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This is the place where you can talk about the pics, the sport, the weather, and the lack of pictures of deck changes on this site.

Saturday, January 07, 2006

Dave Denniston Relay


Photo: Dave Denniston

Back in May of 2005 the Novaquatics Swim Club in Irvine held a fund raiser to benefit Breast Stroker Dave Denniston to aid him in his recovery from a spinal cord injury which paralized him from the waist down. The event organized by Jessamyn Miller raised $30,000 that day. (Half of which he then donated to Project Walk) An amazing feat.

It really was an awesome day. My friends Deena and Kerry decided to swim for the cause and raised $600 thru Brendan Hansen Online and did a great job of swimming! They were superstars! All the Nova kids were rockstars. So fun to watch. Each relay team had 4 members and each member had to swim 10 lengths of the pool. Much more fun that a marathon swim. I love this sport and to be part of that day was like watching all your football playing cousins come home for Thanksgiving and play a big game with their family members, young and old. Dave Denniston, his sister, mother, dad and tiny nephew Timmy all swam too. It was an awesome and inspiring thing to see Davo get into the water and swim 10 laps just a few short months after breaking his back. His will is earthshattering. It was very special, and I can't thank my Kerry and Deena enough for swimming. I probably would not have gone if they hadn't been swimming. But I learned something important. If you go to a swimming event, and you don't know anyone going in, you will when you come out. It was a very special day. I met Jason Lezak, his wife and his father for the first time. The senior Mr. Lezak is one of the nicest men you could ever meet. I have continued to see him at many meets even if Jason isn't swimming. Just because he loves the sport. Like me! Lenny Krayzelburg was also there with his new wife. Jeri Moss and Turkish swimmer Derya Büyükuncu were also there. The most impressive thing that day was the community at Novaquatics. An amazing group of people coming together to aid a fellow swimmer. (No, the most impressive thing was not Coach Dave Salo's Gary Hall Jr. impersonation.)

Davo is progressing amazingly well. He has such strong will. He is taking a few steps now merely a year after his accident. If you dont know his story please go to davedenniston.com and be inspired. His journal is the place to go. Start at the bottom and work your way to the top. It is worth the read. Send it forward.

Tuesday, January 03, 2006

Thanks for Stopping By in 2005!

Since I launched this site in August, I have had a diverse group of visitors. It is one of my favorite things about the sport. When you are a football fan and you are talking to people from other countries you have to say "real football" or "soccer" or "futbol" or "American football". But swimming is swimming all over the world. It does get a bit confusing when you talk about World Cup though. ;)

So thank you all for stopping by! I hope you found yourself or someone you like.
Hopefully I will get to see more swimming. More records fall, and more people at the meets. in 2006!

Visitors by Country:
UNITED STATES 6,085
CANADA 590
UNITED KINGDOM 315
GERMANY 244
ITALY 233
HONG KONG 214
AUSTRALIA 64
SPAIN 54
NORWAY 44
FRANCE 34
SWITZERLAND 28
CZECH REPUBLIC 23
SLOVENIA 16
UNKNOWN 15
SWEDEN 13
ISRAEL 10
BELGIUM 9
MEXICO 9
NETHERLANDS 9
PUERTO RICO 8
JAPAN 8
SINGAPORE 8
IRELAND 8
AUSTRIA 6
POLAND 5
HUNGARY 4
DENMARK 4
CHINA 4
BRAZIL 4
ESTONIA 2
MALTA 2
RUSSIAN FEDERATION 2
CROATIA 1
ARGENTINA 1
MALAYSIA 1
PHILIPPINES 1

