Charles River Aquatics Masters

Charles River Aquatics Masters Charles River Aquatics Masters offers training programs for all levels of dedicated 18+ swimmers & triathletes. The goal at Charles River Masters is to create an enthusiastic training environment that provides mentally and physically stimulating workouts to a diverse group of athletes ages 18 and up.

Whether you’re a first time swimmer or an Olympic medalist it is our priority to assure that each member, regardless of ability level, gets the most out of their investment and commitment to our program. Workouts are relatively short (60-90 minutes) and time is set aside for warm up and warm down. Variety is a huge component of the daily, weekly and monthly training plan. Workouts are designed to

Whether you’re a first time swimmer or an Olympic medalist it is our priority to assure that each member, regardless of ability level, gets the most out of their investment and commitment to our program. Workouts are relatively short (60-90 minutes) and time is set aside for warm up and warm down. Variety is a huge component of the daily, weekly and monthly training plan. Workouts are designed to

Operating as usual

11/20/2021

Happy Birthday to Coach Joanie!!!

10/11/2021

Anyone know of a "Run into the New Year" run around Jan 1?

10/08/2021

Any active members looking to carpool? We have a swimmer located near Boston College on Comm Ave that would love to hitch a ride if possible!

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10/06/2021

Happy National Coaches Day to our amazing coaches! Thank you Coach Scott, Coach Joanie, and Coach Jen for keeping us going week after week!

#NationalCoachesDay 🏊‍♀️🏊‍♀️🏊‍♀️

03/29/2021

Last minute opening for practice tonight at 7pm! SIGN UP NOW!

Join us tomorrow at 12noon to watch our very own Laura Dennison give her TEDx presentation! To watch live, please visit ...
03/19/2021

Join us tomorrow at 12noon to watch our very own Laura Dennison give her TEDx presentation! To watch live, please visit the following URL: https://fb.me/e/KSIOADev

Hope to see some of you attend to support your teammate!

Join us tomorrow at 12noon to watch our very own Laura Dennison give her TEDx presentation! To watch live, please visit the following URL: https://fb.me/e/KSIOADev

Hope to see some of you attend to support your teammate!

03/15/2021

Hey Swimmers - last minute opening for tonight at 7pm! Anyone need a third practice??

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At age five Cullen Jones nearly drowned while splashing around at a Pennsylvania water park. Immediately after that inci...
02/18/2021

At age five Cullen Jones nearly drowned while splashing around at a Pennsylvania water park. Immediately after that incident his mother Debra enrolled him in swim lessons and it soon became clear that Jones had natural talent as a swimmer. He started his age group swimming career in New Jersey and during those years, Jones was one of a small number of African-American competitors in the sport.

Jones headed to Raleigh, North Carolina to attend North Carolina State University and quickly solidified himself as one of the greatest sprinters in ACC history. He was a four-time ACC champion and the 2006 NCAA Division I champion in the 50 free with a time of 19.18. Jones also won the 50 free at the 2005 World University Games, making him the first African-American athlete to win a gold medal in the history of the World University Games.

At the 2008 Olympic Games in Beijing, Jones made history again; by winning a gold medal as part of the 400 free relay team he became only the second swimmer of African-American descent to do so, also setting a world record.

Throughout his career, Jones has been passionate about bringing
more diversity to the sport of swimming. One project in the works is the Cullen Jones Diversity Invitational. The goal of the invitational is to create a truly multi-ethnic swim meet that would also combine education on water safety and the culture of competitive swimming. Jones is also an ambassador for the USA Swimming Foundation’s Make a Splash initiative.

#blackhistorymonth #blackswimmers

At age five Cullen Jones nearly drowned while splashing around at a Pennsylvania water park. Immediately after that incident his mother Debra enrolled him in swim lessons and it soon became clear that Jones had natural talent as a swimmer. He started his age group swimming career in New Jersey and during those years, Jones was one of a small number of African-American competitors in the sport.

Jones headed to Raleigh, North Carolina to attend North Carolina State University and quickly solidified himself as one of the greatest sprinters in ACC history. He was a four-time ACC champion and the 2006 NCAA Division I champion in the 50 free with a time of 19.18. Jones also won the 50 free at the 2005 World University Games, making him the first African-American athlete to win a gold medal in the history of the World University Games.

