University of Rochester

Athletics & Recreation

U of R Athletics

Masters Swim Program

Masters Swimming is an organized program for adults (18 and older) interested in swimming. Practices follow the academic calendar from September to May. Members may participate in a variety of ways including fitness swimming, local competition, and national and international competition. As a member of a Masters Program you may choose your level of involvement.

What are some of the benefits of joining a Masters Swim Club?

First you will be joining a group of people, like yourself, who enjoy getting into shape and staying in shape by swimming. This means that you will be working out in a fun and supportive environment. You will also have a coach available to develop workouts and offer suggestions to improve the mechanics of your strokes and your efficiency in the water. An example of a Masters swimming workout can be found here.


All club members must join the River Campus Sports Complex R Club. This membership will allow you to join the Masters team as well as having access to the Sports Complex throughout the year. The facilities that R Club members are allowed to use include the fitness center, indoor track, swimming pool, basketball courts, racquetball courts, squash courts and tennis courts.

Membership to U.S. Masters Swimming is optional. If you choose to compete you will need to join the Niagara District Masters Swimming. Additional registration is required. Benefits include a yearly subscription (12 issues) to SWIM Magazine, the quarterly Water Power Gazette (newsletter of Niagara Masters) participation in all USMA sanctioned events which include fitness events, pool competitions, and open water swims, and relays on the national level.

Practices and Meets

Practices are held in the UR Aquatic Center three times per week: Tuesdays and Thursdays from 6:30 PM - 8:00 PM and Saturday from 8:00AM - 9:30AM. The season will begin October 2nd and extends to May. Practices will include technique work, interval training, race pacing, and starting techniques. Additional topics may be covered, which include nutrition, goal setting, mental training, and race preparation.


Master's Swim Coach 
Kevin Howard, (585) 275-9469