Wednesday, February 21, 2024

Quote of the Day

Victory has a thousand fathers,
but defeat is an orphan.

John Fitzgerald Kennedy

Tuesday, February 20, 2024

Follerin' Up

Last year we visited w/Andrews HS head coach Mike Waldmann.  He told us the story of the "antiques" he discovered and what they mean to his state meet squad.

Catch up here

His boys' 200 medley relay showed up and showed off at this year's state meet.

Quote of the Day

The curious paradox is that when I accept
myself just as I am, then I can change.

Carl Ransom Rogers

Sunday, February 18, 2024

Quote of the Day

The only way to make sense out of change is to
plunge into it, move with it, and join the dance.
Alan Wilson Watts

Saturday, February 17, 2024

Scott Hammond on A2B


Listen to Scott Hammond on SwimTalk A2B here

00:00 - Disclaimer & the usual banter
01:27 - The Jay Cafe in Needville, Texas
01:45 - Is this thing on?
02:26 - RIP John Pittington
02:42 - Introducing Scott Hammond
04:15 - How Scott got into our sport
06:35 - Any hope for Clemson reboot?
07:25 - From Clemson to Austin
09:27 - Orange/White Meets
11:25 - Then & Now
16:06 - RIP Don Easterling
17:58 - Braden Holloway
23:14 - Chuck Raburn, Richard Sybesma, & Beverly Ball
24:54 - Racquetball & more with Eddie Reese
28:11 - Impact of coaches
29:57 - Future of conferences
31:55 - Transfer Portal & NIL
34:47 - Recruiting, poaching, and foreign athletes
37:49 - Life as a Texas assistant coach
45:30 - H&L Swim Academy
47:17 - Glenn Patton
48:25 - RIP Sam Freas
49:47 - Katy's Sheila Reeves
51:30 - Coaching over the decades
54:00 - Sprint Championship
55:40 - Equipment builders
57:10 - What's in a name?
59:52 - Closing it out

Quote of the Day

You begin with the possibilities of the material.
Milton Ernest "Robert" Rauschenberg

Monday, February 12, 2024

2024 UIL State Meet Qualifiers

Lists of this year's qualifiers (automatic & call-up) for all classifications are here

Quote of the Day

Nothing strengthens authority so much as silence.
Leonardo da Vinci

Thursday, February 08, 2024

Quote of the Day

Failure is simply the opportunity to begin
again, this time more intelligently.

Henry Ford

Wednesday, February 07, 2024

UIL State Meet 2024


State meet info on the UIL site includes automatic qualifiers, call-ups, meet packet, & forms.  A live results link will be available as well.

Quote of the Day

Time moves in one direction, memory in another.
William Ford Gibson

Sunday, February 04, 2024

2024 4A Call-Ups

All four (4) of the UIL 4A region results are on MM.  Although they're not considered official results, you may be able to use the info to determine the likely call-up list for this year's 4A state meet in San Antonio.

Edited 7:11 p.m.:

Quote of the Day

In politics, the reaction to a controversy is very
often more enlightening and important than
the details of the allegations themselves.

Tammy K. Bruce

Wednesday, January 31, 2024

Quote of the Day

Most people don't want to be part of the process,
they just want to be part of the outcome.  But
the process is where you figure out who's
worth being part of the outcome.
via Hype
Alex Morton

Tuesday, January 30, 2024

Quote of the Day

When the people are being beaten with a stick, they
are not much happier if it is called the People's Stick.

Mikhail Alexandrovich Bakunin

Monday, January 29, 2024

So Bad, They're...

...Good Naw, they're really, really bad.

What?  No "You're the Reason Our Kids are Ugly" or "If Drinkin' Don't Kill Me, Her Memory Will"?

Quote of the Day

If you don't see yourself as a winner,
then you cannot perform as a winner.

Hilary Hinton "Zig" Ziglar

Friday, January 26, 2024

Clinic $$$

Since we didn't have a fall TISCA clinic* some of us used our district's clinic budget to attend the ASCA World Clinic in Dallas last September.

If you didn't use that money for ASCA, what are your options?  Check with your A.D.

Chances are, you could attend the:
  • UIL 4A state championships in San Antonio,
  • UIL 5A/6A state championships in Austin, or
  • April TISCA offering.

*Since re-titled as a "convention" and moved to April to accommodate polo.

Note to Swimming World:

You don't have to play their game!
Please, stop with the pronoun b.s.!
In their article about Will Thomas, Swimming World* uses pronouns like "she" and "her" when referring to the former Austin Westlake HS swimmer.

"...Thomas has been arguing her case to overturn that rule so she can compete in elite women's races."

...Thomas has been arguing his case to overturn that rule so he can compete in elite women's races.

Fixed it for you!!!

New to this "story"?  Catch up here

* View it here

Quote of the Day

The secret of life is honesty and fair dealing.
If you can fake that, you've got it made.

 Julius Henry "Groucho" Marx

Saturday, January 20, 2024

Quote of the Day

A single twig breaks, but the bundle of twigs is strong.


Monday, January 15, 2024

Chuck Warner II

Listen here

00:00 – Disclaimer & the usual banter

01:45 – Eddie Reese book & special offer

02:15 – Welcome Chuck Warner & post-Covid

03:13 – New Jersey Swim Safety Alliance

04:55 – Why an Audiobook?

06:37 – Getting Eddie on board

08:45 – NCAA D-I rankings & predictions

12:30 – Audiobook logistics

15:55 – Skip this part, Jeri

16:25 – Practice & perform

21:32 – The epilogue & reflections

23:02 – What isn’t in the book?

24:15 – Shaun Jordan’s wardrobe malfunction

28:27 – No volume 2?