At the 2008 Olympic Games in Beijing, Jones made history again; by winning a gold medal as part of the 400 free relay team he became only the second swimmer of African-American descent to do so, also setting a world record.

Throughout his career, Jones has been passionate about bringing
more diversity to the sport of swimming. One project in the works is the Cullen Jones Diversity Invitational. The goal of the invitational is to create a truly multi-ethnic swim meet that would also combine education on water safety and the culture of competitive swimming. Jones is also an ambassador for the USA Swimming Foundation’s Make a Splash initiative.

#blackhistorymonth #blackswimmers

While a competitive swimmer, Andrew Young churned the water as a sprint freestyler.  Later in his life, he churned the m...
02/16/2021

While a competitive swimmer, Andrew Young churned the water as a sprint freestyler. Later in his life, he churned the minds of those around him and instilled the hopes and desires of people around the world to strive for a better world community. As pastor, congressman, ambassador, mayor and businessman, he is a man of high standards and achievements.

Young swam at Howard University in Washington, D.C., in the early 1950's at a time when blacks were excluded from most swimming pools in the country. In fact, there were very few swimming pools at all and Andrew saw the need to develop and build additional pools, particularly in the inner cities. When he became mayor of Atlanta, twenty years later, he appropriated 1.25 million dollars in an effort to make swimming available to inner city residents.

Young was the first Black swimmer to win the International Swimming Hall of Fame’s Gold Medallion award. The Gold Medallion is given to former competitive swimmers who have gone on to recognition in government, the sciences, the arts and other fields.

#blackhistorymonth #blackswimmers

While a competitive swimmer, Andrew Young churned the water as a sprint freestyler. Later in his life, he churned the minds of those around him and instilled the hopes and desires of people around the world to strive for a better world community. As pastor, congressman, ambassador, mayor and businessman, he is a man of high standards and achievements.

Young swam at Howard University in Washington, D.C., in the early 1950's at a time when blacks were excluded from most swimming pools in the country. In fact, there were very few swimming pools at all and Andrew saw the need to develop and build additional pools, particularly in the inner cities. When he became mayor of Atlanta, twenty years later, he appropriated 1.25 million dollars in an effort to make swimming available to inner city residents.

Young was the first Black swimmer to win the International Swimming Hall of Fame’s Gold Medallion award. The Gold Medallion is given to former competitive swimmers who have gone on to recognition in government, the sciences, the arts and other fields.

#blackhistorymonth #blackswimmers

02/11/2021

Last minute opening for 530am on Friday! Still two lunch spots as well! Who needs a third practice?

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02/10/2021

Last minute cancellation for 5:30am tomorrow! Who needs a 3rd practice?

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02/10/2021

Hi Swimmers - we still have a slot open for tomorrow morning at 7am! Anyone need a 3rd slot?

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Charles Jackson French was a mess attendant from Foreman, Arkansas, who was commended by Admiral William Halsey, Jr. and...
02/10/2021

Charles Jackson French was a mess attendant from Foreman, Arkansas, who was commended by Admiral William Halsey, Jr. and awarded the Navy Medal for heroism in 1943 for swimming 6 to 8 hours in shark invested waters, towing a raft filled with 15 wounded (white) sailors to safety, after their ship was sunk by the Japanese off the Solomon Islands.

The raft was drifting toward Japanese occupied territory and if it had washed ashore, the sailors would have either been taken prisoners of war or killed. French and the raft were eventually rescued at sea by an American craft. “His conduct was in keeping with the highest traditions of the naval service,” said Halsey.

#blackhistorymonth #blackswimmers

Charles Jackson French was a mess attendant from Foreman, Arkansas, who was commended by Admiral William Halsey, Jr. and awarded the Navy Medal for heroism in 1943 for swimming 6 to 8 hours in shark invested waters, towing a raft filled with 15 wounded (white) sailors to safety, after their ship was sunk by the Japanese off the Solomon Islands.

The raft was drifting toward Japanese occupied territory and if it had washed ashore, the sailors would have either been taken prisoners of war or killed. French and the raft were eventually rescued at sea by an American craft. “His conduct was in keeping with the highest traditions of the naval service,” said Halsey.

