"Always bear in mind that your own resolution to succeed is more important than any one thing."
The 12th FINA Swimming World Championships are taking place in Melbourne, Australia March 25 - April 1, 2007. Below are some links to follow the action:
Mary Ann Walts Meekins swam at DeLand High School and was in the Class of 1944. Former DHS Coach "Spec" Martin was the one who got her to the state meets, where in 1941 she won three events. No one at DeLand High School had repeated as a state champion until the 2000 season when Sara McLarty, the granddaughter of Meekins teammate Cynthia Fogle Bruce, won an event.
Meekins swam for the Riviera Club out of Indianapolis where she earned All-American honors from 1941-1944. She set the national record for the 800-Freestyle event.
World War II prevented her or anyone else from swimming in the Olympics in 1944. She however, was presented a certificate of being on the 1944 Mythical Olympic Team. To this date, she still swims with Masters (Dynoswim) Programs.
She and her husband Charles, reside in Flagler Beach, Florida.
"I've missed more than 9,000 shots in my career. I've lost almost 300 games. 26 times, I've been trusted to take the game winning shot and missed. I've failed over and over and over again in my life. And that is why I succeed."
The 2007 NCAA Division I Men’s and Women’s Swimming and Diving Championships will be covered online on ESPN360. The men's coverage will take place this weekend with coverage set for Friday, March 16 and Saturday, March 17 from 7-10 p.m.
The Competitive Swimmer's Edge
~by Donald R. Megerle, Men's Swimming Coach - Tufts University
(Reprinted in: The Poolside Journal, 1997 / College Swimming Coaches Association of America / Edited: 2004)
I will always remember the day when Coach Tom Grall gathered his swimming team for a brief meeting, and explained a new technique that several swimmers were experimenting with.
It was in the fall of 1963, during my junior year of swimming at Irondequoit High School in Rochester, New York. He explained that a few college swimmers had been shaving the hair from their legs and arms in order to improve their speed in the water. We were scheduled to compete against our town rival the following day. Coach Grall told us that shaving was an option, however, everyone left practice knowing they would ‘try’ this new experiment. I can recall how confused my mother was when I told her what I was going to do. After shaving I remember going to bed that evening with the oddest feeling ….everything that touched my skin, from bed sheets to the clothing I was wearing made me seem so ‘alive.’
USA triathlon is now 25 years old.
~by Scott Bay, Dynoswim Aquatics
The start of the new season marks the 25th anniversary of USA triathlon. From a few hundred members to hundreds of thousand the popularity of the sport has grown exponentially. Let’s look at why…
For runners (also swimmers and cyclists), there is the daily routine. It is a ritual, a habit. Most runners I know are just ‘not themselves’ if they miss their morning run. You may be one of those people. There were times in my pure running life when I found my legs so sore it was difficult to make it to my toothbrush in the morning without some aches and pains associated with the trip. I ran anyway. Triathlon allows an athlete to change the routine so to speak to take advantage of a little low or no impact training and still have a challenging workout. True cross training has been around for a while but most pure runners like to do just that….run.
A place to hang your hat
Many of the triathletes that I meet now are reformed something or anothers. Runners, swimmers, cyclists…whatever. It is not that they did not find those other activities satisfying, they just went off in search of another community to add to their experiences... In stark contrast to the notion that most triathletes are average at three sports and good at none, you will see a lot of triathletes at the top of the AG standings in individual events such as 5ks and cycling races as well as being top performers in triathlon.
Old dogs and new tricks
Triathlon is, like all other endurance sports, a lifestyle. It offers even the fittest athlete a chance to learn humility because there are so many different skills involved. It is not just about who has the highest Vo2 Max and max heart rate but also who took the time to learn the techniques and practice them. You get to showcase your strength but also demonstrate what you have learned that is new to you! It is an opportunity for growth at every turn.
Most athletes look at triathlon as a sport that will take away from whatever they have accomplished in their primary sport but for those in the know, who have tried it, it can also give an athlete so much more.
~By Scott Rabalais
A Commentary from the Coach
In four years of SCAD Swimming, the team has established its own identity, one of which we are quite proud. One characteristic of that identity is that as a team, we swim very, very well at our national championships. In other words, when it's time for peak performances, we are at our peak!
There are many reasons behind achieving such a performance level. Perhaps above all, we hold of vision throughout the year of being great at Nationals, and support that vision with hard and smart work throughout the year. We understand that we reap what we sow, and that paying the price is necessary for gratification and results in the end.
As coach, I understand that much of swimming fast has to do with the state of mind of the swimmer -- belief, confidence, living fully in the moment, team support, emotional stimulation, etc. So, while the swimmers are advancing through their recovery phase prior to the championship meet, we are building mental strength in each individual.
One exercise we use prior to Nationals is called "Factors of Phenomenality," a listing by the team of the many reasons SCAD Swimming will be great at the upcoming meet. There were 75 reasons listed, any one of which is a powerful motivational force for peak performance! Just a few of those listed were:
- Accountability to Teammates
- "The Secret"
- Fast Suits
- Training Trip Sets
- Team Unity
- Team Goals
- Payoff from Dryland/Weights
Editor's note: Dynoswim is grateful to have the opportunity to share knowledge learned by the leaders in our sport.
If you, or someone you know might be interested in SCAD swimming, please visit www.scadathletics.com.
WASHINGTON (Reuters) -- Exercise boosts brainpower by building new brain cells in a brain region linked with memory and memory loss, U.S. researchers reported Monday.
Tests on mice showed they grew new brain cells in a brain region called the dentate gyrus, a part of the hippocampus that is known to be affected in the age-related memory decline that begins around age 30 for most humans.
Check out Dynoswim at the Sun Masters meet in Clearwater. Way to go guys!
Note: club scores / results do not include FACT (Florida Aquatic Combined Team) whereas team scores / results do include FACT.
SYDNEY, Australia, January 30. Shane Gould, the Australian legend who won five Olympic medals during her illustrious career, told the Daily Telegraph that she would like to see athletes under the age of 18 deemed ineligible for the Olympic Games. Gould thinks a rule of that sort would prevent burnout at a young age.
The Australian Olympic Committee said it doesn't believe an age limit is necessary, but Gould believes youngsters in the spotlight are being placed under an enormous amount of pressure, sometimes causing them to leave the sport. Gould was 15 at the 1972 Games in Munich and retired a year later after feeling intense pressure from the Aussie public.
"I'm going to swim that river or die trying. But dying is not my intention." ~Martin Strel
Born in the former communist Yugoslavia, Strel became a professional marathon swimmer in 1978. "As a young boy I was beaten a lot by my parents and schoolmasters. This no doubt contributed greatly to my ability to ignore pain and endure," he says on his Web site.
Note: You have to love this guy.
"If you doubt you can accomplish something, then you can't accomplish it. You have to have confidence in your ability, and then be tough enough to follow through." ~Rosalyn Carter
What kind of racing suit do you wear for competitions?