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Tuesday, April 22, 2014

On the Road



A&M's Breeja Larson put on a clinic down in Brownsville last weekend.  Story here.

Breeja Larson said it didn’t take much convincing to get her to agree to come down to South Texas to help with a small clinic for young swimmers.

The 22-year-old seemed right at home in the pool at the Margaret M. Clark Aquatic Center where she helped swimmers of all ages and skill levels with their technique before taking on all challengers in some 25-meter races to finish off the swim session.


(via itunes)

Former Horn Garrett Weber-Gale just posted Staying Fit on the Road

Staying fit on the go can come with extra challenges, but it is far from impossible and the rewards come back in spades. Jet lag will disappear quicker, you’ll have more energy for the real reason you traveled, and you’ll make better food choices by not wanting to undo all the hard work you put in exercising. Plus, it balances out the treats and extra calories travel always brings.

Lastest Jobs


Aquatics manager in Austin.  Info here.

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Pool director in Houston.  Info here.

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Marshall HS (Fort Bend ISD) needs assistant coach.

Contact James Williams

2014 District 26-4A Results

2014 Region VII-4A Results

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Langham Creek HS (Cy-Fair ISD) needs head coach.

Contact Todd Thompson at 281-463-5418

2014 District 17-5A Results

2014 Region V-5A Results

2014 UIL 5A State Results

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Title IX Flood


Turns out last week's big Title IX story (nine Pennsylvania schools, catch up here) was just a trickle compared to the flood out in California.  Read more here.

The initial mass complaint against 121 public and private California colleges and universities of varying size and athletic competitiveness, filed with the U.S. Education Department Office for Civil Rights’ regional San Francisco post, alleged that the programs were failing to address gender disparities in sports participation and opportunities.

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Quote of the Day


I'd wish the government took honest
people into consideration, it shows
enough consideration for scoundrels.

(via Meine Lieblingsgedichte)

Franz Seraphicus Grillparzer

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Friday, April 18, 2014

Mesa Grand Prix Psych Sheet

Maybe something here...


...will interest y'all...maybe not...

Most of the talk surrounding the Mesa Grand Prix has been about that Michael guy.  Some (at least at our house) has been about that Bobby kid.  Now the focus is on Katie Hoff.  More here.

(via Baltimore Sun)

Through a text message, Hoff confirmed to SwimVortex that she’ll be contesting the 100 freestyle, 200 freestyle, 100 butterfly, 100 breaststroke and 200 individual medley. Over the past several months, Hoff has posted some impressive times in the short-course pool. Now, she’ll get a chance to see where she stands in the long-course pool.

Longhorn backstroke legend Aaron Peirsol will team up with 2013 NCAA 200 breast champ Laura Sogar to host a game of Sharks-n-Minners at the Mesa event.  More here.

(via Swimming World)


(via james brosher photography)

"When Arena approached me with the opportunity to reach youth swimmers across the nation, I was extremely energized," said Peirsol. "I know I speak for much of the U.S. National Team when I say that we recognize the importance of encouraging and perpetuating the love of the sport, and I hope an experience like the Arena Grand PrixView will positively impact kids across the nation. We all need to remember why we fell in love with this sport, and I hope I can help send that message through this event series.

Nutrition?  NASCAR's  Jeff Gordon and swimmer Ryan Lochte share a personal chef in Glenn Lyman.  Story here.


(via facebook)

“What I like about Glenn is no meal is ever the same,” says five-time gold medalist Lochte, who eats up to 12,000 calories per day to meet his energy demands. “He understands the kind of nutrients professional athletes need and makes food that tastes really good at the same time.”

More on nutrition at Swimming World.  Check out a story on going vegan by former Horn Jeff Commings here.  Things didn't exactly go as planned:

If I didn't have my athletic condition to consider, I would still be a complete vegan today. But if I want to be the swimmer I know I can be, I must live part-time in the world of vegans and the rest of the time as an omnivore. It will take some time to regain my muscle mass, but I'm motivated to make it happen, and that's a big first step.

