May-June 2016 Issue

May-June 2016 Cover COVER STORY:

Skate to Success

Discover a smooth, powerful, and rhythmic freestyle

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

You’ve heard the phrase, “When life gives you lemons, make lemonade.” Well, my 2015 was that type of year. A series of surgeries and setbacks meant I wasn’t able to swim normally and I spent a lot of time in the water figuring out what I could do to recover without injuring something new. Much of the year was spent simply trying to stay connected with the water.


No Fly Zone
Matt Miller's Plants Eat More Meat Than He Does
by Elaine Howley

Although it might seem that the metamorphosis of the mighty King of the Jungle—whose ancestors once stalked the savannah in search of prey—into a tubby tabby wearing a clown costume on the Internet would be the greatest indignity that could be suffered in the animal kingdom, science writer Carl Zimmer offers another candidate.

Coursing Through Your Veins
What's all that swimming doing to your vascular system anyway?
by Gretchen Sanders

Ed Coates attends Masters swim practice in Austin, Texas, as regularly as sunrise. When he misses a workout, his teammates at Longhorn Aquatics take note. So it was such a big deal when the 50-year-old human resources  executive didn’t step foot on a pool deck for a fortnight in May 2002. “I swam well at Zones earlier that year but then had a hard time recovering,” he recalls. Coates remembers feeling tight in the chest, short of breath, lightheaded, and sluggish after the meet.

Summer Nationals Preview
Olympic-year splashdown in beautiful Oregon
by Susan Dawson-Cook

This year, the 2016 U.S. Masters Swimming Summer National Championship will return to Oregon’s Mt. Hood Community College Aquatic Center, where numerous Masters world records fell at this same event in 2008. Adding to the excitement this year, just as it did in 2008, swimmers will be inspired by the Olympic Games, which will be contested in Rio just before USMS’s August 17 – 21 championship.

Editor's Note
Heeding the Chlorine Call by Laura Hamel read>>
The Shallow End
Hot Tub: Masters Swimming - Adult swimming organization or sixth-grade homeroom all over again? by Kristina Henry
Haiku 5-7-5: Missed Connections by Andrew Malinak
Coach cartoon >>> Illustrated by Edward Colley
A New Perspective for the National Office by Laura Hamel >>> Photos by Laura Hamel
Training & Technique
Out in the Open: Managing Anxiety by Elaine Howley
Ask the Coach: Perfecting the Simple Things by Erica Smith >>> Photos by Peter H. Bick
From the Center Lanes: David Quiggin by Elaine Howley
The Dryland Difference: Out With New and in With the Old by Allan Phillips >>> Photos by Stephanie Ganey
Healthy Swimmer
A Tale of Two Liquids by James Thornton
Mastering Nutrition: Preventing Cramps and Gastrointestinal Distress Through Nutrition by Sarah Koszyk
Nationals Preview
Swim Bag
Tech Suits by Laura Hamel >>> Photos by Lisa Worthy PDF file - get adobe acrobat reader read>>
Inside USMS
Volunteer Profile: Laszlo Eger by Kristina Henry, Edward Colley
Is Masters Coach Certification for You?
Swimming Life
Swimmers for Life by Jenna Fisher >>> Photos by Doug Garcia
Take Your Mark: The obscure origins of the now-ubiquitous starting block by Elaine Howley