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This is an exciting time of year as the short course season culminates with Spring Nationals and the open water season gets underway. STREAMLINES brings you the best of both worlds.
Swimming for Life!
Your Friends at U.S. Masters Swimming
First Saturday in June - Memories, Water and Me
by Lyra Halprin
It looks kinda cold," I say to the 20-ish young man who reminds me of my son as we survey the water from the lake's edge. "I may not do the two-mile if it's too cold."
"Oh, naw, it's not bad," he says, his foot in the mud-tinged water edge of Lake Berryessa. "I'm sure you can do it. Did you hear them say it was 70 degrees?"
The air is sparkling, and the sun is warming the lakes and reservoirs around California. Apricots and cherries are being picked in the orchards near Lake Berryessa, a little more than an hour east of San Francisco. The Lake Berryessa Swim is the second stop in the H20 Open Series. Read more...
2011 USMS Spring Nationals a Success
1,817 swimmers competed in this years Spring Nationals at Kino Aquatic Center in Mesa, Ariz. It was an all around success and great to watch several Olympians, Hall of Fame inductees and national record holders making splashes. In this post-tech suit era there were a total of 41 USMS national records broken
. Congratulations to the top finishing local and regional clubs.
1 The Olympic Club (1,142.50)
2 Phoenix Swim Club (1,042)
3 San Diego Swim Masters (784)
1 Arizona Masters Swim Club (2,962.50)
2 Colorado Masters Swimming (1,817.50)
3 Pacific Northwest Aquatics (1,435.50)
The meet was not only about the fast swimming. So many competitors accomplished their own personal goals and we were able to bring those stories to life in our video coverage. Once again Rowdy Gaines and Rob Butcher brought us the action with Olympian Misty Hyman roaming the deck collecting stories. Videos of the event can be found in our online Meet Video Gallery
SWM's 2010 Masters Swimmers of the Year
Many USMS members were selected by Swimming World Magazine
in their annual "World's Best article. Additionally, this year they added a Masters swimmers of all time Top 10 list. Thanks to SWM for highlighting these amazing USMS members:
2010 World Masters Swimmers of the Year
Carolyn Boak, 65
Sheri Hart, 39
Laura Val, 59
Susan von Der Lippe, 45
Jamie Fowler, 51
Bumpy Jones, 78
Thomas Maine, 85
Michael Mann, 56
Jim McConica, 60
and the runners up were:
Top 10 Masters Swimmers of All Time
Ransom Arthur and June Krauser
Susan von Der Lippe
Way to represent-- congratulations to all.
As Seen on the USMS Facebook Page
So You Want to Swim the USMS 10K Postal
by Ali Hall, with expert 10Kers Marcia Cleveland, Ann Svenson and Jill Wright
In case you were wondering, and in the words of marathon swimming legend and Illinois LMSC member Marcia Cleveland, "the 10K is a looooooong way to go in a swimming pool. Anyone considering doing 6.2 miles in a pool needs to have the mental outlook that THEY WILL FINISH IF THEY JUST KEEP PUTTING ONE STROKE MORE BEHIND THEM."
So, what does it take to get it done? Let's start with the preparation phase. Read more...
USMS High Performance Camp; Aug. 27 - Sept. 1, 2011
The 2011 High Performance Camp (HPC) is being hosted by the Triangle Sports Commission, a USMS Community Partner, at the brand new Greensboro Aquatic Complex. The HPC is targeted to competitive Masters swimmers who are committed to advancing their skills and performance. You'll be taught and analyzed by USMS coaches and professionals in the fields of sports psychology, physiology, biomechanics, nutrition, technique, resistance and flexibility training. Camp participation is limited to 20 participants. Applications are due by June 1, 2011.
Cramping - What a Pain! (But one that can be avoided)
by Steve Born, Fueling Expert - Hammer Nutrition
Science has a number of theories as to why muscle cramps occur; however, no definitive answers have been given. That's a real drag because, of the potential performance-inhibiting issues involved in swimming, arguably nothing can stop you in your tracks quicker than a full-fledged muscle cramp.
Cramping, of course, can affect all athletes in all sports but I'm convinced that swimmers may have an even greater potential for this unpleasant malady to occur. Why? Because like a handful of other athletes (Nordic skiers, triathletes), swimmers tend to use a much wider range of muscles than other athletes (such as cyclists, for example), thus putting yourself in a position where cramping is a very realistic possibility. Read more...
Special Offer From Chammyz
Chammyz is offering all the below items at half off with the code "USMS". In addition, you can embroider your purchase for just $5. These items are the perfect complement to their surf bombers and hoodies.
900- vest with hood
910- vest with collar
400- lounge pants
500- baggy shorts
600- cut off shorts
700- hottie shorts
3000- beach hat
200z- shirt jac with zipper
200b- shirt jac with buttons
Really Cool Website of the Month
To be considered for RCWOM, please make sure that your team's website includes the current USMS logo and Join/Renew membership button. You may submit your team name and web address to the USMS for consideration at email@example.com
We've Got Spirit!
by Illinois Masters
At the Illinois State Championships
, (L-R) Vince Allegra, David Sims, Tim Carlson and David Kinsella pulled off two new USMS National Records in the 25+ age group 400 and 800 free relays. (3:06.20 & 6:59.13)
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Header photo by Cokie Lepinski.