September 26, 2011 |
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.
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.
August 20, 2011 |
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.
August 1, 2011 |
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.
July 31, 2011 |
When a stingray took a swipe at a swimmer off Island Beach State Park last week, a park official likened it to the ocean's version of a dog bite. "The ocean is filled with sea life. I think a lot of people have lost the concept that the ocean is a living room for thousands of marine species," said Bob Schoelkopf, director of the Marine Mammal Stranding Center in Brigantine, N.J., explaining the official's comment. "People aren't the only things out there. " Indeed, at this time of year with the beaches packed with swimmers, sometimes it's hard to remember the deep blue Atlantic is an ocean, not a pool.
July 21, 2011 |
At the Hunting Park Pool, it has been so hot this week that Barry Salow's doctor told him it was making him sick. "My doctor told me to try to stay out of the sun, but how can I?" asked Salow, who manages the city pool, peering out from under a large, brimmed hat. That may be the least of his problems. By 4 p.m. Wednesday, 225 people had showed up to swim in the long, inviting stretch of blue water. Salow, who works for the city's Parks and Recreation Department, said, "I'm ultra-worried about Thursday and Friday," when the temperature is forecast to reach or surpass 100. The pool can let only 240 people swim at a time - 30 swimmers for each of eight lifeguards.
June 23, 2011 |
Andy Potts had been retired from swimming for the better part of six months, and his dream of splashing to a finish in the Olympics was dashed. Maybe that's why he decided to take his buddy's bet in the fall of 1999. Who knew at that point that Potts would become the top-ranking triathlete in the top pro series in the country - the LifeTime Series - after earning three wins and one second-place finish so far this year? Back then, Potts, a fifth-year senior at the time, had just finished his season as captain of the Michigan swimming team.
May 31, 2011 |
MOST PEOPLE would take two or three lifetimes to accomplish as much as James Edwin Henry Jr. packed into one. He was a 40-year employee of the city, starting as a lifeguard, moving on to firefighting, then as a recreation director. He also was employed over the years in various jobs by the school district and the Postal Service. He was a builder who renovated a number of homes in the city "from shell to finish," and helped design and build a new church for Grace Tabernacle Christian in West Philadelphia.