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 swimlane4consulting@gmail.com.

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 douglas.sayles@swimri.org.

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 swimlane4consulting@gmail.com.

TO SIGN UP FOR ONE OF THE ABOVE HEATS, CLICK HERE.

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.
swimlane4consulting@gmail.com
(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 keri_cunningham@stgeorges.edu 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 cdevers@rwu.edu

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

Full practice locations & schedules info: http://swimri.org/practice-schedules

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!
    https://www.clubassistant.com/club/meet_information.cfm?c=1308&smid=10953

  • 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)

    COMPLETE HEAT RESULTS:

    OTHER EVENT ENTRY REMINDERS:


    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 douglas.sayles@swimri.org.
    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 swimtrirunman@aol.com.

    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!

    Discover the Northeast Kingdom at the 2019 USMS Open Water Championships



    Join us August 16 & 17, 2019, at Lake Willoughby in Westmore, Vermont. This scenic venue is one of the most majestic and pristine glacially carved lakes in the Americas.

    USMS Sprint Distance (1 Mile) Open Water National Championship.
    Friday, August 16, 2019 – 1:00 PM @ South Beach on Lake Willoughby.

    USMS Long Distance (5 Mile) Open Water National Championship.
    Saturday, August 17, 2019. 100-swimmer cap.

    On Saturday participants gather at 8 am at North Beach on Willoughby Lake Road (Route 16) in the Town of Westmore. The organizers determine the most likely wind direction so as to swim with the wind; the race starts at 9 am from either North Beach or South Beach. Shuttle Service available between beaches.

    Both days include great competition, fun people, awards, music, food and more!

    Registration closes on August 1, 2019, or when the cap is reached.

    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