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WOWSA Nomination, Liz Frey

27 Dec 11 @ 8:08 PM  | 0 comments  |  Meets, Open Water, and Other Events | Open Water Swimming | Swimmer Profiles category

Happy Holidays -- 4 days left to vote for World Open Water Swimming Woman of the Year!

**A Note from Liz Frey**


I have been nominated for 2011 World Open Water Swimming Woman of the Year! The World Open Water Swimming Association (WOWSA) awards are sponsored by Open Water Source and they are nominating me in recognition for my two double crossings in 2011 as well as my work with Swim Across the Sound and other open water swimming feats, including a 25-mile crossing from Vermont, U.S.A. to Québec, Canada.

Please visit www.openwaterswimming.com for more information and to cast your vote! -- or, for a quick link to online voting: VOTE HERE.

Voting takes place from now through December 31, and winners will be announced on January 1. There are amazing nominees so if you have time please read about their accomplishments. Please note that you do not need to cast a vote in each of the three categories.

Below is a recent link from UCONN today http://today.uconn.edu/blog/2011/12/there%E2%80%99s-no-stopping-long-distance-swimmer-elizabeth-fry/

Below is a press release about the award nomination.. Thank you for your support, and please feel free to forward this to anyone else who would like to vote. Westport's Elizabeth Fry Nominated for 2011 World Open Water Swimming Woman of the Year

WESTPORT, Conn., November 15, 2011 -- Westport resident and record-shattering open water swimmer Elizabeth Fry has been nominated for the 2011 World Open Water Swimming Woman of the Year.

The nomination recognizes Fry, 52, for her dynamic spirit in helping others realize their open water dreams while she realizes her own potential in some of the most difficult swims in the world, according to the sponsor of the World Open Water Swimming Association (WOWSA) awards, Open Water Source. In particular, the nomination recognizes Fry for the two double crossings she swam in 2011.

Last June, she set the double crossing record and became the only person to complete the unprecedented 35-mile Ederle Swim, swimming from Manhattan Island to New Jersey, and back. Her time of 11 hours, 5 minutes set the standard for both men and women, young and old. She then became the oldest person to complete the 42-mile double crossing of the English Channel in 24 hours, 39 minutes, with her return journey faster than the outgoing swim from England to France. This was her third attempt to complete the two-way crossing of the iconic Channel, having previously accomplished five successful one-way crossings. She wrapped up her 2011 season with a 13 hour, 25 minute, 25-mile crossing from Vermont, U.S.A. to Québec, Canada.

In addition, Fry has served as the long-standing director of the 25K Swim Across the Sound, one of the nation's largest open water swimming events, which has raised millions of dollars for the St. Vincent's Medical Center Foundation.

Fry trains in Westport with the Westport, Connecticut Masters team. She began her swimming career in Long Beach, New York and attended Camp Akomak, a swim camp in Canada. As a teen in Westport, she swam for the Westport/Weston YMCA Water Rats and Staples High School swim teams. Fry attended college at the University of Connecticut, where she was awarded the John Squires Award for the most improved swimmer as a freshman while earning a degree in Chemistry, and earned graduate degrees at Fordham University.

About the WOWSA Award

According to Open Water Source, the WOWSA award is meant to honor not necessarily the best athlete, but the individual who best embodies the spirit of open water swimming; possesses the sense of adventure, tenacity and perseverance for which open water swimmers are known; and has most positively influenced the world of open water swimming in 2011. This year's award nominees include twelve women from nine countries. Awards also are given for Man of the Year and Performance of the Year.

Voting takes place online at www.openwaterswimming.com from November 1 to December 31. The winner will be announced and honored on January 1 at the Global Open Water Swimming Conference.

For more information on Elizabeth Fry, visit here.

To cast your vote, visit VOTE HERE.

