Wednesday, March 20, 2019

Women's D-I

via College Swimming

Women's NCAA's in Austin kick off tonight with 800 free relays.  Real time results here

Sullivan Award Finalist

via Texas Sports

Longhorn Townley Haas is into the finals - for the Sullivan Award.

Cast your vote here

Quote of the Day

There are three rules for writing a novel;
unfortunately, no one knows what they are.

via Biografias y Vidas

William Somerset Maugham

Sunday, March 17, 2019

D-U-M Dumb!

Tap the brakes!

via The Cut

Nancy Pelosi claims we should lower the voting age to sixteen.

How in the world can our nanny-state justify such a thing?  The fools running our states (and country) can't come close to figuring out when a young person becomes an adult.

In my opinion, some choices* an "adult" should be able to make include:

a) buying a car/motorcycle,
b) drinking alcohol,
c) using tobacco products,
d) joining the military,
e) quitting school,
f) getting married,
g) getting a tattoo/piercing,
h) voting/running for elected office,
i) opening a bank account,
j) owning property/houses,
k) buying fireworks,
l) legally changing your name,**
m) driving at night, and
n) gambling.

I mean, if you're mature enough to go to college, shouldn't you be able to gamble away your Christmas training per diem?

Some Twitter-ers posted their thoughts on lowering the voting age to sixteen by sharing some of the things they were thinking/doing at that age.

I'll list a few (from here) as written***:

I ate a dog turd on a dare when I was 16

When I was 16 I stapled my arm for 5 bucks...more than once.  Since then I've wisened up and my price gone up to 15.

When I was 16, I sucked a drinking glass to my face for 10 minutes and gave my lower face a giant hickey that took 3 weeks to heal

When I was 16 my friends and I were rolling dice to see who had to put peanut butter on their feet and let the dogs lick it off.
When I was 16 I wore parachute pants

When I was 16 I listened to Lincoln Park and owned a pair of cargo shorts

When I was 16, I drank a cup of popcorn oil for $10.00 and belly flopped off the 3-meter high dive for a soda.

When I was 16 I liked Obama only because "he talks nice and seems cool"

When I was sixteen I made $20 taking a shot of dial handsoap.

When I was 16 I would have given anything to be able to have a tattoo of Axl Rose's face on my butt cheek

When I was 16 I thought jumping off 421 Bridge into the lake was an outstanding idea (it was not)
When I was 16 I drove west for 3000 miles because Jim Morrison said the west is the best.  I'm not sure 18 is old enough to vote.

I was still ding dong ditching people at 16 years old.

When I was 16 me and my friends went into PetSmart and bought a bunch of live mice and then let them loose in Kroger

When I was 16 I pierced my own belly button with a thumbtack and was genuinely surprised when it got infected

At 16 I was still getting grounded

When I was 16 I stuck my bare butt out the bus window on a win a jolly rancher.  Then did it again in front of some parents.  Double or nothing.

When I was 16 I went to the staff parking lot of my high school and rearranged the teachers license plates.

When I was 16 I accidentally set my own hair on fire

When I was 16, I thought Vanilla Ice was an innovator.

When I was 16 my friends and I put nair all over our chests and it gave us chemical burns, then my cousin bit into a chlorine tablet 16 year olds should not be voting


*Not saying they're all good choices

**I'm thinking about making the switch to "Beto"

***If you're looking to waste even more time here, you might be able to find one (1) I threw in from personal experience

Weakly Demotivator

Quote of the Day

Follow the grain in your own wood.

via Boston University

Howard Washington Thurman

Friday, March 15, 2019

Quote of the Day

In science read the newest works;  in literature, the oldest.

via good reads

Edward George Bulwer-Lytton

Thursday, March 14, 2019

Even More Jobs

Wichita Falls YMCA program coordinator - aquatics

The Christian School at Castle Hills swimming coach

J.E.R. Chilton YMCA assistant swim team coach

City of Iowa Park pool manager

Grand Prairie YMCA aquatics coordinator & swim team coach

Barton Creek Country Club head swim coach

Mira Vista Country Club pool manager/swim coach

Click on the label "Jobs" below for other listings!

Quote of the Day

When reasons are weak, attitudes stiffen.


Stanislaw Jerzy Lec

Wednesday, March 13, 2019

Leon & Kari Tie the Knot

Note:  Click on pictures for enlargificationizing!

Went down to the Big Bend for a few days.  Leon got married!

Ceremony was in the St. Agnes Church in Terlingua.  More info here

In case y'all are interested, contact the preacher here

Pretty cool - barn swallows flew around and sang along.

