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December 2013
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Strength Training
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We hope you've enjoyed your U.S. Masters Swimming membership in 2013 and will renew for 2014. See the details below on discounts available to swimmers who renew before December 31.


We wish you and your families the very best this holiday season.


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Three Reasons Why Swimmers Should Strength Train 

by Chris Ritter

Muscle Swim


As a Masters swimmer your time for training is often limited. So it's legitimate to ask, "Why is it important to find time to strength train?"

There are plenty of reasons why strength training has value in your limited training program, but let's focus on the three most important: Read more...


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Alternative Kicking Drills

by Coach Scott Bay, Team Blu Frog

Scott Bay 

We seem to spend a lot of time on kickboards. That's fine for many (and great for social sets), but kicking with a board can be uncomfortable, especially in the lower back. Besides the discomfort, ask yourself "When am I in that position when swimming?" Read more...

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2014 Membership Registration in Full Swing!

Register If you haven't renewed already, it's time to register for 2014! Doing so before the end of the month means you can 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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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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Breathing Freely

Special Advertorial

The Professionals at TYR Sport, Inc. 


Have you ever wished you could trade your lungs for gills, so that you could swim freely for as long as you wanted without having to come up for air? Well, you can come close, thanks to one piece of training equipment: the snorkel. Read more...

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The 1-Hour Postal is Coming! 

Are you ready to test your mettle for an hour? Better get training, because the 1-Hour Postal National Championship is almost here! 


Whether you're completing the 1-Hour Postal for competition, fun, or fitness, all who wish to participate are welcome. The event runs from January 1 to January 31, 2014, and the objective is to swim as far as possible in 1 hour, in any pool 25 yards or longer. Record your splits and submit your results, just for fun, or so you can compare yourself to other swimmers around the country. 


This year's 1-Hour is hosted by Indy Aquatic Masters and is a USMS-sanctioned event. All participants must be registered for 2014 with USMS (or the equivalent organization for non-U.S. swimmers). Foreign swimmers are not eligible for USMS records or All-American status. A copy of your current 2014 registration card must accompany your entry. 
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Year-End Giving: Swimming Saves Lives 

SSL NewSince its founding in 2012, U.S. Masters Swimming's charitable arm, the Swimming Saves Lives Foundation, has awarded more than $65,000 in grants to programs that will provide opportunities for thousands of adults to learn to swim. Grant recipients in 2013 included:

You can give the gift of swimming. Please consider a year-end donation to the Swimming Saves Lives Foundation. For more information or to make a contribution visit

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Really Cool Website of the Month
Raleigh Area Masters in Raleigh, N.C., have recently updated their website, making it more interactive for swimmers to participate and engage. As the site continues to develop, look for new forums and other features to be added. In the meanwhile, the RAM website includes links to videos, results, and even the forecast, all of which makes swimming more fun and accessible. And that'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!
The Minnetonka Masters had a special Thanksgiving Day swim in which the price of admission was a food donation. The club gathered 412 lbs of food and $1,153 for their local food bank. We love to see our members helping out in their local communities!
Minnetonka Masters
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Seen on our USMS Facebook Page
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Members of the NAVY Swimming & Diving team staged a spectacular photograph in honor of Veteran's Day last month by recreating the iconic flag-raising at Iwo Jima... underwater. Check out this awe-inspiring image that stands as a testament of thanks to our armed forces. As Sandy Cahill noted, "Great way to commemorate our veterans! Great lungs, too!"

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.