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Wednesday, July 30, 2014

Jill Sterkel & George McMillan to SWC Hall



Texas swimmer/coach Jill Sterkel and Southern Methodist coach George McMillan are two of nine new inductees for the class of 2014 Southwest Conference Hall of Fame.  More here.


(via TSDHOF)

Coach George McMillion of Southern Methodist University


Coach George McMillion began his coaching career in swimming at SMU as an assistant from 1957 to ’71. He took over the head coaching position from 1971 to ’88. During that time, he led the swim team to eight consecutive Southwest Conference championships, had his teams finish in the NCAA top ten 14 times, and took home conference Coach of the Year honors four times. He also coached 78 All Americans, 15 NCAA Champions, and four Olympic medalists. McMillion was also an SMU swim team captain and record holder during his time as an All-American student-athlete. He is now part of the Texas Swimming & Diving Hall of Fame.
 
(via ESPN)

Jill Sterkel of the University of Texas


Jill Sterkel is regarded by many as the all time greatest women’s swimmer from the University of Texas. She claimed 16 individual national titles as a Longhorn and won multiple Broderick Awards. In addition, she was named the Nation’s College Female Athlete of the Year in ‘80/’81. She was named to the Southwest Conference All-Decade Women’s Swimming Team, the National High School Sports Hall of Fame, and Texas Women’s Athletics Hall of Honor. The four-time Olympian received her bachelor’s and master’s degrees from UT and went on to become the university’s women’s swim coach. She was a part of 13 out of 14 Southwest Conference Championships there as either a player or coach.

UCLA Breaks Out New 400m Facility


This morning was the unveiling of a one-of-a-kind 400 meter nine-lane oval pool, with seats for thousands, on the UCLA campus:

(via LA Times)

Indoor wading pool, complete with volleyball nets, has also been added:


Large/Talented Recruiting Class for Mustang Men


(via SMU Mustangs)


Both quality and quantity describe the new recruits for the SMU Mustangs.  Read more here.

"We really touched all bases with this recruiting class," Sinnott said. "From sprint free to distance free, all four strokes and diving, this class really represents everything about SMU swimming by bringing together student-athletes from around the world, across the country and the state of Texas. We have quality students and we're very eager to help them succeed academically and athletically on the Hilltop."

Quote of the Day


In every walk with nature one
receives far more than he seeks.

(via tree hugger)

John Muir

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Tuesday, July 29, 2014

Misc.


Just posted info (scroll down) in case yer follerin' some of the big meets our Texans will be swimmin' in.  Watch for edits as more info becomes available.  Good luck to all our kids (& adults) at their championship meets!



Swimming World covered the TAGS multiple swim-off story here.  Link to video of the "third time's a charm" swim-off is at FCST Facebook page here.  Hayden ended up getting five swims for the price of one...

As the long course season winds down, here are the current top ten in Virtual Club Championships standings for Texas teams (including national rank):

1. Nitro (10)
2. The Woodlands (11)
3. Alamo Area (15)
4. Lakeside (18)
5. First Colony (33)
6. Cypress Fairbanks (49)
7. Frisco (58)
8. North Texas Nadadores (60)
9. Metroplex (61)
10. Katy (76)

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2014 USMS LC National Champs

2014 USAS National Champs

2014 NCSA LC Junior Nationals Champs


August 5 - 9


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2014 FINA Masters World Champs

2014 USAS LC Junior Nationals

2014 Southern Zone LC Championships

2014 YMCA LC Nationals

Three Jobs

Quote of the Day


An aphorism can contain only as much
wisdom as overstatement will permit.

(via Wine-Oh of the Year)

Clifton Paul "Kip" Fadiman

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Monday, July 28, 2014

TAGS Wrap-Up


Team Scores (Combined)

1 - Nitro (2272.5)
2 - The Woodlands (2149.83)
3 - Cypress Fairbanks (1518)
4 - Lakeside (1229)
5 - North Texas Nadadores (1226.5)
6 - Metroplex (903)
7 - Alamo Area Aquatic Association (667)
8 - Frisco (654)
9 - DADS (651.5)
10 - Aggie (648.5)

Event Results

Event of the meet had to be the 10 & under boys' fitty free.  Y'all may have caught this on Twitter:

After prelims, Charles Bellotti (FCST) and Conor McKenna (FA) were tied for 8th (:31.89), setting up a swim-off.

