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Tuesday's Swim Report - This, That and More

While I was out running around Disney World with Mickey and the gang a few news items from the world of swimming happened.  Here are a few of them...

1.  Carolina Live reports that "Olympic swimmer Rowdy Gaines to teach class in NMB…Olympic swimming gold medalist Rowdy Gaines, also known as the "voice of swimming", will hold a South Carolina Masters Swimming clinic January 22 from 8:00a.m.-4:00p.m. at the North Myrtle Beach Aquatic & Fitness Center.  Swimmers must be at least 18 years old and registered as a U.S. Master Swimmer. A one day U.S. Master Swimmer registration may be purchased for $12. The clinic is intended for swimmers of all abilities."

2.  Check out "The Morning Swim Show, Jan. 11, 2011: Charlotte Davis Makes Successful Transition from Synchronized Swimmer to Masters Swimmer…Charlotte Davis has taken an interesting path to becoming a Masters swimming world record holder, and on today's edition of The Morning Swim Show, she talks about how her years in synchronized swimming helped her make a successful transition."

3.  Speaking of Masters Swimming check out the New England Masters Newsletter (via google docs) online.  The newsletter has some interesting swimming articles including "Dragging Around Half a Bowling Ball: A Scientific Approach to Holiday Weight Gain."

4.  Swimming Is Back!  USA Swimming posts "GRAND PRIX SERIES RESUMES THIS WEEK IN AUSTIN."

5.  Swim Network looks at "Ryan Lochte's Work with Muscular Dystrophy."

 6.  It's actually a sad story from Swimming World as "USA Swimming's to Merge Platform and Content Into…The blogging elements on will be de-emphasized. Webcasts and events will take on a greater focus for the organization. The brand Swimnetwork will no longer be used, but USA Swimming will keep the domain to re-direct traffic.  The move will generate an estimated savings of approximately $170,000 in 2011 and $240,000 in 2012, according to USA SHHH-SWIMMING-PRACTICE Swimming."  I'm going to miss Mike and posts and webisodes from the world of swimming and hope Mike starts a blog of his own about swimming.  Swim Network was the official voice of USA Swimming but at the same time promoted aquatics across various other organizations including USMS Swimming.  By consolidating these two web properties USA Swimming can build on the USA Swimming "brand".  Also by consolidating USA Swimming can use the money savings for lawyers for the pedo-coach lawsuits.  It's just a shame that another voice in swimming is going down the gutter. (post update with's new pedobear-coach logo)

7.  The Masters Swim Blog goes tv watching with the documentary "Men Who Swim".  The documentary aired this past weekend on PBS.  Check out PBS Online for clips and future airtimes.

8.  Let's all sing along and sing the Kast-a-way blog a Happy 2 Year Blog Birthday!

9.  Swimming World Magazine reports that "24 Hour Fitness and USA Water Polo Announce Partnership…24 Hour Fitness will provide memberships to the USA Water Polo Men's and Women's Senior National Teams to support their training for the 2011 FINA World Championships in Shanghai, China, while also offering discounted memberships to USA Water Polo members."

10.  The Science of Sport chimes in on" Power balance, placebo and perceptions…'It works, who cares why?' vs 'The fraud of Power Balance bracelets'"  This weekend at the Walt Disney World Marathon the Power Balance folks had a booth and I did see lots of people checking them out.  Maybe next year I'll come up with a crazy fake product and have my own booth.  Maybe, 17thman Power Water which will be basically tap water from my water hose out back.


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