Sunday, May 31, 2009

Husky Swimming Foundation Update

The Husky Swimming Foundation is still receiving press, which at least means that the foundation’s mission and goals have a chance of being heard–and hopefully met. Recently, King5 News in Seattle did a piece on the foundation’s activities, including interviews with Board Member Catherine “Cat” Clark and swimmer Clinton Stipek.

As of now, the Husky Swimming Foundation is working to further organize itself and clarify their short and long term goals. As stated on their website: “The Foundation Board of Directors will be meeting on June 5th to discuss the results of these meetings and to develop a game plan for moving forward on all of these issues as a cohesive group of alumni and swimming supporters.”

The foundation is set up to take donations–so skip that $5 Starbucks coffee you were going to get and give whatever you can.

> Visit for the latest news or to make a donation

Sunday, May 31, 2009

TriTech Ohio Challenge Triathlon & Duathlon Results

tritech ohio challenge triathlonThere was beautiful weather at Caesar’s Creek today for the TriTech Ohio Challenge Triathlon & Duathlon presented by Kast-A-Way Swimwear. Previously known as the Rudy Project Triathlon, the Ohio Challenge featured a half mile swim, 13 mile bike, and 5k run through Caesar Creek State Park in southwest Ohio.

For full results, visit the host website at

The next event in the Mideast Multi-Sport Series will be the Wendy’s International Triathlon on June 14th.

Friday, May 29, 2009

ASA U. Diving Akin To “Watermelon Relays”?

I’ve been an avid supporter of the American Swimming Association University League (ASA U.) ever since I found myself coaching for–and competing with–the Miami University Redfins this past season. And I like to think I’m pretty open-minded when it comes to a league that is primarily participation oriented (although there were some pretty intense times turned out at this year’s nationals).

However, I got an email today from the ASA U. mailing list with a call for meet sanction requests. In order to increase participation while increasing the number of sanctioned meets in the season, it looks like the ASA U. league is encouraging alternative just-for-fun events by announcing that they will still recognize meets as sanctioned even if they contain these creative, unique events. The announcement reads:

Fun fun fun…

Want to host a meet with some CREATIVE, UNIQUE, events? We encourage it! You don’t have to worry about limiting your meets to the event lineup from Nationals. ASA U. will sanction your meet the way you want it, as long as the rules are followed. There is nothing in the rules that says you can’t run creative, unique events such as 25 relays, 4 x 100 IM relays, backstroke relays, watermelon relays, etc. at your meets.

Why does this ruffle my feathers? Because diving events were included in 2 sanctioned meets last season (that I know of), but are not part of the event lineup for Nationals. So if diving can be in a sanctioned meet but not Nationals – and a watermelon relay can be in a sanctioned meet but not Nationals: then diving and watermelon relays are similar in the eyes of the ASA University League.

Solution? Add diving to the Nationals event lineup. We have divers. And showing that you take diving seriously in the ASA U. will lead to more divers coming out to compete.

asa u diving

Thursday, May 28, 2009

Photo: Better Safe Than Sorry, Michael Phelps

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AP Photo via

Wednesday, May 27, 2009

In Brief…

kast-a-way swimwear in brief

> Topping Point DVD Cover Artwork via Topping Point on Facebook
> Garrett Weber-Gale Grouchy Reaction to 50 Free by Garrett Weber-Gale
> FINA’s Swimsuit List: Pure Genius by Gold Medal Mel
> The Swim Aids Agree With Me: “Dear PVK…” by The Swim Aids
> World’s Highest Springboard–876 Feet High! by Springboards and More
> Korea Earns 2015 World University Games Hosting Duties by Swimming World
> Natalie Coughlin Gives Freestyle Tips to SELF Magazine Readers at
> USA Diving Merch Designed By Actual Designers! What A Concept.Sugar and Bruno

Wednesday, May 27, 2009

So You Think You Can Dance, Caitlin Kinney?

