TEXAS SWIMMING

Save the Males - Reform Title IX NOW!!!

Wednesday, October 01, 2014

Farmers Branch


The City of Farmers Branch needs an aquatics supervisor

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Two YMCA Jobs

September Most-Viewed


In case you missed them, here are the September most-viewed posts:

(via The Daily Apple)

#1 - TISCA Open Letter

(thanks, SA!)

#2 - Abbott Wins World Junior OW 5k



#3 - Where have all the relays gone?

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What a difference a day makes!


(via USA Swimming)
Vote tallies for Golden Goggles Male Athlete of the Year:

Yesterday

Phelps - 47%
Clary - 27%
Jaeger - 26%

Today

Jaeger - 41%
Phelps - 36%
Clary - 23%

Quote of the Day


I don't think I have ever been out of control.

(via ARHE)

Robert Montgomery "Bob" Knight

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Tuesday, September 30, 2014

JFK at Harvard



Cool pics of JFK on Harvard swim team in '38 are here.

Did he get a big enough lead?


(via Hollywood Life)

Golden Boy Michael Phelps raced out to a big lead for Golden Goggles Male Athlete of the Year:

Phelps - 47%
Clary - 27%
Jaeger - 26%

Can Clary or Jaeger catch him?  If not, will Mamma Phelps have to drive Michael to pick up his award?

Haven't voted yet?  Links here.

San Antonio


The YMCA of Greater San Antonio needs an aquatics director.  Info here.

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Quote of the Day


I think you're only free if you're working
on very low or huge money.

(via Afflictor)

George Andrew Romero

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Monday, September 29, 2014

A Few Results

Quote of the Day


We do not have that much to moan
about when one thinks of what
people did not moan about before.

(via Pinterest)

Margrethe II

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Saturday, September 27, 2014

Quote of the Day


As the builders say, the larger stones
do not lie well without the lesser.

(via Unequally Yoked)

Plato

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Friday, September 26, 2014

Adams Featured


(via Zimbio)

Piece by USA Swimming's Mike Watkins on Aggie Cammile Adams is here.

“Steve is amazing!” Adams said. “He’s done a lot for my race strategy. He really believes in working the back half of races, even though it gives my poor mom a heart attack every time I race. I think that plan works well for me. Now that my NCAA career is over, I hope to spend some extra time working on my initial speed as well.”

Orange over White


VERY impressive early-season swims at the UT Orange/White Intrasquad!

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Men's Swimming Add



Northern Michigan University is adding a men's swimming program!  More here.

Men’s swimming had previously been cut from NMU’s offerings back in 1980, but as detailed by Erickson, bringing back men’s swimming is not a huge expense considering there is already a women’s swimming and diving program currently in place under head coach Heidi Voigt with facility costs already being considered sunk.

Aquastar


Aquastar (Houston area) needs a head age group coach.  Info here.

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Golden Goggles


(via Zimbio)

Check out the nominees here.

Pick your favorites here.

News



Rice masters swimmer David Guthrie is in the International Masters Swimming Hall of Fame Class of 2014.  More here.

Admitting to being almost overwhelmed by the enormity of the honor, Guthrie adds, “Being inducted means achieving one of the ultimate goals in the sport, one of its highest honors. Aiming for it—dreaming about it—and actually reaching this goal are completely different realities. I’ll need time to process it.

Round Rock ISD is considering building a natatorium.  More here.

A natatorium is envisioned as a resource that would benefit high school swim teams and end a reliance on leasing pools from the city or the YMCA. As it stands, the closest high school natatorium is in Belton, located 43 miles north of Round Rock.

“I’m so excited about the fact we’re looking at this as a joint venture,” said trustee Paul J. Tisch. “I think it’s great for Round Rock.”

Fellow trustee Claudio Cruz also applauded the move.

“It’s commendable the partnership we’re going to enter here working with the city and all the other entities. It’s a win-win situation; it’s great that this is happening.”


Does it come in a Texas Edition?


How about a four-wheel drive?


How's Bubba ever gonna fit all his hound dogs plus a recliner in that thing?

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Circle C


In addition to the assistant coaching positions posted here, Circle C is now seeking a head coach.  Info here.

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New Braunfels


The New Braunfels Family YMCA needs an aquatics director.  Info here.

