~New York Times, Karen Crouse
CONCORD, Mass. -- Wading into Walden Pond, Alex Meyer did not exactly find an idyllic sanctuary, a spot where one's solitude is broken only by birdsong. Meyer was waist-deep in the 65-degree water and about to shove off on a two-hour training swim when a pot-bellied man in a pair of stretched-out trunks plodded in after him and challenged him to a sprint.
Read on at The New York Times
Article referred to us by Kate Scully, thanks!
Jimi Flowers, passed away on July 10 from a tragic climbing accident. Jimi was a former competitive swimmer, who went on to coach at Auburn University, work at USA Swimming, and most recently, serve as the Paralympic Coach. Jimi was someone the swimming community looked to for smiles, positive statements, and a caring heart.
Read more about Jimi Flowers at GoSwim.tv
~By Brian Davis
Richard Quick, an icon in the swimming world who grew up in Dallas and became the most successful coach in collegiate swimming, died late Wednesday in Austin after a six-month battle with an inoperable brain tumor. He was 66.
A Highland Park graduate, Quick helped start the SMU women's swimming program and captured 12 NCAA titles as the head coach at Texas and Stanford. He also led the Auburn men's program to an NCAA title last year.
Doctors discovered the tumor last December. Soon after, the Richard Quick Endowment was established by Swim Across America to help raise money and awareness for cancer research.
The men's swimming & diving team's unity can only be described as a fraternity of brothers
~By Ty Johnson, Technicianonline.com (UNC student newspaper)
The swim meet has been over for more than twelve minutes now.
UNC-Chapel Hill has left Casey Natatorium's competition pool with a sweep over both swim teams - a bitter loss for the teams regardless of the opponent, but especially against the Tar Heels in the Wolfpack's home pool.
After a swim-down and some words from coach Brooks Teal, the women's team exits the pool as the swimmers remove their pink swim caps and grab towels on the way to the locker room, but the men's team remains in the pool.
After the coaches have left, the men's team moves to the center of the pool, treading water long after the meet has ended as the seniors debrief the team. A loud chant announces the meeting is over, and the swimmers finally pull themselves out of the pool to get dried and dressed.
Such is the brotherhood of the men's swimming and diving team.
~By Mike Klingaman
Phil Scholz is blind, but few have set their goals higher than the Loyola College sophomore who competed last month in the Beijing Paralympics.
Read on at the Baltimore Sun
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
Dynoswim loves sharing great stories about other programs especially methods on how they train. Savannah College of Art and Design is no exception. Read an excerpt from Coach Scott Rabalais:
One of the unique and most beneficial features of SCAD Swimming training is the Challenge Set, which is a performance-level set, typically held once or twice a week. Swimmers are categorized by stroke and energy system specialty and expected to swim at their highest level. A positive and electric atmosphere is created through the support of the coaching staff and teammates. Results are distributed to the team via email later in the day.
One set administered back in October involved a set of broken 150s, that is, 3 x 50 on :10 rest. Each repeat was from the blocks.
- The distance group went 12 x broken 150 on 3:00.
- The middle distance group swam 6 x broken 150s on 6:00.
- The sprint group handled 4 x broken 150s on 9:00.
Several swimmers swam "IMs" on the set, which was 25 fly/25 back on the first 50, 25 back/25 breast on the second 50 and 25 breast/25 free on the last 50, giving the IMers a chance to work some fast transition turns. To swim fast in meets, we swim fast in practice!
Dynoswimmers from the Syracuse area or any members of the Global Dynoswim community, please pass this along to those you know in the upstate New York region...
The rally will be held Saturday, December 8th, at 5:30 PM outside Gate E (student entrance) of the Carrier Dome before the basketball game at 7:00PM.
The purpose of the rally is to educate students of the questionable practices of the Athletic Department and to support the recently cut Swimming and Diving team.
