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Wednesday, March 6, 2019


1.  Tips from Coach Mark
2.  Go the Distance   
3.  2019 USMS Spring National Championship
4.  Upcoming Swim Meets and Events


Tips from Coach Mark



1       Accelerate to the wall.

As you approach the wall, don’t slow your stroke rate or, even worse, glide into the wall. In either case, you will lose valuable momentum and time. Try to hold your stroke rate as you near the wall, increase your kicking speed and lengthen your neck on the final long stroke before tucking your head down for the flip. Avoid the short, choppy final stroke if you can. Carry that extra momentum through the turn.

2.       Look no higher than the bottom of the cross.

To judge the distance to the wall properly, you must look at some part of the wall. Otherwise the risk is too great of missing the wall, either too close or too far away. Most swimmers look straight into the black cross on the end of the pool before making the flip, lifting their heads substantially and slowing themselves down. If you look only at the very bottom of the black cross to gain that perspective, rather than straight forward, the head lift is considerably less. This enables you to maintain more speed and momentum going into the flip.

3.       Don’t breathe while starting the flip.

In sprints, it is advisable to not take a breath on the last stroke or two going into the turn. In the 200 or longer events, you need all of the oxygen you can get. So taking a breath on the final stroke approaching the wall is typical. However, some swimmers will take the breath and initiate the tumble at the same time, causing them to lose their perspective of where the wall is. Even if the breath is taken on the final stroke, make sure your head is back down before initiating the flip.


Good Luck!



Go The Distance


Go The Distance  is a self-directed event intended to encourage Masters swimmers to regularly exercise and track their progress. There’s no time limit for the distance milestones, except that they must be achieved in the calendar year. Speed doesn’t count—just the effort to attain whatever goal you set for yourself.

GTD is on the honor system—you track the distance you swim. Daily, weekly, or monthly, enter that information into your Fitness Log (FLOG). When you achieve certain milestones, you’ll have the opportunity to purchase GTD awards.

There’s no cost to enter GTD. You can register through your FLOG in the My USMS section of the website. Your FLOG allows you to track all your fitness activities—such as running, biking, weight training, and yoga—while participating in GTD. Track your weekly, monthly and annual totals online. Once you've entered GTD, your results are automatically included in the daily summary reports, and the link to purchase your milestone awards will appear on your FLOG when you reach the various milestones.

More information may be found at



2019 USMS Spring National Championship

April 25-28, 2019, Mesa, Ariz.

The entry deadline is March 25 at 11:59 p.m. Pacific time. Late entries are not accepted.



Upcoming Swim Meets and Events


2019 San Diego “PANCAKE PENTATHLON” and SCY Swim Meet - Mission Valley YMCA
Sunday, March 10, 2019


CVMM Matt Biondi SCY Masters Classic, Thousand Oaks, CA - Sun, Mar 17th

UCLA Short Course Yards, Los Angeles, CA - Sun, Apr 7th

USMS National Short Course Yards Championships, Mesa, AZ - Thu-Sun, Apr 25th-28th

Regional Championships, San Luis Obispo, CA - Fri-Sun, May 17th-19th





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