Swim Meet

This year's swim meet will be sanctioned 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 17th. The exact location will be the Jack Suydam Natatorium in Kaiser Hall at Central Connecticut State University.

ALL participants must be a U.S. Masters Swimming member in order to compete in the swim meet. Please click here to purchase your US Masters Swimming annual membership or a one event registration form. One day event registration forms will be available the day of registration. Swimmers WILL NOT be allowed to participate without a US Masters Swimming membership.

Please click here to view the benefits of signing up for an annual US Masters Swimming membership.

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What is the Connecticut Masters' Games?

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 36th 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 2015. 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 2015 Connecticut Masters’ Games. Participants range from 25 to 90+. Since the inception of the CT Masters' Games in 1979, more than 42,000 amateur master athletes have participated in the “Games”.   

MISSION OF 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 Divisions

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

  • 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

Please Note:

  • Age divisions for all doubles competitions will be determined by the age of the youngest participant as of December 31, 2014. For example, a doubles team consisting of one player age 65 or older and one player age 63 will compete in the 60+ age division.

Events Offered

  • 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

Events Order

  • 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

Bring a Buddy Program

In efforts to continue increasing our participation, we are offering the “Bring a Buddy” Program. The “Bring a Buddy” Program allows current athletes to bring a "buddy" at half of entrance fee. A “buddy” is a person who has not competed in the CT Masters’ Games in the last five years. (2010-2014). 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 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013 and 2014.

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.

PLEASE NOTE:

  • 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! 

Central CT State University - Jack Suydam Natatorium

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.

Meet Schedule

  • 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

Rules

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

Format

  • 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.
  • 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.

2015 National Senior Games Rules & Information

CT Masters' Games Results

Five Tips for Master Athletes

Five Tips for Master Athletes

Physical activity is an important part of a healthy lifestyle at any age, but older adults can reap extra benefits -- as Connecticut Masters’ Games participants may be able to attest. Incorporating physical activity into your daily routine can lower your risk for many diseases and may improve your quality of life by enhancing flexibility, stamina and energy. Exercising can bring mental health benefits, too, due in large part to the mood-boosting effects of endorphins, a neurotransmitter – or brain chemical – that is released during exercise.

While most people, regardless of age or their current physical condition, can benefit from exercise, it’s important to remember that working out is not “one size fits all” Knowing what’s right for you can help maximize the positive results and reduce your risk of injury. Here are five tips to help keep you on the right track.

  1. Consider your overall health. If you have a preexisting condition, such as diabetes or heart disease, or if it’s been a while since you’ve exercised, talk to your doctor to get medical clearance before beginning an exercise program or taking up a new sport. You should also talk with your doctor if you currently exercise but have recently received a new health diagnosis.
     
  2. Pay attention to your body. Simply put, if something feels wrong, stop what you’re doing. Symptoms such as acute pain or extreme shortness of breath are your body’s way of telling you that you’ve pushed it too hard. Take a break, and when you feel better, slowly ease back in to the activity. See your doctor if the problem persists.
     
  3. Set goals. Some people find that setting goals helps them stay motivated and engaged with an exercise plan. It can also be a good way to track your progress so you know when it’s time to switch up your routine (see tip 4). Losing weight or increasing strength are good physical goals – but consider other kinds of goals, too. This could include reducing stress levels, boosting your mood, or meeting new friends through an exercise class or sports team. Think about what’s important to you and your health needs when setting goals, and start small. Specific, attainable goals can help keep you motivated. For example, aim to lose 1-2 pounds per week instead of striving for a 50-pound weight loss.
     
  4. Switch up your routine. Doing the same physical activity all the time can be monotonous and can even increase your risk of injury by potentially overworking some parts of your body while ignoring others. In general, older adults should focus on four main areas of exercise: cardio/endurance, strength training, balance and flexibility. If you’re used to walking every morning or are an avid runner, consider adding strength training exercises, such as lifting weights or using elastic resistance bands. Doing yoga or tai-chi a few times a week can help round out your regimen. Switching up your routine can also help if you’ve reached a “plateau” with weight loss or other fitness goals.
     
  5. Have fun. Exercise should be something you enjoy. Find ways to incorporate favorite pastimes such as listening to music, being outdoors and getting together with friends to make exercise much more than “routine.” Look for opportunities for friendly competition on the tennis court or golf course – or explore a new part of your hometown with a bike ride or leisurely run. It’s easier to live a healthier life through exercise when you’re having fun.

    Dr. Dennis Hsieh is the regional medical director for UnitedHealthcare Medicare & Retirement in the Northeast. 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.