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November 2013
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Race Ready
Early Registration Discounts
Top Five Auto Insurance Myths
Swimming World
Postal Season Closing
History and Archives
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The Speedo USMS 3000/6000-Yard Postal National Championships 
are now under way!
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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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Thanks for being a member of USMS! Read on for the scoop on 2014 membership and more.


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Your Friends at U.S. Masters Swimming
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Registration is Open!

Register We invite you to register for 2014 now and take advantage of the early registration discounts detailed below. We also have two new optional features, for additional fees:


Vanity ID: Choose a permanent 5-character USMS ID. You can customize it (some restrictions apply) to honor your favorite team, your school, your pet, your favorite event, etc. 


Recognized Masters Coach: Certified coaches, enhance your membership with the recognition and opportunities designed for our professional Masters coaches. For coaches who are not yet certified, receive discounts on coach certification and continuing education, and be eligible for other benefits such as hospitality at Nationals and coaching and teaching opportunities.


Read more about these two new offerings here.

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It's All in Your Head

Scott Bayby Coach Scott Bay, Blu Frog Masters


You listened to your coach. You did the yards. You did the dryland training, and you followed the proper nutrition plan. You made it through the taper. What happened on race day? Not what you expected. Now it is in your head, which is exactly where it should have been before the race, but also where it shouldn't be after the race. Read more...

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Early Registration Discounts

Join Button Member registration is now open, and USMS 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 the following sponsors:

  • Aqua Sphere: 20% off of entire order
  • blueseventy: 25% off of orders $50 or more
  • Colorado Time Systems: 10% off on all training products*
  • FINIS: 25% off of entire order*
  • Hammer Nutrition: 10% off of total purchase*
  • Nike: 20% off of entire order*
  • P2Life: 25% off of entire order*
  • Speedo: 20% off of entire order*
  • TRISWIM: 40% off of all TRISWIM, FOGGLE and TRISLIDE products
  • 10% off USMS product & Sporti products*
  • X-1 Audio: 25% off of entire order

*Certain restrictions apply, see below. All discounts expire Jan. 15, 2014

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Top Five Auto Insurance Myths

Special Advertorial


If you get a speeding ticket on your way to swim practice, can your insurance rates go up? Will buying a spiffy new red SUV to lug your tri-bike around increase your insurance costs? With all the information available at our fingertips, it can be difficult to weed out what is true and what is misleading. In this advertorial, Nationwide InsuranceŽ presents the top five auto insurance myths and their real answers. Read more...

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Swimming World Media Partner Offer

SwimmingWorldCoverImageApr2013An exciting new member benefit is available for USMS members: a 25% discount on a subscription to Swimming World magazine. The Total Access Subscription includes online access to all Swimming World issues, which date back to 1960. Time to take a trip down memory lane--perhaps you'll see your name in old age group meet results. Even better, the subscription includes online access to SWIM magazine, the predecessor of SWIMMER. Your total access subscription will include the following: 

  • Unlimited access to and Swimming World Mobile content
  • A print copy of Swimming World magazine delivered to your mailbox every month
  • Digital access to all Swimming World magazine issues, dating back to 1960
  • Access to online archives of SWIM magazine

The magazine, designed as a print and fully interactive digital publication, presents complete national and international coverage of competitive aquatic sports, including swimming, open water, diving, synchro, and water polo. The magazine includes stunning photos, columns, and personality features of age group, high school, college, elite, and Masters athletes; all levels of the sport!

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3000/6000 Postal Season Winding Down

Lap SwimYou still have time! Don't miss this opportunity for both a good workout and a chance to compete nationally from the comfort of your own pool. The Speedo USMS 3000/6000-Yard Postal National Championship runs through Nov. 15 and can be done in any 25-yard or 25-meter pool. 


Congratulations to all of the participants of the 2013 USMS/Speedo 5K/10K Postal National Championships! The individual and relay results are available for you to see how you stacked up against your swimming peers across the nation. Take a look and bask in your long distance accomplishment.

