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MARCH 2015

March comes in like a lion and goes out like a lamb. Supposedly. Here's hoping that adage is accurate this year. In the meanwhile, enjoy the information and advice below and keep on swimming. 

Swimming for Life,
Your Friends at U.S. Masters Swimming
Swimming and Eye Health

Tips for preventing swimming-related eye issues

Goggle Dog
We all know the feeling of getting out of the pool, physically sore yet pleasantly rejuvenated. But another perception many swimmers have immediately after practice is a stinging and burning sensation in and around their eyes. In fact, eye irritation, or "swimmer's eye" as some call it, is one of the most commonly reported complaints from avid swimmers. So how exactly does swimming affect your eyes and what can you do to prevent swimmer's eye? 

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Three Tricks for Instant Strength Gain 
Chris Ritter finds instant strength for swimmers
weights, bench press, dryland

Some athletes work for a long time and exert a lot of energy but realize only small increases in strength. Often, though, they can see significant increases in strength by implementing a few simple tips. Increases in strength come from strength-training consistently and strength should be thought of as an athletic ability that can be trained. These tips reinforce the idea that strength is a skill that can be learned as much as trained.


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Registration for Spring Nationals Open
Sign up today to take part in this great meet
Spring Nationals 2015
Registration for the 2015 Nationwide USMS Spring National Championship to be held in San Antonio, Texas, April 23-26 is now open! All entries must be received by midnight CDT on March 23. Late entries will not be accepted

We have negotiated reduced rates with several local hotels. See all your options for accommodations online, and make your reservations as soon as possible to ensure the best deals and room availability. We look forward to seeing you in San Antonio for some super fast swimming!

Preliminary 1-Hour ePostal Results
See how you stacked up
2015 1-Hour ePostal logo
Preliminary results for the 2015 Speedo USMS 1-Hour ePostal National Championship are now available. Over 2200 individual participants sent in their results for this, our largest ePostal event of the year. Congratulations to all participants who made the effort to go the distance this year! Check out the results for men and womeand please send any corrections to event directors Chris Layton and Heidi Kafka by Tuesday, March 10
RJA Award Nominations Due Now!
Nominate a deserving volunteer today!
All Star

USMS presents a number of awards annually to members who have excelled in various areas. The deadline for the Capt. Ransom J. Arthur M.D. Award, the highest honor in USMS that recognizes top achievement by a dedicated volunteer each year, is fast approaching--March 15. Please send in your nominations today! All other award nominations are due by July 1. See all the award categories and details about each on the awards page


USMS Officer Elections Coming Soon
Want to volunteer with USMS?

U.S. Masters Swimming will hold elections for all officers (President, Vice President of Administration, Vice President of Community Services, Vice President of Local Operations, Vice President of Programs, Secretary, and Treasurer) at its Annual Meeting of the House of Delegates, Sept. 30 to October 4, 2015 during the United States Aquatic Sports Convention in Kansas City, Mo.


The nomination deadline is April 30, 2015. Nomination packets may be obtained from the Elections page of the USMS website or by contacting Elections Chair Cheryl Gettelfinger.


April is Adult Learn-to-Swim Month
Want to get involved in our campaign next month?
Many USMS swimmers might be surprised to learn that 37 percent of American adults can't swim the length of a standard swimming pool. What's worse, 10 people--8 of whom are adults or young adults--drown every day. USMS and our charitable arm, the Swimming Saves Lives Foundation, wants to change these figures, and so we launched the April is Adult Learn-to-Swim Month campaign in 2014, and we're looking forward to an even bigger response in 2015. 

If you want to help, it's easy! Start by finding out if your swimming facility offers adult learn-to-swim lessons. If it doesn't, ask the manager to consider adding ALTS lessons. If your facility does offer lessons, make sure that information is listed alongside your Masters program entry in the Places to Swim database. 

