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From Marco Polo to Sharks and Minnows, poolgoers have enjoyed playing innovative water games for generations. Even games like basketball and volleyball have been adapted to the pool by enterprising citizens.
One such citizen recently developed a water polo-type game called “Skwim” in which opposing teams attempt to score a frisbee-like disc into a goal at either end of the pool. The game’s creator, Kevin McCarthy of Sammamish, WA, is betting on the widespread adoption of his new game and judging by early returns, Skwim is a huge hit with the kids.
To master the art of Skwim, one must become proficient at advancing toward the goal by skipping the specially-designed disc across the surface of the pool like a stone. Players also wear unique oval-toed fins – also designed by McCarthy – to help them effectively dart around the pool while trying to score a goal or prevent the other team from doing the same.
In Washington State, the game has become such an instant hit that inter-school Skwim competitions are now being held. McCarthy hopes that his creation is accepted as warmly all across the country, and it certainly seems like he has a fighting chance.
An invention happens when an entrepreneurial mind has an idea and sticks with it until fruition. Skwim is such a creation, and it is beneficial for its players in several ways. “It’s a great sport for kids to be safe, and it’s a great fitness sport for all ages,” McCarthy said. “My goal for Skwim is to have it played everywhere in the world.”
Whether this happens or not, it seems that Skwim isn’t going away any time soon. Give it a try at your local pool; who knows, it just might help get your creative juices flowing.
Originally posted on http://www.dailypilot.com/news/tn-dpt-1127-apodaca-20111126,0,7206457.story
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As Ryan Lochte accepted his award for the Male Race of the Year at USA Swimming’s Golden Goggles Sunday night, he pulled a typical Ryan Lochte move: he nearly dropped the trophy.
One estimate says the hardware is worth in the range of $1500, so it was a good thing Lochte caught it before it fell to the floor.
“I got it, don’t worry,” Lochte told the crowd after knocking the trophy off the podium.
Lochte’s laid-back and carefree attitude has been well documented, as the Floridian likes to enjoy life and not take anything too seriously. That included dancing on the red carpet and pointing and posing for the cameras, and later showing Missy Franklin some dance moves after the pair took home the Men’s and Women’s Athlete of the Year honors.
“I told everyone I will stop swimming once I stop having fun. And honestly, I don’t see that ever happening,” Lochte said. “I’m having so much fun with swimming, it’s a blast.”
Having a blast with the sport is exactly why Lochte is the best swimmer in the world. He’s won the last three Male Athlete of the Year awards at the Golden Goggles, and this summer he broke the first long-course world record since high-tech swimsuits were banned at the start of 2010.
Continue reading at http://www.universalsports.com/news-blogs/blogs/blog=splashed/postid=567863.html
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It’s hard staying cool in the heat. When you’re not on duty at the pool, make some fun ice cubes for your favorite thirst-quenching drink!
Make your juice extra juicy with frozen fruit cubes or add mint leaves for that added zest.
Not looking to invest in ice cube trays? Try freezing honeydew melon cubes for a light, refreshing flavored water.
Lego Ice Cube Trays
Make your own LEGO ice cube trays at home. (link)
Cool Jewels to bling out your beverage. (link)
Alphabet Ice Cubes
Float your initials or send a secret message via beverage. (link)
Teeth Ice Cubes
Ice cubes that smile! (link)