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Harlem Shake, UGA Men's Swimming

14 Feb 13 @ 8:32 PM  | 0 comments  |  College and University Swimming | Fun Facts category

Name that Pool

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3 Feb 13 @ 1:48 PM  | 0 comments  |  Fun Facts category

Quote for the Week of February 13, 2012

The ancient Olympic Games did not include swimming, but the Greeks swam and held swimming in high regard. A big Greek insult would have been to say of another man he "neither knew how to run nor swim." Yet another source says that a definition of an uncultured person was "he learnt neither how to read nor to swim."

~Mary Donahue, De Anza College

12 Feb 12 @ 1:51 PM  | 0 comments  |  Fun Facts | Quote for the Week category

Quote for the Week of January 23, 2012

Regarding the new stroke, Butterfly: "As the stroke has developed it appears to require more than the usual amount of flexibility in the shoulder-joint and strength. In its present state its requirements may seem to be too exacting to permit its use over any but distances up to two hundred and twenty yards but as the true crawl was developed out of a crude method of whacking away at the water, also this stroke may be the forerunner of an improved style of swimming of great usefulness."

~American Red Cross Swimming and Diving, 1938

22 Jan 12 @ 12:46 PM  | 0 comments  |  Fun Facts | Quote for the Week category

Happy New Year!

31 Dec 11 @ 9:23 PM  | 0 comments  |  Fun Facts category

Merry Christmas!

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25 Dec 11 @ 4:41 PM  | 0 comments  |  Fun Facts category

Happy Halloween!

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30 Oct 11 @ 1:39 PM  | 0 comments  |  Fun Facts category

Open Water Season Closing In...

Can you name this particular open water venue? I bet you can't!

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12 Mar 11 @ 12:44 PM  | 6 comments  |  Fun Facts | Open Water Swimming category

"Can I send a message to the CT swimmers...?

...they ROCK!!!

Keep up the great swimming everyone :)"

~Marcella MacDonald

24 Jan 11 @ 1:53 AM  | 0 comments  |  Fun Facts category

Name that Pool

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Guess this one, and you rule!

15 Jan 11 @ 6:25 PM  | 6 comments  |  Fun Facts category

Merry Christmas, Dynoswimmers!

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25 Dec 10 @ 12:03 PM  | 0 comments  |  Fun Facts category

Five minutes before practice...

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14 Dec 10 @ 1:02 PM  | 0 comments  |  Fun Facts category

Name that Pool

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Can you name this pool?

Hint #1: Look up.

Hint #2: That pool is not located in the United States.

Hint #3: It was once an Olympic venue.

12 Dec 10 @ 8:45 PM  | 4 comments  |  Fun Facts category

Happy Halloween, Dynoswimmers!

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We gave out energy bars (and one rock) this year.

30 Oct 10 @ 9:16 PM  | 2 comments  |  Fun Facts category

Famous Swimmer....

27 Sep 10 @ 3:47 PM  | 1 comments  |  Fun Facts | Swimmer Profiles category

Why do it?

~By John Leonard

I got a letter the other day from a coach in a foreign country, who wanted to know how the USA recognized all the contributions made by its "ordinary guys"...in coaching....who give clinics, write articles, take care of swimmers who are not on their own team and don't score any points for them, help parents who are in need, (and not on their own team) and generally "did good in the swimming world".

I thought about it, laughed and said, "In the USA, we do that stuff because we want to, not for awards, money or recognition".

He sent me back a note implying that not only was I lying, but I was hopelessly naïve. Well, I'm not lying and I'm definitely not naïve.

So I thought about it some more. Why didn't he get this?

And I realized why swimming coaches in this country make contributions like the above.

First, we love our country and the incredible privilege of living in such a remarkable place (not flawless, surely, but.....remarkable....) where we have the freedom and support to be what we want to be and do what we want to do. MOST other places in the world, we couldn't do that. So we feel blessed. And when you feel blessed, you have no issues in need of further recognition.

Second, we love our sport, and the incredible privilege of working in such a remarkable field. (not flawless, surely, but....remarkable..) where we actually get paid something for doing an activity most of us would do for free if someone couldn't pay us. Because we feel the privilege of working in swimming, we want to contribute back and feel a deep responsibility to do more than take....and it feels SOOOOOOOO good to contribute instead of taking.

Third, we love the other people in our sport, and the incredible privilege of working with such remarkable people. (not flawless, surely, but....remarkable).

When you love the people around you, you want to help them, contribute to them, make them feel like family and without thought of benefit, gain or recognition, just "do the right stuff by them." American Swimming IS a team, as Chuck Warner (Head Coach of Rutgers Women) constantly reminds us, and because it is, it's not a corporation, (though there are corporations who are a part of it) it's not a business (though lots of business is involved) and it IS a Family.

And we are all thrilled to be a part of the family. Most families don't hand out awards to each other. They hand out hugs and knowing and appreciative smiles to each other.

And that's plenty.

JL

16 Jul 10 @ 6:07 PM  | 1 comments  |  Fun Facts | Swimmer Profiles category

Merry Christmas, Dynoswimmers!

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25 Dec 09 @ 5:39 PM  | 1 comments  |  Fun Facts category

Name that Pool

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Can you name this pool?

6 Nov 09 @ 5:58 AM  | 2 comments  |  Fun Facts category

Name that Pool

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Haven't done these in a while, but this one's not so hard, look for hints...


