Sunday, December 09, 2018

Tuesday, November 27, 2018

New Book on Alzheimer's



Guy I work with told me about this.  Author is his sister.  Buy on Amazon here

Quote of the Day


We choose our joys and sorrows
long before we experience them.

via OSHO News

Khalil Gibran

Sunday, November 25, 2018

Weakly Demotivator



Quote of the Day


A hypocrite is the kind of politician who would cut
down a redwood tree, then mount the stump
and make a speech for conservation.

via radio Diaries

Adlai Ewing Stevenson II

Saturday, November 24, 2018

Something for the "Big Game"



Anyone else wonder...


...what they do with all those extra mole parts?



Golden Goggles


Pflugerville's Micah Lawrence Sumrall:



For 145 meters, it was all about King. At least the Golden Goggles voters knew outstanding swims when they saw them.  Sumrall was honored with this year's Perseverance Award.

Earning the Perseverance Award was 2012 Olympian Micah Sumrall (Pflugerville, Texas/Chattahoochee Gold Swim Club), who bounced back in a big way with a gold-medal performance in the 200m breaststroke at the Pan Pacific Championships. After missing the 2016 U.S. Olympic Team, she took time away from the sport before resurfacing with Chattahoochee Gold Swim Club earlier this year. Buoyed by the support of the age-group swimmers she coaches, Sumrall won the 200m breast title at Phillips 66 Nationals and took third in the 100m breast in Irvine to qualify for her first international roster since 2015. In Tokyo, she nearly matched her career-best time in the 200m breast en route to gold, her first at a major international competition.

Complete Golden Goggles recap is here

2018 Pan-Pac 200 breast:




Jobs


City of Corpus Christi aquatics area supervisor

Circle C Aquatics assistant swim coach

Grand Prairie YMCA swim team coach

 

Winter Nationals



Psych Sheet

Television/Webcast

Prelim Timelines

Quote of the Day


The most important thing a mayor does
is hire talented people to run the city.

via Outside

John Wright Hickenlooper, Jr.

Monday, November 19, 2018

Sunday, November 18, 2018

Catching Up



Results of Texas A&M's intra-squad time trials are here...hold on, there were other teams in attendance.  It was actually the Art Adamson Invite


Just one day remaining in the Golden Goggles Silent Auction

USA Swimming sent out a link to Dr. David Hoch's article Dealing with parental interference in coaching.  You might be surprised to learn that Step 1 isn't Ban the Parent.  Tap the brakes, buddy, that's Step 8.


Eddie's work with Joseph Schooling on the "Fifth Stroke" paid off in the FINA World Cup.  Schooling set a new Singapore national record in the 50 SCM back (:24.08) while leading off a medley relay.  More here









Weakly Demotivator



Quote of the Day


Face front, true believers!

via reddit

Stanley Martin Lieber, a.k.a. Stan Lee

Thursday, November 01, 2018

Quote of the Day


Ballplayers, like everyone else, like
to get told they did something right.

via SF Giants Photos

Willie Lee McCovey

Sunday, October 28, 2018

Misc.


Several open water events have been dropped due to flooding.

ASA's Lake Travis Relay and Highland Lakes Challenge have both been "Cancelled due to historic flooding" and the swimming portion of the Waco Triathlon was scrapped as well.


“Ironman has strict safety benchmarks in place that have been surpassed, including the rate of water flow,” race officials said in an email message sent to the 3,000 athletes registered to compete in the race. “The abundance of rain created additional flow with a rate higher than the limit deemed safe for swimming in the Brazos River.”

More at the Waco Tribune-Herald here

Arlington-Mansfield Area YMCA association director of aquatics

Lackland AFB tactical athlete coach - swim

Missed an excellent article on Linkedin last year:

Why hire the swimmer who swam all four years of college?

Have you ever worked hard on a project for an entire week and finally presented a seamless masterpiece to your client that brought you great recognition? What if this masterpiece only lasted twenty seconds and what if your hard work lasted 22 weeks? Would it be worth it? This swimmer has lived this scenario and has done it for most of their life. The ability to work towards a goal for such a long time is something that's not found in most people, which could be an asset for multi-year projects.

What doesn’t always happen is being successful, but this swimmer comes back year after year to achieve greatness.

