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March 2013
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OW Guidelines
Coach on Deck
2013 Spring Nationals
2013 Pan Ams
Warm up?
Dome caps
2012 LD Champs
Award Nominations
Cancer Research
2013 Officer Elections
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This issue is packed with good stuff, but two very important announcements about USMS insurance get top billing. Please read them and pass the info along to your teammates. After that, check out two great championship events: Spring Nationals in Indy and the Pan American National Championships in Sarasota.

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Newly adopted open water guidelines

Open Water Increased insurance premiums for 2013 are primarily related to and will impact open water events. The insurance premium includes a charge of $1,800 per sanctioned open water event. In addition, the new insurance policy contains certain conditions on the conduct of open water events. 

Please review the recently adopted Open Water Sanction Guidelines and the new article on explaining these changes to the membership, "Open Water Events and USMS Sanctions." Both these documents contain links for any questions you may have about the new guidelines and safety regulations.
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USMS member or coach MUST be on deck 

USMS Logo 100X100 A new workout insurance requirement has been put into effect by our insurance carrier. Effective immediately, for a workout to be covered by USMS insurance, the person supervising the workout must be a USMS member. In the past, a USA Swimming certified coach was allowed to supervise the workouts, even if the USA Swimming certified coach was not a USMS member. This is no longer true; now if the person supervising the workout is a USA Swimming certified coach, he or she must also be a USMS member.
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2013 USMS Spring Nationals

2013 Spring Nationals Registration for the 2013 USMS Spring National Championship is now open. Spring Nationals will be held in Indianapolis, Ind. May 9-12. All entries must be received by April 4 at 11:59 p.m. Note that the entry surcharge increases by $10 for any entries postmarked later than March 7 or received later than March 14.  


The "Month of May" festivities surrounding the 97th running of the Indianapolis 500 will be in full swing during Spring Nationals.  

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2013 Pan American Masters Championships

Pan Am Logo Entry surcharge increases on March 30, and again on April 30, so don't wait to enter. This will be the first time the US has hosted the biennial event. To be held in Sarasota, Fla., Pan Ams will include synchronized swimming, Masters swimming, and open water swimming. To be held June 1-13, 2013, the event is expected to attract up to 2,000 swimmers from around the Western Hemisphere. Event registration is live online at Plan to attend this unique event.

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Warm Up? Or Not?
by Coach Lisa Wolf

Lisa Wolf No two swim workouts are exactly the same, but any workout should include a warm-up period at the start of practice. As a younger swimmer, you could jump in, race a buddy down the pool, and be ready to go in a few short minutes. As we age, it takes longer and longer for our bodies to acclimate to the pool, ease kinks and aches, and mentally prepare for a workout. Read more... 

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Use Your Head
by the Professionals at The Swim Team Store
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The age-old adage "Use your head" has probably been drilled into us by our coaches throughout our swimming careers. Following the black line on the bottom of the pool for years at a time probably calls into question what's between our ears in the first place, but we're swimmers, and we live for finding ways to get from one end of the pool to the other as quickly as we can. Here's one of the most efficient ways you can do that, and really use your head in the process: a dome cap. Read more... 

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2012 Long Distance Championships

Long Distance Logo Hundreds of USMS members participated in the 2012 Long Distance Championships. This includes open water and postal pool events. Results from these events are now online, including the 2012 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 2013 Long Distance Championships.
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Award Nominations

All Star USMS 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/USMS Coach of the Year Award
  • Dorothy Donnelly Service Award
  • Kerry O'Brien Coaching Award
  • June Krauser Communications Award
  • And more...
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Donate Yourself for Cancer Research
Long-term study participants needed

Join with the American Cancer Society by participating in a lifelong cancer study. The ACS has been conducting long-term research since the 1950s and new study participants are needed. Participants must be between 30 and 65 years old, and have no history of cancer. Find out more at the American Cancer Society Cancer Prevention Study.
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2013 USMS Officer Elections

USMS Logo 100X100 United States Masters Swimming will hold elections for all officers (president, vice president of administration, vice president of community services, vice president of local operations, vice president of programs, secretary, and treasurer) at its Annual Meeting of the House of Delegates, Sept. 10-14, during the United States Aquatic Sports Convention in Anaheim, CA. All officer positions are up for election.  The nomination deadline is April 30, 2013, so there is plenty of time to submit your nomination. Nomination packets may be obtained from the Election page of the USMS web site or by contacting Election Chair Cheryl Gettelfinger.
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Really Cool Website of the Month

The Reston Masters Swim Team in Reston, Virginia informs their membership through their really cool website. Check it out.
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To be considered for RCWOM, be sure your club's website includes the current USMS logo and Join/Renew membership button. Submit your club name and web address to

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Facebook 100"Presidents Day swimming trivia: Do you know which U.S. President swam for Harvard?" See who guessed right!

Become a Fan! We are 23,000+ 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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Memorial Athletic Club Masters, Houston, Texas

2013 MACAC New Year's Challenge
Masters swimmers at Memorial Athletic Club and Aquatic Center in Houston, Texas met "The Challenge" for the New Year. Nineteen MACAC swimmers showed up at the pool on Saturday, January 12 at 6:45 a.m. They had three hours to complete 100 swims on a 1:45 interval. There were three groups, swimming either 100s, 75s, or 50s. Eleven swimmers completed 100 swims. Six more completed more than 50 swims. Breakfast after!

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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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