Monday, June 29, 2009

Synchrogators: 13/15 A Team Headed To Finals

Here is the latest update from Larry at ESynchro Age Group National Championships in Gainesville, Florida:

Monday night is 11/12 finals . The top ten routines in each event go to the finals competition and no Cincinnati team will be represented in the 11/12′s this year. Our girls did great against some very strong teams. They will get to watch the US National team swim tonight and that will inspire them to work hard for next year. Great swimming girls!

13-15 Competition started tday

After the preliminary team swim, the 13-15 A team is in 8th place and headed to the finals!! The B team had a great swim finishing in 34th place. The trio of Handleton, Johnson and Smoot finished in 19th place and the trio of Connor, Handleton and Justice finished in 23rd place. The Handleton/Smoot duet finished the preliminary round in 23rd place and the Lekson/McAuliffe duet finished in 30th place. Solos and figures tomorrow morning/afternoon and finals tomorrow night.

The chaperones are holding up pretty well. Keeping the girls fed and on time to their events is a full time job! The girls are so much fun to be around though, it’s worth it!

- Larry

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Monday, June 29, 2009

One Year Ago Today: “Suit controversy? I’ll be the judge of that”


“Underwater, the suit appears to glow, because of tiny air bubbles that gather on the surface.”

A year ago today, June 29th 2008, NBCOlympics.com writer Pamela Barone took to the pool to get to the bottom of this whole “suit controversy” once and for all. No offense to Pamela–because it was a well-written article and I do enjoy the get-out-into-the-field approach–but one calendar year later I still don’t think we’ve reached the bottom of the controversy.

For the article, Pamela tries out a brand new TYR Tracer Rise to see first hand if the suit feels buoyant and if it will actually make her faster. Not surprising, she reports that the suit makes her legs feel like they are floating–but defers to the developers to determine whether they actually float or just feel lighter in the water.

As for speed, Pamela reported that she felt like she was going faster, but that she’s not sure if it was 4% faster. Again–not surprising for the purpose of the article which wasn’t to perform any kind of scientific test, but to allow a reporter to experience first-hand what everyone was (and is still) talking about.

There are a couple great quotes from the article that I’d like to share. The opening paragraph made me smile, considering that it was written an entire year ago:

“…the swimming world has been stuck in a so-called suit controversy. Is it an unfair advantage? What about availability? Has technology gone too far? And I was tired of hearing about it.” (source)

I would like to dedicate this next quote to every shocked expression I get in response to telling swim moms how long it should take to put on a correctly sized championship suit:

“I’ve heard enough stories to know that it was going to be hard to put on. But to say that it takes a while doesn’t indicate how much effort is required during that while in order to make any progress. Several times I paused for a rest, wondering whether it was really worth it.”(source)

Monday, June 29, 2009

In Brief…

kast-a-way swimwear in brief

> Gold Medal Mel: FINA Suit Wars (3 Interviews) by SwimNetwork.com
> Richard Quick on Swim Quick by Swim Across America janeljorgensen via GoSwim.tv
> One Year Ago Today: “Suit controversy? I’ll be the judge of that” NBCOlympics.com
> Phelps leads the way with four ESPY nominations by SI.com
> The A7 Tracer revealed at the TYR website! SCAQ Blog
> TYR Insider Blog: SWIM’N BUZZ
> Western Illinois Reinstates Men’s and Women’s Swimming Swimming World Magazine
> Swimming Pool Underwater Windows by Hydrosight

Monday, June 29, 2009

Bobby Larew Is All Over The Interweb


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I was using the Google machine to find some ab workouts on the interweb and I came across Bobby Larew’s series of videos for diving warmup exercises. He’s on ExpertVillage.com (now eHow.com), AnswerBag.com, and Asterpix.com to name a few.

Just search “Bobby Larew Diving” on YouTube and you’ll get 8 pages of videos, approximately 108 total minutes of bite-sized diving instruction and information. That’s enough to start his own FloDiving site (maybe).

Don’t know Bobby? His online bio is on all of his expert profiles:

For the last twenty years, Bobby Larew has participated in diving competitions as an athlete, a coach and a judge. During his competitive days, he trained with the University of Michigan and Junior Olympics Diving coach, Chris Bergere. Larew has also trained at Penn State University where he was later named to the Pennsylvania All-State Team. He has been coaching for the last ten years and has sent numerous divers to the state championships. Four of his students placed in the top 5 and several more in the top 10. One of his former students now dives for Auburn University, which has won back to back National Championships.

Monday, June 29, 2009

World Championships Flag Bearer: Get A Diver To Do It

There was an interesting coincidence in the selection of both the USA and Canadan flag bearers for the FINA World Championships opening ceremonies. Of all the aquatics athletes that could have been chosen, both countries picked divers to carry the flag. For the United States, Olympic diver Chris Colwill will be carrying the flag, while Canadian diver and former World Champion, Alex Despatie, will carry the flag for Canada.

