Thursday, February 28, 2013

Quote of the Day

If it seems like you are playing
around and not practicing, that's
when you know you really love it.
John Arthur "Jack" Johnson

(pic via Britannica Blog)

Wednesday, February 27, 2013

Quote of the Day

I was the worst hitter ever.  I never even
broke a bat until last year when I
was backing out of the garage.

Vernon Louis "Lefty" Gomez

(pic via Big Bad Baseball)

Tuesday, February 26, 2013

Quote of the Day

When Brian told me he grew up in New Mexico,
I told him I thought it was cool that people
from other countries play football.

Terry Paxton Bradshaw

(pic via Mears Online Auctions)

Monday, February 25, 2013

Quote of the Day

The press, like fire, is an excellent
servant, but a terrible master.

James Fenimore Cooper

(pic via Juggle)

Sunday, February 24, 2013

Quote of the Day

What we see depends mainly on what we look for.
Sir John Lubbock, 4th Baronet

Saturday, February 23, 2013

Friday, February 22, 2013

Quote of the Day

I had the only beard in the Western Hemisphere
that made Bob Dylan's look good.
William Theodore "Bill" Walton III
(pic via Beardtoken)

Thursday, February 21, 2013

Quote of the Day

I have a tremendous desire to learn, and
to grow, and to develop whatever
I have that will make for any
kind of improvement in me.
Lawrence Welk
(pic via PDX RETRO)

Wednesday, February 20, 2013

Quote of the Day

The hardest thing to learn in life is which
bridge to cross and which to burn.
David Owen Russell

Tuesday, February 19, 2013

Quote of the Day

Individuality is the aim of political liberty.
James Fenimore Cooper

Monday, February 18, 2013

Really? Word for ding-dang-diddly word?

Those hard-working journalists at SwimSwam have outdone themselves this time:

Virginia Finishes Action at Cavalier Invite

Virginia Swimmers Finish Action at Cavalier Invite

Hurry up and take a screen shot, fans.  Once they read this they'll go back and fix it...

Quote of the Day

The marvel of all history is the patience
with which men and women submit
to burdens unnecessarily laid upon
them by their governments.
George Washington

Sunday, February 17, 2013

Quote of the Day

Every man is a damn fool for at least five
minutes every day;  wisdom consists
in not exceeding the limit.
Elbert Green Hubbard

Saturday, February 16, 2013

Irresponsible? Journalism?

I understand Matt McLean using the first term to describe Braden Keith's "work" over at SwimSwam, but "journalism"?

That's giving him way too much credit!

Middle schoolers put together more professional stories about food fights than Keith does when "reporting" about our great sport.

Read McLean's response to Keith's article about former coach Pliuskatis here.

Oh, never mind the link - I just can't resist!

Braden Keith:
I take great offense to the use of my name in your article about Michael Pliuskatis. I swam for Coach Pliuskatis at Snow Swimming as an age group athlete prior to transferring to what was then Curl-Burke in 2005. After enrolling at the University of Virginia I did all of my training at the University, summers included, until the summer of 2011 when I trained with Jon Urbanchek at FAST in California. Out of loyalty to my original club team, Snow Swimming, I continued to represent them in name at Summer United States Swimming meets even though I was training in Charlottesville at the University of Virginia. This is not an uncommon course of action amongst college swimming athletes. During my brief visits home, such as semester breaks and summer weekends, I would occasionally train at Snow. This amounted to approximately ten practice days per year, at most. At no time during my association with Snow Swimming was I ever aware of, or witness to, any actions brought forth in these allegations. I am truly and utterly shocked by these allegations.
Any inference linking my name to any impropriety involving these allegations against Mr Pliuskatis is irresponsible journalism on your part and inexcusable reporting. No effort to contact me in an effort to gather facts was made, and as a result you have tarnished my good name and reputation and for that you should be held accountable.
Matt McLean

You can search "Braden" to find several posts I've written that were critical of Mr. Keith.  If you don't have much time, check one out here.