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Quote of the Day


The less important an issue is, the more
time managers spend discussing it.

(via Curious Cat)

Russell Lincoln Ackoff

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Thursday, September 25, 2014

Quote of the Day


Glue guys aren't superstars, they're not the
number one option, they just do things
only coaches really appreciate.

(via NBA)

Richard John "Dick" Vitale

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Wednesday, September 24, 2014

Cheer Team Clotheslines Foosballers...


...then celebrates!


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Circle C


Assistants are needed at Circle C Select (Austin).  Info here.

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Quote of the Day


Politics is the activity by which the framework
of human life is sustained;  it is not life itself.

(via The Telegraph)

Kenneth Minogue

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Tuesday, September 23, 2014

Swim Streamline


Swim Streamline at Northampton (Houston area) needs an assistant.  Info here.

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Victoria Corporate Cup


Leon led the Formosa Tigers to an easy relay win in the 2014 Victoria YMCA Corporate Cup.  Results here.  The Corporate Cup is an annual competition between area businesses and is put on by the local YMCA.

If your community is interested in having a similar event, more info is here.

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Quote of the Day


For good ideas and true innovation, you need
human interaction, conflict, argument, debate.

(via TED Blog)

Margaret Heffernan

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Monday, September 22, 2014

Stop & Think About It



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ESA


Eagle Swimming Association (Houston area) needs an assistant.  Info here.

Readers,

If/when you have info on jobs you'd like posted, just email them to me!

I posts what I finds, but I knows that ain't 'em all.

Thanks,

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Quote of the Day


Words is worse'n bullets.  You
never know what they'll hit.

(via Black Gate)

Frederick Schiller Faust, a.k.a. Max Brand

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Saturday, September 20, 2014

Ginder Moves On


After two years as a UNT Mean Green volunteer assistant, Lisa Ginder (former Southlake Carroll HS freestyler) has signed on as a grad assistant at Bryant University in Rhode Island.  More here.

"It is always exciting to bring a new, young coach on board," head coach Katie Cameron said. "Lisa brings with her a great passion for the sport and the athletes. She had a great career as a collegiate athlete and her two years of coaching at North Texas are going to be so beneficial."

Early Results Are In!


Mean Green Pentathlon

Westlake Intrasquad (rain-shortened)


Readers,

If/when you have links to results you'd like to share, just email them to me!

I try to keep up but also know there are many more out there that I miss.

Most use Meet Mobile, but there are still plenty of folks that use the internet to look at results.

We appreciate your help!

Thanks,

Button

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Quote of the Day


The triumph can't be had without the struggle.

(via Wikipedia)

Wilma Glodean Rudolph

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Friday, September 19, 2014

Knutson Soap Opera Renewed


(via NY Times)

Looks like the Dagny Knutson saga has kicked off a new season.  In this season's premier, Knutson sues her former lawyer.  More here.

“I told Dagny and her agent, ‘Look, I have a good relationship with USA Swimming. I think I can help you. If this gets into litigation you have to find somebody else because I’ve represented Mark in the past.’”

Knutson in a telephone interview Wednesday said she did not recall such a conversation.

“All I knew about Rich was that he was my agent’s lawyer,” she said. “I had no idea who he had represented.”

Not familiar with the story?  This is just a small part:

In the spring of 2010, Knutson was headed to Auburn until Schubert convinced her to give up her NCAA eligibility and join USA Swimming’s Center of Excellence program based at Fullerton Aquatics Swim Team.

Under the agreement, USA Swimming would provide rent and living expenses such as phone, electricity and gas, tuition to a nearby college, expenses for competition trips, and an agent. She would train with U.S. Olympic and World Championships coach Sean Hutchinson. The deal would run through the 2016 Olympics.

Knutson moved to Orange County in August 2010. But within two months Schubert was forced out as U.S. national team director. Hutchinson resigned in December 2010 amid charges that he was involved in a romantic relationship with an adult female swimmer he was coaching. Knutson also said the only payments she received from USA Swimming were based on her world rankings and would have received them even if she had stayed in North Dakota.

Jack The Genius

Why no 2015 Call-Ups Post?


I won't be posting an unofficial call-up list in 2015 because I'll be busy with another project.


I've re-retired and am in the process of prepping for a 2015 Appalachian Trail Northbound Thru-Hike.

