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NEM Open Water Championships Results!

Congrats to the following NEM Champs at Kingdom swim in Vermont on July 25, 2015!

6 mile overall, skin, FEMALE:

1.  Kirsten Read, 2:26.34

2.  Jen Downing, 2:37.13

3.  Kate Owen, 2:40.36

6 mile overall, skin, MALE:
1. Joseph Chance, 2:11.17
2.  Maury McKinney, 2:31.32
3.  Kevin Joubert, 2:43.03

6 mile overall, wetsuit, FEMALE:
1. AnnMarie Morrisseau, 2:24.16
2.  Patricia White, 3:11.47
3.  Kate Dewey, 3:39.15

6 mile overall, wetsuit, MALE:
1.  Timothy O’Neill, 2:08.49
2.  Alexander Chororos, 2:30.32
3.  Donald Lassman, 2:43.41

3 mile overall, skin, FEMALE:
1.  Katie O’Dair, 1:19.48
2.  Joan Weaver, 1:20.13
3.  Camille DeSisto, 1:25.59

3 mile overall, skin, MALE:
1.  Philip Schoepke, 1:16.02
2.  Andrew Westbrook, 1:22.42
3.  Jonathan Gladstone, 1:38.21

3 mile overall, wetsuit, FEMALE

1.  Laura Delorey, 1:12.55
2.  Emily Mitchell, 1:16.24
3.  Elaine Scholtz, 1:23.18

3 mile overall, wetsuit, MALE

1.  David Gray, 1:08.19
2.  Bruce Mohl, 1:10.38
3.  Ian Thompson, 1:14.18

1 mile overall, skin, FEMALE

1.  Melinda Williams, :16.39
2.  Gail Greenwood, :20.49
3.  Annie Caron, :21.41

1 mile overall, skin, MALE

1.  Domingo Rose, :17.07
2.  William Derdeyn, :19.49
3.  David Bright, :20.47

1 mile overall, wetsuit, FEMALE: None

1 mile overall, wetsuit, MALE

1.  Curtis von Kann, :46.59

Miles for Michelle

On Saturday August 29 the Worcester Area Masters will again host a fun open water swim (and breakfast to follow) at Camp Lowe in Lancaster – this is Fort Pond.
The Event “ Miles 4 Michelle” was started last year to support a local swimmer in her battle against a rare cancer. WAM is running the masters portion and helping with the college/US swimmer portion which will follow the masters event.

The link is:

Swimmers can register through the site or also onsite the morning of the swim. We will also post on the WAM swimming website.

Cathy Dickson (WAM swimming)
cell: 978-660-2282

Worcester Area Masters “Miles 4 Michelle” swim a great success!!

Hi Nate,

Wanted you to know the first Worcester Area Masters (WAM) open water swim this weekend was a huge success. “Miles 4 Michelle” was held Saturday 8/23 at Fort Pond in Lancaster.
We had 116 register. Over 40 NEMS registered swimmers plus many local college and age group swimmers. (2 separate swims, several waves)There was over $5K raised to support local USS swimmer Michelle Farnsworth in her battle against a rare cancer rhabdomyosarcoma RMS.

We had so much fun Saturday, WAM will aim to make this an annual event bringing our local swim community together – a reunion, great send off for college swimmers, and opportunity to raise money for a cause doing something we love.

Thank you for posting this event. We are happy to work with NEMS to make this even stronger next year.

Cathy (CJ) Dickson

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2013 NEM Open Water Championships

The 2013 NEM NE Open Water Championship swims at the 5K and 1 mile distances have been designated. The championships will be held at the Swim & Fin races in Salem, MA on Saturday, Aug. 24, 2013. There will be non-wetsuit and wetsuit divisions for both championship swims. The link below will take you to the web page for both events. All the information required for registration is listed on the Swim & Fin website. The races have previously served as the NEM Open Water Championship swims and we have found them to be well run and lots of fun. Ashley Steeves, the race director, is looking forward to creating great competitions and, judging from the job she and her team did at the Swim & Fin and Wild Fish championship swims last year, these races will be super. In addition to our 5K and 1 mile swims the USA Swimming age group championship at 5K will be held that day as well. There will also be a half mile fun swim for family members and friends. Register now.

