MASTER THE CHALLENGE

U.S. Masters Swimming appropriately challenges beginner to competitive swimmers by improving stroke technique. Our program has achieved Gold Club designation, the highest level of recognition available. Whether you are a traditional competitive master’s swimmer, an open water swimmer, a triathlete, or you just want to swim for fun, this program is for you! Not only is swimming a life skill, but this program will help you develop a healthier lifestyle through swimming, build friendships through our members, and grow by meeting your personal fitness goals.

Benefits of the Program:

  • Opportunity to participate in USMS workouts with a sanctioned swimming group
  • Stay active and build a healthier lifestyle
  • Meet friends, participate in events, and reach your personal swimming goals
  • Opportunities to compete locally or nationally in pool, open-water, clinics, and fitness challenge events
  • Ability to track and record your fitness progress and goals
  • Subscription to SWIMMER magazine, member e-newsletter, and access to lots of materials on the USMS website

ALL PARTICIPANTS NEED TO BE REGISTERED WITH U.S. MASTERS SWIMMING. Greater Somerset County YMCA is registered with USMS as Somerset County YMCA Masters (SCYM). Registration for the team is a separate cost beyond the monthly practice fees.

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About U.S. Masters Swimming

U.S. Masters Swimming (USMS) was founded in 1970. A non-profit corporation, USMS supports more than 1,000 adult swim programs in 52 regions throughout the United States. They have more than 50,000 individual members, ranging in age from 18 to over 100.

 


Greater Somerset County YMCA Master Swimming Records

 


Meet our U.S. Masters Swimming Coaches

Ed Tsuzuki

USMS Certified Coach: Level 1 (achieved May 5, 2012), Level 2 (achieved May 5, 2012), Level 3 (achieved October 29, 2016)

Location: Bridgewater YMCA and Somerset Hills YMCA

Ed loves helping people become more efficient swimmers – regardless of their swimming experience or current level of ability. He believes in the philosophy that swimming is not just a life-saving skill, but it is a low-impact activity that enables adults to improve their health, wellness and fitness at any age!  Ed grew up in Bridgewater and swam for Bridgewater High School and Cornell University.  He retired from Johnson & Johnson where he was employed for 35 years.  Ed has a wealth of coaching experience, having coached age group, high school, and masters swimmers for over 4 decades.  He coached the Somerset Valley YMCA swim team (1981-1986), the Somerset Hills YMCA team (1987-1988), and the Bernards High School swim team (34 seasons – 1988 to 2022).  After retiring from J&J, Ed, as a U.S. Masters Swimming (USMS) Level 3 certified coach,  started the Somerset County YMCA Masters swim club in 2015 and has grown the club to be the largest USMS club in New Jersey.  Ed continues to compete in USMS and serves on the volunteer board of the New Jersey Local Masters Swimming Committee and is currently serving on the World Aquatics Pan American Technical Committee.  Ed has been on the Board of Directors for USMS for 8 years and on the Board of Directors for USA Swimming for 3 years.  Ed was named the 2009 Somerset County Boys High School Coach of the Year by the Star Ledger, was selected by his peers as the 2015 Skyland Conference Boys Coach of the Year and in 2020 as the Skyland Conference Girls Coach of the Year.  He is a 2010 inductee to the New Jersey Scholastic Coaches Association Hall of Fame and a 2022 inductee to the Bernards High School Athletic Hall of Fame.

 


Dave Lockhart

USMS Certified Coach: Level 1 (achieved Aug. 29, 2015), Level 2 (achieved Aug. 29, 2015)

Location: Hillsborough YMCA

Dave’s workouts develop freestyle stroke technique, core strength, speed and aerobic base to build an approach to swimming that is optimized for each swimmer. He has an extensive swimming “10k Open Water World Champion” and multisport background “triathlon, aqua bike, running and cycling”. He finds joy in seeing athletes reach their goals and understands the need to balance work and life but still be able to set and achieve personal swimming goals.

 


Adele Morgan

USMS Certified Coach: Level 1 (achieved April 18, 2015), Level 2 (achieved April 18, 2015), Level 3 (achieved Oct. 29, 2016)

Location: Bridgewater YMCA and Hillsborough YMCA

Adele Morgan started swimming when she started crawling! She swam competitively in high school and some of college. Now, in addition to open water swimming and triathlons, she also competes in U.S. Masters. Adele started coaching when she was in college for a summer team, but it took her a few careers to realize this was the perfect place for her. It’s the people that make the sport. Through the sport, she has been surrounded by amazing swimmers, coaches and parents, and she feels very fortunate to wake up to a job every day that she loves. She is a USA, Y, and US Masters certified coach as well as a Red Cross WSI. She has been coaching age group swimming at the Somerset County YMCA since 1999, Hillsborough High School since 2004, and Masters since late 2015.

 


Megan Bull

USMS Certified Coach: Level 1 (achieved April 24, 2024)

Location: Bridgewater YMCA and Hillsborough YMCA

Megan Bull swam for Roycefield, the Greater Somerset County YMCA Swim Team, and Hillsborough High School as a youth. Megan continued her swimming career as a student at William and Mary where she holds the women’s 500 Free record and also volunteered as a Special Olympics coach. Fun fact: As a sophomore in college she competed at the 2019 Richmond TYR pro series and swam in the same heat as Katie Ledecky in the 200 free! After graduating, she has been coaching the Pingry Prep School swim team and is very excited to take on this additional role of coaching U.S. Masters Swimmers.

 


Elena Soisson

Location: Bridgewater YMCA and Hillsborough YMCA

Elena “Ellie” Soisson has been a competitive swimmer since she was 8 years old; competing year round for Roycefield Swim Club, the Greater Somerset County YMCA swim team, and Hillsborough High School over that time. Ellie has 4 years coaching experience as a volunteer and assistant coach for Roycefield, and as a swim lesson instructor there as well. She joined the Hillsborough Masters group after graduating from Seton Hall, and with a lot of influence and support from her USMS teammates, she recently competed in half-marathons and Olympic distance triathlons. Elena looks forward to participating, albeit in a different way, in the infectious positivity and motivation U.S. Masters Swimming is so great at providing!


Nick Farr

USMS Certified Coach: Level 1 (achieved Mar. 29, 2023)

Location: Princeton YMCA

Nick Farr is the owner and head coach at P3 Fitness. Through P3, he coaches endurance athletes including triathletes, runners, and cyclists to achieve their personal goals. Additionally, he runs the multi-sport club Team P3, which harnesses the power of a supportive community training together.
Nick has a wide range of coaching credentials, which includes being a USMS certified coach. On the pool deck, he coaches with a “quality over quantity” approach, focusing intently on improving an athlete’s stroke and mechanics while also ensuring time in the pool is utilized as effectively as possible in every workout.

Nick himself has been competing in triathlons since he was 15; he has done races of all distances, including the Ironman 70.3 World Championships and the Leadville 100.

 

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