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.


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 http://act.alz.org/goto/pauline-capobianco.

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.