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Concho Pearl
July 4th, 2006, 10:51 AM
What is the difference between the USMS and USA Swimming and FINA?

jean sterling
July 4th, 2006, 01:14 PM
Originally posted by Concho Pearl
What is the difference between the USMS and USA Swimming and FINA?

USMS stands for United States Masters Swimming and is for age groups over 19. USA Swimming is the governing body for age group (younger age groups) and open swimming. USA Swimming includes youngsters under six, Olympians, masters swimmers (if they so desire), and American Olympic Swimmers. FINA is the international governing body.

Rob Copeland
July 5th, 2006, 12:07 AM
Also, USMS swimmers have way more fun than USA-Swimming or FINA swimmers!!!!!!!

And we now allow 18 year olds to join.

July 5th, 2006, 01:51 PM
Don't say the FINA Federation of Brazilians don't have fun. If you want to have fun at Worlds go with the Brazilians. They are wonderful and fun to be with.


July 5th, 2006, 05:03 PM
Federation Internationale de Natacion Amateur, or International Federation of Amateur Swimming. The FINA rules govern the rest of the national entities. The brazilian one is called Associação Brasileira de Natação Master. My own state has the Associação Goiana de Natação Master. I pay dues to my state association and compete within the state. I may compete in the Brazilian meets but am not up to them. Take care, billy fanstone from Brazil.