"You need to be aware of what others are doing, applaud their efforts, acknowledge their successes, and encourage them in their pursuits. When we all help one another, everybody wins."
~By John Lohn
CRANBURY, New Jersey. August 17. The medal detector so successfully used by Brendan Hansen during his international swimming career has been in his garage for a year. And considering the state of the sport, with record-breaking that has been a sham at all levels, Hansen has no regrets about taking 2009 away from the pool.
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"One of the sanest, surest, and most generous joys of life comes from being happy over the good fortune of others."
~Archibald Rutledge (1883-1973); poet
~By Nate McBride
At West Side we spend a lot of time working on the lead-in stroke. Of my constant reminders to swimmers, its one of the things I spend the most time reminding my swimmers about. The lead-in stroke is the LAST stroke you take before the wall and, depending on who you speak to, is one of the three most important strokes of the race (the others being your primary breakout stroke off each wall and your last stroke of the race). When thinking about what occurs during a length of freestyle ...
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Dynoswimmers Glenn Partelow, Kate Sussman, and Sheryl Watkins swam in the 2009 Hammerhead Marathon Ocean swim in Jacksonville Beach, FL on August 1, 2009. Over 200 swimmers ranging in age from 13 to 69 participated in the race, with 89 swimming the 1.25 mile race and 113 swimming the 2.5 mile race. Kate swam the 1.25 mile and Glenn and Sheryl swam the 2.5 mile swim. Kate won her age group (50-55) by a whopping 5 minutes and was 18th overall (time of 33 minutes). Glenn won his age group by 12 minutes and was 19th overall (time of 1 hour 4 minutes). Sheryl won overall master female swimmer and was 27th overall (time of 1 hour 8 minutes). Johnny Delahoz told jokes to ease the race jitters, took pictures and video, and cheered us all on - Thanks so much for your support Johnny!
The ocean was the perfect temperature (about 78 or 79 F), and except for the usual clawing at the beginning and tightness that accompanies any ocean race (and Sheryl swimming past the pier) we all had a great race! The smoothies (provided by Smoothie King) were a nice touch at the finish too.
"A word of encouragement during a failure is worth more than an hour of praise after success."
"Optimism is the faith that leads to achievement. Nothing can be done without hope and confidence."
~Helen Keller (1880-1968); author, lecturer, activist
The United States capped the 2009 FINA World Championships Sunday with a gold medal and world record in the men's 400m medley relay, the team of Aaron Peirsol, Eric Shanteau, Michael Phelps and David Walters turning in a time of 3:27.28.
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"If your success is not on your own terms, if it looks good to the world but does not feel good in your heart, it is not success at all."