Doctor & wife have both given me permission.  Leon seems fine with it, as he'll be able to park his not-so-gently used truck (nicknamed White Trash) and drive mine while I'm gone.

Along with trying to complete a few long-overdue projects, I'm using this fall/winter to prep for The Green Tunnel.

AT thru-hike prep means getting in shape, ordering/trying out gear, putting together reasonable schedule, lining up mail drop boxes (Pop Tarts & Peanut Butter?), and soliciting advice from other 50+/vegetarian/early-start thru-hikers.  Turns out there are plenty of each category out there and they're very willing to share the ups and downs (puns intended) they've experienced.

(via Reed's AT Adventure)

Solid preparation and staying healthy along the trail should give me a reasonable shot at completing the journey.  Only one in four who attempt it actually make it...and I really want to be that one...

Quote of the Day


Show me a character whose life
arouses my curiosity, and my flesh
begins crawling with suspense.

(via Roger Launius's Blog)

Fawn McKay Brodie

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Thursday, September 18, 2014

2016 Trials Standards



Going up on web sites and bulletin boards all over the country.  All faster than '12.  Qualifying period July 30, 2014 through entry deadline.  If you're hoping to punch your ticket to Omaha:

TISCA Open Letter


Dear TISCA,

Expect this open letter to be a ramblin' disaster.  In other words, exactly what you've come to expect here at the Texas Swimming blog.  Strategy for goin' through this might be to read a little, take a little break, send a hateful email, repeat...

I know at least a few TISCA-member coaches (& a sponsor or two) read this site now and then.  I hope you will find something in this letter that may lead to a discussion or two in any informal meetings y'all may have this weekend at the clinic in Austin.  Kick 'round some idears while in the golf cart or at the dinner table.

It's clear the UIL's warmin' to the idear of water polo (minus the horses).  It reminds me of the days just before they split swimming into two divisions.  Back then, the movement went from an individual or two (parent and/or coach) gittin' nowhere fer years, to TISCA and the UIL workin' together to make it happen.

So what?  Maybe we want to work with the UIL to get polo, you say?

Think of the track coach who couldn't care less 'bout cross country, but - thanks to his/her expertise in the areas of runnin', jumpin', & throwin' - is assigned to coach the sport.

Now, imagine yer a swim coach who couldn't care less about polo.  Yes, there are a few out there.  Like it er not, y'all are gonna be orderin' goals, balls, shot clocks, etc.

Since you be the expert in water sports, not only do ya gotta keep workin' with divers - now you'll be coachin' kids swimmin' round in funny lookin' hats elbowin' each other in the mouth and kickin' where it really hurts.

If you can't stand hearin' a whistle go off every ten seconds, might be time to go lookin' fer alternative careers outside high school 'quatics in Texas.

Okay, so what if you like the idear of all that thrashin' & whistlin'?  Think back to the track/cross country example.  Neither sport covers both semesters, right?  Could adding polo as a UIL sport lead to fall-only swimmin' with polo in the spring?  Want to try fittin' a state swim/dive meet into December?  That's the time of year kids are headin' off to USA Swimming Nationals, Junior Nationals, and USA Diving Nationals.  Have fun with that.

Polo or no polo, any movement toward fall-only swim/dive is bad news.  When the season was shortened (used to end in March), important invites got piled on top of one another.  The state TISCA meet was eliminated.  Fall-only swim/dive would mean elimination of more invites and - more than likely - yer favorite revenue-generatin' invites - them regional TISCA meets.

Of course, y'all could come back to work with the foosball coaches, run two-a-days in early August, and start the swim season in late August.  If that's what y'all want, go for it!

Now, think of polo and fall-only swim/dive from the UIL's perspective.  They'd still rake in the same amount of dough from swimming (now twice what they did before the 4A/5A split), plus they'd get an entirely new revenue stream by adding polo.  Since they know coaches would do all the work in organizing district/region/state tournaments, they'd barely lift a finger while them dollar signs in their eyes light up.  See why they're startin' to come 'round to the polo idear?

Bottom line?  Keep polo out of the UIL and fight against fall-only swimming.

So, that covers what I think we should be against.  What should we be for?

Glad y'all asked!

