Tuesday, December 16, 2014

UGA's Bauerle

Read about the Jack Bauerle suspension and fine here and hereNCAA report is here.

More News


Top ten Texas SCY teams (as of this a.m.) in Virtual Club Champs (w/national rank):

Nitro (7)
The Woodlands (16)
First Colony (26)
Alamo Area (35)
Lakeside (38)
Metroplex (56)
Cypress Fairbanks (65)
Texas Ford (71)
Katy (83)
Rockwall (113)


Irving Swimmers needs an assistant swim coach


Regular readers will recall that throwing around the term revenue sport is just a smokescreen at most schools.  Fact is, very few so-called "revenue" sports actually bring in more money than they spend.

When swimming programs are dumped for "financial reasons" we can usually prove that isn't really the case.  Unfortunately, that logic hasn't gotten us very far, has it?

So, where does that leave foosball programs bleeding red ink?  Read more here.

(via Fansided)

UAB gave in and let the truth set them free - free from a program that was financially ruining the university.  They recently axed a foosball program that brought in nine (9) million bucks annually - while spending twenty-seven (27) million.

It doesn't take a mathlete to see foosball wasn't even close to being a revenue sport there, right?

Instead of seeing schools dumping foosball, I'd much rather see them retain their programs while cutting back on the insane spending.  

Contrast the UAB experience to Ohio University, where we have some experience. Like UAB, it has a so-so football team (6-6 record) and considers a game with 15,000 attending to be pretty typical, despite its stadium capacity of 24,000. Like UAB, it plays in the shadow of a football powerhouse that regularly draws over 100,000 to its games, currently fourth-ranked Ohio State, playing UAB’s sister school Alabama in the Sugar Bowl.

Like UAB, OU is forced to subsidize intercollegiate sports to the tune of about $18 million a year – again, nearly $1,000 for each of its roughly 20,000 students on the Athens campus (partially disguised as part of a “student activity fee”). Both universities have medical schools. The institutional similarities are striking.

Each OU student pays nearly a grand a year so the school can fund a team with a bloated roster of 118 players and 23 coaches?  That's just D-U-M dumb!  Is there anyone in that administration that could pass Logic 101?

So, we've got the money argument covered.  What about the "not competitive" argument often used to axe some sports while saving others?

Great little reminder:

Many university presidents fail to recognize the Iron Law of Sports: when someone wins a game, someone else loses. It is impossible for a large portion of schools to achieve primacy in any given sport.

Again, just do the math...reasons for dropping our sport just aren't adding up, are they?


Brownsville TISCA

Frisco TISCA



Lewisville Invite

16-6A JV District

Conroe/Oak Ridge/Dulles

Linda Price-Applewick Memorial

NTN BB & Under

TTST 8 & Under

AAAA BB & Under

TXLA Jingle Bell Splash

SASA Tis the Season

HCAP Fall Champs

Nitro Pick 5 November Splash


We'll learn Jack Bauerle's "sentence" today when the NCAA releases their findings.  More here.

The NCAA also alleged that Bauerle “carried out his plan…despite repeated instructions from athletics department personnel not to proceed in this manner.”

Translation:  Georgia AD Greg McGarity took advantage of the first bus that came along.

Thanks for the heads up, SS!


Time for a Cake Wreck:



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Quote of the Day

The public pays and feels it is
entitled to participate in the
personal affairs of a performer.

(via Hedy Lamarr Foundation)

Hedwig Eva Maria Kiesler, a.k.a. Hedy Lamarr


Saturday, December 13, 2014

TNG + P&R = Parks and Trek

More from Neill Cameron here.

Swimming World's "Camp of the Week" is Longhorns Swim Camp.  Story here.

(via Knoxville News Sentinal)

Those Appalachian Trails folks keep moving the goal posts.  According to this, thru-hike will now be a 2,189 miler.

Cedar Park Swimming needs an assistant.  Info here.

The Town of Little Elm needs a Recreation and Aquatics Coordinator.

Want to fuel your swimmer with just the click of a mouse?  Visit Garrett Weber-Gale's Athletic Foodie site here.

