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31 Jan 07 @ 7:29 AM  | 13 comments  |  Fun Facts category

Swimming and Cancer

~By Phil Dodson

November 8th, played back my voice messages after my noon workout. My doctor called with my PSA test results, a 5.2, over the 4.0 recognized as threshold for possible prostate cancer. Given my family history, this news came as no surprise, but it was very inconvenient. I was doing so well in swim training, the best I have felt in 3 years. Why now? I’d been swimming good enough to have a good chance at breaking the 200 yards free ILMSC record for 50+ men next spring. At age 53 I figured it would be my last chance at this record I had been so close to for two years.

Read On

29 Jan 07 @ 11:01 PM  | 1 comments  |  Swimmer Profiles category

Quote for the Week of January 29, 2007

"When one door closes another door opens; but we so often look so long and so regretfully upon the closed door, that we do not see the ones which open for us."

~Alexander Graham Bell

29 Jan 07 @ 3:28 AM  | 0 comments  |  Quote for the Week category

Name the Swimmers / Name the Event

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Love that smile...

Crazy Dynoswimmers...

28 Jan 07 @ 7:03 PM  | 4 comments  |  Fun Facts category

Interested in Trying Irish Open Water Events?

Then visit Cork Masters Swimming Club.

2007 sponsored events include:

July 18, 2007 ‘Vibes & Scribes’ Lee Swim 2007 (1,900 meters) through the centre of Cork City, County Cork, Ireland.

September 22, 2007 ‘Autodesk’ Sandycove Island Challenge 2007 (1,600 meters) around Sandycove Island in Kinsale, County Cork, Ireland.

Plus over 200 other local open water swims. (Contact Cork Masters by email: openwater@corkmasters.ie).

28 Jan 07 @ 6:43 PM  | 0 comments  |  Meets, Open Water, and Other Events category

Tulane University Plans the Return of Athletic Programs to Full Strength

Phased Process to Begin in Fiscal Year 2008-09

Jan. 24, 2007

New Orleans - Tulane University announced today that the Board of Tulane University recently voted to return Green Wave athletics to full Division I-A status by the academic year 2010-11 when Tulane will field teams in 16 intercollegiate sports.

Tulane has been participating in intercollegiate athletics at the Division I-A level with a reduced number of programs (eight) since Hurricane Katrina closed the campus for the fall 2005 semester.

"The Board of Tulane recently approved a plan for athletics emanating from the Renewal Plan adopted in December 2005, which will bring Tulane's athletics programs into full compliance with the NCAA's Division I-A membership criteria by fiscal year 2011," Tulane President Scott Cowen said.

"The plan is fiscally responsible and supportive of our aspiration to continue as a model Division I-A program. Tulane is very proud of its student-athletes and believes the board-approved plan is in the best long-term interests of the university and the broader community," Cowen said.

Eight additional teams -- women's tennis, women's golf, men's outdoor track, men's cross country, men's tennis, women's swimming and diving, women's bowling and women's soccer -- will be phased in over a three-year period, beginning in the fall of 2008.

"Right after Katrina our student-athletes proudly carried the Tulane name across the country as they competed for our university and for our city," said Rick Dickson, Tulane's director of athletics. "The board's decision makes Green Wave athletics whole again and ensures our student-athletes can continue to represent this university in their customary first-class manner."

The reduction in programs was part of the university's Renewal Plan, a university-wide plan to strengthen and focus Tulane's academic mission and ensure financial stability following the devastation caused by Katrina.

As part of the Renewal Plan process, an ad hoc committee of the board was established to develop a plan to bring Tulane's athletics programs back into compliance with the NCAA's Division I-A membership criteria by the end of fiscal year 2011, consistent with a five-year exemption from the NCAA's requirement of fielding 16 sports.

"In 2005 when we implemented the Renewal Plan, we said we would bring back our sports on a time line based on the recovery of New Orleans and the university and within the time frame permitted by the NCAA," said Dickson.

The board's decision comes one year into the waiver period, allowing plenty of time to implement in an orderly fashion the addition of the eight sports, said Dickson. "The group examined this from every angle and we have an excellent plan to ensure that we will be ready to start scheduling, recruiting and competing according to the board's time line as well as the five-year exemption."

Since Katrina, Green Wave athletes have been competing in eight sports at the Division I-A level -- football, baseball, men's and women's basketball, volleyball, and women's indoor and outdoor track and cross country.

