Archive for January, 2007

Huomiseen…

Wednesday, January 31st, 2007

Entire Wedding Party Dances to “Thriller” at Reception

Wednesday PM linkage.

Wednesday, January 31st, 2007

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Indian National Coach-Pradeep Kumar [swimindia]
Classic success at Glenbawn [yourguide.com.au]
Bruce back and ready for big time [The Stanford Daily]
GSF hold off on making team selections [Pacific Daily News]
Moves to increase cash pool [Hunts Post 24]
Iraq aid wasted on swimming pool [itv]
A Day in the Life: Dennis Baker, Day 2 [Swimming World]

JSM startar morgon.

Wednesday, January 31st, 2007

- 15-åriga Nathalie Lindborg har drabbats av hjärtmuskelinflammation. TKS-simmerskan har inte varit i bassängen sedan i början av januari.

“Hjärtat är inte skadat, men det krävs total vila för att hon ska bli frisk“, säger mamma Caroline Lindborg.

- 18-årige Adam Jakobsson jobbar stenhårt för att förbättra sina placeringar i simning. På tävlingar i Västerås i december kvalificerade han sig till junior-SM och snart är det upp till bevis. Första grenen, 100 m frisim, simmar han på torsdag.

- Jag har inga förhoppningar om medalj men hoppas förbättra mitt personliga rekord, säger han.

- Motala Simsällskap står sig väldigt starkt på ungdomssidan. I veckoslutet avgörs junior-SM och då har MSS hela sju simmare på plats. Bakom dessa framgångar ligger den gamle stortränaren Sven-Arne Sellings träningsmetoder.

Återväxten har länge varit god hos Motala Simsällskap. Arvet efter Anders Holmertz tycks bevaras väl. Även om Motalaklubben nästan årligen tappar någon simmare till Linköpingsklubben Lass så kommer det fram nya talanger.

Med start på torsdag inleds junior-SM i Eriksdalsbadet i Stockholm och då har MSS rekordmånga simmare med. Hela sju stycken.

Klubben lär aldrig ha haft så många som sju simmare med samtidigt under ett JSM. Det här är givetvis otroligt roligt och det betyder mycket för klubben att så många får vara med, säger MSS-tränaren Michael Thorén.

- Norrköpings Kappsimningsklubb skickar en stor trupp till helgens junior-SM i simning i Eriksdalsbadet i Stockholm. Och målsättningen är minst en medalj och nio finalplatser.

- Dessutom siktar vi på att komma bland de 15 främsta klubbarna, säger NKK-tränaren Håkan Hertzman.

JSM i simning är ett gigantiskt arrangemang som pågår under fyra dagar. Inte mindre än 488 simmare från 82 klubbar är inkvalade, tillkommer gör dessutom ett 100-tal simmare som enbart är med i lagkapperna.

- Junior är man upp till 20 år numera i Sverige. Åldern har höjts med ett år, vilket betyder att det är i stort sett samma simmare med i år som i fjol, säger Håkan vidare.

Team Finland.

Wednesday, January 31st, 2007

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Swimming

    Hanna-Maria Seppälä
    Matti Rajakylä
    Jere Hård

Diving

    Joona Puhakka
    Ville Vahtola
    Jukka Piekkanen

Coaches

    Ippe Natunen
    Mika Kekäläinen
    Mirjami Seppälä
    Pentti Koskinen

Parisienne.

Wednesday, January 31st, 2007

Helsingin Sanomien toimittaja Minna Nalbantoglu asuuu Pariisissa ja bloggailee Hesarin sivuilla.

Parisen viikkoa sitten Minna kävi uimassa Pontoise-kadun hallissa ja jakaa nyt kokemuksena meille.

    Pariisissa on kunnallisia uimahalleja peräti 36, mutta silti liian vähän: ne ovat aina täynnä. Pontoise-uimahalli on auki melkein puoleenyöhön, ja myöhään illalla siellä oli kohtuullisen väljää. Silti Binochen sulokas uimahetki muistaakseni lähes tyhjässä hallissa ei varsinaisesti vastaa todellisuutta.

    Tunnelma on kuitenkin illalla hieno. Hallista on iltaisin sammutettu kaikki muut valot altaan sisällä olevia lukuun ottamatta. Vesi lainehtii kutsuvan sinisenä hämärän keskellä.

    En ole vielä löytänyt pariisilaista uimahallia, jossa olisi oikeanpuoleinen liikenne. Pettymyksekseni Pontoise-kadun hallikaan ei ollut sellainen. Täällä altaista yleensä osa on jaettu uimatyylien mukaan köysillä radoiksi. Avoimessa loppuosassa jokainen uimari ottaa itselleen kuvitteellisen radan, jota sahaa edestakaisin. Myös viistoon ja poikittain pärskiminen on yleistä. Seurauksena on se, että jokaisella uimarilla on oltava selässäkin silmät.

    Pontoise-hallissa edettiin onneksi melko säädyllisesti vain pitkittäissuunnassa.

    Silti en voi käsittää rata-ajattelua avoimessa osassa. Se on järjetön, kun väkeä on paljon.

