USMS National Long Course Championships

USMS National Long Course Championships

Post by mike » Fri, 30 Aug 1996 04:00:00


I swam at the Masters Long Course National Championships last weekend in
Ann Arbor, Michigan.  This was my first real serious competition in
almost 15 years.  It was a blast.  I did times that approached what I was
doing in college.  I see no reason why, in my late 30's I shouldn't be
able to improve on those times still and surpass my college times.  I
would recommend a big masters competition to any one out there that is
just listening in or thinking about competing or to anyone who feel like
they're getting old.  It was great!  Everyone was tapered down and most
serious swimmers were shaved.
The meet was run well.  Professionally and efficiently.  The depth of the
field in the freestyle events was great.  A little more depth in the
specialty events would have been nice but it allowed me to place in the
top ten.
The winning times were quite impressive in all age groups as demonstrated
by the numerous national and world records set during the meet.  It
certainly was not the pool full of floaters I had previously imagined a
masters swim meet to be. You can bet I will be at future meets.
Any other comments from people who attended?

 
 
 

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Post by jopp.. » Thu, 05 Sep 1996 04:00:00

|>The winning times were quite impressive in all age groups as demonstrated
|>by the numerous national and world records set during the meet.  It
|>certainly was not the pool full of floaters I had previously imagined a
|>masters swim meet to be.

        I like the term "floaters" as you used it.  That's the term I
        tend to use for people who are not swimming aggressively or
        seriously, but rather just floating up and down and resting/talking
        for long periods at both ends of the pool.  (BTW, you don't find
        these floaters at championship meets, but you should expect them
        at the local meets.  And frankly, I think it is tremendous that
        they participate at these meets!)

        However, I saw somewhere else that in swimming circles the term
        "floaters" refer to the guys who swim lots of butterfly (as if
        they are simply floating, I guess...)

        Anyone else heard this use for the term "floaters"?

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Post by Edward M. Powe » Thu, 05 Sep 1996 04:00:00


writes:

Quote:


>|>The winning times were quite impressive in all age groups as
demonstrated
>|>by the numerous national and world records set during the meet.  It
>|>certainly was not the pool full of floaters I had previously
imagined a
>|>masters swim meet to be.

>    I like the term "floaters" as you used it.  That's the term I
>    tend to use for people who are not swimming aggressively or
>    seriously, but rather just floating up and down and
resting/talking
>    for long periods at both ends of the pool.  (BTW, you don't find
>    these floaters at championship meets, but you should expect them
>    at the local meets.  And frankly, I think it is tremendous that
>    they participate at these meets!)

>    However, I saw somewhere else that in swimming circles the term
>    "floaters" refer to the guys who swim lots of butterfly (as if
>    they are simply floating, I guess...)

>    Anyone else heard this use for the term "floaters"?

>--

>    Joe Oppelt


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>    me everything posted to my newsgroups.)

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posting.

We call 'em "driftwood."

 
 
 

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Post by leonard.jan.. » Fri, 06 Sep 1996 04:00:00


 Jo> However, I saw somewhere else that in swimming circles the term
 Jo> "floaters" refer to the guys who swim lots of butterfly (as if
 Jo> they are simply floating, I guess...)

 Jo> Anyone else heard this use for the term "floaters"?

No, but at the local pool I've heard the lifeguards refer to such
things, but usually in the baby pool and it's much too shallow to butterfly
there.


 
 
 

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Post by RAWH » Fri, 06 Sep 1996 04:00:00

Can't say I ever was called a floater for doing Butterfly.  Guess I was
just struggling too much to breath to look like I was floating
effortlessly. :-)

 
 
 

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Post by Arnie Rausche » Sat, 07 Sep 1996 04:00:00

Since I work out at public times, occassionally I have to deal
with "bobbers", those marginal swimmers (often children) who
tend to bobb around the pool paying no attention to the lanes
or who is bearing down on them.

 
 
 

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Post by Roger Hun » Sat, 07 Sep 1996 04:00:00

Quote:


>  Jo> Anyone else heard this use for the term "floaters"?

> No, but at the local pool I've heard the lifeguards refer to such
> things, but usually in the baby pool and it's much too shallow to butterfly
> there.

EEEWWWWW!

(but thanks for the chuckle :-))

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Post by Jean M. Sterli » Sun, 08 Sep 1996 04:00:00

   I call the slow double-arm backstroke people who take up an entire lane
"floaters.

                                Jean