(FHSAA) Florida High School Swimming STATE Selections – Psych Sheets
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by Joe Auer, SwimmerJoe
Have you ever become obsessed with accomplishing a goal? Have you ever been so focused that it haunts your nights and consumes your days? It eats away at you until you have no choice but to try and conquer it? Have you ever been so determined that nothing will stand in your way, and not even age will set a boundary?
Well, driving home from swim practice today, I heard the Orlando’s WDBO radio personality Scott Anez talk about the failed fourth attempt of Diana Nyad trying to cross the Florida straits at the age of 62. He said, “I think, Diana, it’s time to hang up the goggles.”
Uh, Scott, why would you say this? Because she didn’t make it all the way to Florida? Because she could only swim for sixty hours straight? Because the only reason she got out was because her team forced her to abandon due to the thunder and lightning that made it too dangerous for her crew to even be out there? How is this a failing on Diana’s part?
How could Scott possibly think Diana should give up and not try again? How could he think that she doesn’t have what it takes to achieve her dreams, just because she didn’t on her fourth attempt. (Uh, how many times did it take Thomas Edison to perfect the light bulb? Glad he didn’t give up after the fourth time!)
So, according to Scott we should just give up because we can’t achieve something immediately… or because we are too old. I just don’t get his argument. Should Olympic swimmer Dara Torres (age 44) have stopped competing earlier? (Mind you she swam faster at the Olympic Trials in 2008 than she ever had, plus an American Record at age 41.)
What about the NFL’s George Blanda, age 48? Satchel Page, age 59? Martina Navratilova, age 49? Or even George Foreman, age 48? (What was it he said after his last match? That he was laughing all the way to the bank!)
All of these extraordinary individuals did awesome achievements well past their so-called prime. They continued doing what they love to do, and who are we to tell them to stop, hang up the cleats, or throw in the towel?
So, Scott, what if WDBO said to you that you should hang up the mic because they are hiring somebody younger? What would you do? Go to the old folks’ home and play checkers while waiting for the dinner bell? No, you love what you do so you would find another market because radio is a part of you. That’s called passion and who are we to judge another’s heart and determination?
By the way, at the age of 62, Diana Nyad went further in time than she did in 1978 as a youngin’. This time it took box jelly-fish, 3 storms with lightning, and major sharks all at the same time on her 3rd day without sleep, for her crew to finally pull her out of the ocean.
Shame on you, Scott. Let’s see you try swimming for one hour straight, let alone sixty plus! If that’s too hard, I guess there’s always checkers!
The Florida Swimming Age Group Championships are always a crazy fast meet and this year did not disappoint.
Right away on the Day 1, Swim Florida’s Jason Tillotson put the hammer down on the 200 breaststroke record with a 2:27.94. Not to be out done, fresh off Olympic Trials for T2, Elise Haan breaks the 200 backstroke record with a 2:16.70 and looking easy doing it!
For the team score race, Sarasota Y grabbed the lead closely followed by Bolles and Clearwater. Funny thing is, my Patriot friend, coach Scott Caron, keeps telling me, they were winning the meet after the first event when Madison Murtaugh destroyed the field in the 800 freestyle.
The second day brought more records and fast swims at the University of Florida O’Connell Center. Big George McGovern, swimming for Tbay, swam a speedy 1:56.22 in the 200 freestyle breaking a record, with Jason Tillotson again, blowing away a 16 year old mark in the 400 IM held by the great Robert Margalis with a time of 4:40.79.
For the team scores at the end of the second night, the top 2 stayed the same with Tbay stepping into 3rd place.
This day saw the first relay record go down from Bolles in the men’s 13-14 200 Free Relay, along with the incredible speed of T2’s Matthew Limbacher in the 11-12 boys 50 breast with a time of 33.89. In a great race with Clearwater’s Nazareno Boscaino and Matthew Hirshberger, George McGovern broke the 8 year old mark of 4:06.54 with a 4:03.87. Funny thing is, all three guys broke the record!
The last day of competition, although everyone is dead tired from the long meet, the swimmers continued their speedy performances. Matthew Hirschberger destroyed Nicholas Caldwell’s mile record with a 16:02.09 and still has another year! Come on Jesse Vassallo’s 1978 record of 15:30! Christin Rockway of Tbay also broke the 200 IM record of 2:25.63 in a great race!
In the team competition, Sarasota Y won the meet closely followed by Bolles and Tbay. Great fun by all!
These championship meets bring many hours of preparation by meet staff, officials, and the host team. My hat goes off to all of them and their dedication to the sport of swimming and for that we thank you!
