MARCH 2016
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BC Masters is looking to fill two coaching slots for the summer session from June 2 - August 11. The first is a Tuesday / Wednesday / Thursday practice from  6:05 a.m. - 7:05 a.m. 
The second is a  Tuesday and Thursday evening practice from 6:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m.
Interested candidates, please contact Leo Torres for more details.

It was a fight to the finish at this year's NE-LMSC SCY Championships at Harvard University. SwimRI and Cambridge Masters Swim Club exchanged the lead over the course of the final weekend, but SwimRI came away the victors with 7,431 points to CMSC's 7,425. Rounding out the top five teams in the large team category were Worcester Area Masters in third with 3,442 points, Maine Masters in fourth with 2,759 and Great Bay Masters in fifth with 2,391 points. 

Top five teams in the medium team category:
1. Granite State Penguins (2,254)
2. Greenwood Masters (1,792)
3. Nutmeg Masters (1,706)
4. Bearcat Masters (1,414)
5. Connecticut Masters (1,064)

Top five teams in the small team category:
1. Weymouth Club Masters (898)
2. Martha's Vineyard Masters (615)
3. Flaherty Masters (484)
4. Tech Masters (449)
5. Burlington Area Sink Swim (398)
Congratulations to SwimRI on their victory at this year's NE-LMSC SCY Championships!

Christie Hayes from Nutmeg Masters won the women's high point honors with 219 points and Thomas Manfredi from SwimRI took the men's high point honors with 214 points.

There were 33 record-breaking swims at this year's meet! Click here to take a look at our new NE-LMSC record holders.

Congrats to everyone who came to swim and many, many thanks to all of the meet organizers, officials, volunteers, timers, counters, runners, and everyone's favorite announcer and "warm-up playlist mix-master" Rick Osterberg for all of the hard work put into another fantastic and well-run meet. Until next year!

On Saturday, April 23rd, USMS will host is Adult Learn-to-Swim Instructor Certification Course in Quincy, MA. The USMS Adult Learn-to-Swim Instructor Certification curriculum is based on teaching methods practiced by the leading authorities of ALTS programs nationwide. The most innovative and effective training methods are taught to ensure that certified instructors have the tools necessary to teach an adult to swim, at a minimum, one length of a 25-yard pool and become safer in the water.

Who should attend?

  • Anyone interested in teaching adults how to swim
  • Staff members and instructors at aquatics facilities that want to offer an adult learn-to-swim program


  • Current USMS membership. 
  • You must be able to perform the American Red Cross' Five Skills of Water Competency:
    • Step or jump into the water over your head
    • Return to the surface and float or tread water for one minute
    • Turn around in a full circle and find an exit
    • Swim 25 yards to the exit
    • Exit the pool without the use of a ladder


$300 (Includes all classroom and in-water instruction, materials, and lunch). NE-LMSC is offering need-based subsidies for this program. For more information, or to request reimbursements, please contact NE-LMSC board members and ALTS instructor, Bill Meier.

Classroom instruction will be held at the Boston Marriott Quincy with the water portion of the course held at the South Shore YMCA Quincy branch. 

For more details and online registration, click here. Registration closes at midnight (Pacific) on Friday, April 22, or when course enrollment reaches 25.

On May 14 from 1:00 - 6:00 p.m. Karlyn Pipes will be offering two clinics for interested Masters swimmers -  Faster Freestyle Clinic or a Stroke Clinic. 

Karlyn would love to share with you the secrets to swimming faster and with less effort in just one clinic.  Karlyn is known worldwide for being an accomplished swimmer. However, she is equally as talented as an instructor and uses her high energy to deliver a fun and face paced clinic woven with personal experience. The drills and techniques are simple, fun, and most importantly, easy to apply! 

A few of Karlyn's accomplishments
  • International Swimming Hall of Fame (ISHOF) inductee class of 2015
  • 2012 World Master Swimmer of the Year
  • International Masters Swimming Hall of Fame (IMSHOF) inductee class of 2007
  • Has broken over 200 FINA Masters world records to date
  • 332 U.S. Masters national records to date
  • Has broken a FINA Masters World record in every stroke
Look for registration links in next month's newsletter!

