Thursday, August 25, 2016

Quote of the Day

Call us the future from your past.

Frederick William "Fred" Schneider III


Wednesday, August 24, 2016

Junior Pan Pacs

Junior Pan Pacific Championships start today.

via Twitter

Nitro's Sean Grieshop has been chosen as a team captain.

Here are a few links to help y'all foller:

Results (real time)


Swimming World (coverage page)

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Simone Manuel

via Daily Mail

Phil Whitten wrote on the significance of Sugar Land's Simone Manuel's Rio performance here

via OpenWaterSwimming
Austin's Sandy Neilson-Bell commented on the Manuel's historic 100 free: 

“Who would have imagined that 44 years and 13 Olympiads would pass before another American female sprinter would stand proudly atop the Olympic podium?” asked Neilson. Now Sandra Neilson-Bell, the 1972 gold medalist said she was thrilled with Manuel’s victory in Rio.

 “She is a classy young woman,” Neilson-Bell said. “I’m especially impressed with her modesty about her achievements. I believe Simone would be a superb spokesperson for our sport, not only for the African-American community, but for all Americans. After all, what parent would not like to have a daughter like Simone?”

Allison Beebe Featured

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Yesterday's 20 Questions on USA Swimming featured former FCST coach Allison Beebe.  Read it all here

11. How did you react to that swim as a coach?
I think my biggest focus was I knew I had this really talented swimmer and I wanted to be protective of her. I wanted to make sure she wasn’t that fast age-grouper that we didn’t see in five years. I would only let her do five workouts a week at most then and she had to take a day off in the middle of the week. And we never had her lift weights in high school.

12. Why not?
She was breaking records without ever touching a weight. So we were going to let her keep improving and see where it went. My biggest focus in her career was to keep challenging her but not using all the tools in the tool box.

Quote of the Day

I never wanted to get out of a place as much
as I did to get out of the presidency.

via Wikipedia Commons

Hiram Ulysses Grant


Sunday, August 21, 2016

This Explains It!

After viewing this, you'll understand:

Isn't it crystal clear now?  The Rio pool water quality was so poor, the guys had to "go" elsewhere...

p.s.  I hope Ryan is able to put this all behind him soon and get back to being his old fun-loving self.

p.p.s.  A guy named Mikey screwed up several times and is now labeled as the GOAT, right?

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Quote of the Day

I left home looking for a grand adventure
and spent five months staring at mud.

via CBC books

Robert Moor


Saturday, August 20, 2016

Vintage Bee-Fitty-Two's

I'll give you fish,
I'll give you candy,
I'll give you everything I have in my hand.

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Quote of the Day

Your present circumstances don't
determine where you can go, they
merely determine where you start.

via Randy Gage

Nido Qubein


Friday, August 19, 2016


My folks and I have known Steve & Ike for nearly forty years.  They're great people who did great things for me.

Just want to get that out there.  I fear the media won't stop at "just" tearing their son apart for what's happened in Rio.  They'll likely target the rest of the Lochte clan and that's a sad thing.

They deserve better.

via SuccessStory

Quote of the Day

My body has certainly wandered a good
deal, but I have an uneasy suspicion that
my mind has not wandered enough.

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Sir Noël Peirce Coward


Wednesday, August 17, 2016

Quote of the Day

...but it's a sad man, my friend, who's livin' in
his own skin, and can't stand the company.

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Bruce Frederick Joseph Springsteen


Saturday, August 13, 2016

A Few More Jobs

Incarnate Word HS (San Antonio) needs an assistant coach

The City of McKinney needs an aquatics leader

The City of Amarillo needs an aquatic supervisor


Quote of the Day

Man is free at the instant he wants to be.

via Wikipedia

François-Marie Arouet, a.k.a. Voltaire


Wednesday, August 10, 2016

Quote of the Day

If you think adventure is dangerous,
try routine - it is lethal.

via The Talks

Paulo Coelho de Souza


Tuesday, August 09, 2016


Katy Aquatics needs an age group coach.  Contact Travis Sandifer


Worth more...

...than a thousand words!

via Hindustan Times

A Doper, a Texan, and a Hoosier.

PHAT* has got to be proud of Katie Meili!

*That'd be Patrick Henry Aquatic Team

Quote of the Day

Do I think someone who has been caught for
doping should be on the team?  No, I don't.

via The Guardian

Lilly King


Monday, August 08, 2016

Quote of the Day

The stupid neither forgive nor forget;
the naive forgive and forget;  the
wise forgive but do not forget.

via Clare Spark Blog

Thomas Stephen Szasz


Sunday, August 07, 2016

Rio '16 at SW

Enjoying Rio swimming on television?

Hey, who isn't?!?!

Just can't get enough of that Rowdy/Michael bromance, right?

via The National

When NBC cuts away for that rare commercial break, check out the best coverage page out there:

Quote of the Day

I'm a study of a man in chaos
in search of a frenzy.


