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Registration for 2015 is now open, and we hope you'll take full advantage of the generous sponsor incentives that early registration offers. You'll receive discount codes upon registration.  

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Registration for 2015 Now Open!
Sign up today for early renewal discounts from our sponsors
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Renew your USMS membership for 2015 prior to January 1 and you'll get valuable discount codes from our sponsors. 
  • Aqua Sphere - 20% off of entire order 
  • blueseventy - 30% off any orders in the swim collection *
  • Colorado Time Systems - $125 off the Backstroke Start Device 
  • FINIS - 25% off of entire order 
  • Malibu C - 20% off of entire order**  
  • P2Life - 25% off of entire order 
  • Speedo - 30% off of entire order*** 
  • TRISWIM - 40% off of all TRISWIM, FOGGIES, TRISLIDE and DERMASPORT products
  • - 15% off USMS merchandise & Sporti branded products ****

* Discount only applies to blueseventy swim collection

** Excludes SwimCare Wellness Shampoo and Conditioner in 8 oz. Tube

***Offer valid through 1/15/2015 11:59pm PST at or by calling 1-888-477-3336.  Customers will receive 30% off your order on Speedo merchandise, except as noted below, by adding code USMSSPD3 at checkout. Offer excludes select Performance Suits, all LZR Racer suits, FS3 Goggles, Vanquisher Goggles, Speed Socket Goggles, Aqua V Silicone Swim Caps, Hydralign and Hydralign Jr. Center Snorkels, Bullet Head Snorkel, Teamster Backpacks and online gift certificates. This offer not valid on previous purchases and 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.


What Lies Beneath
Steve McKee's monster swim of a famous Scottish loch
Loch Ness swim

With a surname like McKee, a trip to Scotland must be on life's bucket list. And no trip to Scotland would be complete without a visit to venerable Loch Ness. But we crazy swimmers are never content to just drive by and enjoy the view, are we? We always feel like we have to dive in. So when my wife and I headed to the land of our ancestors to mark our 50th birthdays and mourn our newly-empty nest, I decided to make the crossing. 


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Strength and Size
Chris Ritter dispels the myth of strength training and bulk
weights, bench press, dryland

Few correlations are as embedded in people's minds as this: "You get bigger when you get stronger." This unfortunately comes from strength training mistakenly being thought of as the same as bodybuilding. This isn't the case at all. Strength training is a much bigger umbrella that bodybuilding as a type of strength training falls under. 


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Education Manager Position Open
Want to join the National Office staff?
The Education Manager will be responsible for our Adult-Learn-to-Swim (ALTS) instructor certification program and operational management of our Swimming Saves Lives Foundation. This position is full time and located in Sarasota, Fla. This position reports directly to the USMS Education Director. The successful candidate will have a demonstrated ability to strategically and tactically think while juggling various operational responsibilities. The right person will also possess exceptional organizational skills, event planning and curricula development experience, and excellent interpersonal skills. If you think you have what it takes, you can access a detailed job description and apply online.
Major Rules Changes for 2015
A summary of major changes from Convention 

Starts: At the referee's long whistle, a swimmer may take a position with one foot at the front of the block or deck but on the command "Take your mark" is required to place at least one foot at the front of the block or deck. (Article 101.1.1)


Warm-up: Backstroke starts are permitted only in designated lanes during warm-up at meets.(Article 102.4.2)


Entries: A swimmer shall enter a meet with the full name as it appears on the USMS registration card. (Article 102.7)


Qualification of Officials: The list of USMS-approved certifying bodies for officials has been moved from 103.3.1, 103.3.2, and 104.5.10B to Appendix B.


Meet Committee: The list of responsibilities has been expanded to include verifying proper certification of pool length and completing record applications. (Article 103.5)


USMS National Championship Meets: With the approval of the Championship Committee, dates other than August 1 - September 15 may be considered for a long course national championship meet. (Article 104.1.2)


Meet schedules for USMS national championship meets have been removed from the rule book. The Championship Committee will publish the meet schedule for each national championship meet at least six months before each meet. A schedule used at one national championship meet will not be repeated for at least two years. (104.5.2A)


The Championship Committee may choose one or more of the following entry limitations for the 800/1000 and/or the 1500/1650 freestyle: 

 a) each swimmer may enter only one of those events, 

 b) only swimmers who meet the qualifying times in both events may enter both events, and/or 

 c) one of those events may be restricted to only those who meet the qualifying times. (104.5.3C[2])


The Championship Committee may establish an entry receipt deadline. The postmark deadline for entries has been deleted. (Article 104.5.4C[3]).


The meet host of a national championship meet shall appoint a meet referee, an administrative referee (definition added to glossary), a head starter, and a chief judge subject to standards established by the USMS Officials Committee. Minimum stroke and turn judges include: two turn judges at each end of each course (jurisdiction not to exceed 5 lanes per judge), one stroke judge on each side of a 50-meter course, and one official at the 15-meter mark of each course for all starts and turns except breaststroke. (104.5.10B)


Pool Measurement: A bulkhead placement confirmation measurement is required for USMS records set at events sanctioned or approved by USA Swimming. (Article 105.1.7E)

Changing Bodies Need Different Suits

A special advertorial from the professionals at Aqua Sphere

Amanda Beard for Aqua Sphere
Have you ever wished that your swimsuit fit your body better or was just simply more comfortable? Are you tired of pulling and tugging your suit in order to try to get it to cover more of your body? If you are like most swimmers, you are probably still training with the same gear that you wore 10 or 20 years ago. However, the vast majority of us don't have the same body we had "back in the day."

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This Aquatic Life
Coach Cokie Lepinski honored at USMS Convention
Coach of the Year 2014 Cokie Lepniski
Masters coaches sure are committed! Here, Coach Cokie Lepinski of Swymnut Masters shows how it's done and why she was selected as the 2014 Speedo USMS Coach of the Year at the USMS Convention this past September. A dedicated, enthusiastic coach, Cokie will stand for hours in the rain to make sure her swimmers have the support they need. Congratulations, Cokie, and we hope you dry off soon!

Seen on Our Facebook Page
A recent post on our Facebook page went viral, and for good reason. At the Rowdy Gaines Masters Classic held Oct.10-12 in Orlando, Fla., four fabulous swimmers made history. Tiger Holmes, 93, Bill Adams, 88, John Corse, 90, and Ed Graves, 91, set world records in the 360+ men's age group in the 400 and 800 freestyle relays. Of this amazing accomplishment, Paula Cathcart Nettleship said, "I'm 47 next month. I want to be them when I grow up." We do, too! Big congratulations to the Fab Foursome, and keep on swimming. See what else they said 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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Deadline Extended
3000/6000 ePostal swims must be completed by Nov. 25!

Because of an error in the October issue of STREAMLINES that stated that the deadline for swimming the Speedo USMS 3000/6000-Yard ePostal National Championship, was Nov. 25, the Long Distance Committee has extended the deadline for completing these swim to Nov. 25 so that no swimmers are accidentally left out due to this misinformation. However, all swimmers who complete their swims after Nov. 15 must use their age as it was on Nov. 15.--no aging up during this grace period. The final deadline to submit documentation of the swim remains Nov. 25. Time is running out, so get swimming!


All 3000/6000 swims 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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