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

Saturday, December 30, 2006

Water Polo: Saturday, December 30, 2006

Bob's pretty sure that this isn't legal but it does make for an unusual opening picture.

Ok, ok. Let's play this game according to the rules and I'm pretty sure that means NO Flippers!

Where's the ball?

Ooops, there it goes. Looks like somebody was hiding it underwater!

More Water Polo Pictures from 12/30/06

Get that ball...

Shoot that ball...

It's up...

It's a goal!

Water Polo is almost done... are you ready for a workout?

I'll say it's done! Everybody's looking for a spot on the wall to hang on to.

This would have been a heck-of-a-lot easier if we played in the shallow end.

All right Water Polo is officially over for 2006 -- let's swim!

December 29, 2006: a Get-Together at Meehan's!

Pass out those beers -- it's Friday night on a 3-day New Year's weekend and we're ready to start partying! Who cares if our annual Water Polo Game is just 12 hours away?

I've got a beer. You got a beer? Yeah, I've got a beer. We've ALL got beers... Party On!

OK, no beers here -- but we are supposed to be athletes, (some more than others!)

More Pictures From Meehan's Party Friday 12/29/06

Lynn and Eileen come up with a pair of winning smiles!

Chris is quite impressed at how many quarters Nancy has collected for another worthy cause.

Neither Bob nor Mike can remember exactly how long they've been swimming together at the "Y" but they're pretty sure it started some time in the early 1980's. It's for sure that there is no one around to challenge that estimation!

It's only about 12 hours till the Annual Water Polo contest, (scheduled for 6AM Saturday Morning), and already Sal is trying to get the best of Paul. Little does Sal know that Paul plans on being out and running by 4:30AM BEFORE he starts Water Polo!

Sunday, December 10, 2006

Huntington Masters Swim Team Holiday Brunch

The 22nd Annual, (where did Bob come up with that number?), Huntington Masters Swim Team Holiday Brunch was held at the Black Forest Brew Haus in Farmingdale on Sunday, December 10th 2006. Great fun and a GREAT turnout!

Thanks to all who made the trek to Farmingdale on such a miserable day weatherwise -- just kidding, it was in the fifties and not a cloud in the sky, feeling more like late September than December -- and the warmth showed through as you can tell from the happy group pictured above (or was it the endless Bloody Mary's?).

To those of you who were not able to attend this year, we hope to see you at next year's party (if not before!). Special thanks to Bob Miller for setting up this year's Christmas Party.

Do we have a volunteer for 2007?

Saturday, December 02, 2006

Rob's 2nd Annual December OWS

Dateline West Neck Beach, Huntington NY, December 2, 2006

For the second year in a row, our own Rob Martell braved a blustery cold December wind for an Open Water Swim at West Neck Beach.

Although Winter is still officially a bit more than two weeks away, the wind-wipped chop of Cold Spring Harbor and the dark water told the real tale -- this is not an average Open Water Swim, this is man against the elements. And this December 2nd, the "elements" were VERY chilly!

Rob was VERY happy to get out of the water and on his way to an already heating auto! The time was around 8:35am on this December 2nd Saturday morning and, without a cloud in the sky, the outside temperature hovered around 43 degrees. Don't even ask about the wind chill!

Chris and Tim were there to cheer Rob on. And if you want to ask about the wind chill, talk to Tim or take a look at the picture below. One picture IS worth a 1,000 words!

Do I hear the word "three-pete"? If so, we'll see you again in December 2007!

Saturday, November 18, 2006

Pictures from the Florida Ironman: Starring Harry Slutter

Photographic proof that Harry REALLY did do the Florida Ironman!

OK, OK, I'll admit that in these two pictures (above and below), it is a little difficult to actually see Harry but he assures me that he is indeed somewher in both of these photos.

Can you find Harry?

There he is -- along with the proof that he finished the race smiling and in 10:27:56.

Congratulations Harry!

Thursday, November 09, 2006

A Hot Time for Harry at the Florida Ironman

Congratulations Harry!
Just check out the great time Harry turned in this November at the Florida Ironman:
Total Time: 10:27:57
Swim Time: 1:08:49
Bike Time: 5:17:49
Run Time: 3:52:09
Harry's terrific 10:27:57 earned him a 12th place finish in his age group -- 12 out of 221
Way to go Harry!

Monday, October 30, 2006

Picture's From Kona -- thanks Nancy!

The Picture above is from the 1.2 mile pre-Ironman Swim. The picture with the boat in it below is from the actual Ironman swim start area.

Group picture below is from the 1.2 mile swim race the week before Ironman. Nancy came in 3rd in her division in this "fun" race!

Pictures From Kona: Part Two

Trust me... these innocent looking group shots will get a little wilder! Just keep scrolling!

That's right, it's Simon all the way on the right and he's broken out his kilt. Some things just never change. At least this time he is wearing his kilt in warm weather... the last time we saw Simon dressed like this was at one of our annual December Holiday parties. I guarantee it wasn't "Hawaii" warm!

Nancy told me that there was going to be a "fun" run before the Ironman and now, I believe her!