Full article here

The CSCAA TYR Top 25 October polls:

Division I

Division II

Division III


Former Longhorn Brendan Hansen is organizing a benefit clinic in Austin.  The clinic will feature Olympic medalists and collegiate All-Americans.

Who:  Athletes of all ages & abilities
What:   age group swim clinic, masters swim workout, nutrition sessions, etc.
When:  Sunday, November 4 from 8 a.m. to noon
Where:  Rollingwood Pool, 4801 Rollingwood Drive
How:  Preregister via email here

“When the University of Texas swimming and diving family heard of the Carter’s situation with their twin babies, it affected all of us as if it were our own kids,” said Brendan Hansen, an event organizer and clinic coach. “We wanted to put together an event to share our skills with the Austin fitness community that not only would have an immediate impact for the family financially, but also for them to know we stand behind them through this process. That’s what family does and the overwhelming response up to this point shows how strong the Longhorn family is.”

Full Statesman article here

Facebook page here

gofundme page here



Weakly Demotivator



Quote of the Day


If I'm honest with you, you might not like me for a day or
two.  But, if I lie to you, you're going to hate me forever.


Joseph John "Joe" Maddon, Jr.

Wednesday, October 24, 2018

2019 Clinics


Legends of Texas, April 4 - 7, Ft. Worth

ASCA, September 2 - 8, Dallas

TISCA, September 19-22, Austin

Jobs


City of Corpus Christi recreation coordinator (aquatics)

Longhorn Aquatics assistant

Benbrook Community Center YMCA Head Swim Coach/Aquatics Coordinator

Great Wolf Lodge Aquatics Manager

City of Dallas Community Recreation Program Coordinator (Aquatics)

News from the UIL Legislative Council Meetings


Those pushing for a third conference might point out that swimming/diving is the only UIL activity* divided into two (2) conferences.  Even Team Tennis is a three-conference sport in Texas.

via CHARGRILLED

The Standing Committee on Policy authorized the UIL staff to monitor several proposals, including sanctioning water polo.

The committee LAUGHED OUT LOUD denied, rejected, or took no action on several other proposals, including:
  • sanctioning disc golf,
  • adding a competitive stomp season,
  • sanctioning bowling, &
  • adding archery.
If we could somehow combine archery with disc golf, we'd have a winner!

The entire UIL press release is here



*That includes not only Athletics, but also Academics and Music

Quote of the Day


Most of what we call management consists of making
it difficult for people to get their work done.

via Wikipedia

Peter Ferdinand Drucker

Saturday, October 20, 2018

Rocktober (edited 11:15 a.m.)


Looks like Rocktober has been rough on the guys:

Florida/Indiana/Texas (M&W, real time)

Here in BC, we're shut down...again.  This time it's due to cold water.

A week ago, everyone in town knew a cold front was coming in.  Not only isn't the heater in the city pool working, but they didn't put tarps on until Monday.  By then, the water was 74 degrees.

In the 60's now.  So tired of the old "one step up and two steps back" routine here...

via Storyblocks
In June, my ultra-lib cousin from Dallas asked me if I thought Beto had a chance to win.  I laughed and said "Only if he gets enough illegal votes!"

Was that a light bulb I saw flash over her head?  Is this really happening?

The Texas Democratic Party asked non-citizens to register to vote, sending out applications to immigrants with the box citizenship already checked “Yes,” according to new complaints filed Thursday asking prosecutors to see what laws may have been broken.

More at The Washington Times here

Lutheran South Academy needs a MS/HS swim coach.  Contact Susan Paling

Richardson YMCA needs a swim coach

City of Lakeway needs a swim center assistant manager

City of Texas City needs an aquatics coordinator



USA Swimming Sport Development Division survey

See where swimming ranks (overall and in specific categories) among high school sports:

