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March 2011


In keeping with our philosophy that coaches are vital to the success of our mission, check out the latest USMS/ASCA certification graduating class hosted by Warrenton Masters. These coaches are committed to their professional development and are striving for excellence for their swimmers.

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The Secret to a 'Best Time' at Nationals
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Craig Keller
Identifying your swimmers' needs to succeed
Craig Keller

As Masters coaches, we train athletes with various backgrounds, ability levels and aspirations on a regular basis. The challenge to help our competitive swimmers be successful at meets while still addressing the needs of our athletes who choose not to compete in meets is a delicate juggling act. Therefore, I've created a step-by-step process that will guarantee best times for your competitive swimmers at Nationals. Read more... 

USMS/ASCA Certification Class a Success
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Warrenton Masters hosts Level I & II certification classes
Congratulations to all of our recent USMS/ASCA Level I & II certification graduates (pictured below). This most recent class was held in Warrenton, Va. March 5-6. Your next certification opportunity will be SwimFest '11 May 20-22 in Atlanta, GA. There will also be several opportunities to get certified, including classes at ASCA September 9-10 and the USAS Convention September 16-17.
      USMS Certification Class
In no particular order: Lizzi Bambakakis, Mei Mei Connor, Sandy Vietch, Sharon Whelan, Ariel Lotz, Charlie Tupitza, Julie Dawley, Kami Whitney, Roxane Rochocki, Susan Yankitis, Ana Miller, Carol Shelton, Cass Jones, Dennie Swan-Scott, Erica Sheckler, Heather West, Karen Lehmann, Katie McAuliffe, Kimberly Kramer, Lindsay Cromarty, Liz Horne, Mark Edmunds, Mark Ward, Matt Dantas-McCutcheon, Michael Stevenson, Roderick Uveges, Ronny Kushner, Sally Kleeman, Steve Sztan, Sue Acampora. In front: Instructors Mel Goldstein and Scott Bay 
Open Water Opportunity
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Start signing up for these events
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The 2011 Open Water Championships are just around the corner. Sign up for all of these great events by visiting our Long Distance Championships page.

The very popular H2Open Series also kick off soon with the Jim McDonnell Lake Swims in Reston VA - May 28-29, online entry is available. Please check the H20pen web page for further updates as entries will be coming online shortly.


SwimFest '11
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Excellent opportunity for coaches
Swimfest '11

SwimFest '11 will be held in Atlanta at the Steve Lundquist Aquatic Center. SwimFest is our interactive education platform. You receive classroom instruction from mentor Masters coaches and the opportunity to put into practice what you learn in supervised on-deck coaching sessions. Read and watch what one of last years participants had to say here.   


We will also have special guest speakers including 2010 SPEEDO/USMS Coach of the Year Bobby Patten. A full list of events can be found on 


Friday, May 20 is a coaches-only round table. Saturday, May 21 is focused on pool swimming and Sunday, May 22 is open water swimming at Lake Peachtree. New for SwimFest 2011-- get certified! We will be offering USMS/ASCA Masters Coach Certification Levels I and II. Register Today!  


Call for Coaches
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2011 USMS Spring Nationals - Mesa, Ariz.
2011 USMS Spring Nationals Logo The 2011 USMS Spring Nationals is April 28 - May 1 in Mesa, Ariz. On deck coaches are needed to help with swimmers at the meet. For more information on this opportunity, please contact Craig Keller the Coaches Committee chair.

Also, March 24th is the last day for registering you and your swimmers for what promises to be a great event!


2012 FINA Masters World Championships - Riccione, Italy
The XIV FINA Masters World Championships will be held in Riccione, Italy June 3rd - 17th, 2012.
The USMS Coaches Committee has created a subcommittee dedicated to International Coaching.  Previously USMS has sent coaches to The World Championships to provide on deck coaching and guidance, and support for USMS swimmers in attendance. The swimmers in attendance will not swim for team USA; rather they will continue to support their own club. However, the coaches are there as USMS representatives and will work to help each and every swimmer that desires it. Coaches should strive to create a sense of unification and a team spirit. Details and application form (PDF | Word formats)
What Rule is THAT?!
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Kathy Casey
More Suit Questions
Cathy Kasey

The Coach Asks: Are the old style Lycra or polyester suits that were never approved by FINA OK for USMS competition? Are the suits with a FINA 2009 stamp OK?


Answer: If the oldstyle Lycra and polyester suits and the 2009 FINA-stamped suits meet the FINA specifications, they can be worn for pool competition. A swimmer can only wear a suit that is either on the current FINA-approved list or meets the FINA swimsuit specifications (see 102.14 and the FINA website). FINA swimwear specifications include: textile fabrics; navel to not-below-the-knee for men and shoulder to not-below-the-knee (no sleeves) for women; no zippers or other fasteners except for waist ties on briefs or jammers; and no modesty/privacy wear, including jock straps, under the competition suit. For the FINA-approved suit list, go to and click on "Approved Swimsuits" on the top bar. For open water swimwear rules, see article 303.6 in the 2011 USMS Rule Book or contact


For any questions about rules contact Kathy Casey, USMS Rules Chair  

Call for Award Nominations
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2011 USMS Awards

USMS 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!


  • Speedo/U.S. Masters Swimming Coach Of The Year Award
  • Dorothy Donnelly Service Award
  • Kerry O'Brien Coaching Award
  • June Krauser Communications Award
  • many more...  
Coaching Opportunities
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About U.S. Masters Swimming
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