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To All Area YMCA Swim Teams: The Natalie Kate Bolin Memorial Fund, along with the Oshkosh YMCA and the entire Bolin family, announce the 2012 Natalie Kate Bolin Swim Camp. This year’s swim camp will run from August 6 – 12, 2012 and will again be held in Ely, MN. It is an unbelievable experience for all who attend.  The camp is at no cost to those swimmers selected to participate.  It is fully funded by the Natalie Kate Bolin Memorial Fund.  Your swimmers can find all the information about the camp...

Former Bruin Men's Swim Coach Ron Ballatore Passes Awa Led UCLA to 1982 NCAA championship and nine Top Five finish Video Tribute To Ron Ballatore. Ron `Stix' Ballatore, UCLA's head men's swimming coach for 16 seasons, passed away on Friday evening (April 27) at a hospital in Gainesville, FL, following a long battle with bone cancer. He was 71 years old and was surrounded by his family. Earlier this month, Ballatore had been voted into the UCLA Athletics Hall of Fame and was informed of his selection the following day...

BY RUSSELL MARK // HIGH PERFORMANCE CONSULTANT With more and more swimmers around the world using the dolphin kick as a huge weapon in races, what are the key technique points to have the best dolphin kick? Many people point to hip movement as being the most critical, but the leg motion and position are equally – if not more – important. Dolphin kick technique highlights: • While I believe that hip movement is important, the propulsion is definitely coming from the extension of the legs. • The knees must...

BY RUSSELL MARK // HIGH PERFORMANCE CONSULTANT Many coaches and swimmers use tempos to guide their race strategy and preparation. A common question asked is what the tempos are for a specific event. Looking at eight different male backstrokers under 53.30 and eight different female backstrokers under 59.70, you might be surprised at what we find out. Highlights: 100 backstroke tempos are generally in the 1.2 – 1.3 seconds per cycle range for both 50’s for both genders. Most tempos are slightly slower on the second 50 than the first...

Boys swimming Nennig aims to bring state glory back to GraftonMark Hoffman Al Nennig trains at Grafton High School for the Division 2 state tournament Junior takes aim in freestyle, breaststroke By Dave Boehler, Special to the Journal Sentinel When Al Nennig was about 10 years old, he noticed something about the swim program at Grafton that still stands: Eric Mueller is the only boy from the school to win a state championship. Nennig had older sisters on the Grafton swim team, so he would attend their meets. "I've always...

Read the full article on USA Swimmng's site BY MIKE GUSTAFSON//CORRESPONDENT Each month, as part of our “Trials and Tribulations” series, we’ll give you an inside look at an Olympic Trials qualifier. If you have a story to share, please email [email protected]  Adam Mania, a former University of Wisconsin standout, went to the 2004 Olympics as a member of the Polish Olympic team. He had dual citizenship. But a few years later, Mania decided he wanted to make the U.S. Olympic team. This week in our series of interviews, Mania discusses...

BY MIKE GUSTAFSON//CORRESPONDENT Each month, as part of our “Trials and Tribulations” series, we’ll give you an inside look at an Olympic Trials qualifier. If you have a story to share, please email [email protected]   Adam Mania went to the 2004 Olympics as a member of the Polish team (he has dual citizenship). Then, in 2007, he decided that he wanted to try for the United States roster. He missed the U.S. team in 2008, but that won’t stop him from attempting to come back and make the team this...