Stuffies vs Steamers VII...The Rivalry Continues 11/17/2018

SwimRI's 7th Annual "Stuffies vs Steamers" Invitational Dual Meet and post-meet party will take place on Saturday, November 17, 2018 at Providence College's Taylor Natatorium in Providence, R.I. Warm-up is at 3:00 p.m., and the meet runs from 3:30 to ~5:30. Volunteer timers, spectators and hecklers are welcome!

This event is a high-school-style dual meet where each of the 40 swimmers listed below competes 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. In most of the prior encounters, the last relay determined the victorious team. The series stands at 4-2 in the Stuffies favor.


Order of events:
200 Medley Relay (4 x 50), 50 Free, 200 Free, 200 IM, 200 Free Relay (4 x 50), 800 Free Relay (4 x 8 x 25), BREAK, 100 Fly, 100 Free, 400 Free, 100 Back, 100 Breast, Surprise Relay.

The meet sheet will be posted on deck. The events are coed. There are a couple of twists, including the final "fun" relay. This year all swimmers must bring fins!

Meet Fee: $20 per person payable at check-in.

Team Party/Dinner:
By tradition, the losing team buys the first round for the winners after the meet at Ladder 133 Sports Bar & Grill, 133 Douglas Avenue, Providence. Most people stay for dinner and some bring family/guests.

Swimmers, please email douglas.sayles@swimri.org if you are bringing family/guests to dinner or if you are not staying for dinner.

TEAM ROSTERS:

Stuffies Steamers
Robbie Allen George Alexandre
Maddy Behan Matthew Alford
Angelina Bonin Rosie Alford
Eric Burtchell Jessica Bailey
Mathew Card Chuck Barnes
Dave Cote Joseph Bevilacqua
Steph Cotsonas Michael Burr
Chris Doppke Stef Carter
Paul Dow Sara DiNardo
Majed Elturkmani Kaan Duru
Albert Garcia Matthew Gilson
Bart Grimes Neil Greenspan
Mary Gurchiek Andrew Hobby
Stephen Imbusch Derek Jakoboski
Heather Ireland Gillian Langton
Jill Lancaster Donna Neuendorf
Seann Mulcahy Aaron Shute
Bruce Novis Trent Theroux
Jim Porter Connor Wallace
Paul Senecal Stephanie Winslow

Local Charity Open Water Events - Summer 2018

As you plan your summer calendar, please consider supporting these local cause-related, community-based events and organizations:

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. $35 registration. Low key race that traditionally kicks off our local summer open water season. The 2017 event sold out with 150 swimmers. Water temp is usually in the mid to high seventies. Wetsuit and non-wetsuit divisions.
RESULTS  PHOTOS  Narragansett Times

Saturday, June 30: 25th Annual Buzzards Bay Swim, New Bedford to Fairhaven, NA. 1.2 mile open water race and fundraiser for the membership-supported nonprofit Buzzards Bay Coalition. This event includes individual age group, youth team, and adult team awards. Use the code MASTERS18 to save $25 on the registration fee. $150 fundraising minimum. The 2017 event had over 350 swimmers registered but was canceled due to lightening. Water temp is usually 68-70 degrees. Wetsuits allowed.
RESULTS  PHOTOS

Sunday, July 8: Clean Ocean Access Newport Harbor Swim to Skim (formerly the Newport Sharkfest Swim), Newport, RI. Two distances to choose from: 0.9 mile or 1.5 mile open-water swim through Newport Harbor from Perrotti Park to King Park. $55 registration fee. Wetsuits allowed. Proceeds benefit the Middletown RI-based nonprofit Clean Ocean Access, which does great work on a shoestring budget. VIP swimmers will include Olympian Elizabeth Beisel and local marathon swimmer Trent Theroux who is preparing for his ”Back to Britain” English Channel charity swim later this summer.
RESULTS  PHOTOS  Newport Daily News ARTICLE & VIDEO

Saturday, July 14: 8th Annual Waterman Eco-Challenge, Narragansett Town Beach, RI. One-mile swim (wetsuits allowed) and three-mile paddle board races with awards, sponsor tents and environmental awareness displays at one of the nicest beaches anywhere. $40 registration for one race or $60 for both. Proceeds from this event help support the Janice “Mama C” Causey Memorial Art Scholarship for young students. The 2017 event had over 150 swimmers.
RESULTS  PHOTOS  MORE PHOTOS

NEW! Friday, August 3: Beisel Youth Freestyle Clinic, Roger Williams University Aquatic Center, Bristol, RI. Olympian and Saunderstown native Elizabeth Beisel will provide freestyle swim technique instruction to 8-to-12-year olds at 10 AM and 13-to-18-year-olds at 11:30 AM. There will be time for photos. Spaces are limited. Part of the $50 registration will benefit Save The Bay.