With all 16 teams in competition by early 2011, Tulane will be in full compliance with the NCAA's Division I-A membership criteria.

What they are saying about Tulane's reinstatement of its athletic programs:

Britton Banowsky, Commissioner, Conference USA: "The plan to reinstate the various sports programs at Tulane is just another step in a remarkable recovery for the University. We applaud the continued fine work of the administrators as they lead the community forward. All of us at Conference USA are pleased by this news."

Rick Jones, Tulane head baseball coach: "I believe the reinstatement of our athletic programs represents the long term commitment that we have in the Tulane athletic department and at Tulane University. Make no mistake, this was not an easy task and was one which took a great deal of planning, vision and the highest level of leadership from the Tulane athletic department and senior administration. I am often asked why I have stayed at Tulane University for so long and this is the reason why."

Sue Bower, former Tulane head women's golf coach: "Four of these sports won C-USA Championships in the 2004-05 academic year. This shows that these sports can be successful at the highest level at Tulane. With Tulane's continued commitment to success throughout its athletic department, I am confident all of these sports will resume bringing championship trophies back to Tulane.

This is a happy day for me personally. I have been at Tulane since 1992 and want nothing more than to see the entire athletic department thrive in the coming years. Prior to Katrina, Tulane had the best rounded athletic department in C-USA. This is a major step towards regaining that position. For these sports to be successful we will need to attract great coaches, and I look forward to being actively involved in that process.

The Tulane experience for all students is enhanced by the presence of a diverse group of outstanding student-athletes, a group which will grow with the addition of these eights sports. This reaffirms Tulane's commitment to major college athletics."

Danielle Irle, former Tulane head women's swimming coach: "The reinstatement of these sports makes our department whole again. This allows the rebuilding to actually be complete at some point. For all the great things we have done in the past 12 months, without those missing sports we were never really whole.

It allows us to provide a quality experience to more young aspiring student-athletes and allows us to offer much more diverse opportunities which mirror the mission of this great university. That is what sets Tulane apart overall.

We had great success in many of the sports that were discontinued so the reinstatement will allow us to reassert ourselves as one of the higher achieving departments across the board in the conference."

Amanda Williams, former swimmer and president of the Student-Athlete Advisory Committee: "I believe the reinstatement of our sports is another positive sign that we are all working toward returning to some sense of normalcy here at Tulane. As a part of the greater New Orleans community, Tulane needs to take as many steps as we can to repair and improve all departments of our university after the devastation we experienced. The athletic department seems to be making progress to reach these goals."

27 Jan 07 @ 9:09 PM  | 1 comments  |  College and University Swimming category

How to Build a Temporary Pool

So exactly how will AstralPool build a temporary swimming pool that will be used for the 12th FINA World Championships in Melbourne from 17 March to 1 April 2007? Why not look at how they built the temporary 25-metre pool that was used at the 8th FINA World Swimming Championships (25m) in April this year.

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24 Jan 07 @ 10:10 PM  | 1 comments  |  Elite Level Competition category

The Amazon Swim - 3,375 miles in 70 days (Feb 1 - Apr 11, 2007)

Martin Strel, a legendary Guinness record marathon swimmer, has always been looking for the challenges of impossible and the Amazon is going to be the next one. On Feb 1st 2007 Martin Strel is going to start swimming all the way from Atalaya (Peru) to the Atlantic Ocean at Belém (Brazil). He is planning to reach 3,375 mile (5,430 kms) long ultimate challenge in 70 days.

Amazonswim.com

23 Jan 07 @ 10:00 PM  | 4 comments  |  Open Water Swimming category

UPDATE #3: Frieda Zamba Maintenance (read below)

Practice will resume at our normal time (6-7:45pm) on Friday, January 26, 2007.

Apparently, a small maintenance issue has arisen.

23 Jan 07 @ 5:46 PM  | 3 comments  |  Practice category

Quote for the Week of January 22, 2007

"These are the 'Good Old Days.'"

~Sign hanging inside Billy's Tap Room and Pub located in Pt. Jefferson, L.I., New York

22 Jan 07 @ 5:58 AM  | 0 comments  |  Quote for the Week category

New: Search Swim Workouts by Time

We've updated the search swim workouts tool, so you can now search swim workouts by "Total Time". For the new "Total Time" field, you enter the time in minutes, and it will return all workouts 15 minutes greater, and 15 minutes less than the time you entered.

