POSTPONED: SwimRI vs Granite State Penguins Virtual Time Trials Smackdown

In light of pool and school closings, the national state of emergency and increasingly rigorous public health precautionary measures surrounding the COVID-19 outbreak, the GSP-SWMR virtual dual meet is postponed until further notice.

SwimRI Members & Friends!

In lieu of the canceled New England LMSC Short Course Yards Championship Meet, the Granite State Penguins have challenged SwimRI to a virtual dual meet consisting of time trials at our respective pools. We accept this challenge (assuming our pools remain open)!

GSP-SWMR time trials shall take place Saturday, March 14 through Sunday, March 22. During this nine-day period, we ask our coaches and group organizers to offer time trials at Masters workouts in any manner they choose – a dedicated time trials practice, a set or two off the blocks, or a few timed reps here and there during next week’s practices.

Swimmers may also do timed events on their own (with a timer), including as few or as many events as they please in accordance with the event guidelines and limits described below.

This event is informal and unsanctioned. There are no officials. The times will not count for USMS purposes, but will for our team points competition and bragging rights. In these respects, have fun and amuse yourselves via friendly competition and good-natured banter.

SWMR has more USMS-registered swimmers than GSP. However, I’m told that GSP relishes its David vs Goliath role and plans to go all out to beat us, to which I say bring it on.

We’re accepting GSP swimmers into our SwimRI Facebook Group, so let the trash talk begin!

WHAT:  SwimRI vs Granite State Penguins Virtual Time Trials Smackdown

WHERE:  At any Masters practice or on your own in any 25y or 25m pool. Click to view local practice locations and schedules.

WHEN:  From Saturday, March 14, through Sunday, March 22, 2020

WHO:   Anyone who is or becomes a USMS member affiliated with NEM-SWMR or NEM-GSP by March 22. Click to join USMS or renew your membership.

EVENTS:  Any scoring events offered at the canceled NELMSC SCY Championships

  • Click to view the complete event list

  • Max of 12 individual event per swimmer (no per-day limit)

    • Up to 10 events from the Harvard Meet’s March 21-22 event list
    • 500y freestyle
    • Either the 1000y or 1650y freestyle

  • Max of 4 relay events per swimmer (no per-day limit)

    • 200y FR, 200y MR, 400 FR, 400 MR
    • A swimmer may only compete in the men’s or women’s or mixed relay -- e.g., you cannot swim in both the men’s and mixed 200y free relay
    • All mixed relays must consist of two women and two men


  • Times should be submitted that day or the next day – e.g., if you swim a timed 100y backstroke time trial on March 15th please submit that time by the 16th

  • Swimmers or coaches may submit multiple entries over multiple days

  • All entries must be received by 11:59pm, Sunday, March 22

  • GSP members shall submit times promptly to

  • SWMR members shall submit times promptly to

  • Emailed entries must include the following data:

  • Any times submitted without tenths or hundredths of a second will be completed with .99 or .X9

SCORING:  All events will follow the scoring system used at the NELMSC SCY Championships, up to 16 places per age group. Click here for scoring details.

RESULTS:  Mindy will promptly compile all submitted times and points by age group in Hy-Tek and provide to Doug for posting on the SwimRI website in PDF form.

  • Interim results will be updated online every one or two days assuming there are a sufficient number of entries to warrant regular updates
  • Swimmers from both teams are encouraged to monitor the interim results and to try and outscore each other

STAKES:  Bragging rights, and a potential wager involving beer


If you feel sick do not attend any practices anywhere. People at higher risk of getting very sick from COVID-19 should consult a doctor before attending. Everyone should closely read this public health information and act accordingly:

In light of the cancellation of the Harvard meet and other large events in New England and across the country, there are legitimate questions surrounding all group gatherings of any size right now. However, the CDC deems chlorinated pool water safe (although the surrounding facilities are another matter), swim practices are generally limited to 5 to 30 people at a time, and many swimmers want to continue exercising as long as practices are still being offered.

It is in this context that we hope this virtual meet will add a bit of fun to help combat the current environment’s uncertainty and anxiety.

Good luck everyone. Be safe and go SwimRI!