Jeff spoke with Texas breaststroker Matt Korman on the Morning Swim Show Wednesday:




Aggie breaststroker Breeja Larson went 20 x Q's w/:05 rest Tuesday.  Set results are here.

 
(via Aggie Athletics)

17. What makes College Station so special to you?

Breeja:
One of the things that always really stuck out to me is how nice the people are here. We have something like 45,000 people here, but there is no graffiti, no writing on the bathroom walls; people respect this university and community, and each other. You don’t see litter and stuff like that. It’s a clean, healthy environment. This university was here so long and will be here forever. That safety net of always being an Aggie – it’s like you know you will always be taken care of.


The City of Cedar Hill needs a summer team coach.  Info here.

Rollin' Wild:





Several new assistant coaching jobs are posted on TISCA job page:

Katy HS:  Contact Joe Watson at 281-237-1977

2014 District 14-5A Results

2014 Region IV-5A Results

Dawson HS:  Contact Matthew Winton

2014 District 23-4A Results

2014 Region VI-4A Results

2014 UIL 4A State Results

Cypress Ridge HS:  Contact Gary Thiebaud

2014 District 17-5A Results

2014 Region V-5A Results

2014 UIL 5A State Results

Clear Falls HS:  Contact Aubrey Estes at 281-284-1260

2014 Region VI-5A Results

2014 UIL 5A State Results

Now that the OCR is involved in a complaint against nine (9) Pennsylvania universities, the big question is:  Which men's program will be the next one sacrificed at the Title IX Quota alter?

Article is here.

(via Deadspin)

Each university identified by the Women's Law Project has women participating in sports at rates lower than their proportion of the undergraduate population, ranging from a 4.52 percent gap at Shippensburg to a 15.66 percent gap at Bloomsburg.

At Clarion, for example, women made up 60 percent of the undergraduate population in the 2012-13 school year but 47.4 percent of the population of varsity athletes. At Clarion, the complaint says, 114 additional female athletes would be needed to achieve parity.

"These nine universities are missing over 900 athletic opportunities for women," said Sue Frietsche, senior staff attorney for the Women's Law Project, which has offices in Pittsburgh and Philadelphia.

Let's try that again, folks.  Last quote should read:

"These nine universities have hundreds of athletic opportunities available for women, but they've not been taken advantage of."

You can bet the athletic departments at these universities are already looking for hired guns to do their dirty work.  Don't think for a minute their "consultants" will only recommend adding women's sports.  They'll most certainly propose dumping men's sports as well.

Five men's wrestling programs remain among the nine schools.  You can bet the consultants will target the Clarion, Kutztown, Lock Haven, Millersville, and Shippensburg wrestlers.

Millersville?  That sort of kind of rings a bell.  Oh yeah!  They dumped all men's running programs a while back.  In fact, they took the 2012 Doublespeak of the Year award with their explanation of the cuts.  Catch up here.

Worried about men's swimming?  The only men's programs that remain are at Clarion, Indiana, Bloomsburg, and Shippensburg.  Yeah, they'll be in the cross hairs as well.

It's not just the men that suffer when their programs are kicked to the curb gutter.  I challenge y'all to name five (5) women-only swimming programs that are competitive at the national level...cue them crickets...yeah, that's what I figured...

Bulldog fans are on the edge of their bleachers, waiting for news and hoping the NCAA will go easy on their swim program.  More here.

The University of Georgia has 90 days respond to the NCAA’s allegations. After UGA responds, the NCAA will have about 60 days to compile the full case. Then the case will head NCAA’s Committee on Infractions.

“If the violations come down, most likely there will be some sanctions. The swim program will probably go on probation,” said Harmon. “There will probably be a reduction in scholarships..that kind of thing.”

Harmon says the sanctions should only affect the swim team, but could also have a long-term effect on UGA’s entire athletic program, especially since this isn’t the university’s first NCAA violation.


Check out the swimming roster and coaching staff for the 1950 University of Texas men's squad here.

