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February 2011
In This Issue
Swimming Through Breast Cancer
Open Water Safety Conference
2011 Spring Nationals
SwimFest '11
Duffel Bag vs. Backpack
USMS Coach Certification
Swimming Saves Lives Fund
Pan American Championships
RJA Award
We've Got Spirit!
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This issue of STREAMLINES details some important upcoming events-- be sure to check your calendar and read below for the skinny on Spring Nationals, SwimFest '11, and the first international open water safety conference of its kind, organized and presented by U.S. Masters Swimming and Pacific Masters Swimming.

Swimming for Life!
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Swimming Through Breast Cancer
by Liz Pittinger

Breast Caner Survivor
In a few days, I will participate in my first swim meet, ever! No, I'm not 11-years-old like my competitive-swimmer daughter. I am a 39 years old stay-at-home mom who is a breast cancer survivor.

"You have cancer" are words no one is prepared to hear from her doctor. Last year those words were delivered to me. I had had friends diagnosed with cancer, my own mother was in the middle of her battle with the disease-- but me? How could I have cancer so young?" Read more...  
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Protecting Athletes: Open Water Safety Conference

Open Water PicRegister today for the
Protecting Athletes: Open Water Safety Conference at the San Francisco Airport Marriott Hotel on March 18-20, 2011. The conference, sponsored by USMS and Pacific Masters Swimming, brings together open water and triathlon event directors, and event competitors to discuss the best practices and case studies in risk management and open water event safety. Conference speakers include an all-star list of domestic and international speakers.  More Information
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2011 USMS Spring Nationals

2011 USMS Spring Nationals LogoThe 2011 Spring Nationals will be held at the newly remodeled, state of the art Kino Aquatic Center in Mesa, Ariz. April 28 - May 1. More information can be found on our event page.

Online Entry Now Available!

Swimmers whose online entries are received by March 10 or paper entries postmarked by March 3 or received by March 10 will enjoy a $10 discount off the meet entry surcharge.
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SwimFest '11

Swimfest '11At SwimFest '11, you will be able to share the deck with some of the world's top Masters swim coaches
in Atlanta, Ga. at the Steve Lundquist Aquatic Center May 20-22. Join us for a weekend of interactive clinics and instruction in a friendly, non-competitive environment.

For swimmers, whether you are looking to learn the basics, hone your skills or become a more efficient athlete, SwimFest is for you. All levels and abilities are welcome
. More Information
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Duffel Bag vs. Backpack: An In-Depth Analysis
by Eric Teske, Kast-A-Way Swimwear, Inc.

SPEEDO BackpackWhen I think, "swim bag," there are really three types that come to mind: a mesh equipment bag, a classic duffel bag, and a large backpack. Mesh bags are great for holding wet kickboards, pool buoys and paddles, but are a lousy option for carrying dry personal items and clothing. That's where the duffel bag and backpack come in to play. But which is the best option for you? Read more...
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USMS Coach Level I and Level II Certification Class

USMS Certification

The Warrenton Virginia Masters Swim Team and USMS will be hosting an ASCA Level I and II swim coach certification class March 5-6 in Warrenton, Va. The class will be led by Mel Goldstein, former USMS President and current USMS Coach and Club Services Coordinator, and Scott Bay, coach of Daytona Masters. USMS coaches are encouraged to take advantage of this opportunity to advance their coaching knowledge and learn new practices for advancing their Masters teams.


Details and paper registration form
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Swimming Saves Lives Fund

Swimming Saves Lives

The USMS Swimming Saves Lives Fund, established in 2010, focuses its resources on the vital lifesaving and lifetime benefits of swimming. In addition to drowning prevention, swimming has a positive impact on health conditions like obesity, cardiovascular disease and diabetes, which afflict millions of people in the U.S. The Swimming Saves Lives Fund provides grants to programs that support the lifelong benefits of swimming.


In short, Swimming Saves Lives.


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The IV UANA Pan American Masters Championships

2011 Pan AmericanJoin the Pan-American Swimming Union for the 2011 Pan American Masters Championships November 8-15 in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. Swimming, open water, synchro and water polo will all be contested. Don't miss out on this opportunity to compete internationally. More information coming soon. Video of the venue here: 2011 Pan Pacs Video

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Capt. Ransom Arthur M.D. Award

Don't forget your nominations for the Captain Ransom J. Arthur, M.D. award. This award is given annually to the person who has done the most to further the objectives of Masters swimming.


Nomination Information
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Nominations are due by March 15

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We've Got Spirit!
Ravena Swim Club

The 2010 "Crazy 10-Mile Swim" was organized by the Ravena Swim Club in Albany County, New York, with the desire to create a different type of meet, to touch the limits, to do something special. The team got together and swam 10 miles in the pool. The first swimmer finished in an incredible three hours and 54 minutes. The last finished in eight hours and 21 minutes. 
10-Mile Swim

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