Friday, January 31, 2014


Take a look at this psych sheet, created 1/19/14 at 12:42 p.m. and then look at these results.

Doesn't pass the smell test, does it?

Quote of the Day

The right word may be effective, but no word
was ever as effective as a rightly timed pause.
(via NPR)
Samuel Langhorne Clemens, a.k.a. Mark Twain

Thursday, January 30, 2014

Quote of the Day

If football taught me anything about business,
it is that you win the game one play at a time.
(via Twin Cities)
Francis Asbury "Fran" Tarkenton

Wednesday, January 29, 2014

Quote of the Day

The easiest way to avoid wrong notes
is to never open your mouth and sing.
What a mistake that would be.
Peter "Pete" Seeger

Monday, January 27, 2014

Happy Birthday, Grandma!

My grandmother, Pearl Voorhees, turns 100 today!

Quote of the Day

Las Vegas is the only place I know where
money really talks - it says, "Goodbye."
Francis Albert "Frank" Sinatra

Sunday, January 26, 2014

Quote of the Day

Without self-discipline, success
is impossible, period!

Louis Leo "Lou" Holtz

Saturday, January 25, 2014

This was a First!

Had never seen this one.

Seems a school managed to get their district meet entries in and were on the heat sheet in nearly every event.

Then they failed to show for the district meet.

Schedule error had everyone scrambling to show up, but by the time they arrived kids had already missed events.

Y'all know what that means in championship meets, right?

Quote of the Day

On earth there is no heaven,
but there are pieces of it.
Pierre-Jules Renard

Friday, January 24, 2014

Quote of the Day

Everyone you will ever meet
knows something you don't.
William Sanford "Bill" Nye

Thursday, January 23, 2014

Wednesday, January 22, 2014

Quote of the Day

Award nominations and search
warrants are the only things that
wake celebrities up early nowadays.

James Christian "Jimmy" Kimmel

Tuesday, January 21, 2014

Quote of the Day

Baseball must be a great game
to survive the fools who run it.
William Harold "Bill" Terry

Monday, January 20, 2014

Another Bullying Coach

From wstmudcat's comment on this thread on TOC (on bullying):

"You coach are a bully! You got everyone afraid of being late to offseason or making bad grades and I am fed up with it.."

Looks like it's time to lower the bar...if that's possible...

College Notes

Chase Kalisz is back.  The Georgia athletic department has cleared him to return to competition.  Kalisz sat out three (3) meets while they sorted out possible academic eligibility issues.  Read more here.

News wasn't so good for head coach Jack Bauerle:

When asked a follow up question by Swimming World regarding Bauerle's status, Georgia spokesperson Steve Colquitt responded:

Coach Bauerle's status remains unchanged and this is an ongoing matter.

The Communist News Network (CNN) recently looked into academic issues with NCAA athletes and claims that foosball and thump-thump players are reading at elementary school levels.  Read more here.

Mary Willingham at UNC:

"So what are the classes they are going to take to get a degree here? You cannot come here with a third-, fourth- or fifth-grade education and get a degree here," she told CNN.

NCAA president Mark Emmert responded to the story:

"That CNN story on our athletes only reading at a fifth-grade level was just so they could sell more papers.  They failed to point out the fact that we've seen an increase of nearly one full grade level in the past five years!  How about that?  Sounds like a ninety-something percent improvement to me!  Now, let's talk March Madness, shall we?"

What about whistle-blower Willingham?  UNC is shutting her down.  Read more here.

New Texas foosball coach Charlie Strong is about to shake things up in Austin.  Read more here.

Bobby Burton compiled a list of Strong's rules that will likely result in some roster changes.  His policy on missing classes:

If a player misses a class, he runs until it hurts.  If he misses two classes, his entire position unit runs.  If he misses three, the position coach runs.

A thread on TOC about Strong's program shake-up is here.  Worried about line coaches running, high school coach Hookem wrote:

Our OL coach sweats when he eats and has chest pains while changing clothes...

Yup, it could get ugly.

Check out Planning Fallacy 101 in the world's smallest classroom (via Inside Higher Ed):

Article in The Daily Cougar featuring UH coach Rich Murphy is here.