We took over about half the Starlight Theatre for the reception.  Menu included chicken-fried antelope.

Bride and groom had a drink with The Honorable Clay Henry, former mayor of Lajitas.

More on Mayor Henry here

I never actually witnessed Clay Henry “drink” a beer. I did see him slam them, guzzle them and ferociously ingest them at a rate capable of incapacitating a full-grown man in minutes. To see it in person was nothing short of incredible.

Above is a not-so-great picture of some "artwork" at the Starlight.

It didn't have a title, but I'd have called it "Cyclops of the Public Cement Pond" as it was an underwater pool light with a bunch of other crap stuck to it.

Questions, questions, questions...

In 1984, Randy Reese's Florida Gators won their second straight NCAA men's team title - putting him ahead of brother Eddie, 2-1.

Since then, it's been all Eddie (now up 14-2).

Will his guys make it 15-2 this year?

Swimming World scoring projection doesn't look good...but that's just based on psych sheet.  More here

At men's NCAA's in Austin later this month, Chuck Warner and Dana Abbott will be signing their book "EDDIE REESE:  Coaching Swimming, Teaching Life".

Which Longhorn greats will be joining Warner & Abbott?

I'm guessing a few are Olympic medalists who were mentioned in the book...

The college admissions scandal involving coaches is shameful.

We know coaches/programs at many schools are able to use waivers to admit student-athletes that may have missed a deadline, not scored quite high enough in their SAT/ACT, etc.

It's an important tool.

Jackass coaches accepting bribes and using those waivers to help non-athletes gain admission is disgusting.

Will any of them ever be allowed to coach at NCAA/NAIA/NJCAA institutions again?

I sure as heck hope not!

Learn more about the coaches involved here.  I hope this isn't just the tip of the iceberg!

The last question is related to the first two:

Did mom love Eddie, or Randy, best?

Guess y'all will have to read the it here

Sullivan Award

via Texas Sports

UT's Townley Haas is up for the AAU James E. Sullivan Award.  Vote here

More Jobs

Fossil Ridge HS head swim coach - Eric Persyn

Timber Creek HS assistant swim coach - Eric Persyn

KATY lead age group coach/lead site coach

Alice HS head swim coach - Kyle Atwood 361-664-0126

Cain HS assistant swim coach - James Clancy 832-375-8581

Willowridge HS head swim coach - Richard Lazarou 281-634-2494

LAC site head age group coach and strength & conditioning coach

St. John XXIII College Prep swim coach

Click on the label "Jobs" below for other listings!

Quote of the Day

By working faithfully eight hours a day you may eventually
get to be boss and work twelve hours a day.

via Bennington Banner

Robert Lee Frost

Sunday, March 03, 2019

Hall of Fame Class of 2019

Texas Swimming & Diving Hall of Fame Overview from TSDHOF on Vimeo.

Class of 2019 induction April 5.

Inductees are Ricky Berens, Ken Merten, Melissa Briley Mieras, & Pete Payne.

Lifetime Achievement Award to Chuck (posthumous) & Sherel Knesel.

Wally Pryor Distinguished Team Award to The Woodlands Swimming & Diving Team.

Weakly Demotivator

Quote of the Day

The whole secret of life is to be interested in one
thing profoundly and in a thousand things well.

Horatio "Horace" Walpole

Friday, March 01, 2019


Andrews HS assistant swim coach - Mike Waldmann

George Ranch HS head swim coach - Nikki Nelson

Frisco Heritage HS head swimming coach - Kenneth Gilchrist

Frisco Lone Star HS head swim coach - Jeff Rayburn

Hays Johnson HS head swim coach - Steve Hoffman

Conrad HS head swimming coach - Stacey Segal

Ellison HS head swim coach - Sarah Stolley

Fort Hood Area Dolphin Swim Team part time assistant coach

DAD'S Club Swim Team assistants

Schertz Family YMCA swim team coach

Barker's Landing Swim Team head swim team coach

Atonement Academy head swimming coach

Conference Meets

Results for this week's conference meets:




Quote of the Day

Perfection is attained by slow degrees;
it requires the hand of time.

via Britannica

François-Marie Arouet, a.k.a. Voltaire

Wednesday, February 27, 2019


If you missed the two (2) Texas stops, you might want to hurry up and book a flight out west.

Monday's Sugar Land performance was...impossible to describe..I guess you had to be there...

West-coast readers, don't miss Sarah's Hymn tour.  She's headed your way.