Diving.ca has a whole article about how Alex was picked to carry the flag:

“The selection committee made its assessment based on three areas of emphasis: 50% athletic achievement; 30% leadership in the sport community and 20% on community involvement. The committee included athletes from the various aquatic sports who actually made the final selection.” (source)

Whereas the information for Chris came from a USA Diving Direct E-Newsletter:

“Chris Colwill has been chosen to serve as the flag bearer for the U.S. delegation for all four aquatics sports at the opening ceremonies for the upcoming FINA World Championships in Rome.”

Monday, June 29, 2009

2009 World University Games Begin Wednesday

world university games

The Universiade is “an International multi-sport event, organized for university athletes by the International University Sports Federation (FISU). The name is a combination of the words University and Olympiad.” (Wikipedia)

This year’s Universiade, more commonly known as the World University Games, will be held in Belgrade, Serbia. The 2009 World University Games will host athletes from 15 sports, including swimming, diving, and water polo.

Participants must attend an institute of higher education to participate in the World University Games, which usually means they are not full-time or “professional” swimmers. The 2009 USA Swimming team was announced back in September (roster here on Swimming World Magazine) and the list of divers was set in early June (announcement on USADiving.org).

The 2009 World University Games Water Polo roster was announced at the end of May.

Monday, June 29, 2009

Synchrogators: Trios Compete and 13/15 Team Run Through

Here is the latest update from Larry at ESynchro Age Group National Championships in Gainesville, Florida:

More info from Gainesville. Our 11/12 trio of Josie Nunner, Danielle Moser, and Lizzie Walsh placed 12th and our shoot ‘em up trio of Abby Corpuz, Amy Deng, and Giorgia Toscani earned 18th place. Not as great as we would have hoped but we are truly proud of our girls.

A very fun and wet team dinner for the 11/12′s rounded out our day today as we ate pizza next to the pool and had a great time. Thanks to the great 11/12 moms for their hard work organizing the party!

The 13/15′s have arrived and held their trio competition today as well as their team run throughs. No results yet on the trios but the girls report that the water is COLD! There is a lot of great competition here, as usual from the West coast teams but the girl’s run throughs, both A and B teams, looked exceptional. They are psyched and ready to swim.

Another fire alarm this afternoon about 5:00 and the convention that was sharing the McConnell Center with the synchro meet is over. Now maybe we can find a place to park!!! More later.

- Larry

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Sunday, June 28, 2009

Synchrogators Arrive in Gainesville, Weekend Update

Good Morning Eric

2 parts to this -11/12 competition update, and 13-15 report

11/12 Age Group

Competition started on Saturday June 27 for the 11/12 age group. Many of these girls have never been to a meet of this size (1000+ athletes), so they are a little intimidated by the crowds and the intensity of the competition. They all swam very well today and their coach, Ginny Jasontek, was very pleased with their performances. Our 11/12 soloist, Olivia Bley finished in 21st place. We had two duets; Josie Nunner and Elizabeth Walsh in 18th place and Olivia Bley and Danielle Moser in 24th place. The eight person team finished in 13th place. The trio competition will be run on Sunday with the finals later in the day.

13-15 Chaperones Report

After a crowded but uneventful flight and drive from Jacksonville to Gainesville. The 13-15 teams (both A and B) practiced for about 2 hours at the hotel pool then enjoyed a nice team dinner at TGIFridays. We discussed the timeline for Sunday (where everyone needs to be and when) and the girls were in bed by 10pm. That’s when the fun began…about 3:45am the hotel was aroused by the fire alarm!!! We gathered the girls and proceeded to the exits. Not an easy feet when the girls rooms are somewhat scattered across the 4th floor of the hotel. We were then informed that it was a false alarm and returned to our rooms.

Trios swim today, wish us luck.

Here’s to no more fire alarms!!!

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Friday, June 26, 2009

Synchrogators Last Minute Training Before Nationals

Cincinnati.com and The Enquirer got some footage of the Synchrogators training on Wednesday night at Gamble Nippert YMCA, in Cincinnati, OH.

synchrogators training for esynchro nationals

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Friday, June 26, 2009

Cliff Diving Without The Cliff

The Red Bull Cliff Diving Series has made 2 stops out of 6 so far this summer, and the competitors have yet to dive from an actual cliff! The first stop, in La Rochelle, France, had the divers leaping off a platform attached to the side of a castle.

red bull cliff diving

Last week in Rotterdam (Netherlands), the divers took the plunge from 26 meters off a platform attached to a crane.

red bull cliff diving

In spite of rain and high winds, 15,000 spectators came out to watch the high dive competition in Rotterdam.

red bull cliff diving

RedBullCliffdiving.com has tons of media and information about the Series, which continues through the summer with a final stop in Hamburg, Germany on August 29th.

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