September-October 2017 Issue

September-October 2017 Cover COVER STORY:

Getting Better, Not Older

Masters swimmers are redefining the trajectory of athletic performance

by James Thornton

Masters swimmers may not be able to beat their times from when they were younger, but Jim Thornton writes that they’ve been able to beat people of a similar age from years ago because the sport continues to become faster and faster.


Salute to Swimming
Masters swimmers mobilize to get America's wounded service members and veterans in the water
by Gretchen Sanders

The Washington, D.C., area Lane 4 Swimming and FINIS are giving injured veterans an opportunity to participate in Masters Swimming. Gretchen M. Sanders writes about how the sport has helped them overcome physical and mental troubles.

Five Common Freestyle Mistakes
Correct these errors that steal your speed
by Terry Heggy >>> Photos by Peter Bick

Many swimmers make the same minor mistakes in their freestyle. Coach Terry Heggy looks at five of these problems, including trouble with hands slipping during the stroke phase and a wide kick, and discusses how swimmers can fix them.

Swimming With Darwin
Award-winning journalist hits the "Galapagos Trifecta" with a recent trip to the islands
by Lynn Sherr

Lynn Sherr takes readers with her on a recent SwimTrek trip to the Galapagos, where she had an opportunity to swim with green turtles and sea lions, see tortoises and blue-footed boobies, and explore the islands Charles Darwin made famous.

Editor's Note
Haven't Tried a Swim Meet Yet? Go for It! by Laura Hamel read>>
The Shallow End
Hot Tub: Enjoying the Dark Side by Jay Pearson
5-7-5 by Debbie Gortowski, Debbie Gortowski
Coach >>> Illustrated by Edward Colley
Training & Technique
Ask the Coach: Align the Spine by Terry Heggy >>> Photos by Peter Bick
Out in the Open: Swimming Far With a Kayaker by Elaine Howley
From the Center Lanes: Marie Ballenger by Terry Heggy
The Dryland Difference: Workplace Physical Fitness by Allan Phillips
Healthy Swimmer
Sleep Velocity by James Thornton
Mastering Nutrition: Breakfast: The Most Important Meal by Sarah Koszyk
Swim Bag
In-Water Cardio by Daniel Paulling >>> Photos by Laura Hamel PDF file - get adobe acrobat reader read>>
Inside USMS
Volunteer Profile: Dan Cox by Kristina Henry, Edward Colley
Is Your Pool on the Map?
Swimming Life
Soundings by Gretchen Sanders
Celebrating 100 Golden Years by Elaine Howley