Save the Males - Reform Title IX NOW!!!

Wednesday, July 23, 2014


Two assistants are needed at Spring Swim Team.


UIL vs. Austin: Who gets the house?

The UIL/Austin marriage has been on the rocks for quite some time.

Don't tell me y'all couldn't see the signs!

Baseball started spending time with the neighbor (Round Rock), Foosball moved into the Death Star with Jerry, and Thump-Thump traveled down to I-35 to San Antone.

Now soccer's looking to throw in with someplace new (they've been playing in Georgetown).

I'd hate to see swimming leave Austin, but the right proposal could make it happen.


Quote of the Day

A man's natural rights are his own, against the
whole world;  and any infringement of them is
equally a crime, whether committed by one
man, or by millions;  whether committed by
one man, calling himself a robber, or by
millions, calling themselves the government.

(via Lysander Spooner)

Lysander Spooner


Tuesday, July 22, 2014

Sectional Timeline

Our long course sectional meet is underway.

Can't find an active link to real time results yet, but am hoping anonymous will find and send it.

In the meantime, here's the timeline.

Mean Green Sign Six More

(via UNT Coach Workshop)

More at College Swimming here.

“We have a great core group of swimmers and divers returning and I think we have not only replaced the student-athletes that have moved on from the program, but taken a big step forward in addressing our areas of improvement and raising the level of competition on our team for next year,” Bray said.

Katy & Texas City

Senior Circuit Pics

Texas Senior Circuit pics from Andy Ringgold.

Quote of the Day

If you can count your money, you
don't have a billion dollars.

(via Afflictor)

Jean Paul Getty


Monday, July 21, 2014


Bowlsby's Warning

(via USA Today)

Commissioner Bob Bowlsby was in Dallas today for Big XII media day. He spoke on the future of NCAA sports, and what he sees in his crystal ball ain't pretty..  Read more here and here.

On men's Olympic sports:

"I think all of that in the end will cause programs to be eliminated. I think you'll see men's Olympic sports go away as a result of the new funding challenges that are coming down the pike," he said. "I think there may be tension among and between sports on campus and institutions that have different resources."

Men's Olympic sports.  Thanks, Title IX Quota System!

On student-athletes as employees:

When addressing potential unionization of football and basketball players, Bowlsby said "student-athletes are not employees. They should never be employees. It's not an employee/employer relationship."


On money:

"In the end, it's a somewhat zero-sum game. There's only so much money out there. I don't think that coaches and athletic directors are likely going to take pay cuts," he said. "And I think over a period of time what we'll find is that instead of keeping a tennis program, they're going to do the things that it takes to keep the football and men's and women's basketball programs strong."

This will be accomplished by whittling men's sports down to the NCAA minimum of six (6).  The other four (4) beyond foosball and thump-thump?  Think tiny:  golf, diving, tennis, cross country.

On cheatin' in the NCAA:

"I think it's not an understatement to say cheating pays presently," he said "If you seek to conspire to certainly bend the rules, you can do it successfully and probably not get caught in most occasions. ... They're in a battle with a BB gun in their hand. They're fighting howitzers."

Enforcement went bye-bye with the botched Miami investigation.

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D-I Likeness Release Dropped

NCAA D-I athletes will no longer be required to sign away rights to their name-and-likeness.  Read more here.

The release is a central part of the high-profile class action filed by Ed O'Bannon, a former University of California at Los Angeles basketball player, as well as other lawsuits filed against the NCAA regarding the commercialized use of likenesses of college athletes.

Taylor HS

A head coach is needed at Taylor HS (Alief ISD).  Contact JD Jordan at 281-988-3997


Quote of the Day

The right to be let alone is indeed
the beginning of all freedom.

(via The Atlantic)

William Orville Douglas


Sunday, July 20, 2014

Finals Parade Music


As top seed in men's fitty free, you need to decide on parade music.


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Quote of the Day

I try not to let them catch me act.

(via Stripes)

James Scott Bumgarner, a.k.a. James Garner


Saturday, July 19, 2014


Okay, so it looks like the guy didn't comply with the orders from the officers:

After he's been cuffed, you can hear him telling them repeatedly "I can't breathe, I can't breathe, I can't breathe..."

The aftermath is truly shocking and disturbing:

Don't they have a duty to render aid to the man who is helpless and in their custody?

Yes, we should support law enforcement officers and EMS.

No, this kind of behavior must not be tolerated!