To prepare for the rally, somewhere around 1,000 T shirts will be distributed in Schine Student center the previous week before, displaying the "Save the SU Swim Team" logo. There will also be thousands of fliers distributed informing students of the rally and why the swim team should not have been cut. We will also be auctioning off a Jet Blue airline ticket. I am hoping to get as much media coverage as possible. Having it outside the student entrance should reach the 3,000 some student season ticket holders in addition to Syracuse community members. Feel free to contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org or 585-749-5376.
Jimmy McGowan from Palm Coast, a 2007 FSDB graduate and part-time Dynoswimmer, is swimming on the Gallaudet University swim team. Their first meet was October 27, 2007 and Jimmy now holds the Gallaudet 100 backstroke record with his new personal best of 59.80! He was also a member of the 200 Medley Relay team which set a new school record! Way to go Jimmy!
Aqua-Bison open 2007-08 slate with two team records
WASHINGTON, DC--The Gallaudet University Men and Women Aqua-Bison opened up its 2007-08 campaign with a pair of losses to Salisbury University and University of Mary Washington, two Capital Athletic Conference (CAC) powerhouses. Despite the losses, the team surprised many with some of their fast swims, including two team records and several individual first place finishes.
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!
A look at what has made Michigan swimming and diving one of the most storied programs in the history of Big Ten women's athletics.
In the 25-year existence of women's athletics in the Big Ten Conference, no team has established success comparable to that of the University of Michigan swimming and diving team. One of the most dominating forces in the history of the Big Ten, the Michigan program swept 12 consecutive conference championships from 1987-98 under head coach Jim Richardson, while also earning 12 top-10 finishes at the NCAA Championships.
~By Greg Parini, Head Coach / Charlie Griffiths, Assistant Coach - Denison University Granville, Ohio
Want to know one of the best-kept secrets in the NCAA?
It’s small college swimming.
Why swim at the Division III level? Simply put, the biggest advantage of NCAA Division III swimming is that the student-athlete has the opportunity to attend a Division III school. As an extension of the institution’s larger academic mission, swimming is most often fully integrated into the academic experience. Division III institutions are typically smaller colleges with small classes, which place a premium on academic achievement coupled with athletic and co-curricular successes. Because there is a cooperative relationship between the institution’s academic and athletic powers, the swimmer is fully integrated into the academic mainstream, thereby securing the integrity of her academic experience.
Continuing with post-season recognition, a few SCAD swimmers were featured on the local NBC affiliate for their accomplishments at NAIA Nationals. Check out the above video clip.
Congratulations on a great season, SCAD Swimmers!
~Tom FitzGerald, Chronicle Staff Writer
Stanford suspended men's swimming coach Skip Kenney for two months without pay Friday, but he will keep his job after admitting he doctored the team's record book.
In announcing the decision, athletic director Bob Bowlsby said no violations of NCAA rules governing voluntary workouts had been discovered. The decision sparked a new round of reaction, pro and con, from those connected with Stanford swimming.
The 2007 NCAA Division I Men’s and Women’s Swimming and Diving Championships will be covered online on ESPN360. The men's coverage will take place this weekend with coverage set for Friday, March 16 and Saturday, March 17 from 7-10 p.m.
~By Scott Rabalais
A Commentary from the Coach
In four years of SCAD Swimming, the team has established its own identity, one of which we are quite proud. One characteristic of that identity is that as a team, we swim very, very well at our national championships. In other words, when it's time for peak performances, we are at our peak!
There are many reasons behind achieving such a performance level. Perhaps above all, we hold of vision throughout the year of being great at Nationals, and support that vision with hard and smart work throughout the year. We understand that we reap what we sow, and that paying the price is necessary for gratification and results in the end.
Phased Process to Begin in Fiscal Year 2008-09
Jan. 24, 2007
New Orleans - Tulane University announced today that the Board of Tulane University recently voted to return Green Wave athletics to full Division I-A status by the academic year 2010-11 when Tulane will field teams in 16 intercollegiate sports.
