Saturday, July 16, 2011

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

greensboro aquatic center swimming north carolina

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.

greensboro aquatic center swimming north carolina

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.

Tuesday, January 18, 2011

Top 6 Most Tattooed Swimmers

Who are the most tattooed swimmers? Has the title changed hands? From personal experience, I can tell you that tattoos are definitely addicting, so the arms race for the most ink is always up for grabs.

I did a very thorough internet search for the most tattooed aquatic athletes, including synchronized swimmers and water polo players. I limited the search to elite level athletes that you might have a chance to see in the media.

I hope I didn’t miss any! If you know of an elite aquatic athlete with a lot of tattoos, post a link in the comments section. Now allow me to present the Top 6 Most Tattooed Swimmers in no particular order:

Franziska van Almsick (German Swimmer)
Franziska van Almsick tattoo

Anastasia Davydova (Russian Synchronized Swimmer)
Anastasia Davydova tattoo

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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

Tuesday, April 27, 2010

Dante Dettamanti Water Polo Coaching Clinic In Columbus, Ohio

Dante Dettamanti Clinic

Click Here to download the flyer in PDF format

The Ohio Water Polo Coaches Association presents the Dante Dettamanti Water Pollo Coaching Clinic scheduled for May 21-23 in Columbus, Ohio.

Dante Dettamanti is one of the top performing coaches in the world, with 8 NCAA Titles, a .800 winning record at Stanford and vast international experience with some of the worlds top coaches including former Yugoslavian star Ratko Rudic.

Dante holds an MS in exercise science from UCLA. He is one of the few top level water polo coaches who combines expert knowledge of the game with graduate studies in conditioning and nutrition that have consistently produced the top players in the world.

The Dettamanti Clinic provides coaches with both a theoretical understanding of the game as well as on deck work with athletes. This unique combination allows coaches to understand how to get the most from athletes of all ages and how to produce a winning team.

  • Coaching tips and strategies
  • Essential offensive skills
  • Essential defensive skills
  • Training and conditioning, practice

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, December 14, 2009

World Class Aquatic Training Center In The Works For Greater Cincinnati Area

A state-of-the-art aquatic training facility for the Greater Cincinnati Area is in the pre-planning stages! I just found out about this from Susan, who is the secretary on the board of directors for the project. Check out some of the information I found on the website: aquatictrainingcenter.org.

Swimming, diving, water polo and synchronized swimming are growing sports nationwide that help children and adults stay healthy, safe and fit. Several Olympic swimmers and divers have come from the Cincinnati area, including Dan Ketchum (2004), Nate Dusing (2000), Joe Hudepohl (1996, 1992), Becky Ruehl (1996), and Kim Rodenbaugh (1984).

The Issue: Most Southwest Ohio schools do not have a pool. In fact, most of the swim clubs do not even have access to an Olympic size training pool, and diving wells are even scarcer.

Our Mission: To provide the Greater Cincinnati Aquatic Community a World Class Teaching Facility – featuring multiple state-of-the-art pools and a tower diving well – designed to enhance swimming and diving instruction, host competitive events and offer user friendly amenities for participants, families and event organizers.

Here are just some of the features this new facility would have:

  • A 50 meter Olympic size pool designed for speed
  • A separate dive well with multiple 1 and 3 meter springboards as well as a full complement of diving platforms (1, 3, 5, 7.5 and 10 meters) and “Bubbler” system that can also be used as a warm-up and warm-down pool for swim meets
  • Additional features and amenities to attract water polo, synchronized swimming, and other aquatic sports and activities
  • Weight training area, dryland training area, overhead safety spotting harnesses, under-water windows, and many other training aids
  • Abundance of room for spectators and media, which will enable the facility to host regional and national competitions

Please contact Bob Farr for more information. (513) 532-3867, info@aquatictrainingcenter.org

I obviously like the fact that a fully-equipped diving well is planned, along with dryland areas. Aside from that, I completely agree that the Cincinnati area could use a world class facility that isn’t associated with a school or recreation center. We need an aquatic facility that puts elite training first and family fun days second.

The bullet point that speaks to media and spectator space is very important as well. One of the main criticisms I have of the natatorium at Miami University is the lack of spectator seating. If it weren’t for a lack of seating, the Miami pool would be worthy of holding national events. Any new pool that is being planned should take this into consideration.

