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Monday, July 28, 2014

TAGS Wrap-Up

Team Scores (Combined)

1 - Nitro (2272.5)
2 - The Woodlands (2149.83)
3 - Cypress Fairbanks (1518)
4 - Lakeside (1229)
5 - North Texas Nadadores (1226.5)
6 - Metroplex (903)
7 - Alamo Area Aquatic Association (667)
8 - Frisco (654)
9 - DADS (651.5)
10 - Aggie (648.5)

Event Results

Event of the meet had to be the 10 & under boys' fitty free.  Y'all may have caught this on Twitter:

After prelims, Charles Bellotti (FCST) and Conor McKenna (FA) were tied for 8th (:31.89), setting up a swim-off.

In their first duel, McKenna & Bellotti battled to a tie (:31.44), so they went at it again.

In swim-off number two, they tied again (:31.31)!

Round three went to Bellotti, :31.30 to McKenna's :31.69.

All that extra racing experience helped Charles move up to 6th place in the finals (:31.42).


Exchange on TOC

For the second straight year, numerous schools in Texas are headed into the fall semester with unfilled coaching positions.  This from The Old Coach:

Q.  What kind of coach will you get this late?  For those people still posting jobs. I'm asking? Will it be a first year guy or a dude that was non-renewed and still hasn't found a job? I know the drop dead date has passed and I'm curious as to what's out there. I know I've been in places that hired late and those dudes made it a year. I believe I would go on campus and look for teachers that would coach.

A.  Usually it's a little bit of all three, but at this point you are looking for the best teachers. Any good coordinator or HC can mold a kid into a solid Coach. 

Quote of the Day

Hydrogen is a light, odorless gas, which,
given enough time, turns into people.

(via American Astronomical Society)

Edward Robert "Ted" Harrison


Saturday, July 26, 2014

Breeja Larson Featured

(via Aringo Flickr)

Read it all at USA Swimming here.

Larson’s story to swimming stardom began with humble roots. When other programs looked past her in high school, Texas A&M Coach Steve Bultman saw great potential in her with a little tweaking. 

And while her first semester was “extremely raw,” Bultman and his coaches spent time refining her starts and kick and by the end of her sophomore season, she was an NCAA champion.

“Steve has built me into the swimmer I am today,” Larson said. “He was very careful with my training, especially at the beginning. I want to say he almost babied me a bit, and I needed it.  I did not have the base training of 10 years or more like a lot of swimmers, who go into college swimming. 

“He allowed me to struggle when I needed to but also made sure I went at slow enough intervals so I had enough rest during swim sets. He was very patient with my progress and ignorance to the sport. The breaststroke sets he gives us help us pace our races and finish strong, and he always sees room for improvement.”


Headband designed to prevent drownings on Engadget:

Some drowning incidents can be easily prevented, and a wearable device wants to keep tabs on submersion time while your kids are at the pool. The iSwimband is a Bluetooth-enabled sensor that syncs up with an iOS device to alert you when that little one has been under water for too long. The gadget clips to goggles, swim caps, or can be worn with the included headband for a highly fashionable look. There's a wristworn option too, so you can get pinged when the smallest of tikes (or a non-swimmer) accidentally enters the water. You know, if you have to step away while little Bobby is hanging out poolside, or you lose sight of Susie at the lake. For $99, the sensor, headband, bracelet and mobile app capable of tracking up to eight of the things can be yours via the source link just down below.

Must argue against a couple of points:

1. "...if you have to step away while little Bobby is hanging out poolside..." Don't do it!  You either don't step away, or you take little Bobby with you!
2. "...or can be worn with the included headband for a highly fashionable look."  Our definitions of "highly fashionable" don't exist in the same universe...

Thanks for the heads up, DJ!

Big XII Media Days Follow-Up

(via On Milwaukee)

UT AD Steve Patterson echoed Big XII commissioner Bob Bowlsby's concerns here.

Lost?  Catch up here.

This is college sports’ financial version of chicken-or-the-egg. If we don’t spend money on football and basketball, we won’t make any. And we have to spend a lot on football and basketball, because they support everyone else.

No matter what happens with unions and Kessler’s suit, Texas will end up just fine. Give Patterson credit, though. He’s not just making a case for his own.

“The reality is, a handful of schools can operate their athletic departments on a break-even basis or slightly better,” he said.

