November-December 2013 Issue

November-December 2013 Cover COVER STORY:

A California Dream Come True

Swimming in the O.C.

by Susan Dawson-Cook >>> Photos by Mike Lewis

Personal bests and world records abounded at the summer's biggest meet, hosted by the legendary Mission Viejo Nadadores.  Nadadores from days gone by returned to their stomping grounds, and swimmers from all over had fun in Orange County, Calif., where swimming dreams really do come true.


John Feinstein Profile
Let Me Tell You a Story
by Jim Harper

The bard of March Madness is also a Masters swimmer, and not just any swimmer, but a special kind of relay world-record holder. Famous sportswriter and young adult novelist John Feinstein shares how swimming brought him back from the brink of a health crisis more than once.

Backstroke Starts
Better Backstroke Starts
by Cokie Lepinski >>> Photos by Peter H. Bick

During the 2012 London Olympics, Missy Franklin and Tyler CLary inspired the world with their fluid mastery of backstroke starts. Most of us can't swim like they can, but Coach Cokie Lepinski offers some pointers to help you improve your backstroke starts.

Coaching the Coaches
How the USMS Coach Certification Program is changing the profession of Masters Coaching

Virtually every profession has a means of continuing education and improving practitioners' skills and Masters swim coaching has entered that realm with the creation of the USMS Coach Certification program. Associate editor Elaine K. Howley shares how the program got started and where it's headed.

Editor's Note
Growing Pains by Laura Hamel read>>
Praise for Fitness Issue by Joanne Tingley
Traveling Bob by Ben Stubenberg
Product Reviews by Tina Henderson
Breast Cancer by Annamaria Picollo, Joan Waldbaum, Holly Apple
Drafting is Cheating by Jocelyn Whidden
Going the Distance by Peter Crumbine
Thank you by F H Ted Haartz
Both Sides of the Lane Line
Fairer Waters by Leslie Livingston
Mix it Up! by Mollie Grover, Jeffrey Strahota
Training & Technique
Out in the Open: Fueling Marathon Swims by Elaine Howley
Ask the Ocach: Valeriy Boreyko
From the Center Lanes: Diann Uustal by Elaine Howley
The Dryland Difference: Row, Row, Row Your Erg by Elaine Howley
Healthy Swimmer
The Truth About Health News by Susan Dawson-Cook
Mastering Nutrition: Got Kale? by Elaine Howley
Oh, My Aching Joints: Swimming with arthritis by Linda Brown-Kuhn
Nationals Preview
Long and Strong
Swim Bag
Parkas by Laura Hamel PDF file - get adobe acrobat reader read>>
Inside USMS
Volunteer Profile: Mark Moore by Elaine Howley
Swimming Life
Marathon Woman by Elaine Howley
Recently Read: Dead in the Water by Kate Coleman
Polar Plunging, Brownie Style by Elaine Howley