January-February 2015 Issue

January-February 2015 Cover COVER STORY:

Rowdy Gaines

Swimming's Biggest Fan

by Elaine Howley

Rowdy Gaines has become synonymous with elite swimming, but he only started at age 17. Associate
Editor Elaine K. Howley finds out how this most enthusiastic swimming ambassador rose to prominence in the sport he loves so much.


Better Butter Breathing
Difficult, yet necessary, breathing in fly can be made easier
by Misty Hyman >>> Photos by Ben Christoffel

Having trouble catching your breath during butterfly? Olympic gold medalist Misty Hyman can help.Here Hyman presents some memorable ways of breaking down the most efficient way to grab a breath during this difficult-to-master stroke.

Pyramids, Pythons, and Pigs
A New Vocabulary for creative swim sets to spice up your workouts
by Paul McGhee >>> Illustrated by Edward Colley

Ever feel like you don't always have the right words to describe a complicated set? Paul McGhee has a
new vocabulary for you in this fun feature illustrated by Ed Colley.

Spring Nationals Preview PDF file - get adobe acrobat reader read>>
Deep in the Heart of Texas
by Susan Dawson-Cook

We’re headed to San Antonio, Texas, from April 23–26 for the 2015 Nationwide USMS Spring National Championship at the Northside Independent School District Swim Center. Come along with us and enjoy a brand new state-of-the-art pool and tourist attractions galore. It’s all here, deep in the heart of Texas.

Editor's Note
Duct Tape and a Smile by Laura Hamel read>>
The Shallow End
The Hot Tub: Cheaper Than Therapy by Michael Gustafson
Current: Inspiration
Current: Product Reviews
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Both Sides of the Lane Line
All About That Brief by Bob Burrow
We Be Jammin' by Robert Fernald
Training & Technique
Out in the Open: Dodging the Doldrums by Elaine Howley
Ask the Coach by Dominic Latella
From the Center Lanes: Darian Townsend by Elaine Howley
The Dryland Difference: Elastic Sports Tape: Help or Hype? by Allan Phillips
Healthy Swimmer
Fish Out of Water by James Thornton
Mastering Nutrition: Newer trends in Premeet and Meet Refueling by Sunny Blende
Nationals Preview
Swim Bag
Specialty Paddles PDF file - get adobe acrobat reader read>>
Inside USMS
Volunteer Profile: Jeff Roddin
Swimming Life
The Men Behind the Records by Elaine Howley
Sea Bathing Machines: How the Victorian's ruled the waves, modestly