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Welcome to Iowa Masters Swimming!

We are competitive, recreational and fitness swimmers, ages 18 and over. We swim for life! Our national organization, United States Masters Swimming is an organization of over 40,000 men and women, offering fitness and competitive opportunities to all.

What is Masters Swimming?

Founded in 1970, Masters Swimming is part of United States Aquatic Sports (USAS), the governing body for amateur swimming in the United States. Swimmers age 18 and older are welcome to join and participate at whatever level they choose in this "lifetime sport." Masters range in ability from those just learning to swim to former collegiate and Olympic swimmers. There is a full schedule of local, national, and international swimming events for those Masters interested in competing. Some Masters choose not to compete, but join to enjoy the healthful benefits of swimming and to meet other active adults.

Would you like to become a member of the Iowa Masters swimming club?

To join Iowa Masters, please click here to find the registration information. Membership is administered by state, not by the national organization.

Download the 2014 One Year Membership Application registration form (pdf 71K).
(posted 2013.11.15)

February 2013 Iowa Masters Newsletter - Waterlines

Our February 2013 newsletter is now available. Please click on the blue button labeled
Newsletter in the left hand column or
click here to view.

USMS and The OZARK & Team Godzilla are hosting a Triathlete and Open Water Swim Clinic for Coaches and Athletes of all abilities. This clinic will be held at a pool with simulated open water conditions . Several of the top area coaches will be on hand, along with mentor coaches Mel Goldstein and Bill Brenner, to help you improve your technique and teach you drills that will enable you to continue to refine your open water swim performance.
(Posted: 2014.03.20)
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(posted: 2014.03.11)


Training plateaus happen, but Chris Ritter has solutions.

(Posted: 2014.04.03)

When you train and swim long enough, usually more than a month, at times you will see your performance improvements decline or stop altogether. You have to realize that this is a normal part of the training process. Once you're past the "beginner" phase in any skill or sport, improvement stops being linear and becomes nonlinear or even cyclical....

U.S. Masters Swimming Articles & Videos

Masters Swimming secrets for the multisport athlete.

(Posted: 2014.04.03)

Every triathlete knows how important it is to have the right shoes, the right bike, and the right nutrition plan. We buy power meters and carbon fiber water bottle cages, and we practice for hours to shave every possible second off our transitions. But many triathletes are missing a great opportunity to find extra speed.

U.S. Masters Swimming Articles & Videos

Check out the 2012-2013 Meet Information for our upcoming meets.

SWIA Masters Short Course Spring Meet 2014

Hosted by: SWIA Masters;
Saturday, April 26, May 10, 2014;

(Update: New Meet Date & Meet Information - 2014.03.20)

Location: Council Bluffs YMCA;
Kirn Pool YMCA, Council Bluffs, IA (Map),
100 North Ave, Council Bluffs, IA;

Distance events ( 800, 1500 ) warm-up: 10:00AM - begin: 11 AM;
All other events : warm-up: 12PM - begin: 1 PM;

Meet Coordinator: Melissa Chapman;

(UPDATED w/MAY 10th DATE) Meet Info & Entry Form (pdf)
(Posted: 2014.03.11 / Updated: 2014.03.20)

2014 Live Uncommon Games

Hosted by: Piranhas Swim Club and Live Uncommon;
Saturday, June 21, 2014;

Location: Bettendorf High School;
3333 18th Street;
Bettendorf, Iowa;

Warm-ups @ 12:00pm; Meet @ 1:00pm;

Entries Close 6/18/2014 - Sanction Number: 404-R001;

Meet Director: Curt A. Oppel; Email: caoppel@slhlaw.com;

Entry Form: Link To Entry Form (.docx)
Online Registration Website: Link To Online Registration Website
Event Website: Link To Event Website
(Posted: 2014.04.17)

2014 Iowa Masters Short Course Championship Meet
Saturday, March 22, 2014

Hosted by:

Results (pdf)
(Posted: 2014.03.25; Corrected Results Posted: 2014.03.26)

Combined Team Scores - Through Event 44
1. Milky Way Masters 701
2. Decorah Masters Swim Team 231
3. YMCA Norwhals 221
4. Iowa Masters 209
5. Uc40-Ia 197
6. Quad Cities Masters 158
7. Iowa Stingrays 153
8. Iowa Flyers Swim Club 79
9. Iowa City Eels 65
10. Ames Cyclone Aquatic Club 35



More than 50 years after landmark civil rights decisions opened schools and voting booths, fewer than 1% of competitive swimmers in the U.S. are black and Latino. Parting the Waters is the story of African-American championship swimmers Maritza Correia and Cullen Jones, and the young black and Latino swimmers coming up behind them - as they challenge old myths, fears, and stereotypes to break down the last vestiges of segregation.

Read further.

Obituary for Marijane Torjesen
also available in pdf format

Masters Swimmer and Record-holder Mary Jane Torjeson Dead at 93 Mary Jane Torjeson, who many Iowa Masters swimmers will remember for her backstroke and distance swimming, passsed away in Des Moines on April 14. Her son wrote the following obituary in her memory, and it appeared in the Des Moines Register. Our condolences to the family.

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E-mail: Norm Bower