January-February 2011 Issue

January-February 2011 Cover COVER STORY:

Product Testing: Caps

Everything You Need to Know

Nylon, latex, silicone, neoprene-- which cap do you need for your next practice, competition, or open water swim? Find out what our product testers discovered while testing the dizzying array of caps on the market today.


Body of Work

by Elaine Howley

The crack of a gun shatters the warm air, an explosion of sound ricocheting off the walls as though contained inside a tank. Shouts, squeals and the charge of a high-speed chase grip the audience and the race is under way.

Is it the start of a record-setting medley relay event at a Masters Nationals meet? Perhaps. Or is it the beginning of a dangerous car chase sequence in a major motion picture such as “Fast and Furious” or “Mission Impossible”? Also quite possible.

Stroke Awareness
Correcting Common Freestyle Mistakes Takes a Good Observer
by Whitney Hedgepeth >>> Photos by Kirk Tuck

Many swimmers devote years to improving their strokes, trying all the revolutionary new training regimens that come along, hoping to add that little bit of edge that puts them over the top. Most end up with more frustration than success.

Swimming for a Cause
Open Water Events that Make a Difference
by Susan Dawson-Cook

There is a particular type of open water race that appears to be growing in number and popularity throughout the swim world. This type of race provides open water competition in a unique setting, while providing participants with the opportunity to connect with a cause that is important to them.

From the Editor
Product Testing by Laura Hamel read>>
Butterfrog: The Stroke that Never Dies by Mike Sherrill, Bart Selby PDF file - get adobe acrobat reader read>>
The Wetsuit Debate ... Again by Robert Webber
Swimsuit Issues in History by Suzanne Rague, Bob Macionis, Jeffrey Hulett
Title IX by Kevin Weissman
Diversity by Norman Macartney
Both Sides of the Lane Line
Ban Team Shopping by Maryann Stevens
Explore Other Teams by Karin Wegner
Training & Technique
Out in the Open: Hot and Cold by Laura Jones
The Dryland Difference: Running by Laura Jones
From the Center Lanes: Swim Faster, Faster by Laura Jones
On Deck With ... Cokie Lepinski by Laura Hamel PDF file - get adobe acrobat reader read>>
My Favorite Practice: Patrick Brundage
Healthy Swimmer
Aerobic Swimming and Colds by Bill Edwards
Humidity May Be Good For Swimmers by Bill Edwards
Seriously Sniffling Swimmers ... Antibiotics or Neti Pot? by Bill Edwards
Nationals Preview
Swimming Among the Deserts and Tablelands by Bill Edwards PDF file - get adobe acrobat reader read>>
Swim Bag
Caps by Laura Hamel PDF file - get adobe acrobat reader read>>
Inside USMS
Volunteer Profile: Jeanne Seidler by Laura Jones >>> Illustrated by Edward Colley
2011 Ransom J. Arthur Award--Call for Nominations
Swimming Life
School Project Becomes an International Incident by Laura Jones
A Pool Grows in the Bronx by Laura Jones
Recently Read: Fish by Laura Hamel
Jeff Farrell in ESPN The Magazine by Laura Hamel
Swim Caps: From Fashionable to Functional by Bill Edwards