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!

    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 if you are bringing family/guests to dinner or if you are not staying for dinner.


    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.

    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.

    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.

    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

    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.