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, May 31, 2007

OWS Routes

I have placed a new image of three routes with resonable distance measurements. The new arials are taken in summer and have the bouys if you look closely.

Route #1 (Red Marker 3). From the beach to the bouy at the bottom of the picture ( normal bouy we swim to ). Round trip is 1.02 miles. Normal time is anywhere from 12mins to 18 mins each way. ( 24 mins to 36 mins )

Route #2 (Red Marker 2 ). From the beach to the bouy at the bottom of the picture , around the bouy head to the top left bouy and back to the beach. Round trip is 1.3 miles. Times for the trip are from 40 mins to 60 mins.

Route #3 (Red market 4 ). From the beach to the top left bouy , around that bouy and head to the bottom bouy. Return the way you came.. Round trip is 1.6 miles. Times for the trip are 50 mins to 70 mins.

I will post a few other routes that are different another day.


OWS Times Saturday

June 2nd : 5:30am West Neck Beach

June 2nd : 8:00am West Neck Beach

Monday, May 28, 2007

The Ironclad Triathlon: May 26th, 2007

Saturday May 26th, 2007, Long Island's latest triathlon, the Ironclad Triathlon was held at Webb Institute on Crescent Beach Road in Glen Cove, New York. The race was a fully USAT-sanctioned, sprint distance triathlon and our own Scott Kessler, (first in his age group), finished 5th overall in a time of 1:14:47. Congratulations Scott!

Monday, May 14, 2007

Cold swim in May

A good group of 5 met on Saturday morning to take in first season cold water swim. 53C but no waves and a sunny day made the swim very refreshing. If you forget the frozen face, feet and arms , it was very enjoybale.

We swam for 1/2 mile out and 1/2 mile back. Once warmed up and learning to breath when you cannot , it was a fun swim.

Next Saturday, same place, same time for those interested.

In the picture Brian ( I think ? ), Greg, Scott and Don.

Of course, we cannot leave the topic without my departing experience. I think I must have frozen some brain cells during the swim. I left my wetsuit behind ( thanks guys for taking it for me ) and lost my camera. Thankfully both are no longer lost , now if I can only find those brain cells and memor, I would be golden.


Wednesday, May 09, 2007

Start of OWS 2007

The start of the OWS season is upon us. First swim will be Saturday May 12th, 8am at West Neck beach.

Swim route is below with the meeting place for anyone new to the West Neck beach OWS scene.The planned route is just over a mile but depending on interest or coldnest, we can scale that back at the time. ( 1920 yards are marked in red ).

Water temp is low 50s so its wetsuit time unless you are really crazy. ( e.g I am definitely wearing a wetsuit ). Please remember to bring WARM after-gear. Double swim caps are advised as well.

See you all there


Monday, May 07, 2007

The Long Island Marathon

Despite gusty winds and cool -- if not downright cold -- temperatures for a sunny Sunday morning in May, the 35th edition of the Long Island Marathon was held in Nassau County. Among the more than 3,000 runners in the Half-Marathon were more than a few from the Huntington Masters Swim (and Tri) Team. I wish I could tell you exactly how many, but I went nearly blind just finding the results for Harry and Greg (see below). Isn't that the smallest type you've ever seen in Newsday? Ah well, just email me any new/revised results, and I'll be glad to post them... I just don't think I can find them!

Half-Marathon Results for Huntington Masters Swim (and Tri) Team:

Harry Slutter: 1:33:46

Greg Linakis: 1:42:45