July-August 2013 Issue

July-August 2013 Cover COVER STORY:

Spring Nationals 2013

Natatorium of champions sets stage for personal victories

by Susan Dawson-Cook

USMS Swimmers descended upon the venerable IU Natatorium for Spring Nationals in May. Newbies and veterans alike had great swims and a whole lot of fun. Olympians Emily Silver and Jason Lezak ratcheted up the energy with special appearances. Be sure to check out the video gallery at usms.org/videos/indy2013.


Planet Bob
You wish your life was this much fun
by Jim Harper

Longtime Masters swimmer Robert Beach makes 83 years old look like so much fun. The long-distance swimmer, world traveler, greatgrandparent, death penalty judge, and recovered smoker is still smoking the competition in the pool and open water and is clearly having a blast doing it the way he’s always done everything: his way.

Five Missteps in Breaststroke Arms
Avoid these common pitfalls for a faster breaststroke
by Cokie Lepinski >>> Photos by Peter H. Bick

Beyond drills and other means of improving your feel for the water, avoiding these five common missteps when swimming breaststroke can speed up your swims and reduce your chances of injury. From ensuring your hands are oriented correctly to keeping your pull wide enough, simple changes can yield big results.

The Work-Life Aquatic
Beyond the obvious lifeguards, swim coaches and instructors, lots of careers involve swimming skills.
by Elaine Howley

Some people have all the luck, getting to spend their working lives in and around the water. Associate Editor Elaine K. Howley finds out how swimming and scuba diving factor into the daily lives of three working not-sostiffs who love their diverse underwater jobs.

Keep Swimming
Training as we age has its frustrations, but the payoff is well worth it
by Kristin Bender

Aging is a fact of life, but slowing down doesn’t have to be, and Masters swimming just might be the fountain of youth. Several swimmers are proving this through dedicated training and embracing the balance of fun, fitness, and competition. Here’s how they stay young and young-at-heart.

Editor's Note
Gold, Delivered by Laura Hamel read>>
From the Editor
Paddle vs. Propeller by Bill Blance
Never Ever?! by Martha Cutler, Jim Kellam, Karlene Denby, Michael Johnson
Circles Are Better by Jules DeGiulio
Go the Distance by Mike McGowan
Gasping for Air by John Swibes, William Walztoni
Both Sides of the Lane Line
Stop the Drafting Madness by Katie O'Dair
Drafting is Good for You by Elaine Debitetto
Training & Technique
Out in the Open: It's All in Your Ears by Elaine Howley
From the Center Lanes: Cynthia Lewis by Laura Jones >>> Photos by Mike Lewis
Ask the Coach: Mark Kutz by Laura Jones
The Dryland Difference: Happy Hips by Laura Jones
Healthy Swimmer
Does Fat Make You Fast? by Laura Jones
Mastering Nutrition: Resveratrol by Laura Jones
Keep Your Pearly Whites White by Elaine Howley
Swim Bag
Swim Bags by Laura Hamel PDF file - get adobe acrobat reader read>>
Inside USMS
Volunteer Profile: Debbie Cavanaugh by Laura Jones
Swimming Life
Downs Swimmers Get Up for Competition by Laura Jones
Recently Read: Swimming Studies by Kristina Henry
Don't Try This at Home by Laura Jones
Cigarette Cards by Elaine Howley