USMS Convention is coming in September

The USAS (United States Aquatic Sports) Convention that includes USMS will be held this September 11-15, 2013 in Garden Grove, CA.  While the convention does include some work, including attending committee, zone, and delegate meetings and voting for elections and new rules, there are plenty of opportunities for fun.  Every night includes a social event culminating in a banquet to honor the top athletes, coaches and volunteers for each group within USAS.  It is also a great opportunity to see how the rules get made, voice your opinions and learn new information on all aspects of USMS.  It is an excellent opportunity to meet people from all over whether its an average swimmer from South Dakota, the newsletter writer from Adirondack, a master’s coach from Texas, or even maybe a famous Olympian.  (Yes, the delegates from Connecticut and New England drank beers and chatted with one last year.)  If you are interested in being a delegate to represent CONN Masters, please email Michael Laux as soon as possible.

Zone Championship Results

CONN Masters got 19th overall and 11th for men’s teams.  What makes this feat so impressive is that it was done all by one swimmer.  Peter Berghaus was the only swimmer entered for CONN and scored 54 points, and as such placed quite impressively within other teams from the Colonies Zone.  He swam 8 events, placing second in his age group and scoring 7 points each in the 50 and 200 back, 50 and 200 breast, 200 and 400 IM.  He placed third, scoring 6 points in the 100 back and 100 breast.  Thank you, Peter, for representing CONN Masters so well at Zones.

Dave Parcells- A Connecticut Legend

When most people think of great swimming, their minds go to California, Florida, Colorado, and Texas but Connecticut has some truly great swimmers especially in open water swimming.  A Connecticut native, Dave Parcells was a triathlete and open water swimmer, competing in the Ironman Triathlon in Hawaii and is the oldest person to have done a double crossing of the English Channel.  He was a champion fundraiser and organizer too, being a swim director of the St. Vincent’s Medical Center’s Swim Across the Sound and running the CT Open Water Championships.  He  was inducted into the International Marathon Swimming Hall of Fame after his death in 2007.  Connecticut youth and masters swimmers honor him annually at the CT Open Water Championships this year to be held June 29th at Lake Quassey.  Please see the Meet Results page for the registration website.

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  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 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.