Post Groundhog Meet Message from the Chair

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 (ally98003@aol.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 (connregistrar@usms.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 wahoomasters@att.net 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.

Jeff Sargent

A Message from USMS regarding the One Hour Postal Championships

Due to the extreme weather conditions experience during the month of January throughout the country, and the ensuing pool closures, the USMS Long Distance Committee has extended the date by which all swims must be completed for the 2014 USMS One-Hour Postal National Championships.  The extension will be from January 31 until February 10, 2014.  Entries must still be received by February 10, so swimmers should use the on-line entry system for swims done during this extension to avoid missing the deadline.  For swimmers who complete their One-Hour swim during the extension, their age will be determind as of their age on January 31, 2014.  For everyone else, their age of record will still be that on the day they swam, and results will be compiled accordingly.  This extension shall apply to all swimmers regardless of their LMSC.  You can find event and entry details at: https://www.clubassistant.com/club/meet_information.cfm?c=1308&smid=4912.

New England Masters SCY Champs

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.

Groundhog meet results

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.

A Message from Jeff Sargent

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.

Galen was ranked number 1 in the women’s 45-49 1500 meter free, while Christy was number 1 in the women’s 65-69 50, 100 & 200 breast and the 400 IM.

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

Meet Results, Registrations, and News

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.  

 

Wilton meet is full- There will no deck entries accepted.

The meet has reach full capacity at 92 swimmers.  They are hoping the meet will not run over 12:00 noon.

Westport Groundhog Meet Announced.

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 Message from the Wilton Wahoos regarding this weekends meet.

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 jdolan@charter.net. Bins are in the lobby of the Y. Thank you for your generosity!

 

Results from the NEM SCM Champs have been added.

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.