Sarah Brightman Tickets

Thank me after the show.

Quote of the Day

Land is the secure ground of home, the sea
is like life, the outside, the unknown.

via Re-Format

Stephen Gardiner

Monday, February 11, 2019

It's been a while...

Time for a job update:

Prosper ISD Aquatics Director

Legacy Christian Academy (Beaumont) Head Swim Coach - Troy Esprit

Heart of Texas Swim Team (Fredericksburg) Head Swim Coach

The Briar Club (Houston) Swim Team Head Coach

Dallas Athletic Club Swim Team Head Coach

City of Austin Aquatic Supervisor

Team Yes! Aquatics (Houston) Swim Coach

BCC Sharks (Austin) Summer Swim Team Coach

Quote of the Day

They say that in the end truth will triumph, but it's a lie.

via Knight Lab

Anton Pavlovich Chekhov

Sunday, February 10, 2019

Weakly Demotivator

Mathletics a Thing of the Past?

via Skeptical OB

This morning Yahoo! has this:

Anger at Trump over dip in average tax refunds

Non-mathletes are outraged!

The nerve of our Trump-led government!

How dare they keep less of our earnings!!

Quote of the Day

We must believe in luck.  How else can we
explain the success of those we don't like?

via Famous Authors

Jean Maurice Eugène Clément Cocteau

Saturday, February 09, 2019

Quote of the Day

A man never knows how to say goodbye;
a woman never knows when to say it.

via Wikipedia

Helen May Rowland

Friday, February 08, 2019

Quote of the Day

At least when it's in French, I won't
know what the heck they're saying.

via Pinterest

Frank Robinson

Tuesday, February 05, 2019

Is That You Mo-Dean?

State Meet Tickets

NEW THIS YEAR: Online tickets will be available this year at, 2019 UIL State Swimming & Diving tickets. Onsite tickets will still be available on the day of the meet. The Box Office and gates will open an hour and a half prior to the start of each session on Friday (8:30 – 6A session; 4:00 – 5A session) and an hour prior to the start of each session on Saturday (8:30 – 6A session; 2:30 – 5A session). Please note, ALL tickets for the State Meet are General Admission and saving seats will not be permitted. Re-entry is not allowed unless an ALL-MEET ticket is purchased.

Ticket Prices (Cash and Credit Cards ONLY. No checks will be accepted.)
Student (session)                 $7.00
Adult (session)                      $12.00
All-Meet                                $30.00

Quote of the Day

I don't believe it.  Prove it to me and I still won't believe it.

via The Telegraph

Douglas Noel Adams

Sunday, February 03, 2019

UIL Official Call-Ups

Links to UIL Official Call-Up Lists:



Noticed Region VIII-5A boys' backstroker John Delostrinos of Harlan is 7th on UIL site, but listed as DQ on Meet Mobile.  Shows DQ for both prelim & final.

Anyone in Region VIII-5A care to enlighten us?  He's shown on newspaper site as 3rd w/time UIL has listed.

Edit:  Appears to be Meet Mobile issue.  Official result shows he qualified first in prelims and finished 3rd in finals w/:53.40.

Also, why in the world did they show diving call-ups on the 5A list?  No such thing!

Region Meets, Part II

Last year's post-region meet posted post is here

Let's kick off this year's post-region posting with links to 5A & 6A Unofficial state meet call-ups.  These are pre-scratch and unofficial.  If you spot errors/omissions, please get those to me ASAP.

Okay, now for the fun stuff.

Time to share "irregularities" that we experienced at our region meets.

Please, allow me to go first:

via Pinterest
1. Scoreboard flickered a few times, then "died" early in prelims.  During that time Meet Mobile wasn't active, so fans were more than a little unhappy.

2. Remember that new rule about marking sides of pools for 15m?  Well...traffic cones...

3. Swimmer patiently paying attention to coach in love with sound of own voice.  Meanwhile, 30 yards away, event is on the blocks...but missing just one kid.  You guessed it, motor-mouth's kid is now a no-show.  Meet referee was kind enough to make it a "delay of meet" DQ.  Could have easily been out rest of meet for NS.

4. Meet director told of late scratch in medley relay, which created open lane in championship finals.  Went ahead and swam consols as originally seeded.  Put 17th place team in championship final open lane.  Compounded error by allowing consolation winners to move up to 8th place and score additional four points.  Went to meet committee and they backed meet director.  Rule book clearly states consolation finalists can score no higher than 9th place (a.k.a. The Death Seat) points.  My rule book is now in a dumpster somewhere out back of the facility...

