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March 2011
In This Issue
Nerves of Steel
Freestyle Drills
2010 Long Distance Results
As Seen on Facebook
Geocoded Places to Swim
2011 Spring Nationals
SwimFest '11
Fastland Pool Contest Winner
What to Wear at Practice
USMS Award Nominations
New Policy for Records
We've Got Spirit!
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Nerves of Steel
by Kristina Henry

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When I first joined my Masters team I swore up and down to my husband and anyone who would listen that I would not participate in any meets. Ever.


I was doing this purely for the wellness aspect, and smaller jeans. Read more... 

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Freestyle Drills
by Scott Bay, Head Coach, Daytona Beach Masters

 Scott BayYou'll get to know more about Scott Bay in the March-April issue of SWIMMER, which will be shipping next week. Look for On Deck with ... in the Training and Technique department. In the mean time, Coach Bay shares two quick freestyle drills. Read more...
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2010 Long Distance Championships

Long Distance LogoHundreds of USMS members participated in the 2010 Long Distance Championships. This includes open water and postal pool events. Results from these events are now online, including the 2010 All-Americans and All-Stars. Congratulations to everyone who participated, we look forward to seeing you in the results again this year.

Entries are available online for the 2011 Long Distance Championships.
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Places to Swim now Geocoded

Map pinsNEW! Google Maps Geocoded USMS has just introduced a brand-new, Places to Swim application. You can now enter a zip code and distance, and you will be taken to a Google map that displays all of the Places to Swim listings within that radius. 

Are your pools listed? Go to Places to Swim, enter your zip code, and find out.
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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!

HURRY! 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 '11SwimFest '11 will be held in Atlanta 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. Both Swimmers and Coaches of all levels and abilities are welcome. Read what one of last years participants had to say here. Spots are limited, so register Today!

Interested coaches-- make sure you ask your LMSC about funding your trip to SwimFest!
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Fastlane Pool Contest Winner: Holden Bank

Endless Pool prizeThroughout 2010, there was a button on the USMS homepage that you could click and enter a contest to win a Fastlane Pool from Endless Pools. Endless Pools' products are essentially water treadmills. Endless Pools and USMS would like to congratulate contest winner Holden Bank on his new pool. Read more...
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What to Wear to Masters Swim Practice:
The Do's and Don'ts
by Stacey Kiefer, Masters Swimmer and Product Manager for Adolph Kiefer and Associates, Inc.

Cap FlowersRather than learn the hard way, which is often the most costly or most embarrassing route, remember the following tips when choosing a suit for swim practice.


Unless you're looking for extra drag, do not wear oversize swimwear. Read more... 

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USMS Award Nominations

TrophyUSMS presents a number of awards annually to members who have excelled in various areas. The details and recipients of each type of award may be found on our awards page. Send in your nominations today!
  • Capt. Ransom Arthur M.D. Award - Due March 15
  • Speedo/U.S. Masters Swimming Coach Of The Year Award
  • Dorothy Donnelly Service Award
  • Kerry O'Brien Coaching Award
  • June Krauser Communications Award
  • And many more... 
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New Policy for USMS Records

USMS CertificationThere is a new policy in place for those who set USMS records. The purpose of the new policy is to generate a more accurate record progression and to recognize the swimmers that appear in the progression.  
Under the old policy, any swimmer who achieved a verified time faster than the time published in the USMS Rule Book would receive a national record certificate.
Under the new policy, there is an application deadline for all USMS record applications. The deadline is 90 days after the end of the season of the swim. After the deadline has passed, the USMS Records Administrator will generate an official Records Progression for every event in which a record was broken. This progression will be based on the date of the swim. All those who appear on the records progression will receive a certificate.
For more information, please see the full policy explanation. Questions about this new policy should be directed to the Records & Tabulation Committee Chair

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Fort Lauderdale Aquatics Masters

Some coaches are so popular that visitors fly in from all over to swim with them. Swimmers from the Metropolitan LMSC (New York) visiting the ISHOF pool in Fort Lauderdale on a winter training trip had to share their lanes with another guest when they swam with Coach Marty Hendrick of the Summer Nationals Champs, Fort Lauderdale Aquatics Masters. The brown pelican, who was not charged a drop-in fee, was courteous and observed all points of etiquette. He waited behind the lane before hopping in, feet first, and circle swam. FLAQ Masters Coach John Acton photographed the pelican for stroke technique analysis purposes, but he flew off before receiving the feedback.
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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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