Swim Meet

This year's swim meet will be recognized by United States Masters Swimming and is hosted by the City of New Britain and held at Central Connecticut State University. The meet will be held Sunday, May 20th and coordinated by Galen Rinaldi. The exact location will be the Jack Suydam Natatorium in Kaiser Hall at Central Connecticut State University.


ALL Participants must have a U.S. Masters Swimming member in order to compete in the swim meet. Swimmers WILL NOT be allowed to participate without a US Masters Swimming membership.

If you would like to purchase an annual US Masters Swimming membership, please click here to view the benefits of signing up for an US Masters Swimming membership.

  • Swim Meet Date - Sunday, May 20tht
    • 10:45 AM: Doors Open
    • 11:00 AM - 11:45 AM: Warm-Ups
    • 12:00 PM: Start
  • Age Cut Off Date:
    Your age division/group will be determined by your age as of May 20th, 2018.
  • We do not have any control over the pool or air temperature. 
  • This year the seeding will be based off of time. ( Not gender or age)
  • Deck chairs are allowed on deck floor.
  • Families are welcome to cheer on competitors. 
  • One lane will be open during the meet which requires first feet entry. 
  • Pool will be closed during medal presentation. 
  • Pool will be open for 5 minutes after the medal presentation. 

Sport Details

Who: The Connecticut Masters’ Games is a 501(c)(3) Not-For-Profit organization dedicated to providing a forum that initiates and encourages camaraderie between different ages, socioeconomic and cultural groups through athletic competition and the Olympic spirit.  The event assists in the development of physical fitness and promotes positive healthy activities for the participants, their families and the communities where they live.

What: The Connecticut Masters’ Games (formerly known as the Connecticut Senior Games) are the largest amateur multi sport Olympic-style sporting event in Connecticut for master athletes.  We are now celebrating our 38th year of uniting Connecticut’s residents in the common bond of amateur sport and Olympic spirit.  This event is a member in good standing of the National Senior Games Association.

Where: The “Games” will be hosted by the City of New Britain in 2017. Competitions will also take place around the state of Connecticut at top college, high school and municipal venues.

Participants: More than 1,500 participants, 300 volunteers and over 2,500 spectators will take part in the 2017 Connecticut Masters’ Games. Participants range from 25 to 90+. Since the inception of the CT Masters' Games in 1979, more than 45,000 amateur master athletes have participated in the “Games”.   


  • To promote better overall health and fitness among citizens.
  • To recognize & reward Connecticut Master and Senior residents who have chosen to participate in the healthy, wholesome activities that reflect positively on them, their families and respective communities.
  • To provide a unique forum which embodies the Olympic spirit of competition.
  • To inspire the development of physical and competitive abilities by Connecticut amateur master athletes. 

Age Cut Off Date:
Your age division/group will be determined by your age as of May 21, 2017.

***NEW CT Masters' Games Swim Meet Age Groups (non-qualifying for the National Senior Games)

  • 18-24, 25-29, 30-34, 35-39, 40-44, 45-49

Age Groups (qualifying age divisions for the National Senior Games)

  • 50-54, 55-59, 60-64, 65-69, 70-74, 75-79, 80-84, 85-89, 90-94


This meet will be conducted in accordance with Unted States Masters Swimming rules, except as modified herein


  • 50 Back
  • 50 Breast
  • 50 Fly
  • 50 Free
  • 100 Back
  • 100 Breast
  • 100 Fly
  • 100 Free
  • 100 IM
  • 200 Back
  • 200 Breast
  • 200 Fly
  • 200 Free
  • 200 IM
  • 500 Free
  • 200 Free
  • 50 Back
  • 100 Breast
  • 200 Fly
  • 50 Free
    • Break - Medal Presentations 
  • 200 IM
  • 200 Back
  • 50 Breast
  • 100 Fly
  • 500 Free
    • Break - Medal Presentations
  • 100 IM
  • 100 Back
  • 200 Breast
  • 50 Fly
  • 100 Free
    • Medal Presentations

In an effort to help save you money and continue to increase our participation, we are again offering the “Bring a Buddy” Program. The “Bring a Buddy” Program allows current athletes to bring a "buddy" at half of the entrance fee. A “buddy” is a person who has not competed in the CT Masters’ Games in the last three years (2014-2016). We’re not only meeting our aforementioned goal, but it also made the "Games" more affordable for all athletes. The Buddy Program does not apply to Cycling and Softball due to associated costs. See below for details. 

“Bring a Buddy”: Any athlete who registers for a sport will save money e.g:

Individual Sport:

  • Athlete #1 Badminton Fee $35.00
  • “Buddy” Badminton Fee $17.50 (1/2 the price)
  • Total $52.50
  • Each participant pays $26.25
  • Please Note - the Buddy Program does not apply to Cycling and Golf due to associated costs. 

