November-December 2014 Issue

November-December 2014 Cover COVER STORY:

Evolutionary Backstroke

New views for a better backstroke

by Stuart Kahn >>> Photos by Peter Bick

Backstroke is undergoing an evolution these days, wtih a number of changes to how far swimmer should rotate their bodies for best performance. Coach Stu Kahn presents the newest thinking in how to position your racepace backstroke for success.


Meg Gill
On A Golden Road
by Elaine Howley

At just 29 years old, Olympic Club member Meg GIll is on a golden road to success with her four-year-old brewery, Golden Road Brewing. An accomplished Yale swimmer, the spunky and resourceful entrepreneur is making big waves in the craft beer industry.

I see London, I see France...
Keeping fit while traveling overseas can be tricky, but with just a little effort, you can find a place to swim almost anywhere in the world.
by Elaine Howley

Many Masters swimmers travel overseas for work and pleasure, but finding a place to swim while traveling abroad can be tricky. Associate Editor Elaine K. Howley finds out the best ways to keep your fitness up and your gills wet when traveling to foreign lands.

The Joy of Swimming
What makes us feel so good in the water?
by Bill Edwards

Runner's high is a very real phenomenon, and it's based in the science of brain chemistry. In this feature story, Bill Edwards breaks down the various elements at work when we experience that state of flow while swimming.

Back to School at Summer Nats

Newbies and veterans alike descended upon the Eppley Natatorium at the University of Maryland, College Park, in August for the 2014 Marriott USMS Summer National Championship. Susan Dawson-ook shares some of their inspiring stories.

Editor's Note
Milestones by Laura Hamel read>>
The Shallow End
The Hot Tub: The 7 Unspoken Rules of Lap Swim by Michael Gustafson
Current: A Doggone Good Tale
Current: Stretching It
Current: Swimming to Lose
Current: Seasons Change
Both Sides of the Lane Line
Not Far Enough by Duane V. Grassell
Not So Fast by Michael Abegg
Training & Technique
Out in the Open: Cold Water Acclimation Training by Elaine Howley
Ask the Coach: Whitney Hedgepeth by Elaine Howley
From the center lanes: Ann Hirsch by Elaine Howley
The Dryland Difference: The Art of the Dance by Allan Phillips
Evidence-Based Swimming: You Might Not Be What You Eat by James Thornton
Healthy Swimmer
What a Pain in the Ear! by Bill Edwards
Mastering Nutrition: A Time for Transition and Recovery by Sunny Blende
Nationals Preview
Go Long or Go Home: Announcing the 2015 Long Distance and Open Water National Championship Schedule by Susan Dawson-Cook >>> Photos by Peter Bick
Swim Bag
Paddles by Laura Hamel PDF file - get adobe acrobat reader read>>
Inside USMS
Volunteer Profile: Jane Moore by Elaine Howley >>> Illustrated by Edward Colley
Swimming Life
Second Life: With a bit of creativity, you can find new uses for old swimming gear by Elaine Howley
Recently Read: My Olympic Story: Rome 1960 by Phillip Whitten
So Near Yet Far: How the Cataline Channel became one of the world's most iconic marathon swims by Elaine Howley