January/February 2024 SPMS Newsletter Desktop Mobile
The Matt Biondi St Patrick's Day Pentathlon SCY Meet is coming up on Sunday, March 17 and entries are now open! The meet is sponsored by Conejo Valley Multisport Masters. The location has changed and is now at the California Lutheran University Samuelson Aquatic Center in Thousand Oaks. It is also now at sprint/pentathlon format where swimmers swim a fifty of each stroke and 100 IM. The lowest combination for the five events are the age group winners with awards for 1st, 2nd and 3rd place. The fastest male and female in the 50 Free will be awarded the Matt Biondi Special Award. Our crowd pleaser Raffle Baskets will return and the Swim Guy will be on deck!
The Mission Viejo Masters SCY Meet is coming up on Sunday, March 3 and entries are now open! The meet will take place at the Marguerite Aquatic Center in Mission Viejo.
The Palm Springs Masters SCY Meet is now accepting registrations. The meet will take place on Sunday, February 25 at the Palm Springs Swim Center in Palm Springs. There will also be a SPMS Stroke and Turn Clinic on Saturday, February 24 starting at 2pm in the same facility.
We are accepting bids for 2024 swim meets. Please email us with your request.
What We're All About
Masters swimming is an organized program of swimming for adults. Masters swimming exists to promote health and fitness to its members who participate in a variety of ways ranging from lap swimming to international competition. Everyone has his or her own reason for joining Masters — health, fitness, camaraderie, fun, the thrill of competition, travel and coaching. Anyone 18 years of age or older can join. United States Masters Swimming, Inc. (USMS) provides the national administrative structure for Masters swimming, and it supports the local Masters programs. USMS was founded in 1970 and has 60,000 members with 1,000 local swim clubs located throughout the country. USMS holds national championships each year for short course yards in the spring and long course meters in the summer.
On the local level, Masters swimming is governed by Local Masters Swimming Committees (LMSC). The LMSCs in turn are composed of smaller groups: clubs, teams and un-affiliated swimmers. This is the web site for the Southern Pacific Masters Swimming (SPMS); the local association that encompasses Southern California and parts of Nevada. SPMS has more than 5,000 members.
For fitness and triathlete swimmers, being part of a Masters Swimming program provides a coached workout for help with swimming technique, and a pool full of teammates to encourage each other to continue with the swimming regimen. USMS also offers a Fitness Series throughout the year which includes a 30-minute, 2K, and 1 mile swim. Visit https://www.usms.org/events/fitness-events/fitness-series. Go the Distance is a self-directed program which encourages swimmers to track their own fitness and progress. More information may be found at https://www.usms.org/gothedistance. For swimmers who are interested in comparing themselves to other swimmers, USMS sponsors three ePostal National Championship Events that include a One Hour Swim, a 5k/10K Swim and a 3,000/6,000 Event. More information is located at https://www.usms.org/nationalchampionships.