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May 2010

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A Cartesian Swim
Drill Cycles
Important Events
Blogs and Workouts
Open Water Fun
CVMM Club Video
We've Got Spirit!
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In the May issue of STREAMLINES, a University of Chicago economics professor and Big Shoulders swimmer shares with us a unique open water experience. Coach Kris Houchens from Indy SwimFit talks drill cycle, and Dr. Paul Hutinger shares some valuable information about high intensity training and hemorrhagic strokes. And for the self-coached swimmer, we pick a few popular workout blogs at to help you get creative with your training.

We also celebrate our top-shelf swimmers, as honored by Swimming World Magazine. There is much more open water fun, and events you can't miss. Keep those personal stories and spirit pics coming, and don't forget to watch the latest club video from the Conejo Valley Multisport Masters.

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A Cartesian Swim
by Grace Tsiang

Open WaterHow odd to be afloat in a massive freshwater lake, a little bobbling creature, in a lake 60 miles wide. I'm 250 yards from a city of nearly three million people, and half a mile from the grey gothic shrine of books, where I work, caught between upper and nether millstones of a growing college enrollment and shrinking faculty. Swimming a mile in the lake means leaving all that ashore.[Read more]
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Do You Know Your Drill Cycles?
by Kris Houchens

Kris HouchensDrills are a very important part of refining a swimmer's stroke. Performing these drills can improve speed and efficiency over time. Try them out, you may be surprised by the results. [Read more]
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USMS Events
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Limited space is available for swimmers to enter SwimFest '10. Online Registration is available; the three-day clinic will be hosted at UC San Diego June 4-6. All 70 Coach spots have been filled. However, coaches can still register as swimmers and benefit from this incredible event.

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2010 Summer National Championships in San Juan, Puerto Rico will be August 9-12; see event page for more details.

Long Distance ChampsLong Distance National Championships:
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The H2Open Water Series, USMS's National open water series:
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2009 World Masters Swimmers of the Year
Swimming World Magazine

Masters Top 12Congratulations to the following USMS members who were honored as 10 of the Top 12 World Masters of 2009 by Swimming World Magazine, as seen in its April issue.

Lois Kivi Nochman, 85
Karlyn Pipes-Nielson, 48
Gail Roper, 81
Laura Val, 58
Susan Von Der Lippe, 44

Richard Burns, 66
Burwell Jones, 77
Michael Mann, 55
David Radcliff, 75
Michael Ross, 42

USMS is immensely proud of these competitors and thanks them for representing USMS so well on the world's stage. They serve as an inspiration to anyone aspiring to compete in any sport, at any age.
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Keep On Bloggin'

BloggingIf you have not been following them already, there are some very popular workout blogs being posted everyday in the Member Blogs section of the Discussion Forums at Some of the most popular are:

The FAF AFAP Digest, by Leslie Livingston a.k.a. "The Fortress." Good mix of dry land and sprint workouts, along with a running commentary on her quest for good swimmer nutrition and balancing family and swimming.

Ande's Swimming Blog, by Ande Rasmussen who swims with Longhorn Aquatics Masters in Austin, Texas and posts frequently in the Discussion Forums, helping out other swimmers with training information and answering commonly asked questions.

Sarasota Y Sharks Masters 5:30 a.m. Workout, by Rick Walker, who swims and coaches for the Sarasota YMCA Sharks Masters. The workouts are more geared for middle distance and distance swimmers, with a healthy does of stroke work thrown in.
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High Intensity Training and
Its Relationship to Hemorrhagic Stroke
by Dr. Paul Hutinger

HutingerHigh blood pressure (HBP) and unusual stress can cause a hemorrhagic stroke, not usually as devastating as an ischemic stroke, which is the most common type of stroke and is caused by a clot or other blockage within an artery leading to the brain. Hemorrhagic strokes are due to a rupture of a blood vessel or an abnormal vascular structure. [Read more]

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Open Water Fun
by Anna Lea Matysek

Open WaterLooking for an out-of-the-ordinary swimming event this summer? The USMS Calendar of Events lists a number of open water swims with unusual features. For those new to open water swimming, you may want to try an event that allows a little extra insurance. [Read more]
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Featured Club Video
Conejo Valley Multisport Masters

Check out this months featured club on our YouTube Channel. This relatively new club near Los Angeles, CA, has been growing rapidly and they share their keys to success.

    CVMM Masters Video
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We've Got Spirit!
Glens Falls Masters

They call it March Madness. Glens Falls, N.Y. Masters Swim team starts off the month with a water polo scrimmage, then it's off to the "Cabin Fever" meet in Ballston Spa. Some St. Patrick's Day themed relays follow as they cap off the month with a water polo match in Saratoga. This is a team-building exercise to get them ready for their big swim meet in May.

       Glens Falls
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Volunteer Profile: Jill Wright

The Spring issue of STREAMLINES for Volunteers had an incorrect link to the profile article about Jill Wright, Snake River LMSC Registrar: Volunteer Profile: Jill Wright will get you to the story.
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