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MAY 2015

We had another phenomenal "April is Adult Learn-to-Swim Month" campaign last month and we're eagerly looking forward to the coming ePostal, open water, and summer racing seasons. And big congratulations to all who participated in the 2015 Nationwide USMS Spring National Championship in San Antonio last week. More great content ahead! In addition, USMS is seeking two qualified professionals--read on for more information.

Swimming for Life,
Your Friends at U.S. Masters Swimming
Next Stop, Open Water!
Open water national champs season approaches
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Open water season will be upon us quickly, and registration is now open for the USMS Open Water National Championship series
We hope to see you at some or all (!) of the great events listed below:
  • June 13: 6-9-Mile National Championship (10K) Lake Del Valle, Calif. - Register Online
  • June 14: 1-Mile National Championship, Lake Del Valle, Calif. Register Online
  • June 20: 
    9+ Mile National Championship (9.3 miles) Morse Reservoir, Noblesville, Ind. - 15K USMS Championship Wave CLOSED (email to be added to the waitlist) Register for relay or 5K events
  • June 27:  2-Mile Cable National Championship, Foster Lake, Sweet Home, Ore. - Register Online
  • Aug. 29: 1-3-Mile National Championship, (1.55 miles) Lake George, N.Y. - Register Online
  • Sept. 12: 3-6 Mile National Championship, Lake Michigan, Chicago, Ill. - SOLD OUT

Aye, There's the Rub
Elaine K. Howley on how to avoid chafing in open water
Open Water, swimming, swimmers, race, 1v1, Tropical Splash

Chafe wounds are raw lesions that form where repetitive contact with another body part or clothing has worn away the tough outer layer of skin, revealing the tender epidermis below. Chafing is a very common problem among open water swimmers.


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Meg Smath Receives RJA Award
Longtime Kentucky volunteer honored
Meg Smath
The Capt. Ransom J. Arthur, M.D. Award is USMS's highest honor, given to the volunteer who does the most to further the objectives of Masters Swimming. This year's recipient is Meg Smath of Swim Kentucky Masters. Meg has been an avid behind-the-scenes USMS volunteer for decades. Read more about Meg in the July-August issue of SWIMMER magazine. Congratulations, and thank you for your service, Meg!
National Coaches Clinic
Learn from our best USMS coaches June 5-7 in Nashville!
The Coaches Committee presents an exciting learning and networking experience for Masters swim coaches. The USMS National Coaches Clinic is presented by award-winning USMS coaches. The three-day weekend will include stroke technique workshops, classroom presentations, and more. More information is available online. Register today!
Self-Massage for IT Band Syndrome
Susan Dawson-Cook on life beyond foam rolling

You wrap up a hard breaststroke set or 5-mile run and are later assaulted by pain and/or a burning sensation on the outside of the knee. The first impulse is to blame the knee joint. but the iliotibial band often becomes inflamed or irritated after high-intensity, lower-extremity activities.


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The Power of Volunteering 
Executive Director Rob Butcher on USMS's "special sauce"
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USMS has become the leader in the adult aquatics movement because of the secret ingredient in our sauce: our volunteers. Rob Butcher issues this challenge to anyone who wants to give back to the sport.

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Training Paddles
Special advertorial from the professionals at TYR
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Training paddles are lightweight tools built for in-water use. When strapped to the palms of each hand, they help to improve stroke technique and arm strength by evenly distributing water pressure. If used properly, paddles are ideal training and workout aids for swimmers at every level. Read on for more about how paddles can help.


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Swimming Saves Lives Grant Apps Open
Apply before July 24 to fund your ALTS initiatives
Swimming Saves Lives Foundation
Inspired by the positive changes you can make in your local community by teaching adults how to swim? Want to do more? Then apply today for a $5,000 grant from the Swimming Saves Lives Foundation, USMS's charitable arm, to fund your adult Learn-to-Swim program. Applications can be filed online, and the deadline for applying is July 24. Good luck!

2015 Spring National Championship
To the Alamo and back, what a great meet!
Spring Nationals 2015
What a fun, fast event. Congratulations to all the competitors who came out to the Northside ISD Aquatic Complex for the 2015 Nationwide Spring National Championship. We hope you made new friends, personal bests, and lots of great new memories. Results are now postedWe look forward to seeing you all again at the 2015 USMS Summer National Championship to be held at the SPIRE Institute in Geneva, Ohio, Aug. 6-9.

Two USMS Staff Positions Open
Want to channel your passion for swimming into your day job?
USMS is seeking talented professionals to fill the following positions:

Business Development Manager
Management of sponsorships, advertising, licensing, and other revenue-generating partnerships. 

Education Manager
Administration of the USMS adult learn-to-swim instructor certification program and of the Swimming Saves Lives Foundation program.

Got a Top 10 Time?
Then commemorate your swim with some swag!
USMS Top 10 2013
USMS publishes the official Top 10 swims for each age group, both individual and relay, for SCY, SCM, and LCM on the USMS website three times annually. The list was just updated in April. If you are among the Top 10 and would like to commemorate your accomplishment, you can order an official USMS Top 10 patch. Most years back to 1982 are available.
This Aquatic Life
Growing Bolder helps spread the ALTS message
Growing Bolder ALTS Video Screen Shot
Although April is now in the rearview, the benefits of our April is Adult Learn-to-Swim Month campaign can live on all year 'round. Media partner Growing Bolder produced the video above that beautifully captures how teaching adults to swim is changing lives for the better. 

Seen on Our Facebook Page
During last month's 2015 Nationwide USMS Spring National Championship in San Antonio, we posted a picture of the oldest and youngest competitors at the meet-- 98-year-old Anne Dunivin of Georgia Masters, and 18-year-old Ricky Perez of Wisconsin Masters. Both are hale, hearty, and clearly enjoying each other's company. This sort of age-defying camaraderie is what Masters Swimming and our National Championship events are all about. Of the picture, Susan Kirk commented, "Love it! Swimming for life, indeed! They are both an inspiration to us all!" 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. More than 60,000 adults are registered members of U.S. Masters Swimming.
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5K and 10K ePostals Open May 15

If you fancy adding a new accomplishment to your list, consider swimming the 5K and 10K ePostals this year. All you need to do is find a 50-meter pool and start swimming. Have a friend record your splits and submit your information online. See how you stack up against other swimmers around the country in your age group, without having to travel to an out-of-state meet.

The 5K and 10K ePostals open on May 15. All swims must be completed by September 15 and entries must be received by September 25. So, what are you waiting for? Get swimming! And have fun!

If you participate in all five of the postal events  in a calendar year, you can earn a snazzy patch to show off your long-distance swimming skills. Every year, a handful of Masters swimmers complete the 1-Hour ePostal National Championship in January, the 5K and 10K ePostal events between May and September, and the 3,000- and 6,000-yard ePostals between September 15 and November 15. And for that they get the great blue patch you see here, plus some serious bragging rights. Check out more info online

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