In their first duel, McKenna & Bellotti battled to a tie (:31.44), so they went at it again.

In swim-off number two, they tied again (:31.31)!

Round three went to Bellotti, :31.30 to McKenna's :31.69.

All that extra racing experience helped Charles move up to 6th place in the finals (:31.42).

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Exchange on TOC


For the second straight year, numerous schools in Texas are headed into the fall semester with unfilled coaching positions.  This from The Old Coach:

Q.  What kind of coach will you get this late?  For those people still posting jobs. I'm asking? Will it be a first year guy or a dude that was non-renewed and still hasn't found a job? I know the drop dead date has passed and I'm curious as to what's out there. I know I've been in places that hired late and those dudes made it a year. I believe I would go on campus and look for teachers that would coach.

A.  Usually it's a little bit of all three, but at this point you are looking for the best teachers. Any good coordinator or HC can mold a kid into a solid Coach. 

Quote of the Day


Hydrogen is a light, odorless gas, which,
given enough time, turns into people.

(via American Astronomical Society)

Edward Robert "Ted" Harrison

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Saturday, July 26, 2014

Breeja Larson Featured


(via Aringo Flickr)


Read it all at USA Swimming here.

Larson’s story to swimming stardom began with humble roots. When other programs looked past her in high school, Texas A&M Coach Steve Bultman saw great potential in her with a little tweaking. 

And while her first semester was “extremely raw,” Bultman and his coaches spent time refining her starts and kick and by the end of her sophomore season, she was an NCAA champion.


“Steve has built me into the swimmer I am today,” Larson said. “He was very careful with my training, especially at the beginning. I want to say he almost babied me a bit, and I needed it.  I did not have the base training of 10 years or more like a lot of swimmers, who go into college swimming. 


“He allowed me to struggle when I needed to but also made sure I went at slow enough intervals so I had enough rest during swim sets. He was very patient with my progress and ignorance to the sport. The breaststroke sets he gives us help us pace our races and finish strong, and he always sees room for improvement.”

iSwimband



Headband designed to prevent drownings on Engadget:

Some drowning incidents can be easily prevented, and a wearable device wants to keep tabs on submersion time while your kids are at the pool. The iSwimband is a Bluetooth-enabled sensor that syncs up with an iOS device to alert you when that little one has been under water for too long. The gadget clips to goggles, swim caps, or can be worn with the included headband for a highly fashionable look. There's a wristworn option too, so you can get pinged when the smallest of tikes (or a non-swimmer) accidentally enters the water. You know, if you have to step away while little Bobby is hanging out poolside, or you lose sight of Susie at the lake. For $99, the sensor, headband, bracelet and mobile app capable of tracking up to eight of the things can be yours via the source link just down below.

Must argue against a couple of points:

1. "...if you have to step away while little Bobby is hanging out poolside..." Don't do it!  You either don't step away, or you take little Bobby with you!
2. "...or can be worn with the included headband for a highly fashionable look."  Our definitions of "highly fashionable" don't exist in the same universe...


Thanks for the heads up, DJ!

Big XII Media Days Follow-Up


(via On Milwaukee)

UT AD Steve Patterson echoed Big XII commissioner Bob Bowlsby's concerns here.

Lost?  Catch up here.

This is college sports’ financial version of chicken-or-the-egg. If we don’t spend money on football and basketball, we won’t make any. And we have to spend a lot on football and basketball, because they support everyone else.

No matter what happens with unions and Kessler’s suit, Texas will end up just fine. Give Patterson credit, though. He’s not just making a case for his own.

“The reality is, a handful of schools can operate their athletic departments on a break-even basis or slightly better,” he said.

“Destroying college athletics for the other 300 schools out there is not a good outcome.”

If you compensate athletes in ways you haven’t before, the thinking goes, the money has to come from somewhere.

And it won’t be football or basketball. There go your men’s Olympic sports.

Of course, that’s the kind of argument that management always makes. If we give you more money, we have to fire someone else.

You don’t want us to fire someone else, do you?


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Dykstra Turning Around Utes Program


(via Swimming World)

Former UNT Mean Green head coach Joe Dykstra wasted little time in turning around the Utah swim program.  More here.

The 2013-2014  University of Utah Swimming and Diving season was a complete turnaround from the scandal ridden season of a year before. Utah beat several Top 25 teams, and the Utes finished 23rd at the NCAA Championships last year.