“I think Texas on the whole is a strong swimming state. There are other options within the state, and we think we compare favorably with most of those,” Murphy said. “I think through a combination of what we have, combined with our location in a major metro area as well as from a facilities standpoint, we’re very fortunate. It’s just a matter of growing and making the most of the resources we have.”

Murphy's program lost their diving coach, Jane Figueiredo.  She's London-bound so she can work with Tom Daley & Co.  Read more here.

"The opportunity to coach somebody as world class and elite as Tom Daley is something that I am really looking forward to," she said.

Aggie Paul-Marc Schweitzer is A&M's male nominee for the SEC McWhorter Scholarship.  AD Eric Hyman dropped by the pool to make the announcement (via Texas A&M Swimming Twitter & Facebook)

Quote of the Day

I don't like losing a ballgame any more
than a salesman likes losing a sale.
(via OOTP14)
Early Wynn, Jr.

Sunday, January 19, 2014

Quote of the Day

If you're not settled spiritually, things can
be a little bit more chaotic than normal.
Emmitt James Smith, III

Saturday, January 18, 2014

NCAA Approves Triathlon as Emerging Sport

Read more here.

Women’s triathlon was approved as an emerging sport by the National Collegiate Athletic Association’s Division I Legislative Committee, a step toward the sport achieving full varsity status.

Sorry, guys, but you won't be competing in any NCAA triathlon championships.

An emerging sport, a designation only given to women’s athletic programs, gains full varsity status if 40 schools add it within 10 years. Other current women’s sports that have followed that route to varsity status include ice hockey, water polo and rowing.

Adding women’s triathlon would create as many as 10 spots for female athletes at each college that fields a team. The addition would help schools meet Title IX standards requiring women to be offered the same opportunities as men. It also could have a far-reaching effect on the sport in the U.S., college coaches, USA Triathlon officials and triathletes have said.

Thanks, Title IX...

Quote of the Day

...I remember being given injections during
training and competition, but this was
explained to me as being substances to
help me regenerate and recuperate.
Kornelia Ender

Friday, January 17, 2014

Quote of the Day

I watched my hard work disappear in a second.
I have never knowingly taken illegal drugs and
I would never embarrass my family, friends
and my country, and the kids who love me.
Benjamin Sinclair "Ben" Johnson

Thursday, January 16, 2014

Quote of the Day

This is a deep reflection of an overachiever
that worked harder than anybody on
the planet to live his dream.
William Thomas "Bill" Romanowski

Wednesday, January 15, 2014

FINA Defines Hand Separation

(via WikiPaintings)

Wondering what constitutes separation of hands in breast and fly?  Don't worry, here comes FINA to the rescue!

Here's what Dan McAllen shared with us today via email:

The FINA Technical Committee met in Bangkok, Thailand on December 6-7, 2013. At the meeting there was a discussion of the term “separated hands” as it relates to the rule adopted by FINA at its August, 2013 Congress.

The discussion resulted in the following interpretation:
“Separated means that the hands cannot be stacked one on top of the other. It is not necessary to see space between the hands. Incidental contact at the fingers is not a concern”

Accordingly, the separated hands in breaststroke and butterfly interpretation issued by me on October 8, 2013 is hereby expressly revoked and is replaced by the FINA interpretation above. A picture of the legal and illegal separated hands position as defined by FINA can be found on the Rules & Regulations page of the USA Swimming website as an attachment to this memo. Below is the link to the Rules & Regulations page and the document is posted under the heading “Interpretations, Legislation & Bylaws.”

Quote of the Day

I have always taken tremendous pride in my
image and my reputation in being a role
model and handling myself the right
way and doing things the right way.
Ryan Joseph Braun

Tuesday, January 14, 2014

Quote of the Day

If you're trying to hide something, you
wouldn't keep getting away with it for
ten years.  Nobody is that clever.
Lance Edward Gunderson, a.k.a. Lance Armstrong

Monday, January 13, 2014

Quote of the Day

I will continue to express the fact I am for
a drug-free sport and always will be.
(via Top News)
Marion Lois Jones

Sunday, January 12, 2014

Wrapping up the Scammy Awards

(via Reaction Faces)

...and Bobby Hill, Tom Landry Middle School.  There are your nominees for 2013 Middle School Journalist of the Year.  And the Scammy goes to...