“Destroying college athletics for the other 300 schools out there is not a good outcome.”

If you compensate athletes in ways you haven’t before, the thinking goes, the money has to come from somewhere.

And it won’t be football or basketball. There go your men’s Olympic sports.

Of course, that’s the kind of argument that management always makes. If we give you more money, we have to fire someone else.

You don’t want us to fire someone else, do you?

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Dykstra Turning Around Utes Program

(via Swimming World)

Former UNT Mean Green head coach Joe Dykstra wasted little time in turning around the Utah swim program.  More here.

The 2013-2014  University of Utah Swimming and Diving season was a complete turnaround from the scandal ridden season of a year before. Utah beat several Top 25 teams, and the Utes finished 23rd at the NCAA Championships last year.

Previous head coach Greg Winslow had several serious accusations levied against him, including sexual abuse (seven years ago with with the Sun Devils Aquatics club in Tempe, Ariz., unrelated to the Utah team), verbally and physically abusing his assistants, racial slurs, alcohol abuse on team trips, and borderline abusive drills in practice. Winslow’s contract was not renewed at Utah, and Winslow was added to USA Swimming’s banned-for-life list.


Swim Streamline at Northampton needs an age group coach.  Info here.


Quote of the Day

One of the real tests of journalistic integrity
is being fair to someone who might best
be described by a four-letter word.

(via St. Cloud State)

Gerald Michael "Geraldo" Rivera


Friday, July 25, 2014

Daniel Wallace: I didn't know it was a police car...

(via News Locker)

...I thought I was in the warm-up pool...

Well, maybe that's not how it went...

Read about suspended Gator Daniel Wallace's return from up the river here.

Barely two months after being detained for urinating on a police car early one morning in Gainesville, the 21-year-old Wallace captured his first international title on Friday.

"For freedom," Wallace screamed, raising his arms triumphantly after winning the 400 meter individual medley title.

Rather than recalling his own moment of adversity, Wallace was invoking the spirit of Scottish warrior William "Braveheart" Wallace.

FINA Moving World Junior OW Champs

(via Wikipedia)

Date and location of FINA World Junior Open Water Championships changing.  Read more here.

FINA has proposed Lake Balaton in eastern Hungary as the new site. The meet was scheduled for August 28-30, but FINA announced today that the championship will now run September 5-7. 

Nitro's Taylor Abbott will represent Team USA in the event.

West Houston Aquatic Team

WHAT needs an assistant.  Info here.


Longhorn Bake Shop

Okay, who hired the Aggie?


A few Cake Wrecks comments:

Somebody messed with Texas.

July 25, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterAndrea 

At first glance, i thought the first Texas Longhorns cake was an outline of the space shuttle. If you tilt your head just right and squint...

July 24, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterKathy 
The last longhorn cake looks more like when my dog has a loose stool...

July 24, 2014 | Unregistered Commentermymren  

OMG, that last one is a turd with antlers!!

July 24, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterLorih 
This scares me a little...my wedding is coming up in September and my fiancé loves the Texas Longhorns, so I wanted to order a groom's cake with the logo on it for him. But I don't want it to end up looking like an anatomically correct heart or a uterus, that would definitely cast the wrong mood over the reception. Perhaps I should take these pictures to the bakery as examples of what it can NOT look like!

July 24, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterMelinda


HS Coach Summer Reading

(via CNN)

Out of vacation reading material?  Have to fear, the UIL is here!

Quote of the Day

We should be wary of politicians who profess
to follow history while only noticing those
signposts of history that point in the direction
which they themselves already favour.

(via China Daily)

Douglas Richard Hurd


Thursday, July 24, 2014

Ohio State Band

These Buckeye Band nutcases went way beyond "team bonding".Read more here.  If you need to read the ugly details, full report is here.  You were warned...

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Lane 4? No thanks, I'll take 8!

(via Food Republic)

Currents in pools are not a new phenomenon.  Just about every swimmer who's been around a while has experienced the difference between lanes in workouts and meets.  There was plenty of talk last year about currents in the world champs pool, right?  Read a new article on the issue here.

In Barcelona, rumors of a current surfaced in the early days of the meet and surprised FINA because, Dijakovic said, "by definition, pools don't have a current." But the rumors persisted, covered by French and Australian newspapers.