22 May 09 @ 4:43 AM  | 2 comments  |  Fun Facts category

Did you know...?

Plato thought men who did not know how to swim were uneducated.

22 Apr 09 @ 1:22 AM  | 0 comments  |  Fun Facts category

Did you know...?

Mauro Giaconia 37, swam for more than 100km (62 miles) in 24 hours. Mauro won a place in Guinness World Records for the longest swim in a lagoon. The record was set on December 24, 2008.

8 Apr 09 @ 5:56 AM  | 0 comments  |  Fun Facts category

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The London Olympics in 1908 was the first time a swimming pool (100 m) was used for swimming events. Prior to that, the site for the swimming events were the ocean (1896), the River Seine (1900), and a little lake in St. Louis, USA (1904).

1 Apr 09 @ 4:11 AM  | 0 comments  |  Fun Facts category

Did you know...?

Famed swim coach Eddie Reese was named head coach for the U.S. Olympic men's swimming team in 1992, 2004, and 2008. He also worked as an assistant coach in 1988, 1996, and 2000.

25 Mar 09 @ 12:48 AM  | 1 comments  |  Fun Facts category

Did you know...?

The 1916 Berlin Olympics were cancelled due to World War 1.

18 Mar 09 @ 1:47 AM  | 0 comments  |  Fun Facts category

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Toronto, Ontario was home to the biggest swimming pool in the world back in 1925. It held 2,000 swimmers, and was 300ft x 75ft. It is still in operation today.

11 Mar 09 @ 1:22 AM  | 0 comments  |  Fun Facts category

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At the time of the 2008 Olympics, Great Britain possessed 24 Olympic length 50m pools. Or, put another way, one 50m pool for every 2.5 million people. That's not a lot of pools!

4 Mar 09 @ 1:49 AM  | 0 comments  |  Fun Facts category

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The famous channel swimming hoax, carried out to show how easily such a thing could be faked without proper supervision, took place October 10-11, 1927. Dr. Dorothy Cochrane Logan, a young British physician, disappeared into the surf at Cape Gris Nez, France, and reappeared 13 hours, 13 minutes later at Folkestone, England. Her record apparently had beaten that of Gertrude Ederle set the year before and the young woman was given a prize offered by a British newspaper. A few days later, however, she announced that the whole thing had been a fraud, that she had swum only the first and last few miles and that she and her trainer had plotted the hoax to prove how simply the world could be fooled. Both she and her trainer were fined, but for perjury not fraud.

25 Feb 09 @ 1:41 AM  | 0 comments  |  Fun Facts category

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At the 1912 Stockholm Olympic Games, the swimming venue was built into the Stockholm harbor. It was a salt water course, 100m in length.

18 Feb 09 @ 4:09 AM  | 0 comments  |  Fun Facts category

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Self-propulsion through water, often as a form of recreation or exercise or as a competitive sport, is mentioned in many of the classics in connection with heroic acts or religious rites. The first book on methods of swimming was Nicolas Wynman's Dialogue Concerning the Art of Swimming (1538).

11 Feb 09 @ 1:56 AM  | 0 comments  |  Fun Facts category

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The first swimming meet approved by the NCAA was held in 1924 at the U.S. Naval Academy. It was not until 1937 that the NCAA classed it as an official National Collegiate Championship Meet.

4 Feb 09 @ 12:58 AM  | 0 comments  |  Fun Facts category

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Tom Dolan was 11 when he broke his arm and his mother told him he had to avoid swimming. He was a teenager when doctors diagnosed him with asthma, then a narrow windpipe, and explained that these things gave him a poor capacity for oxygen intake, and an even poorer chance at swimming success. Dolan only swam harder, vanquishing the exhaustion, and the dizziness, and the occasional blackouts.

Tom Dolan was also America's first 1996 Olympic gold medalist, when he edged training partner and fellow American Eric Namesnik to win the 400-meter individual medley in a time of 4 minutes 14.90 seconds.

28 Jan 09 @ 1:01 AM  | 0 comments  |  Elite Level Competition | Fun Facts category

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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; he had listed it with the team doctors but they did not report it properly.

21 Jan 09 @ 12:27 AM  | 0 comments  |  Fun Facts category

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The first modern Olympic Games had only four swimming events, three of them freestyle. The second Olympics in Paris in 1900 included three unusual swimming events. One used an obstacle course; another was a test of underwater swimming endurance; the third was a 4,000-metre event, the longest competitive swimming event ever. None of the three was ever used in the Olympics again.

14 Jan 09 @ 5:58 AM  | 0 comments  |  Fun Facts category

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Australian swimmers 18 years and under will be banned from wearing full bodysuits in competition under new bylaws passed by the board of Swimming Australia. The board also agreed with other leading swimming nations, including the United States, to ask the governing body FINA not to approve any further swimsuits and ban the use of "multilayer" suits after some competitors at the Beijing Olympics wore several suits to help with buoyancy. The rules will come into effect in April, just before the Australian age-group championships in Sydney.

6 Jan 09 @ 6:45 AM  | 0 comments  |  Elite Level Competition | Fun Facts | Meets, Open Water, and Other Events category

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Dynoswim has added a new workout category for "marathon" swimmers to save and share work­outs. Experienced Channel swimmers around the world like Marcy MacDonald will be adding and sharing workouts specifically for the JANUARY JAM and marathon preparation.

