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 clubassistant.com.

Wednesday, December 31, 2008

Can you play Water Polo in a 4 foot pool?

Can you play Water Polo in a 4 foot pool? Not really but you sure can try!

Take a look at the video below (click the arrow to start it):

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Looks like fun! But so was the Last Swim of 2008 -- and you can join in, just click the arrow in the video below for a perfect start to 2009. Happy New Year!

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Meehan's Get Together: Tuesday Evening, December 30, 2008

The Girls (and the Guys) were out in force for a fun "Get-Together" at Meehan's in downtown Huntington, NY. This was either a pre-water polo event or a "practice party" for New Year's Eve celebrations. The Meehan's event was scheduled by Bob to start at 6pm.

Paul had promised all to buy the first round so he was at Meehans at 5pm when he bought himself a beer and the first round was history! And all us "latecomer's" were on our own!

All kidding aside, it was a nice relaxed affair and we thank Bob for setting it up -- again!




My special thanks to Greg for actually keeping his eyes open when I took the picture. Scott and Ken are going to have to work on their modeling skills.





Check these wide-open eyes -- see how easy it is!



Monday, December 29, 2008

2009 Open Water T-Shirt Now Available


This is sort of a joke but not really a joke because you can actually order, (and wear), this Huntington Master's Open Water Swim Team T-Shirt on Zazzle.com. It was always a bit of a pain to have to order 50 or 100 t-shirts, then try to figure out who wanted them (and wanted to pay for them!). Now, we can just design a T-Shirt, or a Mug, or a mouse pad (get the idea?) -- and let a web site like Zazzle handle the printing and fullfillment. They have them in all different sizes and colors -- just stick with a light color as I haven't designed one for dark shirts yet -- before I do, I'd like to know what you think about ordering Huntington Master's Products this way.

Don't forget -- Tuesday December 30th -- 6pm at Meehan's Restaurant for a few quick "shooters" BEFORE Water Polo the following morning around 6am! Thanks Bob ths sounds like a plan!

Wednesday, December 24, 2008

A Swimmer’s Christmas Wish

Let’s go for the big stuff right away – Peace, Health and Prosperity for All and if those three don’t bring happiness then shame on all of us. OK, now that we’ve taken care of just about all the big problems, how about some specific Christmas Wishes for Swimmers

An endless pool.

A perfect stroke.

Goggles that never fog-up.

Swim suits that never stretch out.

Chlorine that doesn’t make your skin itch and your eyes water.

Ahhh… its Christmas Eve and those “specificChristmas Wishes for Swimmers don’t seem all that important! Relax. Enjoy. We’ll be back in the pool before you know it and since 2009 is almost here, can Open Water Swimming be far away?

Open Water Swimming: that’s a whole NEW set of wishes – NO Jelly Fish, NO sharks, (yes, I still hear the music from Jaws with every Open Water Swim!), and the list goes on. But instead of all the “Negative’s” lets concentrate on the “Positive’s”. The biggest Positive -- all the really good friends I’ve made while swimming at the Huntington Y. Which brings us back to this Swimmer’s Christmas Wish: Peace, Health and Prosperity for All – as for the Swim Stuffa few extra laps couldn’t hurt. See you in the pool.

Mike

Monday, December 15, 2008

Additional Pictures From The Black Forest Brew Haus Christmas Party on Sunday, December 14, 2008

Not only did Bob Miller set up the party, he also acted as "Back-Up" photographer and was kind enough to submit these photos...











Don't forget to "click" on Armand's chin in the December 14th Blog entry below. Now if an entry like this doesn't keep you reading and scrolling, I don't know what will... see you in the pool!





Sunday, December 14, 2008

Scenes From The Holiday Brunch: Sunday, December 14, 2008


Thanks (AGAIN!) to Bob Miller and his "party-on" spirit for another outstanding Christmas Brunch and get together where we're NOT wearing bathing suits. We were trying to figure how far this tradition stretches back -- probably a good twenty years! And hopefully we'll have a few more in us. Life is not just about Swimming, Biking and Running... oh no, there's got to be time for a party or two.




Oh, and don't forget to "click" on Armand's chin below, (honest, he won't mind), just as long as you listen to his brief Holiday message on giving and the exciting new expansion plans for the Huntington YMCA -- his message has a lot to do with young children of which we have a very cute picture below just to encourage you even more to "click" on Armand's chin!

Tuesday, December 09, 2008

South East Asia Pictures (Cambodia, Thailand & Vietnam) From Tom


Wat's that in back of me? Angkor Wat?

"Hi Huntington"

Yes, that's a hole in a tree that Judy is peeking through...

Some trees will grow anywhere!


