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.

WAM & NEM Seek 5th National Title in USMS 1-hr Postal Swim

postal swim logoFor the past 4 years, WAM and the other teams that form the New England Masters swim club have come together to win the title of the USMS 1-Hr ePostal National Championship. In this event, swimmers aim to complete as many yards as possible within an hour. The yards swum by the swimmers from the same club are summed to give the total yards swum by that club.

WAM will be conducting its 1-hr swim on Sunday, January 17 at 10 am.


WAM Hosts Successful SCM Champs and Wins Division

Swimmers shattered four world records during the New England LMSC SCM Championships held at Worcester Polytechnic Institute Dec. 11-13, 2015.

Hosted by Worcester Area Masters (WAM), 478 swimmers, some from as far away as Texas and Florida, participated in the meet. It was a highly competitive meet during which 208 New England LMSC SCM Championship meet records and 63 New England records were recorded.

The four world records were set by:

  • Cecilia McCloskey in the Women’s 65-69 200 back with a time of 2:53.36
  • NEM Women’s 800 free 24-27 Relay team [C. Brynn, C. Hayes, K Slifer, T. Grilli] with a time of 10:58:88
  • Leslie Livingston in the Women’s 50-54 50 back with a time of 30:58
  • Fritz Bedford in the Men’s 50-54 50 back with a time of 27:28

Additionally, five national records were set, which include the above world records plus Kathy Silver’s 6:14.34 in the women’s 70-74 400 freestyle.

To round off a successful swim meet, staff and students from UMass Memorial Medical Health Care offered participants the opportunity to learn CPR and how to use an automated external defibrillator.

WAM is already looking forward to an even better event next year!