May-June 2014 Issue

May-June 2014 Cover COVER STORY:

Pump Up Your Paddle Power

Turn your hands and forearms into the ultimate propulsive tool

by Cokie Lepinski >>> Photos by Peter H. Bick

Swymnut Masters founder Coach Cokie Lepinski shows us how to increase our feel for the water and the propulsive force of our hands and forearms by getting these important swimming tools to work as a seamless whole.


Kathy Wingert Builds Guitars
Making Music, Making Waves
by Elaine Howley

Kathy Wingert, a high-end custom acoustic guitar-builder in California, recently found a second song in swimming. Meet this Long Beach Grunion and her beautiful looking and sounding instruments in this feature profile by Associate Editor Elaine K. Howley.

Leave No Swimmer Behind
The art of accommodating disabled swimmers at meets
by Linda Brown-Kuhn

As the ranks of Masters Swimming continue to grow, more swimmers with various disabilities are finding their way to pools and programs around the country. Linda Brown-Kuhn explains how USMS remains inclusive and accomodating for all swimmers.

Swimming For Life
Swimming isn't just a fun sport, it's a lifesaving skill and serious mission for the Swimming Saves Lives Foundation.
by Kristin Bender, Elaine Howley

USMS's charitable arm, the Swimming Saves Lives Foundation, recently proclaimed April as Adult Learn-to-Swim Month. This initiative, paired with a refocused mission to educate nonswimmers, means the foundation is dedicated to reducing the scary number of adult drownings that occur every day in America.  And you can help.

Editor's Note
National Volunteer Week by Laura Hamel read>>
The Shallow End
Five Stages of MIssing-a-Workout Grief by Michael Gustafson
The Social Swimmer
Current: Thank you, Misty
Current: The Ick Factor
Current: Over It
Both Sides of the Lane Line
Just Zip It by Kara Erskine
The Mouth That Roared by Rebecca White
Training & Technique
Out in the Open: Avoiding the Scrum by Elaine Howley
Ask the Coach: Marica Benjamin by Marcia Benjamin
From the Center Lanes: Greg Danner by Elaine Howley
The Dryland Difference: Low-Tech Drylands by Allan Phillips
Evidence-Based Swimming: Cranial Brownout by Jim Thornton
Healthy Swimmer
NSAIDs: Friend or Foe? by Bill Edwards
Mastering Nutrition: Taper Week Nutrition by Sunny Blende
Nationals Preview
Give it the Old College (Park) Try! by Susan Dawson-Cook
Swim Bag
Tech Suits by Laura Hamel PDF file - get adobe acrobat reader read>>
Inside USMS
Volunteer Profile: Jeanne Ensign
2013 Service Award Recipients
Swimming Life
Thicker Than Water by Elaine Howley
Who Knew They Were Swimmers? by Bill Edwards