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Dave Denniston on the road to Beijing

I ran into Dave today while shopping with my wife, it has been 3 weeks since Dave’s last surgery. He was in great spirits and is looking good. He expects to be back in the water training for the Paralympics in Beijing. Seeing Dave again reminded me of what a courageous young man he is. Dave is still in need of donations that would help him pay uninsured doctor bills. Below is the information for anyone who would like to make a donation. Please be as generous as you can….Thanks again, Coach Pete 

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Dave Denniston

City & State:
Longmont, CO 80503


Dave Denniston

NTAF Midwest/West Spinal Cord Injury Fund

Dave Denniston is raising money to pay for uninsured medical expenses associated with his spinal cord injury. David lives in Longmont, Colorado, where he recently moved after attending Project Walk in Carlsbad, CA. After attending Project Walk, Dave was able to take more than 300 steps towards his goal of walking unaided.  While Colorado is closer to home, he hopes to continue his recovery progress in a similar facility and pursue his motivational speaking career.
Dave has chosen to fundraise with National Transplant Assistance Fund (NTAF) in part because NTAF provides both tax-deductibility and fiscal accountability to his contributors. Contributors can be sure that funds contributed will be used only to pay or reimburse medically-related expenses.
For more information, please contact NTAF at 800-642-8399.
To make a contribution to Dave’s fundraising campaign, click the button below. To email this page directly to others in your community, who might wish to learn about Dave’s campaign, click the email button and type in as many email addresses as you wish.
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May 7, 2008 Posted by | Uncategorized | Leave a comment


 We are a strong community of coaches, who affect the lives of many people. What we say and what we do is a direct reflection of who we are and how we live our life. We touch the lives of many young people in many ways and sometimes don’t even know it, they are very impressed with what we say or do not say. So the choice of our words MUST be used in a positive way. We never really know what is going on in the minds of the young people we coach. When I was coaching I made it a point to talk to a different kid every day and say something positive about them. Sometimes just a simple thing like,”Hey, I like your cool goggles”. Self esteem is such an important factor in our sport, in our daily life! We can foster a positive attitude in our swimmers with a good choice of words. According to the professional’s out there, kids hear over 400 nasty words a day and only 30 good things a day….Can’t we improve those numbers….There is a web site that a good friend of mine sent me that address this problem, it is I strongly recommend that you view it and give it some thought as to how you could implement this into your swim team….Thanks for hearing me today, you guys and gals are on my blue ribbon team!

May 6, 2008 Posted by | Uncategorized | 2 Comments

Coach Raphael’s New Baby….

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Coach Raphael’s new baby daughter Raphaela …Team Weston’s newest 8 and under Soon to be entered in the next sizzler!

May 5, 2008 Posted by | Uncategorized | Leave a comment

My Swim Camp Recommendation ….

It seems that almost every day someone is asking me, “Coach, what swim camp should I send my child to?” I have said it time and time again….” Send them to Coach Nick at Peak Performance ”

Peak Performance

Peak Performance Swim Camp is owned and operated by former Olympic Coach Nick Baker. Over the past 35 years Coach Baker has refined and enhanced the performance of thousands of swimmers, from Olympians to Junior Olympians. For the past 11 years he has focused exclusively on camp coaching, conducting swim camps throughout the United States and abroad. His coaching style is personal, entertaining and inspirational. He has a knack for simplifying the latest and greatest ideas on swimming. Camp participants report dramatic improvements in their swimming performance.

Peak Performance Swim Camp offers a number of clinics and services throughout the United States and abroad. A traveling swim camp (Camps To Go) is also available in addition to year round private coaching.

– We stress the mental, technical and physical sides of swimming

– Intense start, stroke and turn work daily

– Max-out challenge sets daily

– We coach to individual needs

– Limited enrollment to maximize results

– 10:1 Swimmer to coach ratio

– Super positive environment

– Swimming Yoga

– Top quality facilities and lodging

– National and International locations

– Year round private coaching

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“My daughter now has a new spark for swimming and she can’t wait for her fall season to start. She had a blast. Thanks to all of the coaches and staff for a great job.”

May 4, 2008 Posted by | Uncategorized | Leave a comment

Matt Reed and Julie Swail Ertel earn second of three Olympic triathlon berths.

