CONN Masters Makes a Splash at Short Course Nats

Thomas St. Vincent

Connecticut Masters had its largest contingents of swimmers show to USMS Short Course Nationals as 14 swimmers led by Coach George Hebner earned a hard fought 7th place out of 17 teams in the regional club division with 287 points.

Amelia Fox of the Wilton/ Wesport Workout group was the high point earner for CONN with a National Championship winning swim in the women’s 45-49 200 Free in a time of 2:05.22.  A second place in the 500 Free and a third in the 100 Fly helped add to her whopping total of 54 points. Tait Michael was only 14 points behind winning the women’s 55-59 200 Free in 2:10.01 and backing that up with double silvers in 50 and 100 Free. Pam Henry Moss narrowly missed out on having two CONN women in the podium in the 55-59 200 Free finishing fourth.

On the men’s side Westport’s Jeff Sargent and Matthew Rossi tied for the men’s high point for CONN with 24 points apiece, narrowly edging out Greenwich’s Robert Kornfeld who finished with 22 points. Matt scored a bronze medal in the men’s 50-54 100 Fly in a smoking 57.08. Robert managed to also earn a bronze, his medal coming in the men’s 60-64 100 Free with a quick 55.54.

The distance swimmers from Waterbury also came to play, with Will Gerard doing the “Dreaded Double” of the 1650 and 1000 Free on the same day. Earning a silver in the 25-29 age group in the 1650 and following it up with a bronze in the 1000. Rob Duguay got into the act with a bronze medal swim in the 35-39 1000 Free.  Eric Gordon added to the Waterbury delegation’s medal haul by earning silver in the Men’s 45-49 200 Fly with a 2:25.35

Connecticut’s favorite Rhode Islander, Jerry Burbank was also on hand throwing down in the 60-65 Age group and dropping time all over the place as well. His best swims came in the 100 Breaststroke swimming a 1:14.87, good enough for 10th (Yes that’s right 10th) in the 60-64 age group, and a crushing 1:10.35 in the 100 Back.

Despite the hardships caused by COVID, CONN was able to get back into the swim of things.