High School Results

College Park vs. Magnolia

YISD Invite


Club Results

LSST Fall Champs

PACK Fall Champs

Leo Cancellare Invite

COR Winter Classic

NITRO Holiday Splash

Gulf Senior Champs

Junior Nationals Coverage

USA Swimming site has results, timelines, heat sheets, live streaming video, scores, etc.

Top Texas team through 24 events is NITRO.  They're 5th in the combined team race (14th in women, 4th in men).

Interesting that only nineteen (19) teams have made it onto the combined scoring board so far.

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Quote of the Day

Inevitably the party trying to resolve
a matter had to contend with the
party most willing to exploit it.

(via flickr)

Carolyn Janice Cherry, a.k.a. C.J. Cherryh


Thursday, December 11, 2014

What's New?

Rather than repair them, Ft. Worth's city council voted last week to demolish five (5) public pools.

This leaves the city of 800,000 just two (2) public pools.  Read more here and here.

Sylvania Park Pool is one of five the City Council voted to demolish. The others are Sycamore Park Pool, built in 1926; Lake Como Park Pool, built in 1957; Kellis Park Pool, built in 1960; and Hillside Park Pool, built in 1960. All have been closed since 2010 because of budget cuts.

Turning the sites back into open park space is expected to cost $262,688, with the demolitions scheduled to start in February.

The council’s decision leaves only two public pools open in the city: Forest Park Pool, which was repaired in 2013 for $661,000, and Marine Park Pool, which was demolished and reconstructed in 2012 for $3.2 million. Both are on the western side of the central city about five miles apart.


Meanwhile, Harlingen CISD is putting the finishing touches on their new natatorium:



Info on USA Swimming's Futures program is here.  Meet is for kids who do not qualify for Junior Nationals, but achieve the time standards listed here.  Texans participating will compete in Mt. Hood, Oregon July 30 - August 2.  Meet info is here.


Jeff Bonser will retire as Angleton HS coach at the end of this season.  If you're interested in taking over the position, contact Ryan Roark at 979-864-8048


Them danged do-gooders done did bad.  Real bad.  Read about the big Greenpeace screw-up down in Peru here.

He said the government was seeking to prevent those responsible from leaving the country while it asks prosecutors to file charges of "attacking archaeological monuments," a crime punishable by up to six years in prison.

The activists entered a "strictly prohibited" area beside the famed figure of a hummingbird, the Culture Ministry said in a statement. They laid big yellow cloth letters reading: "Time for Change; The Future is Renewable."

Oh yeah, they made a video to document their stunt:


Junior Nationals video is here.  Real time results are here.  Top Texas team after Day 1 is Nitro (currently 5th in combined scoring).


On to the CSCAA polls:

View D-I women hereA&M fourth, UT sixth.  SMU got votes, but fell out of top twenty-five.

D-I men hereTexas at #1.

D-III men & women hereTrinity women 25th.

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Quote of the Day

What is a committee?  A group of
the unwilling, picked from the
unfit, to do the unnecessary.

(via getty images)

Richard C. Harkness


Tuesday, December 09, 2014

TownLake Wake

That's the name of Austin's newest swimming program.

The folks at the TownLake YMCA have a masters program and are in the process of getting an age group program off the ground.

Click pics to see details.

There's no risk to try it out.  Morning masters workouts in December are FREE!

Get your kids started toward age group swimming in their lesson program.

Check out all their programs at their main page here.

Sign-up links for age group programs:

Swim League Beginner (twice weekly)

Swim League Christmas Break Camp (three-hour sessions)


Get in touch with Aquatics Director Joe Doyle at 512-542-9622

Dallas Sunrise

In case the fog caused y'all to miss this morning's sunrise:


A Little News?

Starting it off with a little quiz.  Before checking the links, can you guess Who Wears These Shoes?:

(via Mashable)

In local news, Matagorda County was soundly defeated in the recent Water Wars.  The drought put the LCRA in the middle of battles involving Austin, Corpus Christi, and Bay City.  The good news?  They're breaking ground on an important reservoir this week.  More here.

According to a Sept. 17 news release, the LCRA Board of Directors “took historic action to expand and protect the water supply of the lower Colorado River basin.” That action included giving final approval to the 40,000 acre-foot off-channel reservoir near Lane City. According to the release, the reservoir could be filled several times a year, adding up to 90,000 acre-feet of firm water to the region’s supply.