If you'd like to establish and run a learn-to-swim program, you can apply for a $5,000 grant from the Swimming Saves Lives Foundation to get that program off the ground. Applications for the next grant cycle will open soon.

Perhaps the easiest way to help is by donating to the Swimming Saves Lives Foundation, which you can do anytime online. SSLF is a donor-funded charitable organization, and 100% of your tax-deductible donation goes to provide swimming lessons for adults around the country. Let's help more adults learn to swim

What Motivates You?
Share your motivations for posterity

Piper Marshburn, a sport psychology graduate student at Western Washington University, is conducting a thesis study about Masters athletes. She's reached out to USMS and asked for participation from our members in her survey exploring the motivations of Masters athletes in individual sports. She seeks to learn more about how and why different Masters athletes are motivated, and the survey takes about 5 to 10 minutes. Take this brief survey, share your experience, and help a graduate student.


Job Openings? Tell Us!
Do you have jobs or internships available?
social media
Our marketing team often travels to colleges for job fair events, so if you have jobs or internships that need filling that align with the U.S. Masters Swimming mission of encouraging more adults to swim, then let us know and we can pass your job opportunities on to young people who might be just right for those opportunities. Contact Marketing Director Kyle Deery for more information or to report a job or internship opening that you'd like us to pass along to potential employees or interns. 
Adding a Vanity ID or Coach Affiliation
Even if you already registered, you can still add these 
In 2014, USMS added Vanity IDs and Recognized Coach status to the registration system. If you did not purchase either of these items at the time of renewal, but would like to do so now, you still can. Just go to the membership update page to begin. 

Becoming a recognized Masters coach lends credibility to your business and also gives you access to special sponsor discounts. As a Recognized Coach, you'll also be eligible for hospitality at Spring and Summer Nationals, select volunteer opportunities, stipends for writing technique articles and workouts, and a slew of other exclusive benefits. 

Your permanent ID is the last five characters of your annual registration number. These characters uniquely identify you as a USMS member, so why not have some fun with them? For a one-time fee of $50, you can get your own, customized string of identifying characters--think of it as a personalized license plate for Masters swimmers. Get your own special ID and see how creative you can get with designating who you are to the Masters world!

This Aquatic Life
SWIMMER magazine, Rowdy Gaines featured in Frazz
FRAZZ cartoon
Michigan Masters member Jef Mallett, creator of syndicated comic strip Frazz, has done it again, bringing Masters swimming and our message to the masses. A recent strip he penned referenced the January/February issue of SWIMMER magazine and its cover story about fellow USMS member and Olympian Rowdy Gaines. It's probably safe to say that Rowdy's impressive body of work and dedication to the sport of swimming--in addition to how great he looks doing it--have inspired many swimmers over the years. Thanks, Jef, for helping spread our message of swimming for life. It's members like you who keep us on the aspirational hook!

FRAZZ 2015 Jef Mallett. Dist. By UNIVERSAL UCLICK. Reprinted with permission. All rights reserved.

Seen on our Facebook Page
Fox Sports recently highlighted USMS member Siphiwe Baleka's remarkable journey from top Yale University swimmer and almost-Olympian to a fitness-crusading truck driver inspiring his coworkers to get fit. Jason Smith commented on the video saying, "A pretty amazing story of falling short of a dream, falling down, getting up, and living a new one. Impressive!" We agree and are so proud that Siphiwe is part of the Masters Swimming family. 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, usms.org; 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 Beckons
Open water season is right around the corner--plan now!
Summer will be here before you know it and with it a chance to compete in open water. Registration for several USMS Open Water National Championship events is now open. Check out the list below and start planning your summer of open water racing!
New USMS Gear!
USMS partners have you covered
Our USMS partners have created some fun new USMS merchandise. Check out All American Swim Supply and Swimoutlet.com's brand new USMS items and don't forget to stock up on caps, goggles, and all your other swimming equipment as well. Be the first on your team to get these new items!

USMS 1970 T-shirt design

More than 5.5 million miles logged by USMS members
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