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April 2012
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Aging Up
Sucking Wind
Jarrod Shoemaker
Summer Nationals
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Swimsuit Silhouettes
Breaststroke Rule Update
Really Cool Website
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Do you have a story to tell? We are always interested in hearing from our members about their swimming experiences. We may feature your story on the Web, in STREAMLINES, or in SWIMMER magazine. Write to us at


Here's to having some Spring in your stroke. And if you're planning on swimming in any championship meets, we hope you're enjoying your taper.


Are you a triathlete? We've created a new triathlon page at for you. Read on for more great content for all types of swimmers. 


Swimming for Life!
Your Friends at U.S. Masters Swimming
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The Myth of Aging Up
by Bill Walsh

ageing up

I'm approaching 7000 miles swum while registered with USMS. I'll soon enter my 100th organized competition during that period. I (barely) qualified for an event at the 2006 FINA Masters World Championships, and managed an official swim during the competition.


But I've never met a time standard for the USMS National Championships; I've never broken a single one of my National Qualifying Times (NQTs). Not in more than 20 years of training and competition. Not once. Read more... 

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Sucking Wind (In a Good Way) 
by Coach Emmett Hines

Finis Snorkel

For many swimmers, the part of their swimming technique most flawed is everything done while trying to snag that next gulp of air and then recovering from the experience over the next stroke, or two, or three. Yet, because this is repeated thousands of times each workout, the struggle for air and the attendant loss of performance-head-lift, hip-drop, neck craning, pushing down on the water instead of making a proper catch, etc.-eventually begin to seem normal to the neuromuscular system and soon become habit. Read more...
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Olympic Triathlete Jarrod Shoemaker and USMS

Nearly 20 percent of USMS members identify themselves as triathletes or as having an interest in triathlon. Many have joined USMS seeking assistance from Masters coaches and teams in an effort to improve their swimming technique and endurance. But don't take our word for it; here's how Olympic triathlete and USMS member Jarrod Shoemaker of Minuteman Masters feels about U.S. Masters Swimming.
Olympic Triathlete Jarrod Shoemaker and U.S. Masters Swimming
Olympic Triathlete Jarrod Shoemaker and U.S. Masters Swimming

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2012 Marriott USMS Summer Nationals

2012 Summer Nationals Online entry is 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 is a Myrtha pool with 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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Vote for SWIMMER Magazine in Cover Contest

ASME SWIMMER magazine is honored to be part of the 2012 American Society of Magazine Editors "Best Cover Contest." Voting started Sunday, April 1. We have two covers entered in the fitness and health division. Please vote for the one you like the best at! The winners will be announced at the ASME Annual Meeting on May 2.
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Swimming Saves Lives Foundation Grants

SSL The Swimming Saves Lives Foundation is the charitable arm of USMS. Grant opportunities are available for programs that will encourage more adults to swim. To learn more and apply for a grant, visit
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Meet Triathlon Training Online Coach, Sara McLarty

Sara Mclarty 100X100 Sara McLarty is an elite-level athlete in swimming, open water and multisport and has medaled at the world championships in all three sports. She attributes her success to working with knowledgeable and creative coaches at Daytona Beach Swimming and the University of Florida. A true professional, Sara understands the rigors of multisport training and the special needs of athletes training in all three disciplines. Her USMS online workouts will showcase her philosophy of providing creative and challenging activities for triathletes and swimmers of all ability levels. Go to workouts...
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Swimsuit Silhouettes
by the Professionals at Nike Swim

Swim suitsOne of the most visible changes in the history of swimming is the swimsuit itself. From the first Olympic Games held in Athens, Greece, 1896, where only male swimmers participated (in a body suit that resembled a short-sleeved shirt and shorts in one), to the upcoming 2012 games this year in London, England, where swimmers will be suited in the latest, advanced textile suits. Read more...
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2011 Long Distance Championships Results

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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Important Breaststroke Rule Update

2012 Rule Book The USMS Rules Committee asks that you read the following urgent notice of a change in the interpretation of Article 101.2.3 (Breaststroke).  This notice can be found on the Rule Book page on, under the "Articles and Publications" tab, or at the following direct link.

Questions should be directed to Kathy Casey, Chair USMS Rules Committee.
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Really Cool Website of the Month

Did you know that Pacific Masters is organized with over 100 clubs in Northern California and Nevada, with membership numbers over 10,000! Keeping them all informed is the website of the month

                  Pacific Masters
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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As Seen on the USMS Facebook Page

Facebook 100"Does your coach give some inspirational, funny or motivating sayings during practice? What are they?" 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!
Missouri Valley Masters Swimming

The very spirited team MOVY Masters come together for a photo during the annual KC Blazers All-Relay Meet, which has a great history (and great tie-dye shirts!)
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About U.S. Masters Swimming

U.S. Masters Swimming, founded in 1970, is a membership-operated national governing body that promotes health, wellness, fitness and competition for adults through swimming. It does so by partnering with more than 1,500 adult swim programs across the country; promoting information via the bimonthly member magazine, SWIMMER, monthly e-newsletters, STREAMLINES, and website,; and by sanctioning and promoting pool, open water and virtual events and competitions. More than 55,000 adults are registered members of U.S. Masters Swimming.

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