Monday, January 23, 2017

Quote of the Day

To leave a people to themselves, is generally
the best service their rulers can render.

via Alchetron

William Ellery Channing


Sunday, January 22, 2017

Rule Book Help

Hoping someone can tell me where in the NFHS Swim/Dive rule book it says:

"In championship meets held in counties
beginning with the letter "V", there
shall be at least two (2) acts of idiocy."

I know we're not having any trouble meeting that quota down here!


Swimmer "A" reports to 200 i.m. awards ceremony, but isn't recognized.

Since results posting is lagging, we finally notice a "DQ".  When I ask the meet officials why we (swimmer &/or coach) weren't informed of the disqualification, one said - with a straight face - "We don't do that."

Yes, I promptly lost my mind*.

When asked what planet he was on, official stuttered, stammered, and eventually concluded "This one."

I explained that I'd never been at a meet - high school, college, club, summer league - where an official didn't at least let a swimmer or coach know about an infraction.

When I asked that the meet committee be called, I got:

That likely meant that either a) no meet committee had been selected, or b) they didn't know what a meet committee was.

Surely it wasn't "b", right?  I mean, I remember being asked to be on one the last time I was at a meet there!

So, rather than call their "meet committee", they decided that - at least for the remainder of the meet - any disqualifications would be communicated to swimmers &/or coaches.

No, a thank you wasn't in order.  See the 12/11/16 quote by Addison here


This one's on the coaches...I mean sponsors.

Of the tiny number of divers in our district, we had a guy who'd started out at the bottom.  Our diving coach brought him along and he won our district championship by 20 points.

He was recognized as our district Diver of the Year.

Instead of selecting his coach as COTY, our sponsors instead gave that honor to the sponsor of the second place boy...who's still working on completing an eleven dive list...

*no cursing or yelling, just pointed questions & statements

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Weakly Demotivator

Bringing back the weekly demotivators.

See what I done did there?

Y'all must think I'm just plain D-U-M dumb!


Quote of the Day

Adversity introduces a man to himself.

via StarTribune

Henry Louis "HL" Mencken


Saturday, January 21, 2017

Quote of the Day

If life gives you lemons, make
some kind of fruity juice.

via Pinterest

Conan Christopher O'Brien


Tuesday, January 17, 2017

Quote of the Day

If you begin to think you're something you're
not, you're looking in the wrong mirror.

Eugene Andrew "Gene" Cernan


Tuesday, January 10, 2017

Let's start it off with an oldie:

...didn't say it was a "goodie"...

Psych sheet for this week's Austin Arena Pro meet is here

More meet info, along with live stream, is here

Parking in Austin is always an adventure, right?  That info's here

via Despair

Wondering what the most-read posts on TEXAS SWIMMING were in 2016?

Why?  What's wrong with you?  Get a life!

Top Ten list below, in case you're bored out of your skull:

1. 2016 Call-Ups
2. USA Swimming to Hammer NITRO Coach
3. 2016 State Meet Call-Ups
5. Tyler ISD Update
6. 2016 UIL State Meet Results
7. Official Qualifiers Lists
8. High School Openings
9. Doping Rant
10. Jobs, "Music", & More

Can't say I didn't warn ya...

Eagle Swimming Association needs a head coach

Fort Hood Dolphins need an assistant coach

The Thousand Oaks Family YMCA needs an aquatics director

Cedar Park Swimming needs an assistant.  Resume & references to swimcps@gmail.com

Los Fresnos HS needs a head coach.  Contact Patrick Brown

Aggie Swim Camp needs assistant coaches.  Contact Shannon Clark

Athlete and Coach applications for the 2017 USA Swimming Diversity Select Camp are here

Listen to a podcast featuring Magnolia's Terry Jones here

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Quote of the Day

Leadership is the willingness to put oneself at risk.

via The Center for Rural Development

John Calvin Maxwell


Wednesday, January 04, 2017

Quote of the Day

I'm against picketing, but I
don't know how to show it.
Mitchell Lee "Mitch" Hedberg


Tuesday, January 03, 2017

Borrowed from...

