November-December 2009 Issue

November-December 2009 Cover COVER STORY:

A Trio of Miracles

Summer Nationals Attracts Winners of All Sorts

by Laura Hamel

Competition often brings out the best in people, and the 2009 U.S. Masters Swimming Long Course Nationals in Indianapolis was no exception. Read these profiles  of three swimmers who have risen to the challenge by overcoming some tough obstacles including depression, brain cancer  and heart failure, to return to aquatic competition


The Little Swimmer that Could PDF file - get adobe acrobat reader read>>
How Sheila Taormina Takes on Big Challenges (and Succeeds)
by Jim Harper

Her best day at the Olympics was also her worst,  and the disappointment almost broke the athlete who  had broken so many barriers. At just under 5 feet, 3 inches tall, Taormina towers as one of the most versatile athletes ever. Read about how  Taormina took a rather unorthodox path to the 2008 Olympics in Beijing.

Skills for Open Water
Practice Open Water Sighting in the Pool
by Glenn Mills, Barbara Hummel

Open water swimming is grow­ing more and more popular.  But when swimmers discover the freedom of open water, they also discover they need new techniques, such as  sighting. Triathlon superstar Sara McLarty demonstrates how to prepare for open water by practicing sighting in the pool.

Treasure in the Mountains
Boise, Idaho Welcomes Indoor Swimmers
by Susan Dawson-Cook

Located in a river valley bounded by the Rockies and  Cascades, Boise, Idaho, offers boundless opportunities for outdoor fitness. Now, thanks to a new  world-class aquatics facility,  the Idaho capital is welcoming  indoor athletes more than ever.

From the Editor
The Swimming Subculture by Laura Hamel read>>
Limiting Performance Enhancement, or Not by Thomas Tiedt
Limit the Cost, Not the Technology by Matthew Lupo
Two Cents by Seth L Hoff
Both Sides of the Lane Line
Why Weight? by Leslie Livingston
No Weigh! by James Thornton
Training & Technique
Out in the Open: How to Swim in Cold Water by Laura Hamel
From the Center Lanes by Laura Hamel
Two-Minute Tune-up: Power from the Hips by Laura Hamel
Extreme Makeover
Web Workout by Laura Hamel PDF file - get adobe acrobat reader read>>
My Favorite Practice
 Web Extras:

Swim & Sing Holiday Workout

Healthy Swimmer
KT Tape: Not Just for Elite Athletes Anymore by Laura Hamel
Surfer's Ear Strikes Swimmers by Laura Hamel
Practitioner Profile: Miller Receives Prestigious FINA Appointment by Laura Hamel
Readers Ask: Warm Pool Water by Laura Hamel
Postal Preview
2010 One-Hour Postal Championships: Preview & Rules
Swim Bag
Warm-up Gear
Holiday Gifts
Inside USMS
Katz Coaches USA Masters at Maccabiah Games
Volunteers, Staff Convene in Chicago
Volunteer Profile: George Simon
Swimming Life
Swimmers Without Borders: College Teammates Swim Channel for Peace by Bill Edwards
Swim for the Future, Swim for the Past by Laura Hamel
Recently Viewed: Haunts of the Black Masseur: The Swimmer as Hero by Laura Hamel
SWIMMER Writer Completes OW Triple Crown by Bill Edwards
'Stokes' from Different Strokes by Laura Hamel
On Deck
Bravery or Idiocy? You Decide by Bill Edwards PDF file - get adobe acrobat reader read>>