27 Dec 11 @ 7:57 PM  | 0 comments  |  Meets, Open Water, and Other Events | Open Water Swimming | Swimmer Profiles category

Disabled swim star who wouldn't give up Olympic dream

22 May 11 @ 1:54 PM  | 0 comments  |  Elite Level Competition | Open Water Swimming | Swimmer Profiles category

Reflecting on the Loss of Fran Crippen

~By Gary Hall Sr., The Race Club

Last week, the world lost one of its finest distance and open water swimmers, Fran Crippen. His body was apparently discovered submerged just 400 meters or so from the finish line, hours after the completion of the FINA open water race near Dubai.

The water was allegedly very warm for competition, with temperatures reported at 84 degrees Fahrenheit or higher by others. The air temperature was allegedly near 100 degrees Fahrenheit. Several athletes ended up in the hospital after the race from dehydration or heat exhaustion. I don't know too many other details about the race other than it was a circuit course of around 2 miles and that there were some race supervisors on jetskis, but exactly how many, I do not know.

When I first learned of Fran's death, my first thought was 'this should not have happened'. Open water swimming has its inherent risks. One of the mystiques and intrigues about this fast growing sport is that one has to deal with a wide range of conditions; warm water, cold water, wind, waves, current, poor visibility, jelly fish, sharks, seaweed...just to name a few. Somehow, I cannot bring myself to believe that when considering this particular race, involving young talented swimmers among the most physically fit on the planet, that death by drowning should be one of the risks.


4 Nov 10 @ 10:22 AM  | 0 comments  |  Elite Level Competition | Open Water Swimming | Swimmer Profiles category

Famous Swimmer....

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

Legendary Henderson coach Hay dies at 66

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Sometimes coaches have an exceptionally positive influence on an athlete's life. I would say that Coach Hay is one of those people. Read the comments at The Daily Local left by his former swimmers (and runners). The swimming community is certainly at a loss. ~Dean O.

~By Denny Dyroff

Early Sunday morning, Chester County's sports community and academic world suffered a major loss when John Hay died in his sleep. The veteran coach, who had achieved top-level success in coaching three sports -- swimming, cross country and track and field -- died of respiratory failure.

He was 66.

Ironically, his passing came on the same day as the announcement that he was to be inducted to the Chester County Sports Hall of Fame.

Read on at The Daily Local

31 Aug 10 @ 12:08 PM  | 0 comments  |  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.


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

Swimmers Who Changed the Sport

~By Bob Schaller

The columns about the pending end of the career of the world's greatest all-time swimmer certainly draw attention. And they are legitimate news items, a discussion worth having because it is something not imagined or blown out of proportion: A scaled down 2012 and retirement before 2016. Regardless, at some point, the comet that is Michael Phelps has lit up the swimming universe for far longer than many might have expected, and it's brought with it an illumination of the sport that will be hard to replace.

Read on at Swimnetwork.com

5 May 10 @ 1:34 AM  | 0 comments  |  Elite Level Competition | Swimmer Profiles category

The other side of Ryan Lochte

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~By Mike Gustafson

Whenever anyone familiar with the world of swimming hears the name "Ryan Lochte" they grin, like they know him personally. Whatever image the name "Ryan Lochte" brings to mind--the point is, you have one. He is a character in the story of swimming, whether you know him personally or not. At first glimpse, Ryan Lochte is not a rehearsed enigma like Michael Phelps and he's not perfectly manicured like Natalie Coughlin. Instead, Ryan Lochte feels like an old friend to us, a Holden Caulfield man-child character walking amongst us on the pool deck. But there's another side to Lochte, the side not frequently reported on, since it's less glamorous and glitzy than his all-white tuxedo he once wore to a Golden Goggles ceremony. Ryan Lochte, philanthropist.

Read On at Swimnetwork.com

28 Apr 10 @ 4:00 AM  | 0 comments  |  Elite Level Competition | Swimmer Profiles category

JAM for MS!

kristen-adams.jpg ~By Kristen Adams

MS is not going to kill me. It does, however, make my life slightly more aggravating. And for that I consider myself pretty lucky. Because the aggravating stuff reminds me to do the following:

Those are all pretty cool things, and I'm glad I have a constant reminder to practice them.


