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October is a busy month, and we've packed this issue with lots of good stuff to see you through it.

Swimming for Life,
Your Friends at U.S. Masters Swimming
The Three H's of Backstroke
Your hips, hands, and head make or break your backstroke 
Backstroke, swimmer, swimming, pool
In high school, I ran track and field, and my coach once told my team that in running, there were three H's to remember: hips, hands, and knees (insert chuckle). However, in swimming backstroke, there really are three H's to remember.

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Wing on the Wall

Coach Carol Nip reveals a hidden shoulder stressor

If you're having shoulder soreness and you've done your due diligence--you've talked technique with your coach, you've seen a doctor to rule out chronic or acute injury--but you're still sore, have you considered the way you rest at the wall?


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IMSHOF Inducts Three USMS Members
Jean Troy, Timothy Shead, and David Guthrie honored
David Guthrie
Every year, Masters aquatic athletes from around the world are inducted into the International Masters Swimming Hall of Fame, and this year's class of seven inductees includes three U.S. Masters Swimming members.

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Club Registration Now Open
Reminder to club contacts: register today!
All club contacts have been sent an email containing an online renewal link. Workout groups will soon receive a similar reminder. It's important to register your club for 2015 during the month of October because individual members can begin registering or renewing with USMS for the 2015 membership year on November 1. 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. Clubs and workout groups may also be renewed online.
Convention 2014
At-large directors elected and awards presented

Congratulations to all the USMS award recipients, and special thanks to the volunteers on the Recognition and Awards Committee for their work in making it possible for committed USMS volunteers and coaches to be honored each year at our annual meeting.


Be sure to read the press release for the scoop on all USMS awards and honorees, as well as elections results from this year's annual meeting.


In addition to awards, the location of the next cycle of national championship events was also announced, and we'll be traveling to the following locations over the next two years:

  • 2015 Spring Nationals San Antonio, Texas (Apr. 23 - 26)
  • 2015 Summer Nationals, SPIRE Institute, Geneva, Ohio (Aug. 6 - 9)
  • 2016 Spring Nationals, Greensboro, N.C. (Apr. 28 - May 1)
  • 2016 Summer Nationals, Gresham, Ore. (Aug 18 - 21 tentative)
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Marriott Discount: A Membership Benefit
A Sponsored Reminder from Marriott
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Planning your club's or LMSC's end-of-year banquet or holiday party? Remember, Marriott offers USMS members and groups discounts when booking a function at one of their facilities. Email  Kim Nisbett and she will help book, coordinate, and negotiate for your group. If you are planning your personal or family travel, visit Marriott's USMS discount portal to book your hotel rooms at our special USMS rate.

This Aquatic Life
Swimming not only saves lives, it changes them, too!
Swimming Saves Lives Foundation & Richmond Plunge Masters
Swimming Saves Lives Foundation & Richmond Plunge Masters
Coach Benicia Rivera of the Richmond Plunge Masters received a Swimming Saves Lives Foundation Grant in 2014. What she did with it will warm your heart. She sent us this video as a thank-you for the grant. Thank YOU, Coach Rivera, for all you've done here.

Seen on Our Facebook Page
Last month we got a lot of comments and shares regarding an article we posted about the science of the mammalian dive reflex, a natural phenomenon in which humans' heart rates slow as they become submerged in water. This physiological reflex may partially explain our affinity with the water. Aptly named, Lauri Fish wrote, "I've always thought being submerged was so pleasurable because it instantly overcomes the sensory overload we ADD-type folks feel 24/7. This theory takes that a step further and is just so freakin' COOL! Maybe why Surfers Healing can be so life-changing for kids with autism?" See what else they said and join the discussion!
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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3000/6000 ePostals Now Open
Get swimming today!
The Speedo USMS 3000/6000-Yard ePostal National Championship, which opened on Sept. 15 and runs through Nov. 25, can be done in any 25-yard or 25-meter pool. Participating in this event--hosted this year by Central Oregon Masters Aquatics--is easy; simply swim the distance and have a counter make note of your split times on the handy split sheet. Then, once you've dried off, you can submit your results and see how you stack up against the competition across the United States. It's a great way to get in a long workout while also getting a taste of some national-level competition. 

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