Here are a few early season results:

Ambush Invite

ESA 10 & Under Sprint Classic

Frisco IMX

McAllen Extreme Challenge

SASA Sombrero Champs

Belton Spring Has Sprung

AAAA 13 & Over Unclassified

AAAA/NEAT Junior Series

USMS SC Zone

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Quote of the Day


Everything that goes into my mouth seems
to make me fat, everything that comes
out of my mouth embarrasses me.

(via AKANTILADO)

Gabriel José de la Concordia García Márquez

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Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Greenhill School


Greenhill School is looking for a Director of Aquatics for our 11-week summer camp program, Summer on the Hill. This position will be responsible for general supervision and ensure all lifeguards and swim instructors are fulfilling their job duties; perform pool maintenance and water testing; ensure the safety of patrons in the aquatic facility by preventing and responding to emergencies. Must be 18 years of age with pool management experience. Lifeguard certification is required.

The direct link to the job posting (for additional information) is here.

Contact Vick Truitt at 972-628-5490

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More Jobs


City of Flower Mound aquatics coordinator

City of Garland aquatics/athletics services

City of McKinney pool manager

John Paul II HS in Plano needs a swim coach.  Job is posted on TAPPS.

2014 TAPPS North Region Results

2014 TAPPS Division 1 State Results

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Johnny Get Angry



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RACE



Rockwall needs an assistant.  Info here.

2014 SC TAGS Results

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Athlete of the Week


(via Swimming World)

First Colony's Simone Manuel is KHOU TV's Athlete of the Week.  Story and video here.

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UT's Walker Big XII Brainiac of the Year




Longhorn D-Man Reid Walker has been named the swimming/diving Big XII Scholar-Athlete of the Year.  More here.

"Reid has been a hard worker in the pool and in school since his freshman year," said UT head coach Eddie Reese.  "That's the way you want everyone to approach college as a student-athlete.  They are here to get an education.  Reid really took care of everything as a student-athlete."

Quote of the Day


I'm not the best, I'm just a guy
who's willing to fight the best.

(via Glenncoffe)

Glengoffe Donovan "Glen" Johnson

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Sunday, April 13, 2014

High School Jobs


Cypress Ridge HS needs an assistant.  Job is posted on THSCA site.  Contact Gary Thiebaud at 281-807-8013

Leander ISD needs a head swim coach.  Info here.

Posted on the TISCA jobs page:

Ellison HS needs an assistant.  Contact Ellen Burnett at 254-336-0600

Langham Creek HS needs an assistant.  Contact Todd Thompson

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Quote of the Day


No person is your friend who demands
your silence, or denies your right to grow.

(via The Guardian)

Alice Malsenior Walker

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Saturday, April 12, 2014

Post-Season Honors


(via reachforthewall)

Men's Big XII post-season awards have been announced.  Freshman diver Michael Hixon was named Diver of the Year and Newcomer of the YearEddie Reese and Matt Scoggin were swim and dive coaches of the year, respectively.  More here.

(via Swimming World)

For the women, Lily Moldenhauer was Swimmer of the Year, Maren Taylor took Diver of the Year honors, and Emma Ivory-Ganja was Newcomer of the YearScoggin earned Diving Coach of the Year.  Story here.

(via Aggie Athletics)

The 2014 Southeastern Conference Women's Coach of the Year was A&M's Steve Bultman.  More here.

Competitor



Competitor has been named the official lane rope for USA Swimming through 2016.  Read more here.

(via Medicine)

In related news, Curad Bandages will be the official pool bottom debris of public pools through 2055...

Quote of the Day


Fame always brings loneliness.  Success is
as ice cold and lonely as the North Pole.

(via BR-alpha)

Hedwig "Vicki" Baum

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Thursday, April 10, 2014

Fourteen Tulsa Pools Added to Endangered List



Let's hope this doesn't catch on elsewhere.  Tulsa is decommissioning most of their school district pools.  Read more (with video) here.  Thanks for the heads up, SK!

Pools at Anderson, Hamilton, Lewis & Clark, Chouteau and Hale Junior High have already been eliminated and replaced with classrooms.

