Team Rosters for 6th Annual SwimRI "Stuffies vs Steamers" Dual Meet - Nov 18th

Our 6th Annual SwimRI "Stuffies vs Steamers" Dual Meet will take place this Saturday, November 18th, at Providence College's Taylor Natatorium in Providence, R.I. Warm-up is at 3:00 p.m. The meet runs from 3:30 to ~5:30. Spectators and hecklers welcome!

This event is a high-school-style dual meet where each of the swimmers listed below 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. In each of the prior encounters, the last relay determined the victorious team. The series stands at 3-2 in the Stuffies favor.

Order of events:
200 Medley Relay (4 x 50), 200 Free, 200 IM, 50 Free, 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 on Saturday. Almost all of the events are coed -- one event will have separate men's and women's heats -- and there are a couple of other twists, including the final "fun" relay.

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

Meet Roster: $20 per person payable at check-in

Stuffies Steamers
Matthew Alford Jessica Ackerman
Robert Allen George Alexandre
Angelina Bonin Alana  Aubin
Eric Burtchell Joe Bevilacqua
Mathew Card Erin Briskie
Sara Dinardo Stefanie Carter
Kaan Duru Stephanie Cotsonas
Majed Elturkmani Chris Dockray
Alford Green  Chris Doppke
Bart Grimes Paul Dow
Derek Jakoboski Lori Geisler
Carolyn KielyKilpatrick Matthew Gilson
Rosanne Leith Alford Neil Greenspan
Diane Leith-Doucett Stephen Imbusch
Donna Neuendorf Jill Lancaster
Bruce Novis Brian McKenna
Alexis Santoro Seann Mulcahy
Douglas Sayles Keri Nappi
Jillian Schneider Elliot Silva
Rob Torgerson Trent Theroux
Elizabeth Welch Connor Wallace
Kaitlin Wilcoxen Stephanie Winslow

SwimRI turns out for Swim Across America - Rhode Island Swim

September 9, 2017 -- Roger Wheeler State Beach, Narragansett, Rhode Island.

Despite the serious purpose behind the annual Swim Across America-Rhode Island Swim -- the motto for which is "Making Waves to Fight Cancer" -- the clear skies, large turnout, upbeat music and festive vibe surrounding this year's fundraising event was more than welcome after a summer swim season that saw the cancellation of four R.I. open water events and two others held in less-than-stellar weather.

However, on this near-perfect Saturday morning, three dozen SwimRI team members arrived early, displayed their trademark enthusiasm and team camaraderie, and stayed well after the finish to revel in the sun and sand before moving the gathering to the upper deck of George's of Galilee just down the beach at Salty Brine.

The day's pre-swim ceremonies included a moment of remembrance and dedication, acknowledgements by SAA CEO Rob Butcher, statements from Providence College Head Swim Coach John O'Neill, doctors and clinical researchers from Womens & Infants Hospital, and heartfelt remarks from a local cancer survivor. Overall, there were well over 500 swimmers -- including over 200 college swimmers and coaches -- who collectively raised more than $180,000 in donations to support local cancer research.

Kudos on a job well done to SAA event director and former USMS-NEM member Kathleen Tetreault, the SAA staff and volunteers -- including USMS-NEM members Rick Osterberg, birthday girl Jessica Stokes, Jennifer Dowling, Tom Phillips and Ildiko Szekely -- Olympians Liz Beisel, Alex Meyer, Craig Beardsley and Clara Lamore Walker, and all of the event participants and patrons.

Special thanks to our SwimRI SAA team captain Alexis Santoro and to Frank McQuiggan for rallying the troops. Next year we anticipate an even bigger SwimRI turnout and hope to raise more funds in support of this worthy cause and very well-run event.

Additional event photos are posted on the SwimRI Facebook page.

Spring 2017 Saturday Practice Schedules

Below are the SwimRI 2017 April-June Saturday morning Masters practice schedules. USMS membership is not required at Roger Williams University or Pods Swimming, but is required at St. George's School. For complete Masters practice schedules see Locations & Schedules. Also see Upcoming Races & Events.

@ Roger Williams University in Bristol:

Dates: 4/1, 4/8, 4/15, 4/22, 5/6, 5/27, 6/3, 6/10
Time: 7:15-9:00 a.m. (8 lanes)
Coach: Matt Emmert or Connor Devers
$5 drop-in fee payable to coach on deck.

@ Pods Swimming in East Providence:

Dates: 4/29, 5/13, 5/20
Time: 7:00-8:30 a.m.
6 lanes 7:00-8;00, 5 lanes 8:00-8:30, 4 lap/warm down lanes @ 8:30.
Saturday practices are written, swimmer-led workout unless otherwise indicated.
$5 drop-in fee or membership. To save time, sign the waiver and pay online.

@ St. George's School in Middletown:

Dates: 4/1, 4/8, 4/15, 4/22, 4/29, 5/6, 5/13, 5/20
General warmup: 7:00 a.m. (8 lanes)
Structured practice: 7:15-9:00 a.m.
Coach: Mike Toolin
USMS membership required.
Click here to view St. George's payment requirements.

Note: Saturday practices at CCRI-Lincoln are over until next season.

SwimRI Places 2nd at 2017 New England LMSC SCY Championships

SwimRI placed second out of 75 teams at the New England LMSC Short Course Yards Championships held at Harvard University's Blodgett Pool in Cambridge, Mass., March 12 & 17-19. Outmanned 52 to 101 in registered swimmers by first-place Charles River Masters (6785.5 points), SwimRI (3674 points) held off Maine Masters' 56 swimmers (3267 points). Our friends on the 32-swimmer South County Y team placed sixth overall (2596 points). SwimRI's top male point scorer was 76-year-old Douglas Shearer with an impressive 159 points, and the team's top woman scorer was 49-year-old Donna Neuendorf with 144 points. Click here to view the full meet results.