The new Tenaris plant near Van Vleck will provide a big boost to the county economy.

(via Facebook)

So, things are looking up!  Kind of like Elton...

Swimming news?  Yeah, there's been some.

Lifetime Fitness in Austin needs a head coach.  Info here.

(via New York Times)

I sure hope this doesn't happen.  The IOC says synchro might be on the chopping block.  More here.

Synchronised swimming, one of the sports under a FINA umbrella that now stretches to six disciplines including five in the Olympic realm, is on a “fit for removal” list among Games bosses considering replacements they feel more in keeping with popularity in the 21st Century.

The City of Grapevine needs an assistant pool manager.

Junior Nationals psych sheet is here.  More info (to eventually include a link to results) is here.

Rice vs. A&M (W)

Big Cat Invite

The Woodlands vs. Kingwood (JV)


FCST 10 & Under

CFSC Fall Champs

MARC Fall Champs



AQTX Tuesday Night Races

McMurry vs. Austin College

UALR Christmas Invite (Day 1)

UALR Christmas Invite (Day 2)

UALR Christmas Invite (Day 3)

Reindeer Games

Belton End of Year

Hoot and Holler

Burnet Winter Classic

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Quote of the Day

Although our intellect always longs
for clarity and certainty, our nature
often finds uncertainty fascinating.

(via Clausewitz Graphics)

Carl Philipp Gottfried von Clausewitz


Friday, December 05, 2014


The City of Hurst needs a recreation specialist for athletics & aquatics.  Info here.


Minnesota: California of the Midwest?

Minner-Soda's follerin' the California model.  Don't know about that one?  Catch up on last year's California shocker here.

Maybe we shouldn't be shocked.  Although they weren't identifying as gals, some guys have competed in the girls' high school state meet in Massachusetts.  Don't remember that?  Go back in time here.

More on the Minnesota story here.

After an aborted attempt earlier this year to institute controversial new "inclusive" rules for transgender players in high school athletics, the Minnesota State High School League voted 18-1 with one abstention to endorse males identifying as females to play girls sports.

Pics and another article are here.

Finally, if you don't agree with males identifying/competing in athletics as females, you're being compared to the Nazis and the KKK:

But passions weren't only inflamed from the opposition. In response to the ads, one ESPN writer who supported the rules told the Huffington Post that the newspaper ads taken out by opponents of the new transgender rules were just like ads for Nazis and the Ku Klux Klan. 


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Quote of the Day

The more the president talks about his ideas,
the more unpopular he becomes.  Why would
I want to deprive him of that opportunity?

(via The Snap Download)

John Andrew Boehner


Thursday, December 04, 2014


TSDHOF Induction Ceremony

If you're in Austin for the Texas Invite this weekend, make sure you arrive early for Saturday's finals.

The Texas Swimming & Diving Hall of Fame will honor the Class of 2014, starting with a 5:00 p.m. reception.  That'll be follered by the presentation at 6:00 p.m.

More info is here.

Wait! No SwimScammers?

Swimming World's ten most impactful* people in swimming are here.

*Next time, try "influential"

McBroom Featured

(via Austin American-Statesman)

Michael McBroom (UT/TWST) was asked nearly twenty-one questions Tuesday.  Story here.

6. How inspiring is it at UT Austin in that pool with all the history

Michael: Yes, I mean, it’s obviously a great program and great history. I’m a little different than most guys they have had – they are more in the 100 and 200 events – and I really am (laughs) a little bit jealous of the guys (laughs) in the 100 and 200 events! But Eddie (Reese) and Kris (Kubik) have trained a lot of good freestylers, breaststrokers, backstrokers, flyers – a lot of everything. It’s just great to swim here. We have a great athletic department and it’s a really good place to live – a fun city. I don’t want to be anywhere else. We have a great pool. It’s top notch in everything.

USA Swimming Rule Change

In high school swimming here in the US, we can't go a year without changing our diving rules.

(via LA Times)

Internationally, it's breaststroke.  Ever since FINA allowed a Kitajima to win Olympic gold using a dolphin kick during a pullout, updates in that stroke seem to come along a couple of times annually.

