United States Masters Swimming United States Masters Swimming (USMS) was organized by retired olympian swimmers, high school and college coaches and swimming enthusiasts in 1970. The initial direction was to provide a means of continuing a competitive environment for aging swimmers. As USMS grew, additional purposes were also incorporated in the organization. Today USMS includes world and national competitive racing, open water swims, fitness training and cross training for both competitive and novice swimmers. Social events activities have also become an integral part of the USMS mix. Membership in USMS grew quickly and now has a national membership base of over 50,000 men and women swimmers between the ages of 18 to over 100.
Utah Masters Swimming (UMS) had it's beginning as a few high school coaches got together and held a coaches swimming meet in 1974. The first few meets included about fifteen swimmers. As interest grew, masters teams were formed in Salt Lake City (YMCA and the Deseret Gym), Murray, Granger, Magna, Cottonwood, Logan, Park City, Tooele, Cedar City and Saint George. The meets were moved from pool to pool and interest grew quickly. Membership over the first 20 years averaged about 70 swimmers. With the construction of the Steiner Pool located near the University of Utah in 1993, Utah Masters somewhat centralized workouts, meets, and other Utah Masters Swimming events to this locale. About 100 UMS swimmers now workout at the Steiner Pool. The overall statewide membership has now grown to over 200 swimmers today. One of the goals of the current committee is to reach out to all swimming communities in Utah and to encourage their participation by revisiting them with swimming and social events as we travel throughout the state.