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Cal State Northridge swimming Coach Barry Schreifels is optimistic as his team heads into this week's Pacific Collegiate Swimming Conference championships at Belmont Plaza in Long Beach, but he's also realistic. "We've always had individuals that finish highly but we haven't quite pushed over the hump for a team championship," he said. "That's our goal, but I'm not sure if we are going to make it."
July 19, 2010 | By Judy Foreman, Special to the Los Angeles Times
Is swimming the best exercise for lifelong health? I've always hoped so — for decades as a recreational swimmer and more recently, as a competitor in meets sponsored by U.S. Masters Swimming, a group of 50,000 similar enthusiasts ages 18 to over 100. After all, you can swim with just your arms if you have a bum knee, or with just your legs if you have sore arms. You can swim with arthritis. Or a recently replaced hip. So I was thrilled when I opened the May-June 2010 issue of Swimmer and found an article about a 2008 study by Steven Blair, a leading exercise scientist from the University of South Carolina.
June 27, 2012 | By Bill Shaikin
OMAHA -- The kids had the kick. They kicked aside Natalie Coughlin , and one of the most decorated swimmers in American history is in danger of not making the Olympic team. Coughlin led Wednesday's 100 backstroke final at the halfway mark, but teenagers Missy Franklin and Rachel Bootsma passed her. Franklin and Bootsma are bound for London, and the woman who has won 11 Olympic medals in 11 tries might be bound for summer vacation. "I'm a little bummed, but not nearly as much as people are expecting me to be," Coughlin said.
It had been a scorcher of a day, but now beneath a three-quarter moon, a breeze was making it downright chilly at poolside, even for those who weren't dripping water and tired from exertion. Since last year, some official had decided that the lights previously strung over Leisure World Pool No. 1 were illegal, and this night there were glitches with the new lighting setup, leaving the swimmers in darkness some of the time. The underwater speaker similarly was cutting in and out. So the Aquadettes seemed to be enacting a mysterious nocturnal water rite rather than a glitzy synchronized swimming performance.
August 4, 1985 | JOHN WEYLER, Times Staff Writer
By now, most people have heard the grim stories of the one-dimensional, Spartan life style that goes with being a world-class swimmer. Ever since effective goggles were introduced in the 1960s, these athletes have churned through miles of laps a day with only an occasional hairball or fly on the bottom to break the monotony. It's a regimen that usually translates to five or six hours of training a day, in two grueling sessions with barely enough time to go to school in between.
September 11, 1991
The Board of Supervisors tentatively approved an ordinance Tuesday outlawing the use of motorized skis within 300 yards of any Los Angeles County beach and requiring riders to launch from boat ramps. The ordinance, which was approved without dissent but will require a second board vote, also prohibits fishing within 100 feet of swimmers or surfers and restricts the volume on radios to the limit required in residential neighborhoods.
November 19, 1995
They search troubled waters for boaters in distress and patrol the calm blue for swimmers in over their heads. The Coast Guard Air Station Los Angeles, which protects all of L.A. County, goes on about 250 search and rescue cases annually. To prepare, they follow that adage: Practice makes perfect.
June 26, 2012 | By Bill Shaikin
OMAHA — For every Michael Phelps or Missy Franklin , there are dozens of Shelby Webbers , the swimmers who pack preliminary heats with no chance to make the Olympic team. Of the roughly 1,850 swimmers entered in the Olympic trials, about 50 will qualify for the U.S. team. Webber was one of 162 swimmers competing Tuesday in the women's 100-meter backstroke, with two Olympic spots available. She finished 153rd overall, last in one of 17 preliminary heats. She spent barely one minute in the pool, and her trials were over.
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