SwimRI Dominates 2nd Annual Newport Sharkfest Swim (Again)!

Congrats to Rock-Paper-Scissors, Triton Lightnin' and Triton Schmiton for completing a SwimRI clean sweep of the 2014 Newport Sharkfest Rochambeau Cup team competition. Kudos to SwimRI's Brian McKenna and Albert Garcia for their one-two punch in the overall individual division, the SwimRI ladies for doing what they do (kick ass) and to everyone involved. By all accounts, it was a fun morning in downtown Newport with a strong SwimRI turnout, lots of enthusiasm, camaraderie and good-natured, intra-team rivalry. Thanks to SwimRI's Laura Schmitt for once again arranging free food & beer at The Landing Restaurant & Bar. Most importantly, thank you all for supporting Clean Ocean Access, a grassroots nonprofit that does great work under the leadership of Dave McLaughlin, who is a good friend to our local swimming community. See event photos / results.

Summer Practice Updates

SwimRI-Triton moves outside July 22nd: Sun/Tue/Thu @ Kendbrin pool, Mon/Wed/Fri @ Barrington Beach.
SwimRI-South County indoor practices resume in September; most of that group is now training open water.
SwimRI-Bristol practices are suspended at least through July while the RWU pool is under repair.
See Locations & Schedules for more SwimRI and other pool and open-water practice info.
Brown University's pool will reopen in long course meters configuration starting June 26th (no formal practices).

Triton Practice/Construction Update

Per Coach Albert, there will be no Wed/Fri 8:30-9:45am practices at East Providence Boys & Girls Club until further notice. There will be 7:30am practice on Sunday 5/11. The status and location of Triton's 5:30am weekday practices are on a week-to-week basis until we transition to the Kendbrin outdoor pool for the summer, so be sure to closely monitor team communications/updates. To be added to the Triton email list, contact Albert at ag@kitearchitects.com. For more practice info see Locations & Schedules.

More Saturday Practices at RWU

Coach Matt or Coach Colin will hold 7:00-8:30am Saturday practices on 5/10 & 5/24. No practice 5/17 due to commencement. Coach Kasey's Thursday 6:30-8:00pm weekday practices will continue through May and her Mon/Wed 6:00-7:30am practices will end for the season in mid May. The RWU pool will be closed for repairs for at least 8 weeks starting 5/29. More info at Locations & Schedules.

St. George's Masters Swimming Update

The former RAMS Masters group in Middletown is now called St. George's Masters Swim Team. Several swimmers from this practice group are NEM-SWMR members. It's a great pool and R.I. Aquatic Hall of Fame Inductee Keri Cunningham directs tough workouts from the deck. USMS membership required. For more info contact Coach Keri at keri_cunningham@stgeorges.edu or 401-842-6654.

Let's Get Ready to Rumble!

FRIDAY NIGHT SWIM FIGHTS: Grass roots masters swim meets. On deck registration only. $5 for swimmers and spectators. Proceeds benefit after-school programming at the Boys & Girls Club. We'll run four individual events and two relays per night. Max two individual swims per swimmer. Relays built by lottery to promote fun and getting to know each other. Top three men and women of individual events will swim finals - same night. Open warm up from 6:00 to 7:00 p.m. Hope to be done before 9:00. After party at Cappy's Hillside Café immediately after - about 500 yards away. Two Fridays are planned. If it catches on, we'll add more Fridays in the future. Contact: Michael "JJ" Richards at mjjrichards@gmail.com.

Register Now for the 3rd Annual RIAHOF Open Water Swim!

Registration is now open for the 3rd Annual Rhode Island Aquatic Hall of Fame 1.2 Mile Open-Water Swim on Saturday, July 12th, at The Newport Beach Club in Portsmouth! This event was created and is run by RIAHOF/SwimRI members, so we hope to see everyone there in your SwimRI shirts! New this year: 50 more swimmers (200 cap), RFID chip timing, a Step-Up Relay team award and an on-site breakfast buffet at the clubhouse (the first 100 online entrants receive a breakfast discount). Enter now online or via the paper entry form!