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July 7, 1986 | By Gary Miles, Inquirer Staff Writer
Unlike many people their age, David Wharton and Peter Boden didn't have the chance to sleep late Friday morning. Holidays such as the Fourth of July are cause for celebration, but they are no reason for missing practice. Wharton and Boden joined about 80 other swimmers at the Nor-Gwyn Swim Club in North Wales for their 6:30-to-9 a.m. daily workout. For Wharton and Boden, though, Friday's practice was not just another exercise. It was a preface to participation in the 1986 world swimming championships in Madrid, Spain, Aug. 17-23.
SPORTS
January 3, 2000 | By Ira Josephs, INQUIRER SUBURBAN STAFF
Even when she was an infant, Meghan Peart showed signs that she would become a swimmer. "Meghan has always loved the water," Peart's mother, Charlyn, said. "She loved to be in the bathtub when she was a couple of months old. When she was 6 months, we took her to family swims at the high school. She loved to splash around in the water. " The playful splashing at the Upper Perkiomen High pool eventually turned into powerful swimming. Peart, a 10th grader at Germantown Academy and a resident of Green Lane, is the nation's No. 1-ranked 15-year-old in the 50-meter freestyle.
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July 16, 2004 | By Ira Porter INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
A 9-year-old girl who was an accomplished swimmer died yesterday morning while practicing at the Bustleton Swim Club in Northeast Philadelphia, police reported. Cate Mackell of the Huntington Valley area was finishing swim-team practice when she started to get out of the pool in the shallow end before slumping back into the water, according to Tom Pagan, president of the swim club at Northeast Avenue and Lott Street. Pagan said two nurses and a lifeguard tried to resuscitate her. Police said an emergency rescue unit was called at 10:45 a.m. The girl was pronounced dead at Frankford Hospital-Torresdale Campus at 11:30 a.m. Cpl. James Pauley, a police spokesman, said the city's medical examiner would conduct an autopsy.
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November 17, 2011 | ASSOCIATED PRESS
SAO PAULO - Thousands of flesh-eating piranhas have infested a river beach popular with tourists in western Brazil and have bitten at least 15 unwary swimmers, authorities said yesterday. Officials in the city of Caceres in Mato Grosso state said this is the first time they have had a problem with piranhas at the Daveron beach on the Paraguay River, where the aggressive fish began schooling about two weeks ago. "People have got to be very careful. If they're bitten, they've got to get out of the water rapidly and not allow the blood to spread," firefighter Raul Castro de Oliveira told Globo TV's G1 website.
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June 26, 1991 | Inquirer photographs by Gerald S. Williams
No fancy strokes or daredevil dives - just plenty of splashing and bubble- blowing and fun in the pool. That's what the Ambler YMCA's Waterbabies program is all about. For 20 years, parents have been taking their tots to the Y to learn early, from certified instructors, that swimming pools are fun. Everyone into the pool - even Moms and Dads.
SPORTS
February 28, 1997 | By John McBride, INQUIRER CORRESPONDENT
Attention swimmers: Sleep deprivation is finally coming to an end. The high school portion of the swimming season will conclude Sunday with the NJSIAA state championships at Rutgers University. All those mornings of awakening well before sunrise for practice for their U.S. Swimming teams, all the afternoons spent waiting for practice to begin because of staggered times caused by the area's lack of pools, the countless miles in the pool . . . that soon will be no more. Sure, some USS swimmers will begin their taper for Junior Nationals after Monday, so there still is some work to do, but many of the swimmers will wind down - at least a little - after this weekend.
NEWS
December 14, 1987 | By Mark Cohen, Special to The Inquirer
The 1987-88 boys' swimming season should be an exciting and competitive one in Delaware County high schools. A host of talented swimmers will be competing on both the team and individual levels and a number have a chance, at the end of their league seasons, to participate in district and state competitions. In the Catholic League, Cardinal O'Hara may have a tough time improving on last year's record of 10-2, 8-1 in the league. O'Hara has lost eight swimmers to graduation - six of them members of the all-Catholic team.
