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

Sunday, September 10, 2006

The Brooklyn Bridge Swim: September 9, 2006

Before the start: Bright sun rises over Brooklyn and washes out my camera shot of the Brooklyn Bridge and the East River. But better bright sun and a washed out shot than rain and a washed out inaugural event called The Brooklyn Bridge Swim!

Were we nervous looking into the swirling waters of the East River? Yeah, a bit. Especially when a few of us spotted a five or six foot long hunk of wood with dozens of nails protruding from both ends -- and even a few in the middle floating not 3 feet from shore. Fortunately, most of the floating "stuff" was close to shore and by the time we reached 40 or 50 yards out, it was clear sailing (not counting the currents!).

Rob and Mike, happy and confident before the start -- some times, "ignorance is bliss".

Joan was there too -- always great to see a familiar face at events like this.

And now, before you have to read any further, let's give you the results:

Rob Martell finished 4th overall in a time of 19:06

Mike Engel finished 29th overall in a time of 23:36

Joan Heath finished 51st overall in a time of 29:13

To put these times in perspective:

The first place finisher had a time of 17:15
The last place finisher had a time of 43:32

And, 49 swimmers who started the race on the Manhattan side did not finish and had to be pulled from the water! Congratulations to the 77 who completed the swim and to Rob and Mike who took first place in their age groups.

Join us in the East River via pictures below!

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