Pig Iron (Results)/ Upcoming Open Water Swims

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The Pig Iron Swimfest was held Sunday July 24 in Vernon, CT. Four races were held that featured many CONN swimmers.

In the 3 mile, Jeff Stuart was first out of the water in a time of 1:20:53. Jeff Michaud was 2nd with a time of 1:21:15. Julie Madison was first female finisher with a time of 1.25.50.

Jeff Stuart also won the 2 Mile and the 1/2 mile races, but finished 2nd to Matt Erasmus in the one mile.

Rowen Price was the top female finisher in the two mile. Fiona Price finished first in the 1 mile, and Svetlana Vassileava won the half mile.

For more results, click this link:

Pig Iron Swim Festival Results.

The event was hosted by the same fine folks from Newington Bike Shop who put on the Lake Terramuggus Swim Festival earlier and who host the Lake Terramuggus Sprint Triathlon Series.


For those who didn’t get to swim, there are still plenty of open water swims left this year.

We have just received word that while registration is not yet open, the Lake Quassy Swim festival is scheduled for September 3 this year. Save the date on your calendar for this great event featuring 3 mile, 1.5 mile and 0.5 mile races.

Lake Quassy Swim Festival

August 6- Greenwich 2 Mile Swim

September 11 – 2nd Annual Art Figur Tour de Shore 2k Swim

Olympic Swim Clinic-Stay Tuned

Planning is underway for a Fall Masters Swim Clinic taught by a U.S. Olympic Swimmer. The 4 hour session will cost $149 and feature training and instruction by a selected US Olympian. The clinics are run by Project Streamline. They normally do clinics for youth swimmers. This will be their first foray into Masters Swimming. Stay tuned for more information.

NE Swim Weekend(Results)/Greenwich 1 Mile/Lady Liberty Sharkfest /NH LCM Meet

Another big swim weekend for CONN swimmers.

224 swimmers took on the Greenwich Point One Mile Saturday morning.

2016 Results

Patrokul Stefanou finished first with a time of 16:52.
Jessica Knapp was the top female finisher in 18:57.

Many CONN Masters participated in the annual event including Jennifer Fredricks. Bethany Aronow, Paul Epstein, Ann Louise Onton and Steve Goran.

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The Lady Liberty Sharkfest was also held Saturday, July 16 at Liberty State Park in Jersey City, NJ, and featured 110 swimmers from all over the country.

Amanda Civitello, 17, of Wethersfield,CT was the top female from Connecticut coming in 9th overall. T.j. Friedman, 27, of Groton, CT was the top male finisher from Connecticut, coming in 25th.

Lady Liberty Sharkfest

Lady Liberty Sharkfest Results


Amanda Brown, Rob Duguay, Ally Sega and William Gerard attended the LCM Jenny Thompson meet in Dover New Hampshire on July 17,swimming individual events and doing the 400 meter IM relay together.

Here are the results:


Compo Beach-July 10-Results

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The 38th Annual Point to Point Swim was held at Compo Beach on July 10.

Here are the results:

Compo Beach Point to Point Results 2016

North Woods had the top time of 15:24.
Mark Loftis was second with 15.47.

Katy Luchansky had the top female time of 16.16.

The 38th Annual Swim had a large contingent of CONN swimmers including Mike Barry, Greg Sargent, Robin Demarco, Charles Lang, Ann Louise Onton, Ron Abbe, Myles Lynch and Howard Alkoff and many others.


Open water swimmers take note of of the upcoming Greenwich One Mile Swim on Saturday July 17,

Greenwich One Mile Swim

Wilton LC Summer Sizzler-July 10-Results

The Wilton Wahoo Masters Annual Summer Sizzler Long Course Swim Meet was held Sunday, July 10. It started as a coldish overcast day, but by the end of the meet the sun was out. The race features some great swims and camaraderie. 48 Swimmers from 14 clubs participated.

Great job by the event organizers with putting on a great meet and getting the results posted to the US Masters site so quickly.


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Mystic Sharkfest-July 9, 2016-Results

Sharkfest came to Mystic, Connecticut on Saturday July 9, 2016 for its second annual race. Ominous weather forced a shortening of the route, turning the 1500 event into a 1000 meter swim. The event was held at Mystic Seaport. Swimmers entered time trial style every five seconds, and swam out passed the historic Charles Morgan whaling ship upriver, before turning around and heading back to the designated finish dock. 145 swimmers participated.

CONN swimmer Galen Rinaldi was the overall winner with a time of 10:44.

Harry Hunsberger was the topmale finisher at 11:23.





Overall winner Galen Rinaldi (Superwoman) with Gaile Greenwood.

Sharkfest will be holding two more events in New England this year.

Sharkfest Boston September 17, 2016

“Sharks in Boston Harbor? Bostonians call them “Shaaahks”! Imagine swimming across Boston Harbor from Piers Park Sailing Center in east Boston to the swim finish at the John Joseph Moakley US Federal Courthouse at Fan Pier in South Boston. You can do this! We are thrilled to bring our popular open water swim series to Boston. The 1500 meter competitive swim will have downtown Boston for a backdrop as athletes navigate across the channel to a thrilling finish. The Coast Guard will stop all boat traffic in and out of the channel during this event. Water taxis will transport swimmers from the finish line to the start of the swim. The event is limited to 800 participants – so don’t wait too long to register! This will be the talk of the New England swim circuit.”

Sharkfest Newport September 18, 2016

“The Newport Sharkfest Swim will take place along the historic waterfront of Newport. The swim will start at the harbormaster’s dock in Perrotti Park in front of the Newport Marriott Hotel. It will be an in-water start in waves of 75 to proceed past the docks on your left side and anchored sailboats on the right side of the swimming channel. The 1500 meter swim will be a straight shot down the harbor to finish on the beach at King Park in the shadow of the statue of Rochambeau. The 1.5 mile swim will be the same course but just before the 1500 finish, the 1.5 mile course will turn left to add a rectangular course to bring them back to the finish. The event is limited to 400 participants, so don’t wait to register!”

