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    WSJ Article on Masters Swimming

    Even our friend Aquageek gets a mention!
    http://www.wsj.com/articles/in-u-s-m...ace-1438622826

    I think the article is fine as far as it goes, but it would be nice if they at least mentioned that competition IS a big facet of masters swimming for lots of us. Sure lots of USMS members do not compete, but how many other adult sports can boast of having an annual national championship event where ~2,000 athletes compete?
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    Re: WSJ Article on Masters Swimming

    Quote Originally Posted by james lucas View Post
    The article won't draw as many people to the pool as Mark Spitz did a generation ago
    43 years is more than a generation!

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    Re: WSJ Article on Masters Swimming

    The article says:

    But for athletes who—because of injury or a been-there-done-that sense of ennui—have crossed their final finish line, U.S. Masters Swimming offers a way to stay race-day fit in the absence of competition. The group doesn’t pressure its members to compete and reassures prospective members that only 25% of its swimmers do compete. That strategy helps explain why Masters Swimming membership grew about 50% in the 10 years ended in 2014, to more than 62,000, says executive director Rob Butcher. “We want people to swim for health and fitness,” he says.
    The article isn't likely to draw as many new swimmers as Mark Spitz did a generation ago, but it'll help ...
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    Re: WSJ Article on Masters Swimming

    This is a great article that reinforces how unique Masters swimming is. Some members are there to compete (whether in meets, open water events or triathlons), while others are there to have fun. I love it!

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