The Digital Edition of the March-April 2012 issue of Splash is now available online and as a mobile app for your iPad and iPhone.
Here’s a look at some of the features you’ll find in this issue:
NCAA Division I Men’s Swimming and Diving Championships Preview The NCAA Division I Men’s Swimming and Diving Championships will be held March 22-24 in Federal Way, Wash. Will Cal defend its title, or will another team have the firepower to dethrone the Golden Bears? What are the races you don’t want to miss? Find out here.
Digital Splash Extra: Direct links to the men’s NCAA event pages, so you can follow the event online.
College Swimming Dynasties Depending upon whom you ask, establishing a dynasty in sports requires winning multiple consecutive championships – some say a minimum of four – whether they be divisional, conference, national or world. Many teams have accomplished this feat in the time that records and titles have been recorded, and swimming is no stranger to this phenomenon. But what elements make these teams so successful for so many years?
No Cow, No Cream How important is college swimming? Irreplaceable, at least according to Rachel Komisarz-Baugh. The combination of camaraderie, competition and academics is nearly impossible to match in any other forum. But the longevity of many men’s programs at the Division I level is in doubt. Even women’s programs, once believed to be invulnerable due to Title IX and its rules regarding gender equity, have an uncertain future.
Ah, the Memories! Four years between Olympic Team Trials may seem like an eternity to some swimmers, but for others, that time can provide an opportunity for reflection as well as anticipation. The following are some fond memories and stories from those who experienced past Olympic Trials from behind the blocks.
Technique: Tips for the 50 Freestyle Believe it or not, it takes more than just speed to excel in the 50 freestyle. Attention to detail and great technique are only two keys to a successful race. This month, Nathan Adrian, Olympian and American record holder in the 50-yard free, and Brett Hawke, Australian Olympian and head coach at Auburn University, offer their top ten tips for training for and racing the 50.
Digital Splash Extra: Check out our video of the legendary Jason Lezak sharing his tips for swimming the 50 free.
Strength and Conditioning: Strike up the Bands Available in a variety of sizes and styles, resistance bands have become a big hit with swimmers and coaches alike, and with good reason. Among the factors that make bands such a great choice for swimmers is that they: Primarily cause you to train in a standing position, meaning that you'll engage more muscle mass and require greater core activation than you would with other forms of resistance; allow you train at varying speeds, something that's not always advisable when working with free weights; are better suited for adding resistance when attempting to mimic specific stroke mechanics (although this kind of specialization is better left to more physically mature swimmers).
Digital Splash Extra: Watch video demonstrations of band exercises you can incorporate into your dryland routine.