For those of you who love open water swimming, this is shaping up to be a good year. For those of you who haven’t done open water swimming, try it. All triatheletes, get a jump on the competition by practicing some open water swims where you can concentrate just on the swimming. The CT Open Water Championships in honor of Dave Parcells will be held in a new location this year at Lake Quassapaug on June 30th. This is a USAS and USMS joint meet and a great opportunity to see some of the best swimming in Connecticut by all ages. For more information, see CT Open Water Champs. Greenwich has posted information on both their 1 mile and 2 mile swims. Quassapaug Sailing Center has posted information on their Open Water Festival which offers a 3 mile, 1 1/2 mile, and 1/2 mile swim and the opportunity to try all three. Information for all of these events can be found in the Meet Results tab. Westport has also stated that they will be hosting their Compo Beach Mile Swim. Information will be added when it is available.
Held at Wilton YMCA, Wilton, CT
Meeting called to order at about 1:30. Meeting adjourned about 2:00
Treasurer’s Report: As of 7/15/11 the bank balance for CTLMSC is $39,670.16. There are sufficient funds.
Secretary’s Report: 2010 Minutes accepted.
New Items: Discussion on spending money to promote masters swimming participation, both membership and meet attendance. Voted to give swim caps to all CONN Members attending meets.
Wilton indicated a desire to host a SCM relay meet in November. The idea was well received.
Elections: No new nominations so all officers were voted back in.
Please help me welcome Jeff Sargent to the list of Conn Master’s Officers in the Vice Chair position. He humbly accepted the position for which he was unanimously voted into at out last meeting. This is a position that is required by USMS. Thank you to Jeff for allowing CONN Masters to meet this requirement by accepting the position. Please visit the Officers page if you would like to contact Jeff.
Maryland Swim for Life is holding it’s 21st Open Water Race on July 14, 2012. This year’s race is sponsered this year by The District of Columbia Aquatics Club. The races begin and end at Rolph Wharf on the Chester River and include a 1, 2, 3, 4, and 5 mile events. The is no registration fee but instead they are requiring each swimmer to get a minimum of $100 in donations which will go to several charities in the local area. More information can be found at their website: 21st Annual Maryland Swim for Life.
CONN Master’s had 11 Swimmers Make the 2011 Relay All Americans. They are as follows: Barbara Baker, Collenn Brandon, Dan Goodwin, Michael Hoffman, Myles Lynch, Tait Michael, Pam Henry Moss, Galen Rinaldi, Gregory Sargent, Jeff Sargent, and Shila Stolarski. If any of the winners would like a patch and certificate to commemorate being a Relay All American, please mail the 2011 Relay AA Request Form to USMS.
Connecticut sent two teams to the Y Nationals last weekend: Westport/Weston and Wilton. There were so many great swims that it would be to difficult to name them all so here are the highlights. Westport had 6 relays place, 3 got second places. Wilton had 20 relays, 9 got first places. Mike Laux, Sheila Stolarski, Kristin Gary, Catherine Milton, Susan Wager, Mereidth Moore, Margit Jebe, Barbara Love, Dan Goodwin, Peter Holmquist, Jeff Sargent all had an individual first place. Lauren Finnegan, Pam Moss, Markley Rizza, Bill Geoghegan, Danielle Honrath, Denise Callahan, Jill Looney, Cheryl Kupan, Lynne Zareski, Gregory Sargent, James Lewis received at came in top three. Tracy Phillips, Heather Friel, Coleen Brandon, Sian Nimkoff, Sara Schrager, Alexander Jason, Steven Shtab, James Kroll also all placed in individual events. That is 30 swimmers in all. Hope everyone had fun and we are very proud of all of you. If I forgot anyone or left out a team, please email me for a correction.
CONN Master’s only had one swimmer at the Zone Championships but Peter Berghaus did us very proud. Peter swam 8 events over 2 days. He placed second in the 100 Ba, 200 Ba, 200 IM and 400 IM. He placed third in the 50 Br, 200 Br, and 50 Ba. He placed fifth in the 100 IM with a great time (which just goes to show having a great time and a great place don’t always happen together). The results can be seen at Colonies Zone Championships 2012 or by going to the Meet Results page.
All members are welcome to come to the meeting and practice at Meriden YMCA on Wednesday, April 18th. The meeting will start at 6:30 and the practice will start at 7:30. Meriden Y is located at 110 West Main Street in Meriden.
Karlyn Pipes-Neilsen is going to be doing a freestyle clinic on April 21st at East lyme High School from 12:00-4:30. Karlyn is a world record holding Masters Swimmer who has been giving swim clinics for pool and open water swimmers/triathletes for years. Participants will have before and after videotaping of their strokes. Space is limited to 12 participants and the cost is $175. Go to: Faster Freestyle Clinic Registration to register.
Incase you want another chance at SCY before Nationals, The Colonies Zone SCY Championships will be April 13th to April 15th at George Mason University in Fairfax, Virginia. Registation can be done online at https://www.clubassistant.com/club/meet_information.cfm?c=1463&smid=3616 and is open until April 6th. There will be a Colonies Zone meeting April 15th at 8:30 am for any LMSC officer or delegate who is interested in attending. If you are interested in becoming a CONN Masters officer, please contact Mike Laux at email@example.com.