February 22, 2016 |
Tears in their eyes, the Haddonfield girls were visibly upset. But no one felt the team didn't work hard enough. Though second-seeded Haddonfield conceded the NJSIAA Public C swimming final to top-seeded Mountain Lakes (13-2), 93-77, on Saturday, Sophie Fontaine had a positive takeaway for her side: It defied expectations. No one, not even the swimmers themselves, figured the team would make it as far as it did. "I don't think anyone is going to look back on this meet and say they wish they had done something different.
February 20, 2016 |
The bus rides get a little quieter at this time of the season. The pregame cheers get a little louder. "It's strange and exciting at the same time," Haddonfield swimmer Sophie Fontaine said. For Fontaine and her senior teammates, Saturday's Public C state final against Mountain Lakes at the College of New Jersey will mark the end of the team portion of their careers at Haddonfield. Fontaine said it's "bittersweet," a feeling likely shared by other seniors from the Haddonfield, Bishop Eustace, and Ocean City girls' teams as well as the Cherry Hill East, Mainland, and Haddonfield boys' teams, all of which will compete in this weekend's state finals.
February 12, 2016 |
A former Germantown Academy swimmer has filed a suit alleging that the elite preparatory school tolerated physical and mental abuse suffered by him and other swimmers under the watch of nationally renowned coach Richard Shoulberg. The school allowed Shoulberg to continue coaching despite the many verified claims of abuse that occurred during his tenure, and did not take any actions to prevent future abuse, according to the civil suit filed last week in Philadelphia Common Pleas Court on behalf of a John Doe, now an adult.
December 28, 2015 |
The limp is barely noticeable when she wears sneakers that cushion the injured nerves in her left foot. At poolside, barefoot, it is more obvious. Memories of the dreadful accident on the Georgetown University campus will never disappear entirely. But almost five years after the five-story fall that shattered her body and her hopes of college swimming stardom, Michelle Konkoly still is working to be the best she can be. In September, the Montgomery County woman expects to be in Rio de Janeiro, competing again in swimming, but this time, she will be in the Paralympic Games.
July 21, 2015
A man drowned in the Delaware River on the South Jersey side Sunday evening after going in for a swim, New Jersey State Police said. The man, whose identity has not been released, reportedly went in the river just off of York Road in Burlington City but went under water around 7:15 p.m., said Sgt. 1st Class Gregory Williams. The state police Marine Unit recovered the man's body just before 9 p.m. and is investigating the incident. - Claudia Vargas
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.