Aqua Notes - The Race Club

Pan Am Open Water Swimming: Exciting!

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The race setting could not have been more beautiful, with the course stretching along the world famous Copacabana beach. The weather was perfect. The seas were a little rough. Make that really rough. In the distance the surfers looked on, missing barreling sets to see the Xtreme swimming.

Two US men summit the medal podium to kick off what is sure to be a great meet for the US team in swimming. The talented Fran Crippen won the 10K open water event today in a time of two hours 2 minutes, and 24 seconds. Chip Peterson finished just five seconds behind in what can be considered a photo finish for open water swimming. The two battled it out the entire race with Chip leading until Fran “Madman” Crippen pulled ahead at the end in a gutsy finish. Third place was Brazilian Allan Carmo in two hours 3 minutes and 53 seconds. Read more


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Gary explaining the importance of rotation in freestyle.

2007 Pan Am Games

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Rio de Janeiro here I come. One Patrick O’Neil, member of the Race Club’s World Team and Pan American team, and your humble narrator have been sitting in the belly of a plane on the hot tarmac of Miami International Airport. Our flight has been delayed for close to seven hours. Couple that with the two hours drive up from the Florida Keys and another two for a timely check in and we are eleven hours en route and we haven’t even left yet.

We are due to fly to the Pan American Games in Rio de Janeiro sometime, through Washington DC, and then through Sao Paolo. It’s like flying from Los Angeles to Tokyo, through St. Louis and Kyoto. Crazy. But that’s what happens when you make the United States Swimming National team and anyone who has will tell you about some crazy flight. It’s some game of international leapfrog with layovers. It is my belief that a schizophrenic chimpanzee handles the travel arrangements for USS, or an undead Marky Ramone.

So, forgive me if I am a little grumpy. The bright side is that I’ve got a lot of time to write out my first piece for Timed Finals. I’ll try to write in about the happenings of the Pan Am Games in Rio. They should be good, if this delay isn’t an omen. Read more

Alfie Pardoe

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Greetings from Islamorada!

World Team – 50 Back Challenge

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50 yard backstroke challenge by World Team Member George Bovell, Mike Cavic, Nathan Adrian, Dominik Meichtry, Guy Barnea and Matt Scanlan.

Virtual Race – 200 IM

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50 Fly (23.60)

50 Back (26.30)

50 Breast (32.20)

50 Free (20.85)


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Yeah…me again. So if you’re tired reading my diary entries you should stop right away.

Because I started this entry a long time ago and never really came to an end and so it got a bit long. Ever since I started to write after my last visit in February, I started to feed this entry with all the stuff (interesting or not) that came to my mind.

Yes, I assume, I sort of “abuse” the platform I’m given, but maybe you like it? And if not, STOP reading further.

Ok, let me start with a quote I found by chance and couldn’t stop thinking about for a long time. The truth of it lies as much in the words as in the metaphor that it produced for me.

“The only place where success comes before work is in the dictionary.”
-Vidal Sassoon, hairstylist Read more

Racing Is What It’s All About

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Greetings from Earth,

The Race Club: Racing Is What It’s All About

You can now challenge anyone, anywhere in the world, in any race you can dream up and settle it here.

In the Race Club Message Boards we have come up with a concept that is sure to change the way we race. A swimmer in the Los Angeles area is set to race a swimmer in San Diego. The proverbial gauntlet has been thrown down and we at The Race Club LOVE that! One swimmer is swimming and the other is kicking. Better than fine. But while this race was being formed the idea emerged to film the swims separately and post them on You Tube and our site. A virtual race.

“maybe when we are at practice on certain days we could all do a timed something… then all post the results for a virtual online meet/race. perhaps once a month or something… could be good!” Read more

Is Thorpe A Cheater?

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I put on a swim clinic at the Lakeland Hills YMCA in New Jersey last weekend. We also put on a diabetes expo with the BD diabetes team. Just wanted to say thanks to the hundreds of people that came. I had a great time. Thanks! If you didn’t catch me there I talk swimming and/or diabetes year round at our camps in the much warmer Florida Keys. Come visit us and we’ll make you a faster swimmer. Bring the whole family because there is plenty to do for everyone. I’ll see you soon.

Is Thorpe A Cheater? Oh, and the World Championships…

Because it’s the right thing to do I am going to start this Aqua Notes by covering the newsworthy swims of the World Swimming Championships. Who cares about Ian Thorpe when Michael Phelps goes a 1:43.86 in the 200 free? Michael had an incredible meet, no doubt. The 50 freestyle went to Ben Wildman Tobriner in an impressive time of 21.88. Congratulations to Ben, for dashing everyone’s Fantaswim picks! And to the beautiful Therese Alshammar for winning the 50 fly, Huzzah! The whole meet was spectacular! I could go on and on about the great swims but I’ll leave some for the water cooler. Now for the dirt. Read more

Say It Ain’t So, Rocky

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Sylvester Stallone. Who in their right mind wants to look like this?

He’s a mutant. He looks like he is about to pop, or start to bleed from his eyes, or start to bleed from his eyes, then pop. He looks constantly constipated, and asphyxiated. Holy cats! He’s gonna blow! If only he could manage to do this on camera it would create the only “must see” stuff of his career since Rambo (1, not 2). Read more