13 Jan 10 @ 2:13 AM  | 1 comments  |  Meets, Open Water, and Other Events | Swimmer Profiles category

Jammer Highlight: Dynoswim Palm Coast

PoolCold-003.jpg ~By Glenn Partelow

Down here in Florida we are building our yardage slowly for the January Jam. We are swimming "OUTSIDE" with air temperatures ranging from the mid-thirties to the mid 40's for our scheduled 6 PM swims! Although the water is near 80, there is a bit of a sacrifice when you consider the wind chill and the sea fog that envelops those repeats! We swim on!

Friday night most of us declined to swim. Corrine La Fountain snuck in early at 4 PM to avoid the cold. Glenn Partelow was in at 5:30 and left after just 1500 yards. The 'sea fog' enveloped the local swimmers off and on throughout the late hours. We vowed to return Sunday at 11 AM to salvage the Friday night workout. Temperatures for Sunday's swim may be just 40 Degrees.

10 Jan 10 @ 2:24 PM  | 1 comments  |  Dynoswim Palm Coast | Meets, Open Water, and Other Events | Swimmer Profiles category

Jammer Highlight: Dan Martin

Dan Martin is a participant in the January Jam and we thought we'd let other participants know what he is up to:

The Global Triathlon from Daniel Martin on Vimeo.

An extreme test of both physical and mental resolve to circumnavigate the globe, combining an epic journey with the ultimate endurance sport:


9 Jan 10 @ 11:15 AM  | 0 comments  |  Meets, Open Water, and Other Events | Swimmer Profiles | Triathlon category

Disabled Swimmer, 16, Has Sights Set on 2012 Paralympics

~By Charles Davis

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Jonathan Heider needs a rival. The 16-year-old is expected to win all six races he enters at the National Junior Disability Championships in St. Louis. It would be an incredible accomplishment for anyone, but especially for Jonathan because he was born without any arms or legs. Many athletes boast that they are so good, they don't have any competition, but that's actually the case for Jonathan.

Read on at the Greenbay Pressgazette

22 Jul 09 @ 5:42 AM  | 1 comments  |  Elite Level Competition | Swimmer Profiles category

Thanks Dynoswim!

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Hi Dynoswim,

I just wanted to write a short note to say thank you.

I am writing from Australia and have been using your site for a couple of months to find and log swim workouts. It is winter here, and most pools around where I live in a town about midway between Sydney and Brisbane are closed, and most (adult) squads are on their winter hiatus.

So it was your site for workouts in preparation for the swim I completed at the weekend.

And as I said, thank you, because I completed the 8 kilometre Townsville/Magnetic Island swim in 2hrs 25 minutes. (Have a look at their site - http://www.magneticislandswim.com.au)

Apart from the distance, the swim has some additional 'challenges'. As well as the risk of sharks and crocodiles (2008 was the first year the swim was done without cages), there is also a risk of Irukandji Jellyfish - a tiny little critter that can kill a adult pretty quickly but it was not their season and the organisers assured that they were unlikely to worry the swimmers.

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But alas finished with all limbs intact in a time a bit slower than I hoped (but put that down to a fair bit of chop for a couple of kilometres). I am just a middle of the pack 40 year + swimmer and was very pleased just to make the distance.

Your site has been fantastic and I have recommended it to a couple of friends who train through the winter and just thought you might like the positive feedback.


Dean Hancock, Coffs Harbour, Australia


20 Jul 09 @ 8:48 AM  | 1 comments  |  Open Water Swimming | Swimmer Profiles | Website category

North Dakota Swimmer Rises Far From Public Eye

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~By Karen Crouse

There is no road map for Dagny Knutson's journey. There are no footprints to trace, no MapQuest or G.P.S. to direct her from swimming's hinterlands to its heights.