31 Dec 08 @ 1:47 AM  | 0 comments  |  Fun Facts | Website category

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Exercise is an important part of maintaining function for a person with multiple sclerosis. Swimming is often recommended, not only for its low-impact workout, but also because it allows strenuous activity without overheating.

Learn more about MS and do something about it. Register for the January Jam!

24 Dec 08 @ 6:06 PM  | 0 comments  |  Fun Facts category

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At the end of the last lap of Janet Evans' career (at the 1996 Atlanta Olympics), she ducked under the buoys and floated over to embrace the cocky teen who backed up a boast to take her place. In that poignant moment in the pool, America's greatest and most beloved woman swimmer let go of any lingering animosity she harbored toward fellow American Brooke Bennett, 15. She also let go of a lifetime's work and symbolically passed the torch to Bennett, the new 800-meter freestyle gold medalist.

17 Dec 08 @ 12:14 AM  | 0 comments  |  Fun Facts category

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The English are considered the first modern society to develop swimming as a sport. By 1837 swimming competitions were being held in London's six artificial pools, these competitions were organized by the National Swimming Society in England. As the sport grew in popularity many more swimming pools were built, and when a new governing body, the Amateur Swimming Association of Great Britain, was organized in 1880, it numbered more than 300 member clubs.

10 Dec 08 @ 7:10 AM  | 0 comments  |  Fun Facts category

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Although an octopus has eight arms, or tentacles, it does not use them for swimming. These tentacles are only for crawling along the ocean floor and for catching food.

In order to move through the water, the octopus draws water into a cavity in its body, then squirts it out in jets through a tube, or siphon, just under its head. The force of this squirting is so powerful that it moves the octopus swiftly backwards through the water, in an action similar to jet propulsion.

3 Dec 08 @ 2:18 AM  | 0 comments  |  Fun Facts category

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During a freestyle swim, the swimmer's head must break the surface at or before 15-meters from the start and from each turn.

26 Nov 08 @ 2:16 AM  | 0 comments  |  Fun Facts category

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Freestyle is not specifically defined the way other strokes are - it is generally thought of as front crawl, but any style could be used, including those not considered competitive strokes.

19 Nov 08 @ 2:15 AM  | 0 comments  |  Fun Facts category

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The first Olympic swimming races were held in the ocean, but have since moved to temperature-controlled 50-meter pools.

12 Nov 08 @ 2:14 AM  | 0 comments  |  Fun Facts category

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Michael Phelps sister Whitney was a member of the US World Championship team in 2005.

5 Nov 08 @ 2:06 AM  | 0 comments  |  Fun Facts category

Did you know...?

Michael Phelps is the most successful Olympian of all time with a career tally of 14 golds, five more than anyone else.

29 Oct 08 @ 2:04 AM  | 0 comments  |  Fun Facts category

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Charles Zibbleman swam for 168 consecutive hours in a pool in Honolulu in 1941. Three years earlier he swam the Hudson River from Albany to New York City, a distance of 147 miles, to set the distance record for handicapped swimmers. Zibbleman has no legs.

22 Oct 08 @ 6:00 AM  | 0 comments  |  Fun Facts category

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At 10 years old, Michael Phelps attended the 1996 Olympic Trials to support his sister Whitney. She finished sixth in the 200m butterfly final and failed to make the U.S. Olympic team. The family cried in the stands. Whitney's career was cut short by four herniated discs.

15 Oct 08 @ 1:36 AM  | 0 comments  |  Fun Facts category

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In 1933, US swimmer Henry Myers swam a breaststroke competition (not the Olympics) using a new technique known as butterfly. While illegal in many early competitions, during the 1936, 1948 and 1952 Olympics, swimmers in breaststroke events were allowed to use either the traditional or butterfly styles.

8 Oct 08 @ 1:14 AM  | 0 comments  |  Fun Facts category

Did you know...?

If a swimming pool is located in its own, separate building, the building is called a natatorium.

1 Oct 08 @ 2:17 AM  | 0 comments  |  Fun Facts category

Scott Goldblatt Has More Fans Than Mel Stewart

Mel: (In a funny voice) "Who wants to see a gold medal?"

Kids: "Oooooh! Aaaaaaaah!"

18 Sep 08 @ 4:11 AM  | 0 comments  |  Elite Level Competition | Fun Facts category

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Breaststroke is believed to be the oldest type of swimming stroke, dating back to the dawn of mankind.

17 Sep 08 @ 6:58 AM  | 0 comments  |  Fun Facts category

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September 4, 1972 - Mark Spitz wins his seventh swimming gold medal at the 1972 Summer Olympics in Munich, Germany, becoming the first Olympian to do so. Spitz set world records in all seven events in which he competed ...

10 Sep 08 @ 3:54 AM  | 0 comments  |  Fun Facts category

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According the USOC, the U.S. synchronized swimming team practices more than any other sport. Between eight and ten hours a day, six days a week.

3 Sep 08 @ 6:09 AM  | 1 comments  |  Fun Facts category

Did you know...?

Iceland's many swimming pools / thermal pools are heated entirely by subterranean thermal water.

27 Aug 08 @ 6:26 AM  | 0 comments  |  Fun Facts category

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In the Middle Ages, Europeans stayed out of the water as much as they could. They thought it caused disease.

