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October 2010

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USMS National Championships
Research Project: Chronic Illness
Officers Elected and Volunteers Honored
Open Water Rules Change
USMS Job Opening
Are you Going The Distance?
Pan Am Masters Championship
Why are the EAAs so Essential?
SWIMMER Fin Testing
TCAM Masters Video
We've Got Spirit!
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USMS National Championship Locations Announced

Mark your calendars and plan to attend these great pool championship events!

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2011 Spring Nationals:
April 28 - May 1, 2011
Kino Aquatic Complex, Mesa, Ariz.

2011 Summer Nationals2011 Summer Nationals:
August 3 - 6, 2011
Auburn University, Auburn, Ala.

Greensboro Aquatic Center2012 Spring Nationals:
April 26 - 29, 2012
The four-day competition will take place in the brand new Greensboro Aquatic Center in Greensboro, N.C.

Omaha Pool2012 Summer Nationals:
July 5 - 8, 2012
The USMS Summer Nationals will follow the USA Swimming Olympic Trials that are scheduled for June 25 through July 2, 2012 in Omaha, Neb. Our meet will be contested in the same competition pool-- this is an opportunity to swim in an amazing facility and experience Olympic Trials.  (Photo Courtesy of Dan Johnson)

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Research Project: Chronic Illness and Exercise
By Steven R. Erickson, Pharm.D. University of Michigan

PillsPeople who exercise regularly tend to have a lower likelihood ofdeveloping some types of chronic illnesses. However, many people who exercise regularly still develop illnesses for many reasons. The overall burden of illness may have some effect on a person's amount or intensity of exercise they are able to do. Medications are available to treat many illnesses, some which enhance our ability to exercise, while others may impair our ability. You are invited to participate in a survey research project to determine the type of chronic illnesses people who swim regularly have and how doctors treat those illnesses. Simply click on the link provided and you will be sent to the online survey.
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Officers Elected and Volunteers Honored
USMS Convention Update

Meeting RoomTo find out who was elected and who was honored at this year's USAS Convention, view our Convention Results page.

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Open Water Rules Change
USMS Convention Update

openwaterThe burning question on the suits in open water was answered when the HOD voted to follow new regulations regarding swimsuits for open water competitions, effective January 1, 2011.

There are now two categories for open water swimwear: Category I is required for all Open Water National Championships and shall be scored separately from Category II, whether in a National Championship event or not.

Category I swimwear shall be made from textile materials. For men, the swimsuit shall not extend above the navel or below the knee.  For women, the swimsuit shall not cover the neck, extend past the shoulder, nor extend below the knees. There are no "fastener" specifications. Everything else, such as wetsuits, rash guards, arm warmers, arm bands, etc., is considered to be included in Category II.

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USMS Job Opening

Programmer - U.S. Masters Swimming (Sarasota, FL)
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U.S. Masters Swimming is seeking a software developer to assist with our web operations in Sarasota, Fla. This position is available in our headquarters in downtown Sarasota. More information and to apply.
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Are you Going The Distance?

GTD ShirtThrough September 28, our 2,037 Go The Distance participants have swum a total of 309,895.05 miles. Keep up the good work! Sign up today if you have not done so already.

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4th Pan Am Masters Championship

2011 Pan am pool outsideThe 4th UANA Pan American Masters Championships will be held in Rio de Janerio, Brazil, November 10-15, 2011. This will be the first championship in which all of the aquatic disciplines will compete. (swimming, water polo, synchronized swimming, diving and open water). Basic information about the meet is available now. Hotel and event format information will be available shortly. We are expecting 25 countries from the Americas to attend the championships. Start making plans!
2011 Pan Am pool insideCoaches and Registrars if you are interested in hosting future UANA Pan American Championships, the UANA Masters Technical Committee is accepting bids for the 2013 Championships. Deadline for receipt of bids is July 15, 2011. For more information, contact Mel Goldstein, Chair, UANA Masters Technical Committee.
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Why are the EAAs so Essential?
by the Professionals at Fitness Nutrition

Amino AcidsThe essential amino acids (EAA) are those specific amino acids that you need to consume in your diet because your body doesn't naturally make them. If you slept through your college chemistry class, remember that amino acids are the building blocks of protein. So for any given protein that you consume, whether it is beef, chicken, eggs or beans, the amount of each specific amino acid differs. Most plant sources of protein for example do NOT have enough of the essential amino acids; that's why they are incomplete proteins. And that's why most athletes are carnivores. We love our meat because they are full of the EAA or essential amino acids. [Read more]
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SWIMMER Magazine Fin Testing Video

USMS Editor-in-Chief Laura Hamel, Membership Coordinator Anna Lea Matysek and other USMS swimmers test out the latest in swim fin technology for SWIMMER.

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Tuolumne County Aquatics Masters Video

Meet Tuolumne County Aquatic Masters (TCAM). Head coach Patti Scott-Baier was recognized in 2010 with a Kerry O'Brien Coaching Award. The Kerry O'Brien Coaching Award recognizes coaches who are building USMS membership in communities throughout our country. TCAM, a program with 470-registered USMS members, is located in Sonora, California, a town of 5,000. Find out how coach Patti and her team have become such a success.

 TCAM Masters

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We've Got Spirit!

The South Shore Sails Masters swim team in League City, Texas celebrate their one-year anniversary!


From left to right: Karen Crenshaw, Coach Kyle Sanders, Matt
Chauvin, Bradley Pigage, Pam Falk, Cathy Modaro, Jim Yarzy, Melanie Yarzy.

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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; 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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