By Austin Lyon, Orlando Sentinel, 6:17 p.m. EDT, June 24, 2012
Brittany Viola first dreamed of being an Olympian when she watched the United States women’s gymnastics team win a gold medal at the 1996 Olympics.
Sixteen years later, Viola’s Olympic vision became a reality Sunday.
Viola, an Orlando Lake Highland Prep and University of Miami grad, earned a trip to London by taking first place in the 10-meter platform competition at the U.S. Olympic Diving Trials in Federal Way, Wash.
The 25-year old daughter of former major-league pitcher Frank Viola narrowly missed making the Olympic team in 2004 and ’08. Viola and runner-up Katherine Bell, who finished 57 points behind, advanced to the London Games.
The women’s 10-meter platform Olympic competition will take place Aug. 8-9.
As a 17-year old in the 2004 trials, Viola was five points behind Laura Wilkinson going into the final dive, but she couldn’t outduel the former Olympic gold medalist. That year, only the winner of the trials advanced.
Viola finished fourth in the 2008 trials.
Viola, the favorite entering the competition, led by 30 points going into the finals and extended that advantage with strong scores on her first two of five dives.
Viola, who wore headphones and lip-synced songs between dives, started crying almost immediately after her final dive.
She finished 10th at the world championships last year.
Viola, who was a gymnast through middle school, started diving at 13. She won two NCAA championships at Miami.
More to come . . .
Written by: Timothy Carlson
Date: Mon May 28 2012
“It is tough to come back from the peak fitness and emotional high of my race in San Diego with a good effort,” said Kemper. “But I did it and I was happy to come back with a win today against tough competitors like Andy Potts. It feels good.”
Last year Kemper and the vast majority men’s pro field were misdirected off the swim course by an ill informed volunteer and lost two minutes to Andy Potts, who knew the course and refused to heed the bogus directions. While Kemper charged hard with a race-best run, he fell a few seconds short of Potts at the finish.
“It was a good day today,” said Kemper. “Everyone stayed on the same course, so that was a good start.”
This year, everyone swam the correct course and Potts emerged from the water in 17:12, 5 seconds back of super swimmer Dustin McLarty, 1 second ahead of Cameron Dye, 3 seconds ahead of Kyle Leto, 5 seconds ahead of Kemper, 7 seconds ahead of Courtney Atkinson and 13 seconds ahead of Ben Collins.
Ben Collins posted the fastest bike split – 54:28 – and overcame a 1 minute penalty for racking his bike incorrectly to finish third – just 58 seconds back of Kemper and 42 seconds back of Potts. Combined with his 2nd place finish at the first 2012 Race to the Toyota Cup event in Miami’s South Beach, Collins now stands atop the 2012 Toyota Cup men’s point standings.
Dye, whose 3rd-fastest 17:15 swim and 2nd-fastest 55:13 bike split brought him to T2 with a 37-seconds lead over Collins, fell to 4th with a 33:13 run that left him 52 seconds behind Collins.
Kemper arrived in T2 virtually tied for 3rd with Potts, then left his rival behind as he set out at a torrid pace on the run. Kemper rolled inexorably past Collins and Dye and was in the lead by 4k. Potts, who recovered his momentum a few miles into the run, also passed Collins and Dye in his way to a second-fastest 30:15 run that locked up second place for the defending Cap Tex champ.
Australian Courtney Atkinson, who is likely a member of the 2012 Australian Olympic team despite not traveling to the Madrid World Triathlon Series contest this weekend to defend the Australian men’s three Olympic slots against a challenge from Portugal, placed 6th in 1:48:39, just 24 seconds behind fellow Australian James Seear.
In the women’s race, Haskins jetted through the 1.5 kilometer swim in 18:40 and came out of the water a few seconds ahead of Luxford and a 53 seconds ahead of Jenna Parker, 58 seconds over Becky Lavelle, 59 seconds over Abby Geurink, 1:10 over Lauren Goss, 1:13 over Jillian Petersen, 1:14 over 2004 Australian Olympian Maxine Seear and 1:15 over U.S. star Alicia Kaye.
Haskins added a little to her lead with a 1:00:53 split for the 40k bike, which was 30 seconds faster than Kaye, 38 seconds faster than Petersen, and 1:52 faster than Parker.
Haskins then sealed the deal with a 35:02 10k run that was 2:51 faster than Petersen, 2:33 faster than Parker and 3:16 faster than Kaye – and a so-far unrecorded margin over Luxford.
“It’s great to win here again,” said Haskins, last year’s Toyota Cup series champ, who was coming off after a disappointing loss to Laura Bennett for the third and final U.S. women’s Olympic slot at the San Diego World Triathlon Series event in San Diego. “I’d like to win this series again.”
