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December 18, 2011 | By Lou Rabito, Inquirer Staff Writer
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.
SPORTS
December 18, 2011 | By Lou Rabito, Inquirer Columnist
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.
NEWS
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.
SPORTS
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.
SPORTS
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.
NEWS
September 26, 2011 | By Kelli Kennedy, Associated Press
MIAMI - Endurance athlete Diana Nyad said she was disappointed and frustrated that her dream of swimming from Cuba to Florida was dashed by the searing pain of Portuguese man o' war stings. Nyad ended her swim Sunday about halfway through, telling the Associated Press the stings temporarily paralyzed her spine. She said the pain was unspeakable and medics warned another sting could be life-threatening. Nyad said "it's a huge disappointment," but she said she would eventually focus on the positive and her desire to inspire others.
ENTERTAINMENT
August 31, 2011
DEAR ABBY : After a messy divorce, I moved with my 17-year-old daughter "Allie" to Florida. Allie now has a boyfriend, "Shane," who is 19 and in college. I like him, and it appears he likes me, too - maybe a little too much. Shane lives with his parents down the street, and he's often at our house when he and Allie aren't in school. Because I work at home and my office is adjacent to the pool, I can't seem to escape him. The other day, after jumping in the pool, he surfaced without his swim trunks and said the pool jets had ripped them off him. Then he got out of the pool and put them back on in front of me. When I told him I found the situation embarrassing, he shrugged and smiled, leaving me feeling awkward.
NEWS
August 20, 2011 | By Kia Gregory, Inquirer Staff Writer
Kinanta Alston stood in her wet bathing suit on the side of the pool at the Awbury Recreation Center in East Germantown on Friday afternoon and faced the inevitable. Dozens of youngsters swam and squealed away the remaining hours of summer's unofficial end, a lifeguard presiding over the din. "I don't like it," Kinanta, 12, said of the pool's closing, as her younger sister Kyziaah waddled in her pink one-piece and jumped into the water feet first. "It's too early. " The city's 70 outdoor pools have been steadily closing this week; the last will drain their waters Saturday.
NEWS
August 1, 2011 | By Mari A. Schaefer, Inquirer Staff Writer
In 30 years as a coach, Charlie Kennedy has seen his share of wins and losses. When his swim team, the Suburban Seahawks Club, was suddenly ousted from its indoor pool in 2008, his message to parents and swimmers was to stay the course. "A building is a building; Suburban is the people," Kennedy said. "As long as you stick together, it doesn't matter. " The storied Delaware County team will soon return to its pool on Gradyville Road in Newtown Township. In December 2008, Peco Energy Co. shut off power at the pool over an unpaid $45,000 bill.
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