In the next phase, the pools at Bell, Gilcrease, Skelly, Webster, Wright and Roosevelt will be filled in.

And, in what's likely to be the next step, more pools at Central, East Central High, East Central Junior High, Edison, Hale High, Memorial, McLain and Rogers will close, leaving only three pools for the whole district, at Monroe, Thoreau and Booker T.

Kind of senseless from a competitive swimming point of view, right?

It's even more idiotic when you consider all the health issues among our young people.  Why would you eliminate one of the best forms of exercise they have available?

Many of our country's schools and municipalities keep their pools on shoestring budgets for years on end, then complain they can't afford repairs when them danged chickens come home to roost.

Deer John Q. Public,

We preshiate yer contributin them tax dollerz fer that purdy new cement pond a while back.

It shore wuz fun wile it lasted, weren't it?

Unforchewnitly, we let it kinda fall part over da years an it needs sum pritty big fixin' up now!

Cents we is reelly lookin out fer yew, are tax payer, we is gonna cut are lossis an just fill er in.

Sinseerly,

Yer Elected O Fishuls

p.s.  We is gonna need a lil more munny so's we kin pay that twenny man road krew my brothern law runs ta dew dat three munth pond liminatin job.

p.p.s.  Korse, dat'l mean dem rodes mite git a lil ruffer til we kin git em back out der.  Drive kareful!

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A few more jobs


City of Big Spring assistant pool manager

Townlake Branch YMCA aquatics director

Swim Streamline at Northampton age group coach

Keller Central HS needs a head coach.  Job is posted on TISCA page.  Contact Bob DeJonge at 817-744-1067

2014 District 5-5A Results

2014 Region II-5A Results

2014 UIL 5A State Results

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Quote of the Day


Bureaucracy is like a fungus
that contaminates everything.

(via flickr)
Jaime Lerner

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Wednesday, April 09, 2014

Wake Up Music





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Quote of the Day


You could not step twice into the same river.

(via npr)

Heraclitus of Ephesus

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Tuesday, April 08, 2014

Parts I & II

Boyd HS


A head coach is needed at McKinney Boyd HS.  Job is posted on THSCA site.

Contact Doyle Drake at 469-302-3493

2014 District 9-5A Results

2014 Region III-5A Results

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Two more jobs


City of Pflugerville pool manager

City of Rockwall assistant pool manager

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Quote of the Day


A lot of people have asked me how
short I am.  Since my last divorce,
I think I'm about $100,000 short.


Joseph Yule, Jr., a.k.a. Mickey Rooney

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Monday, April 07, 2014

River Place Country Club


River Place Country Club in Austin needs assistant coaches

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Quote of the Day


Wicked is not much worse than indiscreet.

(via Biography)

John Donne

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Sunday, April 06, 2014

Quote of the Day


When socialism comes through the door,
employment jumps out the window.

(via schnauzi)

Esperanza Aguirre y Gil de Biedma

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Saturday, April 05, 2014

Ames High School Swimming Posters


Iowa high school coach Dan Flannery's swim team posters are pretty danged impressive.  Here's one of the Ames HS poster schedules:


Bear Crawls Claim Rattler


The charge:



"This isn't something swimmers are meant to do.  We don't do hard stuff like this.  We don't train like that."

The defense:


"If anything, it's just a way of showing discipline, and what being in athletics is all about."

The verdict:

Poll:

Do you think bear crawls are useful or inappropriate punishment for student athletes?

I think they are useful - 52% (289)

I think they're inappropriate punishment - 48% (262)

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Two More Jobs



City of Wichita Falls pool supervisor

TownLake YMCA aquatics director

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Quote of the Day


To his dog, every man is Napoleon;
hence the constant popularity of dogs.

(via listal)

Aldous Leonard Huxley

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Friday, April 04, 2014

Bauerle Falling on Sword?


Edited 4/5/14:  A more detailed story (w/50+ comments) is in the Atlanta Journal-Constitution here.

"I want to emphasize unequivocally that the student-athlete involved in this matter did nothing wrong. Not one thing. I take full responsibility for my actions.”