21 Jan 07 @ 6:03 PM  | 0 comments  |  Website category

Buckets of Blood Readied for Amazon Swim

~By Andrei Khalip

LIMA (Reuters) - Few would even dare swim the Amazon river bank to bank but Slovenian Martin Strel plans to swim 3,375 miles down the world's greatest river, defying piranhas, snakes, crocodiles and even sharks.

Yahoo News

20 Jan 07 @ 4:44 PM  | 0 comments  |  Open Water Swimming category

Love It or Hate It, Swimming is Good Exercise

~By Martin Smith

I hate swimming. And I love swimming.

I hate it because my legs don't float, my stroke mechanics would make a physicist cry, and for all the energy expended, my body goes absolutely nowhere. I love it when, after swimming nearly 500 yards and I'm no longer afraid of drowning, I get a moment of clarity. I love the feeling of the water swishing past my ears. I love the warmth of the water's embrace, and the solitude that the quiet provides. The water is a magical place and when I'm not struggling to stay atop it, I enjoy it. Swimming is great aerobic exercise because it works the large muscle groups of the back and the legs, as well as using the arms.

Swimming is easy on your joints and all of the tendons (connecting muscle to bone) and ligaments (connecting bone to bone) in your body. This makes it ideal for people with bone or joint injuries.

And because water covers over two thirds of the world, it is an important skill to know. Everybody should learn to swim.

Ideally people should learn to swim as children. Children learn motor skills faster than adults, and people tend to solidify their fear of the water as they get older.

It being summer, I thought I'd mention that there are many places for children to learn to swim in town, and there are many wonderful swim teachers. Some of them will teach adults too.

Swim teachers are good for everybody because swimming is technical. Learning good stroke mechanics is very important; a good swimmer only gets to put between five and nine percent of their expended energy into forward horizontal movement. The rest of the energy goes into keeping your core body temperature a cozy 98.6 degrees, staying afloat, and overcoming the drag dynamics of water.

Physics is a huge presence in swimming and Mother Nature rewards good technique with fluidity of motion. Watching my flipper-like friends swim is fun, they're beautiful as they glide through the water. A swimmer like me is pulled to the bottom of the sea where all the other rock fish hang out. If you don't swim well, don't give up hope. I feel about as natural as plastic in the water, and even my stroke mechanics are improving.

Swimming in the ocean is different from swimming in a pool. And there are some important things you should know. Pools are usually a toasty 82 - 85 degrees. Our ocean is 50 degrees. This is important because your body has to make specific adaptations when regularly exposed to water temperatures below 77 degrees.

People who often swim in water this cold may retain some subcutaneous body fat to protect themselves, and their blood vessels may retard heat transfer to the skin. Our bodies are so neat.

So swim. If you don't know how, or don't do it well, contact a teacher in town. Swimming is great exercise. You can do it forever. It is kind to the body and comforting to the soul. Enjoy the water, but respect it. Always swim with a buddy.

Martin Smith is a Certified Personal Trainer from El Granada, California. You can learn more about Marty at Marty's Mobile Personal Training Service.

16 Jan 07 @ 10:23 PM  | 0 comments  |  Health and Nutrition category

Shoulder / Rotator Cuff Exercises

Essential 7 exercises:

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Protect your shoulder...

Provided by Judi Rich, thanks!

15 Jan 07 @ 11:51 PM  | 0 comments  |  Health and Nutrition category

Quote for the Week of January 15, 2007

“When we look at modern man, we have to face the fact that modern man suffers from a kind of poverty of the spirit, which stands in glaring contrast with a scientific and technological abundance. We've learned to fly the air as birds, we've learned to swim the seas as fish, yet we haven't learned to walk the Earth as brothers and sisters.” ~Martin Luther King jr.

15 Jan 07 @ 11:09 PM  | 0 comments  |  Quote for the Week category

Ready to Lose that Life Preserver?

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Then Contact Us!

14 Jan 07 @ 8:19 PM  | 0 comments  |  Dynoswim Palm Coast category

Dynoswim in the Flagler Times

It's been a good week for Dynoswim. Read about one of our past events in the January 13, 2007 edition of the Flagler Times.

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13 Jan 07 @ 8:28 PM  | 0 comments  |  Dynoswim Palm Coast category

Dynoswim in the Hometown News

Competition and Camaraderie Spur Master Swimmers

~By Anita Bevins

World champions, All-Americans, fitness buffs and beginners take to swimming pools in Volusia County each day to tweak their strokes, improve stamina and train for medals. For some, swimming has been a lifelong lifestyle. For others, the pool provides a different experience from running, biking and weight training.

