Karlyn Pipes-Neilsen swim clinic in East Lyme

Karlyn Pipes-Neilsen will be holing a Freestyle clinic, including video taping participants in East Lyme.  The clinic will be on Sat, Feb 16th, 2013 from 12-4:30 pm and costs $195.  Please contact aquaticedge@hawaii.rr.com for more information or click here to be linked with the Aquaticedge’s registration page which will allow you to print a registration form or register online.

Meets have been added

Please check Meet Results as many new meets have been added.  First, a reminder that the Annual Ground Hog Meet is less than a week away on Sunday, February 3, 2013.  Hope you have been practicing and we will see you there.  Second, Greenwich YMCA is hosting a Mile Meet and Pool Party on Sunday, March 3, 2013.  This should be a good opportunity for Connecticut Master’s to be able to get in a distance swim early this year.  Then the dates have been announced for the NEM SCY Championships.  The distance day will be Saturday, March 16, 2013 and the rest will be Friday, March 22 through Sunday, March 24, 2013.  The event order has been posted although the entry form is not online yet.  Connecticut Master’s Games will host their swim meet on Sunday, May 19, 2013 at Central Connecticut State University.  Remember: it isn’t how fast you swam at the meet, it’s that you swam, had fun, and got a good meal afterwards!

Ground Hog Meet Sunday February 3, 2013

THE LINK FOR THE GROUND HOG ENTRY IS HERE https://www.clubassistant.com/club/meet_information.cfm?c=1867&smid=4447  Prepare for your Super Bowl Party by swimming in a meet that morning. The Annual Westport Y Masters Ground Hog Meet will be held from 9 AM till 1 PM on February 3, 2013. The event will include the 800 Free Relay and the 400 Medley Relay as new meet events this year. This is also a great opportunity for your relay to swim a TOP TEN Time.
Plan NOW to be there. Enjoy mid-winter camaraderie and fun. Use the January Jam as a method to get in shape and ready for the meet.
Enter on line NOW. HERE IS THE LINK https://www.clubassistant.com/club/meet_information.cfm?c=1867&smid=4447

Reminder to sign up for USMS

If you haven’t already, it’s time to register for USMS.  The benefits include getting: Swimmer Magazine, which is the best swimming magazine for adults, being allowed to participate in USMS sanctioned meets and other events, and being able to join USMS programs like Go The Distance.  In order to join Go The Distance, go to USMS.org and click on My USMS in the top right corner.  From there click on My Fitness Log (FLOG) under the Available USMS Member Online Services and follow the directions to enter the Go The Distance 2013.  Also note that the USMS website has been completely updated but still offers swimming articles, nationwide meet information, and information on Swimming Saves Lives Foundation.

Groundhog Meet to be held in Westport Feb 3

The Goundhog Meet that is held annually in Westport is one of Connecticut Master’s longest running and most treasured swim events.  This is a great local meet that offers all level of competition.  It is a great meet if you are starting your swim career and want to see how a meet works.  It is also a great meet if you want to try your skills against some of Connecticut’s best swimmers or want to have a meet to prepare for New England Championships or other larger meets.  This year it will be held Sunday, February 3rd.  Details will be added to the swim site when they are available.

New England SCM Champs Results

Results have been added to the results page.  Connecticut again had a proud showing at a New England Meet getting an overall 3rd place in the team event.  Connecticut was led by the very strong showing of Ann Louise Onton, who scored 174 points, placing her 3rd among women (in all age groups)!  Peter Berghaus also did well scoring 95 points for the highest scoring Conn Master’s men.  Christie Hayes added 62 points, Stewart Skolnick added 47 points, and Jack Driscoll added 4 points to Conn Master’s total of 382 points.  Congradulations to those who swam and thank you for representing Connecticut so well.

Meet Results page has been updated.

The results of the FVY meet have been added to the Meet Results page or FVY masters_meet_results_11-04-12[1].  Over 40 swimmers of all abilites participated in Sunday’s swim meet in Granby, CT.  Please join me in thanking Charlie Austin for running another fun and well organized meet for masters swimmers.  New England Masters Short Course Yards Championships will again be held at Boston University.  The meet will have the 800 free on Friday, Dec 7th with the remaining events split between Dec 8th and 9th.  Entry information has been added to Meet Results as well.

Swim Meet at Farmington Valley Y Tomorrow

Please remember that tonight is the night we change the clocks.  Before you go to sleep tonight make sure your alarm clock is set back one hour especially if you are going to the Farmington Valley Meet tomorrow morning.  Deck entried will be accepted until 7:30 and warm us starts at 7:00, the meet starts at 8:00.  I hope to see many of you there.

How do the rules get made? More Convention News.

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.

USMS/ASCA Coaching Clinic

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.