Bette Perot Aquatic Center

(via GSNETX)

The Perot family donated over a million bucks toward a new pool for the Girl Scouts in Palestine.  Read more here. 

Camp Bette Perot, a 1,400-acre property located in Palestine, Texas, was donated by Ross and Margot Perot in honor of his sister and lifetime Girl Scout, Bette Perot. Camp Bette Perot is the largest Girl Scout camp in Northeast Texas, serving more than 10,000 girls and adults each year. It is a Center of Excellence for equestrian activities, and is home to 70 horses, a ropes course, archery and many other camp activities. The new Aquatic Center, which opened to resident campers this month, includes a screened-in program pavilion and building that will not only provide a great swim center for the girls but will also provide the infrastructure to enhance the leadership experience on site.

Quote of the Day

He who does not bellow the truth when
he knows the truth makes himself the
accomplice of liars and forgers.

(via Wikipedia)

Charles Pierre Péguy


Friday, July 18, 2014

Sectional Psych Sheet 1.0

Southern Zone LCM Sectional initial psych sheet is here.

Catch Up w/Crocker

(via Zimbio)

Longhorn great Ian Crocker is featured at USA Swimming here.

“The main thing that keeps me busy is volunteer coaching for the University of Texas Women's team,” said Crocker, who earned 21 international medals in his storied career and was the first person to swim under 51 seconds in the 100-metrt butterfly. “I've been volunteering since the fall of 2012, right about the time Carol Capitani and Roric Fink took over the program.

Jacuzzi Lifeguard

Thanks for the heads up, SK!

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Quote of the Day

When doing a job - any job - one must
feel that he owns it, and act as though
he will remain in that job forever.

(via flickr)

Hyman George Rickover


Thursday, July 17, 2014

Aggie Bethany Galat on MSS


Miss Elaine E. Yuss

What's new at The Woodlands?

1. Shana Trabona was featured on USAS's Coaches You Should Know
2. TWST teams up with masters swimmers to bid on the 2016 Trials pool
3. LC Sectional meet at CISD Natatorium begins Tuesday

Lifeguard Issues?

No, not talking about the dozers:

(via Staten Island Live)

or the Bathroom Break/Code Yeller combos:

There are lifeguard shortages around Texas.  The City of Austin is short-handed.  The City of Bay City only has a handful of guards, so public swim hours have been slashed.  The City of Victoria closed their pool for the summer.

The city began recruiting for lifeguards in February and was active at the schools, going so far as to offer pay incentives for those who stayed through the end of season. In a typical season, the city hires 12 lifeguards.

"For years, we've had problems getting people to come to the pool to work," the city manager said.

Here's an anonymous comment posted on No DFW in Top Fitty the other day:

How about training some of the lazy public employees as lifeguards as a condition of their parks and recreation department employment? Never ceases to amaze me how many short sighted bureaucrats will feather their own nest but not forsee a lifeguard crunch. Raspberries to the post summer swim team kid lifeguards ( who don't need the money or the headaches ) who opt to quit and go on that expensive European vacation with mommy and daddy.

How about paying a living wage for the job and getting someone who will commit unstead of closing the pool during the dog days of summer!

Love the idear of training parks & rec employees, then making them work longer hours for crappy pay.  Kind of like school districts requiring coaches to get certified to drive the bus for practices/meets, then paying them dirt for it.

Okay, back to the lifeguard shortage.  Money is the problem here.  It costs around $200 - and takes about 25 hours - to become an American Red Cross certified lifeguard.  Certification is good for two years.  Renewal is around $100.

If a guard can expect to earn $8 per hour and work part-time for, say 25 hours weekly, he/she won't net $4 per hour for his/her first month of lifeguarding.  How can that be?  Figure in the course, of course!

If this guard grosses $600 in three weeks, don't forget to subtract the $200 - and add the 25 hours - for the lifeguarding class!  For a hundred hours of class/work, they now have $400 to show for it - before Uncle Sam takes his share.

In the past, WSI's were able to certify lifeguards.  Many of us taught the class without compensation.  The kids needed only to purchase the ARC book.  Cards were good for three years.

Also, longer school years* mean shorter summers.  These guards have a couple weeks less to earn some dough each summer.

Another difference?  American Red Cross CEO Gail McGovern earns over a half million dollars annually.  Getting the picture?

Consider Johnny Subway.  He gets paid while training, eats fresh for free on a paid break, finds an occasional nickle in the tip jar, and works inside with air conditioning.  If BHO & Co. have their way, Johnny S. will be toasting your Sweet Onion Chicken Teriyaki for fifteen bucks an hour**.

