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Looking for the perfect gift this holiday season for a swimmer in your life? Then you'll want the great sponsor discounts that renewing your USMS membership before Dec. 31 provides. Details below!

Swimming for Life,
Your Friends at U.S. Masters Swimming
The Discounts are Here!
Get big savings from our sponsors if you renew by Dec. 31!
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Renew your USMS membership by December 31 and receive special discount codefrom USMS sponsor partners. But hurry--the codes expire January 15, 2016.

Aqua Sphere - 20% off entire order 
dryrobe - 15% off order* 
FINIS - 25% off entire order 
Malibu C - 20% off entire order 
P2Life - 25% off entire order 
Speedo - 30% off entire order*
Rudy Project - 50% off entire order 
TYR - 30% off entire order*
SwimOutlet.com- 15% off USMS merchandise & Sporti branded products*
XX2i Optics - 60% off entire order 
* Some restrictions apply

How to Beat Muscle Cramps
Susan Dawson-Cook on coping with cramping
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You're on the ninth of 10 x 100s and push off the wall, psyched to bring the set home. After a burst of three dolphin kicks, it feels like a knife has suddenly pierced your calf muscles. Why does this keep happening? You grab the lane line and grimace while rubbing the screaming muscles and hoping the agony will subside. 

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Anti-Slouching Exercises
Chris Ritter offers advice for combating swimmer's slouch
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The postural muscles of the mid- and upper-back provide a foundation from which to produce power while swimming. Strengthening these muscles with the following exercises might improve your speed in the water. These exercises may not be very fancy or exciting, but they're essential for you as a swimmer--they'll offer you a fighting chance of keeping good posture throughout a lifetime in this sport.
Make a Year-End Charitable Donation
Support the Swimming Saves Lives Foundation
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In 2016, U.S. Masters Swimming's charitable arm, the Swimming Saves Lives Foundation, will award more than $87,000 in grants to 46 Adult Learn-to-Swim programs across the U.S. These volunteer-staffed programs provide opportunities for thousands of adults to learn to swim and a chance for swimmers to give back to their communities. Want to get involved? You can give the gift of swimming. Please consider a year-end donation to the Swimming Saves Lives Foundation. Access more information or make a contribution online today. 

USMS Needs a CEO!
Want to lead USMS into its next chapter?
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USMS has retained Turnkey Search to lead the hiring process for our open Chief Executive Officer position. Turnkey will be responsible for all recruiting, application reviews, and interviews for this position. If you're interested in becoming the chief executive officer of USMS, please apply here on Turnkey's site for the position.
This Aquatic Life
SwimOutlet.com features Grand Strand Masters Swimming 
Grand Strand Masters SwimOutlet Club of the Month
Our partner SwimOutlet.com features a USMS club every month on their blog. November's Club of the Month was Grand Strand Masters Swimming of North Myrtle Beach, S.C. The 60-member club works out at the North Myrtle Beach Aquatic & Fitness Center and has been a registered Masters program since 2006. Coached by Diane Bartlett, GSMS swimmers range in age from 18 to 72 years old. Every June, GSMS offers free swimming lessons to kids and adults in the community. Great job, GSMS, and here's to another 10 years as a valuable local resource for swimmers and aspiring swimmers in South Carolina!

Seen on Our Facebook Page
While celebrating Thanksgiving last week, we took a moment to think about what the holiday is meant to honor--gratitude. And a recent piece by Fares Ksebati really captured much of what we're grateful for as swimmers. The piece was shared around online and lots of swimmers added why they're thankful for swimming. We appreciate all the comments and photos you posted. Meredith Mora wrote, "We are thankful at T2 Aquatics in Naples, Fla., for an amazing facility and fabulous coaches!" And we're thankful for all our fabulous members who make USMS strong. 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.
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.
1-Hour ePostal 
An annual classic!
Are you ready to test your mettle for an hour? Better get training, because the 

Whether you're completing the 1-Hour ePostal for competition, fun, or fitness, all who wish to participate are welcome. The event runs from Jan. 1 to Jan. 31, 2016, and the objective is to swim as far as possible in 1 hour, in any pool 25 yards or longer. Record your splits, submit your results, and see how you stack up against other swimmers around the country. More info is available online now, so when the New Year arrives, it's time to get cracking!

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SwimOutlet.com has you covered! 
Renew your USMS membership before Dec. 31, you'll get a 15% off coupon from SwimOutlet.com to use on USMS gear and Sporti branded products. Wear your USMS colors with pride and greet the new year in style.


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