Wednesday, March 31, 2010

London 2012 Aquatics Center Update: Water In The Pool!

London 2012 Aquatics Center

According to a release by the Associated Press, the London 2012 Olympic Aquatics Center now has water in the pool!

London 2012 Aquatics Center

David Higgins, chief executive of the Olympic Delivery Authority (the public body responsible for developing and building the new venues and infrastructure for the Games) said “Water is now in the diving pool. It hasn’t leaked. So far so good” (source).

From what I can see in this London2012.com webcam photo, it looks like the water David Higgins is talking about could just be the rain. It seems a little preemptive to fill the diving well before finishing the buildings’ walls and floor!

Tuesday, March 30, 2010

What Is The JAX50 Sprint Dual Challenge?

JAX 50 swimming sprint challenge

The JAX50 is aptly named because this unique type of swimming challenge takes place in Jacksonville, FL and includes only one event: the 50 yard freestyle. According to the event website, the event starts out with heats of the 50 broken down by age group. Trophies are awarded to the top 3 swimmers in each age group, but only the top 4 swimmers advance to the evening session.

If I’m reading this correctly, it looks like the top two boys and top two girls will join the 12 pro’s and pair up to form a total of 8 guy-girl teams. Then, in an NCAA college basketball tournament style bracket, guys and girls race each other in head-to-head 50′s and earn points for them and their partner. The guy-girl partners with the most total points will split the prize money.

8-year-olds, although you probably didn’t make it to the evening session, you’re not done yet! All swimmers are invited to a swim clinic the following day.

This fun, unique event is more than just a dash for cash. “It is an opportunity to help an aspiring Olympian, Bolles school alumnus Seun Adebiyi, fight the fight of his life against leukemia in the hopes that he will fulfill his ultimate dream of racing in an Olympic Games” (source).

Monday, March 29, 2010

Photo: Lifeguards Sanitize Bleachers At NCAA’s

“Life guards sanitize bleachers at the McCorkle Aquatic Pavilion at Ohio State University on Thursday, March 25, 2010″ (source).

Monday, March 29, 2010

2010 Men’s NCAA Championship Round-Up

> McCrory Brings Home NCAA Platform Diving Title GoDuke.com
> 2010 Men’s NCAA Division I Championships Photo Gallery Swimming World
> NCAA Postponement Affects BYU Diver CollegeSwimming.com
> Worst Fears Confirmed: It’s the Norovirus CollegeSwimming.com
> California’s Nathan Adrian Sets Pool Record, Wins 100 Free Swimming World
> Attention all swim coaches Springboards And More
> 2010-2009 Men’s NCAA Comparison Swimming Science
> Friday Food Fact: Red Meat Garrett Weber-Gale

Thursday, March 25, 2010

Men’s D1 NCAA Swimming and Diving Championships Postponed

There was talk earlier this week about a rumored (and later confirmed) case of several NCAA swimmers coming down with some sort of severe illness shortly after arriving in Columbus, OH for the 2010 Men’s D1 NCAA Swimming and Diving Championships. Swimming World picked up the story, and then posted an update – including a press release from The Ohio State University Media Relations.

According to a tweet by Ricky Berens, the swim teams from Stanford, Arizona, and Texas were all on the same flight. On Monday, March 22nd, Ricky described the flight as “productive” and didn’t mention anything about an illness. Later, Berens tweeted that Arizona had stolen their dinner reservations – meaning they were eating at the same place.

36 hours later, 9 Arizona swimmers were hospitalized and several Texas and Stanford swimmers were also reportedly ill.

It’s easy to speculate that something must have been going around either at dinner or on the plane that could cause members of three NCAA swim teams to become so sick.

The latest news out of this story: an emergency coaches meeting was called for Wednesday night. According to CollegeSwimming.com, the meet has officially been postponed until Friday, March 26th at noon. The situation is so serious that the Center for Disease Control is not letting the infected swimmers into the McCorkle Aquatic Pavilion until Friday.

Wednesday, March 24, 2010

Cesar Cielo In SABESP Clean Water Campaign

cesar cielo

Found via SCAQ Blog, Cesar Cielo appears in this campaign for clean water sponsored by SABESP, a Brazilian state owned utility that provides water and sewage services to residential, commercial and industrial use in the S

Tuesday, March 23, 2010

In Brief…

> The full story behind Sasquatch DiveMeets.com
> Past Decade of Women’s NCAA Results Swimming Science
> Sterling silver swimming charm Kast-A-Way Swimwear
> An Open Letter To My Diving Friends The Screaming Viking!
> 2012 London Olympic Aquatics Center Under Construction Video About.com
> Backstroke in Caramel, GTD Prizes, & More Race Footage

Monday, March 22, 2010

Creative Use Of Props, Or The Most Intense Women’s Water Polo Game Ever!