5. Coaches shocked when they receive email showing a six-hour+ timeline for finals.  Must have forgotten diving was the night before.

6. Official setting out lap counters for finals.  Pauses to turn each one to "red" before placing neatly on bulkhead.  Apparently it was opposite day.

7. About that scoreboard...reanimated late in finals session...

Your turn:

Weakly Demotivator

Quote of the Day

The discipline of the written word punishes
both stupidity and dishonesty.

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John Ernst Steinbeck, Jr.

1st Draft 6A (corrections in bold red)

Please let me know of any errors or omissions ASAP!


                      1:47.11            Stratford
                      1:47.70            Allen
                      1:47.76            Rockwall
                      1:47.91            Round Rock
                      1:48.31            Heath
                      1:48.50            Clements
                      1:48.74            Cinco Ranch
                      1:49.34            Vandergrift


                      1:35.65            Flower Mound
                      1:36.15            Klein
                      1:36.35            Strake Jesuit
                      1:36.41            Stratford
                      1:36.71            Lake Travis
                      1:37.07            Cy-Fair
                      1:37.21            McNeil
                      1:37.32            H. Memorial


                      1:51.97            Traipe                                    Dawson
                      1:51.97            Simpson                                Rockwall
                      1:52.72            Zettle                                     Carroll
                      1:53.38            Follis                                       Seven Lakes
                      1:53.77            Clark                                      Taylor
                      1:54.03            Merriott                                Heath
                      1:54.06            Yin                                          Round Rock
                      1:54.10            Kruchten                               The Woodlands


                      1:40.06            Hickman-Chow                   The Woodlands
                      1:40.48            Graham                                 Heath
                      1:40.72            Lindley                                   Carroll
                      1:40.95            Flynn                                      Vista Ridge
                      1:41.42            Romero                                 Plano West
                      1:41.42            Dix                                          Flower Mound
                      1:42.19            Darnell                                  Oak Ridge
                      1:42.24            Mitchell                                 Seven Lakes


                      2:03.96            Wozniak                               Flower Mound
                      2:04.24            Cormack                               Carroll
                      2:04.52            Evert                                      Kingwood
                      2:05.99            Alvarez                                  Taylor
                      2:06.94            Hoffman                               Dulles
                      2:07.24            Rausch                                   Lake Travis
                      2:07.97            Roberto                                 Vandergrift
                      2:08.03            Morse                                    Pearland


                      1:52.60            Repice                                    Carroll
                      1:53.32            Weaver                                 Rockwall
                      1:53.39            Kopp                                      Taylor
                      1:53.44            Pickering                               Kingwood
                      1:53.48            Czelusta                                H. Memorial
                      1:53.99            Valdez                                   Lake Travis
                      1:54.39            Mason                                   Clear Lake
                      1:54.41            Riser                                       Westwood


                  :23.71                  Hennig                                   Klein
                  :23.80                  Bernal                                    Cinco Ranch
                  :24.09                  Williams                                Klein
                  :24.13                  Burchett                                Cedar Ridge
                  :24.18                  Dalbey                                   Flower Mound
                  :24.28                  Guerra                                   Westlake
                  :24.30                  Scott                                      Clear Springs
                  :24.30                  Forbes                                   Central


                  :20.93                  Oderinde                              Klein Oak
                  :21.17                  Garcia                                    Reagan
                  :21.24                  Chang                                    Clements
                  :21.30                  Butler                                     Anderson
                  :21.41                  Doehring                              Kingwood
                  :21.46                  LaPrade                                 Cinco Ranch
                  :21.46                  Broad                                     Pearce
                  :21.47                  Kuo                                         Plano


                  :56.51                  Everett                                  The Woodlands
                  :56.69                  Lax                                          Bowie
                  :56.72                  Eckhart                                  Cy-Creek
                  :56.89                  Edmundson                         Flower Mound
                  :57.04                  Balint                                     Carroll
                  :57.10                  Dieckert                                Round Rock
                  :57.15                  Harrop                                  The Woodlands
                  :57.25                  Armistead                             Allen


                  :49.83                  Oderinde                              Klein Oak
                  :50.12                  Repice                                    Carroll
                  :50.94                  McNiece                                Cain
                  :51.01                  Pinckney                               Mansfield
                  :51.08                  Miller                                     Arlington
                  :51.13                  Langley                                  Kingwood
                  :51.17                  Stallworth                            Clark
                  :51.18                  Mason                                   Strake Jesuit


