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2012 Marriott USMS Summer Nationals
Preventing Shoulder Injury
2012 FINA Masters Worlds
Butterfly Success
Myrtha Pools Q&A
Meet Robert Delgado
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Have a love-hate relationship with butterfly? Turn your fly failure to "Butterfly Success" with Coach Cokie Lepinski.

Want to prevent shoulder injuries? Dr. Jim Miller introduces a great new video from FINA that will help you help your shoulders.

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2012 Marriott USMS Summer Nationals

For the first time in USMS history, our Summer Nationals were held in the same Myrtha pool as the U.S. Swimming Trials. It was an incredible experience for everyone involved.

Club Scores  
Combined Team Scores - Local Clubs
1st: Nebraska Masters - 1,680 points
2nd: MOVY Masters - 1,202 points
3rd: Sarasota YMCA Sharks - 1,103 points 

Combined Team Scores - Regional Clubs
1st: Colorado Masters Swimming - 1,440.50 points
2nd: Pacific Northwest Masters - 1,114 points
3rd: Illinois Masters - 948.50 points 

USMS Summer Nationals  

Records Broken

Nationals Start There were 40 USMS National records broken at this meet including 37 individual and 3 relay. Twenty-four of those records were Masters world records. A complete list of records can be found online. Congratulations to: Luana Rowe, Rick Colella, George Wendt, Tom Landis, Kevin Doak, Brian Jacobson, Joy Ward, Betty Lorenzi, Jeff Commings, Steve West, David Gutherie, Tim Shead, Britta O'Leary, Gary Marshall, Bob Strand, Ellen Reynolds, Leslie Livingston, Laura Val, Hugh Wilder, Lisa Dahl, Barbara Frid, Norika Inada, Nicholas Decker, Pacific Northwest and Phoenix Swim Club relays!  


Meet Highlight Videos 

Misty and Rowdy The daily video recaps of all the action at Summer Nationals is now available at Olympic Gold medalists Misty Hyman and Rowdy Gaines and USMS Executive Director Rob Butcher gathered interviews from the deck and recapped the days activities throughout the four-day meet.  


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Preventing Shoulder Injury
by Dr. Jim Miller

FINA LogoThe body of international sports medicine literature confirms that injuries to the shoulder are the most common injury for athletes in all aquatic disciplines. These translate into critical time lost from training and competition, a widely acknowledged factor in our sports. The FINA Sports Medicine Committee (SMC) strongly endorses prevention as the key to this issue and proposes educational initiatives to assist athletes and their support staff to avoid shoulder injuries. The video illustrates exercises to strengthen the areas that stabilize the shoulder joint. These are the core muscles, the rotator cuff and the shoulder muscles. All are well illustrated in the video. The FINA Sports Medicine Committee hopes that this can be of use to athletes in the aquatic sports around the world.
Prevention of Shoulder Injuries in Aquatics Sports
Prevention of Shoulder Injuries in Aquatics Sports

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2012 FINA Masters World Championships

FINA 2012 The 14th FINA Masters World Championships were held in Riccione, Italy June 3-17. Happening once every two years, swimmers, divers and water polo players aged 25 to more than a 100 years old from all corners of the world come together to compete and enjoy aquatic competition. Below is a brief recap video from the host country. The the 15th FINA Masters World Championships will happen July 27-August 10, 2014 in Montreal.
Riccionei Master FINA World Masters Championhips 2012

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Butterfly Success
by Coach Cokie Lepinski, Swymnut Masters

Cokie Lepinski Butterfly is often seen as one of the more difficult strokes to master. Yet, done properly, it is rhythmical and beautiful and the good flyers make it look effortless. They've learned how to minimize resistance and finesse the water instead of trying to power through it. Rhythm is key, not power. Read more... 

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Myrtha Pools: Pool Partner to the World

by Rob Butcher, USMS Executive Director

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The Marriott USMS Summer Nationals, following the Olympic Trials, was the 2nd largest long-course Masters meet in our history. It wouldn't have been possible without the support of Myrtha Pools. Myrtha is the Official Pool partner of FINA, USA Swimming and USMS. Myrtha installed the two pools in the CenturyLink Center and helped make this most memorable opportunity available. USMS caught up with Myrtha USA CEO Kevin McGrath for this interview. Read more... 

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Meet Swimming Champ Robert Delgado

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by the Professionals at Elations  



Robert Delgado has been an avid swimmer since he was 5 years old. Growing up in Southern California, Robert and his siblings were encouraged by their mother to take swimming lessons, because of his grandfather's tragic drowning. Robert was a natural in the water and began competing at a very early age. He went on to be a high school All-American and captained the Arizona State University men's swim team. His ultimate achievement was competing in the 1996 and 2000 Olympic games- ranked in the top 20 in the world in the butterfly. Read more...

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This weeks Really Cool Website is from the Worcester Area Masters, also check out and 'like' their Facebook page.
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