(via OnlineAthens)

It looks like Georgia head coach Jack Bauerle is going to take the fall for an athlete's academic issue.  Bauerle has been suspended indefinitely while the university and the NCAA look into the matter.  Read more here and here.

The NCAA alleges that Bauerle made “special arrangements” on Dec. 10, 2013, with an unnamed professor to add men’s swimmer Chase Kalisz to a course for the fall 2013 semester. Classes for the semester had already ended and UGA already entered finals at the time.

He received a passing grade despite “not completing any work for the class,” according to the NCAA letter to UGA president Jere Morehead.

“Allegations of this nature are extremely disappointing and we will continue to fully cooperate with the NCAA staff on this matter,” athletic director Greg McGarity said in a statement. “Until this matter has concluded, head swimming and diving coach Jack Bauerle will be suspended from all job-related responsibilities effective immediately.”

Said Bauerle in a statement: “I regret that I have placed the University of Georgia, an institution I dearly love and have given my heart and soul to for 44 years, in this situation. While I do not agree with the charges in the way the NCAA has framed them, I made a mistake.”

To say things don't look good for Jack is an understatement.  He admits he made a mistake, so maybe they'll find some middle ground on how big of a mistake it actually was.

What does it mean for Kalisz?  It brings up some interesting "What if?" questions.

What if UGA and/or the NCAA decide that Kalisz was ineligible for spring semester meets?  Would his 400 IM American Record still stand?  It was a legal swim as far as USA Swimming is concerned, right?

Austin Austin-Bound


UT breaststroke recruit Austin Temple spoke with Jeff Commings:

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Quote of the Day

 
True ignorance is not the absence of
knowledge, but the refusal to acquire it.
 
(via the guardian)
 
Sir Karl Raimund Popper

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Thursday, April 03, 2014

Jobs


Sharyland HS has posted openings for a head girls' and a head boys' coach.

Contact Richard Thompson at 956-580-5300

2014 District 30-5A Results

2014 Region VIII-5A Results

2014 UIL 5A State Results

A new Katy ISD school, Tompkins HS, needs an assistant coach.  Job is posted on TISCA site.  Contact Jaime Denton

Two Austin-area YMCA aquatics coordinator jobs:

Cedar Park

Round Rock/Hutto

The Vic Coppinger Family YMCA needs a youth development director - swim & play

The YMCA of the Highland Lakes in Burnet needs a pool manager

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Speedo Performance of the Week


First Colony's Simone Manuel's American Record 100 SCY free was last week's Speedo Performance of the Week:

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Quote of the Day

 
Our lives are the sum total of
the choices we have made.
 
 
Wayne Walter Dyer

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Wednesday, April 02, 2014

TJS Update



Joseph's been in the hospital for nearly three (3) weeks.  Late last night, Terri posted an update here.

Please join me in praying this By Faustina Kowalska prayer:

Oh Jesus, do not hide from me, for I cannot live without You. Listen to the cry of my soul. Your mercy has not been exhausted, Lord, so have pity on Joseph's misery. Your mercy surpasses the understanding of all angels and people put together; and so, although it seems to me that You do not hear me, I put my trust in the ocean of your mercy, and I know that my hope will not be deceived. Eternal God, in whom Mercy is endless and the treasury of compassion inexhaustible, look kindly upon Joseph and increase your mercy upon him, that in difficult moments we will not despair, not become despondent but with great confidence submit ourselves to Your holy will which is love and mercy itself, amen!

Tuesday, April 01, 2014

Quote of the Day

 
Two wrongs don't make a right,
but they make a good excuse.
 
(via L.A. Times)
 
Thomas Stephen Szasz

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Monday, March 31, 2014

2014 YMCA SC Nationals



Looks like everything you'll need to foller the YMCA meet in Greensboro will be here.

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Summer Creek HS


A head swim coach is needed at Summer Creek HS.  Job is posted on THSCA site.

