Monday, September 26, 2016

Quote of the Day

I have a tip that can take five strokes off
anyone's golf game.  It's called an eraser.

Arnold Daniel Palmer

Sunday, September 25, 2016

Misc. II

Less than a month away from the mega-triathlon.  The Ultra 520K Texas in Salado takes place over three days, October 21 - 23.

Swim6.2 miles
Bike: 264.5 miles
Run54 miles

More here and here

This year’s course will cover rolling terrain on country roads but won’t include any of the pesky cattle guards or dirt roads that frustrated some in last year’s event. The cycling route features more than 5,500 feet of ascent — and a chance to spot deer, roadrunners and rattlesnakes.

Castle Hills First Baptist School (San Antonio) needs a swim coach

The City of Amarillo needs an aquatics supervisor

Quote of the Day

Without pride, man becomes a parasite -
and there are already too many parasites.

Carla H. Krueger

Saturday, September 24, 2016


via USCDornsife
The Texas high school swim coaches' TISCA clinic was interesting.

USC's David Salo did a nice job as our headliner.  Fun guy who likes to keep things interesting for his athletes.  Follow him on Twitter

Welcome to new president Greg McLain .  Greg will be a great communicator.  He's respected and will work hard for our athletes and coaches.  I doubt he'll do a mic drop when his term ends.

His first big task will be trying to recover lost info that went off into the ether when our old TISCA website went kaput.  If you have files from past district, region, and state meets, please email him to see what he still needs.

So far, the new TeamUnify site isn't very popular with the coaches.

Does anyone have a copy of our constitution and/or bylaws?  Also, I must have missed the treasurer's report.  Would it be possible to start paying for space up in that there cloud thingy so we don't lose everything...again?

Anyone interested in starting up a junior high program should contact Mike Waldmann.  He shared some great info in Austin last weekend.  His middle school program out in Andrews has really taken off!

Garland ISD's natatorium is still on hold.

The full bond package was passed by the school board in 2014. Plans for the swim center were drawn up, and after long negotiations a price tag of $27.5 million was agreed on. The swim center package and plans were presented to the school board last Tuesday for final approval. But in a surprising reversal, the board voted it down 4-3.

Read more here

The Moody Family YMCA needs an aquatics coordinator

Plano's Seth Stubblefield was featured in a USA Swimming piece.  Read that here

“What a humbling, rewarding, and, at times, convicting experience,” he said. “All I can say is getting third at Trials isn’t a big deal. I’ve met some very special kids who are dealing with things most of us can’t possibly imagine, and it really makes you evaluate your priorities, as well as take a good look at your heart.”

Eddie Reese will be coaching grandson Luke Bowman next year.  Read more here

“I am excited to attend a great university and swim for a legendary program and coach. This has been a dream of mine since I started swimming, and I know that there is no better group of swimmers and coaches that will push me to work hard and get faster. I am looking forward to the challenge ahead.”

Nice write-up on AT record-breaker Karl Meltzer is here

Speaking by phone from Atlanta two days after finishing the trail, Metlzer said his legs were tired. “Deep fatigue,” he called it, and said that it would take three to four months for his body to recover. He needs to recharge mentally, too; there were dark days on the trail, especially in Virginia, when getting up every morning before dawn and knowing he had to run over forty miles seemed like a Sisyphean task.

Anyone seen Joe Bernal lately?  Bernal's dropped out of sight since the Harvard/Gators thing blew up.

How about George Gibney?  The former IASA coach is being hounded by Irv Muchnick.  The latest on Gibney is here

Gibney made a US visa application in 1992 and following the collapse of the case, which was not appealed by the DPP. He then fled Ireland, first to Scotland and then to the USA. Having moved through a number of states, Gibney now lives in Florida. 

UNT's Pentathlon (recap)

UTPB/TCU (recap)

via flickr

CSCAA Open Water Nationals

Rice's Hanna Huston finished fourth, helping dad Seth's squad to a second-place team finish.  More here

The Longhorn men's annual Orange/White intrasquad meet (September 30) just isn't going to be the same without retired assistant coach Kris Kubik.  A Texas legend...

Quote of the Day

Unless commitment is made, there are
only promises and hopes...but no plans.

via Inc

Peter Ferdinand Drucker

Wednesday, September 21, 2016

Quote of the Day

Everyone admits that love is wonderful and
necessary, but no one agrees on just what it is.