(via The Federalist)

Lifeguarding - yet another job we "can't get Americans to do"?

Here are a couple of YMCA jobs:

The J.E.R. Chilton at Rockwall YMCA

Twin Lakes Family YMCA

(via djackson2014's blog)

While daughter Smacker enjoys success with the Longhorn swim program, Lousy-Anna State University foosball coach Les Miles spouts off about how crappy, beach-less Austin is:

LSU coach Les Miles found himself treading water about the lack of an ocean in Austin, Texas.

“I took a vacation. I went to Austin,” Miles said in his opening remarks about a trip to the University of Texas to visit his daughter Kathyrn “Smacker” Miles, who is on the Texas swim team. “It was miserable. I hated it. I mean, it was not a beach. It was not sand.”

Asked a follow-up question by Kirk Bohls of the Austin American-Statesman, Miles suddenly tried to crawfish.

“I loved it,” he said. “My daughter’s doing wonderfully there. I enjoy the experience she’s having, okay? But it was not a beach. There was no hotel that I walked out and jumped into the surf. We rented bikes. It just happened to rain like hell. There was a bunch of hills down there.”

When Miles exited, he passed a writer and said, “I’m going to catch hell from Texas.”

Miles may need to be more careful about Louisiana’s western neighbor.

He has always recruited the state of Texas. There are 13 players from Texas currently on LSU’s roster.

Just a little harmless fun there, right?

Git yer Ed "U.K." Shun via Weird Al:

*Brought to you by the folks that think:

"If what we're doing now isn't working worth
a hoot, more of it will surely be better!"

**Ten dollar foot-longs, anyone?

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Quote of the Day

I never expect to lose.  Even when I'm the
underdog, I still prepare a victory speech.

(via Instruction Book)

H. Jackson Brown, Jr.


Wednesday, July 16, 2014

Quote of the Day

A company will get nowhere if all of the
thinking is left to the management.

(via Addicted2Success)

Akio Morita


Tuesday, July 15, 2014

Clarence Touches Out GWG in Fitty Free

In a made-for-YouTube event, Clarence "The Staten Island Iced C" Pryor challenged Garrett Weber-Gale to a SCY fitty free:

Catch more of Clarence's "Final Season" videos here.

Thanks for the heads up, Big Weights!

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Weird Al's "Tacky"

More Jobs

First Colony (part-time assistant)

First Colony (full-time assistant)

First Colony (synchro)

City of Conroe (aquatic coordinator)


Transplant Games Results

Rice hosted the swimming portion of the 2014 Transplant Games last weekend:

Saturday Results

Sunday Results


No DFW in Top Fitty?

Okay, I understand why Bay City didn't make the List of 50 Top Swim Cities.  We probably fell somewhere between fitty-first and fitty-thousandth.

How in the world didn't the Metroplex make the list?

Maybe that new cement pond up in Lewisville will help them make the list next time.

Doubt Victoria will make the list anytime soon.  A lifeguard shortage means the city of 60,000+ has, as of last week, closed their public pool for the summerSchool's Pool's Out for Summer!

Quote of the Day

The manager accepts the status
quo;  the leader challenges it.

(via Korn Ferry Institute)

Warren Gamaliel Bennis


Monday, July 14, 2014


2014 All-America Swimming

2014 All-America Diving



2014 Academic All-America



2015 All-America Swimming Standards



Open Water Rosters

Team USA roster for 2014 World Junior Champs is here.

Nitro's Taylor Abbott will swim the 5k.  Event will be held in Israel in late August.

2014 Pan Pac Champs Team USA roster is here.

Shannon Gillespy (MARS) will serves as team manager.

US roster for the 2014 Junior Pan Pac Champs is here.

First Colony's Chris Yeager will travel to Hawaii and swim the 10k in late August.


Powers vs. Perry

(via KUT)

He may be popular with the faculty and students, but UT President Bill Powers isn't feeling any love from the Board of Regents or Governor Perry.  Read more here.

They believe the push against Powers now is because of timing: If Powers leaves now, the search for his replacement will at least be started by and possibly finished by a board dominated by close allies of Governor Perry. Board members who are Perry appointees have, in many of the public systems in Texas, been influential in appointing non-academic leaders to key positions in higher education.

Of the seventy-five (75) comments posted, here's the one that says it all:

Billionaires picking on millionaires. Oh, the humanity!