SharkFest Boston 2012 Media

Record-Setting 25-Kilometer Boston Harbor Swim Attempt Scheduled for September 22

SOUTH BOSTON, MA— At 6 a.m. on Saturday, September 22, 2012, 48-year-old Salvatore Cimmino, a disabled marathon swimmer from Rome, Italy, will leave from the University of Massachusetts, Boston docks to begin an historic attempt to complete a 25-kilometer swim around Boston Harbor. Cimmino became the first disabled athlete to successfully swim across the Cook Strait, a treacherous 16-mile crossing between the North and South Islands of New Zealand, and was subsequently nominated for the 2011 World Open Water Swimming Man of the Year Award.

His Cook Strait crossing and this new Boston Harbor Swim are both part of his multi-stop world swimming tour, “Swimming in the Seas of the Globe, A Nuoto Nei Mari del Globo,” which he is conducting to promote disability awareness.

Cimmino lost his right leg above the knee at age 15 due to cancer and began swimming later in life for therapeutic reasons. This turned into a passion for long-distance, open water swimming that he is using as a catalyst to bring attention to the need for improved technologies for disabled people and to prove that disabilities do not need to define an individual. This is the first time this swimming course will be attempted and is the first known attempt of a major swim in Boston Harbor by an amputee.

“Every man, every woman, wherever they live, they have an unalienable right to dignity. I’m here to reach the heart of those in power: those who can make new technologies accessible to people with disabilities, in order to improve their mobility, to help them enter the job market, to remove the obstacles that prevent them from attending school. In a sentence, to shorten the distance from those societies that still preclude the right of citizenship and the right to active participation,” Cimmino says of the purpose of his swim.

Cimmino chose Boston as one of the stops on his world swimming tour because if its unique situation as a center of innovation in the fields of health care, research, technology, and biotechnology. “Boston is one of the most important economic centers in the U.S. and in the world. Its universities, MIT in particular, devote significant resources to research and development of prosthetic devices to improve the quality of life of people with disabilities. Among the departments that spend most of their time and resources on this research is the Biomechatronics Media Lab, chaired by Professor Hugh Herr who, and I’m so proud of it, has agreed to support my message.”

Cimmino has collaborated with fellow amputee and noted MIT Professor Hugh Herr and other prosthetics researchers and technologists at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) during his stay in Boston.

During the swim, Cimmino will wear a custom-designed wetsuit that accommodates his missing right leg. He anticipates that the water in Boston Harbor will be quite cold and has been training at Carson’s Beach in South Boston daily to acclimate to the temperature and prepare for the big event. The water temperature is expected to be between 56 and 62 degrees on the day of the attempt, and weather conditions could be difficult depending on wind speeds. The going will be anything but easy for the intrepid swimmer.

Cimmino will be supported by a guide boat piloted by Chris Sweeney, Director of Marine Operations at the University of Massachusetts, Boston, and an experienced swimming support pilot. In 2010, Sweeney supported the record-breaking tandem solo Double Crossing of the Boston Harbor completed by Elaine K. Howley and Greg O’Connor.

O’Connor, President of the Massachusetts Open Water Swimming Association (MOWSA), a newly-formed non-profit organization that helps swimmers create and execute long-distance solo swims in Boston Harbor and other Massachusetts waterways, will also be on board the support boat observing the swim to ensure safety and to ratify completion of the swim.

“This is a big event for us. MOWSA is pleased to support Salvatore in this record-setting attempt and we look forward to helping many more swimmers in similar events in the future,” says O’Connor, who also directs the annual 8-mile Boston Light Swim, a South Boston swimming tradition since 1907.
In addition to raising awareness of the abilities of “disabled” people, O’Connor hopes this solo swim will also draw attention to the fact that the Boston Harbor is now one of the cleanest urban waterways in the country.

Cimmino is expected to land near the USS Constitution in Charlestown sometime after 2 p.m. on Saturday and welcomes supporters to meet him at the finish. He will also be holding a press conference at the Societa Dante Aligheri, 41 Hampshire Street in Cambridge on Tuesday, September 18 at 11:30 am.