Knutson, a 17-year-old from Minot, N.D., sweeps into this week's USA Swimming World Championship Trials as if on the tail of a chinook wind. In the winter and spring, she posted times in the 200-meter freestyle, the 200 individual medley and the 400 individual medley that would have placed her among the top eight at the Beijing Olympics last year.

Read on at The New York Times

15 Jul 09 @ 4:59 AM  | 0 comments  |  Elite Level Competition | Swimmer Profiles category

Coach and Friend Jimi Flowers

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

15 Jul 09 @ 1:41 AM  | 0 comments  |  College and University Swimming | Elite Level Competition | Swimmer Profiles category

Future Olympians

From Sports Illustrated: Watch over the next few years to see how far their dreams will carry them--to college stardom, professional titles or Olympic gold.

Lia Neal, 14 (Photo)

Lukas Verzbicas, 16 (Photo)

10 Jul 09 @ 1:50 AM  | 0 comments  |  Elite Level Competition | Swimmer Profiles | Triathlon category

20 Questions with Olympian Dave Denniston

Dave Denniston was wondering what to do with the rest of his life after missing the Olympic team at 2004 Trials. He found a job as an assistant coach, went on a trip to his home state of Wyoming, and - well, he explains how his life has changed, and a lot of other stuff in a very special 20 Question with Bob Schaller.

Read on at SwimNetwork.com

17 Jun 09 @ 3:59 AM  | 0 comments  |  Swimmer Profiles category

Legendary college swim coach Richard Quick dies

~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.

Read on at the Dallas News

17 Jun 09 @ 2:27 AM  | 0 comments  |  College and University Swimming | Elite Level Competition | Swimmer Profiles category

Craig's list

~By John Nash

WILTON -- For John Craig, a 54-year-old Wilton resident, swimming competitively at the Master's level isn't about winning races, setting world records or raking in the glory.

In fact, as he'll remind any inquisitor, it's more about the people you meet, the friends you make and the stories you get to tell -- even when you set your goals high and try to do something nobody has ever done before.

Read on at The Hour Online

3 Apr 09 @ 4:55 AM  | 0 comments  |  Swimmer Profiles category

Olympic swimmer wouldn't let cancer stop him

U.S. Olympic swimmer Eric Shanteau cuts through the water like a hot knife through butter. There's not much that can slow him down, not even cancer. Shanteau was diagnosed with testicular cancer one week before the Olympic trials in 2008. He decided to defer treatment for testicular cancer until after his Olympic competition back in Beijing. Although no one can put themselves in another person's position, the consequence of this decision could not be greater. But fortunately for Shanteau, his cancer was detected early on.

Read on at News 8 Austin

18 Mar 09 @ 4:01 AM  | 0 comments  |  Elite Level Competition | Swimmer Profiles category

Asthma and Swimming

A note about Simon Owens:

Simon started swimming in middle school and by the time he was in high school was swimming year round on both the school team and a private club team. His best stroke was butterfly (100 Fly for individual and Fly on the medley relay). For college Simon went to Shippensburg (Pennsylvania) and swam there. He initially became interested in the Asthma/pool issue earlier last year when he first saw reports of the Belgian study. Given that swimming is usually regarded a good sport for asthmatics, it didn't seem logical that it would cause asthma.

Hey Dean,

I remember seeing a lot of coverage a few months ago on several pool and swimming blogs of a recent Belgian study suggesting that children would face an increased risk of asthma if they swam in chlorinated pools. I don't know if you've seen this, but Dr. Michael Goodman, an epidemiologist from Emory University just released a meta study that found no such correlation between swimming and asthma. I got a chance to interview Goodman for an article that was guest posted on The Asthma Mom's blog:


Anyway, I thought this was a post that you might be interested in linking to on your blog to help spread the word that parents don't have to be afraid to let their kids join swim teams. Also, I know that Dr. Goodman is going to be available for a blogger conference call with swim bloggers on Monday of next week at 3 p.m. -- I know the person running that call and I can get you in on it if you'd like.

Take Care,


30 Jan 09 @ 9:04 PM  | 0 comments  |  Health and Nutrition | Swimmer Profiles category

Why Jam for MS?