Visitors by region:
CALIFORNIA, UNITED STATES 2,497
VIRGINIA, UNITED STATES 779
UNKNOWN 664
ONTARIO, CANADA 387
NEW YORK, UNITED STATES 298
NEW JERSEY, UNITED STATES 293
ENGLAND, UNITED KINGDOM 282
FLORIDA, UNITED STATES 260
HONG KONG (SAR), HONG KONG 213
KANSAS, UNITED STATES 204
DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA, UNITED STATES 172
BRITISH COLUMBIA, CANADA 170
ILLINOIS, UNITED STATES 170
TEXAS, UNITED STATES 148
NORTH CAROLINA, UNITED STATES 147
MICHIGAN, UNITED STATES 135
TENNESSEE, UNITED STATES 126
INDIANA, UNITED STATES 123
PENNSYLVANIA, UNITED STATES 113
SCHLESWIG-HOLSTEIN, GERMANY 98
UTAH, UNITED STATES 56
NORDRHEIN-WESTFALEN, GERMANY 48
OHIO, UNITED STATES 42
OSLO, NORWAY 39
NEW MEXICO, UNITED STATES 34
ALABAMA, UNITED STATES 32
PIEMONTE, ITALY 31
CONNECTICUT, UNITED STATES 28
WASHINGTON, UNITED STATES 28
KENTUCKY, UNITED STATES 27
CANARY ISLANDS, SPAIN 26
SCOTLAND, UNITED KINGDOM 26
SOUTH CAROLINA, UNITED STATES 23
ARIZONA, UNITED STATES 22
COLORADO, UNITED STATES 21
MASSACHUSETTS, UNITED STATES 20
MARYLAND, UNITED STATES 16
GEORGIA, UNITED STATES 15
NEUCHATEL, SWITZERLAND 13
CASTILLA Y LEON, SPAIN 12
ARKANSAS, UNITED STATES 11
NEW HAMPSHIRE, UNITED STATES 11
DISTRITO FEDERAL, MEXICO 10
MINNESOTA, UNITED STATES 10
QUEENSLAND, AUSTRALIA 9
PUERTO RICO, PUERTO RICO 8
BERLIN, GERMANY 8
SINGAPORE, SINGAPORE 8
WISCONSIN, UNITED STATES 8
DUBLIN, IRELAND 8
OREGON, UNITED STATES 8
LOUISIANA, UNITED STATES 7
NEW SOUTH WALES, AUSTRALIA 7
RHODE ISLAND, UNITED STATES 6
MISSOURI, UNITED STATES 5
LIGURIA, ITALY 5
HAMERKAZ (CENTRAL), ISRAEL 5
NOORD-HOLLAND, NETHERLANDS 5
ALBERTA, CANADA 4
GUANGDONG, CHINA 4
OOST-VLAANDEREN, BELGIUM 4
GELDERLAND, NETHERLANDS 4
QUEBEC, CANADA 4
LIMBURG, BELGIUM 3
IOWA, UNITED STATES 3
NORDLAND, NORWAY 3
SCHAFFHAUSEN, SWITZERLAND 2
DELAWARE, UNITED STATES 2
LOMBARDIA, ITALY 2
OKLAHOMA, UNITED STATES 2
SOR-TRONDELAG, NORWAY 2
SACHSEN, GERMANY 2
MAZOWIECKIE, POLAND 2
TEL AVIV, ISRAEL 2
NEVADA, UNITED STATES 2
HARJUMAA, ESTONIA 2
NEBRASKA, UNITED STATES 2
MAINE, UNITED STATES 2
MISSISSIPPI, UNITED STATES 2
ZURICH, SWITZERLAND 2
MANITOBA, CANADA 2
VICTORIA, AUSTRALIA 2
WEST VIRGINIA, UNITED STATES 1
WESTERN AUSTRALIA, AUSTRALIA 1
CEBU CITY, PHILIPPINES 1
MINAS GERAIS, BRAZIL 1
NAMUR, BELGIUM 1
MOSKVA, RUSSIAN FEDERATION 1
BUENOS AIRES, ARGENTINA 1
BALEARES, SPAIN 1
HAWAII, UNITED STATES 1
SARDEGNA, ITALY 1
BAYERN, GERMANY 1
ZADARSKA, CROATIA 1
CATALONIA, SPAIN 1
VENETO, ITALY 1
HíEFA (HAIFA), ISRAEL 1
KOMAROM-ESZTERGOM, HUNGARY 1
ANTWERPEN, BELGIUM 1
VERMONT, UNITED STATES 1
TOKYO, JAPAN 1
CELJE, SLOVENIA 1
MECKLENBURG-VORPOMMERN, GERMANY 1
SãO PAULO, BRAZIL 1
WIEN, AUSTRIA 1
BLEKINGE, SWEDEN 1

I am sure about 2,000 of the California visits are myself..... Ha!