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Free Webcast of USA Swimming National Championships

USA Swimming will air a free webcast of the finals each night from the ConocoPhillips USA Swimming National Championships, July 31-Aug. 4, in Indianapolis. Finals begin each night at 6 p.m. ET. Tune in at usaswimming.org.

31 Jul 07 @ 11:18 PM  | 0 comments  |  Elite Level Competition category

9 mile swim planned at Big Birch Lake Aug. 4

Will aid family with CP child

Emily Nohner will be undertaking a nine-mile swim around Big Birch Lake near Melrose, Aug. 4 to heighten awareness of cerebral palsy and raise funds to support a family whose teenage son suffers from the incurable disease.

Nohner, whose family has a summer home on the lake, and swimming coach Dean Osterloh plan to embark on the swim at sunrise and conclude approximately six hours later. The route will begin at Paradise Bay on the southwest corner of the lake, proceed east around the entire perimeter of the 2,100-acre body of water, and finish on the south shore near the former Nohner's Resort.

Read on at the Melrose Beacon

30 Jul 07 @ 10:40 AM  | 0 comments  |  Meets, Open Water, and Other Events category

Quote for the Week of July 30, 2007

"A successful man is one who can lay a firm foundation with the bricks that others throw at him."


30 Jul 07 @ 2:59 AM  | 0 comments  |  Quote for the Week category

Six Days to Nine Miles


Our last weekend of open-water training before Minnesota and the nine mile swim to benefit a young man with Cerebral Palsy. This weekend we were training in Stony Brook Harbor in St. James, New York. Most of our swimming was at a very relaxed pace, long, strong, and focused. The venue was nearly ideal - an inlet of the Long Island Sound - although rocky onshore with quite a few sand bars in the middle of the bay.

We did have a few problems running into large schools of fish but the biggest source of concern was one neither of us had ever seen before. In fact, had I not been in Long Island, I would have bet it was a sea turtle, especially after it rolled on its back and moved it's fins. The only suspect we could identify was the Wolffish. I must say, I was really taken by surprise and I've never seen anything quite like it. Very unsettling, although I'm guessing its harmless.

Review our route:

Read more about Emily's Nine-Miler at:

Meets, open-water, and other events and Open-water Swimming.

29 Jul 07 @ 9:19 PM  | 2 comments  |  Meets, Open Water, and Other Events category

Did you know...?

At the second modern Olympic Games contested in Paris in 1900, the most unusual event to be held was underwater swimming. It was decided prior to the competition that two points would be awarded for each meter swum underwater. In addition, one point was added to the scoring of each individual for every second he stayed below the surface. Much to the delight of the locals, Frenchman Charles de Venderville won the event swimming 60 meters and staying submerged for 1min 8.4sec. Denmark's Peder Lykkeberg stayed underwater for a longer period, one and a half minutes, but only managed to travel 28.5 meters. This was the first and only time underwater swimming was held at the Olympic Games.

25 Jul 07 @ 4:31 AM  | 2 comments  |  Fun Facts category

Tornado Slideshow in Flagler Beach

Waterspout in Flagler Beach

On Sunday, July 22, Flagler Beach experienced a waterspout and tornado ripping a few roofs off but mostly caused only minor damage. Flagler Beach is where Dynoswim Palm Coast does most of its open-water training. We typically swim from A1A and Highbridge to the water tower in Flagler Beach.

Check out the slide show:

Slide show at www.wesh.com

Can you spot Dynoswimmers Dorothy and Toto?

23 Jul 07 @ 8:45 PM  | 0 comments  |  Dynoswim Palm Coast category

Quote for the Week of July 23, 2007

"Most people are too busy living life to ever put life in their living..."

~Doug Firebaugh

23 Jul 07 @ 2:58 AM  | 0 comments  |  Quote for the Week category

Beaches Fine Arts Sprint Triathlon

Congratulations to Judi Rich and Christine Bange who participated last weekend (July 14) at the Lifestyle Realtors Beaches Fine Arts Sprint Triathlon.

