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Brooke Woodward was recognized with one of Emory University’s highest honors for all student-athletes at the school. She won the McDONOUGH AWARD, an award “presented to the male and female varsity athletes who have made positive contributions to the Emory community as a student, athlete and citizen.” Brooke has impacted the Emory swim team and the student body in profound ways as she has done throughout her life, epitomizing selfless team commitment, unparalleled work ethic, and the highest level of integrity. Courtney Whyte, a long-time OA swimmer and Campolindo graduate...

For the first time in its history, Orinda Aquatics has exceeded 200,000 points, in USA Swimming's Virtual Club Championships. This places OA near the top 50 teams in the nation, 14th in the Western United States, 9th in California, and 4th in Pacific Swimming. This is a great team accomplishment. Congratulations to all OA swimmers.

Ward earns 4th place (100 Fly) at NCAA DI Meet Woodward helps earn NCAA Championship Trophy Thirty seven OA Alums (nine seniors!) swam for 27 different collegiate swim teams during the 2013-13 season. These swimmers truly represented as they competed at their respective NCAA Championship Meets (Ward, Whyte, Woodward and Levine), swam on NCAA Championship Teams (Woodward, Freeman, Campbell and Leon), established new school records (Ward-UCSB and Hu-Tufts), earned All America and Scholastic All America Honors, earned numerous Conference Championships (Campbell/Leon - UC Berkeley, Solomon - Grinnell College, Levine -...

Orinda Aquatics Year-Round Weekly Update: New News: Far Westerns: Seventeen Junior Group qualifiers along with a couple of Sr group swimmers competed at the Speedo Far Western Championships last weekend in Morgan Hill. OA finished 21st out out over 150 teams in the meet. Leading the way for Orinda Aquatics were Finalists: Max Cruz (age 12) with 7 out of 7 finals: 50 Fly 25.63 (3rd), 100 Fly 57.47 (3rd), 200 Fly 2:07.82 (4th), 50 Free 23.91 (4th), 100 Free 53.00 (4th), 200 Free 1:56.55 (4th) and 50 Back 28.15...

Forget Setting Goals. Focus on This Instead. BY James Clear | December 17, 2013| What I'm starting to realize, however, is that when it comes to actually getting things done and making progress in the areas that are important to you, there is a much better way to do things. It all comes down to the difference between goals and systems. Let me explain. What's the difference between goals and systems?We all have things that we want to achieve in our lives -- getting into the better shape, building a...

Dr. Genadijus Sokolovas Returned to Orinda Aquatics “Dr. G” is the foremost expert of swimming science and testing in the world. “ Dr. G returned to Orinda Aquatics to test/film sixty swimmers during the weekend of February 1-2. Please see his bio and links below. Each swimmer tested two strokes - u nderwater, pulling, and swimming and received a DVD and a written review. Brief Bio Recognized today as one of the most knowledgeable swimming researchers in the world, Sokolovas recently resigned from his job at USA Swimming, where he...

Junior Olympics: Morgan Hill, Ca. Despite temperatures in the mid 20s, more than fifty Orinda Aquatics swimmers ages 14&U were bigger than the weather competing outdoors at the Pacific Swimming Winter Junior Olympics held in Morgan Hill (December 6 – 8). OA finished in 4th place out of 97 teams and 1200 swimmers qualifying for the meet. Max Cruz (11) swam a blistering 50 fly ranking him second in the nation for his age. Congratulations Max! Some of the other outstanding swims included: Girls: 11&12: 200MR (2nd)/400FR (3rd)/200 FR (3rd)...

Open letter to Teenager - 1959 Teenagers, like never before, are bombarded with messages that influence their minds and shape who they are. Not to mention the constant technology and internet presence in their lives from Facebook and Twitter just to mention a few. Being a teenager is tough. We all remember those days. Times certainly have changed, but sometimes there's a basic message that every teenager should hear from the Baby Boomer to the Y Generation and everyone in between. We recently came across this message that appeared on...

http://swimswam.com/ron-don-heidary-honored-national-youth-sports-awards-feature-video/ Ron and Don Heidary Honored at National Youth Sports Awards ...SwimSwam Video feature is courtesy of Positive Coach. The Ron & Don Heidary feature interview is courtesy of SwimSwam contributor Dean Ottati.