Previous head coach Greg Winslow had several serious accusations levied against him, including sexual abuse (seven years ago with with the Sun Devils Aquatics club in Tempe, Ariz., unrelated to the Utah team), verbally and physically abusing his assistants, racial slurs, alcohol abuse on team trips, and borderline abusive drills in practice. Winslow’s contract was not renewed at Utah, and Winslow was added to USA Swimming’s banned-for-life list.

SSAN


Swim Streamline at Northampton needs an age group coach.  Info here.

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Quote of the Day


One of the real tests of journalistic integrity
is being fair to someone who might best
be described by a four-letter word.

(via St. Cloud State)

Gerald Michael "Geraldo" Rivera

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Friday, July 25, 2014

Daniel Wallace: I didn't know it was a police car...


(via News Locker)

...I thought I was in the warm-up pool...

Well, maybe that's not how it went...

Read about suspended Gator Daniel Wallace's return from up the river here.

Barely two months after being detained for urinating on a police car early one morning in Gainesville, the 21-year-old Wallace captured his first international title on Friday.

"For freedom," Wallace screamed, raising his arms triumphantly after winning the 400 meter individual medley title.

Rather than recalling his own moment of adversity, Wallace was invoking the spirit of Scottish warrior William "Braveheart" Wallace.

FINA Moving World Junior OW Champs


(via Wikipedia)

Date and location of FINA World Junior Open Water Championships changing.  Read more here.

FINA has proposed Lake Balaton in eastern Hungary as the new site. The meet was scheduled for August 28-30, but FINA announced today that the championship will now run September 5-7. 

Nitro's Taylor Abbott will represent Team USA in the event.

West Houston Aquatic Team


WHAT needs an assistant.  Info here.

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Longhorn Bake Shop


Okay, who hired the Aggie?


 


A few Cake Wrecks comments:

Somebody messed with Texas.

July 25, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterAndrea 

At first glance, i thought the first Texas Longhorns cake was an outline of the space shuttle. If you tilt your head just right and squint...

July 24, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterKathy 
 
The last longhorn cake looks more like when my dog has a loose stool...

July 24, 2014 | Unregistered Commentermymren  

OMG, that last one is a turd with antlers!!

July 24, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterLorih 
 
This scares me a little...my wedding is coming up in September and my fiancé loves the Texas Longhorns, so I wanted to order a groom's cake with the logo on it for him. But I don't want it to end up looking like an anatomically correct heart or a uterus, that would definitely cast the wrong mood over the reception. Perhaps I should take these pictures to the bakery as examples of what it can NOT look like!

July 24, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterMelinda

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HS Coach Summer Reading


(via CNN)

Out of vacation reading material?  Have no to fear, the UIL is here!

Quote of the Day


We should be wary of politicians who profess
to follow history while only noticing those
signposts of history that point in the direction
which they themselves already favour.

(via China Daily)

Douglas Richard Hurd

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Thursday, July 24, 2014

Ohio State Band



These Buckeye Band nutcases went way beyond "team bonding".Read more here.  If you need to read the ugly details, full report is here.  You were warned...

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Lane 4? No thanks, I'll take 8!


(via Food Republic)

Currents in pools are not a new phenomenon.  Just about every swimmer who's been around a while has experienced the difference between lanes in workouts and meets.  There was plenty of talk last year about currents in the world champs pool, right?  Read a new article on the issue here.

In Barcelona, rumors of a current surfaced in the early days of the meet and surprised FINA because, Dijakovic said, "by definition, pools don't have a current." But the rumors persisted, covered by French and Australian newspapers.

To investigate the rumors, Myrtha and FINA devised a makeshift test, using a floating plastic bottle that showed no discernible current.

That two-dimensional thinking didn't prove a danged thing, did it?  The dog-gone current was under the surface, ding-dongs!

American swimmer Eugene Godsoe said he wasn't sure whether there was a current in the pool that day, but that he and other competitors had heard about the rumored speed and slowness of certain lanes. Godsoe won a somewhat surprising silver medal in the 50-meter butterfly, swimming in lane 8 in the final. It was his fastest-ever time in that event.

"If there was a current, I think it was minuscule compared with the mental effect it had on the athletes swimming," Godsoe said. "If you're a swimmer and in the back of your head it's, 'I'm going to be really slow 'cause I'm in lane 1,' whether or not that's true, that's going to affect the way you perform."

