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Americus Blue Tide Restarts Masters Swim Team, Touts Results

By Staff Reports

 

AMERICUS – On Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays at 5:30 a.m., seven swimmers, ages 15 and upward, jump into Georgia Southwestern State’s Deriso Pool to do what they love: swim.

They enjoy the benefits that are promoted by United States Masters Swimming (USMS). The organization promotes regular, organized swimming workouts. The USMS proclaims that master’s swimming slows down the aging process, among other benefits.

It’s not all about swimming fast, but it’s understanding that exercise is essential for good health. Swimming is one of the best exercises in the world. The USMS proclaims that swimming benefits people physically, mentally and emotionally at any age or level of fitness.

The Americus Blue Tide Age Group Swim Team: from left to right: Abby Brown, Marianna DeTita, Landry Liston and Emma Goodson.
Photo by Wilson Peak

Physically, the benefits of master’s swimming include, but are not limited to, weight loss, lower blood pressure, reduction of bad cholesterol, reduction of heart disease and develops lung capacity to aid COPD and asthma. As far as the mental benefits are concerned, they are plentiful. Swimming prevents brain damage, reduces anxiety, depression and stress, while improving self-esteem and mental toughness.

Emotionally, Master’s Swimming is a fun exercise that allows one to get use to wearing a swim suit for Summer. It’s a lifetime exercise.

Spring registration begins now for the Blue Tide’s Master’s and Age Group Swim Teams. The Blue Tide offers a free week of training for interested swimmers at the GSW pool on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays from 5:30 a.m. to 7 a.m., and on Saturdays from 8 a.m. to 10 a.m. for the Master’s Team. For the Age Group Team, interested swimmers can come to the GSW pool Monday through Thursday from 4:30 p.m. to 5:30 p.m., and at the Albany State West pool from 4:30 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. Interested swimmers can also visit www.georgiabluetide.com or call (229) 924-3863 for more information.