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.
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
The USMS offered 12 national championship events in 2016, the short-course and long-course nationals and seven open-water/long distance events. The first table below presents the 2017 schedule for four of these USMS national championships. The second table summarizes the number of competitors, by gender and selected age groups, for four of the 2016 national swimming championships. The remaining tables present the national champions and the number of competitors in three of the four national championships.
|2014 USMS Spring (Short Course) National Championship||May 1||Santa Clara, CA|
|2014 USMS 1-Mile Open Water Championship||June 7||Lake Berryessa, CA|
|2014 USMS 10-Mile Open Water Championship||July 26||Wayzata, MN|
|2014 USMS Summer (Long Course) National Championship||August 13||College Park, MD|