Kristen-SAS-2008.gif Note: It's not too late to register for the January Jam, just submit the yardage you've already completed retroactively. The Jam will be open to new participants until January 31st!

~By Kristen Adams

Two years ago I was writing my shopping list on the pad stuck to the refrigerator door when I dropped the pencil. I bent down to pick it up, but as much as my brain told my fingers to grip, they just wouldn't respond. Picking it up in my left hand, and jamming into my right, I concentrated on pushing the pencil across the paper. No luck. Hmm. I had been tinkering with my stroke, and I figured I pinched a nerve in my neck. I went to a doctor who prescribed steroids, and after a few buzzed and agitated weeks I was better. Better, except for the lingering numbness in my right arm and these weird electrical tingles running up and down both arms and legs, like I was plugged in to a wall socket. Over the next few months I began to notice other symptoms: my left side weaker than my right, disorienting dizzy spells, alternating periods of pain, burning and numbness in my legs and feet. Debilitating fatigue, especially after a hard work out.


14 Jan 09 @ 6:17 AM  | 5 comments  |  Meets, Open Water, and Other Events | Swimmer Profiles category

How Swimming Saved My Daughter's Life


~By Kathy Villarreal, mother of Monica

I've always known about the amazing benefits of swimming -- the excellent cardio-vascular workout with few, if any, injuries; the satisfaction of setting goals, training hard, and seeing success at swim meets; the friendships made with swimmers from all over the city and state; and the knowledge that swimming is a sport that is lifelong. Having been a competitive swimmer myself, I encouraged all my children to swim. They started with the summer swim league and eventually became year-round swimmers. For the past five years, my family has been active at Northside Aquatics (410 pool) and today four of my five children are enrolled in the various club programs. Needless to say, I am a huge fan of swimming, but I didn't realize the impact that swimming had on my children's lives, that is, not until my child contracted staph pneumonia and nearly died.

Read on at ASCA (American Swimming Coaches Association)

2 Oct 08 @ 6:59 AM  | 1 comments  |  Health and Nutrition | Swimmer Profiles category

Kiphuth's 'Cathedral of Sweat' Where 'Mr. Yale' Held the Key to Glory

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

27 Mar 08 @ 5:47 AM  | 0 comments  |  College and University Swimming | Swimmer Profiles category

Finding Her Rhythm: Swimmer Adjusts to a Heart Procedure and a New Coach

~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.

Read on at The New York Times


21 Mar 08 @ 9:20 AM  | 0 comments  |  Swimmer Profiles category

Blind Swimmer is True Inspiration

~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.

Read on at the LA Times

19 Mar 08 @ 6:53 AM  | 0 comments  |  Swimmer Profiles category

Jones And The Ripple Effect

~By Craig Lord

The US sprinter, saved from drowning as a five-year-old, promotes water safety back at his home pool.

Cullen Jones, the 23-year-old US sprinter using his speed in the pool as a means of widening the sport's appeal to more black children, would have drowned when he was five had it not been for the vigilance of a lifeguard and his parents.

Read on at SwimNews.com

26 Sep 07 @ 5:49 AM  | 0 comments  |  Swimmer Profiles category

Person of the Week: Dara Torres

Swimmer Tries to Become Oldest Female Olympic Competitor in Her Sport

More than 20 years ago Dara Torres earned a reputation as one of the best swimmers in the world; she won gold at her first Olympics in 1984 and went on to score eight more medals at three more Olympics.

Read on at ABC News

5 Sep 07 @ 8:34 PM  | 1 comments  |  Swimmer Profiles category

Aqua Marine

~By Mike Gordon

The way Ben Mercier views it, he isn't swimming "crazy and fast" anymore. He's just bodysurfing.

But the former collegiate All-American swimmer has turned surfing's purest discipline into a heart-pounding cardiovascular workout that can last up to three hours.