Judi said, "I did a few seconds slower than the last one. I had to RUN to my truck (a mile) to get my photo ID and ALMOST missed the start. I was tired before I started. Oh well, I’ll chalk it up to experience."

"I was slower on my swim. I kept getting knocked by these two girls. So I had to hold my ground. It’s a battlefield out there."

"Had fun."


Thanks for the race report!

22 Jul 07 @ 11:29 AM  | 0 comments  |  Meets, Open Water, and Other Events category

Workout RSS Feed for Your Website

dynoswim-workouts-feed.JPGDoes your swim team have it's own website? Are you a swimmer or triathlete that likes to keep track of your swim workouts on your blog? If so we'd like to help display your workouts on your website using Dynoswim.com. We could create a custom RSS feed for you that would display your workouts submitted into the database in your website. To see this in action check out the sidebar at westportswimclub.org labeled "Workouts". If you're interested in adding this free functionality to your website, please contact us.

19 Jul 07 @ 12:36 AM  | 0 comments  |  Website category

Did you know...?

Gertrude Ederle was still a teenager when she became the first woman to swim the English Channel on August 6, 1926. Not only did she swim the channel, but she broke the speed record held by a man.

18 Jul 07 @ 4:30 AM  | 0 comments  |  Fun Facts category

Swimmer Takes Plunge at North Pole

TORONTO (July 16) - A British swimmer who says he wants to wake up politicians around the world to the threat of climate change has successfully completed a kilometer-long swim in the waters of the North Pole.

Read On

Read more at the Daily Mail

17 Jul 07 @ 10:33 PM  | 0 comments  |  Open Water Swimming category

Quote for the Week of July 16, 1007

"I will not die an unlived life. I will not live in fear of falling or catching fire. I choose to inhabit my days, to allow my living to open me, to make me less afraid, more accessible, to loosen my heart until it becomes a wing, a torch, a promise. I choose to risk my significance; to live so that which comes to me as seed goes to the next as blossom and that which comes to me as blossom, goes on as fruit."

~Dawna Markova

16 Jul 07 @ 2:58 AM  | 0 comments  |  Quote for the Week category

Update: Emily's 9-Miler

We continued our training this weekend with a 9-mile swim Saturday morning (at 5:30am) on Long Island, New York. Check out Dean and Emily's below route which began from Short Beach in St. James to Porpoise Channel in Stony Brook, then back again in a little less than five and one-half hours. There's only three more weeks until Minnesota. (Welcome to marathon swimming!)

On Sunday, we garnished our training with another 3.5 mile "short" swim in 1 hour 45 minutes.

Here's a photo directly after Saturday's swim:

Emily and Dean after 9 mile swim

Read more about Emily's 9-miler and some of our related training events under the meets, open-water, and other events category and the open-water swimming category.

15 Jul 07 @ 9:49 PM  | 6 comments  |  Meets, Open Water, and Other Events category

Up to the Challenge: News Leader Article

2007 Ed Gaw 5K

Can you spot the Dynoswimmers?

Read on in the Fernandina Beach News-Leader

12 Jul 07 @ 6:12 PM  | 0 comments  |  Meets, Open Water, and Other Events category

Analyzing the Dolphin Kick of Top Olympic Competitors

July 2005 | Washington DC

Contributed by Rajat Mittal, Alfred von Loebbecke

Flow Simulations and Analysis Group, The George Washington University

Rajat Mittal, PhD, heads up the team of 10 researchers that make up the Flow Simulations and Analysis Group (FSAG) at George Washington University. The group's primary focus is analyzing the physics of complex flows using numerical simulations. Alfred von Loebbecke, a graduate student and key researcher in this project, says the group's research is motivated by the quest to answer fundamental questions as well as specific flow-related issues encountered in practical applications. The simulation of complex flows often requires specialized computational tools and the development of such tools is another area of focus for the group.

Read about the physics of dolphin kick

11 Jul 07 @ 2:40 PM  | 0 comments  |  Technique, Tips, and Drills category

Did you know?

