May 28, 2011 |
CAPE MAY - Like an army vigilant in a singular mission, a uniformed patrol took to the beach for the 100th time Saturday, the unofficial start of the 2011 summer season. Despite the active surf - one of the most roiling at the New Jersey Shore as the Atlantic Ocean meets the Delaware Bay at the state's southernmost tip - the Cape May Beach Patrol can celebrate its centennial by reveling in a remarkable record: Not a single person has drowned on a beach it was protecting. "That record has to do with training, with a certain understanding of what the conditions are here and with procedures and traditions that have been passed down through the years," said Beach Patrol Capt.
April 24, 2011 |
Most top swimmers jump in the water when they are around 8 years old and never come out. They swim before school. They swim after school. They swim on weekends. They swim for their club in the summer, for their school in the winter, and for their high-powered, high-pressure program at nearly every chance in between. Cherry Hill East senior Mike Krohn is different. "He doesn't have the wear on his tires," said Pete Holcroft, Krohn's coach with the South Jersey Aquatic Club.
April 23, 2011 |
Most top swimmers jump in the water when they are around eight years old and never come out. They swim before school. They swim after school. They swim on weekends. They swim for their club in the summer, for their school in the winter, and for their high-powered, high-pressure program at nearly every chance in between. Cherry Hill East senior Mike Krohn is different. "He doesn't have the wear on his tires," said Pete Holcroft, Krohn's coach with the South Jersey Aquatic Club.
April 14, 2011 |
Nearly six months after Conshohocken swimmer Fran Crippen died during an open-water event in the United Arab Emirates, a USA Swimming committee Wednesday recommended stricter new guidelines for such events. Crippen, 26, died on Oct. 23, apparently from heat exhaustion, during a 10-kilometer race in water that fellow swimmers complained was too hot. The five-member panel, chaired by former International Olympic Committee vice president Dick Pound, called for limits on water temperatures.
March 3, 2011 |
Andrew Kosic isn't aiming to break his 100-yard butterfly record at the District 1 Class AAA swimming championships Friday and Saturday at La Salle University, but don't be surprised if the West Chester Henderson senior makes a run at it. "I'm not fully resting [for the district meet]," said Kosic, the top seed in both the Class AAA butterfly and 100 freestyle events at the district meet. He's aiming, instead, for a big splash at the PIAA meet March 16-19 at Bucknell University. Already committed to swim for Georgia Tech next season, Kosic set the District 1 butterfly record of 48.87 seconds two years ago. He will swim in the district 100 freestyle for the first time in his high school career.
February 25, 2011 |
The Downingtown West girls' swimming team has turned its sights toward the District 1 Class AAA championships coming up March 4-5, now that it has completed another unbeaten dual-meet season. With a 10-0 mark this season, the Whippets have pushed their dual-meet win streak to 49 over the last four-plus seasons. The last time the Whippets lost was on Jan. 19, 2007. As history would have it, the last team to beat West was district rival Downingtown East. The Cougars won their meeting that season, 103.5 to 82.5, and went on to win the Ches-Mont League National Division championship.
February 14, 2011 |
The other swimmers had completed the 50-yard freestyle heat. Lily Asadullina, blind since she was 4, in her first season of competitive swimming, was still at it, stroking and kicking as fast as she could. As she neared the finish, spectators and fellow competitors stood and applauded. The ovation for the Archbishop Ryan High School senior filled the pool earlier this month at Widener University. It was the Catholic League title meet, where champions were made, and the fans and swimmers knew they were watching a winner, no matter what the score sheet said.
February 4, 2011 |
Mike Lorback has announced that he is stepping down as West Chester Henderson boys' soccer coach after 24 years, during which the Warriors won a PIAA Class AAAA championship in 2002 and four times reached the state's final four. "I haven't been thinking too awfully long [about retiring], but I always said when you do start thinking about it, it's time to go," said Lorback, 54, who played for West Chester High before it became Henderson. Lorback, a self-described "fiery and competitive coach," won 308 games, lost 157, and tied 48 in his tenure at Henderson.
January 30, 2011 |
Germantown Academy senior swimmer Arthur Frayler says that every time he steps in the pool, he thinks of Fran Crippen, the 26-year-old GA alumnus who died in October during a long-distance swim in the United Arab Emirates. "It's affected every one here. For me personally, it was a real setback," said Frayler, who had trained with Crippen to become a long-distance swimmer. Crippen recently served as a volunteer coach at the school. Crippen was hoping to make the U.S. Olympic team for the 2012 Games.
December 27, 2010 |
Senior Amy Stelmaszyk has helped the Cherry Hill West girls' swimming team to a 3-0 record as the Lions prepare for the Jan. 4 showdown with crosstown rival Cherry Hill East. A versatile swimmer who also competes for the high-level Jersey Wahoos swim club, Stelmaszyk usually focuses on the 50 freestyle and 100 butterfly for the Lions. She also swims in both freestyle relays. Stelmaszyk has not decided on college but hopes to swim at the Division I level. Question: What is your weekly schedule like with the Jersey Wahoos?