Team Sport:

  • Team #1 Basketball Fee $200.00
  • “Buddy” Team Fee $100.00 (1/2 the price)
  • Total $300.00
  • Each TEAM pays $150.00
  • Please Note - the Buddy Program does not apply to Softball Teams due to associated costs and the co-sponsored tournament with SSUSA.

In order to qualify as a “Buddy” athlete, the “Buddy” cannot have participated in the Connecticut Masters' Games in 2014, 2015, and 2016.

Buddy Program Online Registration:

  • When registering online, athlete #1 needs to register for their event first and pay the full amount. 
  • Athlete #1 will give their ID number that is provided during registration to athlete #2.
  • Once athlete #2 has athlete #1's ID number, they will enter the number in registration when it asks for the Buddy ID number.
  • Athlete #2's registration fee will be half off the posted amount.


  • The “Buddy” program applies only to like sport registrations (Individual or Team) e.g. a Badminton individual sport athlete may not bring a volleyball team as his/her ”Buddy”
  • The "Buddy" program does NOT apply to Cycling, Golf, or Softball because of the associated costs to run the events! 

The Jack Suydam Natatorium is home to the Central CT State University Swimming and Diving teams and has the capacity to seat up to 1,200 spectators.

The venue is named for Jack Suydam, who was responsible for organizing and developing the Central Connecticut swimming program.

  • 10:45 AM: Doors Open
  • 11:00 AM - 11:45 AM: Warm-Ups
  • 12:00 PM: Start

Course Type: Short Course Yards

Events Order

  1. 200 Free
  2. 50 Back
  3. 100 Breast
  4. 200 Fly
  5. 50 Free
  6. 200 IM
  7. 200 Back
  8. 50 Breast
  9. 100 Fly
  10. 500 Free
  11. 100 IM
  12. 100 Back
  13. 200 Breast
  14. 50 Fly
  15. 100 Free
  • The Jack Suydam Natatorium is an six lane regulation pool
  • The Jack Suydam Natatorium pool is equipped with a Colorado Timing System and Touch Pads that will be used along with the Meet Manager Software to conduct the Connecticut Senior Games Swim meet.
  • All swimming events will be timed finals. 
  • Each event this year will be seeded based off of times. ( Not gender or age)
  • Warm-up time will be available.
  • Swimmers will be allowed to compete in up to SIX events.
  • Awards will be presented for 1st through 3rd place for each event within each age group.

The Benefits of Exercise for Older Adults

Exercise is an important part of a healthy lifestyle at any stage in life, but this is especially true for older adults. Staying physically active can help stave off some of the telltale signs of “old age.” In fact, according to the National Institutes of Health (NIH), even moderate exercise and physical activity have been shown to improve the health of people who are frail or suffer from diseases that come with aging. What’s more, NIH says that making exercise a regular part of your lifestyle can even help maintain independence as you age.

Still need more encouragement to get moving? Start by cheering on your friends and neighbors who are participating in the Connecticut Masters’ Games this spring. And read on to learn more about the benefits of exercise for older adults.

  1. Prevent or delay disease: Exercise may prevent or delay several aging-related ailments, such as diabetes, heart disease and stroke. It can also be an effective part of a treatment plan for people who suffer from chronic conditions, including arthritis and high blood pressure.
  2. Keep your mind sharp: Studies have shown that higher levels of physical activity reduce the risk of Alzheimer’s disease and dementia[1]. Additionally, exercise has been shown to maintain or improve some aspects of mental function as people age, such as the ability to quickly shift between two tasks, plan an event or activity, and sift between relevant and irrelevant information. This may be because exercise increases blood flow to all parts of your body, including your brain.
  3. Improve your mood: Regular exercise is a great way to manage stress and help improve your mood. When you work out, your brain releases “feel-good” chemicals – neurotransmitters and endorphins – that can help you feel better. Additionally, physical activity increases a person’s body temperature, which may have calming effects.
  4. Gain confidence: As we age, it’s common to feel less sure of yourself when it comes to things like balance, posture and your overall physical appearance. Regularly exercising can help with this. In particular, stability and core-focused exercises, such as yoga and Tai Chi, can help you walk with confidence throughout life, while also helping to reduce your risk of falling. Plus exercising will help you burn calories while toning and strengthening your muscles, which can help your clothes fit better and keep you feeling vibrant and energized.

With so many benefits to gain, I encourage all older adults to consider incorporating exercise into their daily lifestyle. Just remember to consult with your doctor before starting an exercise regimen or changing up your routine.

Dr. Dennis Hsieh is the regional medical director for UnitedHealthcare Medicare & Retirement in the East region. Serving nearly one in five Medicare beneficiaries, UnitedHealthcare Medicare & Retirement is the largest business dedicated to the health and well-being of seniors and other Medicare beneficiaries. UnitedHealthcare is a proud sponsor of the Connecticut Masters’ Games.

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