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




2014 USMS National Championships
EventDateLocation
2014 USMS Spring (Short Course) National ChampionshipMay 1Santa Clara, CA
2014 USMS 1-Mile Open Water ChampionshipJune 7Lake Berryessa, CA
2014 USMS 10-Mile Open Water ChampionshipJuly 26Wayzata, MN
2014 USMS Summer (Long Course) National ChampionshipAugust 13College Park, MD


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