Sharks and minnows could be a fun Halloween practice. Or maybe an ocean swim after a shark sighting. Even more scary is anything over 6,000 yards - chills...
Gold medallist hopeful Felix Farrell swam in the 1960 U.S. Olympic Time Trials only six days after an appendectomy. Not fully recovered, he placed fourth in the 100-meter free. This finish was good enough to put him on the 800-meter and 400-meter freestyle relays in which he recovered sufficiently to anchor the U.S. teams to World Records in both events.
Communities across the U.S. are struggling to provide the appropriate recreational facilities for its local athletes. Dynoswim and a host of other interested parties are no exception. Lucky for us, Dynoswimmer Judi Rich founded Friends Of Swimming, a community based advocacy group chartered to fully support the City of Palm Coast and Flagler County in an effort to build a competition level aquatic facility.
We know there are a host of other communities out there struggling with the same issues. If you could share some of your insights with us, we'd surely appreciate the advice. We'd also be more than happy to share our experiences with you. It's about doing what's right for the swimming community, and promoting our sport.
In the meantime, check out the local news and how we're progressing toward a new pool.
"Blessed are the flexible, for they shall not be bent out of shape."
~Dr. Michael McGriffy
Dynoswim loves sharing stories about other programs and all levels of competitive swimming. The Savannah College of Art and Design led by Head Coach Scott Rabalais is no exception and they're obviously off to another great year. Read what Coach Scott has to say about the first (intrasquad) meet of the year:
The competitive season is underway for the SCAD Swimming Bees, and it started with a "Bang!" at the Intrasqaud Pentathlon on Saturday, October 13. The annual meet was held at the Daffin Park Pool, home of the team until the Chatham County Aquatic Center renovations are complete in a matter of days!
The women were led by freshman Stephanie McNicol, who took the overall title and had the fastest overall time in the 200-yard free in 1:59.09. Other women's event winners were Rachel Fritts (100 fly - 1:01.22), Julie Glaser (100 back - 1:03.44), Liz Roberts (100 breast - 1:10.75) and Cassie Dixon (50 free - 24.87). Cassie's 50 free was a Pentathlon record.
Freshman Nat Emmett posted the fastest cumulative time among the men and also had the fastest time in two events (200 free - 1:50.47 and 100 breast - 1:00.68). His breaststroke swim was a new Pentathlon record. Vitali Pushkar-Verbitsky, who will be eligible as of winter quarter, set a meet record with his win in the 100 fly in 51.35, while also winning the 100 back in 56.56. Danny Recordon won the 50 free in 22.00, setting a new meet record.
If you're interested in learning more about SCAD Swimming or know someone who might be, please visit the SCAD Athletics website.
J. Scott Leary of the Olympic Club in San Francisco, Calif., went 1:00.00 on July 18, 1905 to become the first man to swim one minute in the 100 yard freestyle.
Generally speaking, I think swimmers tend to be good sports. You don't see too many after race victory dances and trash talking. But that might only be because participation in swimming is overshadowed by the traditional "three letter" sports.
We do have our share of idiots though, like back during the Sydney games when Amy van Dyken spat in Inge de Bruijn's lane before the 50 Free. Actually the whole U.S. team was a bit rowdy that year (2000) offending just about everyone with chants of "USA" and "Number 1!". It sounds harmless, but in the international venues it's important to remember that you truly represent your country and your actions will define the United States, its values, and citizens as a whole. In short: be on your best behavior - not just when you make it to the elite level, but when you're representing yourselves too.
I like the way Mike Gustafson describes his bout with cockiness as an 11 year-old in his Guide to Sportsmanship in this week's Timed Finals.
Anyone recall their most embarrassing unsportsmanlike experience?
"Consider the postage stamp: its usefulness consists in the ability to stick to one thing till it gets there."
Sixteen-year old Rick Demont finished first in 1972 400-metre free style swimming event, but was disqualified for taking an asthma drug he didn't know was on the prohibited list.
Imagine what would happen if we could no longer do open-water training because the ocean water wasn't safe enough for swimming. Have you ever seen the impact of the Dead Zone and wonder, "How the heck did it get to be so bad?"
Stop. Think about it for a moment. Imagine what it would be like if all of our open-water training seized to exist - if it became a memory, part of the "Good Old days".
Learn more about the Dead Zone.
Does anyone out there in Dynoswim land care?
"When we seek to discover the best in others, we somehow bring out the best in ourselves."
~William Arthur Ward
Did anyone ever pass out? Then tell us about it. In the meantime read this article from some time back. It's an old article but an interesting one...
Navy Seal Drowns in Shallow End of Honolulu Municipal Swimming Pool
On March 26, 1998, a Navy Seal who was training for the U.S. Free Diving Team, approached the two Lifeguards on duty at a municipal swimming pool and explained he was training to hold his breath for a prolonged period of time while underwater in order to gain a spot on the U.S. Free Diving Team. The Lifeguards gave the individual permission to practice in the shallow end of the pool. This individual then went to the shallow end, directly in front of the Lifeguard stand, went through a series of breathing and swimming exercises, then hyperventilated and attempted to hold his breath, while still located in the shallow end directly in front of the Lifeguard stand. In order to assist him in staying underwater, he draped a weight belt across his hips.