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December 29, 1986 | By Larry Borska, Special to The Inquirer
The Downingtown boys' swim team extended its winning streak to four with a close 89-82 victory last Monday over a tough Conestoga squad. The Whippets (4-1) held an 81-76 lead with one event, the 400-yard freestyle relay, remaining. Coach Steve Curtis said he had a feeling that the meet would come down to the last relay, so he put his two strongest all-round swimmers, Steve and Doug Petrie, on that team. "Usually, I use those two in the medley relay instead of the freestyle relay, but I had a hunch we were going to need them in the free relay at the end," Curtis said.
NEWS
September 22, 1986 | By Larry Borska, Special to The Inquirer
In cross-country, a sport usually dominated by track athletes, two swimmers may lead West Chester Henderson and Unionville to league titles. Defending Ches-Mont League champion Kim Saddic has picked up where she left off last season, leading the Warriors to a 5-0 record. Henderson meets league opponent Owen J. Roberts tomorrow. Saddic has swum on a club team with Karen Laslo, who has led Unionville's cross-country team to a 5-0 record (4-0 league) and first place in the Southern Chester County League.
NEWS
July 21, 1991 | By Mary Anne Janco, Special to The Inquirer
A chemical reaction released a small cloud of chlorine gas at the Knowlton Swim Club in Middletown Township on Wednesday night, sending five children and one woman to area hospitals for treatment, authorities said. A lifeguard accidently put aluminum sulfate into a bucket that contained chlorine residue in a filter room, causing a chlorine gas cloud to drift over a corner of a pool where members of the swim club's 8-year-old class were getting ready for a swim meet. The victims were treated at area hospitals for exposure to chlorine gas, hospital officials said.
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July 27, 2016 | STAFF REPORT
A 48-year-old Trenton woman was in critical condition Monday after she was pulled from the Delaware River Sunday, police in Lower Makefield Township, Bucks County, said. Police said she was swimming when a woman on the boat ramp at 1300 River Rd. saw her "in distress, waving her arms, and going under the water. " She jumped into her boat and motored out to the swimmer, and after several tries she was able to pull her into the boat. CPR was performed, and Makefield police and the Yardley Makefield Rescue squad responded.
NEWS
June 5, 2016 | By Michaelle Bond, Staff Writer
A former star swimmer at Malvern Preparatory School has sued it for alleged negligence, accusing officials and employees at the Main Line boys' school of failing to stop a guidance counselor and swimming coach who harassed him sexually for more than a year. In the suit, filed Thursday in Chester County Court, lawyers for William Beard said the school and a private swimming association on campus did not properly supervise Emily Feeney or prevent her actions, even after the student and his father told employees that she had sent a barrage of unwanted sexual emails and text messages.
NEWS
May 24, 2016 | By Bonnie L. Cook, Staff Writer
Benjamin P. Fiddler, 21, of Lafayette Hill, a college student, died Tuesday, May 17, after collapsing during a workout at his home. A Philadelphia emergency crew responded. Jeff Moran, spokesman for the Philadelphia Medical Examiner's Office, confirmed that Mr. Fiddler's death is a coroner's case. The cause of death was pending. Known as Ben, Mr. Fiddler was a political science major at the University of Massachusetts in Amherst, Mass., where he had just completed his junior year.
SPORTS
February 22, 2016 | By Vince DeBlasio, For The Inquirer
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.
SPORTS
February 20, 2016 | By Phil Anastasia, Staff Writer
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.
NEWS
February 12, 2016 | By Mari A. Schaefer, Staff Writer
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.
NEWS
December 28, 2015 | By Paul Jablow, For The Inquirer
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.
NEWS
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
SPORTS
February 14, 2015 | By Mark Macyk, Inquirer Staff Writer
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.
SPORTS
January 28, 2015 | By Mark Macyk, Inquirer Staff Writer
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.
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