We should be for finding a way to get 24 qualifiers per event (in both divisions) to the state meet.  That was once one of TISCA's most important missions.  It should be again.  They went for the 4A/5A split when they realized it meant doubling revenue while only slightly increasing effort.  Adding another heat to prelims would increase Friday attendance without them having to lift a finger, right?

Also, we've seen huge increase in the number of kids swimmin' and divin' in Texas high schools.  Why does it have to end there?

Why are there still so few college swim programs (fourteen for women & eleven for men) in Texas?  Can't we advocate for more college opportunities for these kids within our great state?  Let's find a way to revive programs that were cut (thanks, Title IX) and start some new ones.  We can come up with a long list of colleges in this state that have pools.  Why not find a way to make it easy for presidents & athletic directors to say "yes" to swimming?

Finally, TISCA stopped posting their unofficial call-up lists a few years ago.  UIL pressure on our once-autonomous organization somehow led to our leadership cavin' in (don't the UIL frown on bullyin'?).  So, with the help of some swim coaches and parents, we've put together the call-up lists for the last couple of years and posted them here.

I'll give y'all a little heads up.  Call-ups ain't gonna be posted here on 2015 region weekend.  So, it looks like some coaches, swim parents, or - gasp - TISCA will have to post unofficial call-ups.

It's either that or wait until the folks over on Manor Road git 'round to it the follerin' week.

No, TN didn't threaten me with bodily harm.  Check back here tomorrow and I'll fill y'all in on the reason.

Q.  What's the best way to keep someone in suspense?

A.  I'll tell ya tomorrow...

See ya,

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Quote of the Day


In theory there is no difference between
theory and practice.  In practice there is.

(via NY Times)

Lawrence Peter "Yogi" Berra

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Wednesday, September 17, 2014

Trucker's Hitch

Quote of the Day


It was a combination screwball and
change-up.  I call it a screw-up.

(via Boston)

William Francis Lee III

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Tuesday, September 16, 2014

Quote of the Day


The things you are passionate about
are not random, they are your calling.

(via Twitter)

Fabienne Fredrickson

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Monday, September 15, 2014

Feigen & Sutton on MSS


Jimmy Feigen & Chloe Sutton at ASCA World Clinic:


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Quote of the Day


A hunch is creativity trying to tell you something.

(via Wikipedia)

Frank Russell Capra

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Sunday, September 14, 2014

Quote of the Day


Success is the sum of small efforts -
repeated day in and day out.

(via Wikipedia)

Robert Collier

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Saturday, September 13, 2014

Catching Up


(via My SA)
In case y'all missed it, Jimmy Feigen was on Tuesday's Q&A session at USA Swimming.  Catch up here.

10. Ricky Berens and David Walters working, making names out of the pool, what’s that like for you in Austin?

Jimmy:
I am proud of them. I can’t believe Ricky is getting engaged, that is absolutely nuts to me – in a good way! And Dave off coaching and doing investment banking. I never saw that coming if you asked me to project five years down the road. But he is so amazing. We also have Brendan (Hansen) starting his own athletic complex. It’s good to see that drive to succeed after swimming.


The UIL has updated numbers in their 2013-14 steroid testing report.  More here.  Instead of zero positive tests, they now claim to have nabbed two (2) roiders.  That comes out to a quarter million bucks per positive.

Did y'all catch this amusing video?


USMS is thinking about adding 25's (and 4 x 25 relays) to their meet format.  Story here.


Heard of "The Old Guys for Title IX"?  They've decided to push proportionality on schools they don't have any personal interest in - and that have no desire for their involvement.  More here.

The complaint — filed on Jan. 10 with The Department of Education’s Office for Civil Rights in Boston — was submitted by a member of “The Old Guys for Title IX” as part of a mass complaint including 100 New England colleges and universities, according to one of the group’s members, Herb Dempsey. Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972 prohibits gender-based discrimination in universities that receive federal education funds.

The complaint against Emerson claims that the school is violating Title IX by not providing “opportunities for women to play sports in numbers substantially proportionate to their enrollment.” The complaint’s author was redacted by The Old Guys for Title IX before it was sent to the Beacon, and Dempsey declined to provide the name.

Opportunities are there, Old Guys, it's just a matter of taking advantage of them.

Naomi Kramer, a senior communication sciences and disorders major who plays women’s lacrosse and soccer for Emerson, said she strongly disagreed with the Title IX complaint’s allegations. 

