Monday, July 13, 2015

Lost Irish trophies...

Dublin Swimming Club (Ireland) is trying to locate an old trophy - the Shaw Cup, but not just one Shaw Cup, up to 22 of them!
It would be amazing to gather more of the trophies and there must be some great stories. There must be Shaw Cups of varying sizes and condition in houses across, Dublin, Ireland and indeed elsewhere (almost nationwide to use a pun on Shaws the retailer). Most owners probably have very little sense of their history.
Who was Mr Shaw?
Patrick Shaw. He owned a Military & Merchant Taylor’s at 17A Dawson Street (corner of Molesworth Street. In 1880 he received an order from the Empress of Austria for Coachman Liveries, testament to the quality of the goods he supplied. He wasn’t a committee member of Dublin Swimming Club so we don’t know how he was roped into becoming such a great race
In May 2015 we got our hands on the 1887 trophy – via Malta, Scotland and Facebook. We thought it was the only one. All other old trophies we have (including the oldest swimming trophy in Ireland) are perpetual, i.e. each new annual winner getting it for their year of victory.
The Shaw Cup was competed for the 110 / 109 yards handicap (depending on venue). It turns out Mr Shaw donated a new trophy every year during the years (we think) 1882 - 1905. We have since unearthed the results and times from many, but not all the years. We also have programmes from many of these years.
The first winner was Richard Armstrong in a time of 1:26.2 from scratch, 17 competitors took part and it was held at Cranfield's Baths, Irishtown 23 May1882. The 1887 trophy which we have, was won by WJ Langley at Tara Street Baths on 23 May 1887.
If you have any information about one (or more) of these lost cups, contact

Wednesday, April 1, 2015

U.S. Olympic Committee concerned non-revenue college sports will be cut

If you are a fan of college sports only when you are watching football or men's basketball, you won't likely care about this Yahoo Sports article published today. However, if you are concerned about the future of non-revenue collegiate sports, e.g., swimming & diving and water polo, then you should read the article and become familiar with the challenges facing these NCAA sports. Good to see that USA Swimming plans to take a more active role in promoting college swimming. What do you think can be done to protect and promote the non-revenue Olympic sports at the college level?

Wednesday, February 11, 2015

ISHOF move

International Swimming Hall of Fame gets closer to moving from Fort Lauderdale, FL to Santa Clara, CA.

Thursday, May 8, 2014

Part-time Masters coaching position available

Part-time position needed for Santa Monica Masters swim program for Mondays and Wednesdays 6:30 am to 7:30 am at Santa Monica (CA) Swim Center.

Responsible for coaching Masters swimmers and helping to build Masters program. Must have ability to incorporate different swimmer's abilities and help them feel part of a team. 

Group is interested in improving technique and endurance in an environment that is supportive, encouraging,  and friendly. Coach will be responsible for coordinating and attending Open Water Swims/ once per month, and occasional meets as needed. Pay is hourly.

Please contact Liliana, Swimmer/Owner at

Monday, April 14, 2014

Interesting Commentary on "Last Chance" Meets

Read an interesting analysis from today about the impact of the Last Chance meets on Men's Division I NCAA Championships. Out of 5 approved men’s last chance meets, SwimSwam found 11 swimmers whose only invited swim was a swim done at a Last Chance meet.

Of those 11, SwimSwam reports only a single swimmer wound up scoring at the NCAA Championships, with no impact on team placements. it worth investing all the resources necessary for hosting those meets? The expenses for the teams to stay an extra day at the conference venue? All the stress and uncertainty on the remaining swimmers who still did not qualify? What about the 11 swimmers who were bumped from the meet for the 11 "Last Chance" swimmers who received the invitations instead?

Food for thought. See the full article at

Sunday, February 16, 2014

Retiring Notre Dame Coach Tim Welsh

Notre Dame's Coach Tim Welsh is retiring at the end of this season. Here is a link to a tribute to Coach Welsh by Coach Chuck Warner, in a recent article from his "Lessons from Legends" series on

Monday, January 27, 2014

Original post received via coach Jack Simon

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