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hearing from our members about their swimming experiences. We may
feature your story on the Web, in STREAMLINES
, or in SWIMMER
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Summer just flew past us. Many of you enjoyed our two big national championship pool meets and the great variety of open water and long distance events across the country. As we head into fall we have more events to look forward to. Additionally, Convention is this month, so we will have updates from our House of Delegates in the October issue of STREAMLINES.
Swimming for Life!
at U.S. Masters Swimming
What About the Rest of Us?
By Kristina Henry
I am an average swimmer. As a child growing up in Vienna, Virginia I
swam on our neighborhood swim team, the Shouse Village Sharks. In those
halcyon days during the 1970s we all wore the Mark Spitz stars and
stripes suits, ate raw Jell-O and basically swam because we hung out at
the pool all day anyway and our parents didn't want to see us until
dinner time. Swimming was just something to do. [Read more]
3000/6000 Yard Championships
Masters of South Texas (MOST) will be hosting the 3000/
6000 yard Championships in 2010. The 3000-Yard and/or the 6000-Yard must be swum in its entirety on or between September 15 and November 15, 2010. The objective To swim 3000 yards and/or 6000 yards in any 25-yard pool. Some people do the events for competition, while others do it for fitness; all who wish to participate are welcome. The recorded time you submit determines the order of finish. If two or more swimmers report the same time, a tie will be declared. Get out during the "off season," challenge yourself and swim them both!
For more information, contact Susan Ingraham
.Online RegistrationPaper Entry Form (Individual)Relay Entry Form
The final two events in this year's H2
Open Series are upon us. This weekend, Big Shoulders
in Chicago goes off -- a sold out race! Check back at the event website for updates and results.
There is still time to register for Tropical Splash on October 2nd. Sarasota, home to the USMS National Headquarters, is the perfect place for an October getaway. For those of you wanting to make it an active open water weekend, the Siesta Key Triathlon
-- a sprint tri in its 27th year-- is held the day after Tropical Splash, October 3rd.Online Registration
Finding the Perfect Pace
by Tim Elson, Finis, Inc.
As a former swim coach, I would say that one of the most
fundamental functions a coach serves is to give immediate feedback to an
athlete after a swim. The process goes something like this: "As soon as you
finish your swim, make sure you loosen down then come look at your splits."
That immediate feedback is dominated by numbers. After all, we race to achieve
the lowest numbers. [Read more]
Shoulder Pain - When to have an MRI
by Ross A. Hauser, M.D.
Shoulder pain is the most common pain complaints in
swimmers. Studies have shown that between 47 and 73 percent of musculoskeletal
problems in swimmers relate to their shoulders. It is no wonder these injuries
are so common considering that an elite swimmer may log up to 20,000 yards per
day. Or consider the college or high school swimmer who is averaging 5,000
yards per day, five days per week, for 10 months per year. If one has an
estimated 15 individual arm movements per 25-yard pool, this would account for
over 600,000 arm movements per year. Yes, it is easy to see why a swimmer may
end up with shoulder pain. [Read more]
2010 Summer Nationals Recap
U.S. Masters Swimming was well represented in San Juan with over 600 athletes competing. North Carolina Masters came out on top in the regional club competition, and in the local club category, Fort Lauderdale Aquatics ran away with the title. You can find their picture in the Spirit section below. Complete scores and individual results
are posted. Video recaps of the event can be found on our YouTube Channel
. Photos of the event can also be found online courtesy of Leonardo Rivera
Start planning for the 2011 Spring Nationals
being held in Mesa, Ariz. from April 28 - May 1 and Summer Nationals will be in Auburn, Ala. August 3 - 6. Both of these are held at great venues and promise to be fun events.
RPC Tiburon Mile
by Alex Kostich
It has often been said that swimming the English Channel is the Mt.
Everest of open water sport, and if that is the case then the RCP
Tiburon Mile would be the equivalent to the world's most prestigious
tower climb, The Annual Run Up Empire State Building in New York.
Each year in October, a short, intense, and star-studded open water
swim takes place in the picturesque town of Tiburon, Calif., called the
RCP Tiburon Mile. [Read more]
SwimMAC Masters Club Video
Head coach Patty Waldron walks us through her North Carolina USMS program. Check out the video below.
We've Got Spirit!
Ft. Lauderdale Aquatic Masters
Ft. Lauderdale Aquatic Masters swimmer Adrienne Chin-Ogilvie sent this victory photo taken in San Juan. FLAQ had an amazing meet, taking the championship title in the local clubs division by over 2000 points. "As the largest team present, in red shirts, we were obviously the noisiest kids in the neighborhood - thunder sticks, shouting, dancing, cheering, clapping, whistling, etc. All 76 swimmers made Top 10 in at least one individual event ... Many personal bests were accomplished..." says Chin-Ogilvie.
During the meet, FLAQ swimmers kept in touch with each other and their teammates back home with regular Facebook postings-giving rise to their meet motto, "What Happens in San Juan Goes on Facebook." Coach Marty Hendrick celebrated along with his team by showing up at the natatorium each day with a new hairstyle: "From brown, sandy hair to platinum blonde hair, to a Mohawk and finally, a bald head!" says Chin-Ogilvie.
Congratulations to Ft. Lauderdale Aquatic Masters!
About 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 usms.org;
and by sanctioning and promoting pool, open water and virtual
competitions. More than 50,000 adults are registered members of U.S.
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