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In This Issue
Swimming with the Kids
Really Cool Club Website
Baby Wrinkles; Leather Faces
USMS Award Nominations Due
Pick a Partner
Team Unity. Team Suit.
We've Got Spirit
Calendar Updates
2010 SC Nationals Update
About Us

Swimming with the Kids

CLICK HERE to read about Roque Santos and Mike Ross as they prepared for the USA Swimming Santa Clara Grand Prix

Really Cool Club Website of the Month...


Salt Lake City, UT

Places to Swim needs your help!

Click here to visit Places to Swim.  Click on your state and make sure your home pool's information is updated.

Places to Swim is one of our most popular resources, but we need your help to keep all information updated.






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Bull Frog

Endless Pools


Gold Bond


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Liberty Mutual


Total Immersion


to our
Go The Distance Swimmers of the Month!

John Vranesh, Karen Zeliff,  Jeff Strahota, Buddy Wolf

Click here for more information about Go The Distance and other U.S. Masters Swimming fitness events.

Do you have a story to tell?

We are always looking for stories and personalities to feature on and in USMS Swimmer.  If you or someone you know would like to see their story featured click here to contact us!

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Summer is well underway and U.S. Masters Swimming is busy at work.  Please take time to note upcoming events presented on our Calendar of Events as well as USMS award nomination deadlines.

The U.S. Masters Swimming staff is also transitioning to its new headquarters in Sarasota, Fla. We ask for your patience with us while we get settled in our new space. Click here for information regarding the move as well as our new contact information.

Swimming for Life!
Your friends at U.S. Masters Swimming

Baby Wrinkles; Leather Faces
by Dr. Jim Miller

Recently, a U.S. Masters Swimming member who is in her 20s approached me with a question about her "baby wrinkles" from the years of swimming outside. What could she do before they got too bad? She did not want the leather face of the tanning disciples or her older colleagues of 40 (!) What caused them besides the sun? Well, the simple answer is, aside from genetic complexion, nothing caused them but exposure to the sun.
Do you want to know what sunscreen to wear, how much to apply and how often to reapply? Read more

U.S. Masters Swimming Award Nominations due!

U.S. Masters Swimming would like to recognize those that serve our organization and commit themselves the mission and vision of U.S. Masters Swimming.  The following award nominations are due July 1, 2009:
  • Dorothy Donnelly USMS Service Award
  • USMS Club of the Year Award
  • June Krauser Communications Award
  • USMS Fitness Award
  • USMS National Championship Meets Award

Click here for more information regarding these awards and an explanation of the nomination process. 
Don't do it Alone... Pick a Partner
by Rich Abrahams

There are a lot of benefits to swimming with one or more training partners. Partners can motivate you to show up to practice, swim hard, develop and refine goals, and improve technique. When life gets in the way and finding the time to train gets tough, a training partner can make the difference. If you miss a week of training and say to yourself, "What's another couple of days?," a little gentle nagging from your partner can work wonders.

Masters swimmers who train in a team setting have a big advantage in having built-in training partners as well as scheduled workout times. But many swimmers do the dryland portion of their training solo. Having a training partner in the weight room or during dryland exercises can help keep you motivated and on track toward your goals. If you like to enhance your cardio through cycling or running, find a partner and your results, both in regularity and intensity of work, will be better than if you train solo. Your local triathlon club is a great resource for biking and running partners. A powerful benefit of having a training partner is the creative, challenging and fun workout you can develop when working together.

Sure, you can be successful in both your swimming and dryland training, even if you are a one-man or one-woman team. But, if you can find the right person or group to train with, you may excel more quickly, have more fun, and stay motivated longer. So, call, text, or facebook a friend, grab your sneakers, and head toward the weight room!

Team Unity. Team Spirit. Team Suit
by Ashley Gangloff

Agon Blue SwirlU.S. Masters Swimming programs are comprised of a group of adults with unique backgrounds, various schedules and individual lives. However, these programs are made up of individuals that share one very important commonality: swimming.  Whether an adult joins U.S. Masters Swimming in order to improve his or her health or simply to beat the person in the next lane over these adults join together for the love of the sport, but as soon as the last lap has been swum, the last swim cap removed and the last pair of goggles has been shoved back into the bag each of these individuals is back on his or her own, individual, way.

How does a group of individuals create team unity and team spirit? Simple.  Read more

Click here to register for the
USMS 5k and 10k Postal National Championships
registration begins 5/15/09

We've Got Spirit!