Yet the placebo effect would hardly explain what happened during the 1,500-meter freestyle. In that event--involving 15 round trips in the pool—swimmers in lanes 5-8 swam faster in one direction than the other, suggesting that they faced an unfavorable current on return trips across the pool.

Conversely, lane 1-4 swimmers swam faster in the opposite direction, suggesting that any current in the pool was circular, giving swimmers in those lanes a boost on return lengths. In both cases, those results are unusual, because in distance events, the authors note, "the athletes typically attempt to maintain a fairly even pace throughout most of the race."

Facts?  We don't need no stinkin' facts!

Now, Myrtha is devising an instrument to detect water currents and will test it at the European championships next month in Berlin, said Tiffany. He said the new instrument will be "far more sophisticated" than the improvised test used in Barcelona.

Really?  What could possibly be more sophisticated than watching a bottle floating in lane 2...

Nyad Scheduled for Austin Appearance


(via The Indiana Gazette)

The 2014 Texas Conference for Women will feature Diana Nyad as one of their speakers in November.  More here.

"We are thrilled to celebrate our 15th anniversary by hosting women of such courage, creativity and vitality," said Texas First Lady Anita Perry, host of the Texas Conference for Women. "Soledad O'Brien, Diana Nyad and our other speakers will inspire women to aim high and reimagine the impact they can have in their own lives and in their communities."

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Three Jobs


Keller ISD (via TISCA) needs a district dive coach and an assistant swim coach for Keller HS.  Contact Bob DeJonge

VillaSport (The Woodlands) needs an aquatics director.

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Quote of the Day


It's better to make your own mistakes
than to copy someone else's.

(via NY Sun)

Vladimir Samoylovich Horowitz

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Wednesday, July 23, 2014

John Walsh, a.k.a. The Montana SwimSwammer


(via Military Times)

First, Senator Walsh, thanks for your service to our country.

Now, it's gonna get a little rough from here on out, sir.

We know it's wrong to take work done by others and present it as your own, right?

Not only did Montana Senator John Walsh plagiarize a paper to obtain his masters degree, he also gave some bone-headed excuses for it:

Later, the senator, in an interview with The Associated Press, contradicted the aide, saying he was being treated for post-traumatic stress disorder when he used the authors’ work without credit, and that he would consider apologizing to the scholars for doing so. He said he was currently taking antidepressant medication.

...but wait!  There's more: 

Justin Barasky, spokesman for the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee, said the committee stands behind Walsh.

"John Walsh is a decorated war hero, and it's disgusting that Steve Daines and Washington Republicans are going to try denigrate John's distinguished service after multiple polls show him gaining," Barasky said.

Now I get it!  Popularity determines whether or not stealing is okay...

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TCU's Waeger Moving North



TCU assistant Andy Waeger has been hired as head coach at Colgate.  More here.

Yale head women's coach Jim Henry:

"Colgate University will benefit greatly with Andy Waeger leading its swimming program. He excels in connecting with his athletes and is committed to their personal growth, academic achievement and athletic success.

YMCA of Arlington


Sports & aquatics director needed at YMCA of Arlington.

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LC TAGS

FLEET


Cypress Fairbanks Swim Club needs a senior coach.  Job posted on ASCA.  Contact Jack Maddan

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Great Title IX Video


This was uploaded to YouTube in 2010 and embedded on TexasSwimming.org in 2011.

Very disappointed to see it's gotten fewer than three thousand views:



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Spring


Two assistants are needed at Spring Swim Team.

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UIL vs. Austin: Who gets the house?



The UIL/Austin marriage has been on the rocks for quite some time.

Don't tell me y'all couldn't see the signs!

Baseball started spending time with the neighbor (Round Rock), Foosball moved into the Death Star with Jerry, and Thump-Thump traveled on down I-35 to San Antone.

Now soccer's looking to throw in with someone new (they've been playing in Georgetown).

I'd hate to see swimming leave Austin, but the right proposal could make it happen.

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Quote of the Day


A man's natural rights are his own, against the
whole world;  and any infringement of them is
equally a crime, whether committed by one
man, or by millions;  whether committed by
one man, calling himself a robber, or by
millions, calling themselves the government.

(via Lysander Spooner)

Lysander Spooner

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Tuesday, July 22, 2014

Sectional Timeline


Our long course sectional meet is underway.

Can't find an active link to real time results yet, but am hoping anonymous will find and send it.