SwimRI Local Heat Results for the USMS 1-Hour ePostal National Championship

Congratulations to the 84 Masters swimmers from the SwimRI, NOSEY and Nutmeg Masters workout groups who, during January and February, collectively amassed 318,265 yards for New England Masters Swim Club in our Rhode Island heats of the 2020 USMS 1-Hour ePostal National Championship at the University of Rhode Island, Roger Williams University, and Community College of Rhode Island.

Also, thank you for donating over $1,600 to the URI Women’s Swimming & Diving Team and over $1,000 to the RWU Men's & Women's Swimming & Diving Team!


2019 USMS Top Ten Relays Include 23 SwimRI & SCY Performances

2019 USMS Top Ten Relay Performances with NEM-SWMR and NEM-SCY Swimmers

Source: USMS Printed Top Ten Listings

200 SCM Free Relay

#4 – Women 120+ Behan/Hurley/Winslow/Dombrowski

#1 ALL AMERICAN RELAY – Men 160+ Wallace/Theroux/Allen/Card

400 SCM Free Relay

#10 – Men 160+ Burtchell/Sayles/Johnson/Gilson

400 SCM Medley Relay

#2 – Men 160+ Theroux/Allen/Wallace/Card

#7 – Mixed 120+ Burtchell/Dombrowski/Sayles/Winslow

#7 – Mixed 240+ Uustal/Porter/Elturkmani/Gurchiek

200 LCM Medley Relay

#4 – Men 200+ NEM-UNAT Barnes/Ottinger/Broglio/Weissman

#9 – Mixed 160+ NEM-UNAT Barnes/Ottinger/Behan/Stokes

400 SCY Free Relay

#3 – Women 18+ Dombrowski/Winslow/Bonin/Treanor

#7 – Women 18+ Garr/Palm/Carchedi/Haas

#3 – Women 35+ Nappi/Walton/Cotsonas/Neuendorf

#8 – Women 55+ McElroy/Rodewig/Phelan/Hevenor

#8 – Men 18+ Zhu/Gonzalez/Theriault/Hernandez

#1 ALL AMERICAN RELAY – Men 35+ Garcia/Theroux/Duru/Barnes

#7 – Mixed 45+ KielyKilpatrick/Dwyer/Wilkes-White/Ladas

400 SCY Medley Relay

#6 – Women 18+ Carchedi/Mellen/Wilkes-White/Haas

#8 – Women 18+ Behan/Wright/Treanor/Ludovici

#9 – Women 25+ Winslow/Bonin/Dombrowski/Miyano

#4 – Women 35+ Cotsonas/Walton/Nappi/Neuendorf

#4 – Women 55+ Garr/Rodewig/Phelan/Hevenor

#8 – Men 18+ Zhu/Gonzalez/Theriault/Hernandez

#3 – Men 35+ Theroux/Garcia/Barnes/Johnson

#9 – Men 65+ Garr/Nelson/Manfredi/Shearer

SwimRI Organizes Local Heats of USMS 1-Hour ePostal National Championship

UPDATE: These organized heats are now open to any USMS member regardless of club affiliation. If your preferred heat is full select another heat, let us know, and if possible we'll move people around to fill all the lanes.

This winter the SwimRI workout group is once again helping its parent club, New England Masters Swim Club, defend its national title in the USMS 1-Hour ePostal National Championship by running organized heats for USMS-NEM-SWMR members on January 26th at URI, February 9th at RWU and, if needed, a makeup heat on February 22nd at CCRI. If you're not a 2020 member, click here to join or renew.

In this USMS-sanctioned event you may swim whatever stroke(s) you wish, at whatever pace you wish, continuously or with breaks. All participants must be USMS members and adhere to the event rules. For past years' results, click here. To read about the long history of the 1-Hour Swim, click here.

By reserving a spot in our local heats via our SignupGenius form you agree to honor your commitment (barring emergency) and consent to NEM-SWMR coaches officially registering you in the 2020 USMS ePostal National Championship and submitting your splits and yardage on your behalf.

The $30 swimmer fee includes the $10 USMS event registration fee and a $20 nonrefundable donation that covers pool costs and supports the URI and RWU varsity swim teams, in exchange for which the college swimmers will count and record splits for us during our Hour Swim heats. You can donate more to either college team onsite at the swim via cash or check. If you prefer, you may bring your own counter/recorder.

The SwimRI coaches reserve the right to adjust swimmers' heat and lane assignments if/as needed.