"When I bodysurf, I really get into it," said Mercier, who swam the 200-meter butterfly at the University of Hawai'i from 1992 to 1997. "I will stay out there until my calves cramp and I can't swim."

Read on at the Honolulu Advertiser

4 Jul 07 @ 2:55 PM  | 0 comments  |  Swimmer Profiles category

Natalie's Story

Despite losing her leg only a year after she just missed qualifying for the Olympics, South African swimmer Natalie du Toit still competes, still succeeds, and still dreams of one day taking part in an Olympic Games.

Read on at nataliedutoit.com

12 Jun 07 @ 5:58 AM  | 0 comments  |  Swimmer Profiles category

The CEO of CrackBerry Meets the CEO of BlackBerry

...At the word “triathlon,” Jim’s eyes lit up and I immediately could tell this was another subject he was truly passionate about. His first question to me cut right to the core, “Are you a swimmer?” I responded that swimming is my weakest area and he immediately advised me to get a “good swimming coach.” He explained that, from his experiences, success in swimming is based on technique, and that it takes a swimming coach with a trained eye to help you master your swim.

Read the entire article at Crackberry.com

29 May 07 @ 9:16 PM  | 0 comments  |  Swimmer Profiles category

Mary Ann Meekins Inducted to Deland Hall of Fame

Mary Ann Walts Meekins swam at DeLand High School and was in the Class of 1944. Former DHS Coach "Spec" Martin was the one who got her to the state meets, where in 1941 she won three events. No one at DeLand High School had repeated as a state champion until the 2000 season when Sara McLarty, the granddaughter of Meekins teammate Cynthia Fogle Bruce, won an event.

Meekins swam for the Riviera Club out of Indianapolis where she earned All-American honors from 1941-1944. She set the national record for the 800-Freestyle event.

World War II prevented her or anyone else from swimming in the Olympics in 1944. She however, was presented a certificate of being on the 1944 Mythical Olympic Team. To this date, she still swims with Masters (Dynoswim) Programs.

She and her husband Charles, reside in Flagler Beach, Florida.

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22 Mar 07 @ 4:57 PM  | 0 comments  |  Swimmer Profiles category

Brian Goodell

~By Sharon Robb

“We all experience doubts and fears as we approach new challenges. The fear diminishes with the confidence that comes from experience and faith. Sometimes you just have to go for it and see what happens. Jumping into the battle does not guarantee victory, but being afraid to try guarantees defeat.”

-- Brian Goodell, 1976 Olympic gold medalist

Brian Goodell was known for his mental toughness and tremendous work ethic.

Read on at USA Swimming

20 Feb 07 @ 7:21 AM  | 0 comments  |  Swimmer Profiles category

Meet Michael Rich; 3rd Grader and Author

Michael's class assignment to write on the topic, "If I could camouflage myself..."

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3rd Grade

If I could camouflage myself, I would hide on the bottom of an Olympic pool.

To begin with, I would be invisible so I could get up close to someone. I could go from lane to lane to see each swimmer as they swim. I’d have the best view to watch the fastest swimmers in the world as they compete against each other.

In addition, I would be able to watch and learn the stroke techniques of the world’s best swimmers as they go for the gold medal.

In conclusion, I hope to pick up some more speed in my favorite stroke, which is freestyle. This would be an opportunity of a lifetime to learn from the best of the best.

13 Feb 07 @ 4:50 AM  | 4 comments  |  Swimmer Profiles category

Swimming and Cancer

~By Phil Dodson

November 8th, played back my voice messages after my noon workout. My doctor called with my PSA test results, a 5.2, over the 4.0 recognized as threshold for possible prostate cancer. Given my family history, this news came as no surprise, but it was very inconvenient. I was doing so well in swim training, the best I have felt in 3 years. Why now? I’d been swimming good enough to have a good chance at breaking the 200 yards free ILMSC record for 50+ men next spring. At age 53 I figured it would be my last chance at this record I had been so close to for two years.

