January 31st Hour Swim, WCC Meet & Swim/Bike Workouts

Lots of competitions and practices on January 31st, including a last chance for procrastinators, fence-sitters, and "do-over" swims to help New England Masters Swim Club defend its national title in the USMS Speedo 1-Hour ePostal National Championship:

7:30am:  Open drop-in swim practice @ CCRI-Lincoln (Flanagan Campus). Cost: $5. Contact: douglas.sayles@swimri.org

9:00am:  1-Hour ePostal Swim @ CCRI-Lincoln (Flanagan Campus). Cost: $5. 12-swimmer cap. USMS-NEM membership required. Swim hard or swim easy, but do it and submit your results. Every yard counts! To reserve a spot or volunteer as a timer/counter email douglas.sayles@swimri.org.

9:00am:  Coach Fred's bike trainer class @ South County YMCA. $15 drop-in fee for a well-attended 2 to 2.5 hour class. YMCA membership not required. Contact: swimtrirunman@aol.com

3:00pm:  WCC Masters Swim Meet, Whitin Community Center, 60 Main St, Whitinsville, MA. 3:00pm warmup, 4:00pm meet start. Looking to carpool with a SwimRI teammate? Post on the SwimRI Facebook page.

Adult Learn to Swim Certification Course

WHY:  You could save a life! Learn effective methods for teaching adults to swim and for coordinating an ALTS program at your local pool.

WHEN:  Saturday, January 17, 2015.

WHERE:  Bard College at Simon's Rock, 84 Alford Rd, Great Barrington, MA. Check-In: 8:30-9:00am. Classroom training: 9:00am-Noon. Lunch: Noon - 1:00pm (provided by USMS). In-water training: 1:00pm-4:00pm.

INSTRUCTOR:  NE-LMSC Chair Bill Meier.

HOW:  Register at https://www.clubassistant.com/club/clinics/reserve.cfm?c=1758&cid=63108. Registration closes at midnight PST on 1/16 or when enrollment reaches 50.

COST:  $100. The NE LMSC will provide a $50 subsidy/reimbursement for those who need it.

2015 USMS Speedo 1-Hour ePostal National Championship

SwimRI is once again helping New England Masters Swim Club defend its title in this national month-long event by running organized heats for USMS-NEM members:

January 11th @ Roger Williams University in Bristol (48 swimmers = 2 per lane x 8 lanes x 3 heats)
Check-in and warm-up open at 8:00am. Heats start at 9:00, 10:20 & 11:40. Cost is ~$15 per swimmer. RWU college swimmers will count/time. RSVP to douglas.sayles@swimri.org with your prioritized heat preferences. Post-swim social gathering at Aidan's Irish Pub.
January 18th @ St. George's School in Middletown (32 swimmers = 2 per lane x 8 lanes x 2 heats)

Two heats, starting no later than 9:15 and 10:30am. SwimRI-South County Y masters swimmers given priority. Other NEM members welcome if/as space allows. Cost is ~$10 per swimmer. Post-swim luncheon at 1:00pm, location TBD. For more info contact Fred Bartlett at swimtrirunman@aol.com.

January 31st @ CCRI-Lincoln Flanagan Campus (12 swimmers = 2 per lane x 6 lanes)

One heat, starting promptly at 9:00am (following the regular 7:30 drop-in practice). Cost is ~$5 per swimmer. Last chance for procrastinators, fence-sitters, and "do-over" swims. To reserve a spot or volunteer to time/count, RSVP to douglas.sayles@swimri.org

Can't join us on the 11th, 18th or 31st? Ask a coach or friend to time for you during January, then submit your results online via the official event website at https://www.clubassistant.com/club/meet_information.cfm?c=1308&smid=5888. Every yard counts!

Stuffies v. Steamers Goes Down to the Wire...Again!

On Nov. 23rd SwimRI held its 3rd Annual "Stuffies v. Steamers" Intra-Squad Dual Meet at Providence College and post-meet team social outing. The meet was tied going into the final event, and for the second year in a row the outcome hinged on the last, "surprise" relay. The Stuffies ultimately prevailed, bouncing back from last year's defeat and taking a 2-1 series lead. View the results here and see photos from this and other team events on the SwimRI Facebook page. Captains Trent and Doug are already brainstorming new twists for next year's smackdown. Mark your calendars now for the Saturday before Thanksgiving!

Stuffies vs. Steamers Team Rosters Posted!

Our 3rd annual SwimRI intra-squad dual meet on Nov. 22nd at Providence College is a rubber match. If you're not swimming come help time or watch and cheer/jeer. It's all in good fun, although the captain of the "not-winning" team is obliged to buy the first round for the winners. As a teaser, the 100m freestyle smackdown will feature the names bolded below. The remaining lineups will be revealed at check-in. Warm up is at 3:00pm, and the meet starts at 3:30. Please bring a stopwatch if you can. Good luck and have fun!

