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Apparel Swap Program
H2Open Series
What to Look for in Open Water Goggles
We've Got Spirit
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As always, U.S. Masters Swimming continues to work to bring you new opportunities. This month USMS introduces two new initiatives: the Apparel Swap Program and the H2Open Series. Also in this issue, Mark Gangloff, two-time Olympic gold medalist, provides insight into his favorite type of training, as well as a sample workout.

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Everyone Needs a Little Quality. Swimming Better; Not Swimming Longer 
By Mark Gangloff 
Swimming lap after lap can make us better; it can get us into physical shape, it can increase aerobic capacity and it can teach us perseverance. However, swimming long distances is not always the recipe for success. Often, after too many yards, our stroke technique breaks down, our bodies wear out and we can get bored with our training. Though swimming long distances can be challenging, I have found that there are just as many challenges in a practice with shorter, faster efforts. Many swimmers and coaches are making a complete transition to shorter, faster, workouts while other are merely marrying the two schools of thought to produce well-rounded athletes. All athletes, no matter what their end goals may be, should include high intensity, quality workouts into their routine once in a while.

Mark Gangloff, two-time Olympic gold medalist, shares his philosophy on "quality" workouts and provides a sample workout and its benefits. Read more
U.S. Masters Swimming Web Features Highlight You!
U.S. Masters Swimming Web Features highlight you, USMS members. We are busting at the seams with talented, driven and interesting people who are not only fantastic athletes, but outstanding community members as well. 
Available on now is a story about Maggie and Her Milers as well as a story about the accomplishments of one group of volunteers and their efforts the USMS HQ Clean Up Day
Worried that you've missed the opportunity to read about other U.S. Masters Swimming members? Web Features are archived so that you don't have to miss a word.
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Swap It!
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U.S. Masters Swimming Members can swap out apparel with the old USMS logo and receive 30% off apparel sporting the new USMS logo. Three dealers are participating in the Apparel Swap: Kast-A-Way, Kiefer and All-American Swim Supply. Check out their websites or catalogs to choose your new apparel.
How it works...
  • Print and complete the Apparel Swap Information Form
  • Box up your old merchandise, including your Apparel Swap Form, and ship it to the dealer of your choice
  • Your dealer will contact you to take your order for new apparel you'd like to purchase at 30% off
Other important information regarding the Apparel Swap ...
  • Member pays for shipping
  • Any shirts, fleeces, sweatshirts, bags and hats qualify for the Apparel Swap, as long as they bear the old logo
  • There is NO LIMIT to the number of items members can swap for 30% off of another item
  • 30% off can be applied to any shirt, fleece, sweatshirt, bag or hat with the new U.S. Masters Swimming logo that your preferred dealer has in stock
Premier Race Series: H2Open

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U.S. Masters Swimming will introduce its newest open water initiative in 2010: H2Open Series
The H2Open Series will include four events in 2010 and use its reach to increase the awareness and participation in open water events across the country. According to U.S. Masters Swimming Executive Director, Rob Butcher, "While the H2Open Series events will be competitive, they will also offer companion clinic opportunities intended to cater to the novice or fitness open water enthusiasts."

The events in the inaugural H2Open Series include:
  • Jim McDonnell Lake Swims, Reston, Va. May 29-30, 2010
  • Lake Berryessa Swims, Lake Berryessa, Calif. June 5, 2010
  • Big Shoulders, Chicago, Ill. September 5, 2010
  • Tropical Splash, Sarasota, Fla. October 2, 2010
What to Look for in Open Water Goggles 
by the Professionals at blueseventy 
Since goggles burst onto the swim scene in the 1970s they have been a key component in every swimmer's equipment bag. Whether you prefer to stick to your tried and true "swedes" or are out there looking for the latest and greatest in pool eye wear, chances are you've got a few pairs in your swim bag, locker or backseat.
Goggle technology has come a long way over the years, and goggles designed for specific types of swimming are now on the market. Open water goggles that can significantly improve your ability to sight in open water conditions are just one example.
If you're not sure what to look for in a good pair of open water-specific goggles, here are a few key elements to keep in mind. Read more
We've Got Spirit!

Boo! The Nitro Masters swimmers in South Texas took a little break after their main set to show off their Halloween costumes last month.

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