May-June 2015 Issue

May-June 2015 Cover COVER STORY:

Swim Bag: Underwater Cameras

With advances in technology, amazing image creation is possible for even the novice photographer. Great equipment can’t replace professional training or artistry, but the consumer imaging electronics available today offer a variety of affordable options and quality that reach the pro level pretty quickly.

However, our goal with this review is not to delve too deeply into the technical and artistic aspects of photography, but rather to simplify the act of capturing images—anyone can use these cameras with minimal effort. None of our testers are professional photographers or videographers, and, although we touch on some of the technical aspects of each unit, this review is focused on the everyday user.


Bearing Witness
Taylor Krauss illuminates tales of darkness from the heart of Africa.
by Elaine Howley

Get Hippy With Your Breastroke

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

An explosive, rhythmic stroke, breaststroke requires impeccalbe timing, fluidity, and supple hips. In this technique feature, Coach Cokie Lepinski breaks down how to leverage your hips for improved speed and efficiency in breastroke.

Race to the Bottom PDF file - get adobe acrobat reader read>>
Researcher sprint to unlock the secrets of deep-sea corals before it's too late
by Elaine Howley, Jim Harper

Climate change. Overfishing. Oil spills. These and many other threats are killing deep-sea corals faster than we can learn all they have to tell us about oceans and maybe even ourselves. Elaine K. Howley and Jim Harper investigate, with help from a Masters swimmer scientist who's deep into the research.

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A-SPIRE to 2015 Summer Nationals
by Susan Dawson-Cook

The SPIRE Institute in Geneva, Ohio, will host the 2015 USMS Summer National Championship August 6 through August 9. Located not far from downtown Cleveland and the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, this state-of-the-art facility promises to bring the noise for swimmers looking to achieve rock star status.

Editor's Note
Planet Swim by Laura Hamel read>>
The Shallow End
The Hot Tub: Flat Abs and Flat Screens by Michael Gustafson
Current: The Fibonacci Gambit by Janice Dau
Current: Snapping Turtle Breath by David Kaufman
Current: PT-109 by Joe Illick
Current: Ballooning Problem by Sarah Chinn
Current: Exotic Waters by Peter Gerngross, Ric Stott
Training & Technique
Out in the Open: Burn, Baby, Burn by Elaine Howley
Ask the Coach: Michael Kazek by Elaine Howley
From the Center Lanes: Noriko Inada by Elaine Howley
The Dryland Difference: Should I Lift Weights Before or After Swimming? by Allan Phillips
Healthy Swimmer
Ice, Ice, Maybe (Not) by James Thornton PDF file - get adobe acrobat reader read>>
Mastering Nutrition: Are you a sprinter or a distance swimmer? by Sunny Blende
Nationals Preview
Swim Bag
Underwater Cameras by Laura Hamel PDF file - get adobe acrobat reader read>>
Inside USMS
Volunteer Profile: Tom Boak by Elaine Howley
Swimming Life
Waste Not, Want Not: A retired teacher turns one society's throw-away goods into brighter futures overseas by Elaine Howley
Round and Round: The swim around Manhattan Island Turns 100 in 2015 by Elaine Howley