Cimmino and prof. Herr are working to organize a Technology Session. The Technology Session will cover how technology can help people with disabilities exploit their full potential and allow them to live rich and rewarding lives as a resource for society, not a burden.
If finally confirmed, this Session will take place at 2 p.m. on Thursday, September 20, in the MIT Biomechatronics Media Lab in MIT’s Cambridge Campus, Room E14-274, 75 Amherst Street. A confirmation of this event will be given at the press conference on Tuesday, September 18.

For more information about Cimmino and his swimming adventures, please visit his website at:
For more information about MOWSA and the Boston Light Swim, please visit:

NEM’s Trent Theroux swims backstroke to Block Island

Our own NEM member, SwimRI member, and the local Triton swim team member, was successful in swimming through hurricane generated waves to make it to Block Island from Point Judith, Rhode Island.

Check out the video and also the Providence Journal articles that follow his efforts. In one recent editorial, our local sports editor called Trent a true sports hero and compared his no-fail attitude against that of the Red Sox and other highly paid sports persons and organizations.

NEM Seeking Open Water Race Venues

NEM is seeking suggestions for open water race venues for our 2012 NEM-New England Open Water Swimming Championships. We are looking for first-class, well run open water swims for the 1 mile, 1 to 3 mile, 3 to 6 mile and over 6 mile categories. Please send your suggestions to Les Cutler, NEM Open Water Coordinator at Thank you.

Columbus Day 5K/3.2K Pavilion-to-Pavilion Ocean Swim


WHAT: Columbus Day 5K/3.2K Pavilion-to-Pavilion Ocean Swim (fun swim, not a race).

WHEN: Monday, October 10, 2011. 9:00 a.m. start time. Arrive earlier.

WHERE: Start in Newport at First/Easton Beach’s Pavilion off of Memorial Drive. Finish in Middletown at Second/Sachuest Beach’s Pavilion off of Sachuest Point Rd.

BLUE 5K (3.1 MILE) ROUTE: Start by First Beach’s pavilion ( at the middle of the beach), swim toward the rocks just off of the Cliff Walk’s 40 Steps, turn left and swim across Easton Bay toward Tuckerman’s Point, round the Point keeping the off-shore reef on your right, then swim to the Second Beach pavilion (easy landmark to sight in the middle of the beach).

PURPLE 3.2K (2 MILE) ROUTE: Start by First Beach’s pavilion, swim toward Tuckerman’s Point, round the Point keeping the off-shore reef on your right, then swim to the Second Beach pavilion.

SAFETY: Wear a wetsuit and bright cap. Open-water swimming experience required. Several kayakers needed to safeguard swimmers. Everyone must swim with one or more “swimming buddies” who keep track of each other from start to finish. This event is an informal group swim. It is not a race. Participate at your own risk. Swimmers of similar ability should stay together and, if necessary, stop to get your bearings and regroup, for instance at 40 Steps and at Tuckerman’s Point.

PARKING: Meet/park ~8:30 a.m. by the pavilion at Second/Sachuest Beach’s main parking lot (not the the surfers end lot) and carpool to First/Easton Beach for the 9:00 a.m. start OR park at First Beach and get a ride back afterwards.

Hope to see you there!

Mobile: (401) 633-5756

Open Water Clinic with Olympian Alex Meyer – Sept 17th – Space is Limited

Cambridge Masters is happy to host an Open Water Clinic run by Alex Meyer who recently finished 4th in the 10K World Championship in Shanghai and thereby qualified for the London Olympic Games next year. Alex won the 25K World Championship in 2010.

The Clinic will be LIMITED TO 30 PARTICIPANTS and will take place on September 17th. The cost will be $75 per person. It will include sessions at Harvard’s Blodgett Pool and at Walden Pond in Concord. Following is a summary of the morning:

6:15 on deck check in at Blodgett
6:30 open water discussion
7:00-8:00 pool time
8:20 leave for Walden
9:00-10:00 implementing open water techniques

Cambridge Masters welcomes all NEM members to participate in this special event. Registration can be found at