Annual SwimRI Team Events

January-February: USMS 1-Hour ePostal National Championship heats (16 swimmers per heat) for NEM Swim Club members at Roger Williams University in Bristol and post-meet team luncheon at Aidan's Pub.

March: New England LMSC Short Course Yards Championship Meet (800+ swimmers) at Harvard University and Saturday night team dinner party.

July: Newport to Jamestown Save The Bay Swim fundraiser (400+ swimmers) to help protect Narragansett Bay, the largest estuary in New England. Join the SwimRI Save The Bay Team. There is a pre-swim team photo and usually a post-swim team brunch or party later that day.

September (the second Saturday): Swim Across America - Rhode Island Swim (500+ swimmers) at Roger Wheeler State Beach in Narragansett to raise funds for cancer research at Women & Infants Hospital of Rhode Island. Join the SwimRI SAA-RI Team. There is a team photo and usually a post-swim team brunch at George's of Galilee waterfront seafood restaurant.

November (the Saturday before Thanksgiving): "Stuffies vs Steamers" Intra-Squad Dual Meet (~40 swimmer limit) at Providence College and team dinner at Ladder 133 Sports Bar & Restaurant.

December: New England LMSC Short Course Meters Championship Meet (400+ swimmers) at Worcester Polytechnic Institute & Saturday SwimRI team dinner.

For a more comprehensive list of upcoming events, click here.

USMS Event Sanctions Update - September 23, 2020

The USMS Board of Directors has extended its recommendation to not sanction in-person pool and open water events through Oct. 31 and to begin a phased return to competition on Nov. 1.

In the coming weeks, the board will release recommendations for sanctioned events, including event size, travel, and safety considerations. Local, state, and federal guidelines and orders, as well as facility requirements, will take precedence if they are more restrictive than USMS's recommendations. Updated USMS guidelines will be published and the COVID-19 Event Resources page will be updated with information as available.

Virtual events that can be completed in a pool or open water workout setting continue to be offered. National virtual events include:


COVID-19 Mitigation: Pool Reopening Resources

Rhode Island Guidance:

           ReopeningRI Website

           Phase 2 Initial Guidelines for Pools (6/15/2020 update)

           Summary of Phase 3 Guidance for Pools (7/2/2020)

  Center for Disease Control (CDC):

           Considerations for Public Pools, Hot Tubs, and Water Playgrounds During COVID-19

           How COVID-19 Spreads

 U.S. Masters Swimming (USMS):

           COVID-19 Restart Guide

           COVID-19 Member & Coach Resources

           Open the Pool Letter Template

           Club & Coach Services reopening consultation: clubandcoach@usmastersswimming.org

 USA Swimming: Facility Reopening Messaging & Planning (w/social distancing pool layouts)

 Nation’s Capital Swim Club (NCAP): COVID-19 Standard Operating Procedures

 Pool graphics without swimmers for teams/facilities to plan and illustrate swimmer configurations:

          6 lanes  8 lanes  10 lanes  12 lanes  23 lanes

 Olympic Athletes and Swim Business Leaders: Letter to President Donald Trump

 New York Times 05/22/2020: Children May Be at Higher Risk of Drowning This Summer

 Fitter & Faster: Get Your Pool Open and Team Back in the Water Webinar 05/25/2020

 ONE: Swim Practice Social Distancing Protocol

 American Swimming Coaches Association (ASCA):

           Planning to reopen your learn to swim program

           Personal Protective Equipment safety practices for your staff

           Training in-water staff for reopening

 U.S. Swim School Association (USSSA): COVID-19 Update Webinar Series

 Pool & Hot Tub Alliance (PHTA): Coronavirus Resources & Reopening Guidance

 Counsilman Hunsaker: Pool Operator COVID-19 Resource Center

 Total Aquatic Programming LLC: Aquatics Panel COVID-19 Webinar 4/14/2020

 Evoqua: Portable Ozone Disinfection Cart

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

ENTRY PROCESS:

  • 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 mindy.williams@simmons.edu

  • SWMR members shall submit times promptly to douglas.sayles@swimri.org

  • 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

COVID-19 PRECAUTIONS:

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: https://health.ri.gov/diseases/ncov2019/

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!

COMPLETE RESULTS FROM URI, RWU & CCRI HEATS: