May-June 2011 Issue

May-June 2011 Cover COVER STORY:

Breaststroke Turns and Pulldowns

Your Secret Weapons

by Cokie Lepinski >>> Photos by Peter H. Bick

Coach Cokie Lepinski of the Marin Pirates Masters breaks down the critical turn and pulldown sequences in the breaststroke. These sequences can mean the difference between a good swim and a great swim. Beautifully photographed by veteran swim photographer Peter Bick, Coach Lepinski’s step-by-step approach is sure to improve your breaststroke times.


The Man from Mars
Scientist Answers the World's Biggest Question
by Jim Harper

Was something swimming on Mars in the past 100,000 years? Possibly, believes Masters swimmer and planetary scientist Bill Boynton. Professor Boynton has sent instruments to Mars that have discovered evidence of water in the past, a sign that life may have existed on Mars at one time. Jim Harper gets the otherworldly scoop from Boynton, who is helping to answer the Big Question about our place in the universe.

Spectrum of Ability
Swimmers with developmental disabilities prove that what sets them apart doesn't have to hold them back.
by Elaine Howley

When life is challenging, many Masters swimmers find acceptance, strength and camaraderie with their teammates. Elaine K. Howley introduces us to two very special Masters swimmers who are no different in that respect. However, Brice Chase and Jenni Noll have a few added challenges that many people have not experienced. Their close relationships with their coaches and teammates underscore one of the best benefits of Masters swimming.

Legal Doping
Are You Doping?
by Phillip Whitten

Science writer and doping expert Phillip Whitten explores some of the legal substances, such as caffeine, creatine and NSAIDs that athletes are using,sometimes unintentionally, for performance enhancement. Whitten also takes us through some of the illegal doping methods used by high-profile athletes in recent years. First in a series of two articles on the complexities of performance-enhancing substances.

From the Editor
Teammates by Laura Hamel read>>
More on the Welsford Letter by Mark Dyer, Tim Morse, Gary Howle, Taiji Tamura, Shane O'Neill, John Monk, Ashley Clendenin, Fred Raatz
Wetsuits Are Cheating by Johnny Kosnow
Shop Around by Robert Tyminski
Closest Olympic Margin? by Jeff Farrell
Sexy Seventies by David McIntyre
More on Title IX by Robert Webber
Both Sides of the Lane Line
Throw Like a Girl by Amy Hays
Boo Hoo! by Kurt Dickson
Training & Technique
Out in the Open: Karen Burton Reeder by Laura Jones
The Dryland Difference: Know Your ABCs by Laura Jones >>> Photos by Allison Tolpa
From the Center Lanes: Bill Specht by Laura Jones
My Favorite Practice: Fitness and Fun by Diana Corbin, Allyson Adams
On Deck with ... Nancy Brown by Laura Hamel PDF file - get adobe acrobat reader read>>
Healthy Swimmer
Sunscreen--Between a Rock and a Hard Place by Laura Jones
Nationals Preview
Say 'Yes' to Swimming, Outdoor Recreation and College Town Socializing by Susan Dawson-Cook PDF file - get adobe acrobat reader read>>
Swim Bag
Pull Buoys by Laura Hamel PDF file - get adobe acrobat reader read>>
Inside USMS
Volunteer Profile: Sandi Rousseau by Laura Jones
Swimming Life
Father's Day: Father and Son Sharing a Lane by Laura Jones
Ten Years to Go a Quarter Mile: The New Cable Course in Oregon by Laura Jones
Stalking the Elusive Pull Buoy by Bill Edwards