April 27, 2012 |
The long-distance runner is famously lonely. The long-distance swimmer is not only lonely but often afraid. Sometimes it's just the swimmer and a vast ocean. No competitors in sight. No comforting landmarks or safe harbors. No noise. Nothing but the waves to disrupt the solace, the fear. When Fran Crippen introduced him to open-water swimming a few years ago, Arthur Frayler "freaked out. " As they swam alone in the Atlantic Ocean off Florida, the youngster wouldn't let his mentor get more than a few feet away.
February 26, 2012 |
John Joseph Macionis, 95, formerly of Elkins Park, a retired sales executive and swimmer who won a silver medal at the Berlin Olympics when he was 20 and went on to win medals in his 60s, died Thursday, Feb. 16, at the Colonnades, a retirement community in Charlottesville, Va. Mr. Macionis graduated in 1933 from Central High School, where he captained the swim team and set a 220-yard freestyle scholastic record. As a youth, he also swam for the Germantown YMCA and for the Big Brothers Swimming Association at AAU events.
February 14, 2012 |
The Cherokee girls' swim team qualified for a sectional championship meet for the first time in nearly three decades, as Isabel Obregon keyed the second-seeded Chiefs' 97-73 win over No. 3 seed West Windsor-Plainsboro South on Tuesday in a Central Jersey Public A semifinal. Obregon won the 200-yard freestyle in 1 minute, 57.67 seconds and the 100 backstroke in 1:01.39, led off Cherokee's winning effort in the 200 freestyle relay (1:42.53), and swam the anchor leg on the Chiefs' victorious 400 freestyle relay squad (3:45.
February 12, 2012
Will Manion won two individual events and led off the winning effort in the 200-yard freestyle relay, highlighting top-seeded Haddonfield's 113-57 victory over No. 8 seed Woodstown in Friday's South Jersey Public B swimming quarterfinal at GCIT. Manion took first in the 200 free in 1 minute, 47.81 seconds, and won the 100 free in :47.84. In a quarterfinal at Burlington County College, second-seeded Moorestown swept all 11 events to dismiss No. 7 seed Cumberland, 132.5-37.5. J.D. Schurer (200 freestyle, 100 breaststroke)
December 18, 2011 |
Shane Ryan committed to Penn State on a swim scholarship around late October, in a simpler time, back when the university was viewed merely as the bedrock of an otherwise sleepy town in the heart of the commonwealth. Some things, of course, have changed dramatically. Ryan's resolve hasn't. The Haverford High senior - all 6-foot-6 of him - has stood firm in his commitment to the Nittany Lions, signing a letter of intent a few weeks ago. "Once that went down," Ryan said of the Jerry Sandusky child sexual abuse scandal, "I was, like, it has nothing to do with the swim team.
December 18, 2011 |
Shane Ryan committed to Penn State on a swim scholarship around late October, in a simpler time, back when the university was viewed merely as the bedrock of an otherwise sleepy town in the heart of the Commonwealth. Some things, of course, have changed dramatically. Ryan's resolve hasn't. The Haverford High senior - all 6-foot-6 of him - has stood firm in his commitment to the Nittany Lions, signing a letter of intent a few weeks ago. "Once that went down," Ryan said of the Jerry Sandusky child sexual abuse scandal, "I was, like, it has nothing to do with the swim team.
November 17, 2011 |
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.
October 23, 2011
American swimmer Missy Franklin set a short-course world record in the 200 backstroke on Saturday, clocking 2 minutes, 0.03 seconds at a World Cup meet in Berlin. The 16-year-old shaved 0.15 seconds off the old mark set by Shiho Sakai of Japan in 2009. SKIING: In Soelden, Austria, Lindsey Vonn used a blistering finish to win the season-opening World Cup giant slalom in a combined time of 2 minutes, 24.43 seconds, becoming just the fifth female skier to win a race in all five Alpine disciplines.
October 20, 2011
Haddonfield senior Will Manion has committed to attend William and Mary on a swimming scholarship. Manion is the reigning state champion in the 200-yard individual medley. He has helped Haddonfield to three consecutive South B titles, as well as the state title in 2010. "I wish I could start today," Manion said of attending William and Mary. "It's just a great team atmosphere, and I love the academics. " Manion said he planned to major in psychology and perhaps minor in business, with an eye toward attending law school.