Sunday, March 18, 2018


Highest place in 2018 women's NCAA D-I meet for schools w/o a men's team?

That would be the University of Nevada at 24th place.

Their diver - Sharae Zheng - was 2nd in 3m and 3rd in 1m.

via US Senate

Nancy & Billie Jean:  Can you please tell me how dropping men's swimming has helped women?

via The Boston Herald

Andrew McCabe, an experienced G-Man, claims to have been misunderstood due to the chaos that surrounded him.  If the man couldn't manage to think straight "amidst the chaos," maybe it's best he's no longer Deputy Director of the FBI...

I'll be having rotator cuff surgery later this month.  Recovery/rehab is said to be long & miserable...

Women's NCAA D-I results are hereA&M was 3rd & Texas finished 6th.  Y'all probably heard about the Aggies putting four up in the 200 breast.  Awesome!

Northwood Club (Dallas) needs a summer team coach

Thousand Oaks YMCA (San Antonio) needs an aquatics director

Santa Rita Ranch needs a pool manager

The City of Tyler needs a pool manager

The YMCA of Abilene needs a swim coach

Weakly Demotivator

Quote of the Day

...I answered questions truthfully and as accurately as
I could amidst the chaos that surrounded me.  And
when I thought my answers were misunderstood,
I contacted investigators to correct them.

via Vox

Andrew George McCabe

Saturday, March 17, 2018

Quote of the Day

People ask for criticism, but they only want praise.

via The Jade Sphynx

William Somerset Maugham

Thursday, March 15, 2018

Quote of the Day

It is not clear that intelligence has
any long-term survival value.

via Christian Connection

Stephen William Hawking

Wednesday, March 14, 2018

NISCA Members

Y'all should have gotten an email concerning rule changes.  Pete Hugo would like you to complete a survey on proposed NFHS rules changes.

Can't believe nobody has proposed changing wording for fly/breast turns/finishes from "two hands" to "two or more hands" or "at least two hands"...

On a more serious note, can you diving coaches explain why we now call them "voluntary" dives instead of "required" dives?  Aren't they still required?  What was the rationale for the change?  I know it's been a while since the change, but it still bugs me!

Swimming World Championships Landing Pages

NCSA Junior Nationals





Hiring Season Continues

Liberty HS (Frisco ISD) needs a head coach.  Contact Ui Womble at 469-633-5800

VillaSport (Cypress) needs an aquatics director

Quote of the Day

All things come down to your personal relationships.

via Vanity Fair

Rex Wayne Tillerson

Monday, March 12, 2018


Grand Prairie YMCA needs both an aquatics coordinator and a swim coach

The City of McAllen needs both a pool manager and a pool coordinator

The Hills at Prestonwood needs a pool manager

April Sound Country Club needs a pool supervisor

Dripping Springs YMCA needs a swim coach

Sequoia Woodlands Palmer needs a swim coach

The City of University Park needs an assistant aquatics manager

2018 Collegiate Championships

NAIA Event Results & Team Scores

NJCAA Results

Women's D-I (starts on 15th)

Quote of the Day

This time, like all times, is a very good
one, if we but know what to do with it.

via Humanities

Ralph Waldo Emerson

Saturday, March 10, 2018

Another Round of Jobs

Here are a few from the TISCA job page:

Pflugerville HS needs a head coach.  Several contacts listed, but if you want to hear from the swim guy, get in touch with Rob Quarles

Episcopal HS (Houston) needs an assistant coach.  Contact Jason Grove

Spring Woods HS needs both a head coach and an assistant (?).  Contact Emma Knowles

Northside ISD needs a head coach.  Contact Tony Plummer

Harlingen South HS needs an assistant coach.  Contact Hector Castaneda

Centennial HS (Burleson) needs an assistant coach.  Contact Jeremy Martin

Other job openings:

Fit-N-Wise (Decatur) needs a head swim coach

The City of Corpus Christi needs an aquatics area supervisor

via Killeen Daily Herald

Armed Services YMCA (Harker Heights) needs an aquatics director

Click below on "Jobs" for more openings.

Quote of the Day

Take a music bath once or twice a week for a
few seasons, and you will find that it is to the
soul what the water bath is to the body.

via World War I and America

Oliver Wendell Holmes, Jr.

