Monthly Archives: August 2013

Counsilman Center says findings shows bias in pool lanes in Barcelona

According to a study by the Counsilman Center in Indiana, there may have been a current in the pool that could have affected the outcome of the recent FINA World Championships in Barcelona.

Here’s an excerpt from the study:

“There are eight events at FINA World Championship competitions that are 50 meters in length: Men’s and Women’s 50-meter Butterfly, Backstroke, Breaststroke, and Freestyle. These events are different from the other events at the competition in that they consist of a single length of the competition pool. Because of this, the swimmers begin the 50-meter races at the opposite end of the pool from where they finish. Since the swimmers only perform one length of the pool, the presence of a current in the pool could have a major impact on the event results.”

Interesting considering Bremerton’s Nathan Adrian finished fourth in the 50 free.

Here’s the link to the full story from



Arlen banned from competing in IPC World Championships

These are the type of stories that just baffle me to no end.

It is 100 percent illogical. There is nothing to gain hear other than to give the International Paralympic Committee a black eye — and one that is now well deserved, I’d say.

Victoria Arlen, an American disabled swimmer, was banned from competing in the IPC World Championships on the eve of the meet Monday.

You can read the full story, including what the IPC had to say, here.

AP: Coach banned for spiking swimmer’s drink

Wow. If you can’t trust your coach….

LAUSANNE, Switzerland (AP) — Swimming’s governing body says an Estonian coach has been banned for life after spiking his athlete’s drink with anabolic steroids.

FINA says an Estonian anti-doping panel found that Nikolai Borzov gave Anita Stepanenko a drink containing stanozolol “without notifying the swimmer.”

Stepanenko received a one-year ban which expires on July 22, 2014. She tested positive at an Estonia vs. Finland meet in Tallinn in May.

Phelps Swimming offering Open Water instruction for pool swimmers

The headline at was a little misleading, but Michael Phelps Swimming is entering the world of Open Water swimming by offering three-hour instructional clinics for pool swimmers who want to make that transition.

There will be two clinics offered at Mercer Island and Bellevue.

Here’s the link for more information.


Nathan Adrian raffle via EveandCandace to benefit Right to Play

If you’re a fan of swimming, i.e. the U.S. Men’s Olympic team, and are active on social media then there’s no doubt you know about EveandCandace. You can find them on Twitter @EveandCandace, and YouTube.

The pair are die-hard swim fans and trace their admiration and adoration to Bremerton’s Nathan Adrian to pre-Olympic gold in London.

The New Yorkers aren’t just in it to gain autographs and pictures of their favorite swimmers. They have a heart.

Eve and Candace are holding a raffle, known as the Collective Boyfriend Prize Pack, where all proceeds will go toward the Right to Play organization. According to their website, RTP uses sport and play to educate and empower children and youth to overcome the effects of poverty, conflict, and disease in disadvantaged communities. Nathan is an athlete ambassador.

Eve and Candace tweeted back to me their reasons for the raffle:

“Nathan has been very generous to us with his time this year and we have been wanting to pay it forward to our followers. We chose RTP as he is an athlete ambassador. We were also very impressed with his attitude and sportsmanship at worlds and want to honor that and also just because it’s Nathan, he’s one of our favorites.”

The raffle includes a signed 8×10 photo still of Nathan from The Opaque shoot; a signed 8×10 photo still of Nathan (outtake) from the “Tarp Race” Speedo photo shoot; signed white Speedo swim cap from Nathan’s personal stash; 2014 Speedo Performance catalog that features Nathan and other Speedo cthletes including Ryan Lochte, Cullen Jones and Jessica Hardy and two Speedo noisemakers from 2013 Nationals.
There are also three runner-up prizes.

The raffle is open until Aug. 30.

AP: Man finishes swim with bricks

A couple of days ago I shared the story of Jim Dreyer, who was going to swim across Lake St. Clair to Detroit while hauling 2,000 pounds of bricks.

He made it, but it took Dreyer almost 51 hours to complete his quest all in the name of charity.

Here’s the conclusion to his story from AP writer Carlos Osorio:

DETROIT — Nearly 51 hours after jumping into a lake near the Michigan-Canada border, a long-distance swimmer who calls himself “The Shark” finished his 22-mile journey to Detroit while hauling hundreds of pounds of bricks.

Jim Dreyer had been pulling two dinghies bearing 334 bricks weighing more than 2,000 pounds behind him when he departed Monday for the swim across Lake St. Clair. But by Wednesday morning, after moving more slowly than expected, he was only hauling one during the swim’s final stretch.

“It is so good to be in Detroit,” the 49-year-old said after landing on the beach and kneeling. “Sorry I’m late.”

Dreyer’s swim near the Michigan-Canada border was to raise money for Habitat for Humanity, but he said it had other symbolic meaning given the situation in Detroit, which has filed for bankruptcy protection.

“What I really wanted to show is that even though there’s a lot of financial pain in the state of Michigan — and nobody’s felt more pain than the city of Detroit — we don’t have to sink with the weight of our burdens,” he said.

Dreyer ended his swim at Detroit’s Belle Isle, located on the Detroit River across from Canada. He had expected to finish Tuesday after about 30 hours, but he said waves along the way — 2-3 feet during the day and 3-4 feet at night — slowed him down.

“When you’re pulling a ton of bricks into the whitecaps that’s a big wave,” Dreyer said.

Besides the brick-filled dinghies, Dreyer hauled a small lead raft loaded with water, Gatorade, nutritional drinks and a crumbled cracker mixture for food.

Dreyer has made direct crossings of the five Great Lakes. He said coping with sleep deprivation has become a regular feature of his ultra-distance swims.

“The toughest thing for me is staying awake,” he said. “At night when it gets dark you want to sleep. I’ve actually learned to swim in my sleep. It’s not on purpose. Your turnover rate slows down and you can wander off course and it’s not want you want to do, but your body keeps going. It’s like muscle memory but your mind takes you to a happy place.”

His supporters took a boat out to check on his progress early Wednesday and to make sure he was OK.

Dreyer said he had a number of hallucinations, including one at night that he described as a vision of Jesus.

“I saw some ghost ships. I know they are not real so it’s almost entertaining. They come up to me and dissipate and I laugh,” he said. “And, I saw a guy in a white robe standing on the water right in front of me. I swam up to him and he disappeared. So I’m thinking he was the Big J.C.”

Dreyer, whose birthday falls next week, downplayed the role of age in his adventures.

“I didn’t plan on doing this because I’m turning 50,” he said. “If I can use it to show people that 50 is the new 40 or maybe the new 30 — or let’s go for the new 20 — why not? Age doesn’t really matter.”


Lake Washington SD votes on bond; Juanita pool could close

The Lake Washington School District board had a tough choice to make Monday. The board unanimously passed bond issues to upgrade/revamp current schools in its district.

With the passing of the $755 million measure, the district felt restricted in adding more money to fix the Juanita pool. That decision could mean the closure of the pool, the only public pool in Kirkland.

Here’s the full story from the Kirkland Reporter.

Local swimmers headed to LC meets this week

Swimmers from Olympic Aquatic Club, Bainbridge Island Swim Club and Poulsbo Piranhas Swim Team will compete at two long-course meets this week.

OAC’s Zane Guyt and BISC’s Shea Schardein are swimming in the Western Zone Age Group Championships Wednesday-Saturday in Roseville, Calif. while Tim Gallagher and Eleanor Beers will represent PPST at the North American Challenge Cup, Thursday-Sunday at King County Aquatic Center in Federal Way.

Also, PPST coach Patty Jenkins will coach the 13-14’s Pacific Northwest All Stars in the Challenge Cup.