“Basically, if you want to play, you’re going to play sports here,” she said. “We just hired a female athletic director. That alone says something about this school.” 

Dempsey, a 77-year-old retired teacher and father of five from Washington, said that members of The Old Guys for Title IX have filed thousands of Title IX complaints against public schools and colleges across the country in the past four years. He declined to say how many members belong to the group.

Sounds like that old guy has way too much time on his hands.  How about focusing on equality in budgets, coaching, travel, facilities, etc. - and keeping them darned kids off your lawn - Herb?

I get comments and emails from Title IX'ers all the time.  I'm not sure they understand that I'm not against what Title IX was created for, I'm against what it's become - a quota system.

Here's my response to a recent email:

xxx,

Thanks for the email.  I certainly hope xxx adds boys/girls high school swimming.

Unfortunately, if/when xHS's male swimmers wish to continue their careers in college, they'll likely have to look outside Texas for those opportunities.  Schools like Rice and Houston have dumped their men's swim programs because of Title IX.

While bloated football rosters are an issue, it's proportionality that is to blame here.  Schools offer plenty of opportunities for females in athletics, but the FACT is, they don't take advantage of those opportunities at the same rate as males, PERIOD!

Title IX advocates have used a quota system to force schools to drop male programs, simply because too few women take advantage of the athletic opportunities available.

If the proportionality quota system were used in nursing schools and elementary education (yes, they receive federal funds), we'd have to turn away a huge number of women, right?  How would that be right?  Just because fewer males take advantage of opportunities in nursing and K-5 teaching, should the females be punished for it?

Creating the perfect world proportionality activists "feel" we should have isn't possible.  Whether y'all want to accept it or not, facts are facts and boys and girls are different.

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Quote of the Day


Every closed eye is not sleeping
and every open eye is not seeing.

(via The Story Boys)

William Henry "Bill" Cosby, Jr.

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Friday, September 12, 2014

Quote of the Day


Lying makes a problem part of the future;
truth makes a problem part of the past.

(via NY Times)

Richard Andrew "Rick" Pitino

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Thursday, September 11, 2014

Raise your hand...


...if you could have saved UM men's swimming.


University of Miami president Donna Shalala is stepping down.  More here and here.

Miami dumped their men's program in 2000.  That story's here. 

The two programs will be dropped after this season, but school officials want the teams to continue at the club level in hopes of bringing them back as varsity sports in the future. Dee said Miami was left with no choice but to cut the programs to comply with Title IX, the federal law that requires schools to give men and women equal athletic opportunities.

There were equal opportunities in the UM athletic department, but a disproportionately large number of males actually took advantage of them.  So (according to the Title IX proportionality proponents) if you're unable to get more females to participate in collegiate athletics, the solution is to take away opportunities from the males.

I suppose it never occurred to anyone in the UM athletic department that they might be able to save the swim program from the Title IX Proportionality Ax by reducing their bloated foosball roster*.  I searched the athletic web site for the roster and finally stumbled on the link**.

112 players are listed, including six (6) kickers...you never know when your fifth-stringer might tweek a hammy.

Maybe the next Cane president will stop treating men's diving as a stand-alone sport and restore the men's swim program...



*Yeah, that would take away male opportunities.  In this case, they're opportunities to suit up for five (5) years and never need to have your jersey laundered.

**It was in the last place you'd expect it:  Student-Athletes

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Twin Lakes


Twin Lakes Family YMCA (Cedar Park):

Aquatics Director

Swim Coach

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Quote of the Day


Humiliation and indifference, these are conditions
every one of us finds unbearable – this is why the
Coyote when falling is more concerned with the
audience's opinion of him than he is with the
inevitable result of too much gravity. 

(via act)

Charles Martin "Chuck" Jones

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Wednesday, September 10, 2014

Quote of the Day


Things that people learn purely out of curiosity
can have a revolutionary effect on human affairs.

(via AIP)

Frederick Seitz

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Sunday, September 07, 2014

Quote of the Day


The first time I see a jogger
smiling, I'll consider it.

(via tumblr)

Joan Alexandra Rosenberg,
a.k.a. Joan Rivers

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Saturday, September 06, 2014

Abbott Wins World Junior OW 5k



Nitro's Taylor Abbott has won the FINA World Junior Open Water 5k in Hungary.