Saturday,  August 4: 42nd Annual Save The Bay – Narragansett Bay Swim, from Newport Navy Base, Newport, to Potter Cove, Jamestown, RI. Iconic 1.7 nautical mile (~2 statute mile) open water swim across the channel along the span of the Claiborne Pell Newport Bridge. $400 fundraising minimum. With up to 500 swimmers, this event is Save The Bay’s largest annual fundraiser to help protect and restore the Narragansett Bay region. Join our SwimRI Save The Bay Team, swim with Olympian and Save The Bay Ambassador Elizabeth Beisel and get in on our team shirts, photo, mimosa brunch at “The Ganny,” and potential team party later that day (TBD).
RESULTS  PHOTOS  ProJo  Newport Daily News  Jamestown Press

Wednesday, August 8: Salty Brine Swim Charity Dinner to benefit the Alzheimer's Association @ George's of Galilee Restaurant, Narragansett, RI. Casual $10 dinner buffet at 7:15pm after the 6pm NOSE open-water training swim at scenic Salty Brine State Beach. Please click the "Chip In" button to pay $10 for the buffet and be added to the RSVP list. Donations to the charity will be accepted onsite via cash or check (made out to Alzheimer's Association) or online via the Tribute Fund page at http://act.alz.org/goto/pauline-capobianco.

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 at Women and Infants Hospital Rhode Island. $250 fundraising minimum. The 2017 event sold out with ~600 swimmers and multiple Olympians on hand. Last year SwimRI continued the post-Swim festivities on the beachfront deck at George’s of GalileeJoin SwimRI's SAA-RI fundraising team.

See the SwimRI UPCOMING RACES & EVENTS webpage for more open water and pool events of potential interest to local competitive and recreational swimmers.

Naval Station Newport practice schedule returns to evenings

SwimRI-Newport Navy Lobsters @ Naval Station Newport
Coached practices Tuesday & Thursday 5:30-7:00pm at the six-lane, 25-meter John H. Chafee Pool. Base pass required.

This group caters to DoD employees and their families, and includes some non-DoD civilians. To make arrangements for non-DoD civilians to get on base for swim practice contact mikegarr@msn.com or (401) 741-7193 or attend as the guest of someone with a base pass.

Most of the coaches are USMS-certified and SwimRI members. Some swimmers are SwimRI members, most are not. Written workouts are available to morning swimmers during lap swim hours without coaching or dedicated lanes.


Contacts: Mike Garr (SwimRI), mikegarr@msn.com or (401) 741-7193
                  Rachel Meyer (MWR aquatics head), rachel.m.meyer@navy.mil or (401) 841-2268
                  Bob Nelson (SwimRI), Diann Uustal (SwimRI)

Join SwimRI's team for the 2018 Save The Bay Swim!

Click here to join SwimRI’s team for the 2018 Save The Bay Swim and help us support and protect a healthy Narragansett Bay. This 42-year-old event is a 1.7-mile fundraising open-water swim across the channel from the Naval War College in Newport to Potter's Cove in Jamestown, Rhode Island. This year's Swim will take place on August 4th.

Anyone swimming, kayaking or raising money for Save The Bay is welcome to join our team. This year we're honored to welcome Save The Bay Ambassador and former Olympian Elizabeth Beisel to our SwimRI team. We always take a team photo in SwimRI t-shirts before the Swim, and often hold a team social event later that day.

For the past several years the SwimRI team and its predecessor (the former Newport Athletic Club team) has been the largest team at this event, both in the number of participants and the aggregate funds raised -- usually $20K to $40K.

Your participation will help support Save The Bay's mission to protect and improve Narragansett Bay as a swimmable, fishable, healthy waterway that is accessible to all and recognized as the natural treasure it is.