SwimRI 1st Place Individual Swims

Women:
30-34 Erin Briskie: 100 back. 200 back, 50 fly, 200 breast
35-39 Keri Nappi: 100 back
40-45 Jill Lancaster: 100 free, 100 IM, 50 fly
45-49 Lynne Simmons: 1650 free, 200 IM
45-49 Donna Neuendorf: 100 back, 200 back
50-54 Mary Walton: 1000 free, 100 breast

Men:
35-39 Jason Osuga: 50 back
40-44 Chris Dockray: 1650 free
45-49 Trent Theroux: 100 back
70-74 Bob Nelson: 200 IM
70-74 Tom Manfredi: 100 fly, 100 IM, 50 Fly
75-79 Doug Shearer: 50 back, 200 fly, 100 fly, 400 IM, 100 back

SwimRI Winning Relay Teams

Repeating last year’s stellar performance, SwimRI's top relay combination was once again Steph Cotsonas, Mary Walton, Lynne Simmons and Donna Neuendorf, who placed first in all four relays in the 45+ age group. Most impressive was their 400 Medley Relay time of 4:47.98, which is 0.89 seconds faster than last year when they ranked #1 nationally.

Women 25+:
200 Medley - Stephanie Winslow, Sara Finatii, Erin Briskie, Jill Lancaster
400 free - Jill Lancaster, Sara Finatii, Keri Nappi, Erin Briskie

Women 35+:
200 Free - Amy Verreault, Stephanie Winslow, Keri Nappi, Jill Lancaster

Women 45+:
200 Free, 400 Free, 200 Medley, 400 Medley - Lynne Simmons, Mary Walton, Steph Cotsonas, Donna Neuendorf

Men 45+:
200 Free - Albert Garcia, Douglas Sayles, Trent Theroux, Kaan Duru
400 Free - Trent Theroux, Albert Garcia, Kaan Duru, Douglas Sayles
400 Medley - Trent Theroux, Albert Garcia, Kaan Duru, Matthew Gilson

Mixed 25+:
200 Free - Tim Clancy, Angie Bonin, Sara Finati, Mathew Card

Mixed 45+:
200 Free - Majed ElTurkmani, Carolyn Kilpatrick, Kylee Hitz, Paul Dow


Wednesday eve practices at new Pods Swimming pool start March 22nd

Starting March 22, 2017, there will be a weekly Masters practice each Wednesday from 6:00-7:30pm at the new Pods Swimming Aquatics Center's 6-lane, 25-yard pool located at 111 Commercial Way in East Providence. This is a swimmer-led written workout adapted for different levels (no regular on-deck coach). Lap swim is also available every day of the week.

Cost: $25 monthly facility membership ($15 seniors, $40 couples) or $50 for 10 visits or $5 drop-in fee. You may register for any of these options onsite but are encouraged to sign the facility waiver and pay online. For Masters practices select one of the lap swim options.

Contacts: Pods Swimming Program Manager - jamie.pascale@podsswimming.com or (401) 337-5678
                  SwimRI - douglas.sayles@swimri.org or (401) 633-5756








Join SwimRI's team for the 2017 Save The Bay Swim!

Join SwimRI's team for the Save The Bay Swim and help us support and protect a healthy Narragansett Bay.

Anyone swimming, kayaking or raising money for Save The Bay is welcome to join our team for this year's Swim. We always take an enthusiastic team photo in SwimRI t-shirts before the Swim, and we sometimes hold a family-friendly team party later that day (TBD).

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.

You do NOT need to be a USMS-registered Masters swimmer to join our Save The Bay team.

Thank you for supporting Save The Bay!


Mr. Enthusiasm crests 5,000 yards in 1-Hour ePostal Swim

On the evening of February 27th, “Maestro” Matthew Jaroszewicz (a.k.a. Mr. Enthusiasm) swam exactly 5,000y in an hour at Brown, making him SwimRI’s high-yardage man for this year’s 1-Hour ePostal Swim. On the back half he fell nine seconds off his goal pace, but rallied with a 5:51 last 500 and a painful 1:05 last 100 to touch the wall at 59:59. His counter made a scene screaming encouragement during the final kick. Great effort, Matthew!


1/22/2017 Hour Swim Results & Reminders

Recap of SwimRI's three USMS 1-Hour ePostal National Championship heats at Roger Williams University:

  • 46 New England Masters Swim Club members (45 SWMR, 1 UNAT)

  • Aggregate yards = 173,415
    • Average yards per swimmer = 3,769.89

  • Notable swims:
    • 4,825 -- Albert Garcia, most yardage men
    • 4,670 -- Jill Lancaster, most yardage women
    • 4,725 -- Chris Dockray, highest male first-timer
    • 4,335 -- Sara Finati, highest female first-timer

  • Total yardage betting pool results (20 guesses, $100 pot, winner takes all)
    • Winner: Steph Cotsonas (off by 235y)
    • Doug Sayles (off by 370y)
    • Rita Hansen (off by 1,225y)
    • Trent Theroux (off by 1,295y)
    • Donna Neuendorf (off by 1,365y)
  • $900 donated to the RWU college swim team
    • Thanks to Coach Matt Emmert and his swimmers for counting/timing!

  • 25-30 swimmers, friends & family attended a fun post-swim lunch at Aidan's Pub

REMINDERS:

Thanks for participating everyone, and good luck to our other NEM SwimRI and South County Y friends on their upcoming hour swims!