AGUA Masters Weekly Newsletter
A Note from Coach John
Last week we talked about expanding our personal training horizons. Today, I'm continuing that theme and inviting all of you to compete this summer! While most of you joined the team for a good workout and camaraderie— excellent reasons—they are not mutually exclusive with competing. Though there is not much on the calendar in terms of meets this year, there are two big ones coming up: National Championships.

The 2021 USMS Short Course National Championship, is now tentatively scheduled for July 21 to July 25 at the Greensboro Aquatic Center in Greensboro, North Carolina. Summer Nationals, renamed the 2021 USMS Long Course National Championship, is tentatively scheduled for October 6 to October 10 at the SPIRE Institute in Geneva, Ohio. USMS members of all abilities are welcome to participate in USMS National Championship events. All members can enter up to three individual events without meeting national qualifying times. Swimmers who wish to enter more than three events must meet the NQTs for the additional events. Yes, you can swim in a master’s championship meet!

Alternately, try taking the competition off road for a race! On May 15, just 50 miles from Manhattan at Wawayanda State Park in Hewitt, NJ, USAT is holding the 2021 USA Triathlon Off-Road National Championships. This is an incredible course that features a beautiful 1,500 meter lake swim, a 19 mile mountain bike course that mixes single track and fire roads, and a 6.5 mile run through the rolling hills around the lake. No qualification required.

If you have any questions, my door is always open. Please feel free to email me at [email protected].

See you at the pool,

–Coach John
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Safety Precautions at USMS National Championships

Due to the ongoing pandemic, USMS plans to limit the number of participants and extend events from four days to five to reduce the number of people in the facility at one time. 

USMS and event organizers are working on additional measures to ensure the safety of participants. Any new information or updates will be announced when finalized. Full meet information is expected when registration opens in late May.

TYR Last One Fast One

Please join us for the 2021 TYR Last One Fast One. This virtual event offers an opportunity to safely race in your favorite pool and open water events using the app. You can race as many times as you would like between now and May 2. Five dollars of your entry helps someone else learn the sport we all love through adult learn-to-swim grants supported by the USA Swimming Foundation.
Once you are signed up, email [email protected] and let Coach John know what you are going to swim and which practice(s) you want to swim your event(s) at. He will coordinate and time your swim. Upload your results to and see how you did!

A Few Reminders...
  • Save 30% on Personal Training – Take advantage of our ongoing discount for AGUA Masters swimmers. Trainers will collaborate with your coaches to build an individualized program designed to translate fitness center results into success in the pool. Email [email protected] to get started.

  • Team Unify Account Access – If you are having trouble accessing your TeamUnify account, please reach out to Coach John directly at [email protected].

  • Register for Practice –You may register for one swimming practice per day, at either Asphalt Green campus, up to two weeks in advance. Visit your campus website to book workouts today:
  • Upper East Side
  • Battery Park City
No Show Policy Effective April 15: If you accrue three no shows or late cancellations (within two hours of your reservation), your registration capabilities will be suspended for seven days. After seven days, you will be able to book a swim, fitness center, Masters, gymnasium, or group exercise session. After a third no show, every subsequent no show will result in a one-week suspension. All no-shows and late cancellations will reset quarterly. Though it will only be noted if you cancel within two hours of your reservation, Asphalt Green encourages 24 hours' notice for cancellations. Please note, you must cancel online or through the Asphalt Green app. The only exception is you must call your campus's main number if you need to cancel within two hours of your reservation.
Asphalt Green has helped thousands of children stay active through free programs in schoolyards, gymnasiums, and pools across New York City. Today, the organization is focused on providing a critical mental and physical outlet for kids in a socially distant world.