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. 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

Age Cut Off Date:
Your age division/group will be determined by your age as of May 21, 2018.

***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


  • 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.


  • 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

Event Order:

400 Individual Medley
100 Freestyle
50 Fly
100 Breaststroke
Break- Medals
200 Freestyle
50 Backstroke 
200 Individual Medley
200 Breaststroke
Break- Medals
500 Freestyle
50 Breaststroke
100 Fly
200 Backstroke
50 Freestyle
200 Fly
100 Back
100 Individual Medley

  • 9:00 AM: Doors Open
  • 9:00 AM -  9:50 AM: Warm-Ups
  • 10:00 AM: 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 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.

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 (2015-2017). 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 Swimming Fee $30.00
  • “Buddy” Swimming Fee $15.00 (1/2 the price)
  • Total $45.00
  • Each participant pays $22.50
  • Please Note - the Buddy Program does not apply to Cycling and Golf due to associated costs. 

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! 

How to Qualify

To participate in the National Senior Games, you must be 50 years old and qualify the year before through a NSGA sanctioned State Qualifying Games. You may qualify through the state you live in, or any state which allows out-of-state competitors; however, you should contact these States directly for qualifying information.Qualifying standards differ depending on the sport/event and you should read more information about qualifying in the 2019 National Senior Games Rulebook posted under the link, 2019 NSGA Rulebook. Typically, the qualifying standards do not differ drastically from year-to-year.
In most sports, the top 4 finishers in each age group qualify for Nationals, as well as those who meet the Minimum Performance Standards (in applicable sports). The exceptions are Tennis (only the top 3 finishers for each age group qualify), Golf (you must meet the Minimum Performance Standards) and Triathlon (all finishers qualify). For team sports (basketball, softball, volleyball) the top 3 teams in each age group qualify. 
No matter what place an athlete finishes, they may also qualify in the sports which have Minimum Performance Standards (MPS), by meeting or exceeding the MPS for the age-division they are competing in at the State Level. (Ex. An athlete is 54 in 2016 and competes in the 50-54 age division at their State Games, but will move up to the 55-59 age division at Nationals. They must meet the MPS for the 50-54 age division to qualify for Nationals.
Registration for the 2019 National Senior Games WILL OPEN FALL 2018.  Qualified Athletes will be able to register for the 2019 Games when the state(s) they qualified in are listed on the NSGA website. States are listed when all their results are submitted to NSGA and verified.  We will send an e-blast to qualified athletes, when the results have been uploaded.  In addition, NSGA will send out one postcard by mail to their address of NSGA record with the same notification.  Information about online registration will be shared in these communications.

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 39th 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 2018. 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. 
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