Walden Pond swim July 2, 2016

We had a great time swimming a mile at Walden Pond in Concord this morning. The water was warm, the sky blue and sunny. The WAMmies group looked like a pod of porpoises. Then, Mark, Gail, Mary, Erica, Miye, Alford, Brittney and Nancy all headed into town to eat a delicious breakfast at Helen’s restaurant. Next up is Comet Pond swim at 7 a.m. Monday, July 4. Join us! We’ll meet at the beach on Route 68 in Hubbardston.

WAM Update -New Board, New Coach, Practices Cancelled for Memorial Day Holiday

It’s a busy time for WAM!

Having just celebrated our 5th WAMmivesary we have a new board and new coach, as Adam and Blake have moved on into the real world of post-graduate careers.

I’ll post a separate update on the board but wanted to get the information below out ASAP.

Notes from Paul Bennett, WPI Head Men’s & Women’s Swimming and Diving Coach and Aquatics Director, our current coach:

Moving forward I think it will be easier to have the masters swimmers come in via the door near the track in the mornings and for Sunday morning workouts.

This week (Memorial Day Weekend, May 29, 30 2016) – practices Sunday and Monday are canceled.

I would like to move our Sunday morning practice to 8:00 from now through the end of July.  It may need to move back once classes resume in the fall.

For those of you who didn’t hear my explanation of the workouts on Sunday Morning, I will be writing two workouts a night – Distance and Sprint.  Athletes have the ability each day to choose what they can/will do.  Once I have a better feel for the team and who will be at each workout I will put forward a more definitive training outline and we will begin to incorporate more stroke and technical instruction.   My plan is to put all the workouts in a log book on the deck for athletes to look over and have an idea of what we have done and what they have missed if that is the case.  I hope to have this in place by Tuesday, May 31.


4 Wammies Perform Top 10 Fastest Swims in World

FINA has released the Top 10 Short Course Meters (SCM) swims for 2015.  Four Wammies join their fellow NEM swimmers in swimming their way onto this listing.

  • Men 65-69 | 200 Free | Dave Oates | 2:23.22 | 8th
  • Men 240-279 | 400 Free Relay | Ted McGahie, Dave Oates, Tim Allen, Mike McCombs | 4:18.06 | 3rd
  • Men 240-279 | 400 Medley Relay | Mike McCombs, Ted McGahie, Tim Allen, Dave Oates  | 5:03.29 | 7th
  • Men 240-279 | 800 Free Relay | Ted McGahie, Dave Oates, Tim Allen, Mike McCombs | 9:55.41 | 3rd

These 4 and the other Wammies can next be seen in action at the 2016 NE-LMSC SCY Champs at Harvard.

34 Top 10 Fastest Swims in Nation

In the recently released USMS National Top 10 Short Course Meters (SCM) swims for 2015, Wammies are listed 34 times. Here is the breakdown:
  • Individual – 24
  • Relay – 10
This is the largest listing for WAM, which is celebrating its fifth year in existence, and is a great end to what was a supreme season for the WAM Rams.
The Rams can next be seen in action at the 2016 NE-LMSC SCY Champs at Harvard on March 12 (Distance Day) and March 18-20.