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December 2011
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Plyometric Dryland
2012 Online Coaches
2012 USMS Registration
Speedo 1-Hour Postal
Check-Off Challenge
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Check below for our newest member benefit for 2012: Seven online coaches writing workouts in seven different specialties. 


Swimming for Life!
Your Friends at U.S. Masters Swimming
Plyometric Dryland Training 
By Lisa Hiller

Looking for an edge over your competition when poised on the starting block and the gun goes off? Are your flip turns and push-offs lackluster and weak instead of razor sharp and explosive? Wouldn't it be great if you could incorporate an exercise out of the water to increase your power off the starting block as well as ensure quick and explosive turns? If your answer to any of these questions is a definitive "yes," then plyometrics may very well be your solution. Read more...
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Introducing our 2012 Online Coaches

ClinicDo you train alone? Do you swim with a small group and no one in your group really likes to write workouts? Are you wondering where to get your next workout?

USMS is proud to announce its newest benefit: handpicked coaches who will be writing workouts in seven different specialties and posting them in the members-only area of the USMS Discussion Forums at .

Are you new to swimming? Training specifically for a triathlon? Are you a distance swimmer who loves being in the Animal Lane or are you working on your explosive sprinting and need some speed sets? Even expectant mothers will have workouts designed just for them.

These coaches will be writing in the following specialties:
  • Laura Schuster: Basic Training
  • Eric Mitchell: Stroke and IM
  • Mallory Mead: Open Water
  • Leslie Livingston: High Intensity
  • Patrick Brundage: High Volume
  • Sara McLarty: Triathlon Training
  • Danielle Newton: Expectant Mothers
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2012 USMS Member Registration is Underway

new join renew button 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: 20%
Finis: 20%* 
TYR: 20%
SBR/Triswim: 30% 10%**
Hammer Nutrition: $5 off total purchase***
Speedo: 20%****
Aqua Sphere: 20% 40% off of Advantage annual membership*****

*(does not include Turnmaster Pro and Swim Teaching Platform)
**(only Sporti and USMS logo items)
***(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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Speedo 1-Hour Postal National Championship

2012 Hour Swim Some people do the 1-Hour Postal for competition, while others do it for fitness; all who wish to participate are welcome. This event runs from January 1 to January 31, 2012. The objective is to swim as far as possible in one hour, in any pool you choose that is 25 yards or longer. Send your event results in electronically or by mail so you can compare yourself to other swimmers doing the same event. The recorded distance (total yards swum) that you submit determines the order of finish. If two or more swimmers report the same distance, a tie will be declared.

This year's 1-Hour Postal National Championship is hosted by Blue Wave Aquatics. This is a USMS sanctioned event and all participants must be  registered for 2012 with USMS (or the equivalent organization for non-U.S. swimmers). Foreign swimmers are not eligible for USMS records or All-American status. A copy of your current 2012 registration card must accompany your entry.
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Check-Off Challenge

2012 Check off challenge The Check-Off Challenge is a postal event designed to motivate swimmers to complete 18 pool events and an open water swim during the 2012 calendar year. It challenges all levels of swimmers. Novice swimmers can swim new events. Experienced swimmers can try for their personal best times in as many events as practical. Simply Check Off each swim on your T-Shirt when you complete the event.

This year's Check-off Challenge is hosted by Hammerhead Aquatics. The entry deadline is December 31 for shirt delivery in January. This monthly format continues until September 30, 2012.
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USMS/Chammyz Special Offer

Chammyz bomberGet your USMS embroidered Chammyz at a fraction of the retail price with our exclusive USMS offer of $59.99 (plus embroidery). Chammyz are available in ten different colors and five different sizes so you can find comfort in whatever style that fits you.
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Pan-American Masters Meet Wrap up
by Laura Jones, Staff Writer

Sixty-nine swimmers representing 15 USMS teams went to Rio de Janeiro, Brazil for the 2011 Pan Ams. Athletes in the international competition enjoyed all the standard pool events and multiple relays as well as a 3K open water swim that started at the fabled Copacabana Beach. Read more...
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Really Cool Website of the Month

This month we feature Southern Pacific Masters Swimming as our cool website. Recently redesigned, this site is certainly keeps it's membership informed and entertained.
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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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Facebook 100"Masters swimmers, let's talk pool etiquette. What are some rules you live and swim by?" See what they said

Become a Fan! We are over 16,000+ 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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We've Got Spirit!

At 95 years young, Russ Witte showed us that age is just a number. Swimming for Southwest Ohio Masters at the 2011 Fall Miami Redfin Meet in Oxford Ohio, he broke 5 USMS National records in 50 Breaststroke, 100 Breaststroke, 200 Breaststroke, 50 backstroke and 100 Backstroke.

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