This Saturday September 17, Cal Bears alumni are going to play water polo in the waters outside of AT&T park before Cal's football (not baseball) game inside the park. Polo should begin about 2:00.
Tim Rood, the former swim club president and an urban planner, has announced his is running for City Council. We don't know Tim but we certainly like his platform as described in the Piedmont Patch ("robust planning process" and facilitating "robust public dialogue.") Read more »
Swimming stars such as Michael Phelps, Ryan Lochte, Missy Franklin, Chloe Sutton, Brendan Hansen, and many more Olympians will be competing this Thursday through Sunday at the George F. Haines International Swim Center in Santa Clara. One local swimmer -- Ben Krauss of Alameda High School / Alameda Islanders -- also qualified to compete at the Grand Prix.
This is a great opportunity to see Olympic caliber athletes compete in person. The event will also be webcast live on USASwimming.org (the link follows below.
The Live Oak Memorial Pool in Oakland -- utilized by the CUDA swim team -- is being closed on July 1, 2011.
The Oakland Parks and Recreation Supervisor announced this to CUDA representatives earlier today and the closure intends to be permanent.
This same story is unfolding all across the country. Pools are in needs of repair and nobody has capital, and they make a good target for closure because of the high operating costs dinging cash-strapped cities. Read more »
The No. 1-ranked California men's swimming team, powered by national titles by senior Nathan Adrian and a victory in the 400 free relay during the final day of the meet, earned its top ranking by winning the 2011 NCAA Men's Swimming and Diving Championships Saturday (March 26) at the Dorothy L. Shepard Pool in Minneapolis. The Golden Bears, led by fourth-year coach David Durden, won their first NCAA team title in men's swimming since capturing back to back titles under Nort Thornton in 1979-80. Read more »
Our heart goes out to the Piedmont Swim Club! They have been successfully running a program for decades that we can only dream about, and now the City of Piedmont is going to take over management of the pool. Read more »
OAKLAND -- The future of Oakland's Jack London Aquatic Center, which serves everyone from rowing crews to low-income youths, is in limbo after the nonprofit group that manages the facility announced without warning it would hand over management to Oakland because of a lack of funding.
If the Oakland Parks and Recreation Department decides not to take over the facility at 115 Embarcadero, thousands of Oakland youths and adults could be left without the means to experience Oakland's estuary from a sailboat, canoe or kayak. Club crews could be left without a place to store their boats. Read more »