Read On

29 Jan 07 @ 11:01 PM  | 1 comments  |  Swimmer Profiles category

Community: Swimming Can be a Fountain of Youth

~By Vern Miller jr., The New Jersey Herald

Sooner or later, almost everyone faces the reality of falling out of shape. Too much sitting, whether at work or burrowed into the couch, has taken its toll. That feeling overtook Bob Hopkins in 1977, when he was 35, as he huffed and puffed his way up a long flight of stairs. "I knew I had to do something, but I wasn't sure what," Hopkins said. "I didn't know how I could fit exercise time into my busy schedule, especially with all the hours I was putting in at work. I needed to flip the mental switch where I realized that no matter what my responsibilities were at work, I couldn't do them if I wasn't in shape. "Eventually, my slogan became, 'If I'm dead or incapacitated, I don't make quota anyway.'"

Read On

19 Dec 06 @ 11:06 PM  | 0 comments  |  Swimmer Profiles category

Sectarianism Sinks as Disabled Iraqis Swim Together

~Ahmad al-Rubaye, Baghdad, Iraq

In the vast indoor Olympic swimming pool in northern Baghdad, sectarian differences are submerged after a commute which is equally dangerous for all the swimmers.

Read on at South Africa's Mail & Guardian online

29 Nov 06 @ 7:11 PM  | 0 comments  |  Swimmer Profiles category

Name that Swimmer...


1 Oct 06 @ 10:56 AM  | 5 comments  |  Swimmer Profiles category

Mary Ann Meekins, Celebrity Dynoswimmer

Mary Ann Meekins, proud Dynoswimmer, is a former member of the 1944 U.S. National Team. Unfortunately there were no olympic games that year due to World War II. The national team however has been recognized by the International Swimming Hall of Fame. Attached is the certificate as well as pictures of Mary Ann in 1944 when she qualified for the olympics and in August 2006 before Dynoswim practice at the Frieda Zamba Aquatic Complex in Palm Coast, Florida.

We're proud to call Mary Ann our teammate...

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Past Details on Our Celebrity Swimmer

25 Aug 06 @ 8:44 PM  | 0 comments  |  Swimmer Profiles category

Follow-Up to the "Team Hoyt - Can" Must See Video

Dick and Rick Hoyt are a father-and-son team from Massachusetts who together compete just about continuously in marathon races. And if they’re not in a marathon they are in a triathlon — that daunting, almost superhuman, combination of 26.2 miles of running, 112 miles of bicycling, and 2.4 miles of swimming. Together they have climbed mountains, and once trekked 3,735 miles across America.

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23 Aug 06 @ 11:31 PM  | 0 comments  |  Swimmer Profiles category

"Can" Dynoswimmers Must See Video

Please view the following video, especially you Dynoswimmers, and provide any thoughts and comments below.

Can Video


17 Aug 06 @ 6:05 PM  | 5 comments  |  Swimmer Profiles category

Swimming Against the Tides

A record-setting 44-year-old swimmer gives and gains inspiration at youth competitions

By Katherine Nichols, Star Bulletin

For most people, getting older means slowing down. But 44-year-old Karlyn Pipes-Neilsen is an exception. She has set 147 masters swimming world records in every distance from 100 yards to 5 kilometers. Forty-six of those records -- in multiple strokes and age categories -- are still current. In 2004 she was named World Masters swimmer of the Year, and in 1988 she was the oldest swimmer to hold a Division II NCAA record.

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19 Jul 06 @ 9:16 PM  | 1 comments  |  Swimmer Profiles category

Bahamas Masters Swimming

The sport keeps growing and growing...

Bahamian Masters Swimmer

24 Mar 06 @ 1:53 PM  | 0 comments  |  Swimmer Profiles category

Swimmer CEO Profile

Toyota Motor Sales USA President, Jim Press, keeps his life in perspective.

...with the help of some chlorinated water, of course.

Swimmer Exec

28 Jan 06 @ 4:52 PM  | 0 comments  |  Swimmer Profiles category

Janet Evans

This weeks USA Swimming 20 Question Tuesday is with Janet Evans.

