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Friday, August 29, 2014

City of Pearland

Quote of the Day

We have not journeyed all this way across
the centuries, across the oceans, across
the mountains, across the prairies,
because we are made of sugar candy.

(via IWM Prints)

Sir Winston Leonard Spencer Churchill


Thursday, August 28, 2014

Abbott Ready for Junior World Open Water

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Texas Military Institute

TMI - The Episcopal School of Texas (San Antonio) needs an assistant middle school coach.  Contact Becky Guyer at 210-564-6191


Quote of the Day

Innovation is everything. When you're
on the forefront, you can see what the
next innovation needs to be. When
you're behind, you have to spend
your energy catching up.

(via KPBS)

Robert Norton Noyce


Wednesday, August 27, 2014

Fresno State to Restore Wrestling Program

In a big win for collegiate wrestling, Fresno State will bring back their men's program, eight years after Title IX issues forced it into hibernation.  More here and here.

Fresno State is bringing back wrestling. It's only a matter of when.

University President Joseph Castro reinforced that pledge Tuesday during a meeting with The Bee editorial board during which he also stated a new athletic director would be named before the end of the year.

"It's no longer a question of whether (wrestling will return)," Castro said. "That decision was made on my 100th day when I said we were going to do it. ... I expect to make an announcement later this fall."

Castro announced in November 2013 he would consider reinstating the wrestling program, which was axed in 2006 following a string of lean budget years and gender equity issues.

Read more here: http://www.fresnobee.com/2014/08/26/4089084_fresno-state-firm-on-reinstating.html?sp=/99/330/&rh=1#storylink=cpy

Maybe Castro will find a way to bring back the Bulldog's men's swimming program as well...

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Still Popular After All These Years

As we head into a new school year, let's revisit some of the Texas Swimming blog's most-read posts of all time - the excuses posts!

The true beauty of coaching high school is that every year brings something new.  Athlete and parent creativity in dreaming up incredible excuses knows no bounds...oh and yes, truth can be stranger than fiction!

Links back to original "The Old Coach" no longer work, but the highlights were posted here:

Excuses for Missing Practices

More Excuses

Still More Excuses

Even More Excuses

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In case you're interested...


Houston Racquet Club Assistant Swim Coach

VillaSport Swim Coach

ConocoPhillips Aquatics Lead

West Houston Aquatic Team Assistants

Frisco Aquatics is becoming Texas Ford Aquatics.  More here.

Frisco Aquatics has announced a deal with The North Texas Ford Dealers Group as the naming rights sponsor for its new facility under construction.

The competitive swim club’s state-of-the-art facility on Legacy Drive will be called the Texas Ford Aquatics Center. It includes an Olympic-size pool (50 meters by 25 yards), a 25-yard warm water lessons pool, a viewing lobby and offices. A grand opening is expected sometime this fall, possibly as early as September.

(via Haske Strength)

Are high school steroid testing programs a deterrent...or a huge waste of money?  The UIL reports that of the 2,633 tests performed in the 2013-14 school year, there were zero (0) positives.  The big winner in all this?  Why, the testing company, of course!

Breakdown by sport, grade, gender, etc. here.

Info on today's USA Swimming pre-team webinar featuring City of Midland here.  Scheduled for 11:00 Central (during webcast of Junior Pan Pacs prelims).  If you're unable to watch both at the same time, webinars are archived here.

Qatar World Cup starts today.  Omega results here.

(via Swimming World)

More on Brendan Hansen's move from LCA to AASA here.

The Austin Aquatics and Sports Academy is set to open this fall and it is doing so in grand fashion with six-time Olympic medalist Brendan Hansen on board as the General Manager of Aquatics Operations and as the head coach of the Austin Swim Club.

San Antonio will host the 2015 World Deaf Swimming Championships.  More here.

Indeed, 2015 is a big year for San Antonio. USMS swimming will hold its spring National Championships April 23-26. Next, USAS’ Phillips 66 National Championships is slated at the same center Aug 4-8, featuring the nation’s top swimmers, national team members and Olympic medalists. Then, 2015 Speedo Junior National Championships Aug 10-14, featuring the nation’s up-and-coming swimmers ages 14 through 18. Then, its the World Deaf Swimming Championships Aug 17-22. San Antonio was one of three finalists to host the 2016 U.S. Olympic Team Trials which were ultimately awarded to Omaha, Nebraska.

The Sunset Advisory Commission's report on the UIL is here.  Among the "new issues":

32.  Do not allow any sports competitions to overlap two semesters.  Swimming should be completed the second weekend in December, while soccer and basketball should not commence until the second semester.  (George Block, Founder - San Antonio Sports, San Antonio)

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It's that time of year...

...when some club coaches are moving on.  Some of the send-offs might be less than positive.

More here.