Sunday, Jan 26th @ University of Rhode Island (48 swimmers = 2 per lane x 8 lanes x 3 heats)

The URI complex opens at 7:30am for check-in. Warm up opens at 7:45. Heats start at 8:10, 9:30 and 10:50. All NEM members welcome as space allows -- priority given to those who practice at South County YMCA. At 12:30pm there will be a post-swim lunch party at Cap'n Jack's Restaurant -- family/friends welcome. For more info contact Stuart Cromarty at

Sunday, Feb 9th @ Roger Williams University (48 swimmers = 2 per lane x 8 lanes x 3 heats)

Check-in and warm-up open at 7:30am. Heats start at 8:10, 9:30 & 10:50. As usual, we will hold the post-swim party at Aidan's Irish Pub, where we'll announce the winner of the total yardage betting pool. Each participant will have the option to contribute $5 cash to the pot and guess the aggregate yardage of all three RWU heats. To see last year's results, click here. For more info contact

Saturday, Feb 22nd @ CCRI Flanagan Campus (12 swimmers = 2 per lane x 6 lanes)

Makeup heat for NEM Swim Club members who cannot join us at URI or RWU. Heat starts at 10:20am and costs $15 per swimmer ($10 USMS event registration fee + $5 CCRI pool fee). Please arrive by 9:50am or earlier if you want to warm up. Arrange for your own counter in advance (consider asking a Saturday Masters practice swimmer to stay and count for you). For more info contact Stuart Cromarty at


Can't join us on the above dates? Ask a friend to count for you during January or February and submit your results online via the official event website by March 8th. Every yard counts toward NEM Swim Club's total!

Saturday Masters Practices Resume @ CCRI with Coach Cromarty

Professionally coached Masters workouts - Saturdays 8 to 10 AM

  • 8:00 to 8:25 dryland exercises (gym clothes & sneakers)
  • 8:30 to 10:00 swim practice (structured warm up)
  • November 2019 through May 2020
  • Nice 6-lane, 25-yard, 80-degree pool
  • 4,500+ yard workout (you may leave early)
  • Bring paddles, pull buoy, kick board & short fins
  • Bring a yoga mat for pre-swim dryland exercises
  • 30 swimmer limit per workout - CLICK HERE TO SIGN UP
  • $5 cash payable onsite

Private Swim Technique Sessions - Saturdays 10:15 to 11:15 AM

Professional stroke technique analysis and instruction (30 or 60 minute sessions)

  • 10:15 to 10:45 AM and/or 10:45 to 11:15 AM
  • Focus on freestyle, any stroke, or starts & turns
  • November 2019 through May 2020
  • Nice 6-lane, 25-yard, 80-degree pool
  • Please bring short fins if you have them
  • Cost: Contact Coach Cromarty
  • 1 or 2 swimmers max per session - CLICK HERE TO SIGN UP
  • Payable onsite cash or check

Coach Stuart Cromarty, Ph.D.
(401) 316-1230

Location: CCRI Flanagan Campus Pool, 1762 Old Louisquisset Pike, Lincoln, RI 02865 

Related files: Cromarty Professional Info

To view other Masters practices in the Rhode Island area, click here.

SwimRI 2019 Saturday Spring Practice Schedule

St. George's School 8-Lane Hoyt Pool, Middletown, RI:

Schedule: 6:30 to 8:00am, March 9, 16, 23, 30

Deck Coach: Craig Irving. Cost: $5 pp for weekday St. G's Masters Swimmers. $10 pp for all others. USMS membership required.

Contact: Aquatics Director Keri Cunningham at or (401) 842-6643

Roger Williams University 8-Lane Pool, Bristol, RI:

Practice scheduled: 4/6, 4/13, 4/20, 4/27, 5/5, 5/25, 6/1, 6/8, 6/15
No practice: 5/11, 5/18

Time: Pool opens 7:00am, structured practice 7:15-9:00am

Deck Coach: Connor Devers or Matt Emmert. Cost: $5 per person. USMS membership not required.

Contact: RWU Assistant Head Coach Connor Devers

Open water races/events begin June 22: Click here to view upcoming events calendar

Full practice locations & schedules info:

1/13/2019 Hour Swim Results & Reminders

Recap of USMS 1-Hour ePostal National Championship heats at Roger Williams University on 1/13/2019:

  • Full results are listed below. Everyone must submit your yardage online by March 8. Do it now before you lose your split sheet. Every yard counts toward the New England Masters Swim Club (NEM) total!