Diane Ackerman

Tuesday, September 20, 2016

Quote of the Day

Success is whatever humiliation
everyone has agreed to compete for.

via How a Poem Happens

James Richardson

Monday, September 19, 2016

New AT Record

Scott Jurek held the Appalachian speed record for just over a year.

Karl Meltzer completed the 2189.2 mile trek in 45 days, 22 hours, and 38 minutes, knocking about ten hours off Jurek's mark.

Meltzer was a "SOBO" (south-bounder), having started his "hike" in Maine.  Jurek finished his journey in Maine, and still has the NOBO record.

The Red Bull-sponsored Meltzer had failed to break the speed record in two previous attempts.

This time, he capped each night with one or two beers and left from rest stops with rainbow-colored Spree candy, Three Musketeers chocolate bars and bacon in his pockets. To save time and keep his energy up, he typically slept less than seven hours a night and instead had an energy drink every 10 miles, downing about five a day. When on another day his support crew found him napping, they gave him a pint of ice cream for a boost.

Though Meltzer averaged 50 miles in 15 hours of running a day, his pace faltered at times. At one point he slept on the trail instead of making it to his support van — and then he slept the next morning on the dirt again. But in the last two days, he gathered strength, running 83 miles nonstop in the final leg to finish Sunday morning at 3:38.

Read more here

Quote of the Day

I never had a sister growing up.
Donny was the closest thing.

via shows in Vegas

Olive Marie Osmond

Wednesday, September 14, 2016

...always trying to get butter...

Texans (and their clubs):

Taylor Abbott (Nitro), Josh Artmann (Austin), Joy Field (Magnolia), Dakota Luther (Austin), & Lucie Nordmann (Magnolia).

Anyone spot a pattern?

2016 New York State Fair Butter Sculpture:


Yes, it's an Olympic athlete theme.

No, they only meant to depict one swimmer.

Guy in the back is drinking Gatorade*...

The YMCA of Austin needs a program director - aquatics

*okay, maybe it's chocolate milk, the official recovery drink of United States Swimming


Quote of the Day

What passes for investigative journalism
is finding somebody with their pants
down - literally or otherwise.

via truthdig

Robert Scheer

Tuesday, September 13, 2016

Sunday, September 11, 2016

Quote of the Day

If the battle for civilization comes down
to the wimps versus the barbarians,
the barbarians are going to win.

via Hip Hop Republican

Thomas Sowell

Tuesday, September 06, 2016

Quote of the Day

I'll tell you one thing:  Don't ever give
anybody your best advice, because
they're not going to follow it.


John Joseph "Jack" Nicholson

Saturday, September 03, 2016

Catching Up

Today, Dr. Keith Bell will swim for the 10,000th straight day.  He'll celebrate with a 10k workout at Austin's Deep Eddy Pool, hoping "to raise at least $10,000.00 to fund swimming lessons for those who otherwise could not afford them."

Read more here

Last year, Scott Jurek passed Bobby and I on South Twin Mountain on his way to a new AT record.  Jurek arrived at the Katahdin summit on July 12, completing the entire 2,189.2 mile trek in 46 days.  There's another ultra-marathoner on the trail this year.  Karl Meltzer is making a run at Jurek's record.  He's traveling southbound after starting from Katahdin in August.  Foller his progress here

A pair of former Longhorn swimmers recently landed D-I assistant coaching gigs.  Clay Youngquist will be on the University of Pacific staff, while Wyatt Collins will replace Kris Kubik at Texas.  Read more here and here

Round Rock ISD is considering an indoor aquatic center.  Read more here

The City of Corpus Christi needs an aquatics area supervisor

Coastal Bend AllStars needs assistant coaches

McKinney Boyd HS needs an assistant coach.  Contact Doyle Drake at 469-302-3493

Quote of the Day

He who has imagination without
learning has wings and no feet.

via Hannah Arendt Center

Joseph Joubert

Thursday, September 01, 2016

August Most Viewed

1.  Simone Manuel

2.  Just No Kitchen Sink

3.  Worth More...

Quote of the Day

When I don't have red, I use blue.
via Lofty
Pablo Diego José Francisco de Paula Juan
Nepomuceno María de los Remedios
Cipriano de la Santísima Trinidad
Ruiz y Picasso, a.k.a. Pablo Picasso