Pretty soon we'll be in the heart of meet season. As we all know meets can never be successful without willing and able volunteers. Read on...
~By Dave Samuelsohn
Announcement: "Come on people; I know it's late but we can't start the 500 until we have sixteen timers. If you can time, please help us out now."
You're thinking, "I dunno how to use a stopwatch." But your ride is in heat six. So you're thinking "Oh God, kill me now." At least if you knew how to time....
I have been asked to offer a Primer on Timing for all of us - and for all of the friends and family who we bring with us for no apparent reason, to swim meets, the planners of which, unfortunately, have not planned well enough to have arranged for timers in advance. I hate when that happens. So, here goes:
Check out the watch:
Most stopwatches used in meets today have two buttons. If you ever get one with more buttons than that - trade with someone. Usually, stopwatches are right handed with the button on the right used to start and stop the watch. The button on the left is used to reset.
Use your forefinger, not your thumb:
You'll hear that we're supposed to use our forefinger rather than our thumb because there's some pulse or something in the thumb that's not in the forefinger. If that sounds reasonable to you, great, use your forefinger. If you want a better reason, try it both ways. You'll find your reflexes are better with your forefinger which is good since it has no pulse and must otherwise be dead. At least it's good for something. Practice using your forefinger.
I hold a stopwatch in such a way that the middle finger operates the reset button on the left. (This is good too because at least that finger gets to do something.) Practice this too. Good, now you're ready!
Check your swimmer:
Okay, you've volunteered because your ride is in heat six and you didn't particularly like the shoes you're wearing anyway. When the swimmer arrives, he'll usually have a little card with his name on it, or you could have a computer list on a clipboard. You should ask, "Are you Bart?" If she says no, she may be in the wrong lane.
Just before the race you'll be (should be) reminded to clear the watch. This is your middle finger's big chance.... Good! Good job! See, you can do this.
Hold the watch up and relax:
Now the race is about to begin. Hold the watch up, with your forefinger on the right hand side button. And relax. Your reaction to the start is faster if you relax.
Watch for the flash, don't listen for it:
Since light travels faster than sound, you'll want to watch for the flash - either from the strobe provided to accompany an electronic start usually positioned to one side of the starter (that's the dude in white) - or from the side of the cylinder of the gun (the flash won't come from the muzzle because it's not a real gun - you know - blanks. The muzzle is just for show.)
Seriously though, you should be able to start the watch by sighting the flash - before you hear the sound. Practice this too.
Keep your head in the game:
Now, pay attention to the race. If it's a short race, you're going to have be ready. And if it's a long race, you're going to have to know when it's over. And if it's a very long race, you may never get to go home.
Sight straight down on the finish:
As the finish approaches, you're going to want to lean over the edge of the poolside and sight downward through the plane of the finish line or end of the pool. Now do your best to stop the watch the instant the plane is broken or the wall is touched.
(Usually the preferred body part is the hand, but in some backstroke events the body part to first touch the wall may be quite exciting. You won't want to miss this, so remember to lean all the way over.)
If the swimmer asks, you can tell him his time. If he doesn't, believe me, he doesn't want to know.
Last thing: write the time down on the little card and wait for the starter to tell you it's okay to clear your watches. Don't reset until you get the okay, because there may be some deal where they don't know what they're doing and the referee will want to see all the little cards. He's the boss and if you mess this up, you won't get one of those warm, flat cokes in those sticky cups they always bring around.
Okay, now you know how to time; it's really pretty easy. So instead of sitting around and probably nodding off over the excitement, please volunteer to time. You'll enjoy it more.
Oh, and mention my name; I’ll get you a really good seat.
Australian swimmer Dawn Fraser startled the Japanese at Tokyo when she climbed the flagpole at the emperor's palace to take the flag as a souvenir! She paid a heavy price for this misdemeanor as she was banned for 10 years. The ban was later reduced to four years.
I call it team spirit.
We've added RSS Feeds of your saved workouts (save as completed), and submitted workouts. You could access your individual feed URLs when you log into your account. For those of you that wish to learn more about RSS feeds and how Dynoswim uses them check our our new FAQ item.
We also updated the completed workouts chart from a bar graph, to a line graph. Some users had saved multiple years worth of data, and a line graph allows a simpler view when you have multiple years of data.
"Even after all this time the sun never says to the earth, 'You owe me.' Look what happens with a love like that; it lights the whole sky."
~Hafiz,Sufi poet of Persia, 1320-1389
For our Palm Coast Dynoswimmers...
~By Kenya Woodard
PALM COAST -- Weather woes have shut down Palm Coast's public swimming pool, forcing school swim teams and community groups to find other places to practice and hold classes.
BEIJING, China (AP) -- A father tied his 10-year-old daughter's hands and feet and watched her swim in a chilly southern China river for three hours in a task he said Thursday would help the girl achieve her dream of swimming across the English Channel.
Read on at cnn.com
I'd like to take the father out for open-water training with an anvil tied around his neck.
Benjamin Franklin invented swim-fins.
Also known as: ye olde flippers.
"The world needs dreamers and the world needs doers. But above all, the world needs dreamers who do."
~Sarah Ban Breathnach