(via The Swim Brief)

Georgia traveled to Texas this weekend for meets in College Station and Austin.  Chase Kalisz & Coach Jack Bauerle did not make the trip.  Rumors of academic issues, but no solid info yet.  Third meet they've missed.  Jack runs a clean program, so we're all wondering what's up there.  Catch up here.
(via espn)

A Conversation with Simone Manuel

The Mutual of Omaha Duel in the Pool was not too long ago. How has it felt entering the New Year with such an amazing international win under your belt?

“It was such an exciting meet. I did not swim for my high school so it was pretty cool being in a duel meet like that. I feel like it gave me a feel of what it will be like going into college and competing. So overall after that meet I am just really excited for the year to come.”

Belton HS needs an aquatics coordinator/head coach.  Contact Rodney Southern at 254-215-2230

Trinity Head Coach John Ryan is on leave.  Wishing him all the best.  Assistant Michael Schuber has taken over the program as interim head coach.  More here.

Shadowbend YMCA needs a swim coach.  Info here.

Pool manager jobs info here and here.

Georgia vs. Texas (M&W)

Georgia vs. A&M (M&W)

Auburn vs. Texas (M&W)

Wayland Baptist vs. Austin College (M&W)

Austin College Invite (M&W)

Southwestern vs. Incarnate Word (M&W)

Houston vs. Evansville (W)

UNT (W) at San Diego State Quad

Houston (W) at Louisville Tri

SMU vs. A&M (W)

SMU vs. LSU (M)

TCU vs. Manhattan (M&W)

Pearce/Lone Star/Wakeland

Frisco Last Chance

AAHSSL #4 (scroll down)

HSC Open

TXLA January Splash #1

TXLA January Splash #2 (real time)

CBA Unclassified

Quote of the Day

The most important thing for me in my
career is to be honest and forthright.
Alexander Emmanuel "Alex" Rodriguez

Wednesday, January 08, 2014

Quote of the Day

The difference between perseverance
and obstinacy is that one often
comes from a strong will, and
the other from a strong won't.
Rev. Henry Ward Beecher

Tuesday, January 07, 2014

New Year's Resolutions You Can Actually Achieve

High school junior and senior brainiacs should apply for TISCA Academic All-State here.

Remember Temple's twisted logic that dumping Olympic sports...would help their Olympic sports?  No?  Catch up here.

In a new article on Inside Higher Ed, we're reminded that Temple's football program - like a huge majority - loses a ton of money.  Read more here.

In “a real base accounting sense,” it’s true that universities like Temple lose money on football, Maxcy said. But what they gain in exposure, advertising, donations and recruiting likely makes up for it.

Still, schools with programs bleeding millions in red ink refer to their foosball teams as "revenue" sports.

Coincidentally, yesterday's Academic Minute on Inside Higher Ed was called Liars and Lying.  Listen here.  Read transcript here.

This relates to a concept called the illusory truth effect – the idea that telling the truth can actually lead to a false memory. A man who repeatedly denies seeing a knife at a crime scene, for example, might actually begin to believe he saw it even if it was never there. It feels familiar to him, and because the repeated denials have slipped from his memory, he ends up thinking it must have happened.

(via philly)

Hmmm...wonder what "effect" might cause Kevin Clark to actually believe it's the truth if he keeps repeating this lie:

"Reducing the number of sports will mean athletics can invest more into the student-athletes, staff and facilities for the remaining Olympic sports, and offer the best possible learning and competitive environment," Clark said in a statement.

Here's former Horn Dax Hill with a new member of the UT swimming family, NTN's Brett Ringgold:

If you've got swimming news for club, high school, or college swimmers here in the Lone Star State, feel free to pass the info (and pics) along via email.

Twin Lakes Family YMCA in Cedar Park needs an aquatics director.  Info here.

Stanford vs. UT (W)

NOCH Senior

COR Winter Classic

Quote of the Day

We are not alike and no law can make us so.
(via Liberty Fund)
Fishel Chodorowsky, a.k.a. Frank Chodorov