Huntington Masters Swim Team

The Huntington Masters Swim Team ("HUMS"), an official club of US Masters Swimming, holds daily early-morning pool workouts year-round at the Huntington YMCA, 60 Main Street, Huntington (contact the Y at 631-421-4242 for Full Y membership fee information).

Indoor Pool Workouts in one of the Y’s two 25-yard pools begin at 5:30 a.m. weekdays and 7:00 a.m. weekends and last one to two hours. These workouts are open to all Full Y members.

Open-Water Swims are held from May to November at West Neck Beach and other local Long Island beaches. Outdoor swim schedules are posted on The Water-Blog.

Want to swim for the Home Team? You can! Join HUMS at

Thursday, October 23, 2014

"Touch The Wall" Documentary to Debut November 15, 2014

Per NBC Olympic Talk, “Touch the Wall,” is a documentary film covering Missy Franklin‘s journey to the London Olympics. The film will debut November 15, 2014 at the Denver Film Festival.
Franklin, who won five medals and four golds in 2012, trained with 2004 and 2008 Olympian Kara Lynn Joyce in the run-up to the London Games. Joyce, a four-time Olympic relay silver medalist, also made the London Olympic team and did not reach the semifinals of her only event, the 50m freestyle. The film follows the different stories of Franklin and Joyce, who are separated by nine years. 

Thursday, May 01, 2014

Has Dr. Seuss Taken Over The Huntington Y?

Have you visited the Huntington Y recently? 

Dr. Seuss characters are EVERYWHERE! They can even be found in the Albicocco Pool. However, they are very polite and take up very little room in the pool lanes!

Friday, April 25, 2014

Todd Rowley Back In The Pool After Running The 2014 Boston Marathon In 3:01

After running 26 Miles, 385 Yards (42.195K) in a time of 3 hours, one minute and 32 seconds on Monday April 20, 2015 in the World's Oldest Annual Marathon, Todd Rowley was back in the Huntington Y Pool this morning (Norton Pool), and took his usual close-to-the-front-of-the-line position with nary a complaint! Way to go Todd on the 3:01 -- NOT a PR but a very good time! Heck, I've been on the Long Island Expressway longer than that to cover a shorter distance! 

Sunday, April 13, 2014

It Was a Day For 101 Dalmatians... Ooops That's 101 One Hundreds!

Once you do 100 One Hundred's, what's left... 101 One Hundred's! So, on a Sunday morning in April, (April 13, 2014), Sal (pictured above) and Paul (hanging on the wall below) decided to up last Fall's 10,000 yard swim with an extra 100. Hence, the "101 Dalmatians" reference. Though they were the only ones to swim the full distance, they were joined throughout their swim by numerous other Huntington Masters Swimmers in a near endless line that kept the Norton Pool constantly churned. Congratulations Sal and Paul! 

Sunday, April 06, 2014

Robert Moses Beach, Field 5: Someone Was In The Water On Saturday April 5, 2014

He was in a full wetsuit and wasn't really swimming -- just jumping up and down in the shore break but, he was in the water. Like a Robin is the sign of Spring, I take this sighting as a sign that true Open Water Swimming is not really that far away for Long Island Swimmers. At least, the hardy ones! You probably won't catch me out there till well into the Summer! Till then, see you in the pool.

Wednesday, March 26, 2014

"The Summer Of Letting Go" By Gae Polisner: Book Launch Party at Book Revue in Huntington

The book title says SUMMER. 
The calendar says SPRING. 
And the weather forecast and actual temperature shouted WINTER! 

Last night, when we were threatened with several inches of snow, (we actually got none!), we had a wonderfully warm and snow-free Book Launch at Book Revue in Huntington for Gae's newest book, "The Summer Of Letting Go".

Surrounded by family, friends, fans and fellow swimmers, Gae gave a terrific introduction to her newest YA creation. She included a Q&A and a 10 minute reading from THE SUMMER OF LETTING GO. After the reading, Yolanda leaned over to me and whispered, "I wonder if it comes in a Kindle edition?" It does! So Gae, you can count on at least one Kindle sale!

The rest of you will have to get your own copy. I'm sure Gae will be happy to autograph it for you at West Neck Beach after one of our Open Water Swims. Warmer weather is on the way... till then, see you in the pool!

Gae's "Author" picture above (at the beach, of course!). Book Cover below.

Saturday, March 01, 2014

A Saturday Swim with a Few Friends

March 1, 2014: Huntington NY. The sun is already up but the temperature outside certainly wasn't! But, we were lucky to be able to drive to the pool without worrying about snow on the roads -- we'll have that in another 36 hours or so as the forecast is for another Winter Snow Storm. Will Open Water Swimming EVER get here this year? I don't know about you, but I think it's been unusually cold and snowy winter! 

Photo ABOVE: Scott, Nancy and Sal

Photo BELOW: Paul, Scott, Nancy, Mike, Sal, Margot, Chris and Katie

My thanks to Paval for taking the picture above and below so I could actually be in a photo. I need to do a brief explanation of the picture below. 

As I was watching Paval take the picture above, I noted that he pushed the camera down as he clicked the shutter. Who knew that the camera was smart enough to self-correct and get a relatively in-focus photo? I didn't! And in the picture Paval snapped below, I was attempting to show him how to gently push down on the shutter without jerking the camera. He caught me and I guess that I will now have to admit to my wife that "Yes, I sometimes am a bit of a control freak".

Picture BELOW: Scott, Nancy, Mike's finger, Mike, Sal, Margot and Chris (Can you tell who is enjoying hearing Paval getting a lecture?)

Looks like Paval enjoyed the lecture too!

OK, Sal is going to have to tell us what he was thinking of in the picture below. The look cries out for a "thought bubble" but what? Any suggestions?

Picture BELOW: Tommy, Don, Sal, Sal's Eyes and Paul

Picture BELOW: Katie's got her elbow high coming into the wall. Sal is leading the line. And Paul, well, he tells me it's a flip turn but....

Picture BELOW: And, last into the workout (while I was on my way out) was Bob! But even a late swim is better than no swim! And, Bob did show up, unlike a number of other swimmers who we did not even see this Saturday morning. 

Swimming 50's March 1, 2014