20 Aug 08 @ 7:30 AM  | 0 comments  |  Fun Facts category

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In 2005, there were 3,582 fatal unintentional drownings in the United States, averaging ten deaths per day.

Note: Sad fact, get your kids swimming lessons; then give them the chance to swim competitively.

13 Aug 08 @ 2:43 AM  | 0 comments  |  Fun Facts category

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13 hours is the average time to completion for those that have swum the English Channel.

6 Aug 08 @ 5:58 AM  | 0 comments  |  Fun Facts category

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Nemo 33 is a recreational diving center in Brussels, Belgium that is home to the world's deepest swimming pool. The pool itself consists of a submerged structure with flat platforms at various depth levels. The pool has two large flat-bottomed areas at depth levels of 5m (16 ft) and 10m (32 ft), and a large circular pit descending to a depth of 33m (108 ft). It is filled with 2,500,000 litres of non-chlorinated, highly filtered spring water maintained at 30°C (86°F) and contains several simulated underwater caves at the 10m depth level.

30 Jul 08 @ 5:44 AM  | 0 comments  |  Fun Facts category

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The Greeks and Romans built ancient swimming pools, who used them for athletic training, nautical games and military exercises.

23 Jul 08 @ 4:39 AM  | 0 comments  |  Fun Facts category

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The history of pools begins at the "great bath" constructed at the site of Mohenjo-Daro. It was most likely dug during the third millennium B.C. The pool, 12 meters by 7 meters, is lined with bricks and during its time the pool was covered with a tar-based sealant.

16 Jul 08 @ 3:29 AM  | 0 comments  |  Fun Facts category

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An estimated 65 thousand people in the United States alone do not know how to swim.

9 Jul 08 @ 4:00 AM  | 0 comments  |  Fun Facts category

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An olympic pool that is 25 meters wide with a minimum depth of 2.0 meters at all parts of the course and is 50 meters in length would hold approximately 2,500,000 liters (over 660,430 gallons).

2 Jul 08 @ 5:47 AM  | 0 comments  |  Fun Facts category

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FINA regulations call for pools to be between 77 and 80 degrees for meets. On a daily basis though, this range is considered to be too cold for practice. For example, the National Team in Colorado Springs practices at 81º, considered by medical researchers to be ideal for elite level training.

25 Jun 08 @ 4:08 AM  | 0 comments  |  Fun Facts category

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In 1956, for the first time, the butterfly stroke and the breaststroke were separated into two different events.

18 Jun 08 @ 1:58 AM  | 0 comments  |  Fun Facts category

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1920, The Olympic Flag was introduced with its five interlocking rings. Each ring represented the original five major continents that were committed to participating in the Games at this time. The colors of red, blue, yellow, green and black were chosen so that each nation could find its own flag's color represented.

11 Jun 08 @ 5:33 AM  | 0 comments  |  Fun Facts category

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It wasn't until 1920 that lane dividers were introduced and became a standard in Olympic competition.

4 Jun 08 @ 6:42 AM  | 0 comments  |  Fun Facts category

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The 1912 Olympic Games, known as Olympiad V, was the first to allow women to compete in an Olympic swimming event.

28 May 08 @ 6:20 AM  | 0 comments  |  Fun Facts category

Did you know...?

Forbes Carlisle, the great Australian Swimming Coach, is credited with introducing swimming goggles to America's competitive swimmers in the 1950's.

21 May 08 @ 2:18 AM  | 0 comments  |  Fun Facts category

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811 people have swum the English Channel since 1875. This is not a lot of people. By comparison, Mount Everest has been climbed 2049 times.

14 May 08 @ 1:44 AM  | 0 comments  |  Fun Facts category

Effective Training Methods

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This is from last week's New Yorker magazine.

13 May 08 @ 6:15 AM  | 0 comments  |  Fun Facts category

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Swimming in the Hudson River was commonplace less than a century ago, but for most of the 20th century, the Hudson was considered to be one of the most polluted rivers in the Unites States. Today, most of the Hudson River is once again clean enough for swimming. New York's former Governor George Pataki stated a goal of making the entire length of the Hudson River Estuary, from Troy to New York City, clean enough for swimming by 2009, the 400th anniversary of Henry Hudson's voyage up the river. Upgrading sewage treatment plants, rigorous pollution enforcement, and some toxic site cleanups are helping to achieve that goal. Believe it or not, over the last 20 years, some of the Hudson River fish species are now safe for human consumption. Additionally, swimming is now commonplace in many areas. There are also a host of numerous open-water swimming events throughout the Hudson region, most notable is the annual Great Hudson River Swim which ends at Battery Park on the island of Manhattan.

7 May 08 @ 1:34 AM  | 0 comments  |  Fun Facts category

Sportsmanship - I Love Stories Like This

It's about helping others to achieve their goals and for all to get to their own best level. That to me, is what sports are all about...

Check out this video at CNN.com.

30 Apr 08 @ 7:00 PM  | 0 comments  |  Fun Facts category

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A parrotfish makes its own sleeping bag to sleep in. It uses mucous (like spit) to make a see-through bag all around it's body to protect it from attack by other creatures in the ocean.

30 Apr 08 @ 2:36 AM  | 0 comments  |  Fun Facts category

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The fastest men can run about 35 km/h (21 mph). Which means that even the dolphin is faster. Dolphins can reach 60 km/h (37 mph).

