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!