February 14, 2015 |
Sean Clothier had built Little Flower's swim team from a six-person group sharing one cramped lane in a community pool into a title contender. But in the biggest moment in program history he forgot to check his math. The coach did not want to spoil the day for his swimmers, so only his staff heard the bad news: Little Flower was about to lose last season's District 12 championship by just three points. Clothier had been secretly tabulating the results after each race. The coach never actually heard the confirmation that he was wrong.
January 28, 2015 |
An onlooker can get a fine introduction to the last three decades of Radnor High boys' swimming from the banner hanging above its swimming pool. For everything else, Tom Robinson is the man to see. For how many District 1 and Central League titles Radnor has won since Robinson became coach in 1984 (10 and six, respectively), consult the banner. Same for when the Raiders won the state championship (2002) and when they placed second (2003 and 2006). But a banner can only say so much.
January 26, 2015 |
The chair he sat in for an interview, the swimsuit he donned for practice, the Graham Activities Building pool he nearly crossed without surfacing, they all looked too small for Reece Whitley. Though barely 15 - his birthday was earlier this month - Whitley is a 6-foot-8, 235-pound Penn Charter freshman, and when he mingles with swimming teammates, he looks more like their instructor than their peer. In fact, these days the only thing that seems large enough to fit Whitley is his enormous promise.
December 18, 2014
AT JUST 14, swimmer Reece Whitley is making a big splash - so big that the Lafayette Hill native seems poised to become one of America's brightest future Olympic stars. Just shy of 6 feet 8 inches tall (hey, most-decorated Olympic swimmer Michael Phelps is 6 feet 4), the teen told me he's often assumed to be a basketball player. And older. "Is he really 14?" is a question his parents, doctors Kim and Karl Whitley, hear often about their son, a competitive swimmer at his school, Penn Charter, and in the Suburban Swim League.
November 1, 2014 |
It's not a myth; they do exist. Catch the Mermaids of Weeki Wachee Springs at Adventure Aquarium Saturday through Nov. 9. Watch the graceful mermaids perform underwater routines and feats among the aquarium's inhabitants including stingrays, turtles, sharks, and other creatures. Guests can meet the mermaids and get a photo keepsake. The Mermaids of Weeki Wachee Florida have been performing for 67 years doing aquatic performances, acrobatics, and cool tricks including drinking and eating underwater.
July 21, 2014 |
A body that washed up at Island Beach State Park in Ocean County could be that of a 25-year-old swimmer who went missing Friday. The Ocean County Sheriff's Office notified the Coast Guard just after 8 a.m. Saturday that a body had been found on the beach in that park, on the north side of Barnegat Inlet. Though the body had not been identified Saturday night, "it was a male and he had on red shorts," Coast Guard Duty Officer Thomas Peck said. That fits the description of Nicholas Guilhote, 25, of France.
September 9, 2013 |
Anthony McCarley felt the need to cross the English Channel before he even learned to swim. He doesn't know why or how the dream was born, but suddenly he was 49, living in Berwyn, and decided his chance was slipping away. So in 2009, he began hitting the pool at the Upper Main Line YMCA. He worked himself up to 10,000 meters - six miles, three to four hours per swim. He wouldn't drink or eat because he wanted to prepare himself for the body in revolt. He was somewhat mad, admittedly.
July 25, 2013
Bucks County rescue crews searched for at least one swimmer who disappeared Tuesday night in the Neshaminy Creek, authorities said. About 10:20 p.m., two people were reported in need of help in the creek near SEPTA's Neshaminy Falls station, authorities said. One person reportedly was pulled from the water. Crews continued to search the creek after 11 p.m. - Robert Moran
July 17, 2013 |
AFTER TAKING a dip in Devil's Pool at Wissahickon Creek one afternoon last week, Trevor Broom chatted about what a nice respite from a hot summer day the pond can be. "Are you gonna jump in with us now?" Broom, 27, asked a Daily News reporter with a grin. "The water's nice. " Well, not exactly. Experts say the water in the Wissahickon, Pennypack and many other city creeks is wastewater - essentially, water that carried sewage before being treated at wastewater plants and sent back into the creeks.
July 17, 2013 |
IT'S BEEN ALMOST 17 years since the raging waters of Pennypack Creek swept away Nicky Simonetti, 15, as he fought the current trying to save his best friend's life. But his mom, Beth Simonetti-Gallelli, still shudders at the memory of the day in 1996 when she lost her oldest child - along with his childhood friend, Chris Busse, who was like another son to her. "It was one thunderstorm the night before. One violent storm. It woke me. And the next day, it was a picture-perfect, gorgeous summer day for July," she told the Daily News . "It was like 86 degrees.