Below is an arbitrary list of events of potential interest to SwimRI and other members of the Rhode Island Masters Swimming community. It is not intended to be all-inclusive. For broader listings, see the New England Local Masters Swimming Committee Calendar, the USMS Calendar of Events, and the U.S. Open Water Swimming Connections Calendar.
Denotes that an event is (or was in the previous year) sanctioned or recognized by USMS. To verify the sanction status, see the current event registration information or contact the event organizer.
January - February 2018:
2018 USMS 1-Hour ePostal National Championship. Compete against other USMS members and clubs nationwide to swim as far as possible in one hour in any pool you choose that is 25 yards or longer. Click here to download the split sheet. sanctioned
In Rhode Island, organized 1-hour heats for New England Masters Swim Club members are being coordinated by Douglas Sayles on February 11th at Roger Williams University in Bristol and by Fred Bartlett on January 28th at St. George's School in Middletown. RSVP required. Swimmers who practice with Fred are given priority for the January 28th heats. In both instances there is a post-swim luncheon at a local pub. For more info about the local heats, click here.
Sunday, January 7:
"Miles For Marly" 100 x 100, Blodgett Pool, Harvard University, Boston, MA. Bring in the New Year with swimmers from around New England. Swim 100 x 100 or as many as you would like. This is a festive event run in twenty 25-yard lanes with music playing over the PA system. It is open to the public, is in honor and memory of Marly Pineda, and raises money for the Marly Pineda Scholarship Fund at Smith College.
Sunday, February 4:
Phillips Exeter Mini Meet, Roger Nekton Pool, Exeter Academy, Exeter, NH. Hosted by Great Bay Masters. sanctioned
2018 SmartyPants Vitamins USMS Winter Fitness Challenge. This event is part of the new 2018 SmartyPants Vitamins USMS Fitness Series and is perfect for anyone with a New Year's resolution of getting into better shape. The event is a 30-minute swim, done in any manner desired. Net proceeds go to the the USMS Swimming Saves Lives Foundation, which raises public awareness about adult drowning and serves as a financial and educational resource for programs that provide adult learn-to-swim lessons.
Saturday, March 10:
2018 New England LMSC Short Course Yards Championship - Distance Day, Blodgett Pool, Harvard University, Boston, MA. Enter either the 1000y or 1650y freestyle. Hosted by Charles River Masters. sanctioned
Friday-Sunday, March 16-18:
2018 New England LMSC Short Course Yards Championship - all other events & relays, Blodgett Pool, Harvard University, Boston, MA. Hosted by Charles River Masters. The largest, best-run USMS meet other than Nationals. Local accommodations fill up fast, so make hotel reservations now. The annual SwimRI team dinner/social at John Harvard's Brew Pub is on Saturday 3/17. sanctioned
Thursday-Sunday, May 10-13:2018 Nationwide U.S. Masters Swimming Spring National Championship, Indiana University Natatorium, Indianapolis, IN. sanctioned
30th Annual Mashpee SuperSwim, Johns Pond, Mashpee, MA. Half-mile, 1-mile and 3-mile events. Ideal place to swim with clear, clean, warm water. Post-race lunch on the beach.
Saturday, June 23:
13th Annual Narrow River Turnaround Swim, URI Campanella Rowing Center, North Kingstown, RI. One mile open-water race and fundraiser for the Narrow River Preservation Association.
Saturday, June 30:
25th Annual Buzzards Bay Swim, New Bedford to Fairhaven, NA. 1.2 mile open water race and fundraiser for the Buzzards Bay Coalition.
Saturday, July 14:
8th Annual Waterman Eco-Challenge, Narragansett Town Beach, RI. One-mile swim and three-mile paddle board races with awards, sponsor tents and environmental awareness displays.
Swim With A Mission, Newfound Lake, Grafton County, NH. 1K, 5K and 10K individual swims, 10K team relay swim (3-5 people). Enjoy a day of competition, live military demonstrations, music and more. Last year’s event had over 2,000 attendees and raised over $370,000 to support Veterans.
Sunday, July 15 (tentative):
Jenny Thompson LCM Masters Meet, Jenny Thompson long-course meters pool, Dover, NH. Hosted by Great Bay Masters. sanctioned
Saturday, July 21:
4th Annual Misery Challenge, Manchester-By-The-Sea, MA. A 3-mile open-water swim from scenic Tuck's Point to Misery Island and back. There are also 4-mile rowing, kayak and SUP races around the island. Festivities include music, micro-brews, food, kids games and awards/prizes.
Saturday-Saturday, July 28- August 5:
2018 UANA Pan Am Masters Championships, YMCA Aquatic Center, Orlando, FL. Pool events 7/28-8/4, open water events 8/5. (In order to support the 2018 UANA Pan American Masters Championship, USMS is not holding Summer LCM Nationals in 2018.) sanctioned
July dates TBA?
2018 Bay State Games - Masters Swimming, Blodgett Pool, Harvard University, Cambridge, MA. Annual long-course meters meet. recognized
Saturday, August 4:
42nd Annual Save The Bay - Narragansett Bay Swim, from Newport Navy Base, Newport, to Potter Cove, Jamestown, RI. A 1.7 mile (2 nautical mile) open water swim across the channel along the span of the Claiborne Pell Newport Bridge. Save The Bay’s largest annual fundraiser to help protect and restore the Narragansett Bay region. Join SwimRI's team.
Sunday, August 12:
Casco Bay Islands SwimRun, Portland, ME. Two-person team event. Choose either the long or "short" course. Long Course: 4.25 miles open water swimming + 20.25 miles overland running across 11 islands. Short Course: 2.5 miles swimming + 11.75 miles overland running across 6 islands.
Saturday, September 8:
Swim Across America Rhode Island Open Water Swim, Roger Wheeler Beach, Narragansett, RI. One-mile and half-mile fundraising open water swims to support cancer research and clinical trials. Join SwimRI's team.
Saturday, November 17 (tentative):
7th Annual SwimRI "Stuffies v Steamers" Intra-Squad Dual Meet, Providence College Taylor Natatorium, Providence, RI. High-school-style dual meet where each swimmer races in 1-2 individual events and 1-2 relays. Team lineups and meet sheets are determined by the captains -- Doug Sayles for Stuffies and Trent Theroux for Steamers. Post-meet dinner/party at Ladder 133 Sports Bar & Grill. The losing team buys the first round.
Friday-Sunday, December 7-9 (tentative):
New England LMSC Short Course Meters Championship, Worcester Polytechnic Institute, Worcester, MA. Hosted by Worcester Area Masters. sanctioned