Save The Bay defends the public's right to use and enjoy the Bay and its surrounding waters, and it fosters an ethic of environmental stewardship among people who live in or visit the Narragansett Bay region.

Save the Bay's leadership, staff and volunteers support an ecosystem-based approach to environmental action:

  • The Narragansett Baykeeper, Narragansett Bay Riverkeeper and South County Coastkeeper act as watchdogs to ensure the Bay and its watershed is protected.
  • Educators keep the public aware of the importance of our waters and teach good stewardship.
  • The policy team works with state and local governments to pass laws that protect the Bay and keep lines of communication open with lawmakers on the importance of environmental action.
  • The habitat restoration team restores and improves the ecological health of coastal habitats and watershed areas.

Click here to join our SwimRI Save The Bay Team. You do NOT need to be a USMS-registered Masters swimmer. However, if you're interested in our SwimRI Masters swim team and social network check out the rest of this website and our Facebook page or contact douglas.sayles@SwimRI.org.

2/11/2018 Hour Swim Results & Reminders


Recap of SwimRI's USMS 1-Hour ePostal National Championship heats at Roger Williams University on Sunday, February 11, 2018:

  • 45 New England Masters Swim Club members (42 SWMR, 2 SCY, 1 UNAT)

  • Aggregate yards = 175,305
    • Average yards per swimmer = 3,895.67

  • Notable swims:
    • 4,975 -- Rob Allen, aka Rob 2.0, most yardage men (+ 5,180 on 1/21 at St. George's School)
    • 4,775 -- Albert Garcia, 2nd most yardage men
    • 4,675 -- Kaitlin Wilcoxen, most yardage women & highest female first-timer
    • 4,595 -- Eric "Aqua Hydrate" Burtchell, highest male first-timer
    • 4,580 -- Jill Lancaster, 2nd most yardage women
    • 4,490 -- Trent Theroux, all backstroke!

  • Total yardage betting pool results (18 guesses, $90 pot, winner takes all)
    • Winner: Wayne Grover (off by 325y)
    • Albert Garcia (off by 450y)
    • Rob Torgerson, aka Rob 1.0 (off by 505y)
    • Matt Gilson (off by 695y)
  • $970 donated to the RWU college swim team
    • Thanks to Coach Matt Emmert, the RWU college team and SwimRI volunteers & family members for counting/timing.

  • ~25 swimmers, volunteers & family attended a fun post-swim lunch at Aidan's Pub.

REMINDERS:

RSVP list for USMS 1-Hour Swim at RWU on Feb 11, 2018

Below is the RSVP list to date for local organized heats of the Speedo USMS 1-Hour ePostal National Championship on February 11th at Roger Williams University in Bristol, Rhode Island. 48 swimmers = 2 per lane x 8 lanes x 3 heats. Click here for details on how to participate.

Confirmed swimmers:  48
Remaining open spots:  0
People on waiting list:    0
  1. Jessica Ackerman
  2. George Alexandre
  3. Rob Allen
  4. Jill Beveridge
  5. Catherine Brunell
  6. Eric Burtchell
  7. Stefanie Carter
  8. Steph Cotsonas
  9. Lynne Czech
  10. John Dickmann
  11. Sara Dinardo
  12. Chris Dockray
  13. Chris Doppke
  14. Lynnette Dow
  15. Paul Dow
  16. Kaan Duru
  17. Theresa Ferreira
  18. Daniel Force
  19. Brian Franco
  20. Albert Garcia
  21. Jeanne Garr
  22. Mike Garr
  23. Matt Gilson
  24. Neil Greenspan
  25. Bart Grimes
  26. Wayne Grover
  27. Rita Hansen
  28. Steve Imbusch
  29. Jill Lancaster
  30. Gillian Langton
  31. Kathy Lewis
  32. Tom Manfredi
  33. Jen Morin
  34. Seann Mulcahy
  35. Donna Neuendorf
  36. Bruce Novis
  37. Jim Porter
  38. Mark Rafferty
  39. Lisa Rauschert
  40. John Roccabello
  41. Jillian Scheider
  42. Doug Shemin
  43. Elliot Silva
  44. Don Sorterup
  45. Marianne Teixeira
  46. Trent Theroux
  47. Rob Torgerson
  48. Kaitlin Wilcoxen

To be added to the waiting list, contact douglas.sayles@swimri.org.