We'd hoped for better out of SwimSwam in the new year.  After all, didn't he resolve to mend his ways (here)?

Edited 7:13 p.m. - Keith has edited his "article" and added the following:

EDITOR NOTE: This story was edited to remove a swimmer’s name. The swimmer merely swam under the coach years ago and occasionally over the last few years. Due to the sensitive nature of this topic, we felt the swimmer was right in requesting that their name be removed.

He's also closed comments.  Wonder why?

Edited 2/17/13 - In case you didn't catch the original, cached version is (at least for now) here.  Portion Keith removed:

Pliuskatis has coached a several teams, including Swimtec LLC and SNOW Swimming, predominantly on the East Coast, and among his most famous athletes are former Virginia swimmer and 2012 US Olympic Champion Matt McLean.

We’re seeking more information on exactly what happened here, but there is no early indication that McLean is involved in any way.

Ha!  Seeking more information?  Guess Matt provided y'all with plenty!

No early indicaton that McLean is involved?  Gee, thanks...

Quote of the Day

If you would like to become proficient
in sciences, the most undesirable
thing is arrogance and the most
important thing is a time.
Zeno of Elea

Friday, February 15, 2013

Quote of the Day

That's what I consider true generosity.
You give it your all, and yet you always
feel as if it costs you nothing.

Simone-Lucie-Ernestine-Marie Bertrand de Beauvoir,
a.k.a. Simone de Beauvoir

Thursday, February 14, 2013

Quote of the Day

Conflict cannot survive without your participation.

Dr. Wayne Walter Dyer

Wednesday, February 13, 2013

Quote of the Day

It is dangerous for a national candidate to
say things that people might remember.

Eugene Joseph "Gene" McCarthy

Tuesday, February 12, 2013

Official Qualifiers Lists

From UIL site:

4A Qualifiers **as of January 12, 2013, 1:00pm

5A Qualifiers **as of January 12, 2013, 1:00pm

Due to scratches, all qualifiers are subject to change.

Edited 8:03 p.m.*:  4A qualifiers now as of 4:00 p.m.

If you want to stay on top of the official lists, just go here every once in a while in case there are changes.

*No, I'm not watching/listening to Mr. Propaganda...

Quote of the Day

The world is not fair, and often
fools, cowards, liars, and the
selfish hide in high places.

Bryant Harrison McGill

Monday, February 11, 2013

Official Qualifiers List

UIL has posted official 4A list here5A list here.

Who wants to tell them they left off Doc Bunnell's boy (4A back)?

No, he's not going to scratch it to go an extra relay.  Kennedale's a team of one...

Edited 8:51 p.m.: Revised 4A list here.

Edited 9:15 p.m.:  Official lists have been pulled and replaced with this statement:

Qualifiers are currently being reviewed for accuracy and will be posted when the information becomes available.

Enough already!  I have to get up for morning workout...goodnight!

Edited 2/12/13 8:31 a.m.:  Warning!  Above links still work, but have incorrect info.

Leaving them up in case you want to check them out.

Our unofficial lists differ in at least two (2) events (boys' 4A 100 back and boys' 5A 200 free) from the originals at the very top of this post.

Revised list (8:51 p.m. edit) corrected boys' 4A 100 back.

p.s.  All region results have been posted here.

Quote of the Day

It doesn't take a majority to
make a rebellion;  it takes
only a few determined
leaders and a sound cause.

Henry Louis "H.L." Mencken

Sunday, February 10, 2013

Super Duper Ultra-Condensed Consolidated Call-Ups

Remember, these are unofficial and we've made several corrections.  If you spot something that needs to be changed, please bring it to my attention ASAP.  Thanks for all the help and support!

4A Relays

4A Individuals

5A Relays

5A Individuals

Note:  A relay DQ was overturned in 4A boys' 200 free relay.  Call-up list has been updated to show Dawson's reinstated relay.

