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Quote for the Week of January 25, 2010

"Trials, temptations, disappointments -- all these are helps instead of hindrances, if one uses them rightly. They not only test the fiber of character but strengthen it...Every trial endured and weathered in the right spirit makes a soul nobler and stronger than it was before."

~James Buckham

25 Jan 10 @ 1:59 AM  | 0 comments  |  Quote for the Week category

USMS Statement on Swimsuits


Due to the change in Masters swimwear rules published by FINA January 16, 2010, and pursuant to Article 601.4.8, the USMS Rules Committee and the USMS Executive Committee have approved the following emergency changes to the USMS swimwear rules. These changes are effective immediately for short course meters and long course meters competition. The changes are effective June 1, 2010 for short course yards competition. Note that the new swimwear rules no longer allow modesty/privacy wear underneath the competition suit nor zippers or fasteners of any kind except for a waist tie on a brief or jammer. The new swimwear rules will not govern the One Hour Swim being conducted January 2010.

Changes to the swimwear rules are underlined below.


102.14.1 Design-The swimsuits worn for competition shall be nontransparent and conform to the current concept of the appropriate. The referee shall have authority to bar offenders from competition until they comply with this rule.

102.14.2 Swimwear shall include only a swimsuit, cap and goggles (a nose clip and ear plugs are allowed). Arm bands or leg bands shall not be regarded as parts of the swimsuit and are not allowed.

102.14.3 In swimming competitions, the competitor must wear only one swimsuit in one or two pieces. All swimsuits shall be made from textile materials. Except for open water competitions, for men, the swimsuit shall not extend above the navel nor below the knees, and for women, shall not cover the neck, extend past the shoulder, nor extend below the knees.

102.14.4 Only swimsuits complying with FINA swimsuit specifications may be worn in any U.S. Masters Swimming sanctioned or recognized competition.

102.14.5 Exemptions to the foregoing restrictions may be granted to a swimmer, on a case by case basis, by the Chair of the Rules Committee or designee. Exemptions will be granted only for conflicts due to the swimmer's verified religious beliefs or verified medical conditions.

A Procedures for applying for an exemption will be established by the Rules Committee and posted on the U.S. Masters Swimming website.

B No exemption to these restrictions will be granted for a swimsuit that will give the swimmer a competitive advantage.

C The decision of the Rules Chair may be appealed only to the entire Rules Committee whose decision shall be final and binding on all parties.

102.14.6 Swimmers are not permitted to wear or use any device or substance or swimsuit to help their speed, pace, buoyancy or endurance during a race (such as webbed gloves, flippers, fins, etc.). Goggles may be worn, and rubdown oil applied if not considered excessive by the Referee. Any kind of tape on the body is not permitted unless approved by the Referee.

102.14.7 Advertising-Products involving tobacco, alcohol or pharmaceuticals containing drugs banned under IOC or FINA rules may not be advertised, but the advertiser's name only may be used. Offenders may be barred from competition until they comply with this rule.

For any questions contact: Kathy Casey, Chair USMS Rules Committee

You may also view the Emergency Rule Change at usms.org.

20 Jan 10 @ 1:38 AM  | 0 comments  |  Meets, Open Water, and Other Events | Open Water Swimming category

Quote for the Week of January 18, 2010

"The first step to getting the things you want out of life is this: Decide what you want."

~Ben Stein

18 Jan 10 @ 10:05 AM  | 0 comments  |  Quote for the Week category

JAM for MS!

kristen-adams.jpg ~By Kristen Adams

MS is not going to kill me. It does, however, make my life slightly more aggravating. And for that I consider myself pretty lucky. Because the aggravating stuff reminds me to do the following:

Those are all pretty cool things, and I'm glad I have a constant reminder to practice them.

Insurance companies are particularly fond of providing new opportunities for personal growth. My husband's employer switched plans at the end of the summer and I was denied the medication I needed for several months while the new company reviewed my case. The pain, tremors, fatigue, dizziness and weakness that are the hallmarks of my MS returned. I was pretty sick for a couple of months and couldn't swim. Happy ending: my meds were approved and I'm in the pool again.

My dream for the MS Plunge for Parcells is that we can raise enough money to provide creative assistance for MS patients. Whether it's a gap in insurance coverage, help with a co-pay, handicap accessible van rides, yoga or acupuncture ... there are so many small things we can do to smooth out the rough edges of someone's day.

Please go to Dynoswim and join the Jam.

Thank you,

Kristen Adams

13 Jan 10 @ 2:13 AM  | 1 comments  |  Meets, Open Water, and Other Events | Swimmer Profiles category

Quote for the Week of January 11, 2010

"You're alive. Do something. The directive in life, the moral imperative was so uncomplicated. It could be expressed in single words, not complete sentences. It sounded like this: Look. Listen. Choose. Act."