Quote of the Day

Liberty is not a thing for the great masses of
men. It is the exclusive possession of a small
and disreputable minority, like knowledge,
courage and honor. It takes a special sort of
man to understand and enjoy liberty - and he
is usually an outlaw in democratic societies.

(via The Smart Set)

Henry Louis "H.L." Mencken


Tuesday, August 26, 2014

That Danged Green Tunnel's Callin'

SUNY Fredonia assistant Rob Sweeny completed his thru-hike of the Appalachian Trail last week.  More here.

Sweeny said his worst moment, to that point, was the snowstorm they encountered while hiking up Big Bald Montain, a peak of 5,516 feet near Irwin, Tenn. He said he constantly had to filter his water and had seen a few rattlers but more bears along the Trail. He said he constantly has to check for tics, especially in his beard.

He said the best moment then was "watching spring happen" as he traveled north, including the gradual emergence of a green tunnel of foliage through which they hiked.

Thanks for the head's up, Big Weights!

Boucher Unavailable

(via veooz)

Free Fantasy Foosball league now has twelve (12) teams.  There's room for two (2) more.

Champion gets groovy neato trophy.  Everyone else gets a virtual pat on the back.

Sign up through your Yahoo! account:

League Name/Link: Texas Swimming

Password: reformtitleix

Live Draft: Monday, September 1, 7:30 p.m. (Central)

Though an NFL first-rounder, Bobby Boucher was unable to make the Browns fitty-seven man roster.

(via veooz)

2014 Junior Pan Pacific Champs

Junior Pan Pacs start tomorrow.

Psych Sheet

Prelims at 2:00 p.m. Central, finals at 10:00 p.m. Central:

Live Video


Quote of the Day

When I have an idea, I turn down the flame,
as if it were a little alcohol stove, as low as it
will go.  Then it explodes and that is my idea.

(via Escritores Sucios)

Ernest Miller Hemingway


Monday, August 25, 2014

Pooch Pool Party

On last day, seasonal pool closes to humans and opens to dogs:

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Quote of the Day

Now that I'm a parent, I understand why
my father was in a bad mood a lot.

(via HFBoards)

Adam Richard Sandler


Sunday, August 24, 2014

Dat Foosball! (edited 4:23 p.m.)

(via twtrland)

Just over a week until we draft rosters for Texas Swimming fantasy foosball.  It's free.  As of 4:23 p.m., we have room for only two (2) more teams.

If you had trouble signing up earlier (may have said league was full), try again.  Non-renewing teams were dropped and you should be able to get in.

Sign up through your Yahoo! account:

League Name/Link: Texas Swimming

Password: reformtitleix

Live Draft: Monday, September 1, 7:30 p.m. (Central)


City of Richardson (COR) head age group coach

City of Austin aquatic supervisor


LCM Virtual Club Champs

Top 25 Texas teams in 2014 LCM Virtual Club Championship* (w/national rank & point totals):

11 - 242,610 - The Woodlands
12 - 242,187 - Nitro
17 - 230,251 - Alamo Area
20 - 227,220 - Lakeside
34 - 213,449 - First Colony

52 - 196,988 - Cypress Fairbanks
62 - 188,700 - Metroplex
63 - 187,282 - Frisco
69 - 185,781 - North Texas Nadadores
78 - 180,797 - Katy

124 - 160,104 - Dallas Mustangs
142 - 153,312 - Dads Club
146 - 152,967 - Rockwall
164 - 146,065 - Blue Tide
166 - 145,304 - Longhorn

187 - 138,428 - Premier Aquatics
219 - 129,818 - Lost Creek
225 - 128,257 - City of Plano
229 - 127,755 - El Paso Aqua Posse
276 - 117,400 - South Shore Sails

300 - 113,535 - Magnolia
321 - 110,051 - Eagle
347 - 103,734 - Rice
360 - 101,333 - Mid-Cities Arlington
364 - 101,125 - Aggie

*as of 8/23/14

Quote of the Day

When the gardeners are praying for rain,
the picnickers are praying for sunshine.
So what is the poor Lord to do?

(via People)

William A. Feather


Thursday, August 21, 2014

Trip, Music, Fantasy Foosball, & Pan Pacs

So, it's been a great couple of weeks without the Texas swim blog...y'all had to find some other way to waste yer time, right?

Like last year, we did plenty of touristy things on our way to and from Irvine.

In Arizona, we visited the  Painted Rock Petroglyph Site near the Gila River:

It was tough to tell which images were over a thousand years old and which may have been more recent additions.  Did the Hohokam actually know who lived in a pineapple under the sea?

Speaking of the sea, we also visited the Salton Sea.  Sad to say, ya just can't un-see what ya done seen at the Salton Sea.  What a disaster!

