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.
May 29, 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 - 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.
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.