Upcoming Officials Clinics

    Stroke and Turn Clinic

    Thursday, January 29, 2015
    6:oo PM
    Western Sussex Boys and Girls Club
    310 Virginia Ave
    Seaford, De  19973
    Facilitator: Dale Doxtater

    Saturday, January 31, 2015
    Between Sessions
    Walkersville High School
    81 West Frederick Street
    Walkersville, MD
    Facilitator:
    Ed Goundry

    Saturday, February 7, 2015
    12 Noon - ASC Sr. Meet
    The Arundel Olympic Swim Center
    2690 Riva Road
    Annapolis, MD 21401
    Facilitator: John Lee

    Sunday, March 29, 2015
    Between Sessions
    UMBC Aquatic Complex
    1000 Hilltop Circle
    Baltimore, MD
    Room - TBD
    Facilitator:
    Greer Verheyen

    Monday, March 30, 2015
    Columbia Aquatics Office
    9450 Gerwig Lane
    Columbia, MD
    7 PM
    Facilitator: Tom Deboissiere


    Thursday, May 28, 2015
    Columbia Aquatics Office
    9450 Gerwig Lane
    Columbia, MD
    7 PM
    Facilitator: Tom Deboissiere

    STARTER CLINICS

    Sunday, February 1, 2015
    Between Sessions
    Walkersville High School
    81 West Frederick Street
    Walkersville, MD
    Facilitator: Ed Goundry

    Sunday, February 8, 2015
    12 Noon/ ASC Meet

    The Arundel Olympic Swim Center
    2690 Riva Road
    Annapolis, MD 21401
    Facilitator: John Lee

    Tuesday, March 31, 2015
    Columbia Aquatics Office
    9450 Gerwig Lane
    Columbia, MD
    7 PM
    Facilitator: Tom Deboissiere

    Monday, June 8, 2015
    Columbia Aquatics Office
    9450 Gerwig Lane
    Columbia, MD
    7 PM
    Facilitator: Tom Deboissiere


    CHIEF JUDGE CLINICS

    ADMIN OFFICIALS CLINICS

    REFEREE CLINICS

NATIONAL CERTIFICATION

Saturday, June 13, 2015
Between Sessions
Meadowbrook Aquatic Center
5700 Cottonworth Avenue
Baltimore MD
Facilitator: Bob Griffiths, Tampa Florida
Contact:
Betsy Coe

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John J. Higgins

We in Maryland know John Higgins as the Head Swimming Coach at the Naval Academy for 23 years (1950-1973).  Many remember Navy’s upset of Yale in February 1961 breaking Yale’s string of 202 Dual Meet victories over 18 years.   Those who attended National AAU Swimming Meets know him as a National Official for over 40 years.  John Higgins to those who admire the innovators and champions of the sport know John Higgins as one of the great swimmers of his time and historically the first great breaststroke (Butterfly) swimmer of all time.

 

On February 22, 1936, John set a World Breaststroke Record using the Butterfly arm stroke with the frog kick in a time of 1:10.8 for 100 meters.  In the l936 Olympic Trials he established a new American and World Record of 2:44.1 for the 200 meters, a record that stood for 12 years.  His long career with the YMCA and Onleyville (RI) Boys Club, then Ohio State University and finally the US Navy left few to doubt his talents.  He won 11 Nationals while also setting World and American Records in Individual Medley, Butterfly and Breaststroke.  In the l936 Olympic in Berlin he placed fourth in the 200 Breaststroke.  Overall, John Higgins competed at high levels for 21 years.  He broke 10 world and 20 American Records.  He is a member of the Rhode Island Hall of Fame, the Ohio State University Hall of Fame and the International Swimming Hall of Fame.   He is a Past President of the College Swim Coaches Association and the International Swimming Hall of Fame.

Trivia Question

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Any registered MD Swimming swimmer is welcome to play!!!


New Question:
President John F. Kennedy, a backstroker, was on the first Harvard Swim Team to ever defeat their arch rival_____________. What is the name of the Ivy League School he helped beat for the first time?

Swimmers who have answered correctly: Lance Rombro, Ian Corey, Nathaniel Robinson, Jack Keith, Nicole Appiani, Max Klemm


Last Month's Winner: Averey Johnson, MAC

Last Month's Answer: There were actually 2 correct answers: They were made out of wood and they were for his hands. He called them "Fins" but they were actually more like the modern era "hand paddles".



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Please email your answers to webmaster@mdswim.org by February 12, 2015

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