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Pan-Ams Registration
2013 Summer Nationals
Top 12 World Masters
Paddle vs Propeller
Open Water Award
Drylands Survey
Make Sure Your Times Count
What to do with medals?
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LAST CHANCE To Enter Pan-Ams!

Online registration for the 2013 Pan-American Masters Championship to be held June 5 through 12 in Sarasota, Fla., closes in less than 24 hours. There's still time to register, but you'll have to act fast if you don't want to miss an amazing week of racing in a fast, outdoor, long-course pool in sunny Sarasota. Don't delay! More info at
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2013 Summer Nats Registration is OPEN!

Online registration for the 2013 Marriott Summer National Championship to be held August 7 through 11 at the Marguerite Aquatic Center in Mission Viejo, Calif., is now open! U.S. Masters Swimming is excited to return to Mission Viejo (summer Nats were held in this same pool in 2005) and we hope you'll join us. In addition to a top-tier meet expereince, Mission Viejo and Orange County have lots of other attractions to offer, so you can make this trip a family affair. More information and registration available at
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Top 12 World Masters Swimmers Announced
by Elaine K. Howley

In its April issue, Swimming World announced the 2012 Top 12 World Masters Swimmers of the Year. Now in its ninth year, the ranking aims to honor the top athletes in our sport from around the world. Five U.S. Masters Swimming members were recognized for their skills and impressive list of world records. Who are these storied swimmers? Rick Colella, Laura Val, Bob Strand, Karlyn Pipes, and Jim McConica all made the cut. Read more...

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Paddle vs Propeller
by Coach Stu Kahn, Davis Aquatic Masters

New Video on our YouTube Channel with Stu Kahn from Davis Aquatic Masters describing the differences between the propeller freestyle stoke and the paddle freestyle stroke, as featured in the May/June issue of SWIMMER Magazine. 

SWIMMER Magazine: Paddle vs Propeller
SWIMMER Magazine: Paddle vs Propeller
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New Open Water Swimming Award Launches
USMS Award

The Open Water Committee is pleased to announce the creation of a new annual USMS award. The U.S. Masters Swimming Open Water Service Award will honor an individual who has made significant contributions to promoting and building excellence in USMS open water swimming in one or more of the following ways:

  • Embodies the USMS mission, vision, goals, and objectives through open water swimming
  • Contributes notably in several roles (i.e., USMS national committee, LMSC open water/long distance chair, event and/or safety director, official, coach, clinician, and/or volunteer)
  • Contributes notably at different levels of USMS (i.e. national, zone, LMSC, and/or local)
  • Demonstrates extraordinary measurable achievement and impact.

Any USMS Zone, LMSC, club, or individual member may submit nominations electronically, by forwarding a completed Nomination Form no later than July 1 to the OW Committee Chair  Lynn Hazlewood.


Don't forget to visit the Awards page at for other July 1 awards deadlines.

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Drylands Survey
USMS Sports Medicine and Science Committee

Survey USMS wants to know what you're doing when you're not in the pool. Please take this brief survey to tell us about your dryland training and other nonswimming activities. The results will help us learn more about designing effective dryland training programs for Masters swimmers.

Upon completion of the survey, you'll be automatically entered into a random drawing to win a number of swimming-related prizes from our sponsors.

Please circulate this survey link among your teammates and encourage their participation!
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Make Sure Your Times Count!
by Kathy Casey

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If you compete at dual-sanctioned meets (meets with sanctions from both USMS and USA Swimming) or USA Swimming meets which are automatically recognized by USMS:


When entering a dual-sanctioned meet or a USA Swimming meet, if the USA-S meet information states that the pool "has not been certified in accordance with 104.2.2C(4)," that is the USA Swimming pool measurement rule and means that the pool is not certified for length. If the pool length certification is not on file with USMS either, then all lanes must be measured in order for times to count for USMS purposes (USMS 105.1.6 and 105.1.7A&B). The link to the list of pools certified by USMS can be found in the "Top 10/Records and Tabulation" section of the Guide to Operations. If the USA-S meet is not dual sanctioned, it is the swimmer's responsibility to ensure that the pool is measured (read "How to get your times to count for records and Top 10 Tabulation" in the same section of the Guide to Operations for details).


Except for the USA Swimming rule reference, you can access all rule information from the 2013 USMS Rule Book, which can be viewed or downloaded from the USMS website rules page


Send your rules questions to Kathy Casey, Chair of the USMS Rules Committee.

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What to do with all those medals?
by Coach Bob Jennings, Villages Aquatics

All Star After years of competition, many swimmers have a large collection of medals sitting in a drawer collecting dust. At the Villages Aquatic Swim Team, we collect all the medals that individuals may not want anymore and donate them to a local rehabilitation center. The physical therapists then give the medals to patients as they reach milestones in their recovery. For example, an individual learning to walk again after a stroke or knee replacement surgery is recognized for accomplishing goals with one of our medals. This was started when one of our members watched how difficult it was for her husband to recover from knee replacement surgery. This gives our swimmers an extra incentive for doing well in a meet where medals are given out.
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Really Cool Website of the Month

Oklahoma Masters may be small in numbers, but their website has become the best way to communicate. It's more than just ok, it's really cool.

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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We've Got Spirit!
Terre Haute Torpedoes 

The Terre Haute Torpedoes Masters swimmers recently received their "50 Miles" caps from the U.S. Masters Swimming "Go the Distance" challenge. As of April 17, this group had already swum a total of 796.05 miles and is racking up more every day. Congratulations!
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Facebook 100"Masters Swim Meets Celebrate Community," we couldn't agree more... why do you compete? See what they wrote.

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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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