Online registration for Spring Nationals in Greensboro, NC closes March 23 at midnight. Click http://www.usms.org/content/scnats12meetinfo to register. If you are interested get your entry in quickly.
New England Masters have put out the final results for the Harvard Meet at http://www.meetresults.com/2012/nelmscscy/results.shtml. If you have never looked at this website, prepare to spend some time. They have organized the results in about every format you can imagine, they have a seed time analyzer, start reaction time results, and you can even print your own stickers or a participation sticker certificate- already filled out. Here are some of the highlights I found interesting: Peter Berghaus was the CONN Master high point winner with 130 points followed by Mike Laux with 68. Ally Sega was the high point for CONN Master’s women with 56.5 followed by Lauren Finnegan with 47. Melissa Stango made the best seeders list while no CONN Masters made the worst. CONN Master’s finished 5th for USMS Clubs. Overall it was a great meet. Congradulations!
CONN Masters added 34 points by having 2 Mixed 400 Medley Relays. Bill Geoghegan, Melissa Stango, Lauren Finnegan, and Mike Laux finished 5th while Kristin Scheel, Peter Berghaus, Ally Sega, and Stewart Skolnick finished 12th. Mike and Peter also battled it out for points in the 70-74 age group; Peter getting first in the 400 IM, Mike getting first in the 50 FL, Mike getting first in the 200 BR while Peter got secone. Again all CONN Master who swam earned points for the team. The best part of the day though was being serenaded with Irish songs through the streets of Cambridge by Mike. Thanks for the lasting memories.
CONN Masters continued to swim strong Friday at Harvard. Every CONN Master who swam earned points for the team with Peter Berghaus leading the way, getting second place in the 200 Ba. Congrats to Carolyn Daniels, Ally Sega and Stewart Skolnick for also helping CONN Masters in the point count. We are currently in seventh place going into Saturday.
The open practice to be held at Westport YMCA will be after the Swim Meet on Saturday, March 17. The original post said that hte practice would be after the meet on Sunday but since the meet is on Saturday, the practice will also be on Saturday. Sorry for any confusion.
Please see the Meet Results page for the upcoming National Meets. There has been a misconception that you must the qualifying times in order to participate in the meet. Unlike, youth swimming, at Master’s Nationals you may swim up to 3 events without meeting the qualifiying times. Having the qualifying times allows you to enter more than the three events.
For anyone going to Harvard this weekend, please consider doing relays with CONN Masters. We generally organize the relays in the stands behind the computer system/meet announcer. Many of us sit up there and hang out with other CONN Masters and enjoy a little team spirit and we would love to have a group there to cheer each other on. CONN Masters is off to a good start, 5th in USMS Clubs and 23 overall. Fred Goldner got first place in his age group for the 1650. Jack Driscoll also scored points for CONN Masters. Thanks for giving us a good start in the point chase. We are also going out to dinner both Friday and Saturday and encourage anyone who is staying to come out to eat with us.
Thanks to all who participated in Farmington Valley’s first Master’s swim meet. There were 46 participants ranging in age from 18 to 90 with many ages and abilities in between. The meet ran smoothly and only stopped once so that we could sing “Happy Birthday.” The meets oldest participant, Ted Simon, celebrated his 90th birthday at the meet. It was an honor to swim with him. Please see the results at Farmington Valley Meet Results or check the Meet Results page. Rumor is that Farmington Valley is going to make this an annual event, although possibly not on Spring Ahead Sunday next time. Please keep your eyes open for more meets at Farmington Valley YMCA.
There will be an open Master’s practice at Westport YMCA after the fun meet, 11:00 am this Sunday, March 18th. There will be someone running the practice and all are welcome to attend- whether you participate in the meet or not.
Barb Baker would like to invite everyone to a fun meet Saturday, March 17th at the Westport YMCA. It is a Memorial Meet in honor of Maura Marden, who lost her battle with breast cancer last year. The money raised will going towards teh Swim Across the Sound. It is a strictly fun meet- check out the events to understand! All adults are welcome; you do NOT need to be a USMS registered swimmer or a YMCA member to participate. Click: https://www.clubassistant.com/club/meet_information.cfm?c=1867&smid=3767 for more details and the list of events or visit the Meets Results page.