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.
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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
What About You?
Do you have a story to tell? We are always interested in
hearing from our members about their swimming experiences. We may
feature your story on the Web, in STREAMLINES
, or in SWIMMER
magazine. Write to us at email@example.com
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.Swimming for Life
Your Friends at U.S. Masters Swimming
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:
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.
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.
Wetsuits may be allowed at the discretion of the event director when the water
temperature does not exceed 78°F. 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
Devices used to maintain body heat are illegal, except for those listed in articles
303.6.1, 303.6.2 and 303.6.3.
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.
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.
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 are
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
|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.
In Too Deep? Find the Balance
by Jim Miller, MD
The Masters athlete is different from younger
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
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.
Controller Position Filled
The 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.
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
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.
We've Got Spirit!
Greenwood Athletic and Tennis Club MastersGreenwood 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.
To see your team featured as part of the We've Got Spirit photo series, please email us at firstname.lastname@example.org
About U.S. Masters Swimming
Masters Swimming, founded in 1971, is a membership-operated national
governing body that promotes adult health, fitness, wellness and competition 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 the bi-monthly member magazine, SWIMMER, and usms.org; and
by sanctioning and promoting pool, open water and virtual competitions. More than 50,000 adults are registered members of U.S. Masters Swimming.
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Header photo by Cokie Lepinski.