March-April 2006 Issue

March-April 2006 Cover COVER STORY:

Open Water Swimming

Steering, Drafting and Finishing Skills Essential to Success

by Bob Bruce >>> Photos by Barb Harris

Open water race directors inevitably forget to install bottom lines and lane markers, so you need to learn a few tricks of navigation, according to Bob Bruce, head coach of the Central Oregon Masters Aquatics. Beyond steering, two other critical open water skills are drafting and finishing. Here's a primer to help you prepare for open water season.


Stretching Demystified PDF file - get adobe acrobat reader read>>
Why, When, How, How Often, How Much?
by Michael Stott

For many swimmers stretching is an afterthought. Although you know you should stretch, it's easy to get bogged down in the issues of when, how, how often and how much. To help you break through the ennui associated with stretching, a number of experts spell out the real advantages and provide ideas on how to get started.

Team Effort PDF file - get adobe acrobat reader read>>
A Family of Tingleys Boosts Kentucky Masters
by Bekah Wright >>> Photos by Peter Bick

When Bill Tingley was swimming backstroke as an age grouper in Louisville, Ky., some 40 years ago, it never occurred to him that he would one day help put Masters swimming on the map in Kentucky. But with considerable support from Tingley family members and an enthusiastic cadre of Masters swimmers, he did just that.

Masters Starts At 18 PDF file - get adobe acrobat reader read>>
What Are Gen-Y Swimmers Seeking?
by Raena Alexis Latina

AKA the Digital Generation, the Generation Y swimmers who currently make up the 18-24 age group in Masters have a unique point of view on group participation. Understanding and responding to the flexibility that twentysomethings need can help draw -- and keep -- younger swimmers in Masters.

From the Editor
Celebrating Our Expansive Community by Bill Volckening
Executive Address
Staying Fit and Healthy With Masters Swimming by Rob Copeland
Training & Technique
Five Fast Facts: 50 Fly
My Favorite Practice by Leianne Crittenden
Web Workout by Frank McQuiggan PDF file - get adobe acrobat reader read>>
Readers Ask: Backstroke Push-off Technique
Cycle to Stay Fit
Learn the Masters Lingo
Healthy Swimmer PDF file - get adobe acrobat reader read>>
Lose Weight by Tracking Calories
Meditation May Build Brain Power
Uncooked Soy May Lower Cholesterol
Reader Recipe: Edamame Salad
U.S. Surgeon General Pushes Family History Initiative
Swim Bag
Gear Bags
Inside USMS
USMS Searches for Executive Director
Hardworking Committee Goes the Distance
2006 Rule Book Now Available
Set a New Goal: Try a Fitness Event
Would $1500 Help Your Local Masters Organization?
Member Promotes USMS in Home State
USMS Moves Ahead With Director Search, Online Registration
Worlds Preview: FINA World Championships Return to U.S., Aug. 4-17 by Mike Ashley PDF file - get adobe acrobat reader read>>
Swimming Life
SCAQ Swimmer Logs Million Meters
Swimmers Rewrite 3000yd/6000yd Records
Long Distance Postal Series Roundup
Records Tumble in 5K/10K Postal Championships
Open Water 'Butternut' Does 5K Fly
Recently Read--Olimpix
Brunelli Highlights Fast SW Zone Championships
On Deck
First Masters Meet Disproved Skeptics by Virginia Sowers PDF file - get adobe acrobat reader read>>