    Olen potkinut tutkainta vastaan. Kirjaimellisesti olen potkinut myös uimatovereita. Eilenkin yritin hetken sinnikkäästi uida oikeaa puolta. Pian ymmärsin, että se on turhaa. Törmäilin koko ajan muihin.

Tanned and Beatiful.

Wednesday, January 31st, 2007

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Oh, Australia! Land of too beautiful lifesavers!

    The tanned and buffed members of the Bondi Surf Bathers’ Life Saving Club are up in arms over a damning email that has been sent to nearly every news media organisation in the country. The email claims beachgoers at Australia’s most famous stretch of sand are being put at risk because the surf club is signing up female members based on their looks, hair colour and bikini size rather than their swimming abilities. Alleged to be from a Jackie McCoy on behalf of a “group of concerned members”, the missive says Bondi, which is the world’s oldest surf club and which has more than 1000 members, is more concerned with booze and drug-fuelled partying than beach safety.

    Not surprisingly, club president Scott Laney reckons he and his board have never heard of such allegations. Pointing out that McCoy is not a member of the BSBLSC or any other surf club in NSW, Laney yesterday promised a “thorough investigation” should anyone come forward to back the allegations.

Give us medals!

Wednesday, January 31st, 2007

It is never too early to start projecting future medal counts, especially with Olympic Games no more than two summers away…

    Ian Thorpe’s retirement could jeopardise Australia’s chances of breaking its record gold medal haul from Athens at next year’s Olympic Games in Beijing.

    The Australian Olympic Committee released its benchmark world rankings for 2006 showing Australia had “dipped” in performances, dropping below Germany in an overall medal count.

    The US lead an overall tally with 108 medals, from Russia (98), China (85), Germany (60) and Australia (42).

    However, Australia would finish fourth on the medal table with 17 gold medals – replicating the gold haul from Athens in 2004.

    The retirement of Australia’s greatest Olympian Thorpe has put the country back on par with its Greek effort.

    AOC secretary general Craig Phillips agrees the absence of Thorpe is one way of looking at the decline in medals, but he believes it is the circumstances surrounding marquee sports swimming and cycling in 2006 that shows the real downfall.

    Phillips argues that the timing of cycling’s world track championships, three weeks after the Commonwealth Games, and the fact Australia didn’t swim at full strength against USA or European countries in 2006 means the numbers for those sports dropped.

    Swimming is credited with just six gold, six silver and two bronze in 2006 – down from 7-5-3 in Athens.

Girls, girls, girls Edition.

Wednesday, January 31st, 2007

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Girls, where hell did Rhi dissappear?

Ellesse Zalewski

    Zalewski is considered by many pundits as a future international sprinting champion, but she doesn’t share the same enthusiasm and wants to be versatile in all strokes.

    Some people consider me to be a short distance swimmer, but I like to be good over those longer distances,” Zalewski said.

    Last year, Zalewski was named female swimmer of the Australian Age Championships, winning an astonishing six gold and two silver medals.

    She works under the tutelage of Ian Pope at the Melbourne Sports and Aquatic Centre (MSAC) and regularly trains with Olympic champion Michael Klim and Patrick Murphy.

    “It’s been great training with those guys. They’ve been really good for me,” Zalewski said.

    Zalewski trains nine times a week at MSAC, including morning and afternoon sessions.

    She attends school in Toorak, although she still lives in Williamstown.

Susana Escobar

    Q&A with Susana Escobar

    A native of Queretaro, Mexico, freshman Susana Escobar came to the University of Texas with a taste of international competition after winning three gold medals at the Central America. After arriving on the Forty Acres a week into the fall semester, Escobar has wasted no time in making her contributions to the 11th-ranked Longhorns. Escobar recently sat down with TexasSports.com to answer some questions about her background.

    How did you get started swimming: I started swimming when I was six. We were on a family trip and I almost drowned! If it wasn’t for my sister, I wouldn’t have been here today. After that experience, I started taking swimming lessons, but it was only until I was 13 that I started to train regularly and swim competitively.

Rhi Jeffrey

    During her career at Atlantic High School, Rhi Jeffrey was one of the state’s most decorated swimmers.

    Since graduating in 2004, Jeffrey has won an Olympic gold medal at the summer games in Athens, Greece, and swam for the University of Southern California, one of the top college programs in the country.

    Jeffrey, 20, won a gold medal for swimming a preliminary leg in the 4 x 200-meter freestyle relay, which helped the U.S. team advance to the finals. While at USC, she was one of the nation’s top freestyle swimmers in the sprint in middle distances.

    With her sights set on the 2008 Olympics, Jeffrey has come back home to train. She joined the Aqua Crest Swim Club in December and will spend the year preparing for the Olympic trials.

Huomiseen…

Tuesday, January 30th, 2007

66 inch jump, crazee…

Tuesday PM linkage.

Tuesday, January 30th, 2007

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Taking the waters for health [chinadaily]
Swimming lessons to avert deaths [newvision.co.ug]
World champion just another Marauder [hamiltonspectator]
31 days that will shake Melbourne [heraldsun]
Butterfly Arm Recovery [usaswimming]
Ariana Kukors: World at her Feet [usaswimming]
Samantha Welch Steals Limelight [allafrica]

Image of Barge Pool in Brooklyn Heights from The real Janelle’s Flickr stream.