Tulane has been participating in intercollegiate athletics at the Division I-A level with a reduced number of programs (eight) since Hurricane Katrina closed the campus for the fall 2005 semester.
"The Board of Tulane recently approved a plan for athletics emanating from the Renewal Plan adopted in December 2005, which will bring Tulane's athletics programs into full compliance with the NCAA's Division I-A membership criteria by fiscal year 2011," Tulane President Scott Cowen said.
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Until the 1990's Tulane University always had a stellar swimming program. After Title IX was enacted in the early 70s, and later enforced (referenced in the 1996 federal court ruling that Louisiana State University - LSU - violated the civil rights of female athletes with "arrogant ignorance" of their needs) many colleges and universities began to cut both their men's and women's swim programs. They did so in order to re-allocate resources to sports that were more "profitable" and "equitable". We all understand though that "profitable" has been defined in many economic and non-economic ways. Nevertheless, grass roots efforts have brought back to life many programs once relegated as "too costly" to pursue. I find it ironic how a measure enacted for gender equality has actually limited the opportunities for both sexes to participate in competitive inter-collegiate sports.
Check out the Tulane Women earning their Conference USA title last year (2005) only two years after the program was brought back to life! Way to go Green Wave!
The 2006-2007 regular season is in gear, and SCAD Swimming is off to a solid start. On October 27, University of Tampa hosted the Bees at their outdoor pool. The meet was a chance for everyone to "start their engines" and get back in the competitive flow. While Tampa was a tough opponent, the Bees came back on the following day to defeat Florida Southern in Lakeland.
On November 11, the Bees traveled to Columbia, SC, to meet with the USC Gamecocks. This was a chance to race against some fast SEC swimmers, and a Top 25 NCAA Division I team.
On November 18, the team bussed to Emory University in Atlanta to race with Emory and Limestone College. Emory is the defending women's champion in NCAA Division III, while their men finished third last year.
Following the first three trips, the SCAD men and women both show 2-3 records and are on track for a great season and fast swims at the national championships.
For more information on the recent meets, go to SCAD Swimming.
Remember Dyno-youth Swimmers, if you're interested in pursuing an art degree at a college with an excellent swim program, then check out the Savannah College of Art and Design and the SCAD Swim Team run by Scott Rabalais.
Here's Michael J. Stott's interview of Coach Dennis Dale of the University of Minnesota. This article was published in Swimming World Magazine this past July 2006. All Dynoswim Palm Coast coaches may want to print and read the attached, which is found by clicking below. Coach Dennis Dale stresses good technique and quality swimming with all of his practice groups. Read on.
Youth Dynoswimmers! Check out the opportunites at the Savannah College of Art and Design, where you can find a unique combination of one of the top art and design schools around along with a dynamic and growing swim team!
Here's some helpful info (click here).
Plus some printed materials:
If you think you might be interested, send Dean an email...
Get ready to watch some fast swimming! The NCAA Division I Men's Swimming and Diving Championships will be aired on ESPN2 on Friday at 1:30 p.m. (EST). Those of you with Tivo, here is the link to the episode.
Stay updated on the action live from the swimming pool on the Omega Timing website.
The Men’s Pac-10 Championships will be shown on television Saturday by the Fox Sports Network. The competition is scheduled to be shown at 3 p.m. (PST) but check your local listings to verify.
Take a look at Nazareth College of Rochester's swimming newsletter. You can get a glimpse of some of their season highlights as well as some cool photos from their Hawaii trip.
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For those of you interested, feel free to view some photos of the Uptown New Orleans area, and parts of the Tulane neighborhood.
The outpouring of ideas, prayers and support from the swimming community for the victims of Hurricane Katrina has been overwhelming. USA Swimming President Ron Van Pool assembled a task force to address issues related to the swimming community.
Hail alma mater fair...
Read more... Athletes Representing Tulane