  • 47 NEM members (43 SWMR, 2 SCY, 2 NMEG)

  • Aggregate yards = 183,595 (8,290y more than last year)

  • Average yards per swimmer = 3,906 (~10y more per swimmer than last year)

  • Notable swims:
    • Rob Allen, aka Rob 2.0, most yardage men
    • Matt Alford, 2nd most yardage men & highest male first-timer
    • Sarah Dombrowski, most yardage women
    • Merin Troutman, 2nd most yardage women
    • Jessica Bailey, highest female first-timer
    • Gillian Langton, 4,250 in 2017; 4,350 in 2018; 4,525 in 2019
    • Trent Theroux's 1 x 4,000 individual medley!
    • Matt Hull, just recently did his first-ever coached pool workout

  • Great Comebacks:
    • Tim Morse (fuck cancer)
    • Vince Burks (fuck injury)
    • Stephanie Winslow (nice return to 2013 form)
    • Mary Gurchiek (improves with every splash)
    • Brian Fulling (first competition in 14 years)

  • OHPS First-Timer Kudos:
    • Women -- Jessica Bailey, Maddy Behan, Angie Bonin, Mary Gurchiek
    • Men -- Matt Alford, Jonathan Cooper, Majed Elturkmani, Brian Fulling, Matt Hull, Andrew Kelsey

  • Best Synchronized Swim: Jill Lancaster & Gillian Langton

  • Most Incredulous Accomplishment: Heat 3 doing the Hour Swim in under an hour ;)

    • Honorable Mention:
      • Fred Bartlett's South County Y swimmers. Everyone Fred trains beat last year's yardage total -- Kim Raymond, Lorraine Miller Horton, Rob Allen, Vince Burks.
      • Connecticut swimmers. This Jon Caswell-coached contingent was both enthusiastic and impressive -- Merin, Sarah and Brian all handily surpassed 4,600 yards.
    • $1,134 donated to the RWU college swim team ($164 more than last year)
      • Thanks to Coach Matt Emmert for hosting and the RWU college team for counting!

    • ~25 people attended a fun post-swim lunch at Aidan's Pub.

    • Total yardage betting pool results
      • 12 guesses, $60 pot, winner takes all
      • Winner: Matt Gilson (under by 1,195y)
      • Albert Garcia (over by 3,605y)
      • Andy Kelsey (over by 6,405)



    Local Heats of 2019 USMS 1-Hour ePostal National Championship

    The SwimRI and South County Y workout groups are once again helping New England Masters Swim Club (NEM) defend its national club title in the two-month-long USMS 1-Hour ePostal National Championship by running organized heats for 2019 USMS-NEM members. This is a USMS-sanctioned participatory event. You may swim whatever stroke(s) you wish, at whatever pace you wish, continuously or with rest breaks. All participants must adhere to event rules during the swim and officially enter your results online after swimming.

    For past years' results, click here. To read about the long history of the 1-Hour Swim, click here.

    Sunday, January 13th @ Roger Williams University in Bristol (48 swimmers = 2 per lane x 8 lanes x 3 heats)
    Check-in and warm-up open at 7:30am. Heats start at 8:15, 9:35 & 10:55. Minimum donation is $20 per swimmer (additional donations accepted). Proceeds go to the RWU swim team, in exchange for which the college team records splits for us. For more information contact
    HEAT ASSIGNMENTS (lane pairings will be posted onsite):
    As an added incentive, there will be a post-swim party at Aidan's Irish Pub where the winner of the total yardage betting pool will be announced. Each participant in the RWU heats will have the option to contribute $5 cash to the pot and guess the aggregate yardage of all three heats. To see last year's results, click here.

    Sunday, January 27th @ St. George's School in Middletown (48 swimmers = 2 per lane x 8 lanes x 3 heats)

    South County Y workout group members are given priority. Other NEM members are welcome if/as space allows. Heats start at 8:10, 9:20 and 10:30am. Cost is ~$10-$12 per swimmer. Swimmers usually time/count for each other. A post-swim completion party is planned for 1pm at Turtle Soup Restaurant. For more info contact Fred Bartlett at

    Other potential heats TBD.

    Can't join us on the above dates? Ask a coach or friend to time for you during January-February and submit your results online via the official event website by March 8thEvery yard counts toward NEM Swim Club's total!