Oscar Levant


Saturday, August 06, 2016

Just No Kitchen Sink


Rio '16 links:

Pool Events

Open Water

High school coaches can take care of TISCA membership here.  Austin clinic info:

Clinic Brochure

Hotel Reservations

Real-time results:

US Open

Austin Futures

Junior Nationals (next week)

Eliza Cummings will attempt a 20 mile crossing of Cape Cod Bay tomorrow.  Her blog (read at least the last few posts) is here

  1. Remember how easy it is
  2. Honor how hard it is

The first part is about remembering that at the end of the day it is just swimming. It is just stroke by stroke, kick by kick, moving through water—something that I have done since I was a child and something that I have been intensely training at for months/years. Compared to all the training and preparation I have done, the swim itself is easy. It is moving from point A to point B and then it is done. Easy.

The second part is about not dismissing the incredible feat of the crossing and training that I have already completed. It is also about recognizing that it is hard—it is a mental and physical challenge that at times will make me want to say “I don’t want to do this anymore.” BUT, I will honor the struggle of the swim and move through it, appreciating it for what it is but not letting myself become overwhelmed by the difficulty.

Tracking Map

Eliza Cummings Facebook

Like a challenge?  Start training for the tenth annual Highland Lakes Challenge in October.  Five lakes in five days.  I've done two ('07 & '11) and am considering trying a third.  Info is here

Lake Travis HS just re-posted their opening for a head swim coach

via Swimming World

Rice University is hosting a Mutual of Omaha Breakout Clinic on the 11th with San Antonio's Josh Davis.  Info is here

Clare got to experience a little of Mt. Moosilauke last month.  Found a short video someone shot of one of the many steep parts.  Probably shouldn't take Rover:

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Quote of the Day

What the world needs is more geniuses with
humility;  there are so few of us left.

Oscar Levant


Thursday, August 04, 2016

Meet Results

US Open (real-time)

Jr. Nationals (real-time, next week)

Longhorn Aquatics real-time results link is here, but showing old results page as of 8:20 a.m.  Anyone know if there's another link for their Futures meet?


Quote of the Day

Well, when did this become a monarchy?
We are the people.  The president works
for us and we need to remember that.

via IAF

Dr. Benjamin Solomon "Ben" Carson, Sr.


Wednesday, August 03, 2016

Quote of the Day

Often we have no time for our friends but
all the time in the world for our enemies.

via The Globe and Mail

Leon Marcus Uris


Monday, August 01, 2016

2016 LC TAGS

2016 LC TAGS Event Results*

Nitro finished first in girls', boys', and (obviously) combined team scores:

2016 LC TAGS Team Scores

*included time trials


July Most Viewed

The Last Gold

You can catch The Last Gold on NBCSN tonight at 7:30 central.  More info at USA Swimming is here

Quote of the Day

Books have the same enemies as
people:  fire, humidity, animals,
weather, and their own content.


Ambroise-Paul-Toussaint-Jules Valéry


Sunday, July 31, 2016

Thanks for the heads up, DJA!

Whether the Games go well or not...the folks at the top still get paid:

Click on pic for huge-ificationmenting:

via The Washington Post


Quote of the Day

The accomplice to the crime of corruption
is frequently our own indifference.

Bess Myerson


Saturday, July 30, 2016

Doping Rant

via Daily Mail

Do y'all think doping in our sport only changes the outcomes at meets?  Think again!

There's a "trickle down" effect to doping.

Imagine how many clean swimmers fall just short of "A" or "B" cuts for the Olympic Games or NCAA's.

Remember, those cuts are determined by performances and some of those performances were drug-enhanced.

Dopers don't just take away podium opportunities from clean athletes - they take away competition opportunities!

via Daily Telegraph

Also, it's been shown that cheaters benefit from their doping even after they're caught, serve suspensions, and return to the sport as "clean" athletes.

They compete and take away competition and podium spots from the kids who were always clean.

We need to:
  • Kick out dopers for life,
  • Delete tainted records,
  • Strip medals from dopers,
  • Award those medals to clean athletes, and
  • Shame other sports into doing the same!
 Swimming can't do it alone.  We need all sports to clean up their acts.
via Richest Celebrities

When Johnny Homer fails his PED test, what if his team had to forfeit all games he appeared in that season?

Penalizing a team for one jerk's personal failings sounds pretty harsh, doesn't it.  Wouldn't it work, though?

You can bet it would clean up MLB in a big hurry.  Ball clubs would do plenty of in-house testing and get rid of dirty players on their own, knowing missing out on playoff spots would cost them millions in revenue.

If only owners would get serious.  Stop with the slap on the wrist for a first offense.  Go straight to lifetime bans and forfeited games.  If folks want to see more home runs, use a livelier ball and/or shorten up outfield wall dimensions.

Anyone out there still watch le Tour?  Rampant doping in cycling has turned their sport into a joke.

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Swimming needs to be better - much, much better...

Eight More Jobs

Sienna Plantation Aquatics (SPA) needs a head coach

Chisholm Trail HS (Ft. Worth) needs a head coach

T. Boone Pickens YMCA (Dallas) needs a sports & aquatics director

Canyon Lake HS needs a head coach.  Contact Charles Drum at 830-885-1744

Energy Core Swimming (ECS) needs a head age group coach

Cypress Ranch HS needs a head coach

St. Pius X HS (Houston) needs a head coach.  Contact Jason Kimball

The City of Amarillo needs an aquatics supervisor


Quote of the Day

It is not enough to be industrious;  so are
the ants.  What are you industrious about?

