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December 2010
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Online Coaching Application
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Why I Love Swimming
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2011 One Hour Postal
2011 Check Off Challenge
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Online Coaching Application

Coach ServicesThe USMS Online Coaching Program provides regular themed practices from qualified coaches to interested members through the USMS website. Applications for the 2011 program are now being accepted. Coaches who wish to participate in this program may download an application in PDF format. The application deadline is December 20, 2010.
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Top Down A-lign-ment
by Hermine Terhorst

The coolest thing about being a Masters coach is the diversity of swimmers that you coach in any workout. From the beginners in lane one to swimmers who have spent their entire lives coming to workouts in lane 5.

From the deck the most obvious difference between lane 1 and 5 is alignment. Read more

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Why I Love Swimming
by Bob Singer

Robert SingerI was 60 years old, 5'-10", and pushing 200 pounds a year ago. My blood pressure was 140/90, and my physician said we'd watch it for six months and put me on medication if it stayed elevated. I had been an avid cyclist and runner, but had to give them up about 12 years ago because of arthritis that resulted in a total hip replacement five years previously... My body mass index put me squarely in the "overweight" category. I was depressed about aging and my growing gut. My future looked like a steady decline into heart disease and obesity. Read More
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USMS Registration Continues

Join Renew ButtonThe 2011 registration year has been opened. We are excited to announce that this year, for the first time ever, our sponsors are offering exclusive membership incentives. If you renew before December 31, 2010, you will receive personalized discount codes, worth more than $30.00 in savings, from these sponsors:

Barracuda: 10% off total purchase
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Speedo One Hour Postal National Championship

2011 One Hour PostalSome people do the One Hour Postal for competition, while others do it for fitness; all who wish to participate are welcome. This event runs from January 1st to January 31st, 2011. The objective is to swim as far as possible in one hour in any pool you choose that is 25 yards or longer. Your event results are to be sent in electronically or by mail so you can compare yourself to other swimmers doing the same event. The recorded distance (total yards swum) that you submit determines the order of finish. If two or more swimmers report the same distance, a tie will be declared.

This year's One-Hour Postal National Championships is hosted by the Tualatin Hills Barracudas. This is a USMS sanctioned event and all participants must be registered for 2011 with USMS (or the equivalent organization for non-U.S. swimmers). Foreign swimmers are not eligible for USMS records or All-American status. A copy of your current 2011 registration card must accompany your entry.
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The Chesapeake Bay Check-Off Challenge

Check off ChallengeThe Check-off Challenge is a postal event designed to motivate swimmers to complete 18 "pool" events and an "open water swim" during the 2011 calendar year. It challenges all levels of swimmers. Novice swimmers can swim new events. Experienced swimmers can try for their personal best times in as many events as practical. Simply "Check-off" each swim on your t-shirt when you complete the event.

This year's Check-off Challenge is hosted by the Maryland Masters Swim Team. The entry deadline is December 31 for shirt delivery in January. This monthly format continues until September 30, 2011.
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Recent Post from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention:

Swimming is the third most popular sports activity in the United States and a good way to get regular aerobic physical activity. Just two and a half hours per week of aerobic physical activity, such as swimming, bicycling, or running can decrease the risk of chronic illnesses. This can also lead to improved health for people with diabetes and heart disease. Swimmers have about half the risk of death compared with inactive people. People report enjoying water-based exercise more than exercising on land. They can also exercise longer in water than on land without increased effort or joint or muscle pain. Read more
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We've Got Spirit!
by Metropolitan Masters Swimming

The Metropolitan LMSC put on a New York (Red Caps) vs. New Jersey (Blue Caps) "Duel in the Pool" at Nassau County Aquatics Center. Great idea and great fun had by all. Photo Gallery courtesy of Lisa Baumann of Aquafit Masters.

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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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