Sunday, November 29, 2015

Quote of the Day

You measure a person by what
it takes to discourage them.

via The Sports Bank

William Francis "Bo" Ryan, Jr.

Tuesday, November 24, 2015

2015 Barbados Open Water Festival

Nitro's Taylor Abbott (#47) won both the 1.5k and 5k races in this year's Barbados Open Water Festival:

Quote of the Day

Tricks and treachery are the practice of fools,
that don't have brains enough to be honest.

via Wikipedia

Benjamin Franklin

Saturday, November 21, 2015


Nope, not catching up on meet results...yet...

Enjoying learning more about Johnny Cash's comeback album from a couple of decades ago.  This is definitely worth a look:

Fascinating to see both his "light" and "dark" sides.  Speaking of the "dark", here's another version of Delia's Gone (posted an alternate version here):

Joe Friday vs. Barack Obama

Thanks, Dad!

Don't Know Jack

I don't know Jack Madden.  His troubles with USA Swimming are big news in the Houston swimming community right now.  He certainly has plenty of support from his former team.

Statement from Adam Stanford, President, Cy-Fair Swim Club:
"Jack Maddan is an exceptional coach, father, husband and role model. USA swimming banning him from membership will change none of that. Although Jack will no longer be able to perform the duties as Head Coach at Fleet Swimming, he and his family will remain in our hearts and always be considered OUR family. It takes but one meeting or conversation with him to understand his good character, love of swimming and love of the athletes us as parents entrust him with daily.

The entire basis of the circumstance that has now led to Jack being banned was based on an allegation from 1999 that we believe to be false. There are NO other complaints or allegations, past or present and those people that know Jack know he does not deserve the hand he has been dealt.

Jack as a coach has had the full and unwavering support of the Board of Directors throughout the process. Going forward, although he won't be our coach, Jack and his family will continue to have love and support from our Fleet family."

CFSC has removed Jack's bio, but here's what I found via Google (cached):

Jack was listed as an At-Large Board of Directors member for Gulf Swimming, but has since been removed from that position.

Channel 13's Jessica Willey did a piece on the (now former) FLEET head coach the other night.  Video, text, and comments are here.

I do have to wonder if Jessica did any research on the "gentleman" she interviewed for the story (naughty word warning):

Quote of the Day

We demand rigidly defined areas
of doubt and uncertainty!

via The Infocomicon

Douglas Noel Adams

Thursday, November 19, 2015

Catching Up

Ran into a couple of old swim coaches-turned administrators a couple of weeks ago at the Lamar CISD Invite.  Great seeing Joe Imre (coached at Terry HS) and Jerry Kipping (ran the program in Corpus Christi) again!

Comment on another post gave a link to this excellent article.  It's a two-pager without pictures.  Sorry about that, visual learners.

Forget all that now. “Cafeteria-style” curricula are all the rage. Such is not the stuff of which a competitive 21st-century workforce is made. Worse, it is not the stuff of which informed, effective citizenship and leadership are composed.

What’s the remedy? For starters, prospective students and their parents should consult ACTA’s What Will They Learn? when choosing a college. If students and their parents begin voting with their pocketbooks through enrolling only in serious schools, the rest of higher education might well become serious once again.

Lake Travis Relays

Appalachian Trail Tat

The Tellepsen Family Downtown YMCA (Houston) needs a youth development director - aquatics

Even before the Paris mayhem, Texans named Illegal Immigration and Foreign Terror Groups as the top threats to our country.  More here.

Remember when cigarette ads were banned from television?  We old-timers do.  They said that too many years suckin' on them cancer sticks'll kill ya.  Keeping them Marlboro Man ads off the tube will save us from ourselves, right?

via KelownaNow are drug companies able to advertise things that they warn - in their own commercials - might kill you pretty danged quickly?  Why are we still told to ask our doctors about ___?

Big Pharm sure has more clout than Big Tobacky!

Got this via email:

Funny we were reminded to "Take it easy on the breaking rules part."

Latest CSCAA Women's Division I poll has Texas at #4 and A&M at #7.  Read more at Swimming World.

Still pretty far behind on posting results, but hope to catch up a bit soon.

Battleground Area Swim Team needs developmental coaches

The USA Swimming Foundation's silent auction is underway.  Visit and bid here.  There's even a "Pampering" category for you sprinters & divers.