23 Apr 08 @ 2:35 AM  | 0 comments  |  Fun Facts category

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The slowest fish is the Sea Horse, which moves along at about 0.016 km/h (0.01 mph).

16 Apr 08 @ 2:33 AM  | 0 comments  |  Fun Facts category

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Sharks can swim 70 km/h (44 mph). Even Killer Whales reach those speeds. The fastest shark species, the Mako, can swim at 96 km/h (60 mph). Swordfish reach 64 km/h (40 mph), Marlin 80 km/h (50 mph) and the fastest fish of all, the Sailfish, 109 km/h (68 mph).

9 Apr 08 @ 2:32 AM  | 0 comments  |  Fun Facts category

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Did you know fish talk to each other? Some of them communicate by making noises in their throats by rasping their teeth, others use their swim bladders to make sounds.

2 Apr 08 @ 2:30 AM  | 0 comments  |  Fun Facts category

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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.”

26 Mar 08 @ 12:11 AM  | 0 comments  |  Fun Facts category

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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."

19 Mar 08 @ 5:15 AM  | 0 comments  |  Fun Facts category

Dream

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."

Read on at CNN.com

12 Mar 08 @ 6:42 AM  | 0 comments  |  Fun Facts | Health and Nutrition category

Did you know...?

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.

12 Mar 08 @ 3:24 AM  | 1 comments  |  Fun Facts category

Politics and Swimming Mix Like Oil and (Chlorinated) Water

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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.

Kind Regards,
Dean O.

6 Mar 08 @ 5:39 AM  | 0 comments  |  Fun Facts category

Did you know...?

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.

5 Mar 08 @ 4:58 AM  | 0 comments  |  Fun Facts category

Sydney’s Rock Pools

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Where the pool meets the surf at Bronte Beach.



~By Raymond Bonner



NEARLY every day for 14 years, Denise Leith, a writer and university lecturer, has risen before dawn and headed to the beach at Newport, a pleasant, residential suburb 19 miles north of downtown Sydney, with fruit stands, pharmacies and small shops along the main road, within the sound and smell of the sea. She walks to the south end of the long beach and after donning her cap and goggles plunges into a 50-meter pool.



Read on at The New York Times

28 Feb 08 @ 7:31 AM  | 0 comments  |  Fun Facts category

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In 1924, Sybil Bauer became the first woman to break an existing men's record, when she won the 200m backstroke at the Olympic Games.

27 Feb 08 @ 4:57 AM  | 0 comments  |  Fun Facts category

Did you know...?

Don Schollander was the first person to break two minutes in the 200m freestyle in 1963 with a 1:58.4.

20 Feb 08 @ 4:56 AM  | 0 comments  |  Fun Facts category

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The first woman to break the one-minute barrier in the 100y freestyle was Helene Madison of Seattle in 1932.

13 Feb 08 @ 4:56 AM  | 0 comments  |  Fun Facts category

Did you know...?

Pianist Yanni was formally a member of the Greek National Swimming Team.

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6 Feb 08 @ 4:55 AM  | 0 comments  |  Fun Facts category

Did you know...?

Some hotels in Las Vegas have gambling tables floating in their swimming pools.

30 Jan 08 @ 4:55 AM  | 0 comments  |  Fun Facts category

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The first recorded swimming competition in the United States took place in 1883 with the New York Athletic Club, who held annual competitions through 1887 when the Amateur Athletic Union began sponsoring the events.

23 Jan 08 @ 4:54 AM  | 0 comments  |  Fun Facts category

The Problem with Traveling Coaches

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Take a look at the attached picture:

The first person to guess what it's written on (meaning the type of "paper" used) will win their very own Dynoswim swim cap.

(By the way, in case you're wondering, this is a practice we did on June 29, 2007 in Palm Coast in preparation for the 2007 Ed Gaw Amelia Island Open-Water Challenge.)


21 Jan 08 @ 10:57 PM  | 14 comments  |  Featured Workouts | Fun Facts category

Did you know...?

Buster Crabbe, gold and bronze medallist in the 1932 Olympics, went on after his swimming career to appear in 175 movies. He signed with Paramount for his first film "King of The Jungle" in hopes of becoming a rival to Johnny Weissmuller in the movie industry. Weissmuller was a swimming Olympian who starred in 12 Tarzan pictures.

16 Jan 08 @ 4:53 AM  | 0 comments  |  Fun Facts category

Did you know...?

At the 1983 Pan American Games in Caracas, Venezuela, the U.S. men's 400 meter medley relay consisted of all four 100-meter stroke world record holders, the only time this has happened in swimming history. (Rick Carey, Steve Lundquist, Matt Gribble, Rowdy Gaines)

9 Jan 08 @ 4:53 AM  | 0 comments  |  Fun Facts category

Did you know...?

Leigh Ann Fetter was the first woman to break 22 seconds in the 50-yard freestyle with a 21.92 at the 1990 NCAA Championships.

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2 Jan 08 @ 4:52 AM  | 0 comments  |  Fun Facts category

Did you know...?

At the 1972 Olympic Games, Steve Genter suffered a collapsed lung only days before his event. Swimming without the consent of his doctors he went on to finish with a silver in the 200-meter freestyle and a bronze in the 400-meter freestyle.

26 Dec 07 @ 4:51 AM  | 0 comments  |  Fun Facts category

Did you know...?

