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Visiting Dynoswimmer at the Pan Am Games

posted August 21, 2007 @ 4:27 AM  |  Meets, Open Water, and Other Events category

Recent graduate goes to Venezuela:

A recent graduate, and swimmer, from FSDB, James McGowan, will be returning from Valencia, Venezuela this weekend with a heavier suitcase. Jimmy will return Saturday from the 4th Annual Deaf Pan Am Games in Venezuela with 2 silver and 1 bronze medal in swimming.

Jimmy raised the money needed for travel by saving his graduation gift money, with the help of some very generous teachers and staff on campus, and his grandparents. He was excited about this opportunity and made the commitment to train six days a week all summer long. I arranged for Jimmy to join the St. Augustine Cyclones swim club in town and Dynoswim Aquatics in Palm Coast, where he lives. I didn't mind interpreting practices for him because Jimmy never complained - even when we went to double practices and had to be at the pool at 6 a.m. and back again at 5 p.m.!

Jimmy swam the:

100m breast in 1:39.08 (7th)

100m freestyle in 1:06.03 (5th)

100m backstroke in 1:12.92 (bronze medal)

200 m backstroke in 2:39.53 (silver medal)

50m freestyle in 27.48 (silver medal)

This meet was a long course meet - 50 meters instead of the usual 25 yards he was accustomed to. Converting his times to yards would give Jimmy several new personal best times! He was excited to get the opportunity to experience this type of racing and I think he'll just continue to improve over the next few years.

Kathy Sallade, swim coach from CA School for the Deaf - Freemont, met the swimmers in Ft. Lauderdale on Aug. 7th where they swam 3 days in the Hall of Fame pool to get used to the long course format. She will send pictures when she arrives home and I'll post them on the FSDB - Swimming website.

Jimmy will be heading to Gallaudet University in Washington D.C. as soon as he arrives home and will begin swim practice for the Gallaudet Swim Team on Sept. 4th.

Thank you to all those who support the FSDB swim program and a special thank you to Frank Holleman from the St. Augustine Cyclones and the entire Dynoswim organization for all your support this summer!

~Susan Orton Cooper, Florida School for the Deaf and the Blind


Congrats Jimmy! Let me know when you get to D.C.! I'm a fellow dynoswimmer who is always looking for people who are up for a good swim :) It sounds like you are going to be super busy though with the Univ. team. Anyways- all the best and safe travels.

Posted by Emily Nohner on August 21, 2007 @ 8:42 PM

great job, Jimmy! We really enjoyed swimming with you this summer at Dynoswim and will miss swimming with you (and seeing your smile!). Good luck to you at Gallaudet and be sure to stop by and swim with us when you are visiting the Palm Coast area.

Posted by Sheryl on August 22, 2007 @ 6:13 AM

Way to go, Jimmy! We knew you’d do great. You were so dedicated and determined to do well and it showed in your swimming as well as your attitude. Keep up the good work and your positive attitude! We’ll miss swimming with you regularly and welcome you back whenever you’re in town. Best of luck at college. And thank you for being so patient with us. You have made me realize how much I’ve missed signing and how much learning I still need to do. (And Susan—come back and swim with us when you can. We’d love to have you!)

Awesome job! Study hard, swim well and have fun!

Posted by Judi on August 22, 2007 @ 12:05 PM


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