NO Steve Barden Memorial Swimming Meet This Fall…

2018 UPDATE:

Asheville Masters will NOT be hosting our annual Steve Barden swimming meet this fall.

As host for 12 years running, the board voted to put it aside for a year and see if anyone had other ideas for reformatting this meet, developing a different version altogether, or what…?

If you have ideas, please consider taking this on to come up with something new and exciting that could be rolled out in 2019!

However, we WILL be supporting our South Carolina swimming friends and their efforts at providing swimming lessons for all youth by participating at their

4th Annual Upstate Splash Charity Open Water Swim on

Saturday, September 15, 2018,


Devils Fork State Park, Lake Jocassee, SC


**For those of you who’d like a look at the 2nd annual event that some of us participated in click here!, we had a wonderful day at this spectacularly beautiful lake! Come join us for the EVENT, not a race:)


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Are You USMS Registered?

Please take a look at this link and see if you have registered for USMS this year. If not, please do so today by clicking here, starting with finding NC Masters, THEN, the workout group of Asheville Masters. We always appreciate when you sign up with us instead of just the NC Masters group!

Asheville Masters Swimming, Inc. is an affiliate of United States Masters Swimming which requires all swimmers register with USMS within 30 days of beginning regular swim sessions with any club under the USMS umbrella specifically for insurance purposes. Thanks for being a member with us AND for renewing with or joining us for the first time.  (pc top left, AK/LK)


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Marty @ USMS Nationals + Workouts…

Our teammate Marty Moran prepared well and raced even better at the USMS Short Course Nationals in Indianapolis recently! Ever the competitor and always wanting to swim faster, Marty was top 10 in all five events and place 2,3,4,5, and 9.  Click here to see his times and splits and find your way around that same page on the left to see any of his (or others) 170 individual swims recorded at master’s competitions! Well done, Marty!moran

Here are the last five coached workouts from the group!BA706E4B-1CBC-430B-9EE4-BBB0E88A409DBE9E0A9D-A9B9-4FCC-858B-CD5D6FA75893251F756E-22FC-48D9-AC49-8D5AFA3793E3C0A6BAAF-4FF8-436F-B1AC-0AABDF18501A35309B71-4A3F-4B62-B962-3F56FB5CC0FE

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Old video with good drills…

**these links really only work on a laptop… they are that old!  They don’t even open adequately on a phone.

Here’s a link to my older LifeSwimAquatics website that I still maintain but don’t use much, and it has a few videos I did back in 2011, and these Freestyle and Backstroke drills are still very relevant!

If you’re looking for open water tips, here’s a VERY BORING but HELPFUL LIST of wisdom honed from 30 years of open water events made more enjoyable by sticking to simple training plans and knowing how to read the course…

29th trans tahoe relay invitational 2005 cropped ABPabove: Andrew in Lake Tahoe, 2005, 61F, mid July and simply DIVINE. Solid glide happening, and I could stand to tuck my chin a smidge…

2010.SB.Lake.roundingbuoy2left: Making the turn at an early Steve Barden Open Water event at Biltmore Lake. Great example of ‘Alligator Eyes” for sightings…

below: Jim Green tears it up in perhaps Chattanooga! Do the facts really matter for this? He’s got great head-down posture, high elbow recovery, relaxed hand…the man is unstoppable. I can tell it’s Jim because of his age marked on his arm.2012_JimGreen_5K_Indy


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Back Up!


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Just a record of where you’ve been and what you swam in the last four coached workouts… it’s always great to have new local folks join us, guest from out of town and old friends… BC125226-3C29-4BCC-9525-B11392BCCC0F950BF347-6BDA-4BA1-83B5-D57911681B63



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2018 Open Water and Pool Events

Looking for local area swims?

Please click here for the Dixie Zone event calendar for southeastern location Open Water and Pool Swimming events!

Also, please note this upcoming race weekend June 1-2, 2018:

12th Annual Chattanooga Rat Race is the Dixie Zone Open Water
Championship Meet
Several events: a 4.5 mile downstream open water swim, a 1K fun swim and a 3K event.  Any questions please feel free to
call or email Stan Corcoran at 423-493-5536 or

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