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February 2010

In This Issue
OW Swimsuit Clarification
In Too Deep? Find the Balance
How to Maximize Swimsuit Durability
Accepting Ransom J. Arthur Nominations
We've Got Spirit!
Really Cool Website of the Month
Swim Louisville Masters earns RCWOM honors this month for keeping its team organized and updated at:

swimlouisville.com

SLM's website is up-to-date, informative and easy to navigate. Not only is it useful, but looks great, too.

To be considered for Really Cool Website of the Month, please make sure that your team's website includes the current USMS logo and Join/Renew Membership button. You may submit your team name and web address to the USMS for consideration at press@usms.org
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Last month we set new goals, committed to resolutions and swore that this year would be different. How is it going? Are you riding the momentum the New Year can bring?

This month 2008 USMS Coach of the Year, Susan Ingraham, provides drills for the self-coached swimmer and Dr. Jim Miller reminds us to find the balance in our training goals and our busy lives. Whatever our goals may be, he reminds us to approach them in a smart and healthy manner.

On Jan 20, we sent out an Emergency Rule Change from the Rules Committee regarding swimsuits in USMS pool competitions. Many of you have asked about open water. See below for a statement on swimsuit rules for USMS open water competitions.

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Open Water Swimsuit Rules Clarification

The January swimsuit ruling made by U.S. Masters Swimming applies to all USMS sanctioned and recognized pool events (including meets and postal events). However, it does not apply to open water events.

The USMS Open Water swimsuit rules have not changed from 2009 and are not impacted by FINA's recent decisions. Swimwear that was approved for pool use in 2009 is still legal for USMS sanctioned open water events in 2010.

The following rules apply to open water competition:

303.6 Swimwear

303.6.1
Swimwear shall be the same as defined in articles 102.14.1 and 102.14.7. Goggles, ear plugs, watches, and grease shall be allowed. The suit shall be made of a porous material.

102.14.1 Design-The swimsuits worn for competition shall be nontransparent and conform to the current concept of the appropriate. The referee shall have authority to bar offenders from competition until they comply with this rule.

102.14.7 Advertising-Products involving tobacco, alcohol or pharmaceuticals containing drugs banned under IOC or FINA rules may not be advertised, but the advertiser's name only may be used. Offenders may be barred from competition until they comply with this rule.

303.6.2 Swim cap(s), including those made of neoprene, may be permitted. Swim caps shall be defined as head gear conforming to a traditional swim cap design and shall not extend to protect the neck or shoulders.

303.6.3 Wetsuits may be allowed at the discretion of the event director when the water temperature does not exceed 78F. If awards are given to wetsuit competitors, they shall be awarded separately from those for non-wetsuit competitors. Any published results or records must clearly indicate which swimmers wore wetsuits.

303.6.4 Devices used to maintain body heat are illegal, except for those listed in articles 303.6.1, 303.6.2 and 303.6.3.

303.6.5 Flotation or propulsive devices are not permitted, apart from those listed in articles 303.6.2 and 303.6.3, except in designated events where all swimmers are using similar devices.

303.6.6 A wrist watch may be worn in open water competition.

A complete list of approved swimwear for USMS open water competition can be found here. Contact Heather Hagadorn, Chair of the Long Distance Committee, with additional questions.
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Drills and Skills for the Self-Coached Swimmer: Improving Lung Capacity for More Effective Turns
By Susan Ingraham

Turns can make or break a great race. Walls areSusan Ingraham not there for rest, but instead should be used to maintain velocity throughout your event. All swimmers should strive to improve their turns at each practice; turns provide an opportunity for even the most elite athletes to drop time and improve efficiency.

Ingraham provides drills that focus specifically on developing lung capacity. Read more
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Colley-Techsuits

New England Masters swimmer Ed Colley, a retired editorial cartoonist for the Boston Globe, sent this to us. Look for more of Colley's work in future publications.
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In Too Deep? Find the Balance
by Jim Miller, MD

The Masters athlete is different from younger Jim Miller, MDathletes. We work, we have families, we have homes; we have to contend with the real world.

