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JULY 2014

Summer's in full swing! We hope you're soaking up the sun and enjoying the water wherever you may be this season.

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Summer Nats Registration Closes July 9
Don't delay! Get registered today!
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Registration for the 2014 Marriott USMS
Summer National Championship to be held Aug. 13 through 17 at the University of Maryland, College Park will close on July 9! Don't miss your chance to swim at the famed Eppley Natatorium, which is a 20-minute drive or Metro ride from Washington, D.C., and less than an hour from Annapolis and Baltimore and all the historic and fun places to see there. Not only can you get in some fast racing, but you can make a vacation of it and visit our nation's capital.  


Register today and check out all the additional information on the Summer Nats page. There, you can find detailed information about accommodations, local attractions, transportation options, and the meet itself. Registrations must be received by July 9, so don't delay! We hope to see you in Maryland later this summer! 
Muscle Reset

Years of incorrect positions and posture can be corrected

A muscle being tight isn't, in and of itself, a bad thing. In fact, for a muscle to produce force, it must contract and become very tight. However, when using poor position during repetitive activities such as swimming, the natural "neutral" position of a muscle remodels to either a resting state of too long or too short.  


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Open Water Gear: What Do I Need?
You don't need much to get going in open water 

If you're already a pool swimmer, you probably have most of the gear you need to get going in open water. But just as there are unwritten rules governing what constitutes the best gear to use in the pool, open water has its own set of gear rules, too. The basics include a swimsuit, cap, and goggles. You can get by in most events and shorter training swims with just those bare essentials, but a few additional items can improve your experience over longer distances and in certain conditions.  


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Bidding for 2016 Champs Closing Soon
Apply to make your event a National Championship
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The window to apply to host a 2016 open water or long distance national championship event is closing soon. If you want to host an ePostal or open water National Championship long distance event in 2016, you must submit your bid by July 15. The bidding process is open to events that have run successfully for three years in a row before bidding. Hosting a national championship provides lots of national exposure, which can help your event grow substantially. Bidding information is available on the Long Distance Championship page at Selection will be based on the overall suitability of the bid received, and in the case of open water, the committee will also be considering the area in which the event is to be held, safety, and the annual event schedule as a whole. For more information and detailed instructions, check out the Championship Bid Information page. Applications for both ePostal and open water events can be completed online. Apply today!
Have You Moved?
Make sure to update your contact information
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 in to your MyUSMS page and clicking the Update your registration information link. It's simple and quick!
Open Water Safety Webinar
Log on July 20 to get important safety information
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The Open Water Committee is pleased to announce an Open Water Safety Staffing and Emergency Preparedness webinar with Jim Wheeler on Sunday, July 20, 2014, 7:00 PM EDT. This is a 45 to 60 minute webinar session that combines a presentation and an interactive discussion with participants. It is based on the longer webinars presented in March and April. To register, please fill out this online form. Please direct any questions to the Open Water Committee.

Wearables Technology

Special Advertorial from the Professionals at

For the past several years, swimming has been a showcase for how profound an impact technology can have on a sport; remember all that racing-suit technology that made such a stir a few years ago? Despite those record-breaking advances, swimming has lagged steadily behind other sports when it comes to the recent explosive growth of wearables and fitness tracking.


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This Aquatic Life
Bud Jackson breaks National 100M breaststroke record
Some things just keep getting better with age. Take Bud Jackson of Arkansas Masters for example. Last month, the 95-year-old swimming phenom set a new national record in the 100 meter breaststroke in the men's 95 to 99 age group with his 3:16 swim during a Masters meet held in Bentonville, Ark.The World War II veteran picked up swimming in his 60s, and has stuck with it ever since. Jackson was humble about his success, telling 5NEWS KFSM, a local news outlet, "it's only in this one event." We're still wicked impressed and hope to be swimming, if not breaking records, when we're Bud's age. Great job, and keep swimming!

Seen on Our Facebook Page
There's lots of excitement building in advance of the release of Marathon Film's upcoming feature biopic, "The Greatest Englishman," about Captain Matthew Webb, the first person to swim the English Channel. Set in 1875, the film charts Webb's historic training, rivalries, and mind-blowing 21-hour crossing of the English Channel. As Matt Gerrish noted on our Facebook page, "And he breaststroked the whole way! What a guy!" We agree, and we can't wait for movie night! See what else they wrote and join the conversation! 
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. Nearly 60,000 adults are registered members of U.S. Masters Swimming.
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Open Water Nats Results Posted
Lots more racing ahead!

Results have now been posted for the 2.4-mile Open Water National Championship held in May month in the Tennessee River in Chattanooga, Tenn., and for the 1-mile National Championship event in Lake Berryessa, Calif., in June. You can also still register for the remaining open water national championship events. See the schedule and links below and have a great open water racing season!

  • July 26, 10 miles. Lake Minnetonka, Wayzata, Minn. REGISTER
  • Aug. 3, 5K. Elk Lake, Bend, Ore. REGISTER
  • Aug. 16, 2-Mile Cable. Mirror Lake, Lake Placid, N.Y. REGISTER
  • Aug. 23, 10K. Lake George, Hague, N.Y. REGISTER
ePostals in Full Swing
Log your 5K and 10K swims
The 5K and 10K ePostal season is now underway! Want a taste of national level competition without leaving the comfort of your home pool? Then these two postal swims are for you! Hosted this year by Rogue Valley Masters, the 5K and 10K postals must be swum between May 15 and September 15 in any 50-meter pool. See how fast you can swim these two long distances and find out how you stack up to other swimmers in your age group across the country. Registration is now open and all swims must be submitted online by September 25 to be eligible for competition. Good luck and fast swimming!

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