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JUNE 2015

Summer is here! Hope you're enjoying it and all this beautiful season has to offer. 

Swimming for Life,
Your Friends at U.S. Masters Swimming
Pull-Ups are Possible!
Chris Ritter on how to get your first pull-up

Pull-ups are in the top three exercises that I recommend for swimmers. If you get better at pull-ups, you'll see a direct impact on your speed and endurance in the water because the pulling pattern in most strokes is closely related to the pull-up movement. 


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Slicing the Triathlon Training Pie
Coach Speed Heggy on the best allotment of time to swim
open water, triathlon, swimmers
If you're an experienced, professional IRONMANŽ competitor, you should spend around 15 to 20 percent of your training time in the water. There, that was easy, wasn't it?


Well, yeah, for those guys, maybe. But what about the rest of us? It might not be quite so simple for those of us who have to shoehorn our training in around jobs, families, and annoying household chores. Because the swim leg is so much shorter than the bike and run, it might be tempting to cut way back on the swim training. But there's more to it than simple stopwatch math.

Summer Nats Registration Now Open
Don't miss out on this great summer event
Registration is now open for the 2015 USMS Summer National Championship to be held Aug. 6 through 9 at the SPIRE Institute near Cleveland, Ohio. A stone's throw from the Rock 'n Roll Hall of Fame and a slew of other fun attractions, you can make a weekend holiday of this great meet.

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. Registration must be received by Monday, July 6, so don't delay. We hope to see you in Ohio later this summer!
Award Nominations Due Soon
Don't miss the July 1 deadline to recognize great volunteers
USMS Award, gold

Each year U.S. Masters Swimming recognizes the extraordinary efforts of our members beyond the water's edge. USMS's success is a result of the amazing contributions of our talented and dedicated volunteers. Help us identify initiative and performance by nominating people you know who fulfill the ideals of the following awards. Deadline for nominations is July 1. Please review the submission instructions for each award and help recognize an amazing volunteer.

  • Speedo USMS Coach of the Year
  • Dot Donnelly Service Award
  • Kerry O'Brien Coaching Award
  • Club of the Year Award
  • June Krauser Communications Award
  • Fitness Award
  • Open Water Service Award

Let us know who deserves to be recognized!

SSLF Grant Applications Due July 24
Want to expand your Learn-to-Swim program?
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!
Kick Up Your Fitness With Swim Fins
Special advertorial from the professionals at Speedo
Speedo Nemesis Fins

Although swimming is a low-impact workout, it can also provide high-resistance training when you use the right equipment. Incorporating swim fins into your training can help you increase stamina, build leg strength, and improve technique. 


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Bidding for 2017 OW/LD Events Open
Want to make your event a National Championship?
Open Water, swimming, swimmers, race, 1v1, Tropical Splash
Want to host an  ePostal or open water National Championship long distance event in 2017? 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 usms.org. 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 and are due by July 15Apply today!
This Aquatic Life
Masters Swimming in one picture
Is there anything sweeter or more an embodiment of what Masters swimming is all about than this photo? With how it's gone viral on social media, the answer would seem to be a resounding "no." Here, 30-year-old Olympian Matt Grevers (Arizona Masters Swim Club) escorts 98-year-old Anne Dunivin (Georgia Masters), the oldest swimmer at this year's Spring National Championship, to her block for one of her races. Though he might be faster than her right now, we're pretty sure Anne can teach Matt a thing or two about swimming for the long term, and we love that both these swimmers and so many others came out for a great meet in San Antonio. #Swimming4Life!

Seen on Our Facebook Page
Olympian and USMS ALTS ambassador Misty Hyman was recently featured in the Wall Street Journal in a piece about the rise of the adult swim coach. In addition to lauding Misty for her great work helping adults learn to swim and learn to swim better, writer Kevin Helliker also says that because of how swimming combines aerobic, strength, and flexibility training with meditative, low-impact movement and breathing, "Swimming is the all-purpose everything ... If you're going to do one thing, swimming's it." We couldn't agree more! Join the conversation and see what else they're saying.
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.
U.S. Masters Swimming encourages all USMS members to subscribe to STREAMLINES, a monthly publication. However, if you'd rather not receive this update, please do not click the "SafeUnsubscribe" link, as that will remove you from all other USMS National Office mailings. Rather, click on the "Update Profile/Email Address" link to manage your subscriptions to U.S. Masters Swimming electronic communications.
5K & 10K ePostals
Now through Sept. 15
The 5K and 10K ePostal events are now open! 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.

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!

OW National Championships 
Open water is calling!

Registration is open for the USMS Open Water National Championship series:


* 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

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