On average, sardines live to be 14 years old.

19 Dec 07 @ 4:50 AM  | 0 comments  |  Fun Facts category

Did you know...?

What were the first goggles made of? Divers in the 1300’s made goggles from polished, clear tortoise shell. The first rubber goggles, which had heavy glass lenses, were invented in the 1930’s.

12 Dec 07 @ 4:50 AM  | 0 comments  |  Fun Facts category

Name that Pool

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You've seen it before and you probably even swam here. Maybe it was a USS meet as an age-grouper or an NCAA duel meet back in college. Hey, you might have even swam here for a Masters practice.

You know the pool, just think...

Hint #1 (12/8/07): This pool is located in the Southwestern United States.

Hint #2 (12/10/07): This facility helps train NCAA Division 1 swimmers.

6 Dec 07 @ 1:36 AM  | 0 comments  |  Fun Facts category

Did you know...?

In the 1984 Olympics, there were no women's World Records set.

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5 Dec 07 @ 4:49 AM  | 0 comments  |  Fun Facts category

Did you know...?

The average human produces 25,000 quarts of spit in a lifetime, enough to fill two swimming pools.

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28 Nov 07 @ 12:48 AM  | 1 comments  |  Fun Facts category

Did you know...?

The Olympic oath reads, "In the name of all competitors, I promise that we shall take part in these Olympic Games, respecting and abiding by the rules that govern them, in the true spirit of sportsmanship, for the glory of sport and the honor of our teams."

21 Nov 07 @ 4:46 AM  | 0 comments  |  Fun Facts category

Did you know...?

Plunge for Distance was a short-lived Olympic event. Contestants began with a standing dive into a swimming pool where they remained motionless for 60 seconds or until they ran out of breath. The length of their dive was then measured. The event was introduced at the St Louis Games of 1904 and the gold medal went to William Dickey of the United States with a modest plunge of 19.05 metres. Americans filled all five placings. After that the event plunged deep into obscurity and was never held again.

14 Nov 07 @ 4:46 AM  | 0 comments  |  Fun Facts category

Did you know...?

In the 1904 Olympic Games, the first three places in the plunge-for-distance event went to members of the New York Athletic Club. The gold went to William Dickey with a plunge of 62’6”.

7 Nov 07 @ 4:45 AM  | 0 comments  |  Fun Facts category

Happy Halloween Dynoswimmers!

Happy_Halloween.jpgSharks 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...


31 Oct 07 @ 7:38 AM  | 1 comments  |  Fun Facts category

Did you know...?

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.

31 Oct 07 @ 4:44 AM  | 0 comments  |  Fun Facts category

Did you know...?

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.

24 Oct 07 @ 4:44 AM  | 0 comments  |  Fun Facts category

Did you know...?

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.

17 Oct 07 @ 4:43 AM  | 0 comments  |  Fun Facts category

Did you know...?

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.

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10 Oct 07 @ 4:42 AM  | 0 comments  |  Fun Facts category

Did you know...?

Benjamin Franklin invented swim-fins.

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3 Oct 07 @ 8:41 PM  | 0 comments  |  Fun Facts category

Did you know...?

Kangaroos are great swimmers.

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26 Sep 07 @ 4:41 AM  | 0 comments  |  Fun Facts category

Did you know...?

Tuna swim at a steady speed of nine mph and they never stop. That means a 15-year-old tuna may have traveled 1,000,000 miles.

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19 Sep 07 @ 8:40 PM  | 0 comments  |  Fun Facts category

Name that Pool

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Name this pool, if you get it, you rule...

12 Sep 07 @ 8:46 PM  | 6 comments  |  Fun Facts category

Did you know...?

Elephants are capable of swimming twenty miles a day, using their trunks as natural snorkles.

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12 Sep 07 @ 4:39 AM  | 0 comments  |  Fun Facts category

Did you know...?

Esther Williams did not win any Olympic medals for swimming or for diving. The year she was to compete (1940) the Olympics were suspended due to WWII.

Esther Williams teammate is Dynoswim's own, Mary Ann Meekins!

5 Sep 07 @ 4:38 AM  | 0 comments  |  Fun Facts category

Did you know...?

Diana Nyad, in 1979, was the first person to swim from the Bahamas to Florida.

29 Aug 07 @ 4:37 AM  | 0 comments  |  Fun Facts category

Did you know...?

The top speed of an abalone on the move is 5 yards per minute.

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22 Aug 07 @ 9:34 PM  | 0 comments  |  Fun Facts category

Did you know...?

Right now as you sit reading this, more than 100,000,000 micro creatures are swimming, feeding, reproducing, and depositing waste inside that area behind your lips.

15 Aug 07 @ 4:34 AM  | 0 comments  |  Fun Facts category

Did you know...?

The first man to swim the English Channel without a life jacket was Captain Matthew Webb, who died trying to swim the rapids above Niagara Falls.

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8 Aug 07 @ 4:33 AM  | 0 comments  |  Fun Facts category

Did you know...?

Lance Larson, who swam in in lane four, appeared (according to photographs) to touch first at the finish of the 1960 (Rome Olympics) 100-meter freestyle swimming event. Yet John Devitt, in lane three, was awarded the gold medal.

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1 Aug 07 @ 4:32 AM  | 0 comments  |  Fun Facts category

Did you know...?

