Wednesday, May 18, 2011

Rob Butcher Interviews Patti Kast During USMS Spring National Coverage

rob butcher patti kast usms spring nationals

Our very own Patti Kast was interviewed in a nice segment at the end of this video coverage of the 2011 USMS Spring Nationals meet.

rob butcher patti kast usms spring nationals

rob butcher patti kast usms spring nationals

rob butcher patti kast usms spring nationals

Tuesday, January 18, 2011

Senior Olympic Synchronized Swimming Skit

Senior Olympic Synchronized Swimming Skit

Heidi sent me this YouTube video of a Senior Olympic Synchronized Swimming Skit. Funny stuff! The only description of the video is “Having fun with retirement…” I guess boredom is a powerful force. These guys show that “senior status” hasn’t dulled their sense of humor!

Thursday, February 25, 2010

Rob Aquatics Announces Summer Open Water Tour

rob aquatics summer open water tour

Last night, I got an email with a big announcement from Rob Aquatics. This summer, Rob Dumouchel will be taking his blog and his enthusiasm for open water swimming on tour across this great nation. Can Masters swimmers go on tour? Rob says why not!

You can read more about Rob’s big announcement on his blog, where he talks about turning the vision into reality.

With the support of blueseventy as a corporate sponsor, Rob’s busy summer kicks off with the USMS 1 Mile Open Water Championships at Lake Norman in Charlotte, NC on May 29th, and will wrap up with a September 11th swim at Big Shoulders (5k) in Chicago, IL.

Monday, January 4, 2010

In Brief…

kast-a-way swimwear in brief

> Rob Aquatics Masters Swim Calendar Rob Aquatics
> Photoshop rendition of Michelangelo’s Pieta is a tech-suit allegory! SCAQ Blog
> Maly scores an awesome interview with Michael Phelps Dublincat LiveJournal via SCAQ Blog
> Star Trek Wetsuits For Exploring the Deep Side of the Pool the17thman
> Natalie Coughlin Chosen As Judge For

Tuesday, December 22, 2009

Inventory Scavenger Hunt: USMS Car HoodWare

I decided to take my camera phone on a little scavenger hunt to see what obscure in-stock items I could dig up in the warehouse. Today I found something called a USMS Car Hoodware.

I’ve never seen one of these up close before, but it looks like one of those oval car magnets except it’s made of hard plastic and comes with a flexible mounting system. It looks best on either the front grille or covering the trailer hitch on your car. These USMS logo car mounts were made specially for Kast-A-Way Swimwear by a company called HoodWare.

Item: USMS Car HoodWare
Retail: $19.95
Available Online: Yes

I’ll keep an eye out for more obscure in-stock items. This is kinda fun, I might turn it into a regular feature on the blog – there’s certainly no shortage of warehouse space in need of exploring.

Wednesday, December 9, 2009

USMS Article, Differences In Swim Cap Materials

Differences In Swim Cap Materials

The United States Masters Swimming website hosts an archive of articles covering a variety of topics, including swimming drills and stroke techniques, equipment information, and fitness articles. Because I currently find myself in the business of swimming equipment, I wrote an article for USMS titled Differences In Swim Cap Materials: Lycra, Latex, Silicone. The article serves as a general overview of the differences between the three major types of materials currently used for competitive swimming caps.

Monday, October 26, 2009

In Brief…

kast-a-way swimwear in brief

> AT&T; renews USOC partnership Sports Business Journal
> Another big year for the Michael Phelps Halloween costume? The Stylish Guy List
> Q&A; With Tom Daley The Guardian
> Phelps, U.S. swimmers to take on Europe in December by AP via Universal Sports
> …”But how good is that 5-year-old kid’s butterfly?” SCAQ Blog
> Tour USMS’ New Sarasota HQ Rob Aquatics
> Who Is Eamon Shagging Now the17thman
> Freestyle – 10-Kick Flutter Variation

Sunday, March 29, 2009

RE: How the Dubai Charter Affects Masters Swimming

dubai charter and us masters swimmingI added a RE: in the subject line, not because I’m treating this blog as my own personal e-mail, but because I wanted to reiterate what I read over at Rob Aquatics and add my own two cents.

With Masters Nationals fast approaching, posted an urgent notice on their home page (PDF) giving their official position in consideration of FINA’s Dubai Charter.

Basically, the USMS interpretations of FINA rules is straight forward: USMS will allow suits that were approved after September 30, 2007 unless otherwise rejected. If the suit has been approved, it stays approved until you hear otherwise (which should be with the future publication of an ‘approved suit’ list). The ‘one suit’ rule is also being strictly interpreted. The use of more than one swimsuit at a time during sanctioned competition is prohibited.

Then in the same document, it appears that Kathy Casey, U.S. Masters Swimming Rules Committee Chair, contradicts the interpretation of the ‘one suit’ rule. She states that:

“This restriction applies to all types, makes, and models of swim suits, but it is not intended to apply to athletic supporters or modesty type wear (a single pair of

Wednesday, February 11, 2009

U.S. Masters News

us masters swimming go the distanceThe fitness event “Go the Distance” (GTD) is once again being offered by the U.S. Masters Swimming Fitness Committee in 2009!

Read the event announcement (PDF file) for complete details.

The objective of this event is for participants to track the time and distance they swim during the calendar year. When participants achieve specific distance milestones ranging from 50 miles through 1500 miles they will be recognized on the U.S. Masters Swimming website.

In other Masters news, U.S. Masters Swimming recently announced it has selected Sarasota, Fla., in which to establish its national headquarters.

>>Read more articles on Masters Swimming.

Source: U.S. Masters Swimming

Monday, February 2, 2009

U.S. Masters 2009 Rule Book

Stay current with the updated 2009 Rule Book for United States Masters Swimming. You can purchase it for $9.00, but why not download the online copy for $FREE.99!

>>Link to to download the Rule Book for FREE.

If you thought rule books were boring, think again! Ok I think the caffeine is kicking in. Anyway, if you visit the rules book page at you’ll find instructions for entering the Rule Book Cover Contest. Give your artwork a little authority by providing the design for the official rules! Information HERE.

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