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, July 17, 2008

2008 5-K in the Bay Eyewitness Report From Carol Moore

Here's MY take on the 2008 5-K in the Bay...I was a cheerleader this year rather than a swimmer since I wasn't tuned up to swim it...quite happily, as it turned out, once I learned from one of the boaters that there were MONSTER jellyfish out there!

EDITORS NOTE: The 2 Rob's pictured above are NOT the MONSTER jellyfish!

That wasn't the only disaster the swimmers had to contend with, though, as someone evidently forgot to mark the first turn! There was NO BOAT! I watched from the dock as some swimmers took the shortcut and turned at the last orange buoy, but the more dedicated ones just kept swimming, Looking for a turn-around boat that wasn't there! (it apparently had drifted practically to Northport Harbor!) So kudos to thosewho swam a 6-K race that day -- and got mauled by jellyfish in the bargain (Rob Martell and Rob Ripp among them!).

My camera lens locked up so I wasn't able to get a photo of Ken Longo coming in at a pretty quick clip,but I was able to shoot our favorite Canadian Rob Martell and his namesake,Rob Ripp, as they came in together at an impressive 1:40-something, but I can't help but think that "They was Robb-ed"! But there's always next year! Here are pictures of The Robs at the finish line, and above, a long-distance one of the turnaround boat that WAS there, manned by the other Rob, Bob Miller! EDITORS NOTE:See pictures from Bob's boat in story below.

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