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

2015-2016 SCY Top Ten

Conn led by Jeremy Virgil and Mary Anne Condon scored 28 Individual Top Tens for the 2015-2016 Short Course Yards (SCY) Ranking season. Virgil, who earned four top tens, was number one in the nation in the men’s 35-39 age group for the 1650 Yard Swim. Condon was 1st in the 50 Back for 70-74 year old females.

Other Top Ten finishers
Andy Ruel (3)
Myles Lynch (3)
Amelia Fox (3)
Galen Rinaldi (2)
Jeff Sargeant (2)
Shelia Stolarski (2)
Nicki Holbrook (2)
Jennifer Fredricks (2)
Steve Akers (1)
James Auxier (1)
Brenda Glidden (1)
Anna Gryglewska (1)

Ben Wykcoff, Rob Duguay,Alexi Backuretz, and Steve Akers earned a Top Ten for the Men’s 800 Free Relay in the 25 + Age group.

For times and places, click this link:

Individual CONN Top Ten

CONN Relay Top Ten

The 2015-2016 Season ran from June 1, 2015-May 31,2016.

Frank Wuest

It is with sadness that I share the news of Frank Wuest’s passing.  He was a longtime member of New England Master’s.  Some may know him through his participation and organizing in open water swimming, especially in the Rhode Island area.  He was also signed up to swim in the CT LCM Championships coming up in a few weeks.  Please read this message from Doug Sayles, NEM Chair.

“We are deeply saddened to share that long-time Cambridge Masters and New England Masters swimmer Frank Wuest passed away unexpectedly on Saturday, August 13, 2016, while participating in an open water race in Rhode Island. He was 56.

Frank has served on the board of New England Masters Swim Club and the New England Local Masters Swimming Committee, the regional arm of USMS, since 2011. For many years, he coordinated and promoted NEM’s participation in the One Hour Postal Swim and led NEM to be National Champions in 2012, 2013, and 2014. In 2013, the club had 625 swimmers participate, the greatest number of participants ever by one team.

In the water, Frank was a committed long-distance swimmer. He was a USMS Long Distance All Star in 2009 for accumulating the greatest number of points across a series of USMS open water and postal swims during the year, was twice a USMS Individual All-American (winning the 1-mile National Championship in 2008 and the 5K Pool Championship in 2010), and had 21 individual and 49 relay USMS Top-10 swims. Earlier this summer, Frank completed a 10,000M swim for time and was the top male finisher in the annual Charles River Swim.

Frank was the top fundraiser for the Swim Across America 2014 Boston Harbor Relay. He “made waves to fight cancer” by raising funds to honor his stepson, Elias, who had been diagnosed with and successfully treated for melanoma skin cancer.

Frank, President of Marcus Partners, a leading real estate investment and development firm in New England, pursued everything in life that was important to him – family, friends, work, volunteer work, travel, food, and swimming – with passion and focus. Many of you will remember his intensity when racing and when cheering for friends during their swims. Just this past March, he broke a finger during a strong finish in the 400 free relay at the Harvard meet. Frank always had inspirational words for Cambridge Masters teammates as they prepared for races, and provided thoughtful and encouraging feedback after each race. He made everyone feel special.

Frank is survived by his wife, Lyn Duncan (a fellow NEM and Cambridge Masters swimmer), his children, Sam and Allie, and his step-children, Micki and Elias. Funeral arrangements are pending.

With deepest sympathy,

The New England LMSC Board of Directors and Cambridge Masters”

Swim Across the Sound(Results)/Kingdom Swim

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July 30th was a special day for swimming. Many Conn Swimmers swam for a cause larger than themselves. The 29th Annual St. Vincent’s Hospital Swim Across the Sound was held. Swimmers departed Port Jefferson, NY and swam 25K to Captain’s Cove Seaport, Bridgeport, CT. They swam as solo swimmers, two-person relays and team relays — all for the cause of raising money to fight cancer.

Scan the entrants at the links below and you will see the names of many of our team members.

Team Relay

Two Person Relay

Solo Swimmers

It is not too late to show your support by donating to their fundraising efforts. $100, $50, $25, whatever you can afford is appreciated.

Last year they raised over $250,000.

Results

2015 Swim Photos

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Meanwhile up in Newport, Vermont, CONN swimmer Paul Epstein took on the Kingdom Swim, which is also this year’s US National 10 Mile Open Water Swim Championship and the WOWSA (World Open Water Swimming Association) 10 Mile World Championship. Paul, at 70, the oldest swimmer participating, swam in memory of his daughter Serena Rae Epstein, who passed away when she was 27.

He perserved throughout the long ten miles, battling currents and fatigue, and he came out a champion.

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Paul Epstein, CONN Swimmer, US and World Champion in 10 Mile Open Water 2016, Age group 70-74.

Kingdom Swim

Full race results will be posted when available.

“The inspiration of a noble cause involving human interests wide and far, enables men to do things they did not dream themselves capable of before, and which they were not capable of alone. The consciousness of belonging, vitally, to something beyond individuality; of being part of a personality that reaches we know not where, in space and time, greatens the heart to the limit of the soul’s ideal, and builds out the supreme of character.”
-Joshua Lawrence Chamberlain

On Saturday, no one swam alone.

Olympic Swim Clinic-Stay Tuned

Planning is underway for a Fall Masters Swim Clinic taught by a U.S. Olympic Swimmer. The 4 hour session will cost $149 and feature training and instruction by a selected US Olympian. The clinics are run by Project Streamline. They normally do clinics for youth swimmers. This will be their first foray into Masters Swimming. Stay tuned for more information.