It is not a surprise that, as Masters swimmers, our training goals are frequently not met; or if they are, it is at the expense of something else, such as sleep or quality nutrition. There is also little wonder why our performances are sometimes not what our training would indicate they should be. It becomes difficult to keep to a training schedule without interruptions, even while we are training for our end-of-the-season competitions. When busy, we can go days - or even weeks - without consistent training. Read more
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Featured on the Web

If you have not visited the front page at usms.org this week, you may have missed these two great stories about Masters swimmers:

Swimming to Live: Rebecca's Story
Three years ago, Rebecca Ehmling, 50, was diagnosed with a form of rheumatoid arthritis with fibromyalgia, a degenerative autoimmune disease that can deform joints and cause severe pain. "At first I though I had the flu, but three days later I couldn't get out of bed without help or walk without assistance. My feet and hands swelled up to three times their normal size," Ehmling says. After weeks of tests she was diagnosed and the specialist told her flat out that she should resign herself to spending most of her days in a wheelchair. Read more.

Ft. Leavenworth Lancers
While many Masters swimming groups face a number of challenges in growing and sustaining their programs, the Fort Leavenworth Lancers have some unique challenges. The Lancers are in Fort Leavenworth, Kan., home of the U.S. Army Combined Arms Center, a different type of military installation, which houses the Command and Staff College. The college offers something similar to a one-year graduate program for field grade officers. Most of the personnel stationed there stay for only a year, sometimes less. Read more.
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Controller Position Filled

Susan KuhlmanThe previously advertised Controller position has been filled, and the national office is pleased to welcome Susan Kuhlman to the staff.

Susan has 15 years experience as a controller. She comes to USMS from the Sarasota Orchestra where she served as their controller. The Sarasota Orchestra has a $7M annual operating budget and $23M Endowment Fund. Susan earned her undergraduate degree from University of Florida and masters from Boston University.

Susan is mom to two boys; 20-year old Jay and 18-year old Matthew. She is an avid cyclist and runner, and now triathlete, truly living the healthy lifestyle and a passion for sports. A native of the Sarasota area for more than 20 years, Susan was instrumental in founding the Sarasota CFO Professional Network.

Welcome Susan!
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How to Maximize Swimsuit Durability
by the Professionals at Kiefer

Even if you are one of the lucky ones to be free from pressures from the tough economy, making the most of your swimsuit purchases should be a priority! Whether you favor polyester or Lycra, eventually your swimsuit will discolor, fade, stretch, tear, or if you're lucky enough to have it for a really long time, dry rot. With a little extra care, it is possible to get weeks or even months of extra use out of your non-technical swimsuit. Follow these simple guidelines for long-lasting swimsuits. Read more
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Now Accepting Nominations for Ransom J. Arthur Award

The Ransom J. Arthur Award is one of U.S. Masters Swimming's most prestigious awards. The award is presented annually to the person that has done the most to further the objectives of the organization. Last year's Ransom J. Arthur Award recipient was Julie Heather; who will it be this year?

Nominations are due March 15, 2010 and the award will be presented at the USMS Short Course National Championships in Atlanta, Ga. Please read the nomination guidelines, which include the nomination form. You may email Sally Dillon if you have additional questions.
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We've Got Spirit!
Greenwood Athletic and Tennis Club Masters

Greenwood Athletic and Tennis Club's Masters team in Denver Colorado shows spirit by swimming outdoors year-round. On Friday January 1st  these swimmers did 100 x 100's to start off the new year. It was only 30 degrees at the start of this swim, however the cold isn't enough to scare away these Masters swimmers. It actually snows during some practices. Though the winter weather can be harsh the water is always a perfect 81 degrees.

Greenwood Athletic and Tennis Masters
 
To see your team featured as part of the We've Got Spirit photo series, please email us at press@usms.org.
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