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April 2013
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2013 Spring Nationals
Hand Paddle Drill
2013 Pan Ams
Jon Ebel
Paddle Shape and Design
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2013 USMS Spring Nationals - Deadline Approaching

2013 Spring Nationals Registration for the 2013 USMS Spring National Championship is about to close. Spring Nationals will be held in Indianapolis, Ind. May 9-12. All entries must be received by April 4 at 11:59 p.m. Don't miss out on this opportunity to swim in one of the fastest pools in the world. Enter here 

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Hand Paddle Drill 

by Coach Kenny Brisbin

Kenny Brisbin Paddles come in many shapes and sizes. Some paddles come with silicone or rubber straps that hold your fingers and your wrist to the paddle. We ask all of our swimmers on our Grunion team to remove the wrist strap before using their paddles. Why? Because if you have poor stroke technique like low or dropped elbows, the wrist strap allows you to perpetuate that form. Read more...
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2013 Pan American Masters Championships

Pan Am Logo The entry deadline is on April 30, so don't wait to enter. This will be the first time the U.S. 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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Coming Home
by John Ebel


JohnEbelWhen I was 12 years old, I was a promising swimmer. My dad and I regularly swam the width of Lake George, in New York. The lake was 3.3 miles at its widest point. We worked our way up to doing it five times-a bit more than 16 miles-freestyle all the way, no rest, and we emerged from the water not winded at all. We wanted to be the first to swim its length... Read more...
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Paddle Shape and Design
by the Professionals at FINIS, Inc.
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Masters swimmers have many more types of paddles available to them today as compared to our age grouper days. Styles, shapes, and sizes vary dramatically depending on the brand and purpose. Although some swimmers are traditionalists when it comes to their training equipment, new, innovative paddle designs have a place in swim training. Read more... 
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2013 Long Distance Championships

Make sure you register for all the great 2013 Open Water Championships.
  • Long Distance Logo 3-6 Mile Open Water: Miromar Lakes, Fla., (5K), April 27 Online entry 
  • 6-9 Mile Open Water:
    Lake Mead, Las Vegas, Nev., (10K), May 18 Online entry 
  • 1 Mile Open Water:
    Lake Del Valle, Livermore, Calif., June 9 Contact: Bill McCracken 
  • 1-3 Mile Open Water:
    Pacific Ocean, Dana Point, Calif., (2.4 miles), August 4
    Mark Moore 
  • 2 Mile Cable Swim:
    Mirror Lake, Lake Placid, N.Y., August 17 Contact: David Dammerman
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High Performance Camp

Coaching on DeckThis outstanding camp is offered to Masters swimmers through the combined efforts of U.S. Masters Swimming, the Triangle Sports Commission, and the Greensboro Aquatic Center. The camp is limited to a small number of dedicated Masters swimmers who are committed to advancing their skills and performance. You'll be taught and analyzed by outstanding USMS coaches and professionals in the fields of sports psychology, physiology, biomechanics, nutrition, technique, and resistance and flexibility training. Read more... 
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Really Cool Website of the Month

The Long Beach Grunions of Long Beach, Calif. think like humans but swim like Grunions, and they have a really cool website. Check it out.

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Indy Aquatic Masters

Indy Aquatic Masters is the host of the 2013 Spring Nationals. They are pulling together hundreds of volunteers and swimmers for the event. Their spirit was evident during their Indiana Masters State meet in March.


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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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