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Krystal Lara is one of very few Latinas in her class at Stuyvesant High School, and in the pool. She’s backstroking her way toward the Olympics.

From The New York Times:

Her Parents Thought Swimming Lessons Were a Good Idea

Krystal Lara is one of very few Latinas in her class at Stuyvesant High School, and in the pool. She’s backstroking her way toward the Olympics.…

Former Yale swimmer Siphiwe Baleka

Good video about former Yale swimmer Siphiwe Baleka


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Community Water Polo invite from Pittsburgh's Hill District

We are playing "community water polo" in the inter city in Pittsburgh from 6 to 7:45 pm every Tuesday at Citiparks Ammon Pool, corner of Bedford Ave and Memory Lane, Hill District. There is plenty of room for both adults and kids, experienced and rookies. Just show up, weather permitting.

Added by Mark Rauterkus on July 3, 2014 at 7:26pm — 2 Comments

Water Polo in Pittsburgh with our Summer Dreamers Camp

We are in week 3 of a five week camp, doing swimming and water polo.

Added by Mark Rauterkus on August 2, 2012 at 10:06pm — 2 Comments

(Draft) Introduction for Pittsburgh Public Schools -- an effort to increase aquatics by a factor of ten.

In the wake of:

a recent Citiparks Aquatics Division audit by City Controller Michael Lamb, as well as

my participation with the PPS Athletic Reform Task Force, and

the merger of some PPS high school sports teams to the WPIAL, and

the 2012 arrival of additional, terrible, institutional roadblocks at PPS,

it is prudent push all involved to 'think again' about aquatics. An overhaul of aquatics with the city, PPS and others is past due, especially in…


Added by Mark Rauterkus on June 10, 2012 at 10:30am — 1 Comment

Goalie helps Pittsburgh team torch Upper Arlington and scores 2 goals in 5 games at tournament

Sports News - RESULTS:

HEADLINE: Pittsburgh Combined gets 3rd at Ohio Water Polo Tournament -beats Upper Arlington 11-6.

High School Water Polo Results:

Pittsburgh Combined, with high school athletes from Pittsburgh PublicSchools and Shaler Area, finished in third place in the Ohio Cup WaterPolo Tournament JV hosted in…


Added by Mark Rauterkus on September 18, 2011 at 10:00pm — 1 Comment

Legislation about sports injuries: Really?



I posted that if the legislative critters were really interested in sports safety, then teaching the kids to swim would be at the top of everyone's agenda.



Added by Mark Rauterkus on April 4, 2011 at 11:44am — 2 Comments

Bombing Championships going World-Wide soon



Bombing, in this case, is an aquatics activity, much like diving, but for the splash effect. Dudes in New Zealand are trying to build up the sport there and want to take it world-wide in the future.


We should have some national qualification meets and build to…


Added by Mark Rauterkus on March 27, 2011 at 5:31pm — No Comments

Buick Human Highlight Film got Cullen Jones in 3 min clip



You might need to go to that site to view the clip. Very powerful. Well done. (Make A Splash).



Added by Mark Rauterkus on March 25, 2011 at 1:00pm — 1 Comment

Swim and Water Polo Camp -- Implementation Plan

This is a longer document that covers a pending Swim and Water Polo Camp that we'll be running in Pittsburgh for Pittsburgh Public Schools in July and August 2011. It goes 5 weeks and is offered at a city high school for kids that are going into middle school grades (6th, 7th and 8th graders).


Feedback welcomed here.



Added by Mark Rauterkus on March 7, 2011 at 2:59pm — 2 Comments

Anyone here going to PIAA Swim Meet -- PA State Championships

Hi Swim Friends,


Anyone else going to the PIAA Swim Meet (PA High School States)? Would be fun to meet there. Let me know: Mark -at- Rauterkus -dot- com.


Best of luck to your tapers and spring break periods.


Coach Mark

Added by Mark Rauterkus on March 7, 2011 at 2:57pm — 1 Comment

Pittsburgh's Coach Holder is on a PR roll

WQED OnQ OnDemand

This is the blurb now featured on the AMSwim.org front page. That's Allegheny Mountain Swimming, a LSC around Pittsburgh, PA, USA.
Coach Hosea Holder (KSTR) ...
"Participant, Competitor,…

Added by Mark Rauterkus on July 29, 2010 at 9:00pm — 1 Comment

Coach Holder in Pittsburgh got some good ink in the newspaper

Check out this article about Coach Holder in Pittsburgh, PA, USA.


Added by Mark Rauterkus on July 25, 2010 at 6:30pm — 1 Comment

Any grant writers? Really, what about grant applications for others to see?

I'm working on a grant application, of sorts. I could use some help and input.

Are there any grant writers in the soup here? Can you self identify? Reply to this post please.

Furthermore, it would be great to have some grant template fodder for re-use in my grant applications. So, if others have finished grant applications and have wordsmithed some of the basics for aquatics, then I'd love to have those posted here, within the NING, too.

Grant application links… Continue

Added by Mark Rauterkus on September 21, 2009 at 9:45am — 1 Comment

First week of water polo in Pittsburgh

We had a great first week of water polo playing in the central part of Pittsburgh. We got Citiparks to let us try a new program at a low-use pool in The Hill District part of town, next to the Ammon Rec Center, 2216 Bedford Ave.

On the first day, 24 kids. By Wednesday, we had 40 kids.

Here we are gathered, a bit, after the second day.

We are playing every Monday to Friday from 11 am to 12:30 pm. Come on by. Pass the… Continue

Added by Mark Rauterkus on August 13, 2009 at 10:05pm — No Comments

City kids in a city championship meet

From ormsby-serpents

Pittsburgh has a city swim meet in August at Highland Park Pool. Here is a squad from the South… Continue

Added by Mark Rauterkus on April 16, 2009 at 9:55pm — No Comments

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