Matt Reed 


Sunday, April 20, 2008
News staff writer

TUSCALOOSA – Matt Reed knew one thing for sure as he rode his bike in the men’s U.S. Olympic Triathlon Trials Saturday. He didn’t want to run with Andy Potts and Hunter Kemper.

“They’re great runners, especially Hunter,” Reed said. “I didn’t want to run with them so I attacked on the bike.”

Reed’s last-lap push on the bike gave him a lead that Potts and Kemper couldn’t overcome as he claimed the second of two American men’s slots in the Olympics.

Earlier, Julie Swail Ertel earned her second trip to an Olympic Games as she won the women’s race. The 35-year-old was a member of the silver medal-winning U.S. team in 2000.

Potts burst into the lead in the men’s race, surging ahead as he cut through the choppy water of the Black Warrior River.

“I’ve been swimming well and I wanted to take the race from the start,” he said. “I thought that was my best play, my best move. It was a sound tactic knowing the strengths of mine and knowing the course layout.”

Potts finished the swim in 18 minutes and 17 seconds, 42 seconds faster than Kemper.

Reed was fourth at 19:11. The pack of three eventually reeled Potts in on the bike and had pulled even with him going into the final lap.

That’s when Reed made his move with a hard push into the wind.

“It was a last-lap decision,” he said. “I wasn’t going to do it but I like to be a frontrunner and that’s how I win most of my races, when I’ve got a lead off the bike.”

Reed, whose brother Shane recently made the New Zealand Olympic triathlon team, had a 25-second lead as the run began. His aim was to hold that advantage.

“Once I knew I could get to that last lap with 25 seconds,” he said, “they couldn’t catch me.”

The recently naturalized American considered Potts and Reed the favorites more than himself. He was certain neither felt threatened by his ability to sustain a lead on the run.

Sara McLarty was the first woman out of the water in the women’s race. She was part of a lead group of four on the bike with Sarah Haskins Kortuem, Ertel and Sarah Groff. The leaders were initially 20 seconds ahead of the second wave. That lead grew to 48 seconds and then slipped to 44.

Haskins Kortuem said Ertel set herself apart with her transition from the swim to the bike.

“She had a gunfire transition,” the women’s runner-up said. “It was tough to close right from the start.”

Ertel said she won the race on the run, which has been a focal point of her recent training.

“I just ran my heart out from three weeks ago to about a week ago,” she said. “I did three running races in three weeks, trying to (get) my running speed down.

“I knew as soon as I got off the bike I felt good, really rested,” the 35-year-old said of her Saturday effort.

Saturday’s winners joined Jarrod Shoemaker and Laura Bennett, the first American man and woman to finish the Beijing World Cup last fall. The final U.S. qualifiers will be determined at the June 22 Hy-Vee Triathlon in Des Moine, Iowa.

With two second-place finishes, Haskins has the lowest score of four. The only person who could unseat her is Groff, who finished third. If Groff is the first American woman to finish in Des Moine, she would net four points and her victory there would provide her the tiebreaker edge.

In the men’s competition, it’s not as simple. Potts and Kemper each have five points with a second and third. Most likely, the first finisher between those two would get the third spot.

However, Brian Fleischmann and Doug Friman each have one point with a fourth-place finish. Either would get the third spot if he were the first American finisher and Potts and Kemper finish third or lower among the Americans.

May 4, 2008 Posted by | Triathlons | Leave a comment

Scientists Try to Link Swim Records to Suit Italy’s Swimming Federation Will Be Conducting Tests on Speedo’s LZR

May 2, 2008

Competitive swimmers aren’t the only ones testing the waters with Speedo’s new controversial LZR Raser.


Michael Phelps and Natalie Coughlin model the new Speedo LZR RACER during the new Speedo Swimsuit Launch at Espace on February 12, 2008 in New York City.

(Mike Stobe/Getty Images)

Now scientists will be testing the waters and the suits.

Over the past few months, world records have fallen in the sport of swimming faster than you can say “freestyle,” and some opponents of the LZR are not buying that it’s strictly because of the talent.

According to USA Swimming, an astonishing 40 world records have fallen this year, and of those, 36 were broken by athletes in the LZR that Speedo unveiled in February. Speedo has even created a special section on its Web site where online visitors can sign up to a “LZR Racer Results Feed” to get e-mail updates on the “jaw-dropping” records broken by athletes wearing the LZR.