Cedar Park Swimming

St. Anthony Catholic HS (San Antonio) - contact Kevin Smisek at 210-832-5620

Victoria East/West HS - contact Debi Mease

Cypress Falls HS - contact Kirk Eaton at 281-856-1048

South Grand Prairie HS (assistant) - contact Brent Whitson at 972-343-1537

Lufkin HS - contact Todd Quick at 936-632-7657

City of Midland (aquatic/recreation coordinator)

Great Hills Aquatic Rush (assistant) - contact Samantha Stemmermann

Tellepsen Family Downtown YMCA (swim & play director)


Quote of the Day

I'm not interested in photo ops.

(via Wikipedia)

Barack Hussein Obama II


Wednesday, July 02, 2014

Mid-Summer Break

(via Etsy)

Time for a little vacation.  Might post now and then, might not.  Might tweet some, might not.  Might reply to email, might not.  Might take the back roads, might not.

Final Cup Standings

Quote of the Day

If you're not in the parade, you
watch the parade.  That's life.

(via gratuitous world)

Michael Keller "Mike" Ditka, Jr.


Tuesday, July 01, 2014

June Most Viewed

Here are the three (3) most-viewed posts from June:

#1 - Water Polo Proposal Takes a Hit

#2 - More UIL News

#3 - Recruiting in Texas High Schools?!?!


First Interval Natatorium

New facility for Frisco Aquatics:



A head coach is needed at Ambush Swimming (Nacogdoches/Lufkin).  Info here.


Quote of the Day

They called me mad, and I called them mad,
and damn them, they outvoted me.

(via Wikipedia)

Nathaniel Lee


Monday, June 30, 2014

YMCA of Abilene

An aquatics director is needed at the YMCA of Abilene.  Info here.


Dennis L. Shippey Aquatics Center

(via Linda Shippey Google+)

The new facility in Pasadena ISD is just about ready.  More here.

The new swimming pool on the Memorial Stadium grounds is essentially ready to go, giving the school district its first competition aquatics facility since the old Southmore Intermediate School, with its pool, was torn down some six years ago.

Learn more about Dennis Shippey here.

Quote of the Day

Bureaucrats, like mobs, don't respond to reason.

(via Strickland Screenshots)

Dale Alvin Gribble, a.k.a. Rusty Shackleford


Sunday, June 29, 2014

Quote of the Day

Leave them wanting more and
you know they'll call you back.

(via Pop Rock Photos)

Robert Dwayne "Bobby" Womack


Saturday, June 28, 2014

Texas Open

(via my SA)

Jimmy Feigen swam a sub-fitty hunnert free (:49.85) yesterday at the Texas Open.

Foller meet via real time results link here.


South County YMCA

A youth development director (swim & play) is needed at the South County Family YMCA (Houston).  Info here.


Quote of the Day

If you don't know why something is
working when it's working, you won't
know how to fix it when it breaks.

(via Star News)

Brent "Buzz" Williams


Thursday, June 26, 2014

Water Polo Proposal Takes a Hit

After viewing this video, superintendents on the Legislative Council gave water polo a "thumbs down" (hint:  go full screen on this one):

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The Americans for Legal Immigration Political Action Committee (ALPAC) wants to help out with the under-shortage-shortage.  Read more here.

“Americans who want to help the illegals and Americans who are upset that John Boehner and Barack Obama are throwing the future for American children under the bus along with their Oaths of Office, the US Constitution, the outcome of our elections, and the current laws of Congress, are encouraged to mail their used underwear to Barack Obama at The White House, 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue NW, Washington, DC 20500, and John Boehner at Office of the Speaker, H-232 The Capitol, Washington, DC 20515.”

Include your name and social security number so the Infernal Revenue Service (IRS) will know who to put on their "Exam" list...

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Tyler ISD Approves Funds for Pool

Talk of a new pool in Tyler got a big boost when Tyler ISD approved funding for a new natatorium.

More here.


MAC's Terry Jones on MSS


Quote of the Day

The same independence that got me into trouble
in high school got me praise in college.

(via HARVARD gazette)

Alan Morton Dershowitz


Wednesday, June 25, 2014

Futball "Injury" Stats, a.k.a. The Agony of De-Feet

Dripping Springs HS

An assistant is needed at Dripping Springs HS.  Info on TISCA jobs page here.


Southwestern University

An assistant is needed at Southwestern University.  Info here.