Quote of the Day

Thankfully, persistence is a
great substitute for talent.

via The Wall Street Journal

Stephen Glenn "Steve" Martin


Sunday, January 01, 2017

Quote of the Day

A true soldier fights not because he
hates what is in front of him, but
because he loves what is behind him.

Gilbert Keith "G.K." Chesterton


Wednesday, December 28, 2016

Quote of the Day

I'll never be known for my
work with boundaries.

via Vanity Fair

Carrie Frances Fisher


Tuesday, December 27, 2016

Quote of the Day

The free man is he who does not
fear to go to the end of his thought.

André Léon Blum


Sunday, December 25, 2016

Andy Ringgold's Pics

Andy just updated the follerin' links.  Enjoy!

Texas Swimming (club, high school, & college)

NCAA Swimming (poster set)

USA Swimming (poster set)

When we talk about folks who do so much for our kids and our sport, names like Andy Ringgold and Sam Kendricks should come to mind right away.

Thanks and Merry Christmas to Andy, Brenda, and the boys!

Quote of the Day

The more you love a memory,
the stronger and stranger it is.

via Liden & Denz

Vladimir Vladimirovich Nabokov


Saturday, December 24, 2016

End of the Year Jobs Post

The YMCA of Greater Williamson County needs a program director (aquatics, sports, teen zone, seniors) in Burnet

Ben Davis HS (Aldine ISD) needs a head coach.  Contact Sandra Mader at 281-985-6100

Clear Lake HS needs an assistant coach.  Contact TJ Markiewicz at 281-796-6524

The City of Cedar Hill needs a head swim coach

The City of Kerrville needs a pool manager

The City of McKinney needs a pool manager

The White Rock Family YMCA needs an aquatics & teen director

The City of Abeline needs an aquatics supervisor

The Thousand Oaks Family YMCA (San Antonio) needs an aquatics director


Quote of the Day

Nothing unmasks a man like his use of power.


Elbert Green Hubbard


Friday, December 23, 2016

Quote of the Day

It's the people in fashion who
make fashion ridiculous.

via Strateas Carlucci

Franca Sozzani


Tuesday, December 20, 2016

UIW Christmas Invite

Rice won the women's meet, TCU took the men's, and Incarnate Word was combined champ:


Nope, not missing...

...it all that much right now...

via neoc


Quote of the Day (Thanks, DJA)

The price of excellence is discipline.  The
cost of mediocrity is disappointment.

via Alchetron

William Arthur Ward


Monday, December 19, 2016

Quote of the Day

I never hated a man enough
to give him diamonds back.

via Old Time Radio

Zsa Zsa Gabor


Sunday, December 18, 2016

Quote of the Day

The universe is not required to be in
perfect harmony with human ambition.
Carl Edward Sagan


Saturday, December 17, 2016

Quote of the Day

I am not in favour of quotas.  Just put the best
person into the job.  It is not about gender;
it is about experience, leadership, and vision.
Angela Jean Ahrendts


Wednesday, December 14, 2016

Clemson can't afford swimming...

...but they're able to build a football complex with a slide & laser tag.

via Clemson Football


Quote of the Day

If you don't read the newspaper,
you're uninformed.  If you do
read it, you're misinformed.

via Classicalite

Denzel Hayes Washington, Jr.


Monday, December 12, 2016

Quote of the Day

Loyalty is from above, betrayal is from below.

via Oasis House

Bob Sorge


Sunday, December 11, 2016

A Few Recent Job Postings

The Austin JCC needs a masters coach

AAAA - North East needs assistant coaches.  Contact David Johnson at 210-356-6925

PineBrookWood Orcas needs a summer team coach

Tyler ISD needs a head club coach/assistant aquatics coordinator


Quote of the Day

In doing what we ought we deserve
no praise, because it is our duty.

Joseph Addison


Friday, December 09, 2016

Quote of the Day

You should run your life not by the
calendar but how you feel, and what
your interests are and ambitions.

via NASA

John Herschel Glenn, Jr.


