November-December 2017 Issue

November-December 2017 Cover COVER STORY:

First-Timers Shine at Summer Nationals

Three swimmers detail the highs of their first nationals experience

by Jeff Commings

More than 1,000 swimmers competed at the 2017 U.S. Masters Swimming Summer National Championship in Minneapolis in August, including world record holders and Olympians. Jeff Commings tells the stories of three swimmers competing in their first national championship meet.


The Master Builder
John Spannuth is the little-heralded architect of U.S. Masters Swimming
by Elaine Howley

Elaine K. Howley tells the story of how John Spannuth helped create U.S. Masters Swimming in an age where exercise wasn’t valued as much as it is today. The 83-year-old Spannuth is excited about the direction the 65,000-member organization is going.

Back-to-Breast IM Transition Turn
Performing the crossover turn gives you an advantage over the competition
by Jeff Commings

There are a lot of ways to make the back-to-breast turn in the individual medley, but nine-time NCAA All-American Jeff Commings discusses the one that could help you drop a second from your personal best time.

Finding Your Best Recovery
Can these alternative therapies soothe your muscles and revitalize your strokes?
by Gretchen Sanders

Alternative medicine is a $30 billion industry in the United States. Gretchen M. Sanders looks at how some swimmers are using cupping, acupuncture, and other treatments to recover from tough training regimens.

Editor's Note
Part of the Story by Laura Hamel read>>
The Shallow End
Hot Tub: Food for Thought by Kristina Henry
5-7-5 by Mikaela Boley
Coach >>> Illustrated by Edward Colley
Training & Technique
Ask the Coach: Better Backstroke by Terry Heggy
Out in the Open: Communing in and With Open Water by Elaine Howley
From the Center Lanes: Graham Johnston by Terry Heggy
The Dryland Difference: How to Pick a Personal Trainer by Allan Phillips
Healthy Swimmer
Culprit or Cure? by James Thornton
Mastering Nutrition: Ten Healthy Holiday Tips
Swim Bag
Paddles, Fins, and More by Daniel Paulling >>> Photos by Laura Hamel PDF file - get adobe acrobat reader read>>
Inside USMS
Volunteer Profile: Robin Tracy, Edward Colley
New U.S. Masters Swimming Fitness Series by Daniel Paulling
Swimming Life
Wise Ole Champ by Gretchen Sanders >>> Photos by Mike Lewis >>> Photos by Peter Bick
In Walden Pond