Girls

Boys


Looking for Pictures


Greetings, 'Horns and Friends of 'Horns! Two of Eddie's first assistants from 1978-80, Chuck Warner and Dana Abbott, are writing a book about Eddie's 40+ years on the Forty Acres, the working title is "Eddie Reese: Coaching Swimming, Teaching Life". A good chunk of the net proceeds will go to the Reese/Kubik Legacy Campaign.  Chuck and Dana have a good book in writing but need photos from the earlier years, primarily 80s and 90s. If you have some you can share with them, contact Dana at reese-book@outlook.com and we can work out how to share. If digital, they need to be at least 300dpi (right-click on the image, select Properties, then look under the Details tab, scroll down to Image and look at the numbers for horizontal and vertical resolution, 300dpi is what the publisher needs for digital photography).  If film prints, the larger the print the better, and NEGATIVES or SLIDES are better still. Happy to send a list of names of swimmers, coaches, and other parties mentioned in the book if you will contact Dana at reese-book@outlook.com, but ANY good photos are welcome and could get included. All photographs used will be acknowledged in the book (and returned), here's your chance to be semi-famous beyond your swimming careers!  With gratitude and appreciation in advance from the authors!!!

Quote of the Day


When we ask for advice, we are
usually looking for an accomplice.

via Vanity Fair

Saul Bellow

Sunday, October 14, 2018

Misc.


Back in the day, our Blue/Gold intrasquad meet was a pretty competitive affair.  We started off each season with this "practice" meet.  It was good for our swimmers, officials, and volunteers.

After the team went to "zero" in '15 (did not send anyone to district meet), I unretired to help restore our program.  Our early teams have been pretty small, so an intrasquad would have been more like a time trial.

Several alumni suggested we add former BCHS swimmers & divers to the mix and host a Blue/Gold & Alumni meet.  It's been working out great. 


Bobby Button, Keith Hill, Neal Holden, Kory Ashcraft, Blake Holden, Andrew Medina

Alumni attendance was down a bit this year, but it was still a great meet.  We used a relay-only format and the meet ended in a 122-122 tie.  Yes "B" relays matter...a lot!

Feel free to let former BCHS swimmers/divers who might now know about the meet to join us them next year.

Louisville took this year's SMU Classic (W)

San Antonio Veterans Memorial HS needs a head swim coach.  Contact Richard Mendoza at 210-619-0220

Houston's Bridge Bats needs several coaches



I'm not able to fit this year's Highland Lakes Challenge into the schedule, but those of you who're interested can get more info here


Weakly Demotivator



Quote of the Day


Anybody who writes doesn't like to be misunderstood.

via Rai News

Norman Alexander MacCaig

Sunday, October 07, 2018

Jobs


Life Time Houston

Plano ISD head diving - Gerald Brence at 469-752-1086

A&M's Tanica Jamison



Article on former Longhorn Tanica Jamison - now associate head coach for Aggies - is here

Together, she and Bultman and their team have developed the Aggies into a perennial swimming powerhouse. 
After four-straight fourth-place finishes at the NCAA Championships from 2013-16, the Aggies tallied their highest NCAA finish ever in 2017 with a third-place effort at the NCAA Championships. 

They equaled that feat again in 2018, and all of Texas A&M’s swimming school records have been bettered since Jamison’s arrival in College Station.

It's Like a Mankini



Weakly Demotivator



Quote of the Day


Nobody ever forgets where he buried the hatchet.

via Irvington Historical

Frank McKinney "Kin" Hubbard

Thursday, October 04, 2018

Let us throw open the floor...


...to wild accusations.


All Over the Cartograph


via KXII
Congratulations to Lindsay Looney (Denison), the Texas Girls Coaches' Association (TGCA) Swimmer of the Year for 2017-18.

Looney was the UIL 5A state champ in both the 200 IM (2:00.54) and 100 fly (:54.40 - state record).

Coach of the Year was Andrea McCarthy (Dripping Springs).


Any other educators dealing with acronym overload?  Got this the other day:  "...use their PLC time this week to access the IFD planning document in TEKS Resource System..."


Here's a share from DJA:  Stalin Would Approve by Ben Stein
via onlinefootage

It’s all amazing. To stop Donald Trump, the Democrats have tossed out the whole basis of Anglo-Saxon jurisprudence — innocent until proven guilty. They’ve taken the greatest deliberative body in the world, the Senate —and made it the chapter room of a sorority at a tenth rate college. Is there no end to it? Stalin would approve. So would Goebbels. If this Democrat trick works, there simply is no meaningful legal protection in this country any longer.


Dozens of UT students are Uberin' to them safe spaces after a group of conservative Longhorns (yup, there are still a few there) showed support for Brett Kavanaugh.  Story here 

“It is despicable and wrong for people to be here trying to uplift a man who is clearly a perpetrator of assault,” junior Elizabeth Boone, one of the people who protested YCT, told the Daily Texan. “It just really shows that even on a campus like this there are people who truly do not care about women, and they don’t care about people who have been assaulted.” 


