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
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
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
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
“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
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
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