AB Masters - February 2018 monthly Update

Good morning fellow Master swimmers.

Here is your February update. Even though it is a short month I have a plethora of information for you.

There is one schedule change at this time. Our practice on Saturday February 3rd will be starting at 7:00 a.m. and lasting until 8:30 a.m. This is the All Open Masters Practice. I think it is good to have joint practices and make new relationships across the swimming community right here in our own backyard. As always there will be coffee, bagels and other goodies to enjoy afterwards.

U.S. Masters Swimming has launched the Inaugural SmartyPants Vitamins USMS Fitness Series. This new event is to help swimmers reach their fitness goals year-round and support a great cause. The Fitness Series is a great way to bring our club/workout group together for three inclusive and fun challenges: a 30-minute swim in the winter, a 2K swim in the summer, and a 1-mile swim in the fall. The money raised goes to the Swimming Saves Lives Foundation. I attached a brochure that summarizes some aspects of the fitness series.

The SmartyPants Vitamins USMS Fitness Series starts off with the Winter Fitness Challenge, which we are going to host this on February 17th, 2018. This will take place during our normal practice time. I encourage you to bring anyone to practice that day. Non-members are welcomed, but they need to be able to swim at least a 25 freestyle. The event is a 30-minute swim, done in any manner desired. If you're just getting into swimming or back to it after a long time away from the pool, swimming for 30 minutes is a solid fitness goal. Here is the link to sign up;https://www.clubassistant.com/club/form/usms_verify.cfm?form_type=Event%20Registration&c=2426&cid=76207

The new 2018 USMS registration period is now open for those that wish to renew or become a new member of USMS. You will logged into the USMS website (usms.org) and go to the heading Local Programs, then select LMSC info, then click on the state of Ohio or click this link; http://www.usms.org/reg/register.php?LMSCID=17

Here is the listing of meets, by date that are within a few hours’ drive of Cincinnati.

• Miami Redfin Masters (SCY), Oxford OH – February 10th, 2018 (entry form attached)

• The Maehr Mile (SCY), Lexington, KY - February 18th, 2018

• Wildcat Masters Invitational (SCY), Lexington, KY - March 4th, 2018

• Swim against Huntington's Disease Master Meet – Columbus OH (SCY) April 14th, 2018    


Entries and specific met information can be found on the USMS website at this link;http://www.usms.org/comp/event_search.php?utm_campaign=top_nav&utm_medium=events_and_results

Like last year, the YMCA of Greater Cincinnati will send one team to compete in the 2018 YMCA National Masters Meet in Fort Lauderdale, Florida on April 19-22.  Masters swimmers from any YMCA of Greater Cincinnati branch are welcome to participate. By competing as one team representing our Y association, we will be able to have relays and will create a more fun and supportive experience for our swimmers. I have attached the informational flyer which contains all the meet information and steps to get registered.


Thanks to all swimmers and AB coaches and Y staff for their support and commitment to our Master’s program.


As always please contact me if you have any questions.


Take care,


C.J. Rushman

SR. 2, Masters & Pre-comp Coach

USMS Great Lakes Zone Chair

USMS ~ ASCA Level 3 Certified Coach

USA Triathlon Level 1 Certified Coach