18 Jan 06 @ 8:55 AM  | 0 comments  |  Swimmer Profiles category

Natalie Coughlin

Interesting article on 2004 Olympic Gold Medalist Natalie Coughlin.

11 Jan 06 @ 7:55 PM  | 0 comments  |  Swimmer Profiles category

Olympic Moments: Mark Spitz 1972 Games

The world before goggles.

Mark Spitz 1972 Olympics

13 Dec 05 @ 9:28 PM  | 0 comments  |  Swimmer Profiles category

Swimming in the News

A couple of interesting articles about swimming that I've come across. Enjoy!

3 Dec 05 @ 10:41 PM  | 0 comments  |  Swimmer Profiles category

Ex-Runner Devotee and Masters Swimming

Masters swimming is for everyone...

Read the Washington Post article:

Washington Post.com

26 Oct 05 @ 1:39 PM  | 0 comments  |  Swimmer Profiles category

Nine Year-Old Swims From Alcatraz to San Fran

A 9 year-old-boy swam from Alcatraz to San Francisco in an effort to raise money for Hurricane Katrina victims. For more info check out the following two links.

Johnny's Alcatraz Swim

Young Swimmer Raises 30K for Katrina

11 Oct 05 @ 8:16 AM  | 2 comments  |  Swimmer Profiles category

Johnny Weissmuller

Read about the man, the myth, the legend. I always thought he trained for a time in Austria and did low 50s for the 100 Free (yards?). They describe a high 50s 100 Free (meters). If anyone can confirm or deny, then please let us know...

"He swam with his back arched and his head, shoulders and chest thrust out of the water. He shook his head loosely from side to side, inhaling and exhaling on both sides. He cocked his elbows high, drove his arms down into the water hard and behind him hard. While he kicked six beats to every cycle of his arms, he considered kicking of consequence only to maintain balance, stay high in the water and reduce drag."

Johnny Weissmuller Bio

20 Sep 05 @ 10:49 PM  | 0 comments  |  Swimmer Profiles category

Remember Swimmers and Triathletes Among Those Lost on September 11, 2001

Athletes Lost

11 Sep 05 @ 9:55 PM  | 0 comments  |  Swimmer Profiles category

New Team Members

I have received some inquiries from some potential recruits. Read About Our New Members

3 Sep 05 @ 9:33 PM  | 0 comments  |  Swimmer Profiles category

Dog Beats Most in Swim from Alcatraz

I wonder what stroke he did? Read how Rover paddled his way to fame

2 Aug 05 @ 10:06 PM  | 0 comments  |  Swimmer Profiles category

Phelps Won't Touch Breast

We're talking Breaststroke, what were you thinking? Click here for Phelps on Breaststroke

21 Jul 05 @ 11:19 AM  | 0 comments  |  Swimmer Profiles category

Swimming for Freedom

Great article about one man's swim to freedom... Download file

19 Jul 05 @ 9:27 PM  | 1 comments  |  Swimmer Profiles category

Women Warriors

Please read the following story about Hamdiya Ahmed al-Sammak, a 1970s era elite level javelin thrower and gifted swimmer. An all-around athlete who now, thirty years later, finally has the opportunity to train, the freedom to excel, and the will to test the limits of her body. Click the link... Women Warriors

9 Jul 05 @ 4:18 PM  | 0 comments  |  Swimmer Profiles category

Celebrity Swimmer

Our very own Mary Ann Meekins, who was once a member of the 1944 United States National team (the year the olympics were cancelled due to WWII) is still swimming strong. A committed member of our Dynoswim swim team, we're proud to share the pool with Mary Ann...

Click here to view article (right mouse click and use the "zoom out" function if image is posted too large). Take a look at Mary Ann with some of her old teammates, she's the pretty blonde all the way to the right! Click here to view photo ("zoom out" if necessary).

1 Jul 05 @ 10:05 PM  | 0 comments  |  Swimmer Profiles category

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