It wasn't quite war and pestilence. But it was illness and squirrels.
Marco Chiesa and I got the summer flu, which put us out of commission for the last week of June. Squirrels chewed through our phone cables, which put the fax and internet lines out of service for about four days. This delayed our July issue by a week.
Marco Chiesa covered the Youth Championships in Regina, and took hundreds of pictures. It was a good meet with seven meet records. The cover was clinched by Morgan Knabe, EKSC, who bettered the Youth meet record in the 100 breast and then won the Janet Evans International in early July in Los Angeles with a 1:03.44, bettering the National Age Group record. A hot prospect indeed.
George Block, president of the American Swimming Coaches Association, outlines a possible solution for drug use by linking financial rewards with systematic testing.
Cecil Colwin interviewed former butterfly world record holder and Olympic champion Pablo Morales on the secrets of his technique.
Karin Helmstaedt travelled to Germany and got inside the building where the former Stasi Archives were kept. She even took photos of this extraordinary remnant of the cold war. She covered the German Nationals and explains in a related article what might be in store for those responsible for the GDR's state sponsored drug use in sport.
Karin attended the Mare Nostrum series in late May in the south of France where she interviewed Marianne Limpert. Upon her return to Canada in June, she also talked with Garret Pulle and his coach Paul Meronen. The third and final TOP listings for this year had another out-of-country team take part, the Lake Forest Swim Club , Illinois, submitted five 10 year old girls who finished strongly in the 1500 free (all five ranked among the top 15).
Amanda Beard won two silvers in the individual breaststroke events last year at the Olympics at age 14, adding a gold as a member of the winning medley relay for USA. Russ Ewald tells her story, with emphasis on her technique.
Anita Lonsbrough writes about backstroker Helen Don-Duncan and other news from the U.K.
Katharine Dunn writes about her Canada Games experience as she prepares to cover this year's competition from Brandon, Manitoba.
TAG is up-to-date with all meets received as we go to press. Two meets from July are included, the Ontario Seniors and the Evans International.