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March 2012
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Eleven Miles for Eleven Years
Shoulder to Shoulder
2012 USMS Spring Nationals
2012 Marriott USMS Summer Nationals
Marriott Int'l and USMS Partner
Online Open Water Coach
So many goggles
USMS Award Nominations
USMS Elections 2012
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Yikes! For the first time in online registration history, we have online registration for both Spring and Summer Nationals open at the same time.


Two awesome venues this year: Spring Nationals will be held in the brand new Greensboro Aquatic Center and at Summer Nationals we'll swim in the Olympic Trials pool in Omaha, Neb.


Remember, you don't have to make the qualifying times to participate in nationals--anyone can swim up to three events without qualifying.


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Eleven Miles for Eleven Years
by Laura S Jones

Eleven MilesWhen you are tackling something as big as the width of Lake Tahoe, it helps to have a calm and experienced hand on the rudder. Jeri Gintert says she didn't have enough swimming experience to be confident in her own abilities or calm about anything. But she was confident in her coach, Joel Wilson, 63, of Santa Cruz Masters. Read more...
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Shoulder to Shoulder
by Robert A. Schroeder

Shoulder Pain

On Nov. 15, 2011 I underwent surgery on my left shoulder, just 14 months after massive rotator cuff and bicep tendon surgery on my right one. Though it's only been six weeks since my second surgery, I was ready for it. Maybe my story will help others who are suffering from shoulder problems. Read more... 


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2012 USMS Spring Nationals

Greensboro 2012 Online entry for the 2012 USMS Spring National Championship is open. Online entries received by March 9 will receive a $10 discount on their entry fee, so be sure to enter early. The final entry deadline is March 23. Spring Nationals will be held in Greensboro, N.C. from April 26-29. Read More...
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2012 Marriott USMS Summer Nationals

2012 Summer Nationals Online entry is also available for the 2012 Marriott USMS Summer National Championships. This unique championship will be held in the same pool as the USA Swimming Olympic Trials Omaha, Neb. All the pageantry from the Olympic Trials will be in place for these Nationals. The competition pool has ten 9-foot wide lanes. The warm-up pool has eight 50-meter lanes and an additional six 25-meter lanes. Visit our USMS Facebook page contest for a chance to win a 4 nights hotel stay in Omaha for these nationals. The energy for our Nationals will be electric. This is guaranteed to be the one Nationals you will not want to miss! Read more...
2012 Marriott USMS Summer Nationals July 5-8
2012 Marriott USMS Summer Nationals July 5-8

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Marriott International and USMS Partnership

Marriott 100X100 Marriott International has signed on as a multi-year title sponsor of the Marriott USMS Summer Nationals and becomes the official hotel sponsor of U.S. Masters Swimming, the national governing body for adult swimming in the United States. USMS members will be able to make reservations through a customized travel portal,, with a portion of revenue going back to USMS and event hosts. Read more...
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Meet open water online coach, Mallory Mead

Mallory Mead USMS Online Coach Mallory Mead recently became the 39th person in history to complete the "Triple Crown" of open water swimming: the Manhattan Island Marathon Swim, the Catalina Channel and the English Channel. She started her coaching career while swimming varsity at Western Kentucky University, where she taught in WKU's Learn-2-Swim program. Mallory now coaches at Southern California Aquatics as their open water specialist. She is a patient, enthusiastic and knowledgeable coach and clinician who specializes in working with beginners, triathletes and open water swimmers. Her online workouts will be geared toward swimmers of all ability levels who are training for open water events.
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So many goggles, what should I wear?
by the Professionals at blueseventy

Blueseventy gogglesWhen you walk into your local swim shop it is easy to get overwhelmed by the hundreds of goggles to choose from: hard frames, soft frames, mirrored, non-mirrored, anti-fog-not to mention all of the different brands. Goggles fit everyone's face differently, so what works for your teammate may not work for you. We're going to give you some key differences to help make your goggle decision just a little easier. Read more...
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2011 Long Distance Championships

Long Distance LogoHundreds of USMS members participated in the 2011 Long Distance Championships. This includes open water and postal pool events. Results from these events are now online, including the 2011 All-Americans and All-Stars. Congratulations to everyone who participated, we look forward to seeing you in the results again this year.

Entries are available online for the 2012 Long Distance Championships.
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USMS Award Nominations

All StarUSMS presents a number of awards annually to members who have excelled in various areas. The details and recipients of each type of award may be found on our awards page. Send in your nominations today!
  • Capt. Ransom Arthur M.D. Award - Due March 15
  • Speedo/U.S. Masters Swimming Coach Of The Year Award
  • Dorothy Donnelly Service Award
  • Kerry O'Brien Coaching Award
  • June Krauser Communications Award
  • And more... 
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USMS Elections 2012

Vote The election will be held during the 2012 Annual Meeting of the House of Delegates. This election cycle, we will elect USMS At-Large Directors for:
  • Breadbasket Zone
  • Colonies Zone
  • Dixie Zone
  • Great Lakes Zone
  • Northwest Zone
  • Oceana Zone
  • South Central Zone
  • Southwest Zone
Descriptions and duties of the officers are contained in ARTICLE 506 of the Code of Regulations. Processes for the election are governed by the current Election Operating Guidelines. Read more...
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Really Cool Website of the Month

Deton Area Swim Club (DASC) is a fast growing program in northern Texas. They offer a great deal to their members, just take a look at their really cool website.

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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"Time to vent... What are your biggest swimming pet peeves? Pool Etiquette?" See what they said.

Become a Fan! We are 18,000+ 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!
by Metropolitan Swimming

Metropolitan Swimming in New York City, had fun with this promotional video they made, check it out...
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