Swimming records typically fall at unusually high rates during Olympic years, as athletes are conditioned to compete at the highest level, but according to Brent Rutemiller, publisher and CEO of Swimming World Magazine, the numbers this year are “unprecedent

May 2, 2008 Posted by | Uncategorized | Leave a comment

A Suit Designed for Olympic Swimmers Speedo Claims Latest Swimsuit Leaves the Competition in Its Wake

LONDON, March 6, 2008

It looks like a space suit. It’s called the LZR Raser and the Beijing Olympics next summer may well show its true worth. Speedo, the UK-based swimwear brand, claims that its new swimsuit created in collaboration with NASA may help swimmers get the faster edge.


American Olympic medalists Amanda Beard, left, Natalie Coughlin, right, and Michael Phelps pose…

American Olympic medalists Amanda Beard, left, Natalie Coughlin, right, and Michael Phelps pose with in new, high technology Speedo LZR Racer swimsuits they will wear during the Beijing Summer Olympics this summer during a news conference introducing the suits in New York, in this Feb. 12, 2008

(Kathy Willens/AP Photo)

The suit, which would not look out of place in the “Star Trek” crew’s wardrobe, is made of an ultra-lightweight, low-drag and fast-drying fabric that repels water, helping the best swimmers to shave seconds off their times. “When I was diving off the block […] I went gliding,” swimming champion, Michael Phelps said while wearing it. “I felt good. I felt like a rocket.”

Looking for the perfect swimming equipment, Aqualab, Speedo International’s research and development team, has tapped the expertise of NASA researchers at NASA’s Langley Research Center in Hampton, Va., which had already worked on drag-reduction technology for boats, including an America’s Cup winner.

Usually dealing with the properties of air, the aerospace engineers applied the same principles to the water. “Air has different fluid properties than water […], but it still obeys the same physical laws of motion,” said Steve Wilkinson, a researcher at Langley’s Fluid Physics and Control Branch.

The thing that prevents swimmers from going faster is what scientists call skin friction. It accounts for one-third of the force holding back the body under water. In a traditional suit there is a lot of skin movement, no matter how thin or fat a body is. The new Speedo suit controls a lot of this extra movement.

How does it do this? NASA researchers tested more than 60 different fabrics and patterns to see which one among them had the lowest drag. “The tests generally have shown the smoother the fabric, the lower the drag,” Wilkinson said.

Once they found the best possible fabric, Aqualab officials needed to identify those areas of the swimmer’s body that created the most friction. They scanned 400 elite swimmers, placed low-friction panels on critical areas, and then welded the suit to create an aerodynamic shape. The result is that “It feels like having a second skin,” as Natalie Caughlin, winner of two gold medals at the 2004 Games, describes it.

May 2, 2008 Posted by | Uncategorized | 4 Comments

Mystery Swimmer


Ok….So no one was able identify the mystery swimmer. Here is who she is: I took this photo of her  when she was training for the 1996 Olympics at the Pine Island Pool in Davie Florida

Kristina Egerszegi, 26, a five-time Olympic gold medalist and one of the most successful women swimmers of all time, became a mom last July 27, giving birth to a son, Balint

Kristina retired after the 1996 Olympics, where she won the 200 meter backstroke for the third straight time. Only one other swimmer-Australia’s Dawn Fraser-has won the same event in three straight Olympiads.

“I needed to be away from swimming for a while,” she said, “because I never had time for anything else. I started swimming when I was 4 and never had a break. It was my life, I loved it very much, but after Atlanta I felt that the time had come to do something else.”

She opened her own restaurant in a suburb of Budapest, which became a very popular place since she was (and she still is) Hungary’s best-known sports personality. In the meantime Kristina started to work for the Hungarian pharmaceutical giant Pharmavit, the company that was her main supporter during her swimmer years. She also went to business school and spent her time building her business career. And she also got married to Adam Vigassy, 28, who manages his own “survival-camp” company. Today, Kristina is a full-time mother. “Balint sleeps very well at nights, but needs full attention at daylight,” she said. “I am so excited about being a mother now, words just cannot express how happy he has made me.”

When asked about the future, Kristina just smiled and said that her family would always remain her first priority, with business taking a back seat. She does plan, however, to open her own swimming school in the near future.

May 1, 2008 Posted by | Uncategorized | Leave a comment