Sports Competition for Adults Over 40: A Participants Guide to 27 Sports
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Swimming

The United States Masters Swimming ("USMS") is the sponsoring organization for competitive adult swimming in the U.S. With more than 48,000 members, it is one of the largest organizations devoted exclusively to sport for adults. For my experience competing in the One Hour Postal National Championship, see The Aging Athlete -- "The 60-minute Crawl."

The USMS requires swimmers who wish to swim in three or more events in the two National Championships (Short course and Long Course)to achieve National Qualifying Times (NQTs). The formula for the NQTs can be found on the USMS website. Any swimmer may compete in these two National Championships without meeting the NQTs, but may not compete in three or more events. In 2018, the US Masters Summer (Long Course) National Championship will not be held in favor of the UANA Pan American Masters Championship (see schedule below)

United States Masters Swimming
1751 Mound St. Suite 201
Sarasota, FL 34236
Tracy Grilli - Member Services Manager
Phone: (800) 550-7946
Fax: (941) 556-7946
http://www.usms.org

The USMS offered 12 national championship events in 2017, the short-course and long-course nationals and seven open-water/long distance events. The first table below presents the 2018 schedule for selected USMS national championships. The second table summarizes the number of competitors, by gender and selected age groups, for four of the 2017 national swimming championships. The remaining tables present the national champions and the number of competitors in three of the four national championships.




2009 Masters Swimming National Championships
EventDateLocation
USMS Postal SwimJanuary 1Across the U.S.A.
USMS Short Course NationalsMay 7Fresno, CA
USMS Open Water One Mile SwimMay 11Clovis, CA
USMS Long Course NationalsAugust 6Indianapolis, IN


2008 - National Swimming Championships Summary Table
Event Total Competitors Over 40 Women Competitors Over 40 Men Over 60 Men Over 70 Women Over 60
Short Course Nationals 4794 1983 653 234 437
    Percent   100%   41%   14%   5%   9%
Long Course Nationals 3016 1322 665 289 538
    Percent   100%   44%   22%   10%   18%
One Hour Postal Swim 1603 742 189 68 153
    Percent   100%   46%   12%   4%   10%
One Mile Open Water Swim 97 32 15 3 3
    Percent   100%   33%   15%   3%   3%

The term é─˙competitorsé─¨ refers to the entries in each event. In swimming a single individual may enter several events (e.g. freestyle, backstroke, breaststroke, butterfly). For this reason, an individual may represent multiple "competitors" in this table.


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