Courtesy of USMS:
On August 7, 2013, at the USMS Summer Nationals in Mission Viejo, California, USMS member Louis Slater, 65, of the Fig Garden Swim Team from Fresno, Calif., suffered a cardiac arrest while swimming the 1500-meter freestyle. He was treated by on-scene emergency personnel and transported to Mission Hospital Regional Medical Center, where he was pronounced dead. Slater’s family was notified.
Following the medical delay, timers and swimmers were offered the opportunity to continue with the remaining nine heats of the 1500 or reschedule to Sunday afternoon. Both parties wanted to continue and the competition resumed.
USMS is a national membership-operated nonprofit organization that provides membership benefits to nearly 60,000 Masters swimmers across the country. These benefits include insurance, SWIMMER magazine, sanctioned events, and many others. USMS and its 52 Local Masters Swimming Committees (LMSCs) provide direct support to more than 1,500 smaller clubs and workout groups. Structure and organization of USMS programs vary and are driven by factors such as pool availability, instructor or coach availability, community support, and finances. The majority of locations offering USMS programs have coaches on deck. Coaches write workouts and provide feedback and instruction.