#blackhistorymonth #blackswimmers

At the 1988 Summer Olympics in Seoul, Korea, Anthony Nesty edged American favorite Matt Biondi to win the 100m butterfly...
02/09/2021

At the 1988 Summer Olympics in Seoul, Korea, Anthony Nesty edged American favorite Matt Biondi to win the 100m butterfly, becoming the first swimmer overall of African descent to win a gold medal in the Olympic Games He finished the event in 53.00 seconds and Biondi in 53.01.

Nesty is the only Olympic medal winner from Suriname and after winning his Olympic gold medal, he was unbeaten in the 100m butterfly event for three years. Nesty was the second black athlete to win an individual Olympic medal in swimming following Enith Brigitha at the 1976 Summer Olympics.

Nesty's victory was a momentous social and political event for Afro-Caribbeans. The Suriname government commemorated his gold-medal performance on a stamp and on gold and silver coins. A 25-guilders bank note portraying an illustration of a butterfly swimmer was printed in his honor. Surinam Airways named one of its planes after Nesty and the indoor stadium in Paramaribo was renamed for him.

After winning his gold medal in Seoul, Nesty accepted an athletic scholarship to attend the University of Florida in Gainesville, Florida, where he enjoyed a successful swimming career with the Florida Gators swimming and diving team under coach Randy Reese and coach Skip Foster from 1989 to 1992. winning three consecutive NCAA individual championships in the 100yard butterfly (1990, 1991, 1992), one in the 200yard butterfly (1990), and one as a member of the team's 400yard medley relay team (1991). He attempted to defend his 1988 Olympic gold medal in the 100m butterfly at the 1992 Summer Olympics in Barcelona, Spain, but finished with a third-place bronze.

Nesty was inducted into the International Swimming Hall of Fame (ISHOF) as an "Honor Swimmer" in 1998, and the University of Florida Athletic Hall of Fame as a "Gator Great" in 2002. He is now the head men’s coach for the Florida Gators men’s swim team.

#blackhistorymonth #blackswimmers

At the 1988 Summer Olympics in Seoul, Korea, Anthony Nesty edged American favorite Matt Biondi to win the 100m butterfly, becoming the first swimmer overall of African descent to win a gold medal in the Olympic Games He finished the event in 53.00 seconds and Biondi in 53.01.

Nesty is the only Olympic medal winner from Suriname and after winning his Olympic gold medal, he was unbeaten in the 100m butterfly event for three years. Nesty was the second black athlete to win an individual Olympic medal in swimming following Enith Brigitha at the 1976 Summer Olympics.

Nesty's victory was a momentous social and political event for Afro-Caribbeans. The Suriname government commemorated his gold-medal performance on a stamp and on gold and silver coins. A 25-guilders bank note portraying an illustration of a butterfly swimmer was printed in his honor. Surinam Airways named one of its planes after Nesty and the indoor stadium in Paramaribo was renamed for him.

After winning his gold medal in Seoul, Nesty accepted an athletic scholarship to attend the University of Florida in Gainesville, Florida, where he enjoyed a successful swimming career with the Florida Gators swimming and diving team under coach Randy Reese and coach Skip Foster from 1989 to 1992. winning three consecutive NCAA individual championships in the 100yard butterfly (1990, 1991, 1992), one in the 200yard butterfly (1990), and one as a member of the team's 400yard medley relay team (1991). He attempted to defend his 1988 Olympic gold medal in the 100m butterfly at the 1992 Summer Olympics in Barcelona, Spain, but finished with a third-place bronze.

Nesty was inducted into the International Swimming Hall of Fame (ISHOF) as an "Honor Swimmer" in 1998, and the University of Florida Athletic Hall of Fame as a "Gator Great" in 2002. He is now the head men’s coach for the Florida Gators men’s swim team.

#blackhistorymonth #blackswimmers

While attending Chicago State, Fred Evans was the NAIA National Champion in Swimming, thus being recognized as the First...
02/08/2021

While attending Chicago State, Fred Evans was the NAIA National Champion in Swimming, thus being recognized as the First African American National Collegiate Champion. He was also a three-time NCAA Division II National Champion in the 100yard Breaststroke and national record holder from 1975 to 1977. Evans continued his career as an influential swim coach throughout the Chicago area for more than 25 years.

Evans has been an advisor to the United States Swimming Organization, “Make a Splash,” and the Swimming Hall of Fame’s African American outreach swim program, as well as a Consultant to the University of Chicago, University of Michigan and Howard University.

