Norman Athletic Association Recognizes Swimmers

The high school swim season may be over, but the swimmers continue to be recognized for their accomplishments. Norman North Boys Swim Team and Norman North Girls Swim Team were recognized by the Norman School Board on March 24, along with Joe Sullivan of the Norman High Tigers boys team.

Two days later, Winter Sport Athletes were recognized by the Norman Athletic Association (NAA). Swimmers honored were:

Norman High Girls Swim – NAA Winter Athletes

Norman High Boy Swimmers – NAA Winter Athletes

 

Norman High Girls Swim Team members: Kalea Fabri, Kayleigh Hughes, Eleanor Schrems

Norman High Boys Swim Team members: Danny Bays, Jesse Gibson, Joe Sullivan

Norman North Girls Swim Team members: Madie Sarantakos, Tiffany Wu, Angela Yang

Norman North Girl Swimmers – NAA Winter Athletes

Norman North Boys Swim Team members: Gianluca DiTano, James Dyer, Justin Wu

Norman North Boy Swimmers – NAA Winter Athletes

 

Congratulations, swimmers!

 

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Pisces Project Attends Sooner Swim Birthday Bash

On September 21, SSC celebrated its 50th birthday with Olympic gold medal swimmers Jason Lezak, Misty Hyman, and Josh Davis.

Olympic medalists Misty Hyman and Jason Lezak talk to swimmers.

If you attended, we hope you had a chance to look in on the PowerPoint that Pisces Project had running in the classroom on the future of swimming in Norman. The PowerPoint represented a proposed design and plan for a year-round aquatic center in Norman.

While we love celebrating 50 years of swimming, we want the future to be even better.

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Norman Swimmers

Sooner Swim Club

You can now find Sooner Swim Club on FaceBook!

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SSC Celebrates 50th Birthday with 3 Olympic Gold Medalists

On Saturday, Sept. 21st,  Sooner Swim Club is celebrating its 50th birthday by sponsoring a swim clinic at Murray Case Sells Swim Complex featuring three Olympic Gold Medalists, Misty Hyman, Jason Lezak and Josh Davis. Approximately 70 SSC swimmers, students in the first through 12th grades are participating. Sooner Swim Club has provided instruction, training and competitive swim opportunities for Norman youth for half a century.
Pisces Project members are invited to meet the Olympic swimmers at approximately 1 p.m. 366393_9.21.13 Norman OK MOO BOSC flier Lezak and Hyman
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Sooner Swim Club Hosts Oklahoma D-II’s Event

Sooner Swim Club is once again hosting Oklahoma’s Long Course Division II Championships. It will be held at Oklahoma City Community College on July 21 and 22.

As anyone who has ever hosted a swim meet can attest to, there’s a lot of hard work involved. Sooner Swim Club is looking for volunteers to help with timing, concessions, safety marshals, etc. Or if you know of a business who might like to act as a sponsor to provide food and drink items for hospitality and concessions. Contact SSC President, Mark McCurdy, at mccurdy@doncies.com if you can help. Come cheer on swimmers from all over the state as they compete.

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Community aquatic complex needed

Published September 23, 2012 in The Norman Transcript

Community aquatic complex needed

NORMAN — Editor, The Transcript:

You recently characterized our group, the Pisces Project, as “patiently pushing a new community aquatic complex.” We welcome your observations on Sept. 9 that it’s time to think about quality of life projects for Norman and how to fund them.

It is no longer enough to rely just on the University of Oklahoma to attract visitors and jobs to Norman. And as you point out, the Oklahoma City MAPS program, with its public investment in entertainment and education, has been phenomenally successful in drawing jobs, visitors and — most importantly — private investment to Oklahoma City.

Norman is no longer a small, sleepy college town. It is one of the largest cities in the state and the region, and it’s falling behind. In a recent survey by Money magazine, both Edmond and Moore were ranked higher than Norman as desirable places in the nation in which to live.

While the Norman School Board and city council have been telling us for seven years that the money is not there to build or operate a year-round swim facility, Edmond, Stillwater and Ponca City have moved forward to raise the capital and build their own. The aging Westwood Pool consistently shows a profit. That profit was almost 18 percent greater than its operating expenses in 2011.

The benefits of having Westwood pool available for nine weeks of the year is much more than a $36,399 boost to the city’s general fund. Seven hundred and forty-two children learned to swim in 2011. Day care facilities brought children to the pool in the afternoons. Local athletes had a pool for their workouts.

Groups rented the pool for parties as the Pisces Project just did — and the annual Pooch Pool Party was well attended. With an attendance of 28,053 swimmers, hundreds of kids and adults enjoyed a refreshing slide into water on a hot day.

If a minor investment in a nine-week pool can yield such benefits, imagine what Norman could do if it offered its citizens pools available year-round for recreation, aerobics, instruction and fitness.

In the Sept. 11th Norman Transcript, Gov. Mary Fallin discussed at length the problem of childhood obesity and the need for active lifestyles. For those with diabetes and asthma, swimming is a preferred activity.

According to the CDC, swimming provides great benefits for mental health and autism patients. The Alzheimer’s Association recommends 20 minutes of exercise per day.

Imagine the impression that a new swim center and water park would make to visitors and prospective businesses about the quality of life in Norman. Imagine the economic benefit to Norman of hosting state and sectional swim meets. And imagine how nice it would be for Money magazine and others to recognize what a truly great place Norman is.

Pisces Project

DIANE MOERSHEL,  NANCY YOCH,  EDDIE BARON,  DALLAS SCHREMS,  HEATHER PERRY,  KENT NICHOLSON

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Edmond Swimming Pool Construction

Things are busy in the city of Edmond where construction for the new pool is moving ahead. This pool is a joint project of the City of Edmond, Edmond Public Schools, and the Edmond YMCA. Photos are courtesy of Gene Lavastida, project architect, Crafton Tull.

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Do You Know These Swimmers?

Norman has a long history of competitive swimming. Check out this great picture of NHS state qualifiers from the late 1980s!

Do you have any old swim pictures you would like to share? If so, please send to info@piscesproject.org or piscesproject@cox.net . Thanks!

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Reasons for community swimming pools

Two articles highlight some of the many reasons that Norman should have a year-round swim complex.  On September 5, USA Swimming reported on what Memphis is doing to make swim lessons more accessible after the deaths of a 13 year old and a 15 year old in swimming pools. Over 30 community organizations came together to make certain it didn’t happen again. The full story can be found at http://www.usaswimming.org/ViewNewsArticle.aspx?TabId=1&itemid=4710&mid=8712

City of Midland Aquatics, a swim club in Texas, is working towards adding a 50-meter multi-purpose pool to their aquatics complex. The first pool is still in use today, an eight-lane, 25-yard pool. It now includes a competitive pool with a diving tower, aerobic and therapy pools and a gym and therapy center. City of Midland Aquatics also sent two people to compete in the Summer Olympic Trials. http://www.mywesttexas.com/top_stories/article_48700068-f8b0-5a67-b376-13006737c3aa.html

Look at the similarities between Midland, Texas to Norman. Population? Midland’s is 107,175 (City of Midland, 2010). Norman’s is 110,325 (Oklahoma Department of Commerce, Census Data 2010). Midland’s swim club is 44 years old. Norman’s swim club–Sooner Swim Club- will be 50 years old next year. Midland has a year-round swim complex. Norman does not.

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Olympic Hosts Say to “Get Involved” with Swimming

The BBC Olympics site had a lot to say about the sport of swimming, from Olympic champions to the children in the country. Found out more at http://www.bbc.co.uk/sport/0/swimming/16529484

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