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CONN Swimmer Paul Epstein with two English Channel Swimmers, Doug Comstock and Marty McMahon.




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Swimmers above include Madeline Bey, Rick Spear, John Delgado, Nicole Guglielmo, Christine Matarese, Paul Epstein, Ann Faust Jim Grimaldi, Cheryl Edison, and Caitlin McLaughlin.

Olympic Trials Finals on Video

If you missed it on TV or just want to rewatch the races, you can see all the Olympic Trial Finals at these links:

Men’s Finals

Nathan Adrian in the Men’s 50.


Women’s Finals

Here is Avon, CT’s Madison Kennedy’s valiant attempt to make the team in the 50 Free, missing by 0.15 seconds.

Swim Weekend-Mystic Sharkfest, Compo Beach, Wilton LCM

The coming weekend of July 9-10, 2016 features three premiere swim events for Connecticut masters swimmers.

On July 9, Sharkfest brings its brand race for a second straight year to Mystic for a 1500 swim “from from “A” Dock at Seaport Marine, up the Mystic River and under the famous Bascule drawbridge to finish at Mystic Seaport.” Consider bringing your wet suit as the water temperature is expected to be in the low to middle sixties.

Register Here:

Mystic Sharkfest

July 9 06:30 AM EDT – Athlete Check-In

July 9 08:00 AM EDT – Pre-Race Announcements

July 9 08:15 AM EDT – Race Starts

July 9 09:30 AM EDT – Awards Ceremony

After the race visit Mystic Seaport, the Aquarium, go for a sail, or down the road to Misquamicut.

On Sunday Masters swimmers face a tough choice: Open Water at the well run 38th Annual Compo Beach Point to Point One Mile Swim or the 16th Annual Wilton Wahoos Master’s Summer Sizzler Long Course Meters Meet at the Wilton Y’s pool (outdoors in the summer) — one of only two long course meters meets in Connecticut this summer.

Register Here:

38th Annual Compo Beach Point-to-Point Swim


Day of race registration and check in begin at 7 a.m., Sunday , July 10th at Compo Beach in Westport, Connecticut.

8:30 a.m. – Point to Point starts
9:30 a.m. – Kids Mini Point to Point starts
10:00 a.m. – Awards Ceremony

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Register Here:

Wilton Summer Sizzler LCM Masters Meet

On-line entries close July 5, 2016.

Warm-up 7:30am; meet start 8:30am; pool must be cleared by 1:00pm. Deck entries must be in by 7:30am! No deck entries will be accepted after this time.

Whatever your choice, send your pictures (and commentary) to Peter Canning at ptcanning@yahoo.com and we’ll post them on the web site, along with the race results.

CT Open Water Championships (Results) -June 25


The Connecticut Open Water Championships was held today at Lake Quassapaug in Middlebury, CT. The one mile swim was sanctioned both by USA Swimming and US Masters and was held on the grounds of Quassy Amusement Park.


Cecilia Embridge won the women’s division in 24.50.

Steve Akers won his 4th straight men’s championship in 22.26. Steve also helped out with running the kid’s Mini-Mile. Below is a video of the 11-12 year old start, future Masters swimmers.

Photos courtesy of Lisa O’Keefe, Glastonbury Assistant Head Coach.

Here are the official results:



Upcoming Open Water Races in Ct include:

July 9 – Mystic Sharkfest

July 10 – Compo Beach Open Water Swim – Westport

July 16 – Greenwich Point 1 Mile Swim

July 24 – Pig Iron, 1/2, 1, 2, 3 Mile Swim Races, Vernon

August 6- Greenwich 2 Mile Swim

Lake Quassy Swim Fest – Not yet scheduled.

September 11 – 2nd Annual Art Figur Tour de Shore 2k Swim

Lake Terramuggus Swim (Results) – June 19

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Connecticut Open Water Season kicked off today on Lake Terramuggus in Marlborough with 3, 2, 1, and 1/2 mile swim races. Each race featured a wet-suit division. Many CONN Masters swimmers sporting the team colors on their bathing caps and tee-shirts came out on this gorgeous Father’s Day. The water temperature was reported at 73 degrees.

The event now in its fourth year, began at 8:00 A.M. with a three mile swim. The course was a circular one mile loop around the lake, marked by large yellow duck buoys.

27 swimmers took on the 3 mile challenge with Matt Erasmus (wet suit) topping all swimmers with a time of 1:00:46.9. Garrett Gallo was the top male in the regular division with a time of 1:05.32.5. Galen Rinaldi was the top female finisher at 1:05:49.9.

21 racers did the two mile course with Galen Rinaldi topping all swimmers with a time of 44.47.4.

39 took on the one mile distance. Chris Hume (wet suit) had the top overall time of 22.30.8. Gordon Nunes was the top non wet-suit male swimmer and Madison Heist won the women’s division. 12-year old Lidyana Nadeau made her open water debut coming in with a sterling 31.56.3.

24 competed in the final 1/2 mile race with Galen Rinaldi again taking top overall and female honors while Silas Garrett won the men’s division.

Results/Awards (Select Race and Division).


The event was hosted by Newington Bike Shop which also runs the popular Lake T Thursday night Triathlon Series. In July they will be sponsoring another 3, 2, 1, and 1/2 mile swim event — this time at Lake Newhoca in Vernon.

July 24 – Pig Iron, 1/2, 1, 2, 3 Mile Swim Races, Vernon