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July 2012
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Happy Fourth of July from Omaha, Neb., where the USA Swimming Olympic Trials just concluded and the 2012 Marriott USMS Summer Nationals is about to start.

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2012 Marriott USMS Summer Nationals


Misty and RowdyBe sure to follow Summer Nationals via our live streaming video and check back on for daily video updates. We'll also keep you updated on YouTube, Facebook and on Twitter! 

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USMS Members Represent at Trials

Trials Pool ScoreboardSeveral dozen U.S. Masters Swimming members swam in the Olympic Trials in Omaha, Neb. June 25-July 2. Top athletes, coaches and swimming experts consider the USA Swimming Trials, the fastest swim meet in the world, to be the most stressful meet in a swimmer's career-much more so than the Olympics themselves.

USMS is proud to count some of the top swimmers in the world amongst its members. The majority of our members will never experience what Cullen Jones, Anthony Ervin, Madison Kennedy, and other elites experience at Olympic Trials as they vie for spots on Team USA, but we mere mortals love to watch them and it's always exciting when they drop in on the occasional Masters swim meet.


Truly impressive is the number of USMS members at Trials who are more like regular Masters swimmers, (albeit with a lot more experience and speed than most of us). These are athletes who train with Masters clubs and swim regularly in Masters meets. Sure they have extensive swimming resumes-most were top-level college swimmers or members of USA Swimming's national team-but in many cases they are competing against swimmers half their age. Read more... 

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Fix Your Kick
by Coach Scott Bay, Blu Frog Team

KickingOne of the biggest problems many swimmers have is an asymmetrical kick. It shows up in butterfly, backstroke and freestyle on the starts and streamlines, as well as in both freestyle and backstroke flutter kicks. Many swimmers put a great deal of pressure on the water with the tops of their feet when kicking but nothing with the bottoms (the upstroke in butterfly and freestyle and the downstroke in backstroke are areas of untapped propulsive force). There are several drills to work on this problem. Read more... 

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No Stroke Left Behind

by the Professionals at FINIS


In a Masters workout, sometimes being a breaststroker feels like being the odd swimmer out; you feel so different from the crowd. Even if you live on the same axle rotation as your cousin, the butterflyer, your kick requires bent legs, using a pull buoy while doing breaststroke just seems awkward, and let's face it, a lot of people think you are just out for a stroll when you swim.  Read more...
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Really Cool Website of the Month

This weeks Really Cool Website is Michigan Masters a very busy and active organization.

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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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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