Tuesday, February 27, 2018

If I were a miler...

...who'd planned his/her training/rest for a great 1500 on Sunday, this would definitely ___ me off!

Dear Coaches,
Indianapolis TYR Pro Swim
We are adjusting the time for the 1500 at the Indy Pro Swim to start at 6 pm on Wednesday night, instead of 9 am on Sunday morning.

Chris Plumb

Last fall's TISCA clinic speaker, Chris Plumb, is on the latest Ritter podcast here

Quote of the Day

The penalty for success is to be bored
by the people who used to snub you.


Nancy Witcher Langhorne Astor

Sunday, February 25, 2018

Friday, February 23, 2018

Hogan & Woessner Out

USA Swimming pushed out two bigwigs yesterday.  Read their letters:

In what is one of the more unusual portions of any resignation letter, Susan beats Sean to the punch with this:

...I engaged in kissing on a single occasion with then-coach Sean Hutchison.  I have never had sex with Sean Hutchison.

We're all thankful she got that out there before he did, right?

All kidding aside, it's a shame it's come to this for USA Swimming.  We're an organization with tremendous people.  It only took a handful to make us look like idiots.

Read more here

Quote of the Day

Courage is contagious.  When a brave man takes
a stand, the spines of others are often stiffened.

via abcNEWS

William Franklin "Billy" Graham, Jr.

Wednesday, February 21, 2018

Ritter Podcast

This week's show features former TISCA/NISCA president DJA.

Listen here

Also, check out one of the sponsor's groovy products:

Swimnerd Pace Clock

Quote of the Day

I am not a 'yes' person.  No matter who you are
married to, you still need to lead your life.

via eltiempo

Melanija Knavs, a.k.a. Melania Trump

Monday, February 19, 2018

Quote of the Day

The more you adapt, the more interesting you are.

via The Art of

Martha Helen Stewart

Sunday, February 18, 2018


via Twitter
2018 state meet results:



Help!  Back in the 90's, I used to put together a 4A mythical state meet.  Kind of like Swimming World's mythical national meet.  Planning to do it again.  I'll need meet result files from 5A district, region, and state meets to make this happen.  I'll start working on it once a few results come rolling in.

Also, I'd like to do something similar for middle school/junior high.  There are several big middle school meets around the state each year.  If I can get those meet files, I might be able to put that together as well.

via Swimming World

SEC's conclude today.  Real time results are here

Registration for the 2018 TISCA Clinic is already open here

ASCA Fellows 2018:  Call for Applications

Info/registration for 2018 Cap 2k is here

Weakly Demotivator

via PrintMePoster

Quote of the Day

In our age there is no such thing as "keeping out
of politics."  All issues are political issues, and
politics itself is a mass of lies, evasions,
folly, hatred, and schizophrenia.

via Literary Hub

Eric Arthur Blair, a.k.a. George Orwell

Sunday, February 11, 2018

For the Outdoor Divers?

via Overstock

The Salesman:

Note:  Only a matter of time before SwimScam pulls down old articles/videos featuring Hutchison.  Might want to - holding nose/biting lip - pay them a visit here

The Athlete:
via International Business Times
He said:

“At no time did I ever abuse Ariana Kukors or do anything with her that was not consensual,” the statement said. “I absolutely deny having any sexual or romantic relationship with her before she was old enough to legally make those decisions for herself. Prior to that time, I did nothing to ‘groom’ her.”

“Her younger sister also lived with us for several months and her mother was a regular visitor to our home,” the statement added. “I deeply regret that she would make these wild allegations all these years later.”

She said:  My Story

Believe HER

Weakly Demotivator

Quote of the Day

While it is true that you learn with age, the
down side is that what you learn is often
what a damn fool you were before.

via Encounter Books

Thomas Sowell

Wednesday, February 07, 2018

Budapest Videos

Race videos from 2017 World Champs


If you're planning to attend the NISCA Conference & NCAA Men's D-I meet in Minneapolis, get a move on!

Schedule is here

Register here

At Saturday's awards banquet, long-time Texas high school coach Dana Abbott (Katy HS & Pope/Saint John XXIII HS) will be honored.

Be there, or be regular quadrilateral. 

Quote of the Day

The more concerned we become over the
things we can't control, the less we will
do with the things we can control.

via For the Win

John Robert Wooden

Sunday, February 04, 2018

Region Meets

First, in case you haven't seen them, unofficial call-up lists are on Scott Scofield's blog:



This is the third straight year Scott has done this for our swimmers, coaches, and fans.  Also helping out was Paul Hodges.  Thanks, guys!

Now, let's share some of the more unusual things seen at this year's region meets.

Want me to go first?  Okay, here's a start:

1.  We had officials standing side-by-side to do relay take-off judging.  Even if neither noticed what their neighbor had noted on his/her heat sheet, it's NOT how dual confirmation is supposed to be done.  No matter how trusted an officiating crew is, the appearance just isn't good!

2.  Our prelim 500 free bell-ringer had some trouble getting a good ring out of the bell.  While hundreds looked on in amazement, this official held the bell upside down, shook it vigorously, and just couldn't manage to get much of a ring out of it.  This went on, heat after heat.  If only we'd gotten some sort of chant going to help out..."Turn it over!  Turn it over!"

3.  A young man was "counting" for lane 7 swimmer in a consolation final heat of the 500 free.  Had his Beats on and was really enjoying himself...until the coach realized his count was off by a couple of lengths.  Coach was less than ten (10) feet away, hollering at the guy counting.  Zero response.  Kid just continued to stare off in to space.  Finally, coach hopped up on bulkhead, went over to counter, ripped off headphones, and gave the stunned kid hell.  Couldn't help myself...said out loud "You're fired!"

4.  Our boy divers were 1st & 4th in region, but our dive coach forgot to register with TISCA this year.  As a result, I was recognized as boy diving COTY for saying "Divers, go dive" each afternoon.

5.  We had a couple of schools qualify relays for consolation finals that no-showed Saturday.  Danged sponsors..

6.  There was a tie for 4th in the 50 free.  Thinking it could impact call-ups, they had a swim-off after the 400 free relay.  Complete waste of time & energy.  UIL rules state that ties are broken by prelim times.  They didn't tie in prelims, so swim-off wasn't necessary.

If anyone has some video of our bell-ringer or lap counter, please post!

Anyone care to share unusual events from their region meets?

Quote of the Day

Nobody who ever gave his best regretted it.

via NFL

George Stanley Halas

Friday, February 02, 2018

2018 Call-Ups

via pxhere

Once again, the UIL asked TISCA not to post call-ups.

Just takes a little twist of the nose ring and our coaches' association toes the line...

Scott's got it covered again this year.

Please help him out by emailing complete (prelims & finals) meet result files from your region meet.

Send them to Scott's email

View call-ups on Scott's site

Quote of the Day

I feel sorry for those who live without competition...
fat, dumb, and unhappy in cradle-to-grave security.

Donald Mcintosh "Don" Kendall