Backstroke Start Technique

Backstroke Start Technique

PHOENIX- Monthly Swimming World Magazine continues its tradition of bringing you the best in technique from starts, strokes, streamlines and turns. This month Swimming World Magazine takes you step by step through the proper technique of the Backstroke start with Olympic Gold Medalist Matt Grevers. (Story page 13)
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ON THE COVER
It is easy to argue that the greatest tragedy in the history of swimming is the loss of Fran Crippen, who died in 2010 during a FINA-sanctioned open water race in Fajairah, United Arab Emirates. The death was linked to high-water temperatures and a lack of proper meet management. Since first competing in the sport in 2006, he became one of America’s leading performers and a well-recognized, well-respected voice for open water swimming around the world. Crippen (April 17, 1984-Oct. 23, 2010) died at the age of 26. Until then, no athlete had ever lost his or her life in a FINA event. (See story, page 25, and related stories, page 8 and 46)

FEBRUARY TABLE OF CONTENTS:

FEATURES


013 All In
by Jeff Commings
Ryan Lochte admits that he hates to lose. And after a subpar 2014 that definitely was not Lochte like, the 30-year-old has learned from his experiences and is ready to give 100 percent.


018 Swimming Is In Trouble: Crisis In College Scholarships
by George Block
The sport of swimming is in grave danger. It is in danger of losing its dream and its highest level of domestic achievement.


021 Strength From Tragedy
by Annie Grevers
When tragedy strikes a swimming team, the effects can be devastating. But they can also bring people closer together as they learn how to deal with some of life’s greatest challenges.


025 Top 10 Triumphs & Tragedies
by Chuck Warner and Todd Kemmerling
Beginning in its April 2014 issue and ending this month, Swimming World Magazine has counted down the top 10 triumphs and tragedies in the history of swimming. This month: #1 The Greatest Tragedy in Swimming History: Losing Fran Crippen in Open Water.

COACHING

010 Lessons With the Legends: Joe Bernal

015 Backstroke Start Technique

016 Swimming Technique Misconceptions: Drills Improve Technique
by Rod Havriluk
A common swimming technique misconception is that drills improve technique. While there are a number of drills that are extremely helpful for improving technique, simply performing a drill guarantees nothing. Some drills are, at best, a waste of time and can be counterproductive—or even harmful.

042 Q & A With Coach Bruce Marchionda
by Michael J. Stott

043 How They Train Claire Donahue
by Michael J. Stott

JUNIOR SWIMMER

045 Up & Comers

TRAINING

031 Nutrition: Baked Cakes & Cookies

Republished with permission of Velo-Press from the “Feed Zone Portables: A Cookbook of On-the-Go Food for Athletes.”

COLUMNS

008 A Voice For The Sport

032 2015 Swim Camp Directory

046 Gutter Talk

048 Parting Shot

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Author: Maureen Rankin

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Maureen Rankin is a All-American swimmer from the Multnomah Athletic Club and swam at the University of Arizona. She was a member of USA Swimming Junior National Team and a former Coach for the Phoenix Swim Club. She is a USMS Member and serves as Age Group Chair for Arizona Swimming.

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