Thursday, May 31, 2007

New session starts July 1

A bit early, but it never hurts to get a reminder - the new session starts July 1 and sign up begins two weeks prior. The Y will try to make it possible to register online by that time (big yay!). We'll keep you posted...

Underwater videotaping session June 3

Igor's bringing his underwater video camera again! For those of you who did not get taped the last time, you'll get another chance this coming Sunday. Please arrive as early as possible, starting at 5 pm so that we can get as much of the taping done as possible before the regular workout from 6 to 8 pm.

Wednesday, May 30, 2007

Cristian & Patricia to swim the Potomac

Take a look at this swim that Cristian and Patricia are attempting and will no doubt finish in grand style this Saturday, June 2. The swim is a 7.5 mile crossing of the mouth of the Potomac River where it meets the Chesapeake Bay and divides Virginia's Northern Neck from Saint Mary's County, MD. The swim benefits the Interstate Commission on the Potomac River Basin, the Southern Maryland Sierra Club, Chesapeake Bay Foundation, the Potomac River Association, the Potomac River Conservancy and the West Virginia Rivers Coaltion.

Don't party too hard at the pre-swim dinner, put on lots of sunscreen and swim your heart out, guys! Good luck! We're cheering for you!

Saturday, May 12, 2007

SCAQ Swim Club Site

Found a great swimming blog recently, created by a member of the Southern California Aquatics Masters Swim Club. He's got great pictures, videos, and interesting commentary on all things swimming. I've also included a feed on the right that points to the blog's most recent postings. Check it out!

Friday, May 11, 2007

Floating Pool in Brooklyn to open July 4

This must be our our lucky year...a floating pool is coming to Brooklyn on July 4th. According to a May 4 article, the public pool "will open for the summer on the East River between Brooklyn Heights piers 4 and 5....The Floating Lady’s pool can accommodate 174 people, though 400 can be onboard the barge, which will also have a children’s pool, a snack bar, changing rooms and showers. " See more pictures on the Neptune Foundation's site.

Thursday, May 10, 2007

New 50-meter pool coming to town!

That's right - a brand spankin' new 50-meter pool is currently being constructed and is set to open this fall in Flushing Meadow Corona Park. "But that's in Queens!" you're probably exclaiming to yourself. Check out the details about the pool and you might soon find yourself echoing the sentiment of one New York Magazine writer instead: " We're looking forward to toting our flippers and goggles on the 7 train."

According to a press release from the parks department, this will be the largest recreation facility ever built in a City park. It will "house an Olympic-size pool and a NHL-standard ice rink. The public pool and ice rink will serve as a year-round facility for competitive and recreational use...The building is uniquely designed with a cable supported roof system that will allow for potential expansion to a larger venue...The pool and diving tank will be on the second floor with dramatic views of the park. The movable floor makes the Olympic-sized pool very flexible, creating the potential to have recreational swimming and competitive events simultaneously. An outdoor terrace will be accessible from the pool deck."

Here are some more pictures from the architects of the new facility and from the parks department.