~Barbara Hall (Excerpt from A Summons to New Orleans, 2000)

11 Jan 10 @ 1:36 AM  | 0 comments  |  Quote for the Week category

Jammer Highlight: Dynoswim Palm Coast

PoolCold-003.jpg ~By Glenn Partelow

Down here in Florida we are building our yardage slowly for the January Jam. We are swimming "OUTSIDE" with air temperatures ranging from the mid-thirties to the mid 40's for our scheduled 6 PM swims! Although the water is near 80, there is a bit of a sacrifice when you consider the wind chill and the sea fog that envelops those repeats! We swim on!

Friday night most of us declined to swim. Corrine La Fountain snuck in early at 4 PM to avoid the cold. Glenn Partelow was in at 5:30 and left after just 1500 yards. The 'sea fog' enveloped the local swimmers off and on throughout the late hours. We vowed to return Sunday at 11 AM to salvage the Friday night workout. Temperatures for Sunday's swim may be just 40 Degrees.

10 Jan 10 @ 2:24 PM  | 1 comments  |  Dynoswim Palm Coast | Meets, Open Water, and Other Events | Swimmer Profiles category

Jammer Highlight: Dan Martin

Dan Martin is a participant in the January Jam and we thought we'd let other participants know what he is up to:

The Global Triathlon from Daniel Martin on Vimeo.

An extreme test of both physical and mental resolve to circumnavigate the globe, combining an epic journey with the ultimate endurance sport:

Trans-Atlantic SWIM: New York to France

Inter-continental CYCLE: France to Alaska

Trans-continental RUN: Alaska to New York

The Global Triathlon

Dan will be setting out on Saturday May 8th 2010 from the base of the Statue of Liberty to swim 3426 miles east to Brest, France, arriving 10 weeks later in July. During this time he will be swimming along side a yacht where he will take half-hour breaks every two hours and sleep overnight.

At the end of each day's 8-hour swim, he will use a GPS system to mark his finishing point, and start from this spot the next day (to resist gaining any advantage from overnight 'floating' of the support boat). Dan will be first person to ever swim NYC to France without overnight drift and without flippers.

From Brest he will cycle east for 7995 miles to Uelen in Russia, crossing through Siberia and arriving at the Bering Straits in February 2011. From here he will complete a "Polar Bear Swim" (clambering over ice and swimming through open water) across the 50 mile straits to Wales, Alaska. Upon arriving in Alaska he will run to Fairbanks, navigating via snowmobile tracks and frozen rivers, and then on a further 5012 miles to New York, arriving in time to complete the New York Marathon in November 2011 as the final leg of his journey.

You can follow Dan on his website and twitter page!

9 Jan 10 @ 11:15 AM  | 0 comments  |  Meets, Open Water, and Other Events | Swimmer Profiles | Triathlon category

Submitting & Saving Workout Tips

Tip # 1

Follow these steps if you're participating in the January Jam and you want the quickest way to enter your total distance swum. (We'd prefer if you enter it set by set so it becomes a quality workout in the database, but we understand everyone's time constraints.):

Step 1:
Workout Name: It's up to you
Pool Type: Enter whatever distance type you prefer (the results page will convert it automatically to yards)
Workout Category: Pick what best applies
Visible: choose "no" since this would not be a workout another swimmer would want to search for in the database.

Step 2:
Set Type: Swim
Stroke: Up to you
Repetition: 1
Distance: whatever distance you swam using meters or yards depending what you selected in the previous step
Interval: doesn't really matter but however long you swam (in minutes)
Click the "next" button

Step 3:
Verify what's been entered is correct, and click "finish"

Step 4:
On the confirmation page, click the "workout" link, and then click the "save" link at the top of the workout. Enter the date you completed the workout.

Tip # 2

If you tend to do the same workout each day, you could follow these steps to save time:
Instead of submitting the workout each time, you could also just log into your account, and go to "View your completed workouts". Select the workout you want to save again and just save it with the date(s) you've completed it.

Tip # 3

Use the Search Swim Workouts functionality to find a workout, print it out and bring it to the pool. Once you complete it simply log in and "save" the workout.

Tip # 4

If you are submitting a workout for the Jam, in addition to submitting the workout you must also "save" it.

6 Jan 10 @ 1:22 PM  | 1 comments  |  Website category

January Jammers - Steps to Submit a Workout

Click here for steps to submit a workout.

4 Jan 10 @ 5:05 AM  | 0 comments  |  Website category

Quote for the Week of January 4, 2010

"One of the sanest, surest, and most generous joys of life comes from being happy over the good fortune of others."

~Robert A. Heinlein

4 Jan 10 @ 1:27 AM  | 0 comments  |  Quote for the Week category

Updated January Jam Results Pages

Updated 1/7/10:
The age group and team affiliation reports have been updated as well.

I added functionality to the January Jam results pages so you could click on a users name and view the workouts they completed. Currently, I only added it to the distance report, but I'll add it to the other reports shortly.

3 Jan 10 @ 9:22 PM  | 0 comments  |  Website category

1st Day Jamming

This morning the Westport Weston Family Y had a number of January Jam participants logging a lot of yardage for the first day of the Jam. Enjoy a few of the pictures that Kristen took with her iPhone.

What was your first day of Jamming like?

1 Jan 10 @ 5:27 PM  | 0 comments  |  Meets, Open Water, and Other Events category

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