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Previous Trivia Questions
July 12, 2015
Question: Who is the only swimmer ever, male or female, to hold American records in every stroke?
Answer: Tracy Caulkins
Winner: Sydney Atkins (UN) NAAC
June 12, 2015
Question: The name "Rio de Janeiro" is Portuguese, what does it mean?
Answer: River of January
Winner: Lance Rombro
May 12, 2015
Question:What is my name? I am the Olympic Games mascot, a mixture of all the Brazilian animals. I was born out of the explosion of joy that happened when they announced that Rio would host the Olympic Games, on 2 October 2009.
Winner: Nicole Appiani, ASC
March 29, 2015
Question: Martin Strel is a 60 year old Slovenian long-distance swimmer, best known for swimming the entire length of various rivers. Strel holds successive Guinness World Records for swimming the Danube river, the Mississippi River, the Yangtze River, and the Amazon River. What is his motto?
Answer: "swimming for peace, friendship and clean waters."
Winner: Matthew Arter
March 22, 2015
Question: Elephants can swim 20 miles using their trunks as a ________.
Question: There is a style of Xtreme surfing, in areas of Hawaii and South Africa, where the surfer, in order to ride a 30- 40 ft wave, does not paddle out to the wave - instead they are taken right into the wave by Jetski..what is this style of surfing called?
Answer: Tow-In Surfing
Winner: Nathaniel Brewer, RAC
March 8, 2015
Question:President Obama's White House Communications Director, Jen Psaki swam backstroke for the 2nd oldest College in the United States. Located in Virgina, what is the name of the College that she swam for?
Answer: The College of William and Mary
Winner: Emily, Kopp, ACA
March 1, 2015
Question:The Songhua River in China holds an annual swim meet - what is the pool made of?
Winner: Zuilda Nwaeze, CAA
February 12, 2015
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?
Winner: Isabelle Erb, GTAC
Question: Benjamin Franklin was an avid swimmer from a very young age. Throughout his life he consistently promoted its healthful benefits. At the ripe old age of 11 he invented a pair of swim fins. What was the obvious major difference between the fins he invented and the ones you use today in practice?
Answer: There are actually 2 correct answers: They were made out of wood and they were for his hands. He called them "Fins" but they were more like the modern era "hand paddles"
Winner: Averey Johnson, MAC
December 12, 2014
An instructor said, “You are going to love this. Drown-proofing is one of my favorites. Sink or swim, sweet peas.”I tied my feet together, and my swim partner tied my hands behind my back.“When I give the command, the bound men will hop into the deep end of the pool,” Instructor Stoneclam said. “You must bob up and down 20 times, float for five minutes, swim to the shallow end of the pool, turn around without touching the bottom, swim back to the deep end, do a forward and backward somersault underwater, and retrieve a face mask from the bottom of the pool with your teeth.”The hardest part for me was swimming the length of the pool and back with my feet tied together and hands tied behind my back. I had to flip around like a dolphin."
November 12, 2014
Question: Olympians in our midst! Frederik Hviid, MAC coach, represented Spain in the 1996 and 2000 Olympics in the 1500 Free. Emad Elshafei, CAA Official, represented Egypt in the 1984 Olympics in the 100 Back, the 200 Back and the 200 IM. What cities were the 1984, 1996 and 2000 Olympics held in?
Question: On the walls of Swimmer's Cave, Stone Age people, 10,000 years ago, can be seen swimming what stroke? (What is the oldest swimming stroke?
Question:The Pan Pacific Swimming Championships are held every 4 years and are considered one of the fastest meets in the world, behind the Olympics. This year the meet is in Australia in late August. The Head Coach for the USA Team is Bob Bowman of NBAC, and NBAC has 6 of the 60 team members. What four countries are the Charter Members of the Pan Pac Championships?
Answer: USA, Canada, Australia and Japan
Winner: Caroline Hill, BAAC
August 12, 2014
Question: The introduction of goggles to competitive swimming in the late 1960's is widely regarded as one of the greatest transformational technological advances in the history of the sport. Prior to their introduction, the amount of time swimmers could spend training or swimming distances, was limited by the harmful effects of chlorine and salt water on the eyes. Who was the first swimmer to wear goggles in International pool competition, and what country was he from?
Answer: David Wilkie, Sri Lanka, Scotland or England
Winner: Emily XU, EST
July 12, 2014
What is the distance of the USA Swimming National Open Water Championship Race?
The Backstroke, or back crawl, is often referred to as "the ____________ ____________ freestyle"(fill in the blanks)
2 Part Answer! Chase Kalisz from NBAC and the University of Georgia, just broke American, US Open and NCAA Records at the 2014 Men's NCAA Championships - Who held the American Record and what event did Chase break those records in?
Winner: Tess Becket, NBAC
Question: Who was the first woman in the world to go under a minute in the 100 LCM Backstroke?
Answer: Natalie Coughlin
Winner #1 - Matthew McGoey, EST
Question:The USNA Pool is used to host the MD Swimming SC Championship Meet each year. Each midshipman must jump off the 3-meter high dive, in uniform, in order to graduate. All midshipmen must also complete an endurance swim, also in uniform. What is the name of the Pool and what branch of service was the person in, that the pool is named for?