Consolidated 5A Individual Call-Ups

Girls 200 Free Unofficial

Reed/Austin 1:49.03
Fant/Atascocita 1:49.73
Domeier/Klein 1:50.37
Franklin/Westlake 1:50.63
Boyles/Collins 1:50.87
Bates/Madison 1:50.93
Huston/Katy Taylor 1:51.53
Straight/Keller Central 1:51.64

Boys 200 Free Unofficial

Loria/Mansfield 1:38.89
Erdmann/Katy Taylor 1:39.48
Jaime/Clark 1:40.50
Dewlen/College Park 1:41.00
Mayberry/College Park 1:41.73
Butler/Heath 1:42.12
Dobbs/Carroll 1:42.30
Morejon/Kingwood 1:42.74

Girls 200 IM Unofficial

Straight/Keller Central 2:03.36
Duran/Reagan 2:05.78
Hazle/Kingwood 2:05.99
Pacilio/Heritage 2:06.17
Saunders/Katy Taylor 2:06.75
Hall/Carroll 2:07.49
Ritter/Bellaire 2:07.59
Sutton/Cinco Ranch 2:08.33

Boys 200 IM Unofficial

Remetta/Carroll 1:51.75
Nguyenphu/Carroll 1:52.42
Thomas/Westlake 1:52.60
Tybur/College Park 1:53.07
Hur/Anderson 1:53.10
Mossop/Katy Taylor 1:53.18
Yao/Morton Ranch 1:54.26
Sellers/Flower Mound 1:54.43

Girls 50 Free Unofficial

Strickland/Churchill :23.58
Lupton/Kingwood :23.63
Thompson/Mansfield :23.76
Carson/Cinco Ranch :23.99
Wheeler/Atascocita :23.99
Whitaker/Flower Mound :24.04
Schultz/Carroll :24.12
Morrow/Cinco Ranch :24.17

Boys 50 Free Unofficial

Oldham/Bowie :21.14
Slaughter/Klein :21.14
Mankus/Keller :21.27
Nogueira Ribeiro/Cypress Ranch :21.28
Steele/Seven Lakes :21.28
Magruder/Carroll :21.31
Lyons/Lamar :21.32
McCaslin/Mayde Creek :21.40

Girls 100 Fly Unofficial

Wheeler/Carroll :56.98
Korst/Hebron :57.12
de Figueiredo/A&M :57.22
Williams/Keller Central :57.30
Day/Kingwood :57.62
Arceneaux/Seven Lakes :57.67
Johnson/Cypress Ranch :57.85
Moore/Cinco Ranch :57.87

Boys 100 Fly Unofficial

Tovey/Carroll :50.45
Pringle/Klein :50.49
Mankus/Keller :50.59
Hendricks/Collins :50.91
Covington/Clark :51.01
Vukobrat/The Woodlands :51.21
Sajewski/Keller Central :51.49
Morejon/Kingwood :51.49

Girls 100 Free Unofficial

Gibson/Reagan :50.67
Franklin/Westlake :51.49
Strickland/Churchill :51.51
Reed/Austin Austin :51.53
Thompson/Mansfield :51.69
Morrow/Cinco Ranch :51.78
Carter/Trinity :52.80
Carson/Cinco Ranch :52.80

Boys 100 Free Unofficial

Jaime/Clark :46.27
Steele/Seven Lakes :46.36
Reynolds/Klein :46.52
Magruder/Carroll :46.75
Nogueira Ribeiro/Cypress Ranch :46.90
Tan/Keller Central :46.94
McCaslin/Mayde Creek :46.99
Curley/Shoemaker :47.05