Contact Troy Kite at 281-641-8130

2014 District 21-4A Results

2014 Region VI-4A Results

2014 UIL 4A State Results

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Men's NCAA Wrap-Up


Runner-up team:


 Their support team:

(via Granger Talley Twitter)

 An outstanding Day 3 put Cal on top in the team race.

The top ten teams:

California (468.5)
Texas (417.5)
Florida (387)
Michigan (310)
Georgia (259)
Auburn (230)
Arizona (198.5)
Southern California (182)
Stanford (155)
Indiana (141)

Texas A&M finished 44th, ending their 18-year streak of top-25 finishes.  Senior Frank Simon was 14th in the 400 i.m. (3:45.13 in prelims) for A&M.  Aggie recap article is here.

Special thanks to PH for fixing us up with
tickets to the sold-out Day 3 finals!

Complete Results

Diver of the Meet Michael Hixon:




Diving Coach of the Meet Matt Scoggin:


Eddie's post-meet interview:


Class all the way.  Made sure to mention suspended coach Jack Bauerle's Georgia squad.  Too bad Jack wasn't able to enjoy his women's team win last week and Chase's 400 i.m. American Record this week.

The Atlanta Journal-Constitution posted an article on the suspension here.
 
In any case, the controversy has raised tensions between some UGA faculty and the athletic association’s compliance office and academic-support team.

Dick Hudson, a professor in Georgia’s college of agriculture and environmental sciences and a close friend of Bauerle’s, wrote McGarity in January. In an email dated Jan. 14, he accused the athletic department’s compliance office of being overzealous and threatened to take his complaints to the University Council “if this is not settled responsibly.” It is indicated in the letter that Hudson is not directly involved in the “academic matter” in question.

“Your compliance people are creating a bad name for your administration,” Hudson wrote, “and I am hearing from faculty across campus about this. Last summer, as you’ll recall, the integrity of one of my classes was questioned, something that upset our faculty over here. And no explanation was sent to me from those who were involved. I understand your need to be compliant with NCAA rules, regulations and policies, but those who work in this area seem to be trying to make a name for themselves, and doing so at the expense of a great coach and person.”

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Quote of the Day


This republic was not established by cowards;
and cowards will not preserve it.

(via Coutant)

Elmer Holmes Davis

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Saturday, March 29, 2014

Simone Manuel American Record


In prelims this morning at the NASA meet in Clearwater, FCST's Simone Manuel broke the American Record in the 100 free (:46.83).  More here.

Want the good news, the bad news, or...


...the "not sure where this is headed" news first?

(via The Collegian)

Good News:

Fresno State is looking into restoring their dumped wrestling program.  Read more here.

Wrestling was dropped at Fresno State in 2006 -- a move that blindsided fans but was explained at the time as a way to keep costs in check and get the university in line with Title IX requirements. Fresno State added women's equestrian, soccer and golf, and also cut men's water polo and soccer.

The possibility that wrestling might be reinstated has perked up the ears of Fresno fans. Dennis DeLiddo, who ran Fresno State's wrestling program from 1981 to his retirement in 2005, was happy to hear the review process is moving forward.

"I've spoken to Dr. Castro and got nothing but positive vibes," he said. "I think we're in good hands with him."



Bad News:

Seems private funds used to improve a high school baseball field were wasted in Plymouth, Michigan.

Since parents didn't kick in more dough to spruce up the girls' softball field, the brainiacs in the Department of Justice are making the high school take down a baseball scoreboard and some seating.  Read more (and watch news report) here.

Gilbert and other parents installed and paid for the new seats themselves. They were put in years ago. The parents also bought a new scoreboard. But now, the bleachers and scoring equipment will be put in storage until the district can afford to make similar improvements to the girls’ field.

Gilbert disagreed with DOJ’s determination.

“I don’t think parents sitting has anything to do with on-field competition,” he said. “I can’t believe we are tearing something down as opposed to building something.”


Not Sure Where This Is Headed News:

Students at Kansas recently voted to eliminate a fee the school collected to fund travel for women's athletics.