At the second modern Olympic Games contested in Paris in 1900, the most unusual event to be held was underwater swimming. It was decided prior to the competition that two points would be awarded for each meter swum underwater. In addition, one point was added to the scoring of each individual for every second he stayed below the surface. Much to the delight of the locals, Frenchman Charles de Venderville won the event swimming 60 meters and staying submerged for 1min 8.4sec. Denmark's Peder Lykkeberg stayed underwater for a longer period, one and a half minutes, but only managed to travel 28.5 meters. This was the first and only time underwater swimming was held at the Olympic Games.

25 Jul 07 @ 4:31 AM  | 2 comments  |  Fun Facts category

Did you know...?

Gertrude Ederle was still a teenager when she became the first woman to swim the English Channel on August 6, 1926. Not only did she swim the channel, but she broke the speed record held by a man.

18 Jul 07 @ 4:30 AM  | 0 comments  |  Fun Facts category

Did you know?

Henry Sullivan, in 1923, was the first American to swim the English Channel.

11 Jul 07 @ 4:30 AM  | 0 comments  |  Fun Facts category

Share Your Thoughts...

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Check out this photo, then share your thoughts...

7 Jul 07 @ 11:01 PM  | 10 comments  |  Fun Facts category

Did you know...?

Captain Matthew Webb of England was the first to swim the English Channel using the breaststroke.

4 Jul 07 @ 2:29 PM  | 0 comments  |  Fun Facts category

Did you know...?

Tracy Caulkins is the only swimmer ever, man or woman, to own American records in every stroke.

27 Jun 07 @ 4:29 AM  | 0 comments  |  Fun Facts category

Top 7 Strangest Search Terms

Following are the top 7 strangest search terms people searched for on various public search engines that resulted in a visit to dynoswim.com:

7. Used Speedos

6. Ice Hole Swimming

5. Floating Pool Lady

4. Camouflage Myself

3. Tarzan Portrayor

2. Butterfly that Flies Fast

And the top strangest search term people searched for on various public search engines that resulted in a visit to dynoswim.com is:

1. Thumbprint Artist

23 Jun 07 @ 8:09 PM  | 0 comments  |  Fun Facts category

Did you know...?

Johnny Weissmuller, the first to swim 100 meters in less than a minute, was a hero in real life too? He saved the lives of 11 people when an excursion boat capsized on lake Michigan. He also played the role of a hero in "reel life" - 'Tarzan the Ape Man' in the movie series based on Edgar Rice-Burrough's novel.

20 Jun 07 @ 4:28 AM  | 0 comments  |  Fun Facts category

Name That Pool

2nd Chance to Name that PoolThis is a continuation of last week's "Name That Pool". It's the same pool, different view. If you've ever swam here, you know the facility. Just be the first to give us the proper name of the pool and it's location and we'll mail you a swim cap. Think! I know for a fact that quite a few members of the Dynoswim community have swum at this facility.


13 Jun 07 @ 7:27 PM  | 0 comments  |  Fun Facts category

Did you know...?

In the 1948 Olympics, the U.S. won every event in the swimming competition.

13 Jun 07 @ 4:27 AM  | 0 comments  |  Fun Facts category

Ever wonder where our U.S. Cyber-Dynoswimmers hail from?

Registered U.S. Dynoswimmer locations

Don't forget to refer back to our map from this time last year.

11 Jun 07 @ 10:20 PM  | 0 comments  |  Fun Facts category

Name That Pool

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Whoever is first to name the pool and its location wins a Dynoswim swim cap!

6 Jun 07 @ 9:13 PM  | 8 comments  |  Fun Facts category

Did you know...?

Americans Nancy Hogshead and Carrie Steinseifer registered the first official tie in Olympic history in the 100-meter freestyle at the 1984 Olympics. They each recorded a time of 55.92.

6 Jun 07 @ 1:26 AM  | 0 comments  |  Fun Facts category

Swimming Dino Enters the History Books

Twelve footprints found in the bed of an ancient lake in northern Spain have thrown up the first compelling evidence that some land dinosaurs could swim, researchers reported Thursday.

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31 May 07 @ 7:10 PM  | 0 comments  |  Fun Facts category

Did you know...?

The Japanese won all the men's titles except the 400-meter freestyle in the 1932 Los Angeles Olympics. Buster Crabbe won the 400-meter free.

30 May 07 @ 5:25 AM  | 1 comments  |  Fun Facts category

Describe What You See

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Look closely, there's something in there that's really strange. Can you guess what it is?

17 Apr 07 @ 10:08 PM  | 8 comments  |  Fun Facts category

True, True

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15 Apr 07 @ 2:12 PM  | 0 comments  |  Fun Facts category

A Little Humor to Complement Your Training

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6 Mar 07 @ 12:10 PM  | 1 comments  |  Fun Facts category

Poll: What's Your Favorite Race?

Tell us what your favorite race is and if there's any particular reason why...

Comment on your favorite race by clicking here.

31 Jan 07 @ 7:29 AM  | 13 comments  |  Fun Facts category

Name the Swimmers / Name the Event

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Love that smile...

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28 Jan 07 @ 7:03 PM  | 4 comments  |  Fun Facts category

Name that Pool

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Here we go again... Try this one out. Maybe you can guess it before we give you hints?

4 Jan 07 @ 12:23 AM  | 9 comments  |  Fun Facts category

Can Women Really Tolerate Cold Water Better than Men?

