NKSM is Officially a USMS GOLD CLUB

U.S. Masters Swimming (USMS) has designated our Northern Kentucky Swordfish Masters (NKSM) club as GOLD MEDAL status!!! This means that our club represents the standard for providing members with the best Masters Swimming experience possible!

I am so excited for this desiganation, but would like to recognize our members as the reason our club's success is possible. Thank you all for your dedication, optimism and willingness to try new things and challenge yourselves. 

You can learn more about gold status here.


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Posted on May 22, 2018 .


Dolphin kicking truly is the '5th stroke' of swimming in today's environment, with swimmers capitalizing on dive and wall speed to get an extra edge. Speed off the wall is free money and who doesn't want free money?

Here are some tips and cues to think about the next time you push off the wall. Remember, incorporating dolphin kicking into your Masters swimming is done in baby steps...you may be slower before you get faster while you work out your individual amplitude, distance and efficiencies.

A couple of years ago I read how to think about moving the water BEHIND YOU with every kick - for me, visualizing that was a game-changer. I concentrated on where I was feeling the pressure of the water and driving that behind me rather than the concept of 'up and down'. This applies to flutter kicking as well, but with dolphin kicking you want to feel as though you're kicking a soccer ball with both legs at the same time.

Other key points:

- Like everything with swimming, dolphin kicking drives a fine line between propulsion and drag. You want your kicks to start and finish in front of you, but you don't want the kicks so big that your drag outweighs the benefit. Think of your body like a whip, keeping the amplitude on the smaller side.

- Kicks should be speedy. Keep your feet moving! The kick is a two-directional kick and should be of equal amplitude.

- Use your core and hips! Suck in your belly button to the small of your spine to keep your core tight and engaged. Your whole body should be one long whip.

Posted on May 21, 2018 .

2018 USMS Masters Day 2 Updates - All Sylvia!!

Day 2 in Indianapolis featured our backstroking beast Sylvia!!! Let's all congratulate her on becoming runner-up national champion in her age group's 100 backstroke!!! What a big-time performance to claim 2nd place nationally! Congratulations, Sylvia!

And, she wasn't done yet! Sylvia also competed in the 100 fly where she finished 4th in her age group!! That's amazing! 

The meet continues tomorrow, with all NKSM attendees swimming. 

Posted on May 11, 2018 .

2018 USMS Nationals Have Begun - Mark & Marianne Rocked!

Congratulations to Marianne & Mark who were the first NKSM swimmers to dip into the IUPUI waters for this year's Spring Nationals!! Both tackled the grueling 1,000 race with class, with Marianne finishing 13th in her age group and Mark finishing 7th in his!

Both collected PERSONAL BESTS in the event to kick-off their championship meet.


Posted on May 10, 2018 .

T-Minus 10 Days Until 2018 USMS Spring Nationals!!

The 2018 USMS Spring National Championships are almost here! The meet runs from Thursday, May 10th through Sunday, May 13th!

There will be more than 2,300 swimmers at the 2018 Nationwide USMS Spring Nationals, the largest USMS national championship ever. Therefore, the event timelines has moved 30 minutes earlier each day. The competition will start at 7:30 a.m. each day instead of 8:00 a.m.


Warm-up Times

The competition pool will be open for warm-up on Wednesday, May 9 from 3 to 8 p.m. UPDATE: On competition days, the competition pool will be open from 6:00 a.m. until 7:20 a.m. and the warm-up pools will be available from 7:20 a.m. until the conclusion of the final event each day. The competition pool will also be open for warm-up for 30 minutes following the last heat of the Men’s 400 Individual Medley, Women’s 500 Freestyle, and Men’s 500 Freestyle on Friday, Saturday, and Sunday, respectively. The competition pool will be open for at least 30 minutes following the last event each day. On Thursday, May 10, the competition pool will remain open until 5 p.m. or 30 minutes following the last heat of the 1650 freestyle, whichever is later.

Posted on May 2, 2018 .

Why Resistance Training Is Important!

You've all heard me advocate for out-of-the-pool resistance training in the form of weights, but I wanted to pass along this article as extra incentive. Even using bands & body weight can be an effective way to stave off Type II diabetes, osteoporosis and other issues. Plus, you'll see benefit in the water in the form of more explosiveness off the walls, block and general strength.

Please consider incorporating weight training of some kind into your weekly regimen. If you need help with ideas, please let me know!!


Posted on April 20, 2018 .

SwimSwam SWAG Updates

Happy Thursday, everyone! So nice to see the sun shining in Kentucky again! I hope you all are enjoying the Swordfish SWAG incentive program thus far. If you have any questions or feedback, your coach is all ears! :)

Here is what has been awarded through Q1 2018. If you personally have not received your incentive from me, please see me!!

Decal - Demetria, Eileen, Janis, Jon, Leandra, Marianne, Mark, Mike, Paul, Scott, Steve, Sue Ellen, Sylvia, tom

Cap - Eileen, Janis, Leandra, Marianne, Mark, Scott, Steve, Sue Ellen, Sylvia

Keychain - Sue Ellen, Janis

Magnet - Jon, Marianne, Mark, Scott, Sylvia

T-shirt - Jon, Mark, Scott, Sylvia

Backpack - Jon, Mark, Sylvia

Posted on April 12, 2018 .

Shallow Water Blackout Shows No Age Bias

Please read this important reminder that shallow water blackout can happen to anyone of any age - an experienced swimmer, a casual swimmer, an older adult or a young child. Please remember not to engage in any dangerous breath-holding and also ensure that you take your rest in between sets.


Posted on March 26, 2018 .

Workout - Saturday, 03/24/18

w/u - 3 x 200, each as 100 free + 50 kick + 50 choice

PS: 4x - 
- 12.5 BLAST into mid-pool flip & fast swim back to starting wall
- 3 muscle-ups
- 25 build choice
- :15sR

Set #1 - 48 x 12.5 @ :20, these are drop-dead, all out sprints, choice
- 12 w/ paddles, 12 w/ fins, 12 w/ paddles & fins, 12 w/ no equipment

Set #2 - 2 Rounds Through!! Fins or paddles optional on round 2
- 5 x 150 @ 2:15/2:20/2:30
(Holding 2:00/2:05/2:15)
- 6 x 75 @ 1:10/1:20/1:30 (choice)


Posted on March 25, 2018 .