July-August 2007 Issue

July-August 2007 Cover COVER STORY:

Going with the Flow PDF file - get adobe acrobat reader read>>

Jeff Commings on Fast Swimming and New Friendships at Nationals

by Jeff Commings >>> Photos by David Balch

The scene at the 2007 USMS Short Course National Championships in Federal Way was awash with inspired competition. New records were set in more than 75 events, and swimmers enjoyed the camaraderie in the environs of the Weyerhaeuser King County Aquatic Center. Read about what one of the record setters, Jeff Commings, thinks of the whole affair.

FEATURES:

Activating the Core
Exercises to Help You Work the Correct Muscles
by Mo Chambers >>> Photos by David Balch

In an effort to help swimmers utilize core muscles, veteran Masters coach Mo Chambers offers a program of on-deck and in-pool exercises targeting the torso. This in-and-out approach allows swimmers to activate the appropriate muscles and then apply the results to their strokes immediately as they swim.

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A Women's Team Inspires Teamwork and Personal Victory
by Beth Mink >>> Photos by Peter Bick

Four brave souls undertake an ambitious but rewarding adventure--competing in a YMCA Nationals event less than three years after two members of their YMCA Indy SwimFit relay team learned how to swim. Inspirational support from coaches and teammates helped these women overcome personal obstacles, set goals and train for the event.

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New USMS Executive Director Shares History and Vision
by Bill Volckening >>> Photos by David Balch

SWIMMER catches up with new USMS Executive Director Todd Smith at the Short Course Nationals in Federal Way. Smith talks about his 25 years of experience with USA Diving, his first impressions of USMS and his vision for the future.


DEPARTMENTS:
From the Editor
Striving for Perfection by Bill Volckening
Letters
Executive Address
Anticipating Strategic Focus With New Executive by Rob Copeland
Swimming Life
Swimming for Safety
Records Fall in Hour Swim
2006 USMS Pool All-Americans
Pipes-Neilsen Leads Record-Breakers at Y Nationals
Taormina Wins Jim Thorpe Award
Recently Read
Training & Technique
Five Fast Facts: 200 IM
Swimming to the Beat
Readers Ask: Breaststroke Transition Turns
Yoga and Swimming: Perfect Together
Get Your Kick Fix
Traveling Swimmer: Autumn Tropical Swimming Vacation
Web Workout by Cyle Sage PDF file - get adobe acrobat reader read>>
My Favorite Practice by Kathy Garnier
The Healthy Swimmer PDF file - get adobe acrobat reader read>>
Favorite Fruit: The Tomato
Reader Recipe: Tomato Salad by Paul Plackis
Sun Worshippers Take Heed
Promoting Summer Food Safety
Cold Snap
Swim Bag
Specialty Suits
Inside USMS
Ransom Arthur Award
USMS Thanks All-Star Sponsor FINIS
USMS Elections
USMS Convention Information Available Online
On Deck
National/International Championships
Fitness Events
Swimming Events
Splashback
The Naked Truth About Shaving Down by Melissa Minetola PDF file - get adobe acrobat reader read>>


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