Ever wonder why masters are allowed to do breaststroke kick during butterfly or why masters are allowed to start in the water facing the course or the wall? (Yes, those really are rules.) These rules are debated and voted on at the convention. USMS is made up of many committes that are made up of about 10-20 members. They cover topics such as The Coaches Committee, Open Water Committee, Rules Committee, Championship Committee, etc. During convention, they hold meetings that all convention attendees are allow to attend. They talk about what changes they are working towards in Master’s swimming, including anything that will be voted on by Convention Delegates. Some of this year topics included how to institute a point system to determine the fastest open water swimmers, what are safe and reasonable temperature limits for open water swimming, and what are reasonable expectations for LMSC boards. With such broad topics, it is easy to find subjects to feel passionate about. I enjoyed both in the Open Water Committee Meetings and the LMSC Committee meetings, reminding members that not all LMSC’s have 10,000 plus members and that expectations and rewards should be balanced for the large and small LMSC’s like Connecticut. While sometimes listening to the debates can seem tedious, it is a great way to give to USMS and get so much back at the same time.
NJ LMSC is hosting a USMS/ASCA Master’s Coach Level 1 and 2 Certification Clinic in Cranford, NJ (which is not far from Elizabeth, NJ which is near Newark, NJ- it is not far from NY). This is an all day program being taught by Mel Goldstein with help. Like many coaching clinics, even if you are an experienced coach, you will pick up great ideas from the instructors and the other coaches that attend. The class covers both the logistics of running a program: budgeting, marketing, insurance and safety issues, etc and swimming fundamentals and the latest theories on good technique. I have taken this class and even after coaching for 18 years, I thought it was great. Click here for registration information.
Held at Wilton YMCA, Wilton, CT on 7/22/12
Meeting was called to order at about 12:30 and was adjourned about 1:00 pm
Treasurer’s Report: There is over $30,000 in the bank account.
Secretary’s Report: NA
2011 Minutes accepted as posted.
New Items: Westport questions whether member would like to have a 1500 SCM Free Meet in the fall. There were a lot of positive responses. Westport is considering having the meet in October if they can get the Staples High School Pool.
Wesleyan’s Coach has expressed interest in hosting a LCM meet in 2013. There were also positive responses to this.
CONN Master’s attire was discussed. Many people would like to have a good quality shirt (not just a tshirt) that is possibly a light pool color with the old CONN Masters stitching in forrest green. This will be looked into.
Elections: Jeff Sargent volunteered to be the Coaches Chair. He ran unopposed and was elected to the position. There were no other new nominations for existing positions so all existing officers were voted back in.
The results for Quassy’s Swim Festival have been added. It is great to see so many participants. 32 brave souls did all three races for a combination of 5 miles of swimming. Congradulations to those people. There have been several meets added around NY and New England that sound enjoyable. Please remember that Connecticut’s Farmington Valley Y Fall Master’s Meet will be 11/4.
I was lucky enough to attend the USMS Convention in North Carolina this last week. The highlights are too numerous to share in just one news burst so over the next couple weeks, I will share some of my experiences. The convention is both a way to give to USMS, which is almost entirely run and organized by volunteers but also a way to get more out of Masters. I was able in many occasions to voice my opinion that USMS should remember that some LMSC’s are smaller, like Connecticut, and that rules, regulations, and rewards need to be balanced to equally represent us. I was also able to remind people that USMS is for “fitness, fun, and fellowship” and that fast is not one of the founding principals (even though it can be fun too). While I can talk at length to the importance of committee meetings and workshops, the real benefit of going to convention is the socials. While I have so many great memories, I will share this one first. Friday night, a group from New England and I celebrated a successful day by drinking some beers by the pool. Who should wander over but none other than, world record holding, Olympic gold medalist, Aaron Peirsol, who sat a drank with us for over 2 hours. And the best is that he is really cool, down to earth, and has a great attititude about swimming for fun. Yes, I will add the pictures for those of you who think this is just a ploy to get more CONN Master’s to convention next year. But really, consider making time for next year’s convention in Anaheim, California.
Hello- 5 CONN Masters participated in the John Daly One Mile Swim with excellent results. Ann Louise Onton came in first in her age group and was the second to oldest woman to complete the race. Chet Morgan and Richard Bolton got third place in their age groups while Mark Schoenherr got fourth and Cristobal DeAldecoa got seventh for theirs. Thank you for representing CONN Masters so well in a Metropolitan LMSC swim meet.
Farmington Valley Y, who hosted a successful spring meet this year, is going to host a fall meet also. Registration can be found at Farmington Valley Y Fall 2012 Master’s Meet or by going to Meet Results. The host team is advising that the schedule is subject to change. If there are a lot of entries for the 500 free, they may move it to the end of the meet. Please plan your events accordingly and hope to see you there.
Wilton Summer Sizzler Results 2012 are in and can be found by clicking on the link or by going to Meet Results. 51 swimmers and 6 relay teams competed in the event. There were swimmers representing teams from all over the Northeast and there was a good mix of competetive levels. The weather was beautiful and the water felt great. Overall it was an excellent meet.
Results have been added for many of the summer meets and open water swims at Meet Results. We had two swimmers go to the New England Long Course Championships. Arthur Gunzl swam the 100 Free and the 100 Back for got first place, and the 50 Free for second place. Peter Berghaus swam the 100 Breast, 200 IM, 100 Back, and 200 Breast for first place and the 200 Back for second place. Great job Arthur and Peter.
We are getting into a great summer season as more events are being advertised on CTLMSC.org. There is still time to enter the only long course competition in Connecticut: The Wilton Summer Sizzler (can we call it the Connecticut Long Course Championships?). Relays will be run in the 200, 400 and 800 distances and it would be great to see CONN Masters set some records at this meet. Click here: Register for the link to the online registration. Two open water swims on Long Island have been added. Also keep the date open for Wilton’s SCM meet on November 11th. This is a great time to try to set some records for CONN Masters.