May 28, 2012
S 1.5 k / B 40 k / R 10k
1. Hunter Kemper (USA) 1:45:50
2. Andy Potts (USA) 1:46:06
3. Ben Collins (USA) 1:46:48
4. Cameron Dye (USA) 1:47:40
5. James Seear (AUS) 1:48:15
6. Courtney Atkinson (AUS) 1:48:39
7. Francesc Godoy ( ) 1:50:28
8. Kyle Leto (USA) 1:51:15
9. Michael Poole ( ) 1:51:33
10. Dustin McLarty (USA) 1:52:17
1. Sarah Haskins (USA) 1:57:58
2. Annabel Luxford (AUS) No time available
3. Jillian Petersen (USA) 2:01:28
4. Jenna Parker (USA) 2:02:02
5. Alicia Kaye (USA) 2:02:07
6. Lauren Goss (USA) 2:03:05
7. Abby Geurink ( ) 2:04:00
8. Lesley Smith ( ) 2:04:50
9. Jennifer Tetrick (USA) 2:05:03
10. Becky Lavelle (USA) 2:056:16
11. Amanda Felder Derkacs (USA) 2:06:17
The NIKE Showcase Classic begins this Wednesday morning in Clearwater, Florida with some of the fastest young athletes in the nation. LIVE streaming will be through http://FloridaSwimNetwork.com for every finals beginning Wednesday at 5:00 pm. You will also be able to find pictures, interviews, results, and other meet news right here at http://SwimmerJoe.com.
SARASOTA, Florida, February 7. LANCE Armstrong, the record seven time winner of the Tour de France in cycling, is officially registered as a member of United States Masters Swimming.
Armstrong made noise within the swimming community last month when he competed at the Longhorn Aquatics New Year’s Classic. He placed 21st in the men’s 500-yard freestyle event with a time of 5:08.11. The 40-year-old athlete would have ranked ninth in the country with that swim a year ago in the men’s 40-44 age division.
Recently, Armstrong tweeted to U.S. Masters Swimming that the 2012 USMS Spring Nationals were “on his calendar.” The event will take place at the Greensboro Aquatic Center in Greensboro, N.C. from April 26-29.
After this fast weekend at Junior Nationals our younger swimmmers realized several things: Yes it was a fast meet, yes they were older, yes the great coaches were there. But in addition to these, one very important event happened that needed to take place with all these younger athletes. They got to see how close they are to actually competing with these fast swimmers.
Young swimmers got to watch some of the nation’s best swimmers through the entire race process — what they do mentally and physically to get ready to race. They got to see what the A and B Final swimmers look like while swimming backstroke, head position and tempo, or the timing in breaststroke with the efficency and glide is absolutely invaluable! So let’s talk about the Pre, Race and Post race pieces that we observed.
Watching Race Prep
Watching the A and B Final swimmers conduct their race prep is probably what gives them an edge from all the other less experienced swimmers. Beginning with a good warm up and then getting by themselves, mentally going through the race in their head, visualizing (see old post), and swinging and stretching their limbs for maximum speed. What that also does is prepares their muscles from a physiological standpoint. For more information, check this article out. This one is from 2002 and for cycling, but it has all the same principles that apply to swimming. Physiology and your muscles
Most young athletes really don’t know what to do and oftentimes they talk and run around right before events. You know what? The more the young athletes practice their meet prep and spending the effort to do so, the more powerful the process and therefore the more focused, and obviously a better and more ready the athlete is! So get practicing with race prep. By the way, it works. I told one of my athletes just this month to start working on it and get your head in the game…What an absolute turn around! It works.
The Junior National swimmers showed it this weekend. Plain and simple, training takes over. If you have been training to your expertise or your best efforts, the race will take care of itself. So, listen to your coach, focus on technique, and develop your strength and stamina during practice.
Post Swim Care
We coaches state that warming up and warming down are key to great swimming and the longevity of the body as well as onging performance. But how do we really know this? USA Swimming put out a great article about the art of recovery, check it out! Who knew sprinters needed more swim down than distance swimmers? Watching the Junior National swimmers go directly to the warm down even before speaking with their coach was a good lesson for our young athletes.
Swimming multiple events at multi-day meets are very taxing on the body and young athletes need to realize that. The swimmer with most “in the tank” both physically and mentally on the last day will and should prevail everytime.
After this fast weekend at Junior Nationals our swimmers learned a great deal. Hopefully you can also spread this knowledge throughout your team and develop your own “team Pre, race and post strategy” for greatness.
Let me know how your team or your athletic pre, race and post race has changed and how you have worked on it. I’ll post it here on the blog!