The 17thman discovered another swimming blog titled Southern California Aquatics and linked to it. After a week reading it I can definitely say I find it excellent. The posting is maintained by Tony and he’s given me a lot more topics to write about (unfortunately no time to do anything about it right now). Tony also has linked to still another swimming blog by the name of Timed Finals. Both spend extensive time on current goings on in the swimming world with particular emphasis on the international elites and the American NCAA (there’s obviously some overlap there). What I really like about Southern California Aquatics is Tony puts in a lot of information about what he’s being coached on and his swim club (from which the name of his blog was taken) has excellent coaching headed by Clay Evans and Bonnie Adair. I’ve already taken some of the coaching he’s received about his turns and started trying to apply them to my own swimming. Next time I’m in LA I must see if I can arrange a private turn lesson from Bonnie Adair because wow, her girls can really turn! Take a look at this backstroke race on Youtube.
The day before yesterday Timed Finals published an article about the retirement of 33 year old Inge De Bruijn, the Dutch four time Olympic gold medalist and multiple world record holder which you can find here. The issue was raised about some believing her times were drug assisted and not wanting to be left out I added my own two cents to the discussion. Commentary is now closed but I’d be interested in finding out what opinions any readers might have about De Bruijn. Please note there are two Scotts commenting but I’m the one without an Olympic medal (I don’t want people to be confused).