The Eighth Charles River One Mile Swim will take place on  June 11, 2016 . Registration is now open. Sign up here before rates goes up on   April 25 !

Join us for this fabulous, USMS-sanctioned race in a scenic location.  Perks include chip timing, fun prizes, t-shirts for all participants and bragging rights earned by swimming a mile in the river.

Please visit our website, , for additional event information. Contact Kate Radville, Race Director, with any questions.

Race director Kate Radville with last year's top three Charles River Swim finishers.


For the third year in a row, the New England LMSC will celebrate "April is Adult-Learn-to-Swim" Month." This is the time of year when USMS members nationwide focus on others and share the gift of swimming by volunteering to teach adult swimming lessons in their local communities. 

If you know adults who could benefit from swim lessons or if you want to volunteer to help teach, please reach out to any of the teams below or contact 
Sue Jensen  or  Bill Meier . A few hours of your time could change or save a life!  

Also contact Sue or Bill if your masters team is interested in running a Swimming Saves Lives program. Some funds are still available to provide financial support for lifeguard salaries, etc.

If you are interested in more comprehensive ALTS instructor training that will enable you to teach swimming as a professional option throughout the year, consider taking the ALTS certification course in Boston on April 23, 2016.

The Swimming Saves Lives program is made possible through donations to USMS's Swimming Saves Lives Foundation. To learn more, visit the April is Adult Learn-to-Swim Month and Swimming Saves Lives Foundation websites or contact USMS Education Manager

Currently, the 15 New England teams listed below plan to run Swimming Saves Lives Adult Learn to Swim programs in 2016. Please email the contact below with questions or to volunteer.

Bard College at Simon's Rock, Great Barrington -
Bill Meier
Cambridge Masters Swim Club, Cambridge - Sue Jensen
Martha's Vineyard Masters, Vineyard Haven - Les Cutler
Pittsfield Polar Bear Masters - Mary Dickson 
Score 4 More, Boston - Mamenasha Tesfaye

Worcester Area Masters, Worcester - CJ Dickson

Burlington Area Sink or Swim - Kimberly Fry

Intrepid Athletics, Inc., Rutland - Natalie Boyle

Johnson State College / Norwich University - Cara Hancy

Killington Aquatic Club Masters, Killington - Kristin Schiessl-Alf

Stowe Swimmers Foundation, Stowe - Charlotte Brynn

New Hampshire

Rhode Island
MWR Lobster Swim Club, Naval Station Newport - Amy Bourke

Newport Athletic Club Masters Swimming, Middletown - Paul Dow

Maine Masters, Waterville - Tim Lecrone

PenBay Masters Swimming, Rockport - Susan Rardin

Thank you to everyone who contributes your time to participate in these worthwhile programs!

Pinehills Masters Swimming is a new workout group formed last summer. All but one of the members are new US Masters members.  This January the group had 12 swimmers complete the One Hour Swim, notching 49,000 yards. It's a small, but growing program. 
We enjoyed getting this photo of original Pinehills Masters member Bill Ryan sporting the t-shirt that the One-Hour-Swim competitors created. Ryan is pictured here sporting his OHS tee while counting down the day until their home pool opens for summer outdoor practice sessions. 

Welcome to the NE-LMSC, Pinehills Masters! We are excited to see your group continue to grow. 

Is it summer yet?

APRIL 2016
April 9 - 5th Annual Monumental Masters Mini Meet (Recognized, SCY)
Bennington, VT

April 23 - USMS Adult Learn-To-Swim Instructor Certification
Quincy, MA

April 24 - 2nd Annual Northfield Area Masters Mid-Spring Meet (SCY, Recognized)
Northfield, VT

April 28 - May 1 - USMS SCY Nationals 
Greensboro, NC
MAY 2016
May 7 - 3rd Annual EDGE Masters Spring Fling (Recognized SCY)
Williston, VT

JUNE 2016
June 18 - 2-mile Cable Open Water National Championships
Indianapolis, IN
JULY 2016
July 16 - 6-9 Mile Open Water National Championship (10K)
Jacksonville, OR
Registration information to come.

July 30 - 9+ Mile Open Water National Championship (10 miles)
Newport, VT
Contact Information
To include your news and events, email
Christina Smith
Communications Chair,  New England LMSC