Friday, January 30, 2009

Kast-A-Way Swimwear Virtual Pep-Rally on Facebook

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Hey Readers!
I hope you all can stop by our “virtual pep-rally” tomorrow, all day! If you’ve already visited the Kast-A-Way Swimwear Facebook Page then you’ll notice some new decorations!

And, as always, DAILY blog updates in the Notes section.

How can you attend the Virtual Pep-Rally? Go to the Fan page:

Write us a message on the Wall.

Vote in the Poll.

Check out Blog entries in the Notes section.

Interact with the Facebook Page so that we can hear from you! Who needs a “real” pep-rally anyways? We’ve got LIVE syndicating RSS content!

See ya round cyber-space,


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Friday, January 30, 2009

ASA U. Providing Competitive Opportunities

A Note from Eric:

I just joined the American Swimming Association University League as an alumni of Miami University, Oxford, OH. [Alumni, faculty, and staff can compete at the team's discretion] I would just like to say that I had no idea the ASA even existed while I was competing in college, but now I’m thrilled to be a part of it.

The American Swimming Association was started to provide college students a competitive league for swimming (especially for schools whose programs had been cut). The ASA gained popularity, and hosted their first National Championships in 2005!

Tomorrow afternoon, the Miami Redfins (Miami University) will host an invitational at the Corwin M. Nixon Aquatic Center. If you check the meet information here, you’ll notice that there is even a diving event listed!

Props to ASA U. for providing an avenue for me to compete again for the first time in 2 years!


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>>Check out the ASA U. Calendar for the rest of the season.

Friday, January 30, 2009

Building Intrinsic Motivation in Athletes

photo sourceBuilding Intrinsic Motivation through Autonomy, Competence, and Relatedness
by Eric Teske, M.S.
Miami University (Oxford, OH)

Why can

Friday, January 30, 2009

Reflections from Kirk’s Coach Gabe Mazurkiewicz

tara kirkToday, Craig Lord of wrote a heartfelt article reflecting on Tara Kirk’s career and the emotional anguish felt by both her and her coach Gabe Mazurkiewicz.

Gabe Mazurkiewicz, is the Polish-born head coach of the Roseburg Swim Team who at Beaverton, WA, served as development guide to Kirk.

Here is an excerpt from Gabe Mazurkiewicz comments:

“She did everything right. She’s a great person, great student, great athlete – and she’s been destroyed by an organisation that has not been big enough to admit that it made a mistake. So, what am I going to tell my swimmers? Maybe USA Swimming has the answer.”

You can read the full story on, but be warned–it’s pretty heartbreaking.

>>Full Story by Craig Lord.

Thursday, January 29, 2009

Tara Kirk: Ready to give up competitive swimming

tara kirk usa swimmingRon Judd of The Seattle Times reported today that Bremerton swimmer Tara Kirk is ready to give up on competitive swimming.

Kirk could file the papers to officially retire from competitive swimming as early as this week. However, she is still planning to proceed with an arbitration hearing, set for May, to seek damages from USA Swimming for establishing rules that appeared to have cheated her out of a spot on the Beijing squad last summer.

“This whole thing isn’t about the money,” she says. “It’s about getting the right thing done. It would kill me if this happened again

Thursday, January 29, 2009

NBC Universal 2009 Swimming Preview

Jason Devaney and NBC Universal have put together a stellar 2009 swimming preview. If you’re a fan of elite swimming, you’re gonna love the predictions for 2009, and great photo galleries.

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Screen shot of NBC Universal’s 2009 Swimming Preview, check it out HERE.

With this kind of media attention, maybe 2009 will bring a little more exposure to the sport.

The NBC Universal Sports page also has sections for Triathlon, Figure Skating, Gymnastics, Cycling, and Volleyball (to name a few). It’s like their catch-all page for Olympic sports that never get the full media attention they deserve. I’m glad they’ve finally put their NBC Olympic resources to good use in a non-Olympic year.

Wednesday, January 28, 2009

Special Price for Web Orders

“You Swim While I Drink Coffee.” insulated mug

Perfect for keeping your coffee warm during long (and I do mean looooong) swim meets. Now available at Kast-A-Way Swimwear for a special online price. Check the Web Specials section for all of our current deals.

Wednesday, January 28, 2009

First Annual Water Polo ODP Summit Comes to a Close

USA Water Polo reflects on the success of their first Olympic Development Program (ODP) Summit:

The 1st annual ODP Summit in Los Angeles emphasized teamwork, fundamentals, forward planning, and respect for the game of water polo. The two day summit brought together coaches, referees, administrators and instructors from across America. It signaled a new era, bringing together the Men

Wednesday, January 28, 2009

Olympic Champion to Head Legal Defense Network for College Swimming

Steve Clark, former world record-holder in the 100-meter freestyle and a triple gold medalist at the 1964 Olympic Games in Tokyo , has agreed to serve as chairman of the newly formed Attorneys for the Promotion and Defense of Swimming (APDS). Clark is an attorney in San Francisco.

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Steve Clark, 1964 Olympic Gold Medalist. Photo by Yale Athletic Communications.

The announcement was made on January 15th in Phoenix by Phil Whitten, Executive Director of the College Swimming Coaches Association of America (CSCAA).

Clark is charged with recruiting a network of practicing attorneys and legal scholars – most likely, former competitive swimmers, themselves — willing to devote time, pro bono, for the defense of intercollegiate and interscholastic swimming. “We would like to have members of this group in every major metropolitan area in the USA ,” he said.

Attorneys interested in becoming part of the legal defense network can contact Clark by phone at (415) 421-0535 or by e-mail at

>>Read the Full Story at

Tuesday, January 27, 2009

Speaking of Making a Splash…

No, not splashdiving, I’m talking about the USA Swimming Foundation initiative for child-focused water safety. This initiative sponsors swim lessons and education about water safety. Here are some stats from Make A Splash:

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