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Masters News Update Friday, November 20, 2020


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Friday, November 20, 2020



1.  Words from Coach Mark
2.  Team Race Day
3.  Polar Bear Challenge
4.  USMS Fall Fitness Challenge
5.  Swim Tips  

FYI: Thanksgiving Day Practice Times

Dive Pool (6:00-7:30am) 18 swimmers
50M Pool (10:00-11:30am) – 32 swimmers


Words from Coach Mark


Take time today to appreciate others.  When you appreciate you elevate. You elevate your mood, performance, and the people around you.  

Have a great day!


Team Race Day – Pentathlon


Sunday, November 29 – Masters Race Day
Dive Pool (6:00-11:00am)

3 Sessions (must sign up for a session – 40 max per session)

6:30-6:50 warm-up
7:00-8:00 race

8:00-8:20 warm-up
8:30-9:30 race

9:30-9:50 warm-up
10:00-11:00 race



Date: November 21st - 22nd
Location: 50 Meter Pool
Time: 6:30-11:00 PM (Normal Practice Time)

Commitment Deadline: November 27th (Friday)

*Medals for each age group winners (add times)


Only athletes and coaches will be allowed on the pool deck. No spouses of family members will be volunteering for this event.

Athletes will be organized into 4-6 Heats and will remain in that heat and lane for the entirety of the race day.

Coaches will continue to wear PPE throughout the race day.

Athletes will be swimming ALL EVENTS listed.   


50 Fly, 50 Back, 50 Breast, 50 Free, 100 IM

Athletes will be swimming all events listed above.

This event list is subject to change.


SIGN UP TODAY to commit



Polar Bear Club Challenge  


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 TODAY, 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 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:  



How to Get the Most Out of Your Training


Listed below are some ways in which you can optimize your swimming training.


Train smarter, not harder  - adapt your training to how you are feeling during each workout remember to 'train not strain'

Train regularly  - swimming training should be performed regularly to achieve optimum results. Aim to train 3 to 4 workouts per week.

Make progress slowly  – take your time, get your body used to training at one level, before looking to further increase your training’s intensity.

Monitor heart rate  - monitoring your heart rate while swimming can help to ensure you are training at the optimum intensity.

Count strokes  - stroke counting can help you focus on your swimming technique. Stroke counting is monitoring the number of strokes it takes for you to complete a given distance.

Train with swim fins  - using swim fins can be very beneficial for reducing the intensity during a tough training set.

Train with a snorkel - using a swim snorkel can be very beneficial for reducing the intensity during a tough training set. It allows a swimmer to breathe when their face is in the water.

Recovery swims - should include easy paced swims, drills, and sculls





-Coach Mark         






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