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6 Ways To Make Something Out Of a Bad Swim Practice

By J.P. Mortenson, Swimming World College Intern. As swimmers, we all have days when we show up to practice and are completely fatigued before even getting in the water. Days when making even the warmup interval is a struggle. Your body just can’t do what you want it to, and you feel like you aren’t...

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Betty Brussel Breaks Three Age Group World Records at Age 99

At 99 years old, Betty Brussel is still in the water two days a week training. The Dutch-born British Columbia resident simply put her love for the sport in an interview with the Washington Post: "When I swim, I feel so happy" At 99, she broke three world records for the 100-104 age group (which she...

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Grown-Up Swimming Teams with US Masters to Create Fun Adult Leagues

When Brian Robbins returned to his old summer league in Atlanta, he was asked if he wanted to direct the adult summer league. He was a little surprised. This wasn't a kids' summer league. It was a new concept for him. "I was like, 'What?' A kickball league or softball league but for swimming. I didn...

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5 Reasons to Continue Swimming as a Lifelong Sport

By Lianne McCluskey Many collegiate swimmers look at the end of their college swimming eligibility as the beginning of "swammer" status; however, this does not have to be the case. U.S. Masters Swimming has referred to swimming as "the magic pill" for a reason - regardless of an individual's athleti...

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Swimming vs. Running: A Breakdown

There is a certain camaraderie between swimmers and runners. It’s indescribable, but the two cardio-intensive sports often are paired. Many swimmers try to cross-train into running and vice-versa, but find it difficult to adapt to the different mechanics that the other sport demands. The likes of Fl...

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5 Reasons Why 'Casual' Masters Swimming is Important

5 Reasons Why 'Casual' Masters Swimming is Important Masters swimming is seen by many as a way to continue competing after high school and college. However, most Masters swimmers do not compete in meets. US Masters Swimming estimates that fewer than half of its members compete. Even though these swi...

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USMS Elects Officers, Announces Award Winners at 2023 Annual Meeting

U.S. Masters Swimming (USMS) elected officers to its Board of Directors and honored many of its deserving volunteers and coaches with service awards at its 2023 annual meeting Sept. 8–10 in Houston. The following officers were elected: Ed Coates (South Texas) as president, Julie Dussliere (...

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World Masters Championships: 33 World Records Set, 132 Meet Records

The World Masters Championships concluded from Kyushu, Japan, and it was the fastest meets in masters history. There were 33 world records broken, tying the all-time record for most broken in one championship meet, set previously in Riccione, Italy, in 2012. There were also 132 championship meet...

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USMS Nationals: Laura Val Leads Six Records on Final Day

USMS Nationals: Laura Val Leads Six Records on Final Day The U.S. Masters Swimming (USMS) Summer National Championships concluded from Sarasota, Florida. Laura Val continued her strong, record-setting masters career with one more world age-group record on the final night of competition. She wasn't a...

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USMS Nationals Day 4: Holly Green Breaks Two Records

The U.S. Masters Swimming (USMS) Summer National Championships continued from Sarasota, Florida with several records set. The meet runs through Aug. 6 at the Selby Aquatic Center in Sarasota. Here are the records from Day 4 of Summer Nationals. Elizabeth De Herder, Palmetto Masters: women's 65-69 50...

USMS Announces Sites for 2024, 2025 Masters National Championships

U.S. Masters Swimming announced its 2024 and 2025 pool national championships on Tuesday. The 2024 USMS Summer National Championship will be Aug. 21–25, 2024, at the Marguerite Aquatic Complex in Mission Viejo, California. The 2025 USMS Spring National Championship will be April 24–27, 2025...