Below is an arbitrary list of events of potential interest to SwimRI and other members of the Masters Swimming community in Southern New England. 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, the U.S. Open Water Swimming Connections Calendar, and the Marathon Swimmers Federation New England Event Calendar.
Denotes that an event is (or was in the previous year) sanctioned or recognized by U.S. Masters Swimming. For more information about sanctioning and recognition, see General Sanction Information in the USMS Guide to Operations. To verify the status of an event, please see the event web page or entry form or contact the event director.
USMS Go The Distance, any body of water! This annual self-directed event encourages Masters swimmers to regularly exercise and track their progress. Register through your Fitness Log (FLOG) in the My USMS section of the website to track all your swimming and other fitness activities! Your results are automatically included in the daily summary reports and will qualify you for milestone awards.
USMS 1-Hour ePostal Long Distance National Championship. Any short-course yards or meters pool. For information about SwimRI's annual organized heats at Roger Williams University and the South County Y team's heats at St. George's School, click here. To read a recap of SwimRI's 2018 heats, click here. sanctioned
After completing your Hour Swim remember to enter the national event by submitting your yardage here.
Saturday, February 9, 2019:
Starts, Breakouts and IM Crossover Turn Clinic, Roger Williams University, Bristol, RI. This clinic will teach Masters swimmers and coaches how to maximize power and speed off the blocks and walls. It will focus on starts, the crossover backstroke-to-breaststroke IM turn, and breakouts. The goals are to instill participants with confidence in their starts and turns and to arm them with useful information to share with their local clubs. Roger Williams University Head Swimming & Diving Coach Matt Emmert will lead the clinic and top RWU varsity swimmers will assist on deck and provide in-water demonstrations. Sponsored by the New England Local Masters Swimming Committee for current members of U.S. Masters Swimming.
February 15-28, 2019:
2019 SmartyPants Vitamins USMS Winter Fitness Challenge, Any pool. First event in USMS's annual Fitness Series. Designed for anyone who wants to get in shape. It can be done in any manner: straight through, as a member of a relay, or even with fins.
Saturday, March 16, & Friday-Sunday, March 22-24, 2019:
USMS New England LMSC Short Course Yards Championship, Blodgett Pool, Harvard University, Boston, MA. Distance day (1000y & 1650y freestyle) on March 16, all other events and relays on March 22-24. This large, popular, competitive, extremely well-run event is New England's marquee annual Masters meet. Book your hotel accommodations now! sanctioned
Saturday-Sunday, April 6-7, 2019:
USMS Boston Education Weekend. This year the New England LMSC is offering a $100 scholarship to NELMSC members in the Level 1/2 coach, Level 3 coach or ALTS instructor certification courses. Saturday venue: Courtyard Boston Marlborough, 75 Felton Street, Marlborough, MA. Sunday venue: Shamrock Swim Club, 411 Unquity Rd, Milton, MA.
- Saturday: Coach certification course Level 1-2 (classroom, 40 coaches max). Test includes Level 1 reading assignment.
- Saturday: Coach certification course Level 3 (classroom), 25 coaches max).
- Saturday-Sunday: "How-to" stroke clinic course for coaches (day 1 classroom, day 2 on deck, 12 coaches max)
- Sunday: Swimmer stroke development clinic (in water, 36 swimmers max). Professional instruction, evaluation and drills.
- Sunday: Adult Learn-to-Swim instructor certification course (classroom, on deck and in water, 25 instructors max).
USMS Colonies Zone Short Course Yards Championship, George Mason University, Fairfax, VA. sanctioned
Thursday-Sunday, April 25-28, 2019:
USMS Spring Short Course Yards National Championship, Kino Aquatics Center, Mesa, AZ. sanctioned
Monday, May 13, 2019:
Faster Freestyle Swim Technique Workshop with Karlyn Pipes, Pods Swimming, East Providence, RI. From 6 to 9pm.
May 15 - September 15, 2019:
USMS 5,000m/10,000-Meter ePostal National Championship. Any long-course meters pool. sanctioned
Saturday, June 22, 2019:
14th Annual Narrow River Turnaround Swim, URI Campanella Rowing Center, North Kingtown, RI. One mile open-water race and fundraiser for the Narrow River Preservation Association.
26th Annual Buzzards Bay Swim, New Bedford to Fairhaven, MA. 1.2 mile open water race and fundraiser for the Buzzards Bay Coalition.
Saturday, June 29, 2019:
31st Annual Mashpee SuperSwim, Johns Pond, Mashpee, MA. Half-mile, 1-mile and 3-mile events. Ideal place to swim with clear, clean, fresh water. There are wetsuit and nonwetsuit categories but the water temp is usually perfect, no wetsuits needed! Post-race lunch on the beach.
Saturday, July 13, 2019:
9th 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.
5th 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.
July 15-31, 2019:
2019 SmartyPants Vitamins USMS Summer Fitness Challenge, Any pool. Second event in USMS's annual Fitness Series. Designed for anyone who wants to get in shape. It can be done in any manner: straight through, as a member of a relay, or even with fins.
Saturday, July 27, 2019:
43rd Annual Save The Bay - Narragansett Bay Swim, from Newport Navy Base, Newport, to Potter Cove, Jamestown, RI. A 1.7 nautical mile (~2 statute 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 2019 Save the Bay team and support this worthy cause.
August 5-18, 2019:
XVIII FINA World Masters Championships, Gwangju, South Korea.
Thursday-Sunday, August 8-11, 2019:
USMS Summer Long-Course Meters National Championship, Marguerite Aquatics Center. Mission Viejo, CA. sanctioned
Saturday, August 10, 2019:
Nubble Light Challenge 2019, Long Sands Beach, York, ME. Popular 2.4-mile cold water ocean swim in unpredictable surf conditions from Longs Sands Beach through "the gut" between the Nubble Light House and the mainland, finishing on Short Sands Beach. This event usually sells out early.
Sunday, August 11, 2019:
Glen Lake 1&2-Mile Swim, Episode 2: Glennie Rises, Goffstown, NH. One and two mile fresh-water swim races with chip timing, catered post-race buffet, and post-race party at the Village Trestle. sanctioned
Friday, August 16, 2019:
Saturday, September 7, 2019:
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. Proceeds from the Swim support gynecological and breast cancer research at Women and infants Hospital Rhode Island. Join the SwimRI Masters SAA-RI fundraising team to support a worthwhile cause and enjoy a morning of swimming and socializing on the beach. Traditionally some SwimRI members continue the fun at George's of Galilee.
September 15 - November 15, 2019:
USMS 3,000/6,000-Yard ePostal National Championship. Any SCY or SCM pool. sanctioned
November 15-30, 2019:
2019 SmartyPants Vitamins USMS Fall Fitness Challenge, Any pool. Third event in USMS's annual Fitness Series. Designed for anyone who wants to get in shape. It can be done in any manner: straight through, as a member of a relay, or even with fins.
Saturday, November 23, 2019 (tentative):
8th Annual SwimRI "Stuffies v Steamers" Dual Meet, Providence College Taylor Natatorium, Providence, RI. Informal, high-school-style dual meet where each swimmer races 1-2 individual events and 1-2 relays. Participant invitations, 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.