Wednesday, December 07, 2016

Windsor SC World Champs

Junior Nationals

Psych sheets, timelines, heat sheets, streaming video, etc. for Jr. Nationals East (Columbus, Ohio) and West (College Station) are here

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Quote of the Day

It is a mistake to look too far ahead.  Only one link
in the chain of destiny can be handled at a time.
Sir Winston Churchill


Wednesday, November 30, 2016

Texas Invite

Quote of the Day

We have no more right to consume
happiness without producing it than
to consume wealth without producing it.

via Pinterest

George Bernard Shaw


Monday, November 28, 2016

Winter Nationals

Quote of the Day

A lie doesn't become truth, wrong doesn't
become right, and evil doesn't become good,
just because it's accepted by a majority.

via Biola University

Richard Duane "Rick" Warren


Thursday, November 24, 2016

Emmett Hines

Just found out Emmett Hines has passed (thanks for the info, DJA).

Emmett helped me with my first coaching gig, at HISD's Jackson MS.  I'd found an old plywood pace clock at the school and he found us a new motor for it.  That winter, he loaned us some lane ropes from the old UH outdoor pool.

So sorry to hear of his passing.

Read a short post on the Gulf Masters SC site here

Emmett's bio at his H20uston Swims site is here

Quote of the Day

The company of just and righteous men
is better than wealth and a rich estate.

via npr



Tuesday, November 22, 2016

2016 Female Race of the Year

View more Golden Goggles vids at the USA Swimming YouTube channel here


Quote of the Day

What is not good for the beehive,
cannot be good for the bees.

via Ancient Rome

Marcus Aurelius


Monday, November 21, 2016

Quote of the Day

We acquire the strength we have overcome.

via NY Times

Ralph Waldo Emerson


Sunday, November 20, 2016

Brain Divided

Quote of the Day

Travel is like a university without walls.

Dame Anita Lucia Roddick


Saturday, November 19, 2016

Long Pause

Went without posting for almost a month.  Gotta admit, it was nice.

Today, I'll ease back into the bloggin' - but only when I'm not busy with other projects (switch switchin', gun cleanin', vent fixin', etc.) that need tendin' to.


Let's assume positions posted more than a couple of weeks ago have either been filled or are about to be.

Here are the more recent postings:

Sienna Plantation Aquatics (SPA) needs an assistant coach

The Katy Main Street YMCA needs a youth development director - aquatics

The Garland Family YMCA needs an aquatics coordinator

The Arlington-Mansfield Area YMCA needs a sports & aquatics director

The University of Houston needs an aquatics programs coordinator

The City of Austin needs an aquatic recreation programs specialist

The YMCA of the Highland Lakes needs a head coach

The City of Amarillo needs an aquatics supervisor

The City of Lancaster needs an aquatics supervisor

One more thing:

Am wondering how a blog that hasn't been updated in weeks is still averaging 300+ page views per day.

Could it be y'all are just visiting for the links?  Knowing how pathetic the posts are, that's likely!

If that's the case, would you please let me know if/when you find a "dead" one?

I don't have time to check them all on a regular basis, so please send me an email when one takes you "nowhere".


Today's Quote

Yes, Nông Đức Mạnh is a commie.

In spite of his misguided politics, that quote is perfect for our post-Obama nation.

It's about time we start dealing with problems head-on.

Let's do it without lies, executive orders, and overseas nation-building.


Quote of the Day

As part of our renewal - we need to fight problems,
not just wait for them to take place.

via Zimbio

Nông Đức Mạnh


Monday, October 24, 2016

Latest Job Listings

Oak Cliff YMCA needs a sports & aquatics coordinator

Moody Family YMCA needs an assistant coach

The Briar Club needs an assistant coach

San Antonio Wave needs a coach at their Alamo Heights HS site.  Contact Carol Rettele


Quote of the Day

To rectify past blunders is impossible, but
we might profit by the experience of them.

via fineartamerica

George Washington