Results (and splits) here.

Matt Lowe Featured


(via Muscle & Fitness)

Catch up with former Longhorn breaststroker Matt Lowe here.

“Chiropractic played a tremendous role in my swimming career in overcoming a few injuries at Texas. As I continued using it, I felt the benefits and saw the impact regular chiropractic care had on my workouts and performances. It was at that point that I knew becoming a chiropractor was something I wanted to do. It was a way for me to remain close to athletics and help athletes of all ages as well as wellness minded individuals.”

Space City Aquatic Club


Via USA Swimming:

We are looking for a part-time assistant coach for our age group program.

Space City Aquatic Club doubled in size this year and are looking for a technique based age group coach. We are more interested in their ability to connect, energize and communicate with the swimmers than their experience. The coach will have support and guidance to enable to grow and learning as well as enough autonomy to develop their own skills and style, within the frame work of the program.

Space City Aquatic Club in League City Texas.
www.swimscat.com

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Quote of the Day


When a constraint exists advantage
can usually be taken of it.

(via IASL)

William Ross Ashby

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Friday, September 05, 2014

Gulf LSC Gold Medal Clinic & Banquet



Clinic:

This year's Gold Medal Clinic, with 2008 and 2012 Olympic Gold Medalist, Ricky Berens, will take place at the WW Emmons Natatorium in Spring Branch on Saturday, September 27th.  We are breaking the clinic into two sessions - a 9-12 year old session from 12:00noon-3:00pm and a 13&Over session from 4:00pm-7:00pm.

Ricky will need assistance from several Gulf coaches during each session.  A coaches' application for all those who would like to apply can be found HERE.  The deadline to apply is September 12th and applications can be mailed to Mandy Norris

Banquet:

This year's annual awards banquet will be held Sunday, September 28, 2014 at the Marriott Westchase and will feature guest speaker 2008 and 2012 Olympic Gold Medalist, Ricky Berens.

The doors will open at 4:30 PM for late registration and dinner will begin at 5:15 PM.  Dress is Semi-Formal.   Cost: $30/person.

Check the Gulf LSC home page for registration info for each event.

Fantasy Swim Camps



In addition to the adult version, this year USA Swimming is offering a youth fantasy swim camp.  Info for each here.

Youth camp dates are October 9 - 12.

Youth registration deadline was Wednesday, but you might talk them into taking your two grand here.

Adult camp dates are October 17 - 19.

Contact Morgan Weinberg at 719-866-3211 for adult camp registration.  Deadline is September 10.

Quote of the Day


Questioning the status quo can result in
banishment, imprisonment, ridicule, or
being burned at the stake, depending
on your era, your locale, and the
sacred cows you wish to butcher.

(via The Exponent)

Eugene Howard "Gene" Spafford

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Thursday, September 04, 2014

FINA World Junior O.W. Champs

Bultman Contract Extension


(via 12th Man)

The Aggies have extended women's coach Steve Bultman's contract through 2016 (w/options for more).  More here.

“It’s definitely nice to be appreciated and noticed for the team’s accomplishments,” Bultman said. “I’m very excited about this recruiting class (ranked No. 1 by CollegeSwimming.com) that just came in and this contract allows for me to coach them through their four years and beyond. I intend to coach the Aggies for many more years and I’m appreciative of the Texas A&M administration for making it possible.”

Quote of the Day


Despite all the promises you hear from politicians,
big government does not really help the little guy.
Big government fosters big business, big unions,
and big costs to the taxpayers.  Big government
and its big partners rob individuals and our
nation of freedom, opportunity, and prosperity.

(via Business Week)

James Warren "Jim" DeMint

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Wednesday, September 03, 2014

See Walter Run


Run, Walter, Run!

See Walter Dive.

Dive, Walter, Dive!


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August Most Viewed


With an extended break in August, there wasn't a whole lot to view.  These were the top three:

#1 - In case you're interested...

#2 - Quote of the Day(from August 2nd)

#3 - Trip, Music, Fantasy Foosball, & Pan Pacs

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Quote of the Day


A weak enemy in the fortress is more
fearsome than the strongest outside.

(via Wikipedia)

Johann Jakob Wilhelm Heinse

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