Read more about Dynoswim in the Hometown News (click here).

12 Jan 07 @ 5:27 PM  | 0 comments  |  Dynoswim Palm Coast category

I Hate Swimming but I Do It Anyway!

...for people that have been swimming all their life but have absolutely no idea why.

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There are all kinds of swimmers.

9 Jan 07 @ 7:09 PM  | 0 comments  |  Swim Sites category

Swimmer's shoulder

~By Larry M. Weisnthal

Most swim coaches and orthopedic physicians do not really understand swimmer's shoulder. It is important to understand the anatomy of the shoulder as well as the techniques and methods for avoiding injury.

Read On

Provided by Judi Rich, thanks!

8 Jan 07 @ 10:06 PM  | 0 comments  |  Health and Nutrition category

Quote for the Week of January 8, 2007

"A wise man will make more opportunities than he finds." ~Sir Francis Bacon

8 Jan 07 @ 5:22 AM  | 0 comments  |  Quote for the Week category

Coach’s Corner - Hocus Focus: Drilling for Speed

~By David Samuelsohn

At no time in your race will you be moving faster than when you leave the blocks on your start. And at no time will you encounter more resistance, than at the surface medium – the interface where water and air connect to form a barrier, and the harshest impediment to your speed and momentum. It’s the place your streamline matters the most – and the place we’re least likely to feel the need for it as we move unimpeded through the air.

Don’t be fooled. You must streamline before you contact the surface as tightly as you can and drop – near vertical – to drill the smallest hole possible in that barrier. The more of your body that contacts the surface, the more speed and momentum you give away.

Try to contact the barrier with just your fingertips to open a small hole, then the rest of you can come through it carrying the maximum speed and momentum into your race.

Why am I telling you this now? Because you don’t want to wait until you’re tapering for the big race to train yourself to do - and feel - this dive. Work on it now. Every workout, every opportunity: “Start with a start.” If you swim year-round you’ll have done a couple hundred before the next big meet.

Tip: Don’t worry about a grab start or a track start at first. Just hit the hole each time until you own that entry. That’s what’s important. And don’t forget to point your toes!

Dave Samuelsohn is a lifetime Masters swimmer and coach.

7 Jan 07 @ 2:47 PM  | 0 comments  |  Technique, Tips, and Drills category

What If You Had Only One Swimmer?

~by Glenn Mills

What if everything you had, everything you earned, everything you stood for as a coach... was based on the performance of ONE swimmer? How would you nurture, foster, and develop that swimmer?

Read On

5 Jan 07 @ 9:17 PM  | 2 comments  |  Technique, Tips, and Drills category

Division III Swimming

Interested in D3 swimming and diving? Check this out:

Division III Swimming

4 Jan 07 @ 10:40 PM  | 0 comments  |  College and University Swimming category

Name that Pool

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Here we go again... Try this one out. Maybe you can guess it before we give you hints?

4 Jan 07 @ 12:23 AM  | 9 comments  |  Fun Facts category

Pride

Synopsis: Pride (2007)
The year is 1973, and Jim Ellis (Terence Howard), a college-educated African-American, can’t find a job. Driven by his love of competitive swimming, Jim fixes up an abandoned recreational pool hall in a Philadelphia slum with the help of Elston (Bernie Mac), a local janitor. But when the pool hall is marked for demolition, Jim fights back – by starting the city’s first African-American swim team. Recruiting troubled teens from the streets, Jim struggles to transform a motley team of novices into capable swimmers – all in time for the upcoming state championships. But as racism, violence and an unsympathetic city official threaten to tear the team apart, Jim must do everything he can to convince his swimmers that victory, both in and out of the pool, is within their reach…

Have you seen this movie? Let us know how you liked it and if you would or would not recommend it.

2 Jan 07 @ 7:37 PM  | 4 comments  |  Book and Movie Reviews category

Happy New Year from Dynoswim!

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A few Dynoswimmers celebrating the New Year, 2007.

Dynoswim would like to wish you and your loved ones a healthy, happy, and prosperous New Year!

1 Jan 07 @ 7:33 PM  | 1 comments  |  Photos category

Quote for the Week of January 1, 2007

"The measure of success is not whether you have a tough problem to deal with, but whether it's the same problem you had last year." ~John Foster Dulles

1 Jan 07 @ 6:52 PM  | 0 comments  |  Quote for the Week category

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