                  :51.53                  Truong                                  Westwood
                  :51.88                  Burchett                                Cedar Ridge
                  :51.93                  Birlin                                      Vandergrift
                  :52.02                  Ebert                                      Kingwood
                  :52.04                  Hultquist                               Rockwall
                  :52.32                  Scott                                      Clear Springs
                  :52.46                  Taylor                                    Anderson
                  :52.47                  Casas                                      Taylor


                  :46.08                  Holt                                        Clear Creek
                  :46.26                  Hickman-Chow                   The Woodlands
                  :46.42                  Broad                                     Pearce
                  :47.07                  Mowles                                 Marcus
                  :47.10                  Pope                                      McNeil
                  :47.28                  Russell                                   Strake Jesuit
                  :47.31                  Sheppard                              Plano East
                  :47.32                  Clark                                      Tyler


                      4:53.21            Kizek                                      Morton Ranch
                      5:00.28            Dafoe                                     Cy-Fair
                      5:00.61            Rausch                                   Lake Travis
                      5:00.95            Roberts                                 The Woodlands
                      5:01.66            Barrientos                            The Woodlands
                      5:03.70            Zettle                                     Carroll
                      5:04.24            Bennett                                 Cy-Ranch
                      5:04.57            Walpole                                Reagan


                      4:29.59            Dickey                                   Plano East
                      4:31.91            Dement                                 Bridgeland
                      4:32.93            Lindley                                   Carroll
                      4:33.06            Ahn                                        Seven Lakes
                      4:33.89            Williams                                Carroll
                      4:35.01            Yu-Kisselbach                      Heath
                      4:35.13            Flynn                                      Vista Ridge
                      4:35.70            Lund                                       Klein Oak


                      1:37.54            Anderson
                      1:37.88            Allen
                      1:38.15            Vandergrift
                      1:38.25            Ridge Point
                      1:38.47            Stratford
                      1:38.57            Clements
                      1:38.67            Deer Park
                      1:38.71            Keller


                      1:25.69            Seven Lakes
                      1:26.14            Klein
                      1:26.22            Round Rock
                      1:26.33            Stratford
                      1:26.52            Westwood
                      1:26.59            Ridge Point
                      1:26.74            Clear Falls
                      1:27.06            Vandergrift


                  :56.13                  Clark                                      Taylor
                  :56.44                  Stanford                               Cy-Woods
                  :56.53                  Lloyd                                      Kingwood
                  :56.76                  Tran                                       Tompkins
                  :57.77                  Barrientos                            The Woodlands
                  :58.15                  Pineda                                   Keller
                  :58.31                  Burcham                               Reagan
                  :58.51                  Bosuro                                   Lake Ridge


                  :51.06                  Jennings                                Spring Woods
                  :51.14                  Green                                    Kingwood
                  :51.19                  Graham                                 Heath
                  :51.40                  Brockette                              Lake Highlands
                  :51.89                  Conklin                                  Clear Falls
                  :52.00                  Mohseni                                Lake Ridge
                  :52.03                  Taylor                                    Oak Ridge
                  :52.09                  Kennedy                               Madison


                      1:04.57            Cormack                               Carroll
                      1:05.13            Schlegel                                 Clear Lake
                      1:05.19            Sippel                                     Tompkins
                      1:05.49            Fields                                     The Woodlands
                      1:05.62            Migault                                  Coppell
                      1:05.84            Brown                                   Rockwall
                      1:05.95            Evans                                     Taylor
                      1:05.97            Simpson                                Bowie


                  :56.60                  Mason                                   Clear Lake
                  :57.88                  Van Lier                                 The Woodlands
                  :57.94                  Pickering                               Kingwood
                  :57.94                  Kogucki                                 Kingwood
                  :58.40                  Bates                                      Strake Jesuit
                  :58.42                  Scott                                      The Woodlands
                  :58.56                  Beladi                                     Keller
                  :58.69                  Rytting                                   Lamar


                      3:32.95            Round Rock
                      3:33.54            Bowie
                      3:33.92            Vandergrift
                      3:33.92            Cinco Ranch
                      3:34.34            Allen
                      3:34.65            Westlake
                      3:34.65            Seven Lakes
                      3:36.28            Byron Nelson


                      3:07.04            Klein Oak
                      3:10.57            Anderson
                      3:10.85            Heath
                      3:10.95            Westwood
                      3:11.21            Taylor
                      3:11.88            Bellaire
                      3:12.46            Clements
                      3:12.65            Stratford