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    How many years have you been in USMS?

    TODAY IS MY 70TH BIRTHDAY - WOW I'M GETTING TO THE EDGE OF OLD.
    THIS IS ALSO MY 30TH YEAR IN MASTERS. WHAT A JOURNEY IT HAS BEEN.
    HOW LONG HAVE YOU BEEN INVOLVED IN USMS - MASTERS?

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    Re: How many years have you been in USMS?

    Quote Originally Posted by orca1946 View Post
    TODAY IS MY 70TH BIRTHDAY - WOW I'M GETTING TO THE EDGE OF OLD.
    THIS IS ALSO MY 30TH YEAR IN MASTERS. WHAT A JOURNEY IT HAS BEEN.
    HOW LONG HAVE YOU BEEN INVOLVED IN USMS - MASTERS?
    67 years old,42 years in Masters.
    By the way,Happy Birthday
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    4 months, age 68. I swam laps for fitness on and off for 30 years, but this is the first time I got serious about it. I have yet to enter any races.

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    Happy birthday Orca - keep on truckin! I've only been in USMS for about 4-5 years, but swimming for 60+ I think.
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    Allen - way to go - way more than me. the others - good start keep going.

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    Re: How many years have you been in USMS?

    Quote Originally Posted by orca1946 View Post
    TODAY IS MY 70TH BIRTHDAY - WOW I'M GETTING TO THE EDGE OF OLD.
    THIS IS ALSO MY 30TH YEAR IN MASTERS. WHAT A JOURNEY IT HAS BEEN.
    HOW LONG HAVE YOU BEEN INVOLVED IN USMS - MASTERS?

    Happy birthday, Orca!
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    Happy birthday, Orca!

    Six years USMS. Why I waited twelve years after high school to start I have yet to figure out
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    Happy birthday! Man, you've seen a few things change, eh?

    I just celebrated my 48th bday this week and I *think* I've been in USMS for 4 years now. It's been such an amazing gift to have new friends, a way to keep healthy, have a way to focus and compete, and honestly, it has kept my mind in check. I used to have mild depression with some frequency and the team/swimming has kept that at bay the whole time I've been in. Love y'all!
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    Happy birthday, Orca!

    I am just a noob in my 7th year USMS, with a 20 year swimming hiatus before that.
    On taper since 2012

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    Happy Birthday! Welcome to the Septuagenarian age group! Look forward to meeting you and competing with you at the end of the month. I swam in my first masters meet in 1972, but have not been a member the whole time, due to two overseas jobs and some moves to places without a pool or a program. Around 35+ years, including six as a masters swimmer in England ('77 - '80 and '87 - 90).

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    I'm mentally trying to adjust to 70 as a # that is now my age. That used to be old, but now offers me a new age group to swim in.

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    Re: How many years have you been in USMS?

    The first few pages of this report will give you some interesting membership statistics from the past 30 years.

    Anna Lea Matysek

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    Aztimm - good story. Many people are not sure they can swim on teams and then they try and discover many friends and coaches that make it a priority.

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    I struggled in the slowest lane and did maybe half the workout that first day. But I went back...and kept going back. As I moved and traveled, I've swum with different teams.
    That's the essence of Masters Swimming. Glad to have you aboard!!!

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    Thanks for the report Jayhawk

    That report explains why it just got tougher aging in to the 50 - 54 LOL.

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    I registered when I was 25 and I'll be 35 in a month. Ten years!

    I regret not registering right after college.
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    I joined around September 2002, so I'm going on 14 years. Since joining I've attended nine short course nationals, two long course nationals, two worlds, and one Canadian nationals!

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    Re: How many years have you been in USMS?

    I started swimming with Rogue Valley Masters (Oregon) in August 2011, so this will be my 5th year swimming (I didn't swim when I was younger). My first ever swim meet was December 2011. Since then I've done just about one event (or more) per month, both open water and pool events. I've attended 2 SCY Nationals (going to my 3rd soon!), 3 LCM Nationals, and lots and lots of open water national championships.

    I'd say I'm pretty hooked at this point!!!

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    I joined six years ago, and I've absolutely loved it! My first SCY Nationals was two months after joining (Georgia Tech, 2010), and I've been to two other SCY Nationals since (Mesa, 2011 & Greensboro, 2012). I also competed in three LC Nationals (Auburn, 2011; Mission Viejo, 2013; Maryland, 2014), and one World's (Montreal, 2014). What a blast!

    This is what I wrote about my first meet coming back from my setback after hip surgery:
    https://elaineiakstravels.wordpress.com/2016/04/12/it-feels-great-to-be-back/


    Last edited by ElaineK; April 14th, 2016 at 05:32 PM. Reason: I forgot Maryland, and had the date wrong for Montrreal.
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