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  • Technique and Training

How to Master Your Backstroke Start

Backstroke starts have changed drastically over the years. Swimmers used to be able to stand on the ledge of the gutter for their backstroke start before a rule change eliminated the practice. They then began curling their toes over the gutter’...

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  • About USMS

U.S. Masters Swimming, USA Swimming Sign Multi-Year Partnership With Golden Road Brewing

U.S. Masters Swimming and USA Swimming announced a multi-year partnership with Golden Road Brewing on Wednesday.

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  • Coaches Only

How to Build a Community in Your Program

Building a Masters club takes more than just recruiting swimmers and finding pool time. Those are big challenges for new groups, but to see your group flourish and thrive, invest some time and energy in building a true community.

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  • Coaches Only

How Much Butterfly Should be in Workouts?

Success in butterfly competition requires swimming butterfly in practice from time to time. But how much? And what about the folks who swim the occasional individual medley but possess no motivation to include better butterfly on their bucket list? H...

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  • Triathlon

How to Adjust Your Triathlon Training Plan Mid-Season

You’ve embarked on a triathlon season with the best intention of maintaining a training regimen for your race schedule and goals. You may have even chosen the periodization training scheme to ensure that you’ll develop endurance, taper, a...

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  • Technique and Training

How Many Strokes Should You be Taking?

Building on the study by Texas Ford Aquatics Coach James Smith that was published in the Journal of International Society of Swimming Coaching in 2012, we can create a formula to figure out how many strokes you should be taking per length based on ho...

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  • Triathlon
  • Open Water

How to Do Open Water Swimming Race Starts and Finishes

Open water races and triathlons require participants to start and finish either in the water or on solid ground, whether that’s a beach, shoreline, dock, or something else. Practicing these types of starts and finishes is critical for success. ...

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  • Open Water

Which Wetsuit is Right for You?

Selecting the right wetsuit can be daunting. There are many brands to choose from and with prices ranging up to $1,200 or more, buying one can be costly. But there are a lot of things you should consider beyond price. Is one wetsuit faster than anoth...

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  • Human Interest

Four USMS Members Get Masters International Swimming Hall of Fame Nod

The Masters International Swimming Hall of Fame (MISHOF), which was formerly known as IMSHOF, announced its 2019 class last month. Eight aquatic athletes and contributors from five countries were named, including four U.S. Masters Swimming members. T...

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  • Events

IGLA 2019 a Meet to Remember

Peter Kingan was one of the busiest athletes at this year’s International Gay and Lesbian Aquatics championships in New York City. On some days, he woke up early to race in the swimming competition, then return in the afternoon to play a w...