I asked Tom for some water-theme pictures and he was happy to take them...










Tom could not finish his beer, (yes, I know that is HARD to believe). but he had a friend who was happy to take it off his hands...



This makes walking your dog look a bit easier, doesn't it?

OK, can you guess what Asian Delicacy Judy was willing to try?


Hint -- it can be found in one of the fried goodies displayed below...

I just can't even bring myself to tell you so you'll have to ask either Judy or Tom (who stuck with beer!).


No, I don't know what this is either but it is NOT from your local butchershop!


Do you have this snake-wrap in a smaller "carry-home" size?



Thank goodness that it's 2008 NOT 1968!


Tunnel Rat Tom strikes a pose as we thank him for all these facinating pictures.


Now you want to see it in silver!

Judy's not begging, she's giving out food to the monks (a tradition).

Check your Christmas Stocking for one of these "one-of-a-kind" stocking stuffers!

We bid both Tom and Judy a fond farewell and our thanks for leting us take the trip along with them from the comfort of our computer screen.

Friday, December 05, 2008

The Haack Is BACK!



What would you do with 4 or 5 EXTRA and un-expected days to spend in Saigonin Late November / early December?

Well, based on the emails that I received from Tom, -- NOT a real lot except trying to figure out how he and Judy were going to get out of Saigon. And, where they were going to go when they left, as their next "port of call" was scheduled to be Bangkok Thailand. Remember, Bangkok's airports were TOTALLY closed by the Yellow-shirted protestors.

Tom would like all to note that he is wearing a BLUE shirt and that the YELLOW shirt he wore when he passed through Bangkok's airport, (just a few days BEFORE the shutdown), had nothing whatsoever to do with inciting the protest. Hmmmm?

Wednesday, November 26, 2008

Bob Miller: Father of the Bride AFTER His Saturday Morning Swim

Saturday, November 22, 2008, Huntington, NY

Think back to Saturday morning, 11/22/2008 -- it was a typical Saturday morning. A 3,000 yard workout in the Huntington "Y" pool, (okay some did more and some did less but 3,000 is a pretty average distance), followed by a quick shower, a well deserved breakfast... and then off with the Speedo and on with the Tux

Wait a minute, that "on with the Tux" is certainly not your typical Saturday! And so it wasn't an ordinary Saturday for Bob who after his swim workout, (what dedication -- or was it just a great way to keep the nerves in check!), hustled on home to Pat and the girls, put on his Tux, (he cleans up real good -- doesn't he?), and got ready to escort his daughter Kristen down the aisle of the Old First Church

The picture above was taken at home before the ride to the Church and I must admit everybody looks pretty calm -- was it the pre-planning or the fact that the girls were delighted to get the "man of their lives" out of the house and down to the "Y" for a pre-wedding swim. Neither Lauren, Kristen or Pat would comment and Bob was just happy to get his Saturday Swim in -- but, who wouldn't be happy about a Saturday morning swim!


Tuesday, November 25, 2008

Harry and Greg in Bermuda

What a perfect day to post this picture! Tuesday, November 25, 2008 dawned gloomy, cold and wet in New York. The EXACT opposite of the sunny, warm and the aquamarine wet that Harry and Greg had in Bermuda during the Escape To Bermuda Triathlon in early November. Thanks, and a tip of the swim cap to Greg for sending me these two pictures -- it makes me yearn for Summer's Open Water Swims -- and it's not even Thanksgiving yet!

Now, I know that I'm just a one-sport kind-of guy (swimming) but aren't you supposed to wear sneakers when you bike and run? Check out the barefoot boy below.
Greg, do you have any comments? Is this a new race strategy?
Or, perhaps Greg is just a big Zola Budd fan!




Thursday, November 13, 2008

25th Annual Huntington YMCA Swimmers' Holiday Brunch


This year's event will be held at the Black Forest Brew Haus on Smith Street in Farmingdale (again...sorry...but we get a great deal and a wonderful venue). The food is excellent with a 100 foot buffet and unlimited Bloody Marys and Mimosas.
The time is noon on Sunday, December 14th. Total cost per person is $30 which includes tax and tip. Please sign up at the Y or by e-mail to me, (Bob Miller), ASAP. You must pay in advance (to Bob Miller or Mike Engel) as we have to guarantee the number of people who will attend. The last day to sign up - and PAY! -- is Wednesday, December 10th. Seating is limited.
You don't have to be a Masters swimmer to attend...lap swimmers, triathletes, water walkers, couch potatoes, spouses, significant others and Y staff are all invited.
Any questions or if you need directions, please feel free to respond to Bob's original email.

Hope to see you there!



- Bob Miller