Brazil thematic team synchronized swimming

Found via @sureh2o, this photo is from the 2009 FINA World Trophy for synchronized swimming, where Brazil competes in a Thematic Team event. Photo source: Synchro Canada Flickr photostream.

Monday, March 22, 2010

Running On Water: LIFE, Jesus, And The US Patent Office

basilisk jesus lizard running on water

In the first episode of LIFE, a new series from the makers of Planet Earth, the special adaptations of the basilisk lizard are featured to show how animals have evolved some remarkable strategies to stay alive. By running on water, the basilisk “Jesus Christ” lizard has even challenged the established mechanics for legged locomotion; while an inventor in 1988 claims to have solved the mechanics for water-running over two decades ago.

If you’re looking to be impressed by aquatic adaptations, look no further than the animal kingdom: specifically the 11-part nature special called LIFE, co-produced by the BBC and The Discovery Channel. With the same cinematic power as the Planet Earth series, LIFE introduces the elements of adaptation, evolution, and resilience told through time-bending slow motion and epic aerial shots.

If you missed the first episodes, and the encore presentations, you can still see a short clip of the basilisk running on water in this preview on YouTube. Nicknamed the “Jesus Lizard” or “Jesus Christ Lizard” for its seemingly miraculous ability to walk on water, the basilisk’s movement had not been thoroughly analyzed until as recently as 2004. Researchers Shi-Tong Tonia Hsieh and George Lauder challenged the idea that there is a simple continuum in the strategy animals use to move across surfaces – in other words, they wondered if the lizard ran differently in order to stay upright on the surface rather than just running very quickly with large feet.

basilisk jesus lizard running on water

According to detailed video analysis, the lizard’s stride on the water can be broken into three phases: the slap, the stroke, and the recovery. The lizard generates enough vertical force to stay up during the slap phase, and lateral force to move forward during the stroke (source). However, according to Hsieh and Lauder, “the mechanics of lizard water-running challenge a major established rule of legged locomotion known as the spring-mass model. In the model, energy is stored in an animal’s limb during the start of the contact, or slap, phase and then released to help propel the animal forward” (source). Hsieh and Lauder conclude that this does not occur in the lizard, and liken the movement to that of a piston rather than a spring.

These results show that it’s not just a matter of running fast with big feet, but support that there is a different model of locomotion for running on a liquid surface. This is unfortunate for anyone who has dreamed of running down the pool with swim fins on, and also for inventor Peter B. Tomlinson, the man who holds US Patent No. US4787871 for Water Surface Running Fins for the Feet.

US4787871 patent walking on water fins

At a glance, Tomlinson’s invention looks similar to the foot design of the basilisk lizard. The fin provides a large, flat, rigid surface for the slap phase, and even a semi-collapsed state for the recovery phase. However, because water-running requires a different model of locomotion than running on land, it is hard to imagine something like a running fin working on humans without extensive training to alter the running mechanics.

Tomlinson’s vision of Water Surface Running Fins being used for exercise, competitive races, and even lifeguard equipment, will remain a fantasy for the time being. But just as we were once inspired by a bird’s winged flight, perhaps water-running fins are the next great invention to be modeled after life’s adaptations.

Friday, March 19, 2010

British Diver Tom Daley and Kate Moss In Italian Vogue

Tom Daley and Kate Moss Italian Vogue

World champion diver Tom Daley doesn’t turn 16 until May, but he has already become an public icon in the UK and throughout Europe. A few months ago, Tom was photographed for Italian Vogue alongside supermodel Kate Moss in a London photo shoot by Bruce Weber.

Tom Daley and Kate Moss Italian Vogue

It was reported that Tom and Kate got to know each other on the set, and Tom later asked Kate to model for his photography school project!

Tom Daley and Kate Moss Italian Vogue

You can view a video slideshow set to music on Vogue’s website. Several other celebrities were featured in the fashion story “London In Love,” but Tom and Kate Moss don’t appear until 3:45 into the video.

Tom Daley and Kate Moss Italian Vogue

I was unable to find the photos Tom took of Kate Moss for his school project. I’m not sure they’re even online. But if they are, I’m sure Tom has tweeted about them (@TomDaley1994) because that’s where I first heard about this Vogue shoot.

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