Welcome back to the Blogstroke

And I’m back. Say hello to The Blogstroke.

After a hiatus (ok, really I posted anything swimming related to either the Wide World of Kitsap blog or the Prep Beat) during the last several years, but with the new year comes changes.

This blog will be dedicated to all things swimming. From Bremerton’s only Olympic champion and heartthrob to thousands of young ladies Nathan Adrian, to local club swimming and the occasional hat tip to the national and international swimming scene.

During the coming weeks we will transition previous posts from the Wide World blog to this blog, so keep checking back.

FYI, this re-introduction post is going to be a bit of a hodge-podge.

First up, your favorite golden boy and ours, Nathan.

Nathan did a question and answer with TeamUSA.org last Friday. You can find the full Q & A by going to this link.

Here’s a sample to whet your appetite:

@dsc1811 on Twitter asks: Can you describe what altitude training feels like?

Nathan: Death (laughs). When you’re swimming it feels like you have a pile of rocks on your chest, not only making it hard to breathe but making you sink in the water because your muscles aren’t getting enough oxygen to really pull you through the water. That’s only the first couple days; after that you get adjusted and it starts to feel good. You just can’t recover as quickly when you’re between efforts; be it in the weight room or in the pool you just have to take a little more time to really get your breath.

Nathan will be swimming Jan. 18-20 at the Austin Grand Prix in Texas. USA Swimming announced new details Monday for the 2012-2013 Arena Grand Prix Series. The Austin meet is one of six held throughout the season.

The big announcement is the $150,000 in prize money. The money will be awarded to placers in Olympic-events; $500 for first place, $300 for second and $100 for third.

In past years, the overall winner of the series took home the $20,000 purse.

“Since it’s inception, the Grand Prix Series was designed to showcase the best swimming talent in the country,” said Frank Busch, USA Swimming’s National Team Director in a press release. “We’ve always envisioned having this type of prize money to strengthen the level of competition at these meets, and with Arena’s support, it’s become a reality and will help take swimming in the U.S. to the next level.”

Also, the Austin GP will be broadcast on Universal Sports Network live Jan. 19 and 20 from 4-5:30 p.m. (Pacific Time). Check your local listings in your area.

I’ll post results from the prelims and finals here, and you can also follow me on Twitter @AnnetteKSSports

The local club scene is huge here and I’m hoping this blog will showcase some up-and-coming talent. Don’t forget, Kitsap county has produced four Olympic swimmers, Nathan, Tara Kirk Sell and her sister Dana and Emily Silver. Nathan, Tara and Emily have all won Olympic medals. That’s pretty dang impressive.

Here’s a link to a story I wrote not along ago on Bainbridge Island Swim Club’s Lia Campbell. Also, Central Kitsap junior Sam Lingenbrink, who swims for the Bremerton YMCA Swim Team, will be headed to the YMCA Nationals in April.

If you have any story ideas, suggestions for this blog, or other information you’d like to share regarding swimming, please email me at agriffus@kitsapsun.com.