29:30 – Educating coaches

32:12 – More on the special offer

33:41 – Eddie’s Last Hurrah

37:00 – Big XII or NCAA reunion?

40:50 – Wrapping it up

Quote of the Day

You can't help getting older,
but you don't have to get old.

George Burns

Monday, January 08, 2024

Episode XL: Jason Devine

Listen here

00:33 – Episode XL Highlights

04:10 – Eddie Reese Book Bundle

04:38 – Jason Devine intro

05:10 – Then & Now

06:45 – FCST 10 & under curriculum

08:06 – Breaking into coaching

09:22 – Takeaways from other coaches

10:20 – Recognizing diamonds

11:30 – Required fundamentals

12:35 – Drills?

15:25 – Beyond the kickboard & streamline

17:40 – Culture

20:10 – Parents as assistants

23:24 – Body awareness

24:05 – Focal points & progressions

25:28 – Butterfly timing

26:08 – Favorite facilities

26:44 – Meetings, updates, & the long haul

29:20 – What hasn’t changed?

31:00 – Staff cohesiveness

33:39 – Clinics?

34:35 – Attendance & typical practices

40:45 – Meet debriefing & recognition

41:56 – Parent recognition

43:45 – Which age group?

45:17 – Wrapping it up

Quote of the Day

Measure what is measurable, and
make measurable what is not so.

Galileo Galilei

Sunday, January 07, 2024

Quote of the Day

Happiness is not a matter of intensity but
of balance, order, rhythm, and harmony.
Thomas Merton

Monday, January 01, 2024

Avery Adams on A2B

Listen to our visit with Elevate Performance Swim Academy's Avery Adams here
00:40 – Background of Avery Adams

02:25 – Eddie Reese book plug

02:55 – Welcome Avery Adams

03:25 – Focus on squat technique

07:30 – Athlete to coach ratio

08:50 – Elevate Performance Swim Academy

10:19 – Air Force Academy’s James Winterfield

13:00 – Building relationships

15:40 – Individual sessions, evaluations, & warm-up

18:20 – Multi-sport background

19:25 – Lakeside SeaHawks & Vern Gambetta (GAIN)

20:00 – Body line as linkage/connection

21:15 – Innovation & reaction time

23:55 – Sprinting & set design

26:15 – Sprinting & muscle tissue recruitment

29:10 – Sprinting vs. AFAP

30:05 – What drives long axis strokes?  Short axis?

31:40 – Teaching “gears”

34:50 – Gamification

37:35 – Overcoming limitations

40:15 – A few favorite drills

46:10 – Finishing races (last 15m)

49:35 – Wrapping up & contact info

Quote of the Day

Be at war with your vices, at peace
with your neighbors, and let every
new year find you a better man.

Benjamin Franklin

Saturday, December 23, 2023

Newest Podcast Episode

Madison (r) learns from Garrett Weber-Gale (l)
Latest episode of Swim Talk A2B features Madison Yelle.

Listen here
0:20 – MAC Gold Group

1:45 – Heard of the Eddie Reese book?

2:30 – Welcome Madison Yelle

3:00 – Age Group to High School to D-II

8:10 – Coaching with Swim Ft. Lauderdale

9:10 – TAGS, FLAGS, & JO’s

11:00 – Outdoor swimming issues

11:45 – HOF facility & 27m platform

13:00 – Was that a cement truck?

14:27 – Florida high school swimming

15:39 – That dreaded “P” word

17:48 – More on high school swimming

19:45 – Group criteria & LCM vs. SCY

23:13 – Veterans setting examples

26:01 – ASCA World Clinic

26:55 – More on the “P” word

30:30 – How many per week?

Quote of the Day

People fall forward to success.

Mary Kay Ash

Monday, December 18, 2023

Quote of the Day

The whole point of getting things done
is knowing what to leave undone.

Oswald Chambers

Sunday, December 17, 2023

Quote of the Day

Most managers were trained to be the
thing they most despise - bureaucrats.

Alvin Eugene Toffler

Saturday, December 16, 2023

Quote of the Day

You've got to think about big things while
you're doing small things, so that all the
small things go in the right direction.

Alvin Eugene Toffler

Friday, December 15, 2023

Quote of the Day

One of the definitions of sanity is the ability to tell
real from unreal.  Soon we'll need a new definition.

Alvin Eugene Toffler

Thursday, December 14, 2023

Teaching & Modeling Consistency

When it comes to the behavior of people in this "modern" world, there seems to be no semblance of logic involved.

We all know that showing up consistently (and on time), and putting in the work, are required for success in any given endeavor.

Yet, we have adults teaching (and modeling) the opposite to young people.

The gap between high-flyers and also-rans is growing.

It will continue to expand until adults behave as mentors, rather than buddies, to the next generation.

Quote of the Day

The illiterate of the future will not be the
person who cannot read.  It will be the
person who does not know how to learn.

Alvin Eugene Toffler

Tuesday, December 12, 2023


The world's second most exciting podcast has returned!  Listen here

00:57 - Shameless Eddie Reese book plug
01:24 - Welcome Bonnie Adams
02:22 - Recap of 2023 OZ Mile/Michele Weber
06:36 - Preview of 2024 OZ Mile
09:55 - Bikes, or Bikes?
11:35 - What to expect at OZ
15:01 - Prepping athletes for open water
20:34 - Making memories in our sport
22:31 - Why September?
25:10 - Pool "Open Water"
28:05 - Alcatraz
29:27 - Canandaigua
30:45 - Germany
32:11 - More on the 2023 OZ Mile/Michele Weber
37:04 - Event feedback
41:10 - Wrapping it up/Podcast rankings

Quote of the Day

No man can get rich in politics unless he's a crook.

Harry S. Truman