Girls 500 Free Unofficial

Huston/Katy Taylor 4:51.53
Boyles/Collins 4:52.72
Halmy/College Park 4:55.09
Zapinski/Carroll 4:55.79
Jaynes/Churchill 4:56.05
Upton/Carroll 4:57.39
Straight/Keller Central 4:57.63
Domeier/Klein 4:58.79

Boys 500 Free Unofficial

Loria/Mansfield 4:26.43
Dobbs/Carroll 4:30.03
Mayberry/College Park 4:33.62
Green/A&M 4:33.91
Klein/Carroll 4:34.51
Gage/Klein Oak 4:35.84
Bjontegard/Brandeis 4:35.92
Erdmann/Katy Taylor 4:36.89

Girls 100 Back Unofficial

Korst/Hebron :56.43
Brown/Keller Central :56.47
Day/Kingwood :56.80
Straight/Keller Central :56.98
Meyer/Bowie :57.29
Lupton/Kingwood :57.36
Yoon/Memorial :57.55
Navarro/Americas :57.68

Boys 100 Back Unofficial

Tovey/Carroll :51.45
Powell/Bell :51.68
Ber/Klein :51.86
Bernal/Cinco Ranch :52.07
Loh/Plano West :52.12
Pink/Kingwood :52.16
Head/Keller Central :52.17
Moran/Brandeis :52.44

Girls 100 Breast Unofficial

Burns/Memorial 1:05.01
Duran/Reagan 1:05.43
Yurchishin/Health 1:05.81
Pacilio/Heritage 1:05.88
Greener/Cypress Ranch 1:05.92
Saunders/Katy Taylor 1:06.05
Leonard/Carroll 1:06.14
Mueller/The Woodlands 1:06.29

Boys 100 Breast Unofficial

Tybur/College Park :57.01
W Thomas/Westlake :57.31
Lamb/Klein Oak :57.44
Anya/Lamar :57.55
Moore/Marshall :57.63
Kim/Allen :57.64
Hur/Anderson :57.86
Remetta/Carroll :58.06

Consolidated 4A Individual Call-Ups

Girls 200 Freestyle Unofficial

Cook/Greyhounds 1:52.79
Hamrick/Montgomery 1:53.39
Jones/Frisco 1:53.46
Murski/Highland Park 1:53.98
Woolley-MacMath/McCallum 1:54.72
Rago/Vandegrift 1:54.92
Moore/Tomball 1:55.52
Stephenson/Stratford 1:56.17

Boys 200 Freestyle Unofficial

Wall/Friendswood 1:42.55
Pennington/Summer Creek 1:42.79
Bitara/Huntsville 1:42.96
Olsen/Vista Ridge 1:43.55
Timmons/Burnet 1:44.15
Kraemer/Summer Creek 1:44.18
S Kline/Wakeland 1:44.30
M Kline/Wakeland 1:45.09

Girls 200 IM Unofficial

Lin/Frisco 2:07.75
King/Highland Park 2:08.08
Kelly/Highland Park 2:08.39
Alspaugh/Rouse 2:11.47
Lin/El Paso 2:13.35
Mabile/Lone Star 2:13.38
Blanchard/Lone Star 2:13.85
Sanders/Vandegrift 2:14.74

Boys 200 IM Unofficial

Wallace/Angleton 1:54.82
Lynn/STOC 1:57.21
Villarreal/Greyhounds 1:57.32
Van Couwelaert/Highland Park 1:57.84
Mahlmann/Brenham 1:58.17
Cotton/Alamo Heights 1:59.74
Lang/Clemens 2:00.11
Lawley/Frisco 2:00.22

Girls 50 Free Unofficial

Wu/Cedar Park :24.30
Gnoza/Red Oak :24.39
Schneider/Montgomery :24.60
Prewit/Flour Bluff :24.71
Walsh/Frisco :24.83
Kuhn/McKinney North :24.89
Wang/Cedar Park :24.95
Fautra/Stratford :25.13

