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  • About USMS

USMS Grant Program Helps Clubs Get Through Coronavirus Pandemic

John Carroll didn’t know what was going to happen to his workout group last year. Like Masters programs across the country, Central Illinois Masters lost access to its pool in mid-March because of the coronavirus pandemic. Carroll worried that ...

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  • About USMS

Coach Appreciation Week: USMS Coaches Create Connection in and out of the Water

Monique Westreich has nothing but praise to share about her new Masters swim coach, Mike Kristufek. She began swimming with the Mount Lebanon Aqua Club in Pittsburgh this past September and in just a few short months she’s determined: “He...

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  • About USMS

Coach Appreciation Week: How USMS Coaches Create Awesome Club Experiences

Nashville Aquatic Club Masters Coach Ashley Whitney knows what it means to swim fast. She earned an Olympic gold medal in the women’s 4x200 freestyle relay at the 1996 Atlanta Games after all. But her ability to connect with swimmers of all sp...

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  • Triathlon
  • Technique and Training

Best Swimming Workouts for Triathletes

Here are five workouts for triathletes from U.S. Masters Swimming’s Workout Library, written by USMS coaches, that’ll help you improve your kick, breathing, pacing, and sprinting. These can each be completed in about an hour and will help...

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  • Open Water
  • Triathlon

How to Swim in Wavy Open Water Conditions

The open water presents ever-changing conditions that the open water swimmer’s motto “No Lanes, No Lines, No Walls” only begins to describe.

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  • Health and Nutrition

Essential Medical Needs for Masters Swimmers

We don’t think about it much, the hidden inner workings of the athlete’s body. It’s just sort of there. It’s always done what you’ve wanted in the past, why wouldn’t it just carry on now? Or forever?

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  • Open Water
  • Technique and Training

Pool Sets Adapted for Open Water

More pools are opening across the country, but some areas still aren’t back to normal because of space restrictions and programming needs. This means pool-only swimmers might have to venture into the open water for a good workout.

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  • Technique and Training

Tips and Drills to Improve Your Butterfly

One of the most common problems you’ll notice in butterfly is too much up and down motion. If you have a big wave or amplitude to your undulation, you’re exerting a lot of unnecessary energy for the wrong motions. That expenditure, which ...

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  • Health and Nutrition
  • Open Water

Can Cold Water Cure Dementia?

If you took part in a polar plunge to clear the cobwebs and ring in the New Year feeling refreshed and ready, you might want to consider adding some more chilly splashes the rest of the year. It might not all be in your head—or maybe that brand...

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  • Technique and Training

Try These Two Self-Talk Tips for Better Swimming

Self-talk is a powerful tool for overcoming doubts and achieving your goals, whether it’s to become a national champion or swim your first 100 butterfly.

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