To investigate the rumors, Myrtha and FINA devised a makeshift test, using a floating plastic bottle that showed no discernible current.

That two-dimensional thinking didn't prove a danged thing, did it?  The dog-gone current was under the surface, ding-dongs!

American swimmer Eugene Godsoe said he wasn't sure whether there was a current in the pool that day, but that he and other competitors had heard about the rumored speed and slowness of certain lanes. Godsoe won a somewhat surprising silver medal in the 50-meter butterfly, swimming in lane 8 in the final. It was his fastest-ever time in that event.

"If there was a current, I think it was minuscule compared with the mental effect it had on the athletes swimming," Godsoe said. "If you're a swimmer and in the back of your head it's, 'I'm going to be really slow 'cause I'm in lane 1,' whether or not that's true, that's going to affect the way you perform."

Yet the placebo effect would hardly explain what happened during the 1,500-meter freestyle. In that event--involving 15 round trips in the pool—swimmers in lanes 5-8 swam faster in one direction than the other, suggesting that they faced an unfavorable current on return trips across the pool.

Conversely, lane 1-4 swimmers swam faster in the opposite direction, suggesting that any current in the pool was circular, giving swimmers in those lanes a boost on return lengths. In both cases, those results are unusual, because in distance events, the authors note, "the athletes typically attempt to maintain a fairly even pace throughout most of the race."

Facts?  We don't need no stinkin' facts!

Now, Myrtha is devising an instrument to detect water currents and will test it at the European championships next month in Berlin, said Tiffany. He said the new instrument will be "far more sophisticated" than the improvised test used in Barcelona.

Really?  What could possibly be more sophisticated than watching a bottle floating in lane 2...

Nyad Scheduled for Austin Appearance

(via The Indiana Gazette)

The 2014 Texas Conference for Women will feature Diana Nyad as one of their speakers in November.  More here.

"We are thrilled to celebrate our 15th anniversary by hosting women of such courage, creativity and vitality," said Texas First Lady Anita Perry, host of the Texas Conference for Women. "Soledad O'Brien, Diana Nyad and our other speakers will inspire women to aim high and reimagine the impact they can have in their own lives and in their communities."


Three Jobs

Keller ISD (via TISCA) needs a district dive coach and an assistant swim coach for Keller HS.  Contact Bob DeJonge

VillaSport (The Woodlands) needs an aquatics director.


Quote of the Day

It's better to make your own mistakes
than to copy someone else's.

(via NY Sun)

Vladimir Samoylovich Horowitz


Wednesday, July 23, 2014

John Walsh, a.k.a. The Montana SwimSwammer

(via Military Times)

First, Senator Walsh, thanks for your service to our country.

Now, it's gonna get a little rough from here on out, sir.

We know it's wrong to take work done by others and present it as your own, right?

Not only did Montana Senator John Walsh plagiarize a paper to obtain his masters degree, he also gave some bone-headed excuses for it:

Later, the senator, in an interview with The Associated Press, contradicted the aide, saying he was being treated for post-traumatic stress disorder when he used the authors’ work without credit, and that he would consider apologizing to the scholars for doing so. He said he was currently taking antidepressant medication.

...but wait!  There's more: 

Justin Barasky, spokesman for the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee, said the committee stands behind Walsh.

"John Walsh is a decorated war hero, and it's disgusting that Steve Daines and Washington Republicans are going to try denigrate John's distinguished service after multiple polls show him gaining," Barasky said.

Now I get it!  Popularity determines whether or not stealing is okay...


TCU's Waeger Moving North

TCU assistant Andy Waeger has been hired as head coach at Colgate.  More here.

Yale head women's coach Jim Henry:

"Colgate University will benefit greatly with Andy Waeger leading its swimming program. He excels in connecting with his athletes and is committed to their personal growth, academic achievement and athletic success.

YMCA of Arlington

Sports & aquatics director needed at YMCA of Arlington.




Cypress Fairbanks Swim Club needs a senior coach.  Job posted on ASCA.  Contact Jack Maddan


Great Title IX Video

This was uploaded to YouTube in 2010 and embedded on TexasSwimming.org in 2011.

Very disappointed to see it's gotten fewer than three thousand views:

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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 on down I-35 to San Antone.

Now soccer's looking to throw in with someone 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.