Boys 50 Free Unofficial

Holland/Lone Star :21.43
McLaughlin/Calallen :21.51
Spears/Alamo Heights :21.58
Brandon/Heritage :21.67
Garnier/Flour Bluff :21.69
Kline/Wakeland :21.74
Frey/Alamo Heights :21.78
Balog/Kingwood Park :21.79

Girls 100 Fly Unofficial

Wu/Dawson :58.22
Lin/El Paso :58.70
Cleek/Alamo Heights :58.95
Sullins/Magnolia West :59.38
Budjenska/Alamo Heights :59.95
Vickery/Wimberley 1:00.39
Jenkins/Frisco 1:00.51
Lawley/Frisco 1:00.56

Boys 100 Fly Unofficial

Ku/Johnson :51.16
Maloy/Friendswood :52.02
Chen/Dawson :52.19
Waidhoffer/Willis :52.51
Moore/Highland Park :52.84
Aranda/Ridge Point :52.99
Perea/Pecos :53.03
Poulin/Kingwood Park :53.03

Girls 100 Free Unofficial

Giles/Magnolia West :51.89
Wagner/Huntsville :51.97
Schneider/Montgomery :52.22
Wu/Cedar Park :52.43
Hamrick/Montgomery :52.69
Cook/Montgomery :53.47
Adkins/Dripping Springs :53.64
Stephenson/Stratford :53.69

Boys 100 Free Unofficial

Garnier/Flour Bluff :47.52
Phelps/Wakeland :47.60
Gilbert/Paris :47.63
Kline/Wakeland :47.65
Rathgeb/Stratford :47.67
Sehy/Texas :47.67
Boyer/Highland Park :47.83
Sheffield/Angleton :47.94

Girls 500 Free Unofficial

Woolley-MacMath/McCallum 4:58.24
Fryar/Denison 5:06.30
Alspaugh/Rouse 5:08.16
McDonough/Frisco 5:10.53
O'Neill/Wakeland 5:10.96
Rago/Vandegrift 5:12.86
Viator/Lubbock 5:20.51
Massman/Frisco 5:26.56

Boys 500 Free Unofficial

Timmons/Burnet 4:38.19
Kraemer/Summer Creek 4:39.76
Ellison/Tomball 4:43.77
Bleasdell/Ridge Point 4:44.72
Kline/Wakeland 4:45.15
Del Real/Summer Creek 4:46.18
DeShazo/Magnolia West 4:47.61
Kim/Frisco 4:48.20

Girls 100 Back Unofficial

Jones/Frisco :57.75
Sullins/Magnolia West :58.15
Cook/Montgomery :58.36
Ibrahim/Vandegrift :58.88
Brown/Vandegrift :59.77
Crews/Lovejoy 1:00.12
Allen/Frisco 1:00.16
Sell/Liberty 1:00.38

Boys 100 Back Unofficial

Aranda/Ridge Point :53.59
Garner/Kingwood Park :53.59
Hauglum/Flour Bluff :53.63
Remick/Montgomery :53.63
Flynn/Vandegrift :54.02
Bunnell/Kennedale :54.24
Wagner/Huntsville :54.29
Van Cauwelaert/Highland Park :54.40

Girls 100 Breast Unofficial

King/Highland Park 1:06.18
Fannin/Dodd City 1:06.48
Bassman/Vandegrift 1:06.81
Dai/Amarillo 1:07.87
Lin/Frisco 1:08.54
Blanchard/Lone Star 1:08.73
Karalyos/Highland Park 1:08.79
Ryan/Alamo Heights 1:09.07

Boys 100 Breast Unofficial

Carrillo/Nacogdoches 1:00.03
Bambach/Highland Park 1:00.26
Garrott/Wakeland 1:00.37
Walsh/Montgomery 1:00.85
Rudy/Summer Creek 1:01.24
Murray/Dawson 1:01.72
Amoruso/Kingwood Park 1:02.07
Mangel/George Ranch 1:02.24