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  1. Karl_S's Avatar
    Brilliance exists on the edge of insanity.
  2. __steve__'s Avatar
    and dang impressive
  3. Calvin S's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by JPEnge
    Wow, that's some brave splitting there!
    Yeah, sometimes, you just gotta go for it.
  4. JPEnge's Avatar
    Wow, that's some brave splitting there!
  5. Calvin S's Avatar
    thanks guys!
  6. rxleakem's Avatar
    Great meet Calvin!
  7. Calvin S's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by aztimm
    Years ago (when I first started swimming with USMS teams), I probably would have agreed with that Y definition. Not sure if it is that there isn't as much of a gap between those who swam in college and myself, or that I'm just getting over it...but I think that's rather silly. The fastest person should win.

    That isn't to say I wouldn't be opposed to having a, "beginner," meet (or whatever you want to call it), that essentially is geared for first-timers. When I did the local LCM meet a few weeks ago I was surprised to see a few guys swimming in board shorts, at a meet. After being at nationals, where it seemed everyone wore high-tech gear, it was quite a change.
    To me amateur means I never received payment for my performances. I mean, how can the YMCA say I am not an amateur having competed for a college team, when we publicly uphold the righteousness and purity of the NCAA athlete as an amateur who cannot receive anything for their performances? I am lumping everyone into that "we". I won't even begin to crack open the can of worms that is "should college athletes get paid" on my blog comment section. But yeah, if NCAA athletes are supposed to already be amateurs, then why does the YMCA consider collegiate swimming participation to be a forfeiture of said status?

    I am sure someone in some board room can tell me their reason why. But I also try to frame it as sports karma. I spent 5 summers (one after each year of college and then the following summer after living at home for a year) dominating the breaststrokes in my local YMCA league. I know I chafed a lot of people, especially by doing things like cruising/not shaving for prelims and then bringing my A game to finals. I am pretty sure that locally my actions have at least a little to do with the strict upholding of this amateur rule, and I am 100% sure you could call the rule that says collegiate (read the "non amateurs") swimmers at out league championship are automatically scratched from finals the "Calvin Rule."
  8. aztimm's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by Calvin S
    Means I cannot score. YMCA has a very narrow definition of "amateur." According to them, once you receive anything for swimming, you lose that status. So even though I was a non scholarship athlete, the fact that my college team covered costs such as hotel/travel for away meets and conference means I am not an amateur. I don't agree with it, but it is what it is.
    Years ago (when I first started swimming with USMS teams), I probably would have agreed with that Y definition. Not sure if it is that there isn't as much of a gap between those who swam in college and myself, or that I'm just getting over it...but I think that's rather silly. The fastest person should win.

    That isn't to say I wouldn't be opposed to having a, "beginner," meet (or whatever you want to call it), that essentially is geared for first-timers. When I did the local LCM meet a few weeks ago I was surprised to see a few guys swimming in board shorts, at a meet. After being at nationals, where it seemed everyone wore high-tech gear, it was quite a change.
  9. Doug Martin's Avatar
    Thatís a nice fly Calvin!
  10. Calvin S's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by Karl_S
    What's this "exhibition" restriction? Register too late?
    Oh well, trust me, the other swimmers know they got beat.
    Means I cannot score. YMCA has a very narrow definition of "amateur." According to them, once you receive anything for swimming, you lose that status. So even though I was a non scholarship athlete, the fact that my college team covered costs such as hotel/travel for away meets and conference means I am not an amateur. I don't agree with it, but it is what it is.
  11. Karl_S's Avatar
    What's this "exhibition" restriction? Register too late?
    Oh well, trust me, the other swimmers know they got beat.
  12. tripswim's Avatar
    good job. faster tomorrow.

    omahog
  13. aztimm's Avatar
    Glad to hear that you at least got in some swimming!
    I did a short cruise (I think 3 days) about 13 years ago, and the pool on the ship was a joke. I resigned myself to just using the treadmill on the ship.
    Your description of swimming over the ray remind me of when I swam/snorkled the Great Barrier reef last Oct.
  14. Calvin S's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by tripswim
    all of your devoted blog readers (both of us) were concerned by your frivolous behavior prior to your two events on Sunday. it makes us question the sincerety of your pursuits.
  15. tripswim's Avatar
    all of your devoted blog readers (both of us) were concerned by your frivolous behavior prior to your two events on Sunday. it makes us question the sincerety of your pursuits.
  16. Calvin S's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by tripswim
    having me as a training partner is finally starting to pay some big dividends.
    Be sure to ice your back. You pulled it carrying me.
  17. tripswim's Avatar
    having me as a training partner is finally starting to pay some big dividends.
  18. Calvin S's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by JPEnge
    You going to the Caleb Dressel Clinic I keep seeing advertised on Facebook?
    I am not on FaceSpace or MyBook, so haven't seen the advertisements. However, I did get to listen to the voicemail he left as a "Hey guys, guess what, I am coming to Little Rock!" a while back, so I knew this was in the pipeline.

    I am not going. Forgive me for saying this, but I am just not really that interested, and by that I mean not 120.00 a ticket interested (despite the fact that I know it isn't some money grab, being a professional swimmer is a tough gig and this is a great way to make money. I realize the profits are going to a good cause!).

    I also don't feel like rubbing elbows with the club team for face time with Dressel. In the past few years the club team has left a sour taste in my mouth and I am not really interested in hanging out with the senior level kids for their clinic. If he was offering a masters only clinic (Anthony Ervin did that a few years ago), then I might think about going!
  19. JPEnge's Avatar
    You going to the Caleb Dressel Clinic I keep seeing advertised on Facebook?
  20. JPEnge's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by Calvin S
    Sorry, the constructive criticism box is closed.

    (Just kidding)

    I can try to capture some underwater video, but part of the problem is I just can't seem to blend the strong pull/catch of my longer distances (200 and up) with the extreme hand speed I can generate on the short distances (mainly 50s). It is why I was always better at the 200 FL/200 BR. For instance, my best time in the 100 BR was 59.8. That same meet, I took my 200 BR out in finals in 1:00.7. Meshing the two aspects of the strokes as always been my Achilles heel!
    I know what you mean about the weird splitting. I've had a similar issue with my breaststroke - at Masters Nats last year I did the 50 in 27.4 and took out my 100 in 27.1. At Sectionals this year it was 26.7 for the 50 and 27.1 for the 100 so not quite as drastic but still not close. But I'm guessing most of that is that my pullout is 2/3 of the 50/front half of 100 and it's basically the same for each race.
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