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
Castle Hills First Baptist School (San Antonio) needs a swim coach
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.
“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 IASAcoach 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.
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.
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
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.
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."
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