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Selected Books

Busch, Akiko
Nine Ways to Cross a River: Midstream Reflections on Swimming and Getting There from Here
GV838.53.P75 B87 2007
After a transformative swim across the Hudson just before September 11, Busch undertook to explore eight of America’s great waterways: the Hudson (twice), the Delaware, the Connecticut, the Susquehanna, the Monongahela, the Mississippi, the Ohio, and the Current. She observes each river’s goings-on and reflects on its history (human and natural) and possible futures.
Cox, Lynne
Swimming to Antarctica: Tales of a Long-Distance Swimmer
GV838.C69 A3 2004
Lynne Cox swam the 26 miles from Santa Catalina to Long Beach when she was 14 and broke the English Channel record when she was 15. For those slow but steady long distance swimmers, this is an inspiring book to read!
Jendrick, Megan Quann
Get Wet, Get Fit: The Complete Guide to Getting a Swimmer's Body
GV837.7.J46 2008
Two-time Olympic gold medalist Megan Quann Jendrick and her husband and personal trainer offer a complete training regimen -- including a diet program -- to get that wonderful swimmer's body through, not surprisingly, swimming.
Lucero, Blythe
The 100 Best Swimming Drills
GV837.L83 2008
Whether you are a coach or a swimmer trying to improve your technique, this guide offers drills for freestyle, backstroke, breaststroke and butterfly.
Montgomery, Jim
Mastering Swimming
GV837.M63 2009
Trim seconds off your time, train more efficiently, or simply maximize your fitness workouts with Mastering Swimming.
Mortimer, Gavin
The Great Swim
GV837.9.M67 2008
During the summer of 1926, the story that enthralled the public revolved around four young American swimmers —- Gertrude Ederle, Mille Gade, Lillian Cannon, and Clarabelle Barrett —- who battled the weather, each other, and considerable odds to become the first woman to conquer the brutal waters of the English Channel.
Baun, MaryBeth Pappas
Fantastic Water Workouts
GV838.53.E94 G35 2008
Water exercises and routines for toning, fitness, and health.
Salo, Dave
Complete Conditioning for Swimming
GV837.7.S25 2008
This multidimensional training program uses fitness assessments to tailor strength, endurance, and flexibility exercises to each swimmer's individual needs. Includes an 80-minute DVD.
Stout, Glenn
Young Woman and the Sea: How Trudy Ederle Conquered the English Channel and Inspired the World
GV838.E34 S76 2009
In 1926, a plucky American teenager named Trudy Ederle captured the imagination of the world when she became the first woman to swim the English Channel.
Watson, Kathy
The Crossing: The Curious Story of the First Man to Swim the English Channel
GV838.W42 W38 2001
Matthew Webb's gallant 22 hour endeavor popularized the sport of swimming and was the highlight of his life, but it was also the beginning of his ruin. Wearing a ten-pound bathing suit and fueled by eggs and bacon washed down with beer, brandy, and claret, he accomplished the aquatic equivalent of summiting Mount Everest - then succumbed to an addiction to applause that led to the final act in his tragedy: a crazed attempt to swim the Niagara River below the Falls.
Wiltse, Jeff
Contested Waters: A Social History of Swimming Pools in America
GV838.53.S85 W55 2007
"Historian Wiltse offers a detailed study of the history of municipal swimming pools from the late 19th century through the present, tracing their development from bare-bones baths for the working classes to elegant, "sylvan" recreational spaces for the middle and upper classes. Wiltse makes a strong case that the history of these swimming pools embodies the painful challenges that class, gender and race presented America in the 20th century." -- Publishers Weekly


Based on true events, this 2007 feature film tells the inspiring story of inner city Philadelphia's swim coach Jim Ellis, a charismatic schoolteacher who changed lives forever when he founded an African-American swim team in one of it's roughest neighborhoods in the 1970s. Ultimately, Ellis leads the swimmers to the state championships.
Synchronized Swimming: The Pursuit of Excellence
(DVD) GV838.53.S95 S963 2007x
This PBS video follows two teams of synchronized swimmers as they prepare to compete in the U.S. Open, U.S. synchronized swimming's championship event.

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