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.


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.


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.

NE Swim Weekend(Results)/Greenwich 1 Mile/Lady Liberty Sharkfest /NH LCM Meet

Another big swim weekend for CONN swimmers.

224 swimmers took on the Greenwich Point One Mile Saturday morning.

2016 Results

Patrokul Stefanou finished first with a time of 16:52.
Jessica Knapp was the top female finisher in 18:57.

Many CONN Masters participated in the annual event including Jennifer Fredricks. Bethany Aronow, Paul Epstein, Ann Louise Onton and Steve Goran.

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The Lady Liberty Sharkfest was also held Saturday, July 16 at Liberty State Park in Jersey City, NJ, and featured 110 swimmers from all over the country.

Amanda Civitello, 17, of Wethersfield,CT was the top female from Connecticut coming in 9th overall. T.j. Friedman, 27, of Groton, CT was the top male finisher from Connecticut, coming in 25th.

Lady Liberty Sharkfest

Lady Liberty Sharkfest Results


Amanda Brown, Rob Duguay, Ally Sega and William Gerard attended the LCM Jenny Thompson meet in Dover New Hampshire on July 17,swimming individual events and doing the 400 meter IM relay together.

Here are the results:


Mystic Sharkfest-July 9, 2016-Results

Sharkfest came to Mystic, Connecticut on Saturday July 9, 2016 for its second annual race. Ominous weather forced a shortening of the route, turning the 1500 event into a 1000 meter swim. The event was held at Mystic Seaport. Swimmers entered time trial style every five seconds, and swam out passed the historic Charles Morgan whaling ship upriver, before turning around and heading back to the designated finish dock. 145 swimmers participated.

CONN swimmer Galen Rinaldi was the overall winner with a time of 10:44.

Harry Hunsberger was the topmale finisher at 11:23.





Overall winner Galen Rinaldi (Superwoman) with Gaile Greenwood.

Sharkfest will be holding two more events in New England this year.

Sharkfest Boston September 17, 2016

“Sharks in Boston Harbor? Bostonians call them “Shaaahks”! Imagine swimming across Boston Harbor from Piers Park Sailing Center in east Boston to the swim finish at the John Joseph Moakley US Federal Courthouse at Fan Pier in South Boston. You can do this! We are thrilled to bring our popular open water swim series to Boston. The 1500 meter competitive swim will have downtown Boston for a backdrop as athletes navigate across the channel to a thrilling finish. The Coast Guard will stop all boat traffic in and out of the channel during this event. Water taxis will transport swimmers from the finish line to the start of the swim. The event is limited to 800 participants – so don’t wait too long to register! This will be the talk of the New England swim circuit.”

Sharkfest Newport September 18, 2016

“The Newport Sharkfest Swim will take place along the historic waterfront of Newport. The swim will start at the harbormaster’s dock in Perrotti Park in front of the Newport Marriott Hotel. It will be an in-water start in waves of 75 to proceed past the docks on your left side and anchored sailboats on the right side of the swimming channel. The 1500 meter swim will be a straight shot down the harbor to finish on the beach at King Park in the shadow of the statue of Rochambeau. The 1.5 mile swim will be the same course but just before the 1500 finish, the 1.5 mile course will turn left to add a rectangular course to bring them back to the finish. The event is limited to 400 participants, so don’t wait to register!”

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CONN Swimmer Paul Epstein with two English Channel Swimmers, Doug Comstock and Marty McMahon.




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Swimmers above include Madeline Bey, Rick Spear, John Delgado, Nicole Guglielmo, Christine Matarese, Paul Epstein, Ann Faust Jim Grimaldi, Cheryl Edison, and Caitlin McLaughlin.

Olympic Trials Finals on Video

If you missed it on TV or just want to rewatch the races, you can see all the Olympic Trial Finals at these links:

Men’s Finals

Nathan Adrian in the Men’s 50.


Women’s Finals

Here is Avon, CT’s Madison Kennedy’s valiant attempt to make the team in the 50 Free, missing by 0.15 seconds.

Why We Swim

Former CONN Swimmer, Holly Neumann, who is now the Education Manager for US Masters Swimming in Sarasota, Florida, has sent along news that U.S. Masters Swimming has released a new video and social media campaign called ‪#Why We Swim‬. You might enjoy watching and sharing it.

You can help the campaign gain steam by following these steps.

1. Go to the USMS Facebook page and share the new video (it will be on top), called “Why We Swim,” with the hashtag *#WhyISwim*‪, and include the reason/s why you swim.

2. If you have a Twitter account, please share the video there with the appropriate hashtag/s.

Spread the word. Swimming is awesome!

Conn Swimmer Sanchez Sets Records in Puerto Rico


CONN swimmer Cyndia Sanchez set three Puerto Rican national records in the women’s 35-39 age group at the Masters Championships of Puerto Rico, winning all three breaststroke events in the long course championships held in San Juan on May 19-22, 2016.

Here are her times:

50 Breast – 39.31
100 Breast – 1.26.17
200 Breast – 3.05.07

Great job, Cyndia!