Thursday, April 30, 2009

2009 German Splashdiving Championships by Mentos

splashdiving in germanyThe 2009 German Splashdiving Championships, presented by Mentos, are fast approaching. On May 16th-17th, Germany will open their National Championships to all nations in an effort to provide more opportunities for competition in the sport.

Germany, last year’s World Championship team winners, has led the international field in innovation and organization.

The German Championship event will be the first major international competition for the newly formed team from the UK, which hosted their own Nationals last fall. The open championships this May are also expected to draw athletes from other top Splashdiving nations such as the Philippines and Switzerland. However, the 2009 World Championship title won’t be decided until August.

Rumors are also going around that Splashdiving could make an appearance at the X-Games, the world’s elite level competition for alternative sports.

2009 german splashdiving championships

> United Kingdom Splashdiving team page
> The official Splashdiving International website
> More Splashdiving photos on DayLife.com

Thursday, April 30, 2009

Omega “Track-Start” Blocks Will Be Used at AUS vs. JPN Duel

According to SwimNews.com, the Australia vs. Japan Duel in the Pool will feature the new, approved, but previously unused Omega starting blocks. The Duel, scheduled for May 9th-10th, will be the first elite competition to showcase the new blocks. Although they have been approved by FINA, to keep things fair they will not be used at the World Championships in Rome because they are not readily available around the world.

new omega swimming blocks


Thursday, April 30, 2009

Plastic Water Bottle Waste Management

usa swimming water bottleAs Americans become more and more health-conscious, let’s not forget about the health of our environment as well. More specifically, many Americans are drinking water in place of caffeinated and carbonated beverages which, while having a positive impact on management of diabetes, healthy weight, and hydration, is leading to an unnecessary increase in the amount of plastic water bottle waste building up in landfills and polluting natural bodies of water.

Ok, so NEWS FLASH pollution is bad but drinking water is good. We already know this–but let’s crunch some numbers for a moment. More than 60 million plastic bottles end up in landfills and incinerators every day. Every day! (source). Also consider that most Americans pay a monthly water bill for municipal tap water at an average cost of US $2.00 per 1000 gallons, according to the American Water Works Association (AWWA). Filtering tap water by means of a filter installed under the kitchen sink brings the cost up to about $0.10 cents a gallon, and a tabletop filter increases the cost to $0.25 cents a gallon.

Prices of bottled water, in 12-packs, range from $1.57 to $8.26 per gallon. Well, bottled water does taste better (usually) depending on where you live. But that doesn’t mean it’s cleaner, fresher, or safer than regular municipal water. In fact, US water quality standards set by the Environmental Protection Agency for tap water are more stringent than the Food and Drug Administration

Thursday, April 30, 2009

In Brief…

kast-a-way swimwear in brief

> Alain Bernard Wearing a Prototype of the Arena X-Glide Swimsuit from the17thman
> Fitness Basics: Swimming Is for Everyone by WebMD
> Feeding Wild Dolphins is Illegal, Cartoon PSA from Dolphin Research Center
> In The Arena: Cesar Cielo Vs Alain Bernard by SwimNews.com
> 19th Century Pool Toys, A History of Gadgets and Fins on BNET
> $20 Onion Goggles? Just Use Your Swim Goggles on Chowhound
> Paula Abdul: Adam Lambert is Like Michael Phelps via The Huffington Post
> The Most Informative Article I Have Ever Read Regarding the Jaked! from SCAQ Blog


Thursday, April 30, 2009

FINA Diving World Series 2009 Medal Count

Here is the final medal count for the 2009 FINA Diving World Series. All results from FINA.org.

fina diving world series medal count


Tuesday, April 28, 2009

World Series of Diving Concludes with Empty Bleachers

empty bleachers at the mexico city diving world seriesAccording to the latest results from the FINA World Series of Diving, the fourth and final leg of the series was contested in Mexico City without the presence of spectators.

If you’ve been keeping up on the news, then you know about a recent increase in the number of documented cases of swine flu. With at least 20 laboratory confirmed cases of swine flu in Mexico, it appears as if our neighbor to the south could be the source of the outbreak. The New York Times released this map (open in new window) of documented cases in North America.

According to the CDC, the Secretary of the Department for Homeland Security, Janet Napolitano, has declared a public health emergency in the United States. While I was in Ann Arbor, I spoke with a graduate student in the University of Michigan Department of Public Health who informed me that this strain of the influenza virus is not necessarily deadly if treated properly. However, it would appear that people in Mexico have been advised against congregating in close contact with each other (such as at a diving meet).

Nevertheless, the FINA World Series of Diving concluded with China taking 7 of the possible 8 event titles at the Mexico City competition. A Chinese sweep was stopped by the British Men’s 3-meter Synchro team of Ben Swain and Nicholas Robinson-Baker (source).

> View results from the Mexico City Diving World Series meet.

Monday, April 27, 2009

The Amazing Race: Sync or Swim

The options of synchronized diving or 400 meter swimming proves to be a real challenge for many of the groups. Found via SpeedoUSA on Facebook.

http://www.cbs.com/e/bDza3KDtbZzXOOvaNu4kUH0_4_QGkdtT/cbs/1/

This is a great clip, if you have the patience to get past the 15 second commercial. It’s interesting how two of the teams chose to try synchronized diving (jumping) because they assumed it would be easier. I think plodding along at a slow dog paddle would be easier–it would take a while but at least you would finish. There’s a chance the teams would never sync up correctly for their first time on a 3-meter board.

Then again, the LZR Racer could take up to 25 minutes to put on. But I doubt the Amazing Racers are worried about getting the best drag-reducing tight fit. It’s exciting to see swimming and diving once again making its way into mainstream American living rooms on TV!


Monday, April 27, 2009

KAW Promotion 4-27-09


Friday, April 24, 2009

Alain Bernard Sets WR in Unapproved Suit, FINA List Due in May

Alain Bernard set a world record in the 100m Freestyle yesterday (photo gallery), April 23rd, in a time of 46.94 (source). Bernard became the first man in history to break 47 seconds. However.

Bernard might as well have set the record on a jet ski, because entering a WaveRunner in the event would have been just as legal as his unapproved Arena suit.

In all seriousness, the Arena X-Glide suit that helped Bernard break the record surely doesn’t offer the same advantage as an on-board motor. However, as Craig Lord of Swim News writes: “ratification of the record would require retrospective approval of the suit that Bernard wore.” Bernard’s coach, Denis Auguin, argued that the swimmer did the best he could, and was wearing new equipment just like everyone else (source).

But wearing an unapproved product for the first time in competition is clearly not just like everyone else. The appearance of the X-Glide in a record-setting race just adds to the confusing and questionable circumstances surrounding the sport’s integrity.

Luckily (hopefully) FINA has been making progress on the suit testing protocol. According to a FINA spokesperson who spoke with Swim News, a single list of suits that are and are not approved should be out some time in May (source).

> Bernard World Record Must Not Be Approved By FINA by Swimming World Magazine
> Bernard Sets 100m Freestyle WR by Universal Sports
> FINA Suit List Due May; Bernard ‘Body’ In Testing by Swim News Online

Friday, April 24, 2009

Reminder: Diving World Series on Universal Sports

Remember to watch the 2009 FINA Diving World Series stop in Mexico City, airing this Friday and Saturday from 6pm-8:30pm (EST). Visit the Universal Sports schedule and check out their event preview for a list of Americans planning to compete.

world series diving

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