Wednesday, March 07, 2018

Even More Jobs

Remember to click on "Jobs" link below this post for more recent listings.

Grand Oaks HS (new in Conroe ISD) needs a head coach.  Contact Mike Jackson

Houston Christian HS needs a swim coach


Surely y'all remember this "smash" hit:

Read Mark Jedow's NISCA Zone 6 Newsletter here

Clear Springs HS needs an assistant coach.  Contact Debbie Fuchs at 281-294-2845

NISCA National Clinic is Sunday, March 18 in Minneapolis.  Flyer is here

Mays Family YMCA needs an aquatics director

The City of New Braunfels needs an aquatic specialist

Veterans Memorial HS (San Antonio) needs a head coach.  Contact Richard Mendoza at 210-619-0220

Cross Timbers YMCA needs an aquatics coordinator

Space City Aquatic Team (SCAT) needs a head age group coach.  Contact Philipp Davydotchkin

West of the Brazos Swim Team needs a summer team coach

Thousand Oaks YMCA needs an assistant coach

Bent Tree Country Club needs an aquatics director (and an arborist)

Quote of the Day

Little by little, one travels far.

via DW

John Ronald Reuel "J.R.R." Tolkien

Monday, March 05, 2018

Quote of the Day

I found longer races boring.
I found the mile just perfect.

via itv

Sir Roger Gilbert Bannister

Thursday, March 01, 2018

Tuesday, February 27, 2018

If I were a miler...

...who'd planned his/her training/rest for a great 1500 on Sunday, this would definitely ___ me off!

Dear Coaches,
Indianapolis TYR Pro Swim
We are adjusting the time for the 1500 at the Indy Pro Swim to start at 6 pm on Wednesday night, instead of 9 am on Sunday morning.

Chris Plumb

Last fall's TISCA clinic speaker, Chris Plumb, is on the latest Ritter podcast here

Quote of the Day

The penalty for success is to be bored
by the people who used to snub you.


Nancy Witcher Langhorne Astor

Sunday, February 25, 2018

More Jobs

The Brenda & John Duncan YMCA needs a youth development director - aquatics

Miramont Country Club (Bryan) needs an aquatics manager

Town North YMCA needs a swim coach

West Memorial Tiger Sharks needs a summer team coach

The City of Weatherford needs both a head coach and an assistant coach

The City of Harlingen needs a swim coach

Weakly Demotivator

Quote of the Day

He has so much respect for the girls he wrestles.

via Facebook

Angela McNew

Friday, February 23, 2018

Klein Forest

Klein Forest HS needs a head coach.  Contact Ajani Sanders at 832-484-4701

2018 District 14-6A Boys Results

2018 District 14-6A Girls Results

Hogan & Woessner Out

USA Swimming pushed out two bigwigs yesterday.  Read their letters:

In what is one of the more unusual portions of any resignation letter, Susan beats Sean to the punch with this:

...I engaged in kissing on a single occasion with then-coach Sean Hutchison.  I have never had sex with Sean Hutchison.

We're all thankful she got that out there before he did, right?

All kidding aside, it's a shame it's come to this for USA Swimming.  We're an organization with tremendous people.  It only took a handful to make us look like idiots.

Read more here

Quote of the Day

Courage is contagious.  When a brave man takes
a stand, the spines of others are often stiffened.

via abcNEWS

William Franklin "Billy" Graham, Jr.

Wednesday, February 21, 2018

Ritter Podcast

This week's show features former TISCA/NISCA president DJA.