If you watched So You Think You Can Dance? on FOX tonight, you should have seen a familiar face in Caitlin Kinney. She blew the judges away and got straight through to Las Vegas (the So You Think You Can Dance equivalent of the famous American Idol phrase “welcome to Hollywood baby!”). It sounds like we’ll be seeing a lot more of Caitlin this season on SYTYCD–but that’s not the only place you’ll be able to see her!

caitlin kinney photo

Caitlin is the dancing co-star in the swimming movie Topping Point, whose character follows a parallel to swimmer Adam Rand. In the movie, both characters pursue their dreams in the midst of a second Great Depression where “food shortages and a lack of electricity make training nearly impossible.”

caitlin kinney on stage

Topping Point is currently in production by Ontracc LLC. For more information (and production photos) become a fan of Topping Point on Facebook or visit the Ontracc website.

> Video of Caitlin Kinney dancing at
> Press release from Ontracc about the full-length feature film, and short film project

Video found on via Photobucket

Tuesday, May 26, 2009

Biking 48 States In 48 Days For Leukemia, And World Record

I was making my usual instant breakfast mixed with instant coffee (instant gratification) when I saw the front page of the Dayton Daily News on the kitchen table. I don’t usually read the newspaper because I surf blogs and online news sites throughout the day–and because the front page news is usually about our dreadful economy, potential world war, or deadly outbreaks.

However, the front page story this morning wasn’t the usual doomsday hype, it was about 23 year old Phil Nagle’s plan to ride his bike through 48 states in 48 days to raise $48,000 for the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society.

phil nagle 48 states in 48 days

On July 6th, Nagle will set out from his parents’ house in Tipp City, Ohio for a 7-week, 8,000 mile bike ride that touches all of the lower 48 states. In order to succeed, he will have to average around 170 miles per day. It sounds like a pretty intimidating undertaking, but Nagle has put in over 150 hours of research on what he will need to endure a distance of 3 1/2 Tour de Frances.

The result of his research is a strict eating schedule and diet, the best bike equipment he could get his hands on, and a mapped route that follows all paved roads along state routes. Aside from writing up a plan, Nagle has also been putting in some serious training. According to the article, by Ken McCall, “He

Monday, May 25, 2009

OASIS OF DREAMS Casting Call: Divers and Synchronized Swimmers

oasis of dreams

Royal Caribbean International looks to Choozi Entertainment to cast their Oasis of Dreams show, a Cirque du Soleil style aquatic performance housed in the Aqua Theater (picture below).

Here is some information about the casting for the show. More information can be found at Choozi’s website until an Aqua Theater website launches in January. Of course they’re looking for the best of the best who also happen to be very artistic and able to basically live on a cruise ship. I don’t know where they find these people!

The use of terms like “olympic level” and “professional” divers is certainly enough to intimidate me from even applying. But I guess if you think being a world class athlete is too boring, this is right up your alley.

oasis of dreams

Currently casting for:

Olympic and Professional level Divers

  • Must have expertise in all 6 dive groups, up to 31/2

Friday, May 22, 2009

Kaitlin Sandeno Enterprise and THINK Physical Therapy

kaitlin sandeno enterprise

Four-time Olympic medalist, Kaitlin Sandeno, is offering her services as a performance consultant in association with THINK Physical Therapy in Tustin, CA. At the age of 26, Kaitlin has already faced her share of success and set-backs, and will share her knowledge to “help young people develop through athletics, activities and positive life style.” (source)

kaitlin sandeno enterprise

Here’s an excerpt from the Facebook page for Kaitlin Sandeno Enterprise/THINK Physical Therapy:

“[Kaitlin] uses her past experiences and positive attitude to advise athletes through their mounting career. Someone who has experienced the high

Friday, May 22, 2009

Swimming is 1% Skill and 99% Cheating
Found via my friend Mike on Facebook, but he probably doesn’t read my blog so I’ll just say: Look at this funny video I found!

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