WRITTEN BY SHARON ROBB
September 11, 2012
South Florida Aquatic Club head coach Chris Anderson is headed for a busy week as general chairman of the Florida Gold Coast, the sport’s local governing body.
Anderson departed Tuesday for Greensboro, N.C., site of the annual United States Aquatic Sports Convention that begins on Tuesday with Board of Directors meetings at the Sheraton.
Delegates will cover national, state and local topics that will hopefully improve the sport of swimming and its local swim clubs including SOFLO, USA Swimming’s reigning Virtual Reality Club Championships.
United State Aquatic Sports is made up of USA Swimming, USA Diving, USA Water Polo, USA Synchronized Swimming and US Masters Swimming. The five-day convention features courses and meetings for coaches, athletes and officials.
The convention is also where USA Swimming programs are discussed, plans are made and rule changes are discussed and voted upon.
USA Swimming delegates will be voting on several significant amount of rules and regulation changes. Several of the proposals focus on issues including time trials and administrative officials along with Safe Sport, the sport’s primary athlete protection agency.
Two years after USAS put the first Athlete Protection Policies in place and six months after re-naming it Safe Sport, the House of Delegates will have a chance to add even more measures to protect swimmers.
Some proposals include strict guidelines for coach and athlete bullying and emotional abuse; eliminating coach-athlete emotional and sexual relationships regardless of age; eliminating deck changing by athletes at USA Swimming events; require administrative officials to be non-athlete members and hand signals to be used for dead and hard-of-hearing swimmers.
More than 600 ammendments to rules and regulations are included in the Rules & Regulations Committee’s 18-page docket.
Anderson will be meeting with the Florida Gold Coast delegates on various topics throughout the week as well as members from the Florida Swimming delegation. Anderson is scheduled to attend business meetings for LSC development, club development, national team and OIOC athlete issues, USAS insurance, Make A Splash, Olympic Operations, Southern Zone, LSC Leadership and social networking.
Three-time Olympic gold medalist Rowdy Gaines won the Battle of the Sexes at the RCP Tiburon Sprint Classic in Atherton, Calif. Gaines won the inaugural 50-yard freestyle race in 21.98 seconds. He finished ahead of Bahamian Olympian Arianna Vanderpool-Wallace, who trains at University of Miami, in 22.33. Vanderpool-Wallace won her heat to advance into the final against Gaines. Other women in the heats were Lara Jackson, Liv Jensen, Emily Silver, Dana Vollmer and Kara Lynn Joyce. Gaines won $2,500 which he donated to the USA Swimming Foundation which he is an ambassador. In the men’s race, Josh Schneider defended his title to win $10,000 against seven of the fastest sprinters in history. Schneider won the 50-yard freestyle in 19.63 ahead of George Bovell in 19.74. In another special race, Tom Jager and Matt Biondi competed against each other for the first time in 20 years with Jager winning in 23.11. Biondi finished in 23.18. Though they have not competed in any meets, both continue to swim regularly…New Zealand’s Kane Radford won the RCP Tiburon Mile race and earned $10,000 in prize money after topping a field of 200-plus open water swimmers. Radford won in 21 minutes and 43 seconds. Melissa Gorman won the women’s race for the third time in four years and was third overall in 21:46. Christine Jennings was second in 21:51 and Clearwater’s 14-year-old Becca Mann was third in 22:09. The race featured 61-degree water. The mile-long race started at Angel Island and ended on the docks in Tiburon…
Miami’s Manny Huerta, competing for the first time since the 2012 London Olympics, finished third at Sunday’s Guatape ITU Triathlon World Cup in Colombia to secure his first career ITU World Cup podium finish. Huerta finished in 2 hours, 2 minutes and 24 seconds on the 1,500-meter swim, 40K bike and 10K run course. It was Huerta’s best career finish on the ITU World Cup circuit. Huerta will compete Saturday in the USA Triathlon Elite National Championship in Buffalo, N.Y…Fort Lauderdale cliff diver Steven Lobue won his first event in the Red Bull cliff diving series on Saturday with a dive into the Blue Lagoon on the coast of Wales. He dove off a platform 27 meters above the Celtic Sea. Lobue clinched the win with a back dive finishing with 481.90 points. Because of his transatlantic flight being delayed, Lobue arrived late to the event and didn’t have time to plan his strategy or get stressed about it either. “I just came in with an attitude and thought forget it, let’s do this,” Lobue said. “Came out and just went and didn’t think too much about what I was doing. Just went up and kind of let it happen. I really had a consistent list and that’s what it takes to beat any of these guys.” The final round of the series is Sept. 27 in Oman…
St. Andrew’s University in Laurinburg, N.C. has added men’s and women’s swimming and hired Brooks Teal as head coach. The program will begin competition in the 2013-14 season. Teal was an assistant coach at the now-defunct Clemson program. St. Andrew’s University will compete in the Appalachian Athletic Conference in the NAIA.
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