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Masters Weekly News Friday, November 13, 2020

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Friday, November 13, 2020



1.  Words from Coach Mark
2.  Polar Bear Club Challenge & Logo Contest
3.  2021 USMS Membership Renewal
4.  USMS Fall Fitness Challenge
5.  Swim Tips  



Words from Coach Mark


Encourage & Acknowledge our Teammates

It is fun and motivating to hear positive encouragement coming from fellow swimmers.

A small "let's go" can be just the positive boost your lane mates need in the middle of a long difficult set.

Acknowledge each other. Is somebody in your lane having an exceptional day?

Let them know!



Polar Bear Club Challenge & Logo Contest


Yes, we are doing the Polar Bear Club this year!

Here is how it works:

Swim as many workouts as you can between Monday, December 7th and Sunday, January 3rd (4 weeks). No Workout Christmas Day.

Membership is available at three levels depending on the number of practices attended.

GOLD MEMBER – 17 practices

SILVER MEMBER – 15 practices

BRONZE - 12 practices


1. To ensure that all your practices count in your total you must have completed your 2021 USMS registration.

2. Each swimmer will be keeping individual records of their attendance and distance swum.

3.  Submit a logo design by Friday, November 20 (no more than 3 colors, submit jpeg) Winner will be selected on Monday, November 23.

4.  Complete the online registration to enter the challenge (sign-up will open soon!)



USMS 2020 Membership Renewal

Polar Bear Club Challenge is coming soon – All swimmers must have their 2021 USMS membership to have their workouts count.





USMS Fall Fitness 1 Mile Challenge

New for USMS members in 2020!

We partnered with so you can input your results on their app to benchmark your time for the future, compare against other swimmers, and join in on the social fun. Swimmers can upload swims or workouts using a compatible device (Garmin, Apple Watch, etc.), or they can be manually uploaded, so don’t worry if you don’t have a smartwatch!

Here is how it works:

1.        Link your My USMS account and account (this is required as the challenge is a USMS member benefit)

2.        Find and join the challenge on the app (here is how)

o          If you are on your phone, click these links to go right to them: 1,650-Yard Swim | 1,500-Meter Swim | 30-Minute Workout

3.        Complete your swim or workout

4.        Log it on the app

5.        Bask in the glory of your accomplishment, receive your badge on, and maybe see where you rank against others :) 


We will swim the Mile during the week of Nov. 16-21  


Registered swimmers receive exclusive discounts from our partners, sample packs from SmartyPants Vitamins, and a cool event swim cap.

Note: cap is latex. Please email [email protected] if you do not wish to receive the cap. 

Entry Fees

USMS members get a $5 discount on their entry fees. Make sure you are a member to take advantage of this discount! Join USMS here.

Member price:

November 1-November 30: $12

Event Information is available at:  



5 Steps on How to Perform an Effective Streamline Position

To perform an effective streamline position, you should be in a long torpedo shape. You should ensure their fingers, hands, arms, head, body, legs, and feet are on the same level plane.

1. Fingers should be closed and pointing in the direction you wish to travel.

2. Hands should be placed on top of one another, with the thumb of the upper hand wrapped around the outside of the lower hand, locking them into position. They should be pointing in the direction you wish to travel.

3. Arms should be fully extended to narrow the shoulders. They should be pointing in the direction you wish to travel. There should be no bend at the elbows.  

4. Head should be positioned so that your biceps are squeezed tightly at the rear of the swimmer’s head, to facilitate a straight streamlined arm position.

5. Body should be in a flat and horizontal position with your core engaged.





-Coach Mark        






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