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July 2013
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Gold Medal Delivery
2013 Summer Nationals
New to Butterfly?
Becoming A Real Swimmer
Pan-Ams Wrap-Up
Yoga for Swimmers
Summer Nats Video Stream
Have You Moved?
Really Cool Website
We've Got Spirit!
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Gold Medal Delivery Video

By now you've heard that Olympians Jason Lezak and Emily Silver made a special appearance at Spring Nationals, but have you seen the video? 
Jason Lezak Swims Surprise Anchor Leg at USMS Nationals & Makes SwimOutlet Gold Medal Delivery
Jason Lezak Swims Surprise Anchor Leg at USMS Nationals & Makes SwimOutlet Gold Medal Delivery
In addition to a great video, is running a catchphrase/ meme contest that will be judged by Lezak himself. Winning prize package includes a 2-year USMS membership, a $100 SwimOutlet gift card, a custom swim bag, and more! Visit the contest page to see what all the fuss is about.
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2013 Summer Nats Registration Closes July 3!

On your mark ... Online registration for the 2013 Marriott USMS Summer National Championship to be held August 7 through 11 at the Marguerite Aquatic Center in Mission Viejo, Calif., is clsoing July 3! We're excited to return to Mission Viejo and we hope you'll join us. In addition to a top-tier meet experience, the community has attractions for the whole family.
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New to Butterfly? Focus on the Second Kick
by Heather Howland, Naperville Waves

Butterfly is all about rhythm and good technique. Many swimmers struggle with developing and timing a strong second kick, but like iPhone apps, there's a drill for that! One drill I like to use to help swimmers establish a strong second kick is to start by simply floating on your stomach elbows bent at 90 degrees.  Read more...

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Becoming A Real Swimmer
by Jen Baron, Fort Worth Area Masters

In 2009 my boys were swimming with Fort Worth Area Swim Team and I was logging a lot of bleacher time, as any swim parent does. I watched the Masters group with fear and envy thinking that it was something I could never do. I was a slow-swimming triathlete and had never had a lesson in my life. I could only swim "some version of freestyle ... "  Read more...


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Pan-Ams--It's A Wrap!


Tropical Storm Andrea couldn't keep more than 1,700 athletes hailing from 24 countries around the world from descending on Sarasota's Selby Aquatic Center from June 1-13 for the 2013 Pan-American Masters Championship. Searchable pool results are available online, along with results from the 1K and 3K open water races. All new USMS and World records are also posted online

2013 Pan American Masters Championship
2013 Pan American Masters Championship
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Yoga for Swimmers
by Emily Silver for


Swimmers know: It's important to be in the water at least once a day to keep your feel for the water and your stroke. Outside of the water, it's equally important to get in some dynamic dryland workouts for strength and flexibility. Read more...

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Not Going to Summer Nats? Watch it Online


Check out all the action at the 2013 Marriott USMS Summer Nationals in Mission Viejo without ever leaving your home. Watch the event online August 7-11 on the USMS website's dedicated video streaming page and get the insider perspective on all that's happening on deck and in the pool.You never know--you just might catch a world record-setting swim from your easy chair!

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Have You Moved?

Spring and summer are common times for people to move house, and with all that's going on during a move, it's easy to forget some of the organizations that need your new address. But please don't forget us! USMS needs your updated contact information to ensure timely delivery of SWIMMER magazine and other communications. Be sure to update your address by logging into your MyUSMS page and clicking the Update your registration information link. It's simple and quick!

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Really Cool Website of the Month
The 25-year-old Chicago Smelts are still super cool at a quarter century. They've had a great short course season this year, too, breaking 14 Illinois Masters records. What's more, two of their members were honored recently with awards: Christopher Barrett Politan won the Illinois Masters Swimming Coach of the Year and Barb Delanois won the John Sloan Volunteer of the Year. Nice job, Smelts. You're pretty cool, and so is your fun and informative website!

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We've Got Spirit!
Masters of South Texas (MOST)

Graham Johnston, Linda Calloway, and Alonso Blanco brought some Texas-sized attitude with them to Pan-Ams last month. The trio competed in the open water event and proudly displayed their colors on Siesta Key Beach. We certainly don't want to mess with this fierce and spirited crew, but we sure would like to swim with them!



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Seen on our USMS Facebook Page

Facebook 100Just a week after competing at SCY Nationals in Indiana, versatile USMS member David Guthrie lowered the 100 LCM breaststroke world record at a meet in Houston. Swimming World has the video. See what they wrote.

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