Thanks again to Nancy for sending me some real, (natural and intimate), pictures from Kona -- pictures that I didn't have to "fake" from the web!

Sunday, October 29, 2006

Huntington Triathlon Club Ocean Swim, Sunday September 10, 2006

The Huntington Triathlon Club had their last Ocean Swim/Practice on Sunday September 10, 2006. It was a beautiful day and one to remember till Summer 2007 rolls around!

Tammie, Liz and Orlando were there and, of course, our own Bob Miller -- Swim Coach, Lifeguard and Winner of the 2006 David Hasselhof Look-Alike Contest.

We'll get a little run in before the swim!

Let's hope that they come back for Summer 2007 (or Spring 2007 for those who are hardy enough!).

Sunday, October 22, 2006

2006 Ford Ironman World Championship Results

Saturday, October 21, 2006 in Kona was triathlon's Super Bowl, Wimbledon, World Series, World Cup, and Tour de France all rolled into one -- the Ford Ironman World Championship.

And, with 1,700 pro and age-group Tri's competing, it's not exactly a small, local event! Check out the 2. 4 Mile Swim start above and below.

The crowding eased up considerably as the 112 Mile Bike leg "rolled" on!

The 26.2 Mile Run followed... which leads us to our "local" Huntington results in which we still include Simon even though he now lives a few thousand miles away.

Simon Butterworth was 7th in his age group with an overall time of 11:37:46. (Swim Time: 1:21:58, Bike Leg: 5:57:50 and Run Time: 4:06:28).

Nancy Lipira was 5th in her age group with an overall time of 11:52:41. (Swim Time: 1:13:30, Bike Leg: 5:53:35 and Run Time: 4:35:53).

Mary Ellen Stajk was 10th in her age group with an overall time of 12:12:13. (Swim Time: 1:31:47, Bike Leg: 6:05:00 and Run Time: 4:25:47).

Congratulations to:

Mary Ellen, Nancy and Simon!

Monday, October 16, 2006

A Note From Simon Re: Sunday's 6.7 Magnitude Quake in Hawaii

I received the following email note from Simon Late Sunday Night, Oct 15, 2006:

All is well with everyone on the Island as you may have heard by now. Nancy and Mary Ellen were on their way, walking, to the beach for a swim. Locals were not going in the water and they, unlike many other athletes, followed local precautions. We were in our time share when the house started shaking. We did not think it was all that bad when the big one hit. I don’t think we realized fully what was happening. When the significant but weaker aftershock hit we were much faster at exiting the house.

There is not much visible damage around town, a few walls have collapsed and some rocks rolled out on the road here and there. We are however wondering what will happen next Saturday. The upper part of the bike course has some big cracks in it.

Thanx for the concern.

All the best


Friday, October 13, 2006

A "Thank You" Note From Nancy regarding the Kona Kick Off Party

Needless to say, we will all be thinking of Nancy (and Simon) on Saturday, October 21, 2006. We wish them both the best of luck!

Below is a link to IronmanLive if you have the time on Saturday, 10/21, check it out...

Thursday, October 05, 2006

Kona Kick Off Party: October 4th 2006

It was a balmy Wednesday evening in October. Perfect weather for a Kona Kick Off Party to honor and celebrate Nancy's THIRD trip to the Ironman in Kona Hawaii (Saturday, October 21, 2006). Kudos to Harry for setting everything up at Meehan's in Huntington Village. I'm not sure if Harry planned it this way but there were enough TV's everwhere throughout the bar to satisfy even the most diehard Met's Fans who were able to see their team take a dramatic 6-5 win over the Dodgers in Game 1 of the Division Series Playoff. But, for the most part, baseball took a back seat to Ironman talk and just plain good wishes to Nancy!

FYI, Nancy's Ironman Bib Number is 521

Our old friend Simon Butterworth is already in Hawaii but emailed a personal message to Nancy, (which she is reading above), for the Kona Kick Off Party. Simon is our first "West Coast" (more or less) Huntington Master's Swim & Tri Team member and is waiting in Kona to greet Nancy.

FYI, Simon's Ironman Bib Number is 307.

Here's some great Ironman advice. If you see a big fish... swim faster!

Paval was there and was gracious enough to offer his services as Nancy's Personal Physician if airfare and a 5-star hotel was included. Michele offered her services as a private nurse and was willing to settle for a 4-star hotel. Anybody willing to settle for a 3-star?

Sorry Greg. Sorry Sal. My "stupid" camera decided that the best object to focus on was in the background. Operating automatic digital cameras and drinking at Meehan's just don't mix!

Kona Kick Off Party Gets Rockin'

Ooops, Bob's not exactly Rockin' but he is drinking! (Now you know why I prefer taking the pictures instead of being in them! -- Mike)

Lynn FINALLY arrives with a big smile and a hug from Nancy!

Paul FINALLY arrives and gives Nancy, (with the "where you been?" hand gesture), a big Lynn-Like smile.

Honest, Sal wasn't watching the Mets Game the whole night! It only seems that way in this picture.