Effective immediately:

“101.2.3 Kick – After the start and each turn, at any time prior to the first breaststroke kick a single butterfly kick is permitted. Following which, all movements of the legs shall be simultaneous and in the same horizontal plane without alternating movement.

The feet must be turned outwards during the propulsive part of the kick. Scissors, alternating movements or downward butterfly kicks are not permitted except as provided herein. Breaking the surface of the water with the feet is allowed unless followed by a downward butterfly kick.”

Eric Gardner

Original post from July on the Gardner case (here) has this disturbing video:

It's unconscionable conduct!

There was no attempt to administer aid to a dying man in their custody!

These officers and EMT's should be ashamed of themselves for doing nothing to save this man's life.

Just after the 6:30 point in the video someone asks "Why ain't no one doin' the CPR?"

An officer responded "he's breathing".



You Aggies Gonna Take This?

Pot-stirrin' time!

(via Litelines)
Headline for this article read "About 100 brains missing from University of Texas"...ex-UT guy sent me this:

The 100 dumbest students at UT were kicked out for bad grades and decided to enroll at TAMU.  Raised the average student IQ at both universities.


Quote of the Day

Erasers remind us there is no faultless human.

(via Ann Telnaes)

Javad Alizadeh


Monday, December 01, 2014

Results Update

(via USA Today)

Corpus Christi TISCA

Weslaco East Invite


South TISCA (real time)

HSC Thanksgiving Classic

Texas Gold Turkey Time

Texas Invite (real time)

FINA World SC Champs (Omega live)

USA Winter Nationals page is here.  Look for psych sheet updates, timelines, results, etc.



FINA World Short Course Champs in Qatar begin Wednesday.  Psych sheet is here.

USA Winter Nationals start Wednesday in Greensboro, N.C.  Psych sheet is here.

The Texas Invite starts Thursday in Austin.  Real time results should be here.

Last week's CSCAA D-I men's poll is here.  Texas at #7.

Rice swimmer Anniina Ala-Seppälä featured in Swimming World story* here.

*Written by Jaecey Parham, 2013 UIL 4A 100 back state champ (Monterey HS/Lubbock SC)

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Movember Nost-Viewed

Quote of the Day

If we assume we've arrived, we stop
searching, we stop developing.

Dame Susan Jocelyn Bell Burnell


Tuesday, November 25, 2014

More Misc.

(via reachforthewall)

Golden Goggles

Female Athlete OTY:  Katie Ledecky (video)

Male Athlete OTY:  Michael Phelps (video)

Female Race OTY:  Katie Ledecky, Pan Pac 1500 free (video)

Male Race OTY:  Connor Jaeger, Pan Pac 1500 free (video)

Relay OTY:  Pan Pac Women's 800 (video)

Coach OTY:  Bruce Gemmell (video)

Breakout Performer OTY:  Maya DiRado (video)

Perseverance Award:  Haley Anderson & Andrew Gemmell (video)


MAC Open


Dallas Cup

Caney Creek/Willis/Huntsville

Phill Hansel Invite

Frisco ISD Invite

Claremont-Mudd-Scripps vs. Trinity

AAHSSL 11/22 Duals (Block)

AAHSSL Reagan vs. Brandeis & Marshall vs. MacArthur

AAHSSL O'Connor vs. Churshill & Clark vs. Johnson

Art Adamson Invite

Alief ISD Sprint Invite


Killeen ISD Invite


Hang in there, Art Bell fans.  The late night radio superstar plans to return via internet in July 2015.

Will Modern Farmer ever replace Mother Earth News?

Longhorns Swim Camp employment info is here.

For 2015, the Camp is seeking 23-26 individuals who are motivated, team-oriented, energetic, enjoy coaching, learning, and working with young people. This is an exciting opportunity for established and up and coming coaches!  It is highly encouraged to complete and return all paperwork ASAP.

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Quote of the Day

Nature always uses the simplest
means to accomplish its effects.

(via Larousse)

Pierre Louis Maupertuis


Monday, November 24, 2014

Quote of the Day

The criterion of truth is that it works even
if nobody is prepared to acknowledge it.

