September-October 2012 Issue

September-October 2012 Cover COVER STORY:

Splashdown in Omaha

2012 Summer Nationals

by Susan Dawson-Cook >>> Photos by Peter H. Bick

The magic and mania of the 2012 Marriott USMS Summer Nationals was everything swimmers expected and much more. Susan Dawson-Cook profiles six top-notch USMS swimmers, talking with them about their training and taper regimens prior to the meet, then following up with them in Omaha. Photos by Peter H. Bick.


Second Chance
A Shivering Tale of Survival
by June Hussey >>> Photos by Chris Mooney

June Hussey introduces us to Brian Duffield, who suffered a near fatal cardiac arrest after a Masters workout.  He survived because of quick-thinking, competent rescuers at the scene and by a cutting-edge technique in the hospital.  He shares his story with the hope that awareness and knowledge will lead to prevention.  Photos by Chris Mooney.

Sculling Drills
For Increased Strength and Speed
by Chad Durieux >>> Photos by Peter H. Bick

Coach Chad Durieux of Rose Bowl Masters breaks down five sculling drills that are sure to beef up your forearm and hand strength, improving your catch. Each drill is demonstrated by Rose Bowl swimmer Cheryl Simmons and photographed by Peter H. Bick.

What Kills You Could First Make You Stronger
Training With Chronic Illness
by Jim Harper

Last year we received a letter to the editor from Kara Hefner expressing frustration with her struggle to achieve in the pool while battling a chronic illness. We asked her and a few other swimmers to share their stories so that others may find hope.

Not Deserting Desserts by Alice Phillips
Don't Be Negative! by Ray Scharf
Triathletes by Dave Treen
Keeping Pace by Mo Mathews, Richard Han
The YMCA by Fran Stake
Kettlebells by Joseph Blair
Both Sides of the Lane Line
No Reward by Carolyn Bennett
Different Rewards by Linda Shoenberger
Training & Technique
Out in the Open: Who's Afraid of the Dark? by Elaine Howley
Ask the Coach: Lisa Wolf by Laura Jones
From The Center Lanes: Robert Strand by Laura Jones
The Dryland Difference: Meditation by Laura Jones
Healthy Swimmer
Pulmonary Embolism by Laura Jones
Tools For The Aquatic Heart by Bill Edwards
Mastering Nutrition: Fueling A Workout by Laura Jones
Swim Bag
Polyester Training Suits by Laura Hamel PDF file - get adobe acrobat reader read>>
Inside USMS
Volunteer Profile:  Doug Church by Laura Jones
Swimming Life
Masters Swimming: Then & Now by Laura Jones
Recently Read: In the Water, They Can't See You Cry by Laura Jones
Wonder Fabrics in Aquatic Competition by Bill Edwards