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July 2011
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I'm Addicted
USMS 5K/10K Postal and USMS
Beating Cancer
Myrtha Pools and USMS
Really Cool Website of the Month
Award Deadlines Extended
Have you moved?
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 USMS 5K Open Water Championships 
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Lake Placid, N.Y., Aug. 13


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Summer is here and we are as busy as ever. This issue is packed with features to entertain, inform, and help you plan out the rest of your summer. Quit reading this intro and dive in!


Swimming for Life,
Your Friends at U.S. Masters Swimming
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you can do to get better at swimming right now
by Dave Samuelsohn, Coach, Westchester Masters, N.Y.

Warm Up


SwimmerDon't waste your warm-up--get in and use it. Warming up well will improve your whole workout-your performance, your result and your satisfaction. But you can make even more of this time if you use it to think! This is the absolute best time to really focus and work on your stroke - while your mind is fresh and before your muscles are fatigued. Read more... 

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I'm Addicted
by Duncan Parlett

Duncan ParlettWith my back troubles, swimming has become my main source of exercise. Naively, I thought that all I'd need to practice this sport was a swimsuit (and that only because of modesty). Wrong! There is nothing more addictive than swimming paraphernalia. Let me tell you my sad story. Read more...
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5K and 10K Postals

Long Course PoolOnline Registration is now available for the 2011 USMS 5K/10K Postal National Championships. The objective is to swim 5K and/or 10K 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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U.S. Masters Swimming is now an affiliate partner of As an affiliate partner of, 8% of your total purchase will automatically go to the USMS Swimming Saves Lives Foundation. SSL Focuses its resources and grant support on research and adult swimming programs that have a positive impact on health conditions such as obesity, cardiovascular disease, and diabetes, which afflict millions of people in the U.S. would also like to give you and additional discount on your order for being a U.S. Masters Swimming member. Visit for details.
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Beating Cancer One Lap at a Time

Our friends at Growing Bolder joined us at the USMS Spring Nationals in Mesa, Ariz. to gather some great stories of our swimmers. One of those is the story of Susan Helmrich, a three-time cancer survivor and a victim of one of the greatest drug tragedies in history. See the video for her incredible story. 
Growing Bolder
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Myrtha Pools is Newest USMS Sponsor

Myrtha Pools 2008
We are excited about the new partnership with Myrtha Pools, which is now the exclusive pool manufacturer for USMS. In Omaha in 2012, immediately following Olympic Trials, we will be holding our USMS Summer Nationals in the Trials pool, built by Myrtha Pools. In almost exactly one year, you will have the opportunity to swim in the best aquatic technology in the world.

Additionally, as part of our 2012 Summer Nationals, Myrtha will be offering a behind-the-scenes, under-the-deck tour of the Trials pool and equipment, which is constructed onsite in the middle of the Qwest Center.

Trials Tix on Sale Now!
For members interested in attending 2012 Summer Nationals in Omaha, the Olympic Trials are June 25-July 2, and then USMS takes over the pool July 5-8. Tickets for next years USA Swimming Trials are now on sale. For more information, visit
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Really Cool Website of the Month
So why is RCWOM in the features section instead of in the left column, where it is supposed to be? Normally, we only get one or two submissions. Sometimes we don't get any and have to go surfing for awesome websites.

This month, not only did we receive three submissions for RCWOM from different clubs across the country, but they all had "Blue Wave" in their names. We figured the odds of this happening were pretty low, so we asked a local math whiz to crunch some numbers for us. He told us that there was a 0.0000028% of this happening. We're taking this as a sign that either something really cool just happened, or that the teams with Blue Wave in their names are involved in a conspiracy of some sort.

The three are:

Blue wave raidersBlue Wave Raiders in Murfreesboro, Tenn.







Elgin Blue WaveElgin Blue Wave Masters Swim Team in Elgin, Ill.









Blue Wave WashingtonBlue Wave Aquatics in Federal Way, Wash.








Just for fun, we looked in our database to find any other clubs or workout groups with Blue Wave in their names, and found two more. One of them meets the criteria for being a RCWOM-- so here is that one as well:


Blue Wave AshburnBlue Wave Swim Team Ashburn Village, Va. 








Kudos to all these Blue Wave teams-- they are connecting with their members and potential members with great websites.


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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Deadline for Awards Extended
TrophyDo you know a volunteer who works hard for your team or LMSC? There are many awards that USMS uses to recognize the hard work accomplished by our many volunteers at the local, regional, and national levels. For more information on what the awards are and how to nominate a deserving volunteer, visit the Awards page at This year, the deadline has been extended from July 1 to July 7.
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Have you moved?

Swimmer Mag CoverBe sure to let us know, because SWIMMER is mailed at the periodical rate, the post office does not forward it. You can update your mailing address online by visiting and clicking the red Join/Renew button in the upper right-hand corner of the screen.
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As Seen on the USMS Facebook Page

Facebook 100"USMS Coach and Swimmer Cokie Lepinski is making a difference in her community. What does your coach mean to you? Read her story."

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We've Got Spirit!
Santa Rosa Masters

Sent to us by Coach Hermine Terhorst of Santa Rosa Masters, her team enjoyed a rainbow after practicing in the rain. As she says to her team, "No Rain, No Rainbows!" 

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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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Header photo by Cokie Lepinski.