YMCA of Greater Houston Youth Development Director - Aquatics


City of New Braunfels Head Swim Coach & Assistant Swim Coach

Check out swimmers and coaches on 2018 National Select Camp Rosters (several Texans)


Former Longhorn Jack Conger signed with TYR.  Read more at Swimming World here

List of all nominees for this year's Golden Goggles awards is here.  Vote here









via amazon
Y'all remember the EMU mess, right?


Nope, not talking about cleaning up after big birds here.

It's the Title IX issue at Eastern Michigan University.

No idear what we's talkin' 'bout?  Catch up here, here, and here.

Okay, here's the latest:  A federal court has ordered EMU to restore two (2) of the four (4) athletic programs they cut back in the spring.

Think they're bringing back men's wrestling & men's swimming?

WRONG!!!

What's yer danged problem?  I taught y'all everything I know and ya still don't know nothin'!!

Nope, they're restoring the women's tennis and women's softball programs.  Story here

"This is a historical moment for women in athletics," said Jill Zwagerman of Newkirk Zwagerman, the lawyer for the female athletes. "This will hopefully send a message to universities everywhere that are thinking about saving money by cutting women’s athletics. Cutting female sports is not the way to do it. It violates Title IX, which is illegal."

Anyone who's surprised by this move is hereby ordered to never read another post on this here blog.

Educating ya just ain't workin' - time to go waste yer time somewhere else...

Quote of the Day


Success seems to be largely a matter of
hanging on after others have let go.


William A. Feather

Sunday, September 30, 2018

The Bitter End


CEO & Head Coach John Bitter was recipient of the old "lead handshake" from Santa Clara Swim Club.  "Financial irregularities" was given as the reason for his termination.  Poor guy never had the chance to give the usual "more time with the family" reason.

Bitter's bio was scrubbed from the team's website, but is still available through Google's "cached" feature:

John Bitter 
CEO/Head Coach

Over the course of his 24 years in the coaching profession, John Bitter has had the opportunity to train, develop, and establish swimmers and programs throughout the United States.  John came to SCSC in September of 1995 as the Associate Head Coach, under the Dick Jochums.  Working with Jochums, SCSC went on to win two National tiles for Men and one national title combined.  Besides this, SCSC placed Tom Wilkens on the USA Olympic Team in 2000.  Tom went on to win a bronze medal in the 200 IM.
 
Following the retirement of Jochums in December of 2006, John was elevated to the position of Head Coach of Santa Clara Swim Club.  In this position, the club has seen tremendous growth in terms of both performance and number of swimmers and programs offered to the swimming community.  In September of 2009, John was also given the title of CEO of the organization and today he heads a swim program that has diversified itself into Adult Fitness, Competitive, Developmental, and Learn-to-Swim programming.
 
As a coach, John accomplishments have been numerous.  He has been a an Assistant Coach for the USA Swimming Junior Pan-Pac team in 2010, a two-time USA Swimming Select Camp coach, a USA Swimming Zone Development Camp Coach.  John’s swimmers have produce multiple National, Junior, and Olympic qualifiers and he has had many of his former swimmers go on to compete in college at such schools as University of Georgia, University of Virginia, Rice University, Indiana University-Bloomington, UC Santa Barbara, UC San Diego, UC Davis, University of Arizona, University of Minnesota, University of Hawaii, just to name a few.  The biggest joy John receives as a coach is when one of his swimmers is given the opportunity to continue his or her swimming at the college level, while also receiving their degree.  Besides his work on the club level, John has also had success as a college coach, having worked with the 1989 NCAA Champion in the Men’s 1650 Free.
 
As a swimmer, John swam for Jim Tynan at Sugar Creek Swim Club in St. Louis, then for Martha Tillman at Washington University in St. Louis. Transferring after his sophomore year, John went on to swim for Dick Jochums at the University of Arizona.  John was team captain his senior year.  John received his B.A. in History from the University of Arizona and has done masters work in Sports Management at the University of San Francisco.


Former FCST head coach Allison Beebe is currently SCSC's Lead High Performance Coach and a possible replacement for Bitter.