July-August 2011 Issue

July-August 2011 Cover COVER STORY:

2011 Spring Nationals

Sunshine, Fast Swimming and Fun

Over 1800 USMS members frolicked in the blazing Arizona sun for the 41st short course national championship. And just to prove that tech suits didn't mean the end of records, 40 individual and 10 relay records were broken. And, as always, we found some inspirational stories about our members.


The Iron Nun
Sister Madonna Buder
by Laura Jones

Nun, triathlete, author, Masters swimmer. To many, Sister Madonna is a teammate, friend, inspiration, competitor and even angel. Staff Writer Laura Jones profiles this amazing USMS member and reviews her book "The Grace to Race."

Lower Body Mobility
Passive and Active

Last year we published an article that redefined shoulder stretching for many of you, and you asked for a similar piece for the lower body. Dr. G. John Mullen with Southern California Aquatics Masters presents safe lower body stretches and more.

Blue Movement Needed 
to Cure the Ocean's Blues
by Jim Harper

In recent years open water swimmers have noticed changes in the marine environment. There are fewer fish and more jellyfish. And there is more trash. Open water experts Jim Harper and Steven Munatones explore our current situation and what it means for open water swimming in the future.

From the Editor
Inspiration by Laura Hamel read>>
What About Pigs? by Michael Skarpelos, Phillip Whitten
Special Needs by David DeSimone
Title IX by Mira Hall
Wetsuits Are Not Cheating by Mike Lewis, Richard Cohen
Erratum by Fred David
Penultimate Error by Julia Ogden, Bill Edwards
Both Sides of the Lane Line
Try the Drop Taper by Brian Goldman
Gradual Taper is Better by Pete von Loewe
Training & Technique
Out in the Open: Alex Kostich by Laura Jones
Two-Minute Tune-Up: Don't Forget the Up-Kick by Laura Hamel
From the Center Lanes: Shirley Loftus-Charley by Laura Jones
The Dryland Difference: I Want to Ride My Bicycle by Laura Jones
On Deck With ... Charlie Tupitza by Laura Jones PDF file - get adobe acrobat reader read>>
Healthy Swimmer
Managing Acid Reflux by Laura Jones
Dragging Yourself to the Pool? by Laura Jones
Swim Bag
Sports Nutrition--Part I (Bars) by Laura Hamel PDF file - get adobe acrobat reader read>>
Inside USMS
Volunteer Profile: Rob Copeland by Laura Jones
Swimming Life
Beth Barnes: Kayaker on a Mission by Laura Jones
Masters Swimmers in Bookstores Near You by Laura Hamel
Joan Campbell: AARP Super Athlete by Laura Jones
Hungry? How About Some Mashed Fruit and Potent Potables?