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Missy Franklin Visits Seacrest Studios at Children’s Hospital Colorado

Mik, 07/01/2015 - 01:32
Olympian Missy Franklin took time out of her 2014 holiday break from Cal to visit with some inspirational children at Seacrest Studios at Children’s Hospital Colorado. Courtesy of USA Swimming on YouTube

Bauerle back at helm for Georgia swimmers

Týs, 06/01/2015 - 22:55
Anticipation isn’t keeping Jack Bauerle up all night. Instead, a shoulder on the mend has the legendary Georgia swim coach in constant search of a comfortable place to rest his head. “Sleeping in a recliner doesn’t work real well,” said Bauerle, who had surgery in December to correct “about three things” in his right shoulder. [...]

Diego the cat goes for a swim

Týs, 06/01/2015 - 18:50
Diego the cat casually strides into the surf and goes for a swim. He’s calm and collected. His humans, though, are going crazy with delight over the sight of their swimming kitten. “He’s swimming! He’s swimming! He’s swimming in the water!” See Neatorama

TED Talk: Why some people find exercise harder than others

Týs, 06/01/2015 - 16:37
Why do some people struggle more than others to keep off the pounds? Social psychologist Emily Balcetis shows research that addresses one of the many factors: Vision. In an informative talk, she shows how when it comes to fitness, some people quite literally see the world differently from others — and offers a surprisingly simple [...]

Nature’s Time Capsules: A Guide to the World’s Pitch Lakes

Týs, 06/01/2015 - 16:27
“Pitch lakes” represent surface deposits of oil bubbled up from subterranean reservoirs through faults or fissures, often formed when the layers of sedimentary rock that contain hydrocarbons are folded or squashed in tectonic upheaval. Evaporation removes the oil’s lighter elements to produce mucky ponds of asphalt, colloquially called pitch or tar, and technically referred to [...]

Why a Quick Cold Water Swim Is Good for You

Týs, 06/01/2015 - 14:56
People have been taking dips in ice cold water for generations, both for pleasure and for generations-touted health benefits. It may seem crazy to plunge into freezing water for any length of time, but this video from the folks at DNews runs down some of the benefits—and sets the record straight on the dangers. See [...]

200 days to go to Kazan 2015: ISS crew send greetings from space

Týs, 06/01/2015 - 14:49
200 days are left to go to the 16th FINA World Championships 2015. To mark this occasion, the crew of the International Space Station (ISS) offered a congratulatory message to all aquatic sports fans. As we previously reported, the symbol of the 16th FINA World Championships is currently aboard the ISS. It was launched into [...]

World Winter Swimming Championships: cold, tough – but what a buzz

Mán, 05/01/2015 - 17:32
“Take off your clothes,” a foreign voice said over the loudspeaker – slowly, rhythmically, emphasising each syllable. “Get into the water.” It was not the kind of voice you disobey. So although I was on the Arctic circle, surrounded by ice and snow on all sides, I got in. Technically, the 25-metre pool was in [...]

Peoria event raises money for free swim lessons

Mán, 05/01/2015 - 09:10
Who needs coffee as a pick me up when you can jump into freezing cold water? That was the case at the annual Polar Plunge in Peoria at Sunrise Pool Saturday morning. It’s more than just about swimming in a pool that hasn’t been heated since November. Everyone at the event donated money to go [...]

TU Delft student develops fast-flying defibrillator-equipped “Ambulance Drone”

Sun, 04/01/2015 - 16:57
Developed by Belgian engineering graduate Alec Momont, it can fly at speeds of up to 100 kilometres per hour (60 miles per hour). “Around 800,000 people suffer a cardiac arrest in the European Union every year and only 8.0 percent survive,” Momont, 23, said at the TU Delft University. “The main reason for this is [...]

Baris the free diver

Sun, 04/01/2015 - 16:45

A Woman Found A Whole Lot Of ‘NOPE’ Swimming In This Toilet

Frí, 02/01/2015 - 16:37
Much in the same way Jaws made people scared to traverse the ocean’s waters and Psycho made people wary of staying in roadside motels run by insane murderers, Ghoulies caused me fear-imbued trips to the toilet as a child. After seeing this video, my nightmares have become a reality, and I have to — once [...]

Missy Franklin Surprises Swimmer With Rare Form Of Cancer

Frí, 02/01/2015 - 14:20
Gold medal swimmer Missy Franklin made a young woman’s holiday wish come true on Tuesday. Franklin visited a cancer patient at Rocky Mountain Hospital For Children. Rebecca Carcaterra was in the middle of her sophomore year of college when a tumor was found in her shoulder this October. She was diagnosed with a very rare [...]

Hempfield swim captain dies after crash

Frí, 02/01/2015 - 13:52
Hempfield Area High School’s swim team lost its captain Tuesday, a senior described as an accomplished and popular athlete and scholar. Judson Shiffler, 18, of West Hempfield died Tuesday morning in UPMC Presbyterian hospital in Pittsburgh from injuries suffered when his car crashed into a hillside Monday, according to the Allegheny County Medical Examiner’s Office. [...]

Swimming pool jump goes fatally wrong

Frí, 02/01/2015 - 13:39
A young man who died trying to jump from a light pole into a Gisborne swimming pool had spent the afternoon playing football and enjoying a few drinks with friends. The 20-year-old had been at his friend’s family home in Lytton West when he attempted the fatal jump from a tennis court light pole. “My [...]

Ashland ex-swim coach gets 40 months after reconnecting with victim

Frí, 02/01/2015 - 13:31
A former Ashland High School volunteer swim coach convicted last year of having a sexual relationship with an underage team member is headed to prison after reconnecting with her over the Internet and trying to lure her to Georgia. Camren Mitzel, 26, pleaded guilty Monday in Jackson County Circuit Court to second-degree online sexual corruption [...]

The History of Vancouver’s Polar Bear Swim

Frí, 02/01/2015 - 13:13
Since 1920, every New Year’s Day Vancouverites have taken a cool dip in English Bay in one of the world’s most popular Polar Bear Swim events. There were just a handful of people taking that chilly plunge back in 1920, but they were doing so at the behest (and in the company of) Peter Pantages. [...]

Children design the perfect swimming teacher

Frí, 02/01/2015 - 12:47
Children at Dursley swimming pool got the chance to design their ideal swimming teacher over the festive season. Young swimmers entered the competition to win free family swim sessions. Councillor Chris Brine, Chair of Stroud District Council’s Community Services Committee, said: “We were delighted with the huge number of entries we had and will be [...]

Despite injuries, Erin McNulty aims for Olympic tryouts

Frí, 02/01/2015 - 12:30
Erin McNulty has been swimming six days a week since she moved to Humboldt County when she was 11. In high school, McNulty was the fastest swimmer at the Humboldt Swim Club. Now age 20, she swims the fastest 100-yard butterfly on the Division I collegiate swim team at University of Hawaii — without being [...]

Michael Phelps and a step-by-step guide to handling a DUI arrest

Hós, 01/01/2015 - 22:04
What does the average John Doe have in common with 18-time Olympic gold medalist swimmer Michael Phelps? From a legal standpoint, the answer might be more than you’d expect—they’re both: a.) human, and hence predisposed to momentary lapses in judgment; b.) subject to the same laws and equal treatment before the justice system; and c.) [...]