In this issue we cover the national championships for Canada and the United States.
Marco Chiesa was at both, spending 10 consecutive days taking pictures at both championships.
The United States nationals was very fast and very big with 1,100 entries. With three different teams being selected, the performance level was higher than normal for a post-Olympic year. Many world leading performances were established.
Russ Ewald wrote the story and we hope you enjoy it.
The Maritime Life Summer Nationals were held in Edmonton, and were the top competition in Canada for 1997. The Pan Pacific team was chosen and those who compete successfully in Fukuoka, will form the nucleous of Canada's World Championships Team for Perth, next January.
Thanks to the last minute availability of Neil Harvey who attended the competition and provided the many profiles on some of the newer faces.
Neil pitched in at the last minute because Karin Helmstaedt, who was preparing to travel to Edmonton when under tragic circumstances, her husband Laurent Chretien died suddenly in France. Karin had to return to France immediately for the funeral. Our heartfelt sympathy goes to her and her family on this tragic loss.
Other highlights from this issue:
Russ Ewald's profile of former Ukrainian age grouper and now American backstroker Lenny Krayzelburg.
Neil Harvey writes on the need for swim clubs to have a vision.
Anita Lonsbrough covered the ASA National Championships in Britain, the last chance to qualify for any available spots for the British Team to the European Championships. She also attended the European Junior Championships, held in Glasgow and reports on the very fast swimming results.
Cecil Colwin's article explores with the help of some leading coaches and swimmers the need to allow innovation in the sport, but not at the expense of the current strokes. This should stimulate contined discussion on how future evolution in our sport should be taking shape.
Karin Helmstaedt writes about the ongoing allegations that some former GDR coaches, currently active in the reunited Germany were secret-police (Stasi) informers.
TAG times include all provincial age group championships except Quebec, whose results have not been received.