September-October 2011 Issue

September-October 2011 Cover COVER STORY:

Butterfly of Butterstruggle?

The Good and the Bad and Ugly

by Stuart Kahn >>> Photos by Peter Bick

The butterfly evokes more social and political questions than the other three strokes combined. Such as, “Who invented this thing?” And, “What were they thinking?” And, “Do I really have to swim this?” Even after years of seeing Spitz, Meagher and Phelps swim so effortlessly, most mortals still view butterfly as the hardest stroke to master. Time in the Water (TITW), refining it in segments, is the key to success. Arguably, butterfly is the most elegant stroke when done properly. “Butterstruggle,” its worst form, is a sight to be unseen.


Bey Melamed
Developing the Human Spirit
by Laura Jones >>> Photos by Luke Regier

Avraham Melamed, known to most as Bey, says he loves swimming because “it is the human spirit that determines the outcome.” But that statement could just as easily apply to many of the twists and turns in the eventful life of this Israeli Olympian. Modest and gracious, Melamed, 67, is a member of Metro Masters Swim Club and the coach of Premier Athletics Masters in New York. In a life that has seen the birth of a nation and the violent death of teammates, swimming is his constant source of joy and learning.

From Imagination to Innovation to Invention
by Bill Edwards

Benjamin Franklin, generally acknowledged as one of the earliest inventors of swimming gear, is also—quite probably—the most famous. Since the early 1700s, when Franklin is believed to have created rudimentary, wooden hand and foot paddles to keep himself from drowning in the waters around his childhood home of Boston, most other inventors of devices designed to teach and train swimmers have labored in relative obscurity.

Where's the Beef?
High-profile athletes and Masters swimmers are hoping to prove that a plant-based diet may be better for your performance.
by Elaine Howley

Professional triathlete and author Brendan Brazier and bodybuilder Robert Cheek do it. So does Scott Jurek, the ultramarathon runner. And Dave Scott was doing it during all six times that he won the Ironman World Championship in Kona, Hawaii. What are these super athletes who push the laws of human strength and endurance doing? It’s more a question of what they aren’t doing—eating meat or otherwise using animal products. These incredible athletes are vegans, proponents of an all plant-based diet.

From the Editor
Fear of Water by Laura Hamel read>>
Laziness Conquered by Ann Kastberg
More on the Origins of the Pull Buoy
Nutrition Bars
Hooray for Kayakers by Nancy McPhee
For the Money? by Natalie Merrow
Anachronism? by Donald Levy, Norman Macartney, Bill Edwards
Special Needs Swimmers by Catherine Bohls
Taken Aback by Jacki Hirsty, Brian Goldman
Carbon Fee by Daniel Slick
Both Sides of the Lane Line
Divide by Experience by Noah Sandler
Divided We Fall by Anna Lea Matysek
Training & Technique
The Dryland Difference: Yoga and Pilates by Laura Jones
Out in the Open: Lisa Hazen by Laura Jones
From the Center Lanes: Michael Mann by Laura Jones
2-Minute Tune-up: Ed Moses by Laura Hamel
On Deck With ... Patty Waldron by Laura Jones PDF file - get adobe acrobat reader read>>
Healthy Swimmer
Avoiding Muscle Cramps by Laura Jones
Straight Talk on Lactate by Laura Jones
Swim Bag
Sports Nutrition Part II: (Electrolyte Replacement and Recovery) by Laura Hamel PDF file - get adobe acrobat reader read>>
Inside USMS
Volunteer Profile: Meegan Wilson by Laura Jones
Swimming Life
Grand Strand Masters Swimming Dives in to Save Lives by Laura Jones
Miracle Swimming for the 21st Century by Laura Jones
Flippin' Out by Phillip Whitten