The school listened to the students, considered their stance, then went ahead and did whatever they danged well pleased.  Once again, kids have gotten a lesson on adults, power, and politics.  Read more here.

The KU student senate previously voted to cut the fee altogether, but chancellor Bernadette Gray-Little, who had the power to veto the senate vote, issued an alternate plan on Thursday.

In a letter to the KU student body president and vice president, Gray-Little said she would lower the Women’s and Non-revenue sports fee from $25 to $7 per semester, while increasing a Student Recreation and Fitness Center fee by $12.

Read more here: http://www.kansas.com/2014/03/27/3371770/ku-to-lower-student-fee-for-athletics.html#storylink=cpy

How has the KU athletic department managed to stay in the black in recent years?  By digging deeper into all available pockets, of course!

A practice that began as a small $1.50 fee to help KU comply with Title IX regulations was now funneling more than a million dollars from the KU student body to athletics — some of which was used to pay bonds on the recreation center. According to documents filed to the NCAA, KU athletics had $93 million in revenues in 2013.

Another article on money issues at Kansas is here.  Pretty interesting stuff.

As one might expect, firing coaches can be an expensive decision in the short-run. The payments to Gill and his staff came on the heels of multimillion-dollar settlements with former football coach Mark Mangino and athletic director Lew Perkins in the previous two years.

Read more here: http://www.kansascity.com/2014/03/28/4923010/ku-reports-record-93-million-in.html#storylink=cpy

Translation:  "We won't fund our men's swimming program, but we can scrape together a few million in hush money."

In total, Kaufman says, KU has spent close to $150 million in improvements for facilities over the last 10 to 15 years, while accruing just $49 million in debt. And officials believe the department is in good financial shape moving forward.

“To put it in context, over the last 11 or 12 years, we’ve been able to improve our athletic facilities, student-support facilities and our office facilities to the tune of $150 to 160 million dollars,” Kaufman said.

“We only have debt of $49 million, so the other two-thirds we’ve been able to fund through operations or fundraising or other revenue sources.”

Read more here: http://www.kansascity.com/2014/03/28/4923010/ku-reports-record-93-million-in.html#storylink=cpy

Y'all spotted that silver lining, right?  That "we're less'n fitty mill in da hole" one...

Read more here: http://www.kansas.com/2014/03/27/3371770/ku-to-lower-student-fee-for-athletics.html#storylink=cpy

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Day 2 Interviews & Results



Texas had hoped to put a little more distance between themselves and the next two schools (on the left and right coasts).  They'll take a six-point lead into the final day of the men's D-I championship.

The Longhorns will need some big move-ups and huge diving points today to stay in the hunt.  Day 3 is projected to be a big one for both Florida and Cal.

Here are the top ten teams after Day 2:

Texas 318.5
California 312.5
Florida 279
Michigan 225
Georgia 200
Southern California 140
Arizona 135.5
Auburn 121
Stanford 117
Florida State 96

Complete Day 2 Results

Eddie Reese on Day 2:


IM/Breast specialist Will Licon on his breakout 400 IM:


Springboard star Michael Hixon on taking 3m title:


Read what Swimming World's Jeff Commings has to say about crowd support for the meet here.

Those who make millions and sit in expensive offices on college campuses might be the ones who hold the cards in determining the fate of college swimming, but if they were to see how fervent swimming fans are (Nathan Adrian wore a bear suit tonight in support of his alma mater) they would never consider dropping this sport.

Where else can you find fans scribbling scores on scrap paper to find out where their team stands? That rarely happens at USA Swimming nationals, and team scores are not kept at the Olympics. High school teams care about this, but that's about it.


College swimming shows no sign of giving up. Yes, Vlad Morozov turned pro one year early. Michael Phelps never swam in a college race. And 14-year-old Michael Andrew passed up any chance to swim in college by going pro But we all know that Missy Franklin didn't want to pass up this opportunity. Natalie Coughlin swam for Cal all four years. Ryan Lochte didn't give up his eligibility, either. There's something unique about the college swimming experience, and the ringing in my ears from the roof-raising cheers reminds me of that.

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