Quote of the Day

Start by doing what's necessary;
then do what's possible;  and
suddenly you are doing the impossible.

via Plamen Petrov

Giovanni di Pietro di Bernardone,
a.k.a. St. Francis of Assisi

Sunday, November 15, 2015

Quote of the Day

The analogy we use around here sometimes, and
I think is accurate, is if a JV team puts on Lakers
uniforms that doesn’t make them Kobe Bryant.

via Sports Tsar

Barack Hussein Obama II

Thursday, November 12, 2015

Quote of the Day

We often take for granted the very things
that most deserve our gratitude.

via This Recording

Cynthia Shoshana Ozick

Sunday, November 08, 2015

Quote of the Day

Life's under no obligation
to give us what we expect.

via Atlanta History Center

Margaret Munnerlyn Mitchell

Tuesday, November 03, 2015

Quote of the Day

Someone is going to have to explain to
me at some time how raising taxes on
job-creators is going to create more jobs.

via The Columbus Dispatch

James Daniel "Jim" Jordan

Sunday, November 01, 2015


It's a long-ish post, so here's something to listen to:

Terri Stanton has updated Joseph's Journal at the Caring Bridge site.  Read it here 

Thank you from the bottoms of our hearts for your continued hands that have held ours and offered millions and millions of prayers for Joseph and our family.

The most talked about swim from this year's Eddie Reese Invite was Clark Smith's 2000 free.  Read more here

Smith, the reigning NCAA champion in the 500 freestyle, uncorked a 17:44.39 in the 2000 free. Since it’s not an official event, it’s tough to compare the swim to anything else, but it is indeed fast. Smith averaged 53.22 per 100 yards, an astounding pace for such a long swim.

via Luis Maram
Enjoyed Seth Godin's blog post yesterday, titled "Witch hunts make no sense".  Check it out here

Which is expressed by those in power as: "There's a good reason I'm afraid and punishing this person will make that reason go away."

Hunting witches never makes things better. Partly because there are no witches.

Sooooo...have y'all experienced this sort of behavior?  Did you have a boss who feared his/her employees?  Did y'all wonder who'd be the next scapegoat?

El Paso County needs an aquatics manager

The Hood County YMCA needs an aquatics director

The City of Corpus Christi needs an athletics/aquatics program manager

A SOBO (southbound thru-hiker) named "Last Chance" has 700+ miles left in his journey.  Like many hikers, he had trouble getting out to the trail from Gatlinburg.

I stood there for well over two hours. During that time it started to rain so I got to test my new rain gear which worked well. I finally got a ride as far as the Sugarland Visitors Center. I walked around there asking folks if they would give me a ride to Newfound Gap and after an hour I got a ride from a guy who hikes the trails in the Smokeys every day he can.

View Last Chance's trail journal here

Back in March, Bobby and I had no luck hitching out of Gatlinburg.  Finally, we walked into a practically deserted convenience store and found a clerk with some free time to drive us out to Newfound Gap.  Journal entry here.  Crazy place, Gatlinburg...

Club Results

EPAP Monster

AGS 10 & Under



Haunted Hat



Boo Bash

Spooky Sprint

Spooky Sprints

AAAA Progressive Series II

Great Pumpkin

Great Pumpkin Spooky Mile

HS Results

The Woodlands Invite

Oak Ridge/Magnolia

Keller Invite

Klein Invite (JV)

Klein/Kingwood (JV)



AAHSSL "C" Duals

AAHSSL "D" Duals

AAHSSL Duals (Block)

AAHSSL Duals (Northside/North)

AAHSSL Duals (Northside/South)

North East Duels

LCISD Private Invite

Tomball Halloween


College Results

A&M/Incarnate Word/Miami (M&W)

SMU vs. UH (W)

UNT vs. UH (W)

Trinity vs. McMurry (M&W)

Hendrix Relays (M&W)

Hendrix Classic (M&W)

UNT vs. Rice (W)

SMU vs. Rice (W)

SMU vs. TCU (M)

Kansas vs. TCU (W)

If you're on a computer/device that doesn't have this site on "Favorites" - and don't want to type in the blogger address - typing in will get you here...if you really don't have anything better to do...

Download a free copy of  Swimming Technique here

CSCAA women's D-I poll is here.  Texas 3rd, A&M 15th, SMU 21st.

Men's D-I poll here.  Texas #1.

Quote of the Day

If you see anything on the internet
three times, you know it's true.

via Right Wing News

Katherine Timpf