We ask all confirmed swimmers to honor their commitment. However, we can often accommodate swimmers from the waiting list due to illness or other unforeseen circumstances that require previously confirmed swimmers to drop out.


2017 Speedo USMS 1-Hour ePostal National Championship - Local Heats

The SwimRI and South County Y workout groups are once again helping New England Masters Swim Club defend its title in the Speedo USMS 1-Hour ePostal National Championship by running organized heats for 2018 USMS-NEM members.

This is a USMS-sanctioned event where you swim whatever stroke(s) you wish for one hour, at whatever pace you wish, continuously or with rest breaks, with a counter/timer recording your incremental times/yardage on the official split sheet. After completing your swim, you must officially enter your results online by March 1st so that your individual and club results count versus others nationwide.

February 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 (additional donations accepted). Proceeds go to the RWU swim team -- the college swimmers count/time for us. Some heat 3 swimmers choose to do a side-by-side interval-based workout together rather than continuous swim. Swimmer spots are available for USMS members affiliated with New England Masters Swim Club (NEM). Post-swim lunch at Aidan's Irish Pub.
As an added incentive, each participant in the RWU heats will have the option to contribute $5 to the winner-takes-all Total Yardage Betting Pool. To see last year's results, click here.
RSVP to douglas.sayles@swimri.org with your prioritized heat preferences (e.g., 2-1-3). 
January 28th @ St. George's School in Middletown (48 swimmers = 2 per lane x 8 lanes x 3 heats)

Priority given to SCY and SwimRI members who practice with Coach Fred Bartlett at the South County Y. There may be room for other NEM Swim Club members at Fred's discretion if/as space allows. Heats start ~8:10, ~9:35 & ~10:55. Cost is usually ~$10 per swimmer. Swimmers generally time/count for those in other heats. There is usually a post-swim luncheon. For more info contact Fred Bartlett at swimtrirunman@aol.com.

Can't join us on the above dates?

We may run additional organized heats if there is enough interest/demand. Otherwise, ask a coach or friend to time/count for you during January-February and submit your results online before the March 1st entry deadline.

Every yard counts toward NEM Swim Club's total!

Highlights from the 2017 New England LMSC & Colonies Zone SCM Championships

December 8-10, 2017, at Worcester Polytechnic Institute. Click here to view the full meet results.

ENTHUSIASTIC NEWCOMERS:
Last weekend the following SwimRI members participated in their first New England LMSC Short Course Meters Championship: Rob Allen (a.k.a. Rob 2.0), Joe “I only do sprints” Bevilacqua, Eagle Scout Eric “Aqua Hydrate” Burtchell, Dr. Lisa “I finally got a day off” Rauschert, Barrington’s Aaron Shute (Where have you been hiding?), Robot Man Elliot Silva, and Rob “I’d rather be swimming open water” Torgerson (a.k.a. Rob 1.0).

Returning SwimRI competitors included Angie Bonin, Mathew Card, Paul Dow, Kaan Duru, Majed ElTurkmani, Matthew Gilson, Jill Lancaster, Tim Morse, Seann Mulcahy, Keri Nappi, Donna Neuendorf, John Roccabello, Douglas Sayles, Trent Theroux, Diann Uustal, Connor Wallace, Stephanie Winslow and Phillip Wright.

BEER MAN IS BACK!
It was great to see SwimRI veteran Tim Morse return to action. Beer Man swam four events and posted a great time in the Men’s 65-69 1500m Freestyle. Nice job, and welcome back Tim!

SWIMRI TEAM HIGH POINT SCORERS & MVP:
Rob Allen -- 12 events, 117 points, 3 records. Rob destroyed all of his seed times, swam in every relay event, and was clearly SwimRI’s MVP. Congrats Rob on a great meet!

Stephanie Winslow -- 11 events, 104 points. Good job, Steph, and thanks for taking care of the caps and t-shirts!

RELAYS ROCK!
This year SwimRI did not have enough swimmers or splashes at the meet to viably compete for the team points award (Sorry, Frank). However, our relay performances were outstanding -- 13 of our 16 relay entries beat their seed time, yielding 2 meet records, 9 age-group first places, 4 second places, 1 third, 1 fourth and 1 impressive “flying start” disqualification.