The website has more information on the short term goals of the planning phase. Donations are tax deductible, and volunteer positions are still waiting to be filled – so if you want to bring this aquatic training center to Cincinnati, please get involved.

Monday, November 23, 2009

In Brief…

kast-a-way swimwear in brief

> Evolution of the Speedo “Tech Suit” Through Playboy SCAQ Blog
> How To Prevent Crying In Infant or Toddler Learn to Swim Classes About.com
> Tech Suits to Remain in Japan Until End of March Swimming World
> USA Swimming Foundation Golden Goggle Awards Recap Swimming World
> NEVER Let Your Divers Use This! Springboards and More
> Do pools with a steep pitch distort “time and space”? SCAQ Blog
> Swimming World Names 2009 Divers of the Year Swimming World
> Swimming World Names 2009 Water Polo Players of the Year Swimming World

Monday, November 16, 2009

In Brief…

kast-a-way swimwear in brief

> Man Dies After Being Found At Bottom Of YMCA Pool CBS2.com via @poolnewsfeed
> Underwater Freestyle GoSwim.tv
> FINA Water Polo World Leagues Starts Tomorrow Swimming World
> Slow lane: Phelps misses out world record binge Associated Press
> Breaking world swim records has become an International joke EverymanTri
> Frederick Bousquet reveals how he trains in a interview with ‘Gala.fr’ SCAQ Blog
> Fast Swimming Bull Run 2009-2010 SwimmingWorld.TV
> Hardy breaks world record as World Cup in Berlin concludes USA Swimming

Tuesday, August 4, 2009

Getting To Know Those Butterflies In Your Stomach

butterflies in your stomach

Everyone has probably experienced the feeling of butterflies in their stomach at some point. This classic metaphor describes the sensation of a “tickling” or “fluttery” feeling in the stomach that is generally associated with nervous excitement.

The sensation of butterflies is most likely caused by the release of epinephrine from the adrenal glands, which causes a chemical reaction in your body often associated with “fight or flight.” Epinephrine causes blood from non-essential body processes (like digestion) to be redirected to more immediate resources like the brain and muscles. This temporary loss of blood to the stomach is probably the reason for a number of symptoms of nervousness: loss of appetite, nausea, vomiting, and butterflies.

Generally, people would rather not experience butterflies before a big meet or event because they can be distracting, make you lose confidence, or second-guess how prepared you are. However, David Bellinger, a sport performance consultant with Excellence in Sport Performance (Pleasanton, CA) recently wrote an article for Gymnastike titled “Making Those Butterflies Fly In Formation” (link).

In his article, Bellinger says that “nervousness is only a problem if it prevents you from performing your best,” and explains that being nervous shows that you care about something or that it is important to you (like doing well in competition). It’s much easier to manage a few butterflies than it is to deal with a complete lack of effort, or apathy towards competition.

Bellinger continues:

“If you have butterflies in your stomach, the goal is not necessarily to get rid of all of them, but to get them to fly together in formation. You want to get the optimal amount of nervousness for you, and then channel your nervous energy into helping you perform your best.” (source)

Everyone has their own optimal energy level that will help set themselves up for the best possible performance. Identifying how you feel when you perform your best is the first step in managing your nervous energy. You wouldn’t want to decrease your nerves to the point that you don’t care about the competition, or increase your nervous energy to the point you get distracted and jittery. Finding your optimal balance is the key.

David Bellinger is a contributing blogger at Gymnastike (a gymnastics mirror to FloSwimming). You can find more of his articles HERE. Also check out related sport psychology content here on Kast-A-Way Blog.

Tuesday, July 28, 2009

In Brief…

kast-a-way swimwear in brief

> Kast-A-Way Swimwear Website Specials Kast-A-Way Swimwear
> Ricky Berens Moons FINA Worlds the17thman
> Germany’s Paul Biedermann is “mad fast” in the 200 free during prelims! SCAQ Blog
> Surviving In A Post-2009 World Suit Wars
> Sharks And Outer Space? Discovery Space
> U.S. topples Spain to reach water polo quarters Universal Sports
> Making The Olympic Stadium ’3′ London2012.com
> SwimPulse Interviews Ricky Berens SwimPulse.net

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