PHOENIX, Arizona, April 1. IT can be argued that Aaron Peirsol is the finest backstroker in history: the current world record holder at both 100 and 200 meters is a seven-time Olympic medalist and 10-time world champion who has continuously rewritten the record book throughout his career.
Come 2012, he could have a chance to make history by becoming the first man ever to win gold in the same event (100 back) in three consecutive Olympiads.
Peirsol looks toward 2012 and reminisces on his career thus far in the April cover story of Swimming World Magazine.
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April 2010 Issue
Contents of The April issue:
8 STILL GOING STRONG by John Lohn
Although Aaron Peirsol has etched a legacy that can be considered among the greatest in swimming's history, the man who many consider to be the best backstroker the world has ever seen is still finding ways to become even better.
10 THE TOP 5 MOST AMAZING MEN'S COLLEGIATE
PERFORMANCES IN THE LAST DECADE by Jeff Commings
Last month, Swimming World Magazine brought you the five best moments of the past decade from the women's NCAA Division I Swimming and Diving Championships. This month, the focus is on the men.
13 A GOOD MIX by Emily Sampl
Youngsters and veterans alike dove well at the USA Diving winter nationals, as the United States selected its 2010 FINA World Cup team.
6 A VOICE for the SPORT
40 FOR THE RECORD
46 PARTING SHOT
In the Swimming Technique portion of the magazine you will find the following:
25 Q&A WITH COACH KATE LUNDSTEN, AQUAJETS by Michael J. Stott
27 HOW THEY TRAIN: Rachel Bootsma by Michael J. Stott
28 THE SCIENCE OF PERFORMANCE: Fundamentals of Stretching by G. John Mullen
30 USSSA: Learning to Have Fun! by Margee Charron
32 GETTING IT RIGHT by Michael J. Stott
Getting a taper right involves sufficient training base, coach experience, an understanding of general and specific individual physiology, recognition of athlete needs, plenty of rest and two-way communication.
In the SWIM portion of the magazine you will find the following:
16 THE POOL'S EDGE: Travel Smart by Karlyn Pipes-Neilsen
As your major competition looms in the future, here are a few tips that may help you travel smarter and better prepare for the meet.
18 TOP 12 WORLD MASTERS OF 2009 by Emily Sampl and Jason Marsteller
24 LANE LEADERS: Keiko Price by Emily Sampl
In the Junior Swimmer portion of the magazine you will find the following:
35 NATIONAL AGE GROUP RECORD SETTER:
Michael Andrew, Aberdeen Aquaholics
36 AMERICAN RELAY by Judy Jacob
37 TYR AGE GROUP SWIMMER OF THE MONTH: Kathleen Baker, STAR Aquatics
38 GOLDMINDS: The Future of Swimming Is a MESS! by Wayne Goldsmith and Helen Morris
Multi-event stroke swimmers (MESS) have more options, more choices, more strokes and more fun!
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