USMS Levels 1 and 2 Coach Certification Course

USMS will have a Level 1 and 2 Coach Certification Course in Bridgewater, NJ  on Saturday, March 26, 2017 from 8:30-4:30.  This course is intended for any USMS member who currently coaches or runs a masters program or is interested in starting.  This course is also excellent for members who are not currently part of a program and would like more knowledge in how to coach for themselves.  The program does require USMS membership and includes course materials and lunch.  The instructors for this course are Dominic Latella, Owner and Head instructor of Swim Box and Bill Brenner, USMS Education Director.

New England SCY Championships at Harvard – March

2017 New England LMSC SCY Championships at Harvard will be held Saturday, March 11, 2017: Distance Day (1650 free, 1000 free) and Friday-Sunday, March 17-19, 2017.

Registration is not open yet, but the order of events has been announced:

This is an estimated rough timeline for the meet, based on previous splash counts. An updated timeline will be posted after entries have closed.

All events are seeded slow-to-fast.

                            Check-in  Estimated  Actual
   Saturday, March 11, 2017 Closes    Start      Start
   One-hour warmup                     8:00 AM   
1a Women 1650 free deep      8:15 AM   9:00 AM
1b Women 1650 free shallow   8:15 AM   9:00 AM
2a Men 1650 free deep                 11:15 AM - 11:45 AM
2b Men 1650 free shallow              11:15 AM - 11:45 AM
3a Women 1000 free deep                1:30 PM -  2:30 PM
3b Women 1000 free shallow             1:30 PM -  2:30 PM
4a Men 1000 free deep                  3:00 PM -  4:30 PM
4b Men 1000 free shallow               3:00 PM -  4:30 PM
   Estimated Finish:                   4:00 PM -  6:00 PM

                            Check-in  Estimated  Actual
   Friday, March 17, 2017   Closes    Start      Start
   One-hour warmup                     8:00 AM   
6  Men 500 free              8:15 AM   9:00 AM
   15-minute warmup                   10:45 AM - 11:15 AM
7  Women 50 back                      11:00 AM - 11:30 AM
8  Men 50 back
9  Women 200 IM
10 Men 200 IM
11 Women 100 free
12 Men 100 free
13 Women 200 fly                       1:30 PM -  2:30 PM
14 Men 200 fly
15 Women 100 breast
16 Men 100 breast
17 Women 200 free relay                3:00 PM -  4:15 PM
18 Men 200 free relay
19 Mixed 200 free relay
   Estimated Finish:                   3:45 PM -  5:00 PM

                            Check-in  Estimated  Actual
   Saturday, March 18, 2017 Closes    Start      Start
   One-hour warmup                     8:00 AM   
21 Women 500 free            8:15 AM   9:00 AM
   15-minute warmup                   10:45 AM - 11:15 AM
23 Women 100 fly                      11:00 AM - 11:30 AM
24 Men 100 fly
25 Women 50 breast
26 Men 50 breast
27 Women 800 free relay (unscored)    12:00 PM - 12:45 PM
28 Men 800 free relay (unscored)
29 Mixed 800 free relay (unscored)
31 Women 100 IM                       12:15 PM -  1:00 PM
32 Men 100 IM
33 Women 200 back
34 Men 200 back
35 Women 50 free
36 Men 50 free
37 Women 400 medley relay              3:00 PM -  4:00 PM
38 Men 400 medley relay
39 Mixed 400 medley relay
   Estimated Finish:                   4:15 PM -  5:30 PM
   
                            Check-in  Estimated  Actual
   Sunday, March 19, 2017   Closes    Start      Start
   One-hour warmup                     8:00 AM   
41 Women 400 IM              8:15 AM   9:00 AM
42 Men 400 IM
   15-minute warmup                   10:45 AM - 11:15 AM
43 Women 200 free                     11:00 AM - 11:30 AM
44 Men 200 free
45 Women 50 fly
46 Men 50 fly
47 Women 400 free relay                1:00 PM -  2:00 PM
48 Men 400 free relay
49 Mixed 400 free relay
51 Women 200 breast                    1:45 PM -  2:45 PM
52 Men 200 breast
53 Women 100 back
54 Men 100 back
55 Women 200 medley relay              3:45 PM -  5:15 PM
56 Men 200 medley relay
57 Mixed 200 medley relay
   Individual/Team Awards:             
   Estimated Finish:                   4:15 PM -  5:30 PM

We estimate anyone swimming both the 400 IM and the 200 free to
have 90 minutes or more between swims.

Stay tuned for updated information.

New England SCM Individual Champs

Mike Laux led CONN Masters with six individual and two relay championships at the December 9-11 New England Short Course Meters Champions in Worcester, Massachusetts.

