Sunday, July 17, 2011

Bro Out with BroSwimming.com

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BroSwimming.com is a Tumblr page with meet footage, meat footage, humorous videos, mustaches, and interviews. From what I can tell so far, the group eats a lot of baked beans, occasionally shoot guns, and always find time for some pull-ups.

Quite an interesting addition to the swimming blogosphere, and definitely worth a mention. You can find BroSwimming.com on Facebook and tweeting @swimcanoe.

Sunday, July 17, 2011

Boudia / McCrory Place Fifth in 10m Synchro #FINA2011 Finals

When I went to bed last night, David Boudia and Nick McCrory were seated 2nd after the 10m Synchro Prelims. I was away from my computer, but @DiversCircle (the diving cousin of @SwimmersCircle) was doing an excellent job with Twitter commentary.

Unfortunately, I woke up this morning to some disappointing news from About.com Diving: So Close, Boudia & McCrory Finish Fifth. Dang! We just can’t catch a break!

The Swimmers Circle also posted a breakdown of the event, but I thought I’d throw my two cents in with a data-driven perspective.

david boudia nick mccrory synchro 10m score graph

Using data from DiveMeets.com, along with the prelim and final scores, we can see exactly where Boudia and McCrory faltered. If they had done an “average” meet, they would have been good for silver with a 456.46. However, this graph comes with a silver lining, because the pair started and finished better than you would typically expect!

Saturday, July 16, 2011

Ankle Rehabilitation for Cliff Diver Orlando Duque

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Check out this video from Red Bull Cliff Diving. It’s cliff diving all-star Orlando Duque at the Red Bull Diagnostics and Training Center in Thalgau, Austria doing some physical therapy for a fractured ankle. Having been through a similar ankle fracture (and subsequent surgery) myself, I was fascinated to see the innovative therapy he is receiving.

Watch the video below to see Orlando’s rehabilitation regime, which includes juggling on a balance beam!

Saturday, July 16, 2011

Relative Interest in Swimming by State [Chart]

ratio of high school swimming partitipants to state population map

This visualization was really fun to make! I started with NFHS data for 2009-2010 state high school swimming and diving participants (for some reason, Idaho, Tennessee and South Dakota were missing data). Next, I divided number of high school swimming participants by 2010 Census state population data and multiplied by 1000.

The result is a heat map of what I’m calling “relative interest in swimming” as represented by the number of high school swimming participants per 1000 state residents. So for every 1000 residents, this number represents how many high school swimmers you would find. It’s a little clumsy, but should give you some idea in the level of interest the states have in high school swimming.

I was actually surprised to see some of the states with smaller populations (such as Wyoming) actually have a disproportional participation in swimming – so with fewer high school students overall, they had the highest relative interest in swimming.

The top 5 states with the most high school swimmers relative to state population were: Minnesota (1.65), Wyoming (1.65), Deleware (1.62), Pennsylvania (1.55) and Connecticut (1.35).

Even though the number of high school swimmers in California (48,483) and Texas (14,286) are impressive stats, these states end up 8th and 41st in respective interest level because of their large state populations.

Saturday, July 16, 2011

Change in Average High School Swim Team Roster Size 1970-2010 [Graph]

I found a data set on the National Federation of State High Schools Associations website that listed number of schools with swimming and diving programs, and the total number of participants for boys and girls. To determine average roster size, I simply divided the total number of participants by the number of schools offering programs.

average high school swim team size graph

The resulting graph shows a cross-over point where a number of factors caused girls’ team size to increase while boys’ team size decreased. It’s difficult to determine what factors (budget, interest, accessibility, etc.) contribute to changes in team size, but I’m guessing Title IX (1972) had a lot to do with it.

Saturday, July 16, 2011

Kast-A-Way Swimwear: Keeping Up with a Growing Sport

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The sport of swimming fluctuates in popularity, and usually experiences an increase following the Olympic cycle. According to a survey by the National Sporting Goods Association, swimming is the 3rd most popular sport based on participation (not necessarily formal participation on a team).

In fact, an estimated 51,900,000 people (age 7 and up) participated in swimming during 2010, an increase of 3.4% since 2008. (Participation, based on the survey parameters, means swimming at least 6 times during the year). The only “sports” ahead of swimming were Exercising with Equipment and Exercise Walking.

More swimmers means more swimsuits, and an opportunity to reach new communities. Recently, Kast-A-Way Swimwear was awarded the chance to open a retail Pro Shop inside the new Greensboro Aquatic Center in Greensboro, North Carolina. As construction draws to a close, the GAC will become a state-of-the-art aquatics facility with 3 pools and a seating capacity of 2,500. The facilities should be open to the public on September 12, following a Grand Opening celebration the last week of August.

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The GAC already has plans to host the YMCA National Short Course Swimming Championship competition on April 2, 2012, and the 2012 USMS Spring Nationals.

greensboro aquatic center swimming north carolina

For more information on the Greensboro Aquatic Center, visit greensboroaquaticcenter.com, or follow the GAC on Facebook.

Saturday, July 16, 2011

In Brief #47: China Wins First Gold of #FINA2011

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> China wins 1st gold medal of world championships chinadaily.com.cn
> Official Nicknames for Each of Oriental Sports Center Pools The Swimmers Circle
> Pac-Man Swimsuit the17thman
> Cliff Diving Q&A: Get to Know Steven LoBue Red Bull Cliff Diving
> Diving: Doubt over Waterfield SkySports.com
> Greensboro Aquatic Center Technical Specifications About the GAC
> Shanghai officials give FINA swimmers list of 15 restaurants that won’t poison them Shanghaiist
> Phelps predicts world record drought will end at swimming worlds cbc.ca

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