"Seek Excellence, not perfection.
Make Excellence, not perfection, part of your daily routine."
Two weeks ago, I watched the Connecticut Boys High School State Championship meet which was held at Yale University in New Haven, Connecticut. I have plenty of videos I'd like to share with the Dynoswim community. Stay tuned for more on that later... In the meantime, read about one of the pioneers of the sport - Bob Kiphuth, a pillar of the Yale community for 50 years.
~By Cecil M. Colwin
He converted swimmers world-wide to a new system of training.
Whenever I see swimmers doing their land training exercises, I think of my friend, the late Bob Kiphuth of Yale, the acknowledged 'Father of Land Training for Swimmers'.
His full name and title was Professor Robert John Herman Kiphuth, Director of the Payne Whitney Gymnasium, Yale University. But to us the great Olympic coach was plain Bob Kiphuth. But any familiarity, during working hours, ended there. Kiphuth ruled Payne Whitney with a rod of iron.
Any man with more than casual contact with him came away with some of the Kiphuth stamp. He was one of those men you don't forget. Last September at the Pan Pacs in Atlanta, I recalled a veritable Kiphuth kaleidoscope of memories with Peter Daland , who was Kiphuth's assistant in the 1950's.
Read on at Swimmingcoach.org
Did you know that Benjamin Franklin nearly became a swimming coach? He was an accomplished and enthusiastic swimmer, having first taught himself by paddling around as a young boy, and then perfected his strokes by reading an illustrated treatise called “The Art of swimming ... with advice for bathing.”
In his late teens, while working in London, Franklin showed off his swimming skills to friends: “I stript and leapt into the River, and swam from near Chelsea to Blackfryars, performing on the way many Feats of Activity both upon and under Water...” His “Feats” were widely discussed, and a few months later, Sir William Wyndham approached Franklin to ask him to teach his sons to swim. Franklin recalled in his Autobiography that, “From this Incident I thought it likely, that if I were to remain in England and open a Swimming School, I might get a good Deal of Money. And it struck me so strongly, that had the Overture been sooner made me, probably I should not so soon have returned to America.”
"Sloppiness is a disease. Nobody ever built a great organization just worrying about the big things. It's the little things that give you the edge. The important thing is to find people who are committed to details and to standards of excellence."
~Coach Joe Paterno
~By Karen Crouse
LOS ANGELES -- The choice was hers. Rebecca Soni could slide over into the lanes with the U.S.C. distance swimmers for a series of 300-yard repeats with precious seconds to catch her breath. Or she could join the sprinters for a series of 50-yard swims with enough time in between to converse.
On the surface, this might not seem like much of a choice. Soni, a junior whose best event is the 200 breaststroke, once tried to keep swimming when her heart seemed to want to jump out of her chest.
Provided by Johnny Delahoz, thanks!
We'll be at Highbridge and A1A. The exact time TBD by the end of Saturday's practice. If you intend to swim you need to speak to Coach O. via cellphone or in person at Friday or Saturday's swim practice at Frieda Zamba.
~By Eric Sondheimer
Andrew Luk, a sophomore at Diamond Bar High who joined the junior varsity swim team last month, has a growing list of admirers, including opponents.
A loud beep tells the six swimmers standing on starting blocks to dive into the pool. Andrew Luk of Diamond Bar, wearing goggles, pushes off from the wall as his competitors splash and dart ahead in the 500-yard freestyle race.
The 2008 olympic games in Beijing, China will begin on 08/08/08, a lucky number combination in Chinese culture, meaning "getting rich, rich, and richer."
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(From July 27, 2007)
"Just keep swimming."
There's something to be said for dreaming and to have the courage to dream big. More important is to be brave enough to go after those dreams. Could you imagine all the skepticism and ridicule this couple had to endure?
Great story. Here's an excerpt:
"I never in my wildest dreams thought that I would do something like that in my life," Cat confesses. "I think you just have to be open-minded and willing to take chances and risks and not be afraid ... You just have to open your mind to other cultures and countries and, you know, like Pat says, 98 percent of the people in this world are good people. On a day-to-day basis you're meeting the average person in the world and they're just like you."
Taken from from the August 2007 issue of Swimming World Magazine.
The first Masters swim meet "east of the Rockies" was held 35 years ago on April 1, 1972 at the Wilton YMCA in Wilton Connecticut. It attracted 60 Masters swimmers. The host club, Connecticut Masters, was chartered by the AAU with "a couple dozen" members. Today, Connecticut membership has risen to more than 400.
~By John Walker
In my many years in this sport, I have never seen any reasonably complete article in the magazines dealing with open water swimming (they seem to rehash the same basic stuff every few years). A lot of them talk about how to draft, or tell you to look up every few strokes to stay on course, but very few seem to deal with the subject in much detail.
So last summer, I started to gather my thoughts and experiences on the subject. I finally got back to it just now. Rather than deal just with racing in open water, I have tried to deal with both swimming for fun and racing.
"Each morning when I open my eyes I say to myself: I, not events, have the power to make me happy or unhappy today. I can choose which it shall be. Yesterday is dead, tomorrow hasn't arrived yet. I have just one day, today, and I'm going to be happy in it."
Dear Dynoswim Community:
I had absolutely no idea that this particular blog would spark so many emotions from the swimming community. Please understand that I only thought this cartoon interesting since we are in an election year and because this cartoon featured Michael Phelps (arguably the greatest swimmer of all time). I would like to add though, that I sincerely appreciate the dialogue and any feedback we get from our readers and users of our website. Please know that Dynoswim is not a political organization. We have absolutely no political affiliations and have no opinion one way or the other on those matters - with a few exceptions: We are pro-democracy, pro-human rights, pro-open discussion, and pro-protect those deemed the weakest in our society.
I would say that the only way we might like a political figure personally (not necessarily politically) is if they have an appreciation for competitive swimming.
I hope this eases the minds of anyone we may have inadvertently offended.
In some volcanic areas such as Iceland, the temperature rises beneath the surface of the earth as high as 680 degrees F (360 degrees C) that engineers can tap the geothermal energy by piping hot water from underground to warm nearby homes, offices and factories. An outdoor swimming pool in the Icelandic capital of Reykjavik is heated so effectively by this method that it remains open and in use all year round.
Take a look at the FINA Open Water Swimming Manual, a valuable tool for all those interested in organizing and promoting this spectacular discipline across the five continents. On October 27, 2005 in Lausanne, the International Olympic Committee Executive Board decided to include the 10km event for men and women in open water swimming in the Beijing 2008 Olympic Games competition program. From now on, all five FINA disciplines – swimming, diving, water polo, synchronised swimming and open water swimming – will be represented at the Olympic Games.
And while we're on the subject, don't forget to register for Dynoswim's 2008 Binge Swim (open-water) Training Bender.
"There comes a point in your life when you realize who really matters, who never did, and who always will.