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Ten people die every day in the United States, 2 of the 10 are under the age of 12.
That’s why the YMCA of Greater Cleveland is working to educate kids and parents on the importance of water safety.
Saturday is National Learn to Swim Day. May also marks National Water Safety Month.
Read The Gleaner
After four years of setting out a swimming program specifically geared to spur the development of Olympic calibre swimmers in the western region of Jamaica; and after pooling all her life savings into that realization, founder of the Blue Marlin Swim Club, Rosemarie Logan, is calling it quits.
Her decision comes after vandals destroyed the $2 million, 25-metre competition-ready vinyl pool located at the Swim Place, Montego River Gardens, on Monday.
“I am done here,” Logan told The Gleaner. “All my four years of investment, personal sacrifice and time is gone. These people have, in effect, ended the dreams of our children with this most cruel act.”
“This is the only competition-ready pool in the region. In fact, outside of the Olympic-size swimming pool at Independence Park (National Stadium), this is the only such one and I am so hurt by the fact that people saw it fit to destroy it,” said Logan.
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Swimming is a life-saving skill says James Island swim team coach Eddie Mason, who teaches kids as young as five.
“It keeps them from being afraid of the water as they get older, and we find that the kids who started at five are usually faster and better swimmers by the time they reach ten, 11, and 12.”
Read LA Times
Two trained dolphins surprise Navy specialists with their find: a Howell torpedo, state-of-the-art for its day in the late 19th century. It’s only the second one known to exist. [...]
“Dolphins naturally possess the most sophisticated sonar known to man,” Braden Duryee, an official at the Space and Naval Warfare Systems Center Pacific said after the surprising discovery.
Hungary’s Dávid Verrasztó winner in the men’s 1500 freestyle at the FINA / Arena 2012 Swimming World Cup meet in Berlin, Germany. Poland’s Mateusz Sawrymowicz (POL) second and Richard Nagy (SVK) third. See the result list here.
Interesting detail in a story about Ian Thorpe’s continuing comeback, read Asia One:
According to Thorpe, one of the main reasons behind the emergence of Asian swimmers – as well as others with smaller physiques – is the greater ease with which they can turn at the wall.
“For bigger swimmers, the cost of creating speed off the wall is very high because of the size of their muscle mass,” he explained.
“Smaller swimmers can generate the same frequency at a lower energy cost.
“This has blown out of the water a lot of perceptions about swimming; it’s making people rethink what the advantages are.”
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Medal winners in the women’s 100 meter butterfly at the FINA 2012 World Swimming Championships (25m) in Istanbul, Turkey. From left to right Liu Zige (China), Ilaria Bianchi (Italy) and Gemma Lowe (Great Britain). See the result list here.
Michael Phelps is about to launch a comeback. He’ll soon be returning to training; in fact, he’s rumored to be arriving in Colorado Springs, at the Olympic Training Center, in the next few days. Maybe he won’t show. Perhaps he’ll read these publicized rumors and get spooked and insist that he’s still happily retired on the links. The man has nothing to prove to anyone. He’s the greatest Olympian of all time, regardless of whether or not he ever touches chlorinated water again.
Why do I keep getting texts about coming back? Do ppl really believe everything they hear or read? There are … m.tmi.me/VVJFR
— Michael Phelps (@MichaelPhelps) May 18, 2013
Is this tweet coach Bowman a clue?
— Bob Bowman (@coach_bowman) May 18, 2013
Read for instance Forbes
In order to promote Resident Evil Revelations, Capcom is filling a swimming pool in London with faux blood and gore, and inviting fans to come bobbing for prizes in the murky depths. For free, grab one of the 200 tickets here on Monday 20th May from 9:00am (UK time).
Miss Cakehead has commissioned Pictographik to receate the iconic set of British swimming pool rules with a Zombie twist. Awesome :-)
Here is a game trailer
Read Business Standard
Two weeks after confirming a comeback attempt, Rice said that opportunities in business and her previous shoulder injury is keeping her from contesting the 400m individual medley and take up swimming again at the Glasgow event.
Rice regretted that she has not fully recovered from the shoulder injury, unsure whether or not she should consider her future at the pool, after an extended lapse.
Stating that her comeback depends on whether she can handle swimming 60 km a week, Rice said that she is yet to begin training in the pool after taking a post-London Olympic sabbatical, even as she is preparing to launch her own swimwear range.
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Ah nice, read WCTV.tv
CDC researchers collected water samples from filters at 160 public pools, booth indoor and outdoor, located in the metro-Atlanta area. They found “poop” in nearly 60 percent of the pools, with tests revealing 58 percent of the water samples were positive for the bacteria Escherichia coli, or E. coli. [...]
The high percentage of E. coli contamination suggests some swimmers may be having a “fecal incident” in the water, the CDC said, or that some people simply aren’t showering themselves thoroughly enough before they enter the pool.
Read New York Post
Lochte appears on first glance to be a beautiful catastrophe, the likes of which has not seen since Jessica Simpson made befuddled musings over chicken and tuna on MTV’s “Newlyweds.”
Lochte is mesmerizing, and not just because he’s got a way with pickup lines and tightly fitting T-shirts and says his life “is like a Seinfeld.”
He makes up words like “enfidence” — which is similar to “emphasis” but with added moxy — and “recipitate,” which is indescribable.
He’s managed to take a career in swimming — a sport people generally care about for about eight days in a four year period — and make himself a brand. A whole brand built around the perception that he has nary a brain cell to spare.
As it turns out, he’s a charming fellow with an especially good relationship with his mom, and a desire to help out charitable causes.
We’ve mentioned the Catlin Seaview Survey before, where underwater footage is recorded for scientists and the rest of us to enjoy and use, in order to assess the state of coral reefs over time. They have been using a pretty high-tech 360-degree panoramic camera called the Catlin Seaview SVII, but with smart phone camera capabilities advancing so fast, we can help out too. Read PC Mag
At Google I/O on Thursday, Catlin Seaview Survey director Richard Vevers appealed to divers and developers to assist in the project. Vevers and his team use the survey’s own $50,00 Seaview SVII underwater cameras on their mapping dives, but he said new 360-degree photography capabilities built into Android phones like the Galaxy S4 can replicate that work.
Lithuania’s Rūta Meilutytė and USA’s Jessica Hardy head-to-head at the FINA 2012 World Swimming Championships (25m) in Istanbul, Turkey, here I think in the preliminary heats. Meilutyte ended up winning the final in a new championships record of 1:03.52, see the result list here.
Olympic champion swimmer Janet Evans PSA to support Olympic wrestling
The 2013 LEN European Short Course Swimming Championships website is ready, go see www.herning2013.com
They have a teaser video also
Hannah Miley gives advice on mental preparation and dealing with pre-race nerves. She also offers guidance to first time competitors, with the key message being to stay calm, follow your race plan and have fun.