In 1983, Evans was honored by the International Swimming Hall of Fame and has been honored with Resolutions from the State of Illinois, Washington, D.C. and the Black History Swimming Hall of Fame for his achievements in swimming and the community.

#blackhistorymonth #blackswimmers

While attending Chicago State, Fred Evans was the NAIA National Champion in Swimming, thus being recognized as the First African American National Collegiate Champion. He was also a three-time NCAA Division II National Champion in the 100yard Breaststroke and national record holder from 1975 to 1977. Evans continued his career as an influential swim coach throughout the Chicago area for more than 25 years.

Evans has been an advisor to the United States Swimming Organization, “Make a Splash,” and the Swimming Hall of Fame’s African American outreach swim program, as well as a Consultant to the University of Chicago, University of Michigan and Howard University.

In 1983, Evans was honored by the International Swimming Hall of Fame and has been honored with Resolutions from the State of Illinois, Washington, D.C. and the Black History Swimming Hall of Fame for his achievements in swimming and the community.

#blackhistorymonth #blackswimmers

Here’s a bit of history that happened right in our own backyard!Sybil Smith is regarded as the best swimmer in Boston Un...
02/07/2021

Here’s a bit of history that happened right in our own backyard!

Sybil Smith is regarded as the best swimmer in Boston University history. In her senior year, she placed sixth at the NCAA Championships in the 100yard backstroke event. With a finish in the top eight, she was named a first-team All-American and became the first African-American female swimmer in Division I to achieve this feat. To date, she is still the only All-American female swimmer in school history. Her finishing time at the event was also a school record. Smith also holds the school record in the 100yard butterfly event, as well as seven records in total.

Smith won the Mildred Barnes award for the university's outstanding woman athlete in 1987 and 1988, becoming the first person to receive this honor twice. Smith attended graduate school at Harvard University where she studied to become a psychologist. While she was there, she was also the assistant coach of their swim team. She competed at the 1988 US Olympic Trials in three events. Her best result was 21st place in the 50meter freestyle. Her two other events were the 100meter freestyle and the 100meter backstroke.

She was inducted into the Boston University Athletic Hall of Fame in 1993.

#blackhistorymonth #blackswimmers

Here’s a bit of history that happened right in our own backyard!

Sybil Smith is regarded as the best swimmer in Boston University history. In her senior year, she placed sixth at the NCAA Championships in the 100yard backstroke event. With a finish in the top eight, she was named a first-team All-American and became the first African-American female swimmer in Division I to achieve this feat. To date, she is still the only All-American female swimmer in school history. Her finishing time at the event was also a school record. Smith also holds the school record in the 100yard butterfly event, as well as seven records in total.

Smith won the Mildred Barnes award for the university's outstanding woman athlete in 1987 and 1988, becoming the first person to receive this honor twice. Smith attended graduate school at Harvard University where she studied to become a psychologist. While she was there, she was also the assistant coach of their swim team. She competed at the 1988 US Olympic Trials in three events. Her best result was 21st place in the 50meter freestyle. Her two other events were the 100meter freestyle and the 100meter backstroke.

She was inducted into the Boston University Athletic Hall of Fame in 1993.

#blackhistorymonth #blackswimmers

Enith Brigitha was born on the Caribbean island of Curacao, swam for the Netherlands in the 1970s. The two-time Olympian...
02/06/2021

Enith Brigitha was born on the Caribbean island of Curacao, swam for the Netherlands in the 1970s. The two-time Olympian swam at a time where, in America, black people were only just being allowed into pools after being systematically denied access for decades due to legal segregation.

While competing in an era where there were no swimmers that looked like her, she was a trailblazer for black women’s success in the pool. Brigitha became the first woman of African descent to win an Olympic medal, winning bronze in the 100 and 200 freestyle at the 1976 Montreal Olympic Games. Additionally, in her career, she set five short course world records and won one silver and two bronze medals at the World Championships. If not for the systematic doping of East Germany, Brigitha would have had Olympic gold.

With her inspiring career, she defied stereotypes and showed black women that they could achieve greatness in the sport.

#blackhistorymonth #blackswimmers

Enith Brigitha was born on the Caribbean island of Curacao, swam for the Netherlands in the 1970s. The two-time Olympian swam at a time where, in America, black people were only just being allowed into pools after being systematically denied access for decades due to legal segregation.

