July-August 2008 Issue

July-August 2008 Cover COVER STORY:

Short Course Nationals PDF file - get adobe acrobat reader read>>

More Than 1,800 Competitors - Plus a Reunion of Collegiate and Olympic Alumni

by Raena Latina >>> Photos by Kirk Tuck

USMS had its own version of the Olympics this May at the SCY National Championships. The four-day competition at the University of Texas at Austin showcased some of the best in Masters swimming – plus a share of UT alumni and Olympians. See a list of records set, and a collection of photos from the perennial favorite event.

Web Extras: Q and A with Victoria Chidester

Flip Turn Drill
Good Teachers Know They Can Learn from Their Students
by Beth Baker >>> Photos by David Balch

Good teachers are aware of the potential to learn something valuable from their students, and Beth Baker is a swim coach who takes this idea quite seriously while teaching age-group, collegiate and Masters swimmers. Here’s a way to improve flip-turn technique – inspired by a 9-year-old playing around in the pool.

A Swimmer in the Wild
Tom Landis Finds A Pathway for His Natural Talents
by Amy Wu >>> Photos by David Balch

One of the fastest 66-year-old swimmers on the planet lives in a log cabin surrounded by pet llamas. Here in the hills east of Oregon’s Cascades, Tom Landis’s community has only several hundred people. There is no swimming pool either, but somehow Landis gets faster and faster.

Swimming And Longevity
Will the Feel-Good Sport Help You Live Longer?
by Margaret Phillips >>> Illustrated by Andrea Owens, Rick Gutierrez

Why do some swimmers decide to retire while others keep going on forever? Researchers are still trying to determine whether swimming can increase a human’s life expectancy, but either way, many are convinced that the sport can make one’s later years more satisfying. Hear what some of the experts have to say about swimming and longevity.

From the Editor
"I Have a Dream" by Bill Volckening
Neoprene Debate by Dan Frost
Neoprene: Purest or Elitist?  by Mark Raiford
History Lesson by Virginia Hall
Executive Address
Don't Forget the Organizations Presenting the Awards by Rob Copeland
Training & Technique
Five Fast Facts - The 50 Free
Readers Ask: Breathing Every Stroke
Recently Viewed: "02 in H2O: A Self-Help Course on Breathing in Swimming"
See the Swims
Gadget Watch: Vasa Ergometer
Forum Links
LZR Buzz Continues
Web Workout by Kevin Williams PDF file - get adobe acrobat reader read>>
My Favorite Practice by Carrie Kostopulos
Healthy Swimmer PDF file - get adobe acrobat reader read>>
In Season: Watermelon
Reader Recipe: Watermelon Granita
Good Grief
 Web Extras: Swimming with a Heavy Heart
Dancing Days
More Sun Tips
Hands-Only CPR
Swim Bag
Inside USMS
Fasbender Receives Ransom Arthur Award
USMS Grows an Oak
Convention Information Online
Rules Corner: Meets and Rules
Swimming Life
Casey Seet to Lead DePauw 
Recently Read: "Dover Solo" (2nd Edition)
Hazen Hired by Finis
Fast Times Down Under
Hour Swim Heroics
 Web Extras: Kristina Hornback - Go FISH
Hour Swim Results Available
On Deck
Berkoff Blastoff: Backstroke Revolution by Melissa Minetola Leddy PDF file - get adobe acrobat reader read>>