Listen here

Also, check out one of the sponsor's groovy products:

Swimnerd Pace Clock

Quote of the Day

I am not a 'yes' person.  No matter who you are
married to, you still need to lead your life.

via eltiempo

Melanija Knavs, a.k.a. Melania Trump

Monday, February 19, 2018

Job Opportunities

Spring Grand Oaks HS needs a head coach.  Contact Mike Jackson

Ridge Point HS needs an assistant coach.  Contact Brett Sniffin at 281-327-5247

The City of Rowlett needs an athletics/aquatics supervisor

via Centenary

Just across the border:  Centenary College needs an aquatics coordinator/assistant coach

Williamsburg Settlement needs an assistant summer team coach

The City of Grand Prairie needs an athletic & aquatics supervisor

Santa Rita Ranch needs a pool manager

Richardson YMCA needs a swim coach

Lakewest YMCA needs an aquatics coordinator

Quote of the Day

The more you adapt, the more interesting you are.

via The Art of

Martha Helen Stewart

Sunday, February 18, 2018


via Twitter
2018 state meet results:



Help!  Back in the 90's, I used to put together a 4A mythical state meet.  Kind of like Swimming World's mythical national meet.  Planning to do it again.  I'll need meet result files from 5A district, region, and state meets to make this happen.  I'll start working on it once a few results come rolling in.

Also, I'd like to do something similar for middle school/junior high.  There are several big middle school meets around the state each year.  If I can get those meet files, I might be able to put that together as well.

via Swimming World

SEC's conclude today.  Real time results are here

Registration for the 2018 TISCA Clinic is already open here

ASCA Fellows 2018:  Call for Applications

Info/registration for 2018 Cap 2k is here

Weakly Demotivator

via PrintMePoster

Quote of the Day

In our age there is no such thing as "keeping out
of politics."  All issues are political issues, and
politics itself is a mass of lies, evasions,
folly, hatred, and schizophrenia.

via Literary Hub

Eric Arthur Blair, a.k.a. George Orwell

Sunday, February 11, 2018

For the Outdoor Divers?

via Overstock

The Salesman:

Note:  Only a matter of time before SwimScam pulls down old articles/videos featuring Hutchison.  Might want to - holding nose/biting lip - pay them a visit here

The Athlete:
via International Business Times
He said:

“At no time did I ever abuse Ariana Kukors or do anything with her that was not consensual,” the statement said. “I absolutely deny having any sexual or romantic relationship with her before she was old enough to legally make those decisions for herself. Prior to that time, I did nothing to ‘groom’ her.”

“Her younger sister also lived with us for several months and her mother was a regular visitor to our home,” the statement added. “I deeply regret that she would make these wild allegations all these years later.”

She said:  My Story

Believe HER

Weakly Demotivator

Quote of the Day

While it is true that you learn with age, the
down side is that what you learn is often
what a damn fool you were before.

via Encounter Books

Thomas Sowell

Wednesday, February 07, 2018

Six Jobs

Heart of Texas Aquatics needs a head coach.  Contact Tony George

McDonald Southeast YMCA needs a sports & aquatics director

The YMCA of Midland needs an aquatics director

Leander HS needs an assistant coach.  Contact Timothy Smith at 512-570-1040 or Kimberly Davies

WTS International needs an aquatics director

The City of New Braunfels needs an aquatics supervisor

Budapest Videos

Race videos from 2017 World Champs


If you're planning to attend the NISCA Conference & NCAA Men's D-I meet in Minneapolis, get a move on!

Schedule is here

Register here

At Saturday's awards banquet, long-time Texas high school coach Dana Abbott (Katy HS & Pope/Saint John XXIII HS) will be honored.

Be there, or be regular quadrilateral. 

Quote of the Day

The more concerned we become over the
things we can't control, the less we will
do with the things we can control.

via For the Win

John Robert Wooden

Sunday, February 04, 2018

Region Meets

First, in case you haven't seen them, unofficial call-up lists are on Scott Scofield's blog:



This is the third straight year Scott has done this for our swimmers, coaches, and fans.  Also helping out was Paul Hodges.  Thanks, guys!

Now, let's share some of the more unusual things seen at this year's region meets.

Want me to go first?  Okay, here's a start:

1.  We had officials standing side-by-side to do relay take-off judging.  Even if neither noticed what their neighbor had noted on his/her heat sheet, it's NOT how dual confirmation is supposed to be done.  No matter how trusted an officiating crew is, the appearance just isn't good!

2.  Our prelim 500 free bell-ringer had some trouble getting a good ring out of the bell.  While hundreds looked on in amazement, this official held the bell upside down, shook it vigorously, and just couldn't manage to get much of a ring out of it.  This went on, heat after heat.  If only we'd gotten some sort of chant going to help out..."Turn it over!  Turn it over!"

