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June 2011
In This Issue
Synchronized Swimming
A New Swimmer's Nationals
Sculling Drills
USMS 5K/10K Postal
2011 Summer Nationals
Open Water Swimming Tips
Open Water Swims With Longevity
USMS Award Nominations
Indy Aquatic Masters
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Synchronized Swimming
by Beth Barnes

Beth BarnesBefore the veil of stars gives way to dawn, the rhythmic sound of stroke-after-stroke is the only indication that anything disturbs the vast and relative calm of the Catalina Channel. The synchronized efforts of swimmer and kayaker, slowly but methodically slicing their way through the swells, are but a radar blip on the universe's screen. The night is eerily and barely illuminated by several light sticks and the dim shadows of the support boat in the distance, so darkness prevails while Catalina Island fades and the Palos Verdes Peninsula beckons. It is a slow, methodical, and heroic journey - a Southern California pastime that few can imagine and fewer still will experience. Read more...
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A New Swimmer's Nationals
by Lisa Rice Greedy

Kino pool w/USMS flagsI'm going to need my hand here for a second," pleaded my husband Tom as he moved his blue fingers back to the steering wheel and out of the vice grip my hand had formed over his. Brake lights flashed red across all four lanes but did nothing to slow the out-of-control, speeding heart that pounded in my chest. I could feel the air struggling to dry sweat that seeped from the palms of my hands. Drawing a deep breath was the only way I'd been able to stop these paralyzing episodes over the last few days. Now, letting out a deep sigh, I kept telling myself, "It'll be ok, it'll be ok." But the fear did not subside. Read more...

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Sculling Drills
by Scott Bay

Scott BayHow often do you use drills in your masters practices? Scott Bay, head coach of Daytona Beach Masters, shares two of his favorite sculling drills. Read more... 

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USMS 5K/10K Postal National Championships

5K/10KOnline Registration is now available for the 2011 USMS 5K/10K Postal National Championships. The objective is to swim 5K and/or 10K entirely in any 50-meter pool you choose. Event results will be collected electronically or by mail so you can compare yourself to other swimmers doing the same event. Some do it for competition, others do it for fitness. Whatever the motivation, everyone is welcome to participate.
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2011 USMS Summer Nationals

2011 Summer NationalsAfter an incredible Spring Nationals in Mesa, Ariz. the 2011 USMS Summer Nationals will be held at the James E. Martin Aquatic Center at Auburn University. Online registration is open for this event, which will be held August 3 - 6. A list of discounted hotels are also available. More information can be found on our Championship web page. Videos from our previous nationals can be viewed on our YouTube Channel. Come join the fun! View our videos on YouTube
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Open Water Swimming Tips
by Aqua Sphere Powered Pro Triathlete Patrick Valentine

Open waterIntroducing open water swim training into your workout regimen is a great way to break up the monotony of pool swimming. It is also a great approach to practice all the techniques that differ between open water and pool swimming, which can prepare you for your next triathlon or open water swim meet. The key piece to remember is that there are different aspects involved with open water swimming that will help an athlete be more successful on race day. Four main areas of focus for open water swimming are the swim start, buoy sighting, drafting, and water exit. Like always practice is key, in order to have proper execution on race day. Read more... 

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Open Water Swims With Longevity

Open Water SwimmerCheck out the Long Distance Calendar of Events for these and other long-standing open water swims.
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USMS Award Nominations

TrophyJuly 1 is the deadline to submit nominations for USMS National Awards that are presented at USMS's annual convention, which will take place in Jacksonville, Fla. in September. 

The National Awards are:
USMS Coach of the Year Award
USMS Dorothy Donnelly Service Award
USMS Kerry O'Brien Coaching Award
USMS Club of the Year Award
USMS June Krauser Communications Award
USMS Fitness Award
USMS National Championship Meets Award

Please go to the USMS Awards page for details, deadlines, and nomination forms.
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Really Cool Website of the Month
This month's awesome website is They are also hosting our 5K/10K Postal National Championships, check them out!

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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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Become a Fan! We are over 10,000+ fans strong at the official USMS Facebook Fan Page! Join the party and suggest our page to all of your friends.
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Gold Coast Masters

The Gold Coast Masters team of (from L-R) Peggy McDonnell, Danielle Ogier, Barbara Protzman, Maureen Hughes and Pat Sargeant, in various combinations, have broken all five USMS SCY relay national records in the women's 55+ age group this year.


This may be the first time that one team has broken all the relay records for an age group for one course within the same season, in fact, in just two meets.  Two records were broken at the Dixie Zone SCY Championship at the Fort Lauderdale Aquatic Center on Feb. 25-27 and the other three at the Hammerhead Invitational at the Pompano Beach Aquatics Center on April 9-10. The team had been waiting for a year for their final member to turn 55 to wage their assault on the record book. And they did it without the long, zippered, buoyant tech suits. Congratulations ladies!

5 for 5 for 55 

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