(via Great Thoughts Treasury)

Ludwig Heinrich Edler von Mises


Friday, November 21, 2014

Another UIL Alignment Update

UIL updated 5A swim alignment again last week.

Toss out the 10-27-14 update and go with the 11-13-14 version.

6A (8-12-14 version) remains unchanged.

How to Feel Like a World-Beater Beater

Swim a set with shoes.  Feels like crapola, right?

Repeat that set without shoes.  Ya feel like a world-beater, right?

Go through that set one more time with fins.  Yer lookin' & feelin' like a danged world-beater beater!

Brendan Hansen at AASA

(via SAYiWON'T)

Story on USA Swimming site is here.

Hansen’s club, the Austin Swim Club, will eventually share the space, which includes a 50-meter Myrtha pool, a 5,500-plus square-foot indoor training facility, outdoor training spaces and an onsite jogging loop, with local master’s swim and water polo programs once it’s up and running. The facility markets itself as a “one-stop destination for training for the aspiring and elite athlete.”

Two Jobs

VillaSport is still looking for a swim coach.  Info here.

The City of Lancaster needs an aquatic coordinator.  Info here.


Quote of the Day

To understand the workings of American
politics, you have to understand this
fundamental law:  Conservatives
think liberals are stupid.  Liberals
think conservatives are evil.

(via cac)

Charles Krauthammer


Thursday, November 20, 2014


The Aggies moved into the top spot in this week's CSCAA D-I Women's Swimming poll.  View that hereTexas was 4th and SMU dropped to 22nd.

A&M hosts the Art Adamson Invite this weekend.  Real time results should be here.

Men's and women's D-III poll is here.  Only Texas school getting votes was Trinity (W).


Dallas Mustangs Intrasquad



Klein JV Invite

Kingwood JV Klassic

(via reddit)

In foosball news:  Did you know Houston won the 1952 Salad Bowl?

(via behance)
The UIL 8-hour rule doesn't mean just eight hours of training per week.  It means eight hours outside the school day (athletic period doesn't count against it) through the close of school Friday (Friday afternoon and Saturday don't count against it).

Serious high school programs that lack a nearby club program to supplement their training can still - legally - get in sixteen hours of training weekly (without going too crazy on Friday afternoon and Saturday), right?

How do college programs stretch their NCAA 20-hour rule without breaking it?  Optional time, of course!  Read NCAA Practice Limits Have Their Loopholes here.

(via ESPN)
Most college sports teams have found ways to legally circumvent the 20-hour rule. Making portions of practices optional seems to be the most common approach, and this is easier in swimming than most sports. In some sports, coaches are not allowed to attend optional practices, but for swimming, there is a safety exemption that allows them to be on the pool deck during optional work.

A few other facets of the NCAA’s rule are that mandatory team meetings count toward the 20 hours, and all competitions count as three hours of practice. In addition, no more than four hours can be required on any one day, and student-athletes must get at least one day off per week.

In our case, the 20 total hours and four-hour maximum per day are both skirted because of optional hours. Thankfully, we do get Sundays completely off.

Yes, high school and college swimming can seem like a part-time job...but a fun one, right?

(via The Keep Calm-O-Matic)

Nope, you've never heard the above from me.  Just can't stand it.  Worked with a couple of guys who used it more than a little.  It's one example of thought-terminating clichés (more here).

Though the clichéd phrase in and of itself may be valid in certain contexts, its application as a means of dismissing dissent or justifying fallacious logic is what makes it thought-terminating.

Watch Minneapolis Grand Prix here.

Real time results should show up here.

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Quote of the Day

Despair is a narcotic.  It lulls
the mind into indifference.

(via Wikipedia)

Sir Charles Spencer "Charlie" Chaplin


Tuesday, November 18, 2014

THSCA Academic All-State

THSCA Members,

Deadline for submitting your nominees for Academic All-State is January 10, 2015.

Standards for nominees and email address for submissions are here.

Bultman & Kubik on WUG Staff

USA Swimming has announced their 2015 national team coaches for World Champs, Pan Am Games, and World University Games.  View all here.

A&M's Steve Bultman will assist with the WUG women, while UT's Kris Kubik will assist with the men.