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Here is the list of individual and relay champs:

Individual Champions

Howard Alkoff  Men 80-84

400 Free,  50 Free, 200 Free, 200 Free

Heather Bernstein  Woman’s 30-34

200 Free

Rob Duguay Men’s 30-34

200 Breast

Paul Epstein  Men’s 70-74

100 Fly

William Geoghegan Men’s 65-69

200 Fly

Anna Gryglewska Women’s 25-29

200 Back

Doug Gugino Men’s 55-59

50 Free, 100 Free

Mike Laux  Men’s 75-79

400 Free, 100 Breast, 100 IM, 200 Breast, 200 Free, 50 Breast

Ann Louise Onton Women’s 70-75

50 Fly, 200 Back

Janit Romayko Women’s 70-75

100 Breast, 200 Breast

Jeff Stuart Men’s 55-59

800 Free

Ben Wyckoff Men’s 50-54

100 Breast

Michelle Zelek Women’s 30-34

50 Breast

Relay Champions

Anna Grylewska, Rob Duguay, Heather Bernstein, William Gerard

Mixed 400 Medley Relay Mixed 100-119

Peter Canning, Ben Wyckoff,  William Geoghegan, Mike Laux

Men’s 200 Free Relay 240-279

William Geoghegan, Robert Lamontagne, Mike Laux, Peter Canning

Men’s 200 Medley Relay 240-279

NESCM Champs-CONN Wins 2nd Place – Medium Clubs/5th- Overall

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CONN Masters, led by top scorers Ann Louise Onton, Ben Wyckoff and Paul Epstein, took 2nd Place in the medium team category and fifth place overall(out of 61 clubs) in the New England Short Course Masters Championships held December 9-11, 2016 in Worcester, Mass.  Last year CONN was fourth in the medium team category and seventh overall.  Here are the 2016  top 7 teams:

Abbr Name Swimmers Entries Points Place
Ind Relay Total Ind Relay Total %
CRM Charles River Masters 50 283 27 310 3074 728 3802 11.77 1
MAMA Minuteman Masters Swim Club 37 211 22 233 2171 604 2775 8.59 2
GBM Great Bay Masters Swimming, In 33 173 23 196 1863 614 2477 7.67 3
SWMR SwimRI 30 163 17 180 1893 412 2305 7.13 4
CONN Connecticut Masters 29 157 15 172 1858.5 418 2276.5 7.05 5
WAM Worcester Area Masters 27 175 20 195 1708 498 2206 6.83 6
GSP Granite State Penguins (NH) 21 138 12 150 1598 364 1962 6.07 7

Here are the point totals for CONN swimmers:

Sex Age
Group
Swimmer Individual
Events
Pts
Men 80-84 Alkoff, Howard 4 68
Women 30-34 Bernstein, Heather 6 84
Women 30-34 Bey, Madeline 7 76
Women 35-39 Burns Gallagher, Kelly 4 44
Men 55-59 Canning, Peter 10 78
Men 30-34 Duguay, Robert 7 99
Women 50-54 Edison, Cheryl 5 42
Men 70-74 Epstein, Paul 10 131
Men 65-69 Geoghegan, William 4 61
Men 18-24 Gerard, William 7 80
Women 25-29 Gryglewska, Anna 4 62
Men 55-59 Gugino, Douglas 3 44
Women 30-34 Guglielmo, Nicole 5 53
Men 40-44 Higgens, Erik 3 31
Women 60-64 Holbrook, Nikki 8 54
Men 55-59 Lamontagne, Robert 3 42
Men 75-79 Laux, Michael 6 102
Women 40-44 Madonia, Jennifer 4 35
Women 40-44 Matarese, Christine 7 96
Women 60-64 McGavin, Jean 2 26
Women 70-74 Onton, Ann Louise 11 151
Women 70-74 Romayko, Janit 3 34
Men 50-54 Sargent, Jeff 3 0
Women 40-44 Sega, Ally 11 120
Men 55-59 Shapiro, Charles 3 31
Men 55-59 Stuart, Jeffrey 1 17
Men 30-34 Walton, Austin 4 26
Men 50-54 Wyckoff, Benjamin 10 139
Women 30-34 Zelek, Michelle 2 32
Total 29 157 1858.0

CONN Men also reclaimed bragging rights defeating the women 949-909.

Here are the full results .

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CONN Masters Ready for New England SCM Championships-December 9-11, Worcester, MA

The registration deadline has passed. The teams have been finalized. 29 swimmers from CONN will be traveling to the 2016 NE-LMSC & Colonies Zone SCM Championships in Worcester, MA, on December 9-11.

Last year with 21 swimmers CONN finished in 4th place for Medium teams (10-31 Swimmers) and 7th overall. Key to improving on last year’s performance will be putting together as many relays as we can. Last year we finished 34 points — one relay team win away from 3rd place. There are four scored relays (200 Medley, 200 Free, 400 Medley, 400 Free). We can enter as many teams as we can field, but no swimmer can swim in multiple categories within in each relay. In other words, you can’t swim on a Men’s 200 Free Relay and a Mixed 200 Free Relay. Ally Sega and Rob Dugay will be in charge of putting the relays together. If you don’t volunteer, you will be recruited!