In the meantime, here's the timeline.

Mean Green Sign Six More


(via UNT Coach Workshop)

More at College Swimming here.

“We have a great core group of swimmers and divers returning and I think we have not only replaced the student-athletes that have moved on from the program, but taken a big step forward in addressing our areas of improvement and raising the level of competition on our team for next year,” Bray said.

Katy & Texas City

Senior Circuit Pics





Texas Senior Circuit pics from Andy Ringgold.

Quote of the Day


If you can count your money, you
don't have a billion dollars.

(via Afflictor)

Jean Paul Getty

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Monday, July 21, 2014



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Bowlsby's Warning



(via USA Today)

Commissioner Bob Bowlsby was in Dallas today for Big XII media day. He spoke on the future of NCAA sports, and what he sees in his crystal ball ain't pretty..  Read more here and here.

On men's Olympic sports:

"I think all of that in the end will cause programs to be eliminated. I think you'll see men's Olympic sports go away as a result of the new funding challenges that are coming down the pike," he said. "I think there may be tension among and between sports on campus and institutions that have different resources."

Men's Olympic sports.  Thanks, Title IX Quota System!

On student-athletes as employees:

When addressing potential unionization of football and basketball players, Bowlsby said "student-athletes are not employees. They should never be employees. It's not an employee/employer relationship."

Agreed!

On money:

"In the end, it's a somewhat zero-sum game. There's only so much money out there. I don't think that coaches and athletic directors are likely going to take pay cuts," he said. "And I think over a period of time what we'll find is that instead of keeping a tennis program, they're going to do the things that it takes to keep the football and men's and women's basketball programs strong."

This will be accomplished by whittling men's sports down to the NCAA minimum of six (6).  The other four (4) beyond foosball and thump-thump?  Think tiny:  golf, diving, tennis, cross country.

On cheatin' in the NCAA:

"I think it's not an understatement to say cheating pays presently," he said "If you seek to conspire to certainly bend the rules, you can do it successfully and probably not get caught in most occasions. ... They're in a battle with a BB gun in their hand. They're fighting howitzers."

Enforcement went bye-bye with the botched Miami investigation.

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D-I Likeness Release Dropped



NCAA D-I athletes will no longer be required to sign away rights to their name-and-likeness.  Read more here.

The release is a central part of the high-profile class action filed by Ed O'Bannon, a former University of California at Los Angeles basketball player, as well as other lawsuits filed against the NCAA regarding the commercialized use of likenesses of college athletes.


Taylor HS


A head coach is needed at Taylor HS (Alief ISD).  Contact JD Jordan at 281-988-3997

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Quote of the Day


The right to be let alone is indeed
the beginning of all freedom.

(via The Atlantic)

William Orville Douglas

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Sunday, July 20, 2014

Finals Parade Music


Problem:

As top seed in men's fitty free, you need to decide on parade music.

Solution:


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Quote of the Day


I try not to let them catch me act.

(via Stripes)

James Scott Bumgarner, a.k.a. James Garner

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Saturday, July 19, 2014

Disturbing!


Okay, so it looks like the guy didn't comply with the orders from the officers:



After he's been cuffed, you can hear him telling them repeatedly "I can't breathe, I can't breathe, I can't breathe..."

The aftermath is truly shocking and disturbing:



Don't they have a duty to render aid to the man who is helpless and in their custody?

Yes, we should support law enforcement officers and EMS.

No, this kind of behavior must not be tolerated!

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Bette Perot Aquatic Center


(via GSNETX)

The Perot family donated over a million bucks toward a new pool for the Girl Scouts in Palestine.  Read more here. 

Camp Bette Perot, a 1,400-acre property located in Palestine, Texas, was donated by Ross and Margot Perot in honor of his sister and lifetime Girl Scout, Bette Perot. Camp Bette Perot is the largest Girl Scout camp in Northeast Texas, serving more than 10,000 girls and adults each year. It is a Center of Excellence for equestrian activities, and is home to 70 horses, a ropes course, archery and many other camp activities. The new Aquatic Center, which opened to resident campers this month, includes a screened-in program pavilion and building that will not only provide a great swim center for the girls but will also provide the infrastructure to enhance the leadership experience on site.

Quote of the Day


He who does not bellow the truth when
he knows the truth makes himself the
accomplice of liars and forgers.

(via Wikipedia)

Charles Pierre Péguy

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