Adolfo Fernandez Albert Garcia
Andrew Hobby Allison Fisher
Bruce Novis Brian McKenna
Chris Doppke Connor Wallace
Christine Mellen Dave Cote
David Doucett Donna Neuendorf
Diane Leith-Doucett Douglas Sayles (captain)
Jessica Conway Duje Jelaska
Jill Lancaster George Alexandre
John Dell Jay Welch
Kaan Duru Jeff Kosiorek
Mary Walton Jessica Ackerman
Matt Gilson JJ Richards
Mike Gregson Judy Westrick
Paul Dow Keri Nappi
Paul Senecal Liz Welch
Stephanie Winslow Luther Blount
Tim Clancy Neil Greenspan
Trent Theroux (captain) Seann Mulcahy
Vince Burks Stephanie Cotsonas
Steve Imbusch

SwimRI "Stuffies vs. Steamers" Intra-Squad Dual Meet and Social Gathering

Saturday, November 22, 2014 @ Providence College's Taylor Natatorium. Co-ed meet in 6-lane, 25-meter pool. High-school event order + other relays. Special guest referee! Warm up: 3:00pm. Meet: 3:30 to ~6:00pm.

40 swimmer cap! USMS-NEM-SWMR membership required. RSVP to trent.theroux@jwu.edu.

$20 per swimmer. Captains Trent & Doug will determine team lineups. 

Post-meet social gathering at Ladder 133 Bar & Grill (same place as last year). We assume all meet participants will attend the party. Email douglas.sayles@swimri.org if you're not attending the party or are bringing guests.

2012 Meet Results   2013 Meet Results

Saturday practices back by popular demand!

SWIMRI-LINCOLN @ Community College of Rhode Island (Flanagan Campus): Saturdays 7:30-9:15am November 2014 through February 2015. 6-lane, 25-yard pool. $5 per practice. Doors open at 7:15, unstructured warm up @ 7:30, first structured set starts at 7:45. We will only continue offering these practices if they are well-attended. Last year we had 18-30 swimmers per practice. Contact: Doug at douglas.sayles@swimri.org or Frank at epmasters@aol.com.

Tentative CCRI coaching schedule:

     11/1 -- Frank McQuiggan
     11/8 -- No practice (pool unavailable)
     11/15 -- Frank McQuiggan
     11/22 -- Peter Russo will lead a Frank-written workout (same day as SwimRI Stuffies v Steamers dual meet)
     11/29 -- Frank McQuiggan
     12/6 -- Doug Sayles or other
     12/13 -- Peter Russo will lead a Frank-written workout (coincides with NE-LMSC SCM Championship & Colonies Zone Smackdown)
     12/20 and 12/27 -- Frank McQuiggan

     January-February 2015 coaches TBD

2014 Columbus Day Pavilion-to-Pavilion Ocean Swim (& Kayak/Paddle)

WHEN: 9:30am, Monday, October 13, 2014.

WHERE: Start in Newport by First Beach's Pavilion off of Memorial Drive. Finish in Middletown by Second Beach's Pavilion off of Sachuest Point Rd. See route, instructions and safety warnings below and on Facebook.

BLUE 3.1 MILE ROUTE: Start at the First Beach pavilion, swim toward the Cliff Walk's 40 Steps, turn left and swim east across Easton Bay toward Tuckerman's Point, round the Point keeping the land on your left and the off-shore reef on your right, then swim to the Second Beach pavilion.

PURPLE 2-MILE ROUTE: Start at First Beach pavilion, swim toward Tuckerman's Point, round the Point keeping the land on your left and the off-shore reef on your right, then swim to the Second Beach pavilion.

SAFETY: Wear a wetsuit and bright cap. Swim with one or more "swimming buddies" who keep track of each other from start to finish. Swimmers of similar ability should stay together and, if necessary, stop to get your bearings and regroup, for instance at 40 Steps and Tuckerman's Point.

KAYAKERS & PADDLE-BOARDERS are welcome and needed to help safeguard swimmers. This is not a formal event, so swimmers who want/need kayaker escorts are responsible for bringing their own. Highly recommended for slower swimmers.

PARTICIPATE AT YOUR OWN RISK: This event is an annual, informal group training swim among friends who are strong swimmers with ocean swimming experience and who have previously swam this route. Other strong swimmers are welcome, but please note that it is not a race, it is not sponsored or sanctioned by any organization, and there are no paid lifeguards or officials (unless some show up as volunteers). Do not participate unless you are confident in your swimming ability in the ocean. Escort kayakers are recommended (bring your own). There may be high surf, strong currents, cold water temps, low visibility, rocks/reef or other adverse conditions. For much of the swim there is no easy or nearby exit from the water. See forecast weather/water conditions at MagicSeaWeed.

PARKING: Meet/park no later than 9:00 a.m. by the pavilion at Second Beach's main parking lot (not the surfers end lot) and carpool to the start at First Beach or park at First Beach and get a ride back afterwards.

GROUP PHOTO at 9:25 a.m. before entering the water.

POST-SWIM BRUNCH/LUNCH: Tickets Bar & Grille, 15 Aquidneck Ave Middletown, RI 02842.