November-December 2008 Issue

November-December 2008 Cover COVER STORY:

Man in Motion

A Distance Swimmer Who Stays Close to Home

by Amy Wu >>> Photos by David Balch

Instead of hanging up his goggles at the close of his college racing days, Jeff Erwin has enjoyed a second wind of success in distance swimming. At 44, he is the top distance swimmer in the world in Masters swimming and perhaps one of the quietest. Once Erwin starts swimming, he is a steely competitor who has racked up a series of outstanding achievements.


Butterfly Check-Up
Comparing the Good and the Bad Isn't Always Ugly
by Kerry O'Brien >>> Photos by Greg Ratkovsky

Kerry O’Brien says full-body check-ups build a stroke through non-traditional drills. Beginning and intermediate swimmers struggle with posture and forward motion so much that they cannot focus on conventional drills. Full-body check-ups teach by breaking down the focus body part by body part.

Eyeing the Future
New Leader Focuses on Adding Value for USMS Members
by Bill Volckening

SWIMMER recently sat down with Rob Butcher to talk about his background and his new role as executive director of United States Masters Swimming. Butcher, who joined USMS in June, offers his opinions of our sport and explains some of his strategies for increasing the value of USMS membership.

Good for the Bones? PDF file - get adobe acrobat reader read>>
Swimming Might Increase Skeletal Density After All
by Jim Harper >>> Illustrated by Rick Gutierrez

Conventional wisdom says that upright impact sports are better for the human skeleton. But don’t dry out your suit just yet. A growing body of research posits that swimming can strengthen bones.

From the Editor
"Epic" by Bill Volckening
More on Wetsuits by Paul Windrath
Reader Favorites by Bryan Andrews, Elizabeth Andrews
Longevity and Chemistry by Scott Suba
Meeting Jane Katz by Joan Waldbaum
Executive Address
Riding the Wave by Rob Butcher
Training & Technique
Five Fast Facts - Building Upper Body Strength
Readers Ask: Breaststroke Training with Bad Knees
Readers Ask: Move Over - Let Me Finish
Recently Read: Fitness Swimming (2nd Edition)
Thank You, Coach!
Readers Ask: Nationals Tune-Up
Web Workout by Christopher Colburn PDF file - get adobe acrobat reader read>>
My Favorite Practice by Kevin Doak
Healthy Swimmer PDF file - get adobe acrobat reader read>>
In Season: Cauliflower
Reader Recipe - Gingered Cauliflower Mash with Scallions
Stay Warm
Readers Ask: Water - Bottled vs. Tap
Heart Age vs. Actual Age
Readers Ask: Good News for SAD Swimmers
 Web Extras: SAD: Extended coverage
Postal Preview
32nd Annual United States Masters Swimming One Hour Postal Championship - 2009
Swim Bag
Gear Bags
Inside USMS
NIKE Grant Recipient
New Committee Chairs
Members Honored at Annual Convention
Swimming Life
Brothers Raise $40K for Rehab Center
Tuck Publishes Photography Book
Lenk, McConica, Strand Make Hall of Fame
Colella Wins Yorzyk Award
Long Course Nationals
Inaugural 25K Highlights Open Water Championships
On Deck
USMS Veteran Helped Ensure Success by Bill Edwards PDF file - get adobe acrobat reader read>>