Swim Adventures

One of my high school friends who swam with me wrote the article below for the New York Times. He is a person that broke his leg playing football and came into swimming late in his high school life. Changed a lot and grew much thru swimming. The cool thing is that after years later he still has a passion for swimming. He still gets in the pool and better yet he has swam in some crazy places. Check out his article on swim vacations. I don’t know about all of you, but I would certainly be up for one of these with my family someday. It’s so tempting and encouraging and you don’t have to be the best swimmer to do it, just gotta love life and be able to swim to enjoy one of these swim vacations. Hope you become engaged as I did in the read.


See you at the Top!

BDA- PSU Final Day

“It’s not a matter of can or cannot, it’s a matter of will or will not, everything is a choice, choose wisely.”

100 Freestyles
Abby Bowen dropped her time to a 1:01.36. Haley Thier grabbed a best with a 57.60. James Stanco cracked the 1:00 barrier for the first time going a 59.44. Victoria Wrobleski hit a BDA best of 1:03.06. Audrey Campo nailed a fast 53.35 LTB in a strong swim for herself.

Be not afraid of greatness: some are born great, some achieve greatness, and some have greatness thrust upon them.
– William Shakespeare

100 Breaststroke
Abby Bowen found a best 25 in 17.88. Bailey Babarsky hit for a triple best in her swim with a 15.36, 33.90, 110.88.

“Miracles are a retelling, in small letters, of the very same story, which is written across the whole world in letters too large for some of us to see.”
C.S. Lewis

200 Backstroke
Audrey Campo cut almost a second off her Backstroke posting a 2:17.30, while Bailey Babarsky chipped off a little from her previous to a 2:21.84

“Imagination gives you the picture. Vision gives you the impulse to make the picture your own.”
Robert Collier

100 Fly
Abby Bowen cracked 1:16 going a new best of 1:15.49. Haley Thier batted for a triple with a 13.25, 28.71, 1:02.72 in her Butterfly which was the swim of the session. James Stanco flew to a new best cracking the 1:10 barrier and went into the land of the unknown with a great 1:07.79 LTB.

“It’s your unlimited power to care and to love that can make the biggest difference in the quality of your life.”
Anthony Robbins

500 Freestyles

Abby Bowen clipped a half of second off her best going a 6:02.12. Haley Thier dropped 5 seconds to a 5:43.35. James Stanco knocked off 2 seconds going a 6:05.21. Bailey Babarsky hit her Senior cut with a 5:25.89 BDA best.

One who understands much displays a greater simplicity of character than one who understands little.
– Alexander Chase

Natalie’s Sunday Afternoon Smiles in Happy Valley

Natalie’s Sunday Afternoon Smiles


Natalie “riding the big cat” Colarossi lengthened up her strokes and nailed her flip turn, finishing just off her best 50. In her 100 back, Natalie PHASED her way to a dazzling 2 second drop with some more awesome flip turns and longer strokes (1:52.42). Natalie then Power punched her way to a double best in her 50 breast, with some new and improved technique (27.34)(105.91). She then took on her 200 free where she showed some more improved long stroke techniques and banana powered her way close to her best. In her final event of the day, Natalie led the way with a strong butterfly leg going out, and finished just off her best time. Natalie’s 100 backstroke earned SWIM OF THE SESSION with her 2 second drop and outstanding start. Natalie earned SWIMMER OF THE SESSION with some great improvements in her technique, strokes, and flip turns, along with her awesome positive attitude.

Natalie’s Afternoon Shining Swims

Natalie Colarossi started out her session close to her best