March-April 2016 Issue

March-April 2016 Cover COVER STORY:

Better Buoy Turns

by Mike Lewis

Buoys are a common feature of open water race courses and if you want to be competitive in these events, you’ll need to get comfortable negotiating buoy turns. In this issue’s technique feature, Mike Lewis offers four ways to turn around buoys and how to practice these techniques.


Swimming's Starlet
A star-studded aquatic past and a life of service to others—Patricia Nielson's adventures continue
by Gretchen Sanders

Patricia Nielson, 84, of Long Beach, Calif., took up swimming as a teenager and quickly rose through the ranks to tour Europe with Buster Crabbe’s Aqua Parade. In this feature profile, Gretchen M. Sanders relates Nielson’s many other adventures from a lifetime in the water.

Hard Hearted
Are predictive coronary calcium scans ready for widespread use?
by James Thornton

Scanning your arteries for coronary calcium can reveal atherosclerosis in swimmers with no signs or symptoms of heart disease. Jim Thornton interviews top cardiologists about these tests and their sometimes controversial results.

Sanctioning and Safety
How USMS-sanctioned races get that way, for safety's sake
by Elaine Howley

Safety should always take top priority in every open water event, large or small, long or short, lake or sea. In this feature story, SWIMMER managing editor and marathon swimmer Elaine K. Howley explains how U.S. Masters Swimming is making open water events safer through sanctioning and education efforts.