While competing in an era where there were no swimmers that looked like her, she was a trailblazer for black women’s success in the pool. Brigitha became the first woman of African descent to win an Olympic medal, winning bronze in the 100 and 200 freestyle at the 1976 Montreal Olympic Games. Additionally, in her career, she set five short course world records and won one silver and two bronze medals at the World Championships. If not for the systematic doping of East Germany, Brigitha would have had Olympic gold.

With her inspiring career, she defied stereotypes and showed black women that they could achieve greatness in the sport.

#blackhistorymonth #blackswimmers

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Charles River Aquatics Masters is dedicated to creating an enthusiastic training environment that provides mentally and physically stimulating workouts to a diverse group of athletes ages 18 and up. Whether you’re a first-time Masters swimmer or an Olympian, it is our priority to assure that each member, regardless of ability level and experience, gets the most out of their investment and commitment to our program.

We currently offer 16 workouts a week that vary from 60-90 minutes. This includes time for warm-up and cool-down, as well as specialized sets, focused on drills and kicking. Variety is a huge component of the daily, weekly and monthly training plan as workouts are designed to mix various speeds, strokes, and distances. Our program is aimed at providing the proper conditioning for all of our athletes regardless of their competitive background or focus (developing technique, improving overall fitness, triathlons, open water events, sprint, and distance).

Practice sessions are planned to emphasize intensity and quality as opposed to pure volume. Do you want to swim long distances at practice, or do you want to train and condition yourself for distance events? Coaches will not write workouts comparable to something that could easily be done in a lap lane (long straight swims swam at a low HR). Longer repeat distances (500 yards or more) will be incorporated into the training plan but never for the sake of just increasing yardage.

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Any idea on the 100x100 yet ?
Hi! I’m a member living in the BC area and I’m looking for car pooling possibilities to the morning practices in Wellesley. I would be happy to talk more if you are willing to help. ☺️
Shoutout to coaches Scott and Jen on their big races this weekend! Scott is swimming 6 events at USMS Nationals in NC, and Jen is racing Ironman Lake Placid on Sunday. Best of luck to you both!! 🏊🎉
Would anyone be willing to trade my Monday 5:30-6:45 AM slot for a Tuesday 5:30 AM slot next week (3/15 - 3/16)? I'm currently signed up for Monday but Tuesday would work better for my work schedule.
Regretting not purchasing a Love is Love cap (benefiting the Trevor Project) earlier this year? Well, have I got great news for you! I have about 15 caps left! They're fashionable, silicone, and, best of all, promote diversity in our sport! Please fill out this form to order yourself one or many: https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLScZX1X3PwZMuS6PRZapMhpJfDc1laoXkjirwjU4CcP7jOtZpA/viewform?usp=sf_link The caps are silicone (I only have the Love is Love caps available right now), cost $13 (already embedded a $5 donation per cap), and you can pick them up from me at Masters practice (or I can mail them to you). Each cap comes with a personal blessing from Oreo Cookie (he's definitely slept in the box containing the swim caps). The blessing bestowed helps you swim faster (scientifically proven)!
Hi CRAM! Tomorrow is World Mental Health Day. This year, more than ever, our mental health and resilience have been challenged and many of us are struggling - myself included. I'm thrilled to share that my company, Happify Health is releasing a "2020 Survival Kit" today featuring free content designed to help people with what they may be going through right now - things like the stress and worry around the upcoming election, racial discrimination and injustice, and the COVID-19 pandemic. So if you or someone you know is struggling right now, please pass this along. You can get the details on how to sign up in our press release. Stay positive, friends, swimmers, & teammates. We can get through this ❤ #worldmentalhealthday #HappifyHelps #mentalhealthawareness #2020SurvivalKit
The Charles River Aquatics Masters were finally able to begin practicing today after four long months! For more information on how to get back in the pool, please visit www.charlesriveraquatics.com
And workout #12 is in the books!! 😎 #nopoolnoproblem #swimmers 💪🏻
#nopoolnoproblem my first 5-mile run!!! 💪🏻 Can’t wait to get back in the pool though! 😁
#nopoolnoproblem Thanks Charles River Aquatics Masters for the dryland workout #11!
#nopoolnoproblem on the hottest day of the year thus far, though I'd be lying if I said I wasn't tempted to do some laps in the river afterwards!
Matteo Caputo next is 6 miles for you buddy. Pool I miss you! #nopoolnoproblem #nofins #nopaddles