Friday, July 23, 2010

2009 NCAA Aquatic Sport Participation Infographic

Infographics are all the rage! Check out the blog Information Is Beautiful for some examples of other types of infographics. I felt inspired so I decided to create my own on the topic of NCAA Aquatic Sport Participation (download source statistics).

Not to play the blame game, but when you visualize the stats as a graphic, you can really see how few NCAA athletes are playing aquatic sports. I wish I could make a similar graphic with budget distribution but I don’t have the data. Remember, because it’s an infographic, everything is perfectly to scale – enjoy!

2009 NCAA Aquatic sport participation infographic swimming

Friday, July 23, 2010

Red Bull Cliff Diving Continues In Norway

red bull cliff diving norway

The third stop for the Red Bull Cliff Diving World Series is Krager

Monday, July 19, 2010

The Coolest Dive Well Is In Mayaguez, Puerto Rico

dive well for teh XXI Central American and Caribbean Games in Mayaguez, Puerto Rico

I saw this dive well in a photo from DayLife.com about the XXI Central American and Caribbean Games in Mayaguez, Puerto Rico. It’s not the easiest thing to track down on the web, but I did notice a 3D rendering of the aquatic complex on WaterpoloShots.com.

dive well for the XXI Central American and Caribbean Games in Mayaguez, Puerto Rico

The platforms look amazing, it’s a really creative, clutter-free, elegant design – unfortunately it’s not very convenient for the divers who have to walk behind a wall before climbing up to the boards. It will probably be a dramatic pool for the competition, as divers emerge from openings in the blank face of the wall. But as a practice facility, what a nightmare when you want to just hop onto the board quickly.

Monday, July 19, 2010

AvidaMetrics Back In The News, Coaches Weigh Pros And Cons

avidasports avidametrics swimming telemetry system sensor

AvidaMetrics, the revolutionary swimming telemetry system developed by Avidasports, was featured in a story in The New York Times. Back in February, I blogged about the announcement that the University of Michigan teams would be the first to use the system. Now, five months later, Michigan is still the only one in the pool.

The New York Times article sheds some light on to why coaches might be hesitant to dive in. In favor of the system, Bob Bowman said that having measurable parameters in a system like this, and being able to give feedback to the athlete is “really powerful.” Although, it was noted that Bowman has not used the system for himself. Mike Bottom, the Michigan men

Thursday, July 15, 2010

Danish Gymnasts On Diving Tower, Mini Tramp From 5m And 10m

mini tramp on a diving platform tower

Have you ever thought about putting a mini tramp on the diving towers? Check out this cool video of Danish gymnasts Carsten Houlborg and Jimmi Andersen. They don’t have the best form, but they certainly have the huevos rancheros to attempt some pretty incredible stunts.

Thursday, July 15, 2010

LZR Racer Pavilion: Banned Suits Find New Life In Modern Art

speedo lzr racer modern art

Found via Speedo International

Thursday, July 15, 2010

In Brief… Lost Posts Edition

Ok, so I’m just gonna do this like a quick news brief of posts worth saving: Try to read it all in one breath!

Cincinnati Wakeboarding Team Sets Guinness World Record – The Wake Nation Cincinnati Team recently set a Guinness World Record for the greatest distance traveled on a wakeboard in 24 hours by a team. The 10 member team covered 506.8 miles by doing 1,448 labs around Wake Nation

Thursday, July 15, 2010

Did You Backup Your Posts? Um….

Remember the days before autosaved drafts, and you’re writing a particularly long email, then when you finally hit send your browser times out or you suddenly lose your wireless connection? You try to re-write the email but you end up cutting it down to a few frustrated words:

“I was going to tell you a really funny story, but my email got deleted, so nevermind – Sincerely, Eric”

That’s how I feel about the all the posts and changes I’ve made to the blog since June 28th. I’m going to try to re-post a few of them, but just like re-writing a lost email, it’s never quite as good the second time around.

Monday, June 28, 2010

Michael Phelps’ Sci-Fi Aqualab Flyer

michael phelps aqualab

I’m a huge sci-fi fan, so you can imagine how I geeked out over this Aqualab flyer that shows Michael Phelps in a submerged laboratory being powered by technology.

michael phelps aqualab

It reminds me of a mix between The Matrix and Wolverine Origins – try not to get electrocuted!

Thursday, June 24, 2010

Tim Tadder Swimming Photography On ‘The Design Inspiration’

The Design Inspiration is a great resource for anyone looking to be inspired by creative photography, logo design, or even the latest trends in fonts.

Today’s featured post is a collection of sports photographs from Tim Tadder. You’ll recognize his work for swimsuit manufacturer TYR, and Xterra wetsuits. Check out the full post from The Design Inspiration.

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