Here’s the list of CONN Swimmers:

CONN 2016 SCM Champs Team

There are also 800 Free and 400 IM Relays offered, but they are not scored. In the 400 IM Relay, each swimmer swims a 100 IM.

Check out this letter from the meet director.

We have a very exciting meet planned for you and your teammates, so get them to register, as well!
As a reminder, there will be:
Free parking
Warmer pool
Special snapchat filters
Free give-a-ways on our Facebook page, and throughout the meet
Complimentary meet pictures
Free commemorative lapel pin for all meet entrants
Customized meet t-shirts for purchase. You will get to choose your color and style, and get to print your teammates’ names on the back.
Concessions stand on deck
Massage therapists
Suit vendor Metro Swim Shop
And a fun, incentivised 4x100m IM relay at the end of the meet.
I look forward to seeing the continuation of some fierce, but friendly, rivalries!

Alford Green
Meet Director

Here are last year’s team results:

2015 Results
Large Team
Cambridge Masters Swim Club 3,441.50
Great Bay Masters 2,672
Minuteman Andover Masters Asso 2,555

Medium Team
Worcester Area Masters 2,106
Granite State Penguins (Nh) 2,062
SwimRI 1,419
Connecticut Masters 1,383
Maine Masters Swim Club 1,207

Let’s put some relays together this year and move up in the standings!

2015 SCM NE Championsihips CONN Masters News

Area Meet Results

Here are results from some recent meets in nearbye states attended by CONN swimmers.

HAWKtoberfest Masters Swim Meet
Oct 23, 2016
1 teams represented.
34 swimmers entered.
88 individual event splashes, 0 DQs, 6 scratches or no-shows.
8 relay event splashes, 0 DQs, 0 scratches or no-shows.

Results

8th Annual UVAC Leaf Peepers Masters SCM Meet
Oct 22, 2016
24 teams represented.
84 swimmers entered.
333 individual event splashes, 0 DQs, 11 scratches or no-shows.

Results

October Swim Fest
Oct 15, 2016
4 teams represented.
65 swimmers entered.
189 individual event splashes, 1 DQs, 0 scratches or no-shows.
9 relay event splashes, 0 DQs, 0 scratches or no-shows.

Results

What Club should I sign up for and Other Questions?

With meet season coming and registration around the corner, it’s time to review the rules for which club to sign up for.  USMS does not place many rules on what club to sign up for, even allowing people to sign up for clubs in states that are different from their address.  One story that always makes my heart melt is the man from Detroit that belongs to his father’s team in Massachusetts as a memorial.  This is all acceptable within the rules of USMS.

This year I would like to clarify that if you sign up for Club CONN, you are not required to belong to a workout group.  If you do not belong to any of the workout groups listed under Club CONN, you may still belong to Club CONN, instead of UC05.  There are several groups in Connecticut, for example Waterbury YMCA, that do not have a workout group and those members are welcome to belong to Club CONN so that they may do relays with other members of Club CONN.  Remember that if you belong to UC05, you may not do relays, even with other UC05 members.

If you do see your group listed as a club, you are welcome to join that club or CONN according to USMS rules.  Please check with your group to determine their policy.  You may not belong to both at the same time.

There is no difference between a club and a workout group for the purposes of USMS as far as price, requirements, or advantages.  The exception is that workout group members benefit from being able to do relays with members in the larger club, and not just members of their own group, so I would encourage group leaders to consider that when deciding to register a club or a workout group.

Questions welcome at Ally Sega at CTWebmaster@usms.org

Pan Am Games – July 28-August 3, 2018-Orlando, FLorida

The 2018 Pan American Games Swimming Championships will be held in Orlando, Florida, USA, July 28-August 3, at the Orlando YMCA Aquatic Center. They were last held in 2015 in Medellin, Columbia. With the 2017 FINA World Championships scheduled for Budapest, Hungry and the 2019 FINA Championships for Gwangu, Korea, the 2018 Pan AM games will be CONN swimmers closest bet for international competition. The races will be long course meters. Mark your calendars now, and hit the pool!

Boston and Newport Sharkfest (Results)

Boston and Newport Sharkfests were held this weekend. Results are posted here:

Boston Sharkfest

Newport Sharkfest

There were 77 racers at Newport, including CONN’s Ann Faust who won her age group.

There were 213 swimmers in Boston.

Coaching Level 3 Certification Class

USMS will be having a Coaching Level 3 Certification Class on Sat., Oct. 29, 2016 in East Elmhurst, NY.  In order to take the Level 3 class, you must be a current USMS member and have passed Levels 1 and 2.  The class is going to be taught by Mel Goldstein and Bill Brenner, both of whom are knowledgeable and enthusiastic teachers.  The class runs from 9 am to 3 pm and costs $225.  Registration