Monday, November 14, 2016

USA Swimming College Challenge

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This past weekend was the USA Swimming College Challenge! The USA Swimming College Challenge was presented by Arena, featured members of the USA Swimming National Team competing against stars from the Big Ten Conference. The competition consisted of 16 men’s and 16 women’s events, which included 13 individual races and 3 relays for women and men. It took place at Indiana University Natatorium on the campus of IUPUI in downtown Indianapolis. "The USA College Challenge, presented by Arena, will be an exciting competition for swimmers and fans alike" said the USA Swimming National Team Director Frank Busch. "As you saw this summer, collegiate swimming is a key pipeline for our National Team, and this event will showcase college and Olympic- caliber swimming at its best." And he was right. This swim meet showed off the great talents of the swimmers and many broke records and improved their personal best times. It gave the college swimmers a chance to compete with world class athletes. "Great" swims were shown by majority of swimmers! To look at all the stats of records broke over the weekend, #USAvsB1G. Katie Ledecky, representing Stanford swam 1,000 freestyle SCM, and had a time of 9:10.49 and this made the record books. Another great swimmer this weekend was Tom Shields, olympian had an exceptional swim and you can't watch this swim. You can also see all the stats of this intense meet on twitter on US States or on the website.

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Sunday, November 13, 2016

The Decision

So why even the idea of boarding school? Why would you even want to move somewhere away from home for high school? Well those were the questions my parents asked me after I asked them about applying to a few schools in America. So what were my reasons for wanting to leave home and start my journey in another country. Well, I'm actually from The Bahamas, and I love my home and the island life. However, one day I want to attend university in the states and I knew that it would be a lot easier to apply for the school and scholarships if I could graduate from an American school with an IB diploma. So I had friends who already went to and who are attending  boarding school and they told me about how amazing their experiences were and it only made me want to go more. I did my own research about boarding schools in general and decided to look for schools mainly in Florida because it not too far from home and because it has similar weather as my home.
Image result for floridaSo, my search began online on an amazing website that made it so much easier to see my options, boarding schools review and the two --schools that stood out to me was North Broward Prep School or St. Andrews School in Florida. I like both of the schools and they both had very high level education and they both provide great boarding systems. I applied to both and got into both as well. I loved both schools, but in the end I chose North Broward Preparatory School in Coconut Creek Florida. I think that decision was made mainly because I truly liked the setup more and thought it was better move for me and because they offered me a scholarship that would make moving much easier for my parents.
The process was not easy making the final decision to leave home and come to Florida but I wanted that and my parents wanted the best for me and were willing to help me make the move. So, then the decision came my own. Should I leave home, my family, friends and everything I knew to start over? I think that final decision was the hardest to make overall. And I was warned that this wasn't going to be easy and it comes with a lot of responsibility but I believed I was ready. My friends didn't want me to leave, but they weren't going to stop me from living my dream so they let me go  the condition that I would call them everyday with the latest with me. But, then I remembered why i wanted to leave in the first place. For the better future and yes, it was hard to think about leaving to live in a new environment but I knew it would be an adventure and I was excited for all the experiences I was going to have. And then the next step came, coming to Florida, moving into the dorms at and I think that anyone who ever went to boarding school or wants to attend boarding school knows that this will be a very interesting week!
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Saturday, November 12, 2016

Swimming Diving Blocks

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Swimming diving/starting blocks, in my opinion are very useful in the sport of swimming. The invention of the diving blocks was very smart and I am thankful that they were invented. Diving blocks were brought to the sport not long after the beginning of the 19th century and is still used today and constantly being modified for the swimmers benefit. So, in the 1950's diving blocks were created to just give the swimmers a platform to dive from. But a higher position then the side of the pool which was almost the same height of the pool. These are how the diving blocks looked almost 70 years ago. They were flat, but still for the swimmers benefit to have an
Image result for swimming diving blocks'explosion start'.  Today I feel as if they modified the blocks for the swimmers advantages. Diving blocks give competitive swimmers the height and angle that we need to allow us to have the 'perfect' dive.  Personally, I like diving blocks because they help me to get a faster start and give me the extra push i need.  I like it because in a race, the dive at the beginning at the race can sometimes determine the outcome. In some  races for example the sprints, like 50 or 100 meters, the start is crucial. The dive needs to be great and the diving blocks gives us the chance to have a great dive. The 'new' diving blocks, were first introduced in an international competitor at the Swimming World Cup in 2009, allows swimmers to push off from the blocks, with the back foot from a crouch at a 90 free angle, optimizing the power of the dive.  In comparison to the old diving blocks, that were considered flat, the swimmer would have to push themselves for their own acceleration. But overall, the entire invention of diving blocks old or new is for the benefit of the swimmer.
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