Women Talk Sports | Dive

SAMMY'S, SWIMSUITS, AND...SWEATERS...?

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published October 20, 2013 at 5:47pm EDT


WELCOME TO MY QUARTER LIFE CRISIS

It took me 4 years of hard work, multiple and#40;and I mean MULTIPLEand#41; change-of-major request forms, and 2 different bicycles, but I finally did it. I finally graduated college! I am officially a UC Davis alum. Sooooandhellip;now what? For the past 4 years as a student-athlete, I was able to go to class straight from practice, rocking a t-shirt and sweatpants, without even thinking twice about it. I didnandrsquo;t have to worry about wearing an ounce of makeup during a normal weekday and going to practice every day made avoiding that andlsquo;Freshman 15andrsquo; easier than trying to limit my chocolate chip cookie intake. Fast forward four years and some odd weeks and here I am, a college graduate as of one week ago, and now I have to figure out how to be a grown-up. With a grown-up job. And a grown-up schedule. And grown-up outfits. I mean, for goodness sakes, I bought a blazer the other day! No longer am I the student studying for midterms anymore, or the athlete competing at meets ever [Read More]

published August 9, 2013 at 12:46am EDT


WHO WANTS A FULL-RIDE? A FEW TIPS ON WHAT COLLEGE COACHES LOOK FOR DURING RECRUITING

The main question that young women have for college athletes is, andnbsp;andldquo;How did you get a full-ride scholarship?andrdquo; The easy answer is get good grades and work really hard. Unfortunately, that is a vague answer and it does not help young women prepare the way that is necessary to receive the great reward of a full-ride scholarship. A full-ride scholarship is a reward given to athletes that pays full tuition, room and board, textbooks, athletic gear and meals. As awesome as a full-ride scholarship sounds it is not easily earned. Here are some tips for how to receive one: andnbsp; Grades: Student-athlete NOT athlete-student! A school cannot play an athlete that has not done the proper work in the classroom due to NCAA rules. Many athletes do not make it into college because they do not have the acceptable GPA and SAT or ACT scores after high school. A coach will sometimes overlook an athlete with low grades because when season comes around they need eligible players. IF yo [Read More]

published August 6, 2013 at 1:04pm EDT


OLYMPIC GUIDE TO DIVING

and#40;This is part of a Pretty Tough series about the Summer Olympics. Itandrsquo;s your Cliff Notes for all the events, athletes and triva you need to know while watching the London Games.and#41; Competitive Diving is one of the most prestigious, competitive, drama-filled diving events at the Games. The sport developed from gymnastics in the 18th century, when gymnasts in Sweden and Germany began to perform acrobatic somersaults and twists into the water. Originally, it was known as andlsquo;fancy divingandrsquo;. Diving was first introduced in the official programme of the Summer Games at the 1904 Games of St. Louis and has been an Olympic sport since. It was one of the first Olympic sports to incorporate events for both men and women. Olympic Details Venue: London Aquatics Centre Competition Dates: July 29 andndash; August 11, 2012 Womenandrsquo;s Platform August 8 andndash; 9, 2012 Lingo Pike: A diving position where the body is bent at the hips with the legs straight and the toes pointed. [Read More]

published July 17, 2012 at 4:58pm EDT


PLANTING SEEDS OF CHANGE THROUGH SERVICE

"They won't remember all that you said. They won't remember all that you did. But they will never forget how you made them feel." It's official, all three BAWSI Girls sites in San Jose are underway.andnbsp; After months and weeks of preparation and visioning, it feels amazing to truly be connected to the pulse and heartbeat of our work in such a concrete way. After taking the BAWSI Pledge and signing their name with their little pinkies in commitment, receiving their personalized BAWSI Girls jersey, and taking notes in their very own BAWSI playbook, we inducted another 175 girls from at-risk and underserved schools to the BAWSI Team and Family. Armed with their BAWSI Gear and love, it was beautiful to see the girls, in mind, body and spirit transformed a la Wonder Woman style, into stronger and more confident girls empowered to take charge of their own lives. Upon my own reflection with these opening weeks in the books, I am feeling honored in a place to be able to affect so much chang [Read More]

published March 17, 2012 at 11:32am EDT


CAL WOMEN SEEK REPEAT TITLE AT NCAA SWIMMING AND DIVING CHAMPIONSHIPS

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published March 15, 2012 at 11:01am EDT


2012 NCAA SWIMMING AND DIVING CHAMPIONSHIPS: WOMEN'S EVENT-BY-EVENT PREDICTIONS

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published March 12, 2012 at 1:25pm EDT


1886 ARTICLE AND ILLUSTRATIONS - SWIMMING FOR GIRLS AND WOMEN

July 24, 1886 andndash; Frank Leslieandrsquo;s Illustrated Newspaper NATATION FOR GIRLS AND WOMEN Besides the numerous private swimming-baths and schools of natation, the eleven free saltwater baths of New York city are open to the weaker but more graceful sexandmdash;Monday, Wednesday and Friday of each week being andldquo;ladiesandrsquo; days.andrdquo; On an average, about ten thousand girls and women avail themselves of this privilege. They make excellent swimmers, as a rule; and no one can deny that in these days of liability to boating or bathing accidents it is of great practical benefit for a woman to have some further dependence than the buoyancy of her skirts or the promptness of a rescuer in case of her getting into deep water. Our artistandmdash;whose open sesame to the seraglio-like privacy of a ladiesandrsquo; swimming-bath we may account for by explaining that she herself is a ladyandmdash;has depicted a whole bevy of girls disporting themselves like mermaids in the cool, clear salin [Read More]

published April 27, 2011 at 12:32pm EDT


UNIVERSITY OF NORTH FLORIDA CUTS SWIMMING AND DIVING

The University of North Florida in Jacksonville, citing financial constraints, conference affiliation, and facilities, announced earlier this week that it will cut its women's swimming and diving team. There was no mention of any plans to add a different women's sport. Right now UNF meets the proportionality prong but cutting the swim team puts it in dangerous territory. Based on numbers from the 2008-2009 season cutting women's swimming places the percentage of opportunities afforded to women at just below 50 percent. Female students comprise and#40;again as of 2008-09and#41; 57 percent of the undergraduate population.If UNF does not have plans to add a women's team, and the current numbers are similar to last year's, members of the swim team may have a case that the university is not providing equitable opportunities for female student-athletes. [Read More]

published March 24, 2010 at 9:17am EDT


DIVING COACH LAWSUIT MOVES TO FEDERAL COURT

We blogged about the lawsuit filed by former Texas Aandamp;M diving coach Kevin Wright when he filed for wrongful termination in state court under a whistleblower protection statute in Texas. At that time we wondered whether there would also be a Title IX retaliation claim.There is now--because Wright has moved his case to federal court. As a brief reminder, Wright, who had served 17 seasons as the diving coach, was terminated last September. He alleges that it was because he complained about Title IX violations.Wright said that a diver was asked to lie about travel accommodations to an investigator examining gender equity within the department. Said diver heard a female swimmer actually lie in the interview. Wright complained about the inequitable travel arrangements. He also expressed concerns over potential recruiting violations.The university, should this go to court, is likely to accuse Wright of anger management issues and potential sexual harassment of a fellow coach. The validity [Read More]

published March 4, 2010 at 8:22am EST