Answer: Lt. General John Archer Lejeune, Commandant Marine Corps
Winner: Will Stocksdale, LBAJanuary 12, 2014
QUESTION: Who is this man with Michael Phelps and why is he famous?
Answer: Pele, Considered to be the world's greatest soccer player ever.
Winner: Tom Hiebler, MAS
December 12, 2013
Question: In 1922, this man became the first person to swim the 100 m in less than a minute, using a six kicks per cycle Australian crawl. He started the golden age of swimming, winning five Olympic medals and 36 national championships and never losing a race in his ten-year career, until he retired from swimming and started his second career starring as Tarzan in film. His record of 51 seconds in 100-yard freestyle stood for over 17 years. Who was this man?
Answer: Johnny Weissmuller
Winner: Emily Carella, NAAC
November 12, 2013
Question: Michael Phelps holds the most Individual Maryland State Records, who holds the second most?
Answer: Katie Hoff
Winner: Anna Mason, NBAC
October 12, 2013
Question: What is the name of the 64 year old female Open Water Distance Swimmer who just swam the 110 treacherous miles across the Gulf of Mexico between Cuba and Florida? She was the first person to do so without a protective shark cage or swim fins.
Answer: Diana Nyad
Winner: John Fitzsimmons, CAA
September 12, 2013
Question Annapolis became the capital of Maryland in 1695 - and hosts the Short Course MD Swimming State Championship Meet every year. The city that hosts the MD Swimming Long Course Championship Meet every year, was the capital of Maryland before Annapolis. One of the most historic cities in all of North America, what is the name of this city?
Answer: St. Mary's City, MD
Winner: David Costomski, EST
August 8, 2013
Question:: Michael Phelps qualified to swim 8 events at the 2012 Olympics. He scratched the 200 M Freestyle. Yannick Agnell from France, won the 200 M Free Gold at those Olympic Games. Where is Yannick now training, to go for Gold again in Rio 2016?
Winner: Allison Tomsuden (NBAC)
July 12, 2013
Question: In a long course pool, the backstroke flags are hung 5 meters from each end of the pool so that a backstroker knows how many strokes he has left until the wall...What is the purpose of the 15 meter markers?
Answer:A swimmer can no longer be under water from a start or turn after the 15 meter marks.
Winner: Sophia Schulze (NBAC)
June 12, 2013
Question:The FInal 3 cities in the running for the 2020 Olympics are Madrid Spain, Istanbul Turkey and Tokyo Japan. Usaria is the ancient name for Madrid, Edo is the old name for Tokyo, what is the old historic name for Istanbul?
Answer: Constantinople or Byzantium
Winner: Leah Evans, NAAC
May 12, 2013
Question: Who are the 3 Maryland Swimming Coaches, and their teams, that have coached the most number of years?
Answer: Tim Pierce (47), LBA; Nancy Malchak (36), RAC;and Tom HImes (34), NBAC
Winner: Lexi Cucchiaro (RAC)
April 12, 2013
Question: On May 11, 2013, one American will be inducted into the International Swimming Hall of Fame (ISHOF) in Ft. Lauderdale, Florida. His dad was inducted in 1981. Who is this 10 time Olympic Medalist that will be honored in May?
Answer: Gary Hall, Jr.
Winner: Lamce Rombro (NBAC)
March 12, 2013
Question: February is Black History Month. Name the 3 Black Heritage USA Olympic Swimmers at the 2012 Olympic Games?
Answer: Lia Neal, Cullen Jones, Anthony ervin
Winner: Melody Jones (GMAC)
February 12, 2013
Question: A 3 part question: (a) What Club in Maryland has the most swimmers? (b) What club has the most coaches? (c) What club has the most officials?
Answer: Swimmers: CAA Coaches: FAST Officials: NBAC
Winner: Zach Dean (NAAC)
January 12, 2013
Question: The USA Men have won Olympic Gold in the 100M and the 200M Backstroke in every Olympics since 1996. (1996: Rouse & Bridgewater; 2000: Krazelberg won both; 2004: Piersol won both; 2008: Piersol & Lochte) Who won the Men's 100M Backstroke and who won the Men's 200M Backstroke at the 2012 Olympics?
Answer: Tyler Clary and Matt Grevers
Winner: Erin Lillis (MAC)
December 12, 2012
Question:Hawaiian swimming legend Duke (Paoa Kahinu Mokoe Hulikohola) Kahanamoku was a USA Swimming and Water Polo Olympian who medaled 5 times. (He also introduced surfing to the Mainland USA and to Australia). The only other American to qualify for the Olympics in both Swimming and Water Polo is from Maryland and swam at NAAC. That person was inducted into the Maryland Swimming Hall of Fame in 2003. What is his name?
Answer: Bradley Schumacher
Winner: Abbby Furlow (MPSC)
November 12, 2012
Question: The 1956 Olympics were the first Olympics where the Butterfly stroke was swum as its own event. Shelly Mann of the USA won the first woman's gold (100m) and William Yorzyk of the USA won the first men's gold (200m). Who won those same events - Women's 100m Fly and Men's 200m fly, at the 2012 Olympics?
Answer: Dane Vollmer and Chad le Clos
Winner: Caroline Emery (ASC)
October 12, 2012
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