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SPORTS
June 23, 2011 | By Tim Rohan, Inquirer Staff Writer
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.
NEWS
May 31, 2011 | By JOHN F. MORRISON, morrisj@phillynews.com 215-854-5573
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.
NEWS
May 29, 2011 | By Jacqueline L. Urgo, Inquirer Staff Writer
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 - among the most roiling at the Jersey Shore, as the Atlantic Ocean meets the Delaware Bay at the state's southern tip - the Cape May Beach Patrol can celebrate its centennial by reveling in a remarkable record: No one has drowned on its watch. "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," Beach Patrol Capt.
NEWS
May 28, 2011 | By Jacqueline L. Urgo, INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
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.
SPORTS
April 24, 2011 | By Phil Anastasia, Inquirer Columnist
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.
NEWS
April 23, 2011 | By Phil Anastasia, INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
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.
SPORTS
April 14, 2011 | By Frank Fitzpatrick, Inquirer Staff Writer
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.
SPORTS
March 3, 2011 | By Don Beideman, Inquirer Staff Writer
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.
SPORTS
February 25, 2011 | By Don Beideman, Inquirer Staff Writer
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.
SPORTS
February 14, 2011 | By Lou Rabito, Inquirer Staff Writer
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.
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