Summer Meets Being Added

There are lots of open water events that have been added, including the annual swims in Greenwich and Westport and a new swim in Milford.  More events are still to come.  If you have a registration form or website for an upcoming open water event that has not been added yet, please email it to ally98003@aol.com.  For those of you more interested in pool competitions, Wilton Wahoos are once again hosting a long course meet.  Online registration can be found at Meet Results.   If you would rather register through the mail, you can print the 2013WiltonSizzler form and send it to Jeff Sargent at the Wilton Wahoos.  Mailed entries must be received by Tuesday, July 9th (not just postmarked but actually received).  Jeff is also asking that if you have your relays set before the meet, please let him know early.

CT Master’s Games

CT Master’s Games were held on Sunday, May 19th.  For the first year, they required USMS membership but drew as many people as in years past.  Heats were decided by gender and age, regardless of time which was a unique but fun experience.  Many of the faces people have grown to love in CONN Masters were in attendance, including Val Ouchakof, Fred Goldner, Jimmy Goldsmith, Peter Berghaus, and Bob Cahill.  There were also several people there swimming their first meet in many years (sometimes up to 30 years) and some where participating in their first swim meet ever.  The organizers handed out medals after each third of the meet, which was lots of fun, and the medals were very, very nice.  Many swimmers also swam excellent times causing people to wonder what was so fast about CCSU pool on Sunday.

Greenwich hosts Mile Swim and Pool Party

Back in March, Greenwich YMCA Masters hosted a Mile Swim and Pool Party.  78 swimmers participated in the mile swim with times ranging from 17 minutes and 25 seconds to 46 minutes and 25 seconds.  Here is the complete one-mile results with splits 3-3-13.  Congratulations to everyone who completed the mile.

Coaches Educational Opportunities

Hello- There will be two coaching clinics available in Massachusettes.   ASCA Level 1 and 2, Cambridge, MA on May 4, 2013 and ASCA Level 3, Cambridge, MA on May 5, 2013.  Mel Goldstein and Bill Brenner will be the instructors.  They will cover everything from proper stroke technique and working with adults to more behind the scenes coaching needs like how to get the most out of your budget, how to acquire pool time, and how to navigate the USMS insurance policy.

New England Short Course Championships

This meet is still accepting entries for those who have debated going.  Connecticut would love to put as many relays together as we can- we love those points and team spirit.  Anyone who is willing to do a relay come see either Charlene Puska, Carolyn Daniels or Ally Sega who will be sitting near the computer table in the bleachers.

Groundhog Results

Here are the 28th Annual Ground Hog Meet – Feb 2013 results.  The meet was very well attended and ran very smoothly.  Thank you to Mike Laux, Ellen Johnston and everyone who helped organize and run the meet.

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.