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May 2011
In This Issue
Lake Berryessa Memories
2011 USMS Spring Nationals
2010 Masters Swimmers of the Year
10,000 Facebook Fans
Swimming the 10K Postal
USMS High Performance Camp
Cramping - What a Pain
Chammyz Special Offer
Really Cool Website
We've Got Spirit!
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First Saturday in June - Memories, Water and Me  
by Lyra Halprin

Lyra HalprinIt 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... 

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2011 USMS Spring Nationals a Success

2011 USMS Spring Nationals Logo1,817 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.


Local Clubs

1 The Olympic Club (1,142.50)

2 Phoenix Swim Club (1,042)

3 San Diego Swim Masters (784)


Regional Clubs

1 Arizona Masters Swim Club (2,962.50)

2 Colorado Masters Swimming (1,817.50)

3 Pacific Northwest Aquatics (1,435.50)


On CameraThe 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.
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SWM's 2010 Masters Swimmers of the Year

Carolyn BoakMany 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:
Suzanne Heim-Bowen
Rich Abrahams
Rich Burns
Jerome Frentsos
Vlad Pyshnenko

Top 10 Masters Swimmers of All Time
Rich Abrahams
Ransom Arthur and June Krauser
Jane Asher
Mark Gill
Tom Lane
Jim McConica
Karlyn Pipes-Neilsen
Laura Val
Susan von Der Lippe

Way to represent-- congratulations to all. 

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As Seen on the USMS Facebook Page

Facebook 100"Pictures from the 2011 USMS Spring Nationals"

Become a Fan! We are almost to 10,000 fans on the official USMS Facebook Fan Page! Help us reach our goal by the end of the month by suggesting our page to all of your friends.
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So You Want to Swim the USMS 10K Postal
by Ali Hall, with expert 10Kers Marcia Cleveland, Ann Svenson and Jill Wright

Long Course PoolIn 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... 

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USMS High Performance Camp; Aug. 27 - Sept. 1, 2011

Greesboro poolThe 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.

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Cramping - What a Pain! (But one that can be avoided)
by Steve Born, Fueling Expert - Hammer Nutrition

CrampingScience 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... 

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Special Offer From Chammyz

Chammyz topChammyz 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. 

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Really Cool Website of the Month
This month's awesome website:
Germantown  Masters 

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 

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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)

  Illinois Masters Record relay

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