Though most of us have to wait until summer to enjoy fun in the sun, Tucson Ford Masters Swimmers enjoy the sun year round.  Tucson Ford Masters celebrated New Year's day with a dip...
Tuscon Ford

To see yourself, your coaches, or your program featured send us a photo that displays outstanding spirit to
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Calendar Updates: June/July/August

With many events quickly approaching we have provided the working calendar through August so that you can better plan your summer months.


Approximate mailing date for July/August issue of USMS SWIMMER

Postmark deadline for the 2009 U.S. Masters Swimming Long Course National Championships; Indianapolis, Ind.

Article ideas for November/December issue of USMS SWIMMER due to USMS Editor-in-Chief, Laura Hamel (

Last call for Delegate-at-Large appointments due in writing to President (Rob Copeland; and Secretary (Meg Smath;

USMS Dorothy Donnelly Service Award nomination due to Recognition and Awards Chair (Sally Dillon;

USMS Club of the Year Award nominations due to Recognition and Awards Chair (Sally Dillon;

June Krauser Communications Award nominations due to Hugh Moore (

The Newsletter of the Year Award nominations due to the Communications Chair (; SUBJECT: Newsletter of the Year)

UMSM Fitness Award nominations due to Fitness Chair (Marcia Anziano;

USMS National Championship Meets Award nominations due to George Simon (

Online entry deadline for the 2009 U.S. Masters Swimming National Championship; Indianapolis, Ind.

Proposed Rules, Open Water/Long Distance, Zone and Legislation amendments due to respective committee chairs (Rules: Kathy; Open Water/Long /distance: Marcia; Legislation: Sean; Zone: Julie

USMS 2009 1-3 Mile Open Water Championship; Canandaigua Lake, Canandaigua, NY

18th Maccabiah Games; Isreal

Final cut-off date for requesting Delegate-at-Large spots for convention

Coach of the Year selected

Deadline for swimmers to be registered in order to receive September/October issue of USMS SWIMMER

President appoints Delegates-at-Large for 2009 convention

Deadline for submission of information to be included in the summer issue of Streamlines... from the National Office

Deadline for USAS convention early registration

Bids for fitness events due to Fitness Committee Chair (Marcia Anziano;

Bids for 2011 Long Course, Short Course and Open Water/Long Distance National Championships due to committee chairs (Championship: Mark; Open Water/Long Distance: Marcia

USMS 6+ Mile Open Water Championship; Little Traverse Bay, Lake Michigan, Harbor Springs, MI

2009 U.S. Masters Swimming Long Course National Championship; Indianapolis, Ind.

USMS 2009 2-Mile Cable Championship; Mirror Lake, Lake Placid, NY

Approximate mailing date for September/October issue of USMS SWIMMER

2010 USMS Short Course National Championship Housing Update

May 20-23, 2010

Atlanta, Geogia

The Georgia LMSC is working diligently to prepare for the 2010 Short Course Nationals, being held at the site of the 1996 Centennial Olympic Games. We promise this will be an exciting event in a very fast pool.

It will also be a convenient event for all participating. There will be on-campus housing and meal plans available, as well as a wide range of hotels to choose from to meet the most discriminating tastes.

All these plans, along with easy links to book your rooms, will be unveiled and widely published following the USAS convention in September. With 15,000+ rooms within 2 miles of the Aquatic Center, there will be enough on- and off-campus accommodations for all participants and guests.
Please do not rush to book your hotel rooms; special rates are being negotiated with the most convenient hotels close to the pool. Early booking may cause you to over pay!

Please do not call Georgia Tech trying to reserve on-campus accommodations. There will be a special reservation number provided to handle on-campus housing after September. This special reservation number will be the only way to book on-campus accommodations.

On behalf of the Georgia Masters LMSC, we are looking forward to hosting the 2010 National Championships and welcoming you to the fine city of Atlanta. See y'all next year!

Ed Saltzman
Meet Director

Open Water: Winter Workouts for Summer Success

About U.S. Masters Swimming

U.S. Masters Swimming, founded in 1971, is a membership-operated national governing body that promotes adult health, fitness and wellness through aquatics.  It does so by partnering with more than 1,000 adult swim clubs across the country that offer swim/fitness programs, promoting information via a bi-monthly member magazine and, and sanctioning and promoting pool, open water and virtual competitions.  Nearly 50,000 adults are registered members of U.S. Masters Swimming.

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