Swimming World Magazine April 2015 Issue- PDF ONLY



Swimming World Magazine April 2015 Issue

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Darian Townsend is an Olympic gold medalist, a world record holder, an NCAA champion and one of Swimming World’s 2014 Top 12 World Masters Swimmers of the Year.  He’s represented South Africa internationally for years, but after becoming a U.S. citizen last summer, the 30-year-old will now focus his attention on swimming fast for the United States.  A natural leader, he already captained his first U.S. national team in January at Australia Swimming’s Super Series.-Photo by Emmi Brytowski (See story, page 12 and 26, plus related stories, page 37).



012 Darian Townsend: Captain America

by Annie Grevers

Darian Townsend was a member of South Africa’s 4 x 100 freeestyle’s relay that upset the United States men for Olympic gold at Athens in 2004.  Just last summer, he became a U.S. citizen, and the 30-year-old is now viewed as a veteran and a leader for the Red, White and Blue.

016 Event Specialization: What to look for, when to do it

 by Michael J. Stott

026 2014 Top 12 World Masters Swimmers of the Year

by Jeff Commings, Annie Grevers, Jason Marsteller and Emily Sampl

035 What Is A “Master”?

by Jeff Commings

Masters swimmers come in all shapes and sizes.  Some are ultra-competitive; others are in it just to stay fit and possibly live longer.  Swimming World profiles three different types of Masters swimmers, and they all seem to agree on one thing: Masters swimming is a lifelong sport.


010 Lessons With The Legends: Nort Thornton

020 Swimming Technique Misconceptions: Butterfly Undulation

by Rod Havriluk

A common swimming technique misconception is that an emphasis on undulation (a wave-like motion of the body) is necessary for an effective butterfly.  In reality, an optimal butterfly has minimal undulation.

022 Teaching Dolphin Kick

by Bridger Bell

Dolphin kick appears in all four strokes-including starts and turns.  The following program can help swimmers of any aptitude learn to execute effectively what may be the fastest movement in competitive swimming: the dolphin kick.

025 Technique: Breathing During Backstroke

040 Q & A With Coach Jason Weber

 by Michael J. Stott

042 How They Train Jenny Hill

by Michael J. Stott


013 Dryside Training: Sprint Freestyle Set

 by J.R. Rosania


028 Goldminds: Swimming’s Most Inportatnt Lessons

by Wayne Goldsmith

Here is a summary of the most important lessons the author has learned in the business of helping swimmers and coaches realize their potential–a personal journey 25 years in the making!

045 Up & Comers


008 A Voice For The Sport

040 Moms at Meets

by Annis Grevers

Swimming World presents a quarterly series that showcases moms and dads of swimmers from around the country.

046 Gutter Talk

048 Parting Shot