January '07 Outside Magazine

A number of cultural practices seem to support this belief: In the villages of Japan's Hegura Island, female freedivers have plunged into the frigid Pacific to collect pearls for some 1,500 years; women on south Korea's Cheju Island do the same to gather shellfish; and every spring in Ft Lauderdale, young American women are subjected to chilled H20 during a ritual called a "wet T shirt contest." Theoretically, women have two physiological advantages: a tendency toward a higher percentage of body fat and a greater vasoconstrictor response (the narrowing of blood vessels to retain core heat). But those go only so far. A 2000 study at the Defence and Civil Institute of Environmental Medicine, in Toronto, found that the sexes react the same in cold water if you control for factors like body proportions and fat, and scientists at England's University of Bath concluded that women were actually less tolerant of the pain of plunging their arms into ice water. According to Gordon Giesbrecht, a lauded hypothermia researcher at the University of Manitoba, tolerating cold water is ultimately more a mental challenge than a physical one. "The major difference between individuals is psychological," he says. "Gender doesn't make much difference."

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17 Dec 06 @ 8:55 PM  | 0 comments  |  Fun Facts category

Name that Pool

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This one's a little more difficult than the last. Take your best guess...

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14 Dec 06 @ 5:19 PM  | 10 comments  |  Fun Facts category

Name that Pool

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It's not the pool you think it is.

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7 Dec 06 @ 7:06 PM  | 3 comments  |  Fun Facts category

Floating Pool Arrives in NYC

So on November 14, the "Floating Pool Lady" finally got to watch the "Floating Pool" arrive in New York.

The floating pool lady is Ann L. Buttenwieser, a former Parks Department official who had a brainstorm 25 years ago: Why not put a swimming pool on a barge and moor it somewhere along the city’s 578 miles of waterfront?

Read More at nytimes.com.

20 Nov 06 @ 10:01 PM  | 2 comments  |  Fun Facts category

Wondering Who these U.S. Dynoswimmers Are?

Well, here's a little map to give you an idea where they're from:

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2 May 06 @ 12:03 AM  | 0 comments  |  Fun Facts category

Palm Coast Dynoswimmers: Smile!

Why...?

Because you swam 5,500 meters today.

April 14, 2005 Practice

14 Apr 06 @ 8:56 PM  | 0 comments  |  Fun Facts category

Fun Facts

And as of April 10, 2006, the top visitors to Dynoswim hail from (in order):

  1. United States
  2. Canada
  3. United Kingdom
  4. Australia
  5. Finland
  6. Italy
  7. South Africa
  8. Spain
  9. China
  10. France

Woohoo! So, what's it like training in the different corners of the globe? Let us know and we'll share it with the rest of the Dynoswim community. Just use the contact us link.

11 Apr 06 @ 10:23 AM  | 0 comments  |  Fun Facts category

Age Grading - Performance vs. Age

By David Nordstrom

Two recent articles, Swimming World’s “Holding Back the Years” by Phillip Whitten, March 2005; and USMS SWIMMER’s “Records Topple at USMS Short Course Nationals in Fort Lauderdale”, July – August 2005, prompted me to attempt to further quantify performances vs. age. The running community has an age-grading scheme that allows runners in any age group to “adjust” their times to another age group. So if you are a 70 year old, you can use a formula to find out what your current time would be as a 25 year old with the age adjustment. In some road races, awards are given to best equivalent times ( a 70 year old with a 25 min 5K beats the 25 year old with a 22 min 5K). As far as I know, we swimmers don’t have an age grading system. This is an attempt to develop one.

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31 Mar 06 @ 2:52 PM  | 0 comments  |  Fun Facts category

Swimming in Maple Syrup

Mmm, good.

Swimming in Syrup

1 Mar 06 @ 11:43 AM  | 2 comments  |  Fun Facts category

Fun Facts

Did you know that the Dynoswim cyber community now represents 18 U.S. States and 7 countries! We have registered members from as far away as South Africa and Europe to Alaska. Our most popular registrants outside the U.S.A. hail from Canada. In the U.S. the top three states represented in order are Florida, New York, and California.

Welcome!

Please continue to provide us with all the wonderful news and events taking place in your neck of the woods. Just click on Contact Us and send those details over for all Dynoswimmers to read. We'll add your contributions to the Dynoswim homepage.

4 Dec 05 @ 1:29 PM  | 0 comments  |  Fun Facts category

A Breaststroker's Perspective

Please click on the following link, originally published as an editorial in SWIM MAGAZINE / Fall 2003, this article has been reprinted and posted in numerous places. Found again here after visiting one of our friendly Canadian Masters team sites: http://www.swimordie.ca/Breaststroke%20is%20King.htm

5 Jul 05 @ 11:29 PM  | 0 comments  |  Fun Facts category

Fun Facts

Did you know that if you went to every practice at Frieda Zamba last week, swam every yard of every set, and went to both open water swims, you would have swum 23,100 yards! Here's the breakdown for the week beginning June 19, 2005:

Sunday: Open Water - 3,000;
Monday: Frieda Zamba - 4,300;
Tuesday: Frieda Zamba - 4,400;
Wednesday: Open Water - 2,700;
Friday: Frieda Zamba - 4,300;
Saturday: Frieda Zamba - 4,400!

25 Jun 05 @ 7:21 PM  | 1 comments  |  Fun Facts category

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