2014-15 HS Planning

For all you high school coaches who are doing a little extra this summer:

Tentative UIL Calendar

January 31 - District Certification Deadline

February 6/7 - Region

February 20/21 - State

UIL Coaching Requirements

Tentative TAPPS Calendar

January 30 - Region

February 13/14 - State

TAPPS Coaching Checklist

Meet info for a few invites are here.

TISCA meet info has been posted for San Antonio and Frisco.

NFHS rule changes for 2014-15 are here.

If you're able to get away for a few days in September, ASCA World Clinic schedule is here.

If you'll be attending the NISCA Conference in March, info is here.

No more private school diving!

(via Remote Patrolled)

Rumor posted last week turned out to be true!

Read big news on TAPPS Swimming & Diving here.

Takes them a long time to get to the point.  Second from last paragraph:

Based upon recommendation from the Athletic Executive Committee, the Board determined that diving will no longer be offered by our organization. While TAPPS provided an opportunity for many divers, the overall participation did not support continuing the activity within our organization.

Quote of the Day

Focus on remedies, not faults.

(via The Telegraph)

Jack William Nicklaus


Tuesday, June 24, 2014

Spring Branch ISD

A district diving coach is needed at Spring Branch ISD.  Info here.


Lone Star HS

A head coach is needed at Lone Star HS (Frisco ISD).  Info here.


Hightower HS

A head coach is needed at Hightower HS (Ft. Bend ISD).  Contact Deb Mize


Title IX: How a Good Law Went Terribly Wrong

How did an honorable equity law turn into a scorched-earth campaign against men’s sports?

Read entire Christina Hoff Sommers article here.

The original law was about equality of opportunity and indeed forbade quotas or reverse discrimination schemes. But over the years, government officials, college administrators and jurists — spurred on by groups like the National Women’s Law Center and the Women’s Sports Foundation — transformed a fair-minded equity law into just such a quota-driven regime, with destructive results.

(via Maclean's)

Instead of more investigations, restrictions, closed opportunities, bean counting, number fudging and gender politics, we should follow the advice of the novelist (and former wrestler) John Irving: “Keep Title IX: eliminate proportionality.” I can think of no better way to celebrate this intrinsically good law on its 42nd anniversary.

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A head coach is needed at Sienna Plantation.  More here.


Brenda & John Duncan YMCA

The Brenda & John Duncan YMCA is seeking a dynamic, innovative, highly motivated Youth Development Director-Swim, Sports & Play to oversee Aquatics and Youth Sports.

More here.


Sure would've been handy...

...on the Titanic...


Quote of the Day

Be prepared and be honest.

(via Academy of Achievement)

John Robert Wooden


Sunday, June 22, 2014

Quote of the Day

When people stand up and talk about
the great success that the EU has been,
I'm not sure anybody saying it really
believes it themselves anymore.

(via The Spectator)

Nigel Paul Farage


Saturday, June 21, 2014


Quote of the Day

Women don't want to hear what you think.  Women
want to hear what they think - in a deeper voice.

(via FilmGordon)

William Henry "Bill" Cosby, Jr.


Thursday, June 19, 2014

TAPPS Dumps Diving?

Rumor has it high school diving is being cut by TAPPS.

Quote of the Day

When I go stand up at the podium in front of the
White House press corps, I never lie.  I never say
something that I know is untrue.  Credibility is
enormously important to a press secretary.

(via Taylor Marsh)

James "Jay" Carney


Wednesday, June 18, 2014

TAGS Meet Info

TXLA will host long course TAGS July 23 through 27.  Meet info is here.

Sectional Meet Info

TWST will host long course Sectionals July 22 through 26.  Meet info is here.

20 Q's w/Sarah Denninghoff Bennett

Full Q & A at USA Swimming here.

5. You left your home state and the University of Arizona to come to Texas, how did that transition go?

I think really the people just welcomed me into the family and I felt at home. I am a really big family person, so it was hard to leave Arizona because I love Arizona and my family. But then, I really felt like I came home when I came to Texas. Carol and Roric have created such a great environment with family, academics and swimming.

Quote of the Day

Road Does Not End

(via NY Post)

Stanley Marsh 3


Tuesday, June 17, 2014


(via FingerLakes1)
A few Marcus Whitman HS students competed in the 2014 Watkins Glen Cardboard Boat Regatta.

Very honored to be first Wildcat swimmer going into the MWHS Sports HOF this fall.  See y'all in October!

Mississippi Welcome Sign