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June 2010


For those of you who missed SwimFest '10, we have included a wrap-up video sure to pique your interest for next year.

And to underscore the importance of the athlete-coach relationship in Masters swimming, Joyce Deutsch with the St. Louis Area Masters writes about the special bond she has with her coach and how much his expertise and encouragement have helped her to become the swimmer she is today.

Also in this issue, Kami Larripa with Davis Aquatic Masters contributes some strength training drills and an article co-written with her mother, Cathy Larripa.

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Dryland Training
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Cathy Larripa, M.S., NSCA-CPT, & Kami Larripa, Ph.D.
Plyo for Power
Strength training, when planned thoughtfully and executed mindfully, can not only improve your swimming, but may also reduce the likelihood of developing over-use injuries, a condition experienced by most athletes at one time or another. Many swimmers express concern that the increased muscle mass resulting from strength training will slow them down. Others fear wasting valuable time, and wonder if strength gains will actually translate to improved swimming performance. [Read more]
Better Late Than Never!
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Joyce Deutsch
My Slow Evolution in Masters Swimming
Joyce 2In September 2009, at age 58, I decided to get fit. I showed up at the Saluki Masters Swim Club on the campus where I work wearing a JC Penney's drag producing suit and twenty extra pounds of cellulite. Even so, Coach Clay Kolar was welcoming. He asked a few questions about my swimming experience, which was limited, and explained interval training. He paired me with another woman. "This is Lucy," he said, "she's here because she wants to get in shape. You'll be good training partners." [Read more]
SwimFest '10 Recap
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SwimFest '10 held at UC San Diego June 4th - 6th
This extraordinary 3 day event was attended by 70 coaches representing 17 LMSC's. Also in attendance were 52 swimmers from 15 LMSC's. As you can see in the video recap below, this is not to be missed in 2011. 

         SwimFest 10
What Rule is THAT?!
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Kathy Casey
FINA/USMS Rule Differences for Swimmers Headed to Worlds
Cathy KaseyThe Coach Asks:
What are the differences between USMS rules and FINA rules that our swimmers might face at the World Championships in Goteborg, Sweden this summer?

The Answer:
  •  FINA officials lap count for swimmers and show the remaining number of lengths to be completed (descending order rather than ascending order)
  • Swimmers could be required to swim two-to-a-lane in freestyle events 400 meters and longer
  • Any swim that does not meet the qualifying standard will receive "NT" in the results with no official time or place
  • FINA requires notification of disqualifications via posted code in the meet results
  • Unattached swimmers are not allowed
  • Filing a protest costs money (100 Swiss francs or its equivalent, which is refunded if the protest is upheld)
  • Open water swimmers must follow the FINA open water swimwear rules (e.g., all textile suits that shall not cover the neck, extend past the shoulders or extend past the ankles)

For any questions about rules contact Kathy Casey, USMS Rules Chair Kathy Casey

For any questions about long distance and open water rules contact Heather Hagadorn, USMS Long Distance Chair
Summer Nationals Deadline Approaching
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San Juan, Puerto Rico August 9-12
San Juan LCN If you know your swimmers are planning on attending the Summer Nationals in Puerto Rico, make sure they have entered before the deadline. All online entries must be completed by 11:59 p.m. EDT on July 8. Enter online by July 1 to receive a $10 discount off the meet surcharge.

The competition days for the meet will be Monday through Thursday, August 9-12, and an open water event will also be held in the area on Friday, August 13. More information on the open water portion of the event can be found here.
ASCA World Clinic
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Masters Level I Coaches Certification offered
ASCA Masters Level I Coaches Certification offered
Aug 30 - Sept 5 in Indianapolis. USMS and ASCA are offering, for the first time, a Masters Level I Coaches Certification course. August 30 and 31 Jim Halstead from USMS Club and Coach Services will host an 8-hour course for new Masters coaches. Topics include: stroke construction and correction; dry land training; risk management; coaching special needs swimmers, open water swimmers and triathletes; workout development and management; and "Build your Coaching Tool Box."

On September 2, Coaches David Marsh and Patty Waldron will be on hand. Waldron is head coach of the very successful SWIMMac Masters program in Charlotte, N.C. and will share ways to help you grow your Masters team and much more.
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About U.S. Masters Swimming
U.S. Masters Swimming U.S. Masters Swimming, founded in 1970, 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 programs across the country; promoting information via the bi-monthly member magazine, SWIMMER, monthly e-newsletter, STREAMLINES, and; 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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