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National Board of Review
Tattersalls Australian team is hereby given a Public Reprimand as an appropriate sanction for its violation of Rule 302.6 of the USMS Rules (as they were written in 2010) during the Maui Channel Swim of 2010.
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Swimming for Life!
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2012 USMS Member Registration is Underway
USMS is once again offering sponsor discounts for those members who register from November 1 through December 31. Once a member registers they will receive coupon codes via email from the following sponsors. blueseventy:
: 10%** Hammer Nutrition:
$5 off total purchase*** Speedo:
: 40% off of Active.com Advantage annual membership*****
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***(take advantage of already reduced sale pricing between Nov. 14 and Dec. 16)
****Offer not valid on previous purchases and excludes "Buy 2 and Save" promotions, full price Competition Swimwear styles (LZR Racer Elite, Fastskin FSII, and Aquablade), Speedo Aquabeat MP3 Players, Speedo Water Proof Digital Camera and online gift certificates. This offer cannot be combined with any other offer. One code use per user. No Cash Value. Void where prohibited by law.
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Scott Nichols: Beating the Odds
by Laura S. Jones, Staff Writer
When you think of the Swimming Saves Lives Foundation, what do you think? If you are like many people, you may think of the lifesaving aspect of swimming in terms of drowning prevention. While teaching people to swim safely is a big part of SSL, another way swimming saves lives is by preventing, and in some cases reversing, chronic ailments like heart disease, obesity and diabetes.
To that end, the USMS SSL Foundation is currently supporting a University of Michigan research project on the effects of swimming on chronic illnesses and on how doctors treat those illnesses. The project is also studying the types of self treatment and exercise-enhancing supplements used by people who swim regularly.Read more...
A Simple Stretch for 'Sinkers'
by Lisa Hiller
If you've tried every trick in the book to help your body stay level and balanced while swimming and your legs STILL sink to the bottom of the pool, your coach may affectionately refer to you as a "sinker." Stretching and lengthening your hip flexors can help you go from being a sinker to a balanced swimmer. A simple stretch may be all you need. Read more...
Supplementation: A Necessity for Swimmers
by the Professionals at Hammer Nutrition
Do you think that your diet provides the optimum amount of all nutrients, and thus you take no supplements? If you answered, "Yes," then this is an important article for you, one that we hope will convince you of the importance of a supplement program to augment your diet, not to mention all of the hard work you do in the pool and weight room. Read more...
Sarasota to Host 2013 Pan American Masters Championship
U.S. Masters Swimming is pleased to announce that it will partner with the Sarasota Family YMCA to host the 2013 Pan American Masters Championship. The Championship will be held at the Selby Aquatic Center, part of the Sarasota Y's Evalyn Sadlier Jones branch in Sarasota, Fla. USMS, the national governing body for adult swimming, bid for and was awarded the Championship by the Union Americana de Natacion, an organization that oversees amateur aquatic sports competition in the Western Hemisphere. Read more...
The Short Breaststroke Pullout
By Luca De Matteis
The breaststroke pullout consists of three phases: the glide phase, the pull-down phase, and the recovery/kick phase. Properly executed, the phases of the pullout are combined to produce maximum efficiency and speed. The long pullout has been the traditional way to begin each length. However, it is not the only form of pullout. Read more...
USMS Club and Coach Services Director Job Opening
The Club and Coach Services Director position is the business unit leader for USMS Club and Coach Services. This position is full time and located in the USMS national office in Sarasota, Fla. The overall responsibilities of this position will be to provide leadership to the USMS Club and Coach Services division by collaborating with the executive director, other USMS business unit leaders, and the USMS Coaches Committee to develop short-term and long-term strategies that align with the U.S. Masters Swimming business plan. Candidates may confidentially submit their applications online.
2012 Olympic Trials Tickets
USA Swimming has made available four (4) day tickets for the 2012 Olympic Trials. To purchase tickets, view here
. Don't forget, the USMS Summer Nationals will be in the same pool following the Olympic Trials. Reserve your hotel
for the 2012 USMS Summer Nationals today. Once the Olympic Trials and USMS Summer Nationals conclude, your team can actually own the Olympic Trials warm up pool. For more information, call Myrtha Pools at 941-955-2591.
Shoulder Pain Survey
by Angela Tate, PT, PhD & Shana Harrington, PT, PhD
We are physical therapists dedicated to studying shoulder pain in competitive swimmers. We have completed prior research funded by U.S. Masters Swimming in which we have assessed the prevalence of shoulder pain in swimmers across the lifespan and identified potentially modifiable variables between swimmers with and without shoulder pain. This study has been accepted for publication and will be available upon request once it is published. Contact Dr. Tate via email. Because our research suggests that dryland training may influence shoulder symptoms, we are conducting a survey study to identify current swimming training trends across the United States, and we would like you to participate. The survey can be completed by a coach, captain, or by a Masters swimmer. It may be accessed online at and takes 15 minutes to complete after reading the consent. The data will be analyzed in aggregate and no coach or team will be personally identified. We plan to summarize our findings and make recommendations for the group as a whole in an effort to reduce shoulder symptoms in competitive swimmers. This study has been approved by the Institutional Review Board of Arcadia University. If you have any questions or would like to request a hard copy, please contact us. We hope you will participate. Thank you for your time and consideration.
Really Cool Website of the Month
For this month's Really Cool Website, goes to the Connecticut Masters
as they keep their membership entertained and informed.
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
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We've Got Spirit!
by Jerri Clark
High-spirited swimmers are haunting a pool in Camas, Wash. A total of 15 women from the Southwest Washington Master's Swimming, a chapter of Oregon Masters, bought witch- and pumpkin-decorated Halloween "Uglies" in a spooktacular show of solidarity for their team and for UNICEF, which received $3 for each of the $30 suits.
The UNICEF fundraiser was a first for Portland, Ore., swim shop owner Curtis Taylor, who says SWMS bought more Halloween Uglies, designed by Dolphin, than any other group. His store, JD Pence Aquatic Supply, has sold almost all 50 suits Taylor ordered for the season and will donate about $150 to UNICEF, the United Nations program for impoverished children. "My kids used to always trick-or-treat for UNICEF through their school," says Taylor. "They don't do that anymore, so we're finding another way to give to UNICEF."
Among the pumpkin-splashers at LaCamas Swim and Sport was club owner Denise Croucher, who often has joked that she chases any swimmer in pink. "I want to be the fastest woman in the water," says Croucher, a 3-time Ironman finisher. In her pink and orange "Punkin" suit, she's had fun circle swimming with "twin" teammates and others in their black-and-purple "Glinda" suits.
Croucher and the club's head swim coach, Justin Slade, joined 14 other swimmers on deck for a photo in early October, adding capes, pointy hats and other festive accoutrements for full fall effect. Angela Fadlovich, the swimmer who ordered the suits en masse, says the team's theme was a perfect fit. "With all the wicked workouts Coach Justin gives us," she says, "we thought it was only appropriate we dress for the occasion."
Starting in back row from left-right:
Kealey Sitler, Sheri Bender, Bill Klein, Angela Fadlovich
Next row: Dave Ashmore, Justin Slade, Melinda
Next row: Jerri Clark, Anita Burkard, Ami Brimhall, Denise Croucher, Carolyn Nigro
Front row: Nancy Vincent, Serena Johnson, Dianne Thomsen,
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