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Henry David Thoreau


Friday, July 29, 2016

Quote of the Day

I have forced myself to contradict myself in
order to avoid conforming to my own tastes.

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Henri-Robert-Marcel Duchamp


Thursday, July 28, 2016

Quote of the Day

We don't complain when women
dominate subjects like nursing.
We shouldn't complain when men
dominate subjects like physics.

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Milo Yiannopoulos


Tuesday, July 26, 2016

Quote of the Day

A consensus means that everyone agrees to say
collectively what no one believes individually.

Abba Solomon Meir Eban


Monday, July 25, 2016

Callin' All HS Coaches!

Have some returning senior brainiacs?

It doesn't matter if they're "sub-twenny in the fitty free" or "watch battery runs out in the five hunnert free" - they can still be ACADEMIC All-Americans.

If you want to get your kids recognized as such, you need to join NISCA.  Print a paper application here

In addition to making your athletes eligible for Academic A-A recognition, you'll also get a million bucks in liability insurance, along with six (6) issues of the NISCA Journal.

Quote of the Day

I refuse to leave our children with a debt
that they cannot repay, and that means
taking responsibility right now, in this
administration, for getting our
spending under control.

via Daily Kos

Barack Hussein Obama


Saturday, July 23, 2016


via USC News

USC head coach Dr. Dave Salo will speak at the September TISCA clinic.

Also presenting will be The Woodlands HS head coach Kent Kirchner and Olympic platform champion Laura Wilkinson.

Vote for the Fitter & Faster Tour 2016 Age Group COTY here

Register for the ASCA Regional Coaches Clinic in Midland here

The Coppell Family YMCA needs an aquatics director

John Paul II HS (Plano) needs a swim coach.  Contact Kent Turner at 972-867-0005

The West Orem Family YMCA (Houston) needs a youth development director - sports & aquatics

Energy Core Swimming (ECS) needs an assistant coach

From 1958:

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Quote of the Day

Leave this world a little
better than you found it.

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Robert Baden-Powell


Wednesday, July 20, 2016


The City of Pearland needs an aquatics specialist

City of Plano (COPS) needs assistant coaches


HS Info

TISCA clinic dates are September 15-18.  Site lists no further info.

5A & 6A region sites and directors are listed on UIL's site here

Quote of the Day

I grew up in Dallas, Texas, drinking
sodium fluoridated water.  All the
scientific studies show my IQ has
been reduced by at least 20 points.

via The Austin Chronicle

Alexander Emerick "Alex" Jones


Tuesday, July 19, 2016

Polo Assault

We all know "polo" and "assault" go together, right?  The game's all about what you can get away with when an official isn't looking.

Unfortunately, this story's about more than just yer average suit-pullin', nut-kickin', elbow-in-the-teeth water polo match.  Read more here and here

Dabrowski, now a student at Monmouth College, said she let out a yelp but continued playing, though she then fouled the player in question and served a time out. Footage said to be from the match appears to show Dabrowski later crying at the edge of the pool, and she said she reported to a female coach that "he touched me."

"I was angry because I couldn't think anyone could do that," Dabrowski said on the show. "He has a mom. He probably has a sister. ... How could he even try to do something like that?"

Quote of the Day

If you fall in love with someone gay
and you're the opposite gender,
it's not going to work.

via Breitbart

Roseann "Rosie" O'Donnell


Monday, July 18, 2016

More Jobs

St. Michael's Catholic Academy (Austin) needs a swim coach

Stratford HS needs an assistant coach.  Contact Mike Hoskovec

The City of McKinney needs an aquatics supervisor


Kris Kubik Retiring

Pretty shocking stuff.  Read the Texas Sports release here

"Our program is in a very good spot," Kubik continued.  "Eddie continues to amaze me with his ability to keep things fresh and new, and the team we have returning might be up there as one of the best teams we've ever had, in terms of personalities, in terms of caring about one another and in terms of continuing on the tradition that was established well before we got here.  Whoever replaces me will inherit a fantastic group of students who are exceptional athletes, and, more importantly, are exceptional people."

Cannot put into words how much Kris Kubik has meant to all Longhorn swimmers and, in particular, to our very own Bobby Button.

Pics from 2014 swim banquet:

Question on mind of every UT guy entering senior year:

Who will take over as UT Swim Banquet Master of Ceremonies?

Quote of the Day

Don't fear the terrorists.
They're mothers and fathers.

via YouTube

Roseann "Rosie" O'Donnell


Saturday, July 16, 2016

Quote of the Day

I was amazed that what I needed to survive
could be carried on my back.  And, most
surprising of all, that I could carry it.

via Cheryl Strayed

Cheryl Strayed


Friday, July 15, 2016

Quote of the Day

It's one thing to have talent.  It's
another to figure out how to use it.

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Roger Dean Miller, Sr.


Thursday, July 14, 2016

2015-16 NISCA All-America Lists