Are you looking to plan your swim event calendar for 2014? Check out the 2014 Postal and Open Water National Championship Preview on pages 42 and 44 of the November-December issue of SWIMMER magazine. Some fabulous destinations await you! 

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History and Archives Needs Your Help!

History The volunteers with the USMS History and Archives Committee work hard to preserve our history, and they need your help! If you're a longtime Masters swimmer, you may have documents that can help fill in the gaps in our records. Currently, the Committee needs help:

If you think you can help, please contact Committee Chair Meegan Wilson.
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Really Cool Website of the Month
Based in Cedar Rapids, Iowa, the Milky Way Masters are all about turning stars into fish.The group's website lists testimonials and a workout archive that benefits not just the club's 130 members, but anyone who wants to grab a new workout from the web. Sharing workout ideas with everyone is super cool, and so is the Milky Way 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 Summer Nationals offered an opportunity for a rare reunion for four men from California. The four swimmers (from left to right: Ryan Loeff, Mike Mihalow, Andy Walburger and Mike Pyle) grew up swimming together and set some state records. The first photo shows the group in 1993 displaying their race bling. The second photo shows the same four men after swimming the same relay event at Mission Viejo a mere 1.9 seconds slower than the CIF record they set in '93. How's that for aging well? Awesome job, guys, and we're thrilled you've kept swimming and kept in touch all these years. 

See the rest of the images from Summer Nationals here.
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Seen on our USMS Facebook Page
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As open water season winds down in most of North America, we posted an article about how to handle fear in open water that received a slew of fascinating comments. How do you handle fear in open water? Kelly Baird said: "I just scream under the water every time a jellyfish glides down my skin, that way no one else knows I'm freaking out!" Find out what other coping strategies our intrepid open water swimmers employ and add your insight to the list.  
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.

U.S. Masters Swimming encourages all USMS members to subscribe to STREAMLINES, however if you would rather not receive this update, please do not click the unsubscribe button, as that will remove you from all other USMS National Office mailings. Rather, please click on the "Update Profile/Email Address" link at the bottom of this email. Here you can select to discontinue your STREAMLINES service or sign up for the monthly coaches' newsletter, STREAMLINES for Coaches, and/or STREAMLINES for Volunteers, a bimonthly publication.
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*Sponsor Discount Restrictions

Colorado Time Systems: Pace Clocks, TrainRight System and Dolphin Wireless Stopwatch. FINIS: Excluding Swim Teaching Platform and Turnmaster Pro. Hammer Nutrition: Order must meet free shipping minimums after discounts in order to receive free shipping. Nike: Does not include Nike Apparel, such as Nike warm-ups (elite warm-ups, rio II warm-ups, core fleece warm-ups), Nike shirts (legend poly stops for both men and women), Nike polo shirts, men's Nike 3-pocket fly short, or Nike sandals. Does include the Nike parkas and women's team color block short. P2Life: Does not apply to our fundraising join options. Speedo: Offer not valid on previous purchases and excludes Performance Swimwear and Accessories, all LZR Racer series, Fastskin3 series,Vanquisher Goggles, Speed Socket Goggles, SpeedoŽ Swedish Goggle 2-Pack, Liquid Storm Goggles, Hydralign Racer Goggles, Aqua V Silicone Swim Caps, Contoured Swim Paddles, Power Paddle, Training Paddles, BiofuseŽ Finger Paddle, I.M. Tech Paddle, Pull Kick, Breaststroke Fin, BiofuseŽ Fins, Short Blade Training Fin, Power Fin, Hydralign Center Snorkel and online gift certificates. This offer cannot be combined with any other offer. No Cash Value. Void where prohibited by law. Discount only applies to USMS and Sporti products. Free shipping on $49 and above. X-1 Audio: Discount only applies to X-1 Audio products. Excludes iPods.