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Video: USMS What's Next?
Backstroke Timing Drill
Find your bodyline
2013 Club Registration
2013 USMS Member Registration
SSL Foundation awards
2012 USAS Convention
USMS Nationals
FINA Aquatics World Magazine
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We hope you're enjoying the fall season wherever you are. Registration is right around the corner, and USMS partners will be offering some great discounts during member registration.

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U.S. Masters Swimming,"What's Next?"

In 1968 Dr. Ransom Arthur published "Swimming and Cardiovascular fitness in the older age group." Dr. Arthur was obsessed with the belief that adults should swim for fun, fitness and fellowship. Decades later nearly 60,000 USMS members follow his dream.
What's next for U.S. Masters Swimming
What's next for U.S. Masters Swimming

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Backstroke Timing Drill
by Cokie Lepinski

Here's a drill that has multiple benefits for backstrokers. It will help with timing of your arm strokes, getting you to rotate from your core, and keeping your kick steady. And the good news is that this is an easy drill to learn and master. You can do this with fins or without. If you already have a good kick, go without fins. If your kick needs work, don your fins, but you'll ultimately benefit much more without fins. Read more...
Backstroke Timing Drill - U.S. Masters Swimming
Backstroke Timing Drill - U.S. Masters Swimming
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Find Your Bodyline 

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by the Professionals at Finis, Inc. 



The alignment of a swimmer's body can influence performance in the water in a number of ways. Truly, it could be the single most important aspect of our sport. Whether you're just learning or are competing in your fourth Olympic games, body alignment is a constant topic of discussion. Read more... 

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2013 club registration is underway 


Every club contact will receive an emailed renewal link the first week of October that will allow the club to renew its membership online with a credit card. Online registration is strongly encouraged.

It is important to have your club registered before November 1. On that date, individual members can begin registering or renewing with USMS for the 2013 membership year. If your club is not registered it will not appear in the pull-down lists and your members will not be able to register with you.

If your club cannot renew online, please contact your local registrar. You can find your registrar here.   

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2013 USMS member registration starts November 1

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. 40% off of ACTIVE Advantage annual membership*
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Swimming Saves Lives Foundation awards 2012 grants


The Swimming Saves Lives Foundation, the official foundation of U.S. Masters Swimming, has awarded 10 grants, totaling $22,398, for 2012. Friends of the Pool was awarded a grant to...  Read more... 

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2012 U.S. Aquatic Sports Convention

USAS Logo U.S. Masters Swimming has concluded its annual meeting during the United States Aquatic Sports Convention. In addition to committee meetings and rules and legislation reviews, USMS held officer elections and honored many of its deserving volunteers with service awards. Read more...  

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USMS Nationals locations announced
USMS Logo 100X100 Mark your calendars and plan to attend these great pool championship events!

2014 and 2015 Nationals were awarded at the USMS annual meeting:
  • 2014 Spring Nationals are tentatively slated for May 1-4 in Santa Clara, Calif.
  • 2014 Summer Nationals are tentatively slated for August 14-17 at the University of Maryland, College Park.  
  • 2015 Spring Nationals: San Antonio, Texas.
  • 2015 Summer Nationals: SPIRE Institute, Geneva, Ohio   
And don't forget 2013 Spring Nationals: May 9-12 in Indianapolis, Ind. and the 2013 Summer Nationals: August 7-11 in Mission Viejo, Calif.
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FINA Aquatics World Magazine 


FINA LogoUSMS is a distinguished member of United States Aquatic Sports and recognized as the official governing body for Masters swimming in the USA. As a benefit of this relationship, FINA is providing a complimentary online edition of FINA Aquatics World Magazine. Click here to view the issue.
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Become a Fan! We are 20,000+ 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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Really Cool Website of the Month

This weeks Really Cool Website comes to us from San Andreas, Calif. and the Motherlode Masters!

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To be considered for RCWOM, please make sure that your club's website includes the current USMS logo and Join/Renew membership button. You may submit your club 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.

U.S. Masters Swimming encourages all USMS members to subscribe to STREAMLINES, however if you would rather not receive this update, please do not click the unsubscribe button, as that will remove you from all other USMS National Office mailings. Rather, please click on the "Update Profile/Email Address" link at the bottom of this email. Here you can select to discontinue your STREAMLINES service or sign up for the monthly coaches' newsletter, STREAMLINES for Coaches, and/or STREAMLINES for Volunteers, a bimonthly publication.
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