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  • Technique and Training

How to Do Underwater Kicks

The major components of successful underwater kicking are maintain a stable platform, create as much propulsion as possible, maintain equal propulsion and tempo in both directions, and maintain a posture that reduces drag.

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  • Open Water

How to Find and Swim in New Open Water Locations

Review these 10 factors to help determine whether the waterway is safe for swimming.

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  • Technique and Training

When to Breathe in Freestyle and Butterfly Sprints

For many years, coaches have talked about limiting breathing in freestyle and butterfly sprints. But is it a good practice for Masters swimmers to follow? Although it would be nice to have a one-size-fits-all answer, the reality is that it’s di...

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  • Technique and Training

How to Swim Freestyle

The major components of successful freestyle are strong catch and propulsive arm action, effective, constant kicking action, streamlined posture, and great timing.

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  • Human Interest

Spring Nationals Provides Former Lanemates an Opportunity to Reunite

David McCarty didn’t need much persuasion to compete at the 2022 U.S. Masters Swimming Spring National Championship. The Puget Sound Masters member was convinced after a close friend texted him telling him that McCarty was going.

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  • Events

Get Ready for Fast and Fun Times at 2022 Summer Nationals

Pack your tech suit, swim cap, competition goggles, and anything else you need to race at the 2022 USMS Summer National Championship in Richmond, Virginia, Aug. 3–7.

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  • Human Interest

Two USMS Members to be Inducted Into the Masters International Swimming Hall of Fame in 2022

Doris Steadman and Jane Katz will be inducted this year into the Masters International Swimming Hall of Fame on Oct. 15 in Fort Lauderdale, Florida. Steadman, who swam for Garden State Masters, will enter posthumously as an Honor Swimmer, and Katz, a...

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  • About USMS

USMS Coaches Help Members by Teaching, Motivating, and Inspiring

What makes a coach awesome is subjective, but there seem to be some universal traits that appeal to many Masters swimmers: Good communicator. Cares for their athletes. Offers social activities after major events. Creates an environment that both teac...

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  • About USMS

USMS Coaches Help Build Clubs Through Fun and Comfortable Environments

Taking over an existing team isn’t without challenges: Establishing new expectations for your swimmers. Gaining trust and buy-in from those same swimmers. Inspiring them to set and then exceed goals.

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  • Technique and Training

How to Swim Breaststroke

The major components of successful breaststroke are strong catch and propulsive arm action, strong catch and effective kick action, drive forward, timing of the arms and legs, and streamline posture.

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