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October 2013
In This Issue
Emergency Rule Changes
Meet Warm-ups
The Cone Drill
Honors Bestowed at Convention
Swimming for Science
Club Registration
Early Registration Discounts
USMS/Chammyz Offer
We've Got Spirit!
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Between now and November 15, swim a 3000 and/or 6000 for time in any eligible 25-yard or 25-meter pool. Have a friend take your splits and then submit your results to see how you stack up to other swimmers across the country. It's a fun and simple way to get a taste of national competition right in your own pool. 
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October, when the leaves start to fall off (or the wheels, if you have a busy household). We've packed this issue with good stuff to distract you. 


Swimming for Life!
Your Friends at U.S. Masters Swimming
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Masters Swimming is a Journey
We're proud of our new video, which features a voiceover by Olympian and all around awesome guy Rowdy Gaines. Share this link with your nonswimming friends and family and they might just start to understand why you keep going to the pool everyday.
Masters Swimming is a Journey
Masters Swimming is a Journey

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Emergency Rule Changes
Kathy Casey, Rules Chair

There were several Rule Book changes that took effect September 25. Changes include new  interpretations in breaststroke, butterfly, and backstroke, as well as changes in the swimwear section, and an explanation of the status of unattached swimmers within USMS. See the first item under the heading "Important Updates" on the Rule Book page.
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Meet Warm-ups: The Dry Side
by Chris Ritter

Muscle Swim Warming up for your event on deck is advantageous when the pool is crowded. I'll always take a quality movement or strength session on land over a sloppy and frustrating swim in a crowded warm-up pool. Read more...
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The Cone Drill
by Coach David Marsh

nullTo put it simply, if you want to swim faster, you need to reduce the drag you're creating in the water. There's an endless number of technical drills one can practice to improve body position, timing, and technique to reduce drag. Read more...


Coach Marsh will be head coach of the USA Swimming Foundation Fantasy Camp, a USMS-sanctioned clinic scheduled for November at the U.S. Olympic Training Center in Colorado Springs. Deadline to register is October 7. 

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#AskAmandaBeard Twitter Q&A

Amanda Beard U.S. Masters Swimming and partner Aqua Sphere are presenting a Twitter Q & A with five-time Olympian and USMS member, Amanda Beard. We'll select a few of our favorite questions and send free Aqua Sphere gear to the askers. 

  1. Log in to your Twitter account on Oct 15 from 1 p.m. EST to 3 p.m. EST
  2. Search for the #AskAmandaBeard hashtag
  3. Click on the #AskAmandaBeard hashtag to go to the live chat page
  4. Include #AskAmandaBeard in your tweets to join the conversation
  5. Include @MastersSwimming and/or @AquaSphereswim to increase your chances of getting your question answered and winning a prize!
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Convention Update

USMS AwardCongratulations to Whitney Hedgepeth, of Longhorn Aquatics, the Speedo/USMS Coach of the Year, and to Blue Wave Aquatics, the USMS Club of the Year. Be sure to read the press release for the scoop on all the other USMS awards and honorees, as well as elections results, from this year's annual meeting.

  • 2014 Spring Nationals, May 1-4, Santa Clara, Calif.
  • 2014 Summer Nationals, Aug. 13-17, University of Maryland, College Park.
  • 2015 Spring Nationals San Antonio, Texas
  • 2015 Summer Nationals, SPIRE Institute in Geneva, Ohio.
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Swimming for Science

Breast Caner SurvivorWhat motivates Masters swimmers to spend hours training in the pool or lake? A group from the University of Ottawa is performing a study (Analyses of Influences on the Sport Commitment and Participation of Master Athletes) to help define what motivates us as a distinct group. Want to help them out? Then take their survey. As a way of saying thank you for your time, you'll be entered into a drawing to win one of six $50 prizes.


Congratulations to Allan Kopel of Haverhill, Mass., who won a snorkel, paddles, and goggles in the random drawing of the participants in the Sports Medicine and Science Committee drylands habits survey. The data collected will help the SMS Committee design effective dryland training programs for Masters swimmers. The Committee is grateful to the more than 1,200 survey respondents!

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Club Registration

silver-keyboard.jpgAll club contacts will be receiving an email in the next week or two with an online renewal link. It's important to have your club registered before November 1 because on that date, individual members can begin registering or renewing with USMS for the 2014 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.

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Early Registration Discounts 

five dollar billUSMS is again offering sponsor discounts for those members who register between November 1 and December 31. Members registering during this period will receive coupon codes via email from many of our sponsors. All the details will be in the November issue of STREAMLINES

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USMS/Chammyz Special Offer

ChammyzGet your USMS embroidered Chammyz at up to 30% off the retail price with our exclusive USMS offer. Chammyz are available in 10 different colors and five different sizes so you can find comfort in whatever style that fits you. 

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Really Cool Website of the Month
Straightforward, clean, and offering links to everything a Masters swimmer might want to click, the Nebraska Masters Swimming website is user-friendly. From the home page, you can navigate to the online version of SWIMMER magazine, the club's calendar of events, and the swimmer spotlight page where individual swimmers get recognized. Praising team members is really cool, and so is the Nebraska Masters website!
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!
USMS High Performance Camp

Participants in the 2013 USMS High Performance Camp show off their STREAMLINES. Looking good, people!

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Seen on our USMS Facebook Page
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More than 180 people responded recently to a question we posed on Facebook: "What's your favorite aquatic animal?" Amid the anticipated dolphins, otters, and sea turtles, a few funny responses surfaced. How about "the mighty tube worm," as Dave Barra noted? Or mermaids, suggested by Jennifer Laws Barker who said, "I saw them on Discovery, so they must be real!" Find out what else our clever swimmers came up with and add your own favorite aquatic critter to the mix.  

Become a Fan! We are 25,000+ 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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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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