the LMSC Connecticut does not automatically place you on Club Connecticut.  Relays are organized at the club level, not the LMSC.

Others might be confused as they do not practice with an established workout group within CONN Masters.  USMS does not require you to practice, pay membership fees, or officially join a team or workout group in order to be listed as part of that group for your membership purposes.  For example, a swimmer who lives in Michigan and practices in Detroit might be a member of the LMSC Connecticut.  A person who practices in West Hartford might be a member of Meriden Masters work out group.  And a person who practices by themselves in Brookfield may still be a member of Club Connecticut Masters.  Under USMS rules, this is all acceptable.

If you are currently listed as UC05, please reconsider joining a club.  If you do not belong to a club listed, please join Connecticut Masters.  It is an advantage to you and other members to belong to a club as it increases the ability to participate in relays.  Please contact Sian Nimkoff, the registrar for Conn (LMSC) Masters at CTRegistrar@usms.org to update your club affiliation.

USMS Coaching and Adult Learn to Swim Classes offered in the Northeast

USMS is offering a Coaching Levels I and II class in New York City on March 20, 2016.  Many masters from Connecticut have already taken this class which teaches both on deck coaching skills and also program management skills.  This program is beneficial for those already coaching and those interested in becoming a coach or starting a program and for any masters swimmer who swim independently and are self coaching.  You may register at New York City Levels I and II.

USMS is also offering an Adult Learn to Swim (ALTS) Instructor class in Boston on April 23, 2016. The class will be instructed by Bill Meier, who is very passionate about the ALTS program and April being Adult Learn to Swim month.  This program is great for any swimmer who is interested in teaching adults to swim and has no swim instructor experience or has work with children and would like to learn how to adapt those skills to better help adults.  You may register at:  Boston ALTS Instructor Class

NEM SCM Championships a success

CONN Master’s recently went to Worcester for the New England Master’s Short Course Meters Championships and had some wonderful swims and had an even more wonderful time with friends, new and old.  Twenty-one swimmers competed over the course of 3 days, each contributing to an overall 7th place team finish (out of 63 teams).  Please see this article: NEMSCMPOST  by Peter Canning for details and photos.

Fall Meets Results Are In.

Simmons College hosted another well run meet.  Highlight of the meet for many was watching Laura Denison, para athlete from New England, swim her first 200 IM in a meter pool in just over 5 minutes.  Click here for more results: October Swim Fest 2015_Results.  Connecticut was also represented at Hawktoberfest at Roger Williams College by Ursula Nickerson, who had some great times.

Lastly, thanks to all who participated in Trinity College’s first, hopefully annual meet fall meet.  There were many familiar faces and lots of new faces too, from all over Connecticut.  It has been reported that there were at least 5 new swimmers to USMS.  Congratulations to all who competed for the first time, and to those who competed for the first time as an adult.  The officiating was excellent and the meet was well run.  Thanks to Carlos Vega for putting it all together.

 

It’s that time of year again: Registration

Please go to the Registration Page to register for USMS or to renew your membership.  If you were registered in 2015, your registration is good until 12/31/15 and you may compete in meets for the rest of the year with the your 2015 membership.  However, if you are new to masters, you may register now for the 2016 season and that membership will begin as soon as it is process (almost immediately if done through the website, longer if sent in by mail).  Most years there is confusion as to what areas to sign up for.  First pick your LMSC.  CONN is the LMSC for this area.  Then pick your club.  There are multiple clubs to pick from in Connecticut, including Club CONN (different from the LMSC CONN), and you also have the choice not to pick any club.  If you do not choose a club, you will be added to “Club” UC05.  This club is for technical purposes only and will not allow you to participate in any relays, so it is encouraged that you pick a club.  Under Club CONN, there are workout groups and you may choose a workout group, especially if you practice with one of the many area teams but you are not required too.  As always, our registrar is great about fixing mistakes in the registration process.  She is, however, a volunteer, so please try to be as accurate and thoughtful as possible when registering so as to help her out as much as possible.

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