July-August 2016 Issue

July-August 2016 Cover COVER STORY:

Drawn to Water

Illustrator and author Lisa Congdon celebrates swimming

by Elaine Howley

Congdon’s early childhood was spent in New York, and at age 7 or 8, her family relocated to California, where she

soon became a swimmer. “That’s around the time that if you’re going to start swimming on an age-group team,

that’s when you start,” she says.


Modifications for Masters
New strokes for different folks
by Stuart Kahn >>> Photos by Peter H. Bick

U.S. Masters Swimming offers a rich tapestry of physical, mental, and social benefits unique to adult sports. A regular swimming routine improves attitudes, reduces many health problems—including hypertension and diabetes—increases flexibility, and creates friendships.

5 Steps to Creating and Following a Healthy Diet
Tips to help you plan a personal program with your health, performance, and favorite foods in mind
by Sunny Blende

How many times have you started your New Year’s resolution list or base training plan with, “This time I’m really going to eat more nutritiously”? You vow to read current research, but aren’t sure you understand it as it’s reported in the news and in journals. And you’re just a little bit curious about magazine headline claims or a friend’s latest, greatest, quick diet transformation.

2016 Nationwide Spring National Championship
Swimmers inspired by Olympians and elites to train and race
by Susan Dawson-Cook

North Carolina’s state-of-the art Greensboro Aquatic Center drew 1,790 swimmers from as far away as Egypt to the 2016 Nationwide USMS Spring National Championship, held April 28 through May 1. Over the course of the four-day event, more than 40 individual and 15 relay national records were broken.

Editor's Note
USMS Book Club by Laura Hamel read>>
The Shallow End
Hot Tub: Swimming to Broadway by Lynn Sherr PDF file - get adobe acrobat reader read>>
Haiku 5-7-5: Sun shines on water by Joan Waldbaum
Coach cartoon >>> Illustrated by Edward Colley
Lens: USMS Spring Nationals >>> Photos by Peter H. Bick
Training & Technique
Ask the Coach: Butterfly Glide by Erica Smith >>> Photos by Peter H. Bick
Out in the Open: In Praise of Earplugs by Elaine Howley
From the Center Lanes: Cecilia McCloskey by Elaine Howley
The Dryland Difference: Land-Based Breath Training by Allan Phillips
Healthy Swimmer
Horizontal Mastery: UK research suggests swimmers make the best lovers by James Thornton
Mastering Nutrition: Superfoods to Fuel Your Swims by Sarah Koszyk
Swim Bag
Waterproof Phone Cases by Laura Hamel PDF file - get adobe acrobat reader read>>
Inside USMS
Volunteer Profile: Paige Buehler by Kristina Henry, Edward Colley
Twenty Years of Swimming on the Web: Find out what hidden gems lie behind the headlines by Jim Matysek
Swimming Life
Standing Tall: Small victories add up to huge strides for Theo St. Francis by Elaine Howley
Terror and Causality: A paralyzing fear of polio kept some children out of the water in mid-20th-century America by Elaine Howley