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SwimFest '10, One Participant's Perspective

It’s nearly midnight when I arrive home Sunday night after a weekend at SwimFest ’10. I still have salt in my ears and sand in my toes from our open water session at La Jolla Shores. My lats are sore and my back is sunburned. After two full days of intense concentration in and out of the water, I’m tired, yet completely satisfied.

I’ve just spent the last two days with 150+ people, most of whom I’d never before met. About half were Masters swim coaches being mentored by some of the most experienced Masters coaches in the U.S. The other half were a cross section of USMS’s demographic: committed swimmers “swimming for life,” spanning three generations, males and females, all shapes, sizes and speeds.

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Member Featured in Local News Program

Sue Moucha just keeps going. The four-time paralympian and world record holder was recently featured in the “On The Journey” column of Tampa Bay’s Fox News. Moucha, who’s been a USMS member since 1986 and swims with Florida Maverick Masters, was born with cerebral palsy, which affects most of her right side. Moucha has managed to shatter any misconception about what it means to be disabled. She swims 4-5 times a week about 3000 yards per practice session. She holds world records and American records from the International Paralympics Committee. “All my swimming, whether it be practice or competing at a meet or open water event is able-bodied. That is a milestone for me. I swim for therapy and because I love the sport. I love the competition and the respect I have from my fellow swimmers,” Moucha says. View the "On the Journey" piece for more on this inspirational swimmer.


Masters Swimmers Come Full Circle

Much of what I do today can be traced back to the first day I joined a Masters swimming program. The beauty of it is that now, more than ten years later I share the deck with the same coach who first introduced me to Masters swimming.

My foray into Masters swimming began with a simple pit stop. I was a pre-dawn runner, and one morning I was on the road and needed a break. The nearest restroom was at the community recreation center. On my way out, I paused to read the notice board. I don't remember the exact wording on the flyer, but I do remember seeing 5 a.m. recreational swimmers welcome, all levels.

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Lake Water Valley, Windsor, Colo.USMS 3-6 Mile National Championships

The USMS 3-6 mile National Championships in Windsor, Colo. will be a 6 kilometer open water swim - 3 ½ - miles, held in Lake Water Valley on Saturday, June 19th, 2010. 

Windsor is a small community located about an hour’s drive north of Denver, near the larger cities of Ft. Collins, Loveland and Greeley. Lake Water Valley, a manmade lake, is part of Water Valley's 27-hole golf course, which is known for having the most shoreline of any golf course in America.

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Previous Ransom Arthur Award Recipients at Spring Nationals 2010Previous Ransom Arthur Award Recipients Welcome Lynn Hazlewood

Long-time volunteer Lynn Hazlewood of Reston Masters Swim Team was awarded USMS's highest honor in May. The award is presented every year at Spring Nationals. Hazlewood was unable to attend, however, eight previous recipients of the award were on deck in Atlanta to honor her and welcome her to this supergroup of volunteers. From left to right are Nancy Ridout, Sandi Rousseau, Kathy Casey, Barry Fasbender, Jim Miller, Mel Goldstein, Betsy Durrant and Paul Hutinger. Hazlewood, 64, was honored for her enduring commitment to USMS and her 20-year history as a problem solver and active volunteer in critical areas within the organization. Look for more in the July-August issue of SWIMMER and visit the History and Archives section of the website to read President Jeff Moxie's speech honoring Hazlewood, delivered by Past President Rob Copeland in Atlanta.


Lake Del Valle,  Livermore, Calif.USMS 1-3 Mile Open Water Championships

It takes a consolidated effort to pull off a perfect open water Masters competition. The 2010 USMS 1-3 Mile Open Water Championships on June 6 will demonstrate the teamwork of Tri-Valley Masters Swimming at the beautiful Lake Del Valle in the Livermore, Calif., wine country of San Francisco's East Bay region.

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Sunday: Day Four at 2010 Spring Nationals

USMS Executive Director Rob Butcher and Olympic Gold Medalist Rowdy Gaines recap Day 4 of the 2010 U.S. Masters Short Course Nationals held at Georgia Tech Aquatic Center.

Day Four put the cap on an amazing weekend. In today's recap, we take a look at some of the critical people involved in putting on an event of this magnitude: volunteers, officials, and coaches. More great swimmer stories are highlighted as well, and be sure to watch to the very end for a special treat...

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Saturday: Day Three at Spring Nationals

USMS Executive Director Rob Butcher and Olympic Gold Medalist Rowdy Gaines recap Day 3 of the 2010 U.S. Masters Short Course Nationals held at Georgia Tech Aquatic Center.

Records continue to fall like dominoes here in Atlanta. More amazing swims from Rowdy Gaines, as well as Cullen Jones and Nick Brunelli, and a host of other Masters swimmers. Several events were hotly contested, including the Men's 500 free, 100 breast, 50 fly, 200 IM, 100 free, 50 back, and the 200 free relays.

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Friday: Day Two at Spring Nationals

USMS Executive Director Rob Butcher and Olympic Gold Medalist Rowdy Gaines recap Day Two of the 2010 U.S. Masters Short Course Nationals held at Georgia Tech Aquatic Center.

Day Two saw more than 30 national records fall in the events contested, which included the 400 IM, 200 free, 50 breast, 200 back and 100 fly. The first relay of the meet, the mixed 200 free relay, amped up the fun and portends more fun on Saturday and Sunday.

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Thursday: Day One at Spring Nats

USMS Executive Director Rob Butcher and Olympic Gold Medalist Rowdy Gaines recap Day One of the 2010 U.S. Masters Short Course Nationals held at Georgia Tech Aquatic Center.

Distance swimmers set a fast pace today, with multiple national records broken in both the 1000 and 1650 freestyle events and many inspirational swims by USMS members of all ages and abilities. Join us tomorrow as the 400 IM, 200 free and other events are contested.

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