Encouraging More Adults to Swim
2008 One Hour Postal Championships
How far can you swim in one hour? The most popular postal event sponsored by USMS is back again after the first of the year. Anyone can participate in their own pool any time in January by swimming as far as they can in a one hour period while a friend or team mate logs your yardage and splits. The entry form for the one hour postal swim is available for download here. Pace charts and split sheets are available here for use in swimming postal events.

2008 Check-Off Challenge
How many different events do you swim each year? If you are like most Masters swimmers, you probably only enter a handful of different events over the course of the year and find yourself swimming the same events over and over. If so, the USMS Check-Off Challenge is for you. This USMS sponsored fitness event lets you challenge yourself to complete each of the 18 pool events some time during the year. Participants will receive a T-shirt with the event logo and a list of each of the events that you can "check off" as you swim them throughout the year. The next mailing of T-shirts will occur in mid-March, 2008, for entries received by February 28, 2008. Additional mailings may occur as needed. The entry form can be found here.

November / December USMS SWIMMER
The November/December issue of USMS SWIMMER has been shipped to members. The cover story is about swimmers who brave below-freezing waters. Rounding out the feature well is a technique feature on perfecting the size and timing of the butterfly kick; a feature on Olympian, wife and mother Susan von der Lippe; and a feature on Australian Masters swimmers, who share similarities with USMS swimmers. Finally, the entry form for the 2008 One Hour Postal Swim is included in the issue.

September / October USMS SWIMMER
The September/October issue of USMS SWIMMER has been shipped to members. The cover story is about the Woodlands Masters, who hosted the 2007 Long Course Nationals in August. Rounding out the feature well is a technique feature on water polo fundamentals, an effective cross-training sport for swimming; a feature on Charlotte Davis, who has excelled in both synchronized swimming and masters swimming; and a feature on the fastest swimmers on earth (and it's not us!). Read more...

2007 Long Course Nationals
Congratulations to the meet hosts and all participants in the 2007 USMS Long Course National Championships at The Woodlands, TX for a fine weekend of swimming. Final meet results are available by age group, by event, and in a searchable database. There were 36 individual and 4 relay record-breaking performances at this meet. Read more...

July / August USMS SWIMMER
The July/August 2007 issue of USMS SWIMMER has been mailed to members. In this issue, Jeff Commings does double duty as the author of the Short Course Nationals feature and the cover model. Rounding out the feature well is a technique feature, narrated by Mo Chambers, on activating the core; an inspiring story of four women who learned to compete late in life; and an interview with Todd Smith, USMS new Executive Director.

2007 ASUA Pan American Masters Championships
The Amateur Swimming Union of the Americas held the 2nd A.S.U.A./U.A.N.A. Pan American Masters Swimming Championship from the 30th of August to September 3rd, 2007 in San Juan, Puerto Rico. Final meet results can be found here.

Todd Smith Named USMS Executive Director
Todd Smith has been named the Executive Director of United States Masters Swimming, President Rob Copeland announced Friday. “We are delighted to have Todd join USMS as our first executive director,” Copeland said. “This is the most significant step Masters swimming has taken since our founding in 1970, taking our program to the next level of management and leadership.  Todd brings a wealth of experience and passion to Masters swimming.”

Smith comes to USMS from USA Diving, Inc., where he was Executive Director and CEO for the past 25 years. During that period, Smith developed and implemented USA Diving’s strategic plan, which included creation of an online membership and event registration, and he increased the organization’s annual budget by 1100 percent. Read more...

2007 Short Course Nationals
The 2007 USMS Short Course National Championships were held from May 17-20 at the Weyerhaeuser King County Aquatic Center in Federal Way, WA. The final results of the meet are now available by age group, by event, and in a searchable database, as well as the team scores. There were 70 individual and 11 relay record-breaking performances at the meet. Congratulations to all participants and to the meet organizers for another excellent national championship event in Federal Way. Read more...

The May/June 2007 issue of USMS SWIMMER has been mailed to members. The personality feature cover story features Jim McConica—Community Activist, Beach Lifeguard...and (still) a REALLY Fast Swimmer! Rounding out the feature well is a story on using mental imagery as a formal part of training, a technique feature on breaststroke pullouts and a discussion of Nutraceuticals—supplements on the market for weight loss and performance enhancement. A preview and entry form for Long Course Nationals also appears in this issue. Read more...

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