3.  A young man was "counting" for lane 7 swimmer in a consolation final heat of the 500 free.  Had his Beats on and was really enjoying himself...until the coach realized his count was off by a couple of lengths.  Coach was less than ten (10) feet away, hollering at the guy counting.  Zero response.  Kid just continued to stare off in to space.  Finally, coach hopped up on bulkhead, went over to counter, ripped off headphones, and gave the stunned kid hell.  Couldn't help myself...said out loud "You're fired!"

4.  Our boy divers were 1st & 4th in region, but our dive coach forgot to register with TISCA this year.  As a result, I was recognized as boy diving COTY for saying "Divers, go dive" each afternoon.

5.  We had a couple of schools qualify relays for consolation finals that no-showed Saturday.  Danged sponsors..

6.  There was a tie for 4th in the 50 free.  Thinking it could impact call-ups, they had a swim-off after the 400 free relay.  Complete waste of time & energy.  UIL rules state that ties are broken by prelim times.  They didn't tie in prelims, so swim-off wasn't necessary.

If anyone has some video of our bell-ringer or lap counter, please post!

Anyone care to share unusual events from their region meets?

Quote of the Day

Nobody who ever gave his best regretted it.

via NFL

George Stanley Halas

Friday, February 02, 2018

2018 Call-Ups

via pxhere

Once again, the UIL asked TISCA not to post call-ups.

Just takes a little twist of the nose ring and our coaches' association toes the line...

Scott's got it covered again this year.

Please help him out by emailing complete (prelims & finals) meet result files from your region meet.

Send them to Scott's email

View call-ups on Scott's site

Quote of the Day

I feel sorry for those who live without competition...
fat, dumb, and unhappy in cradle-to-grave security.

Donald Mcintosh "Don" Kendall

Wednesday, January 31, 2018

Kate + R.E.M. = Shiny Happy People

Mid-Cities Arlington Swimming

Age Group Coach

Mid-Cities Arlington Swimming (MARS)

Position Summary

  • Previous experience working with children in an instructional and/or athletic setting
  • USA Swimming Coach Certification
  • Current CPR and first Aid Certification
  • Enthusiasm for swimming activities
  • Excellent interpersonal and communication skills
  • Mentally and physically fit
  • Nineteen years of age or older
  • Previous experience working with children
  • Emphasize the development of sound technical fundamentals in the four competitive strokes and implement the training process in order for swimmers to develop their full potential.
  • Uphold and adhere to safety rules.
  • Maintain an accurate and current roster.
  • Enthusiastically promote the activities of the swim club.
  • Communicate with swimmers, parents, and other USAS staff in a professional and courteous manner.
  • Keep abreast of innovative practices.
  • Be adaptable and flexible in acceptance of changes in techniques and procedures.
  • Attend all required meetings.
  • Assist in maintaining USAS records for dues, meet entry, and travel.
  • Preparation of a weekly informational e-mail to your groups.
  • Keep abreast of innovative practices.
  • Be adaptable and flexible in acceptance of changes in techniques and procedures.
  • Attend all required meetings.
  • Participate in mandatory continuing education/in-service as required by State law.
  • Perform safety checks of the facility and equipment as directed.
  • Maintain a professional level of confidentiality regarding all team matters.
  • Support the goals and objectives of the team and follow team policies.
  • Perform other duties as assigned.
Please send resume to Brian Dangelmaier, Program Director

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General Information:  PT, 8-15 hours per week at one or more of our 4 locations.

MARS is a coach-owned team with 4 locations and approx 500 swimmers.


Part-time, Non-exempt, Regular, start date - ASAP

Quote of the Day

Absolutely, in fact, climate change is directly
related to the growth of terrorism.

Bernard "Bernie" Sanders

Tuesday, January 30, 2018

2,189.2 - Take a Hike?

A favorite short video I watched before our thru-hike:

A trailer for the feature film (not sure it's ever been made):

A Couple for the Water Fowl-ers

Via Finger Lakes 1 (click for enlargificationing):

Quote of the Day

Never forget a friend...and never forget an enemy.

via Pinterest

Donald Stewart "Don" Cherry

Sunday, January 28, 2018