Henry Sullivan, in 1923, was the first American to swim the English Channel.

11 Jul 07 @ 4:30 AM  | 0 comments  |  Fun Facts category

Just Beneath the Surface

~By Akiko Busch

Published: July 8, 2007

In graphic design, the word “river” refers to the white space between words that sometimes connects in a rippling vertical pattern down the printed page. Such a river is to be avoided because it can interrupt the flow of text in an irregular pattern and distract the reader’s eye from the horizontal progression of the printed words. But just as it may be a distraction, that space between words also confirms their meaning. If a river can both separate and connect on the printed page, it is capable of doing this all the more in the natural world.

My preoccupation with swimming across rivers started in 2001. A close friend had died, my own half-century mark was approaching and my 12-year-old twin sons were in an adolescent landscape furnished with clothes, language and activities all incomprehensible to me. There was little I could do about any of these things. But for that reason, it occurred to me to find a divide that could be crossed. And more and more I came to imagine that swimming across a river might be a way to do this. Now, six years and nine rivers later, swimming across rivers has drifted toward another purpose. It seems clear now, in that way that the unexpected can sometimes take hold of intent, thwarting and subverting it, that following the path of the river is as important as crossing it. A river can connect every bit as effectively as it divides.

Read on at the New York Times

9 Jul 07 @ 10:22 PM  | 0 comments  |  Open Water Swimming category

Quote for the Week of July 9, 2007

"The work an unknown good man has done is like a vein of water flowing hidden underground, secretly making the ground green."

~Thomas Carlyle

9 Jul 07 @ 2:57 AM  | 0 comments  |  Quote for the Week category

Share Your Thoughts...

man with shark

Check out this photo, then share your thoughts...

7 Jul 07 @ 11:01 PM  | 10 comments  |  Fun Facts category

2007 Ed Gaw Amelia Island Open Water Challenge

2007 Ed Gaw Amelia Island Open Water Challenge

Five Dynoswimmers participated this past June 30 in the 1 mile and 5K Ed Gaw Open-Water Challenge on Amelia Island. Despite some questions on the course layout and adherence to race rules it still managed to be a great experience for all. Special congratulations goes to Christine Bange on her 1-miler!

Race results haven't been posted yet; please keep an eye out for them in the below comments section.

Dynoswimmers who took part include Sheryl Watkins (5K), Judi Rich (5K), Christine Bange (1 Miler), Dean Osterloh (5K), and Scott Bay (5K).

4 Jul 07 @ 8:14 PM  | 1 comments  |  Meets, Open Water, and Other Events category

Aqua Marine

~By Mike Gordon

The way Ben Mercier views it, he isn't swimming "crazy and fast" anymore. He's just bodysurfing.

But the former collegiate All-American swimmer has turned surfing's purest discipline into a heart-pounding cardiovascular workout that can last up to three hours.

"When I bodysurf, I really get into it," said Mercier, who swam the 200-meter butterfly at the University of Hawai'i from 1992 to 1997. "I will stay out there until my calves cramp and I can't swim."

Read on at the Honolulu Advertiser

4 Jul 07 @ 2:55 PM  | 0 comments  |  Swimmer Profiles category

Did you know...?

Captain Matthew Webb of England was the first to swim the English Channel using the breaststroke.

4 Jul 07 @ 2:29 PM  | 0 comments  |  Fun Facts category

Palm Coast Dynoswimmers!

On July 4th, we will have practice from 10-11:45am.

Additionally, all Saturday practices will now be offered from 10-11:45am with the exception of July 28th's practice which will be from 11am-12:45pm.

2 Jul 07 @ 8:39 PM  | 0 comments  |  Practice category

Quote for the Week of July 2, 2007

"No kind action ever stops with itself. One kind action leads to another. Good example is followed. A single act of kindness throws out roots in all directions, and the roots spring up and make new trees. The greatest work that kindness does to others is that it makes them kind themselves."

~Amelia Earhart

2 Jul 07 @ 9:56 AM  | 0 comments  |  Quote for the Week category

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