In addition, several of SwimRI’s individual and relay performances at WPI should make the 2017 USMS Top Ten rankings, including the Women's 160-199 200m Freestyle Relay of Nappi/Bonin/Neuendorf/Lancaster that went 3.56 seconds faster than SwimRI's 2016 #1 (All American) time in this event!

NOTABLE SWIMRI SMACKDOWNS:
Providence College Alumni Eric Burtchell ‘13 and Trent Theroux ‘89 faced off in adjacent lanes for a Millennial vs. Gen X smackdown in the first leg of the Men’s 400m Medley Relay. Burtchell flashed impressive early speed, but in the home stretch Old Man Theroux closed the gap on his fatigued fellow Friar to claim backstroke bragging rights this time ‘round.

The penultimate heat of the Men's 200m Freestyle was equally entertaining, with 10 fast dudes surging, ebbing and battling it out for eight painful lengths. SwimRI tricenarian Connor Wallace placed third, just edging out a group of quadragenarian and quinquagenarian friends that included the meet high-point scorer Guy Davis and SwimRI teammates Matt Gilson and Kaan Duru. It was a fun race to watch.

SHOUT-OUTS:
Ageless wonders Diann Uustal, who at age 71 set six NE-LMSC and six meet records, and Phil Wright, who at age 70 set 4 meet records. Matt Card, who finished first in all 5 of his events. Seann Mulcahy for crushing last year’s SCM times and continuing to improve in every race. John Roccabello for a great swim in the 200 free. Majed Elturkmani for beating the seed times in all 12 of his events. Rob 1.0 for contributing to the team in 12 events, including all the relays. Matt Gilson for rebounding after a down year last year. Paul Dow on a nice 50 free. Kaan Duru for always being a great relay closer, and for hanging in there in a tough 200 free heat. Elliot Silva and Eric Burtchell for their youthful upbeat attitudes, and Eric for supplying the team with “enhanced” water. And finally, a special shout-out to all of the SwimRI women who showed up for, well, being as awesome as we all know you are!

Also, getting a flat tire in the snow storm en route to Saturday’s team dinner was a bummer, so thanks to Captain Connor’s vehicle maintenance & taxi service for being on call and salvaging the evening for Doug and Stephanie.

AGE GROUP RECORDS BROKEN:
NE-LMSC & Meet -- Rob Allen, 50-54 1500m Free (18:01.36)
Meet -- Rob Allen, 50-54 400m Free (4:30.80)
NE-LMSC & Meet -- Diann Uustal, 70-74 50m Fly (35.51)
NE-LMSC & Meet -- Diann Uustal, 70-74 50m Free (33.35)
NE-LMSC & Meet -- Diann Uustal, 70-74 100m IM (1:25.87)
NE-LMSC & Meet -- Diann Uustal, 70-74 50m Back (39.08)
NE-LMSC & Meet -- Diann Uustal, 70-74 100m Back (1:27.22)
NE-LMSC & Meet -- Diann Uustal, 70-74 50m Breast (46.67)
Meet -- Phil Wright, 70-74 50m Fly (36.98) Meet -- Phil Wright, 70-74 50m Free (31.68)
Meet -- Phil Wright, 70-74 100m Free (1:13.88)
Meet -- Phil Wright, 70-74 50m Breast (41.35)
Meet -- Lancaster/Bonin/Nappi/Neuendorf, Women 160-199 400m Medley Relay (5:11.18)
Meet -- Theroux/Allen/Sayles/Bevilacqua, Men 200-239 400m Medley Relay (4:51.94)

UPCOMING EVENTS:
Upcoming annual SwimRI events include our 2018 USMS 1-Hour ePostal National Championship heats at RWU in January and the 2018 New England LMSC Short Course Yards Championships at Harvard’s Blodgett Pool on March 11 & 16-18.

To help prepare for these events, make your Harvard meet hotel reservations now, stay in shape and maintain team camaraderie by attending some weekend practices -- 7:15 AM Saturdays at St. George’s School in Middletown (now accepting drop-in guests) and/or Coach Trent’s 7:30 AM Sunday theme practices at East Providence Boys & Girls Club.

Great job at WPI everyone. Thanks for braving the snowstorm and making our NE-LMSC SCM Championships a success. See you in the pool!