After the meet, we headed for Mammoth Lakes and Yosemite for a few days of hikin' and sight-seein'.  It was pretty smoky one morning, but later in the day so we got a good view of Half Dome from Glacier Point:

On the way out of California, the drive out to Bristlecone Pine Forest was like being on a roller coaster.  Saw some ancient trees out there.  Thought about watering this one, but there were too many folks around:

We didn't spend a whole lot of time in Nevada, but did manage to stop in at Caesars Palace and the Gold & Silver Pawn Shop on our way through Las Vegas.

On the way back through Arizona, we visited Meteor Crater and Petrified Forest.

Here's an old favorite:

Fantasy Foosball time already?  Yup!

Past winners:

2005 - Hill (dirtybuttcrackheads)

2006 - Hill (dirtybuttcrackheads)

2007 - Montoya (The Slum Lords)

2008 - Button, Jr. (YouAllSuck-JustQuit)

2009 - Button, Jr. (YouAllSuck-JustQuit)

2010 - Tonya S. (sugar hiccups)

2011 - Button, Sr. (Mansfield Maulers)

2012 - Katie (Smack&Cheese)

2013 - Katie (Smack&Cheese)

Our league turns ten (10) this fall.  If you'd like to join (and try to ruin Katie's attempt at a three-peat), there are only four (4) slots remaining, so hustle!  Sign up through your Yahoo! account:

League Name/Link: Texas Swimming

Password: reformtitleix

Live Draft: Monday, September 1, 6:30 p.m. (Central)

Be there, or be regular quadrilateral!

Follerin' that big meet down under?  Real time results link:

200 fly champ Camille Adams:

Tired of losing money in the stock market?  Now you can lose it betting on the Pan Pacs:



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Jobs Update

High School

Grapevine Colleyville ISD needs assistant.  Contact Daniel Jau

Incarnate Word HS (S.A.) needs assistant.  Info here.

Chavez HS (Houston) needs assistant.  Contact Jim Simington

St. John's (Houston) needs diving coach.  Contact Ron Raper at 832-687-1137

Ft. Bend ISD needs diving coach.  Contact Mike Duswalt


City of Denton needs TAAF coach.  Info here.

Twin Lakes Family YMCA needs masters coach.  Info here.

RICE needs assistant coach.  Info here.


City of Abilene needs athletics/aquatics coordinator.  Info here.

Northside ISD needs programming/safety coordinator.  Info here.


Quote of the Day

Time is the coin of life.  Only you
can determine how it will be spent.

(via Poets)

Carl August Sandburg


Tuesday, August 05, 2014

Late-Summer Break

Quote of the Day

With every deed you are sowing a seed,
though the harvest you may not see.

(via Women Poets)

Ella Wheeler Wilcox


Monday, August 04, 2014

Pot, Meet Kettle

(via Daily Caller)
Vice-president Joe Biden:

"Corruption is not unique to Africa, but it's a cancer in Africa as well as around the world,” the vice president continued. “Widespread corruption is an affront to the dignity of its people and a direct threat to each of your nation's stability."

Biden said that corruption “prevents the establishment of a genuine democratic system. It stifles economic growth and scares away investment."

More here.

p.s.  When you point a finger, three more are pointing back at you...

p.p.s. At the rate our government's taking us down the tubes, it looks like we're going to overrun Second World status and slide head-first into Third...


July Most Viewed

Here are the three (3) most-viewed posts from July:

#1 -Sectional Psych Sheet 1.0

#2 -First Interval Natatorium



Quote of the Day

Piracy doesn't kill music, boy bands do.

(via Rotten Tomatoes)

Ricky Dene Gervais


Saturday, August 02, 2014

Quote of the Day

Life is not always a matter of holding good cards,
but sometimes, playing a poor hand well.

(via tv tropes)

John Griffith "Jack" London


Friday, August 01, 2014

Lost Creek's Brendan Hansen

(via My SA)

SwimVortex article on Brendan Hansen's transition from swimmer to coach is here.

To say Hansen has found a calling would be an understatement. He’s clearly enjoying his new career and continues to learn. He also cherishes his life outside of the pool, where he is a husband and father, and can enjoy his hobbies of hunting and fishing. Hansen continues to stay in good shape, aware of the physical benefits he was provided by swimming.

Quote of the Day

Democrats want the votes and Republicans want
cheap labor.  They didn't want to do anything with
it, now they're going to wait until the last minute?

(via Detroit Free Press)

Kerry Bentivolio


Thursday, July 31, 2014

Quote of the Day

Happiness is a good flow of life.

(via Wikipedia)

Zeno of Citium


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:

Quote of the Day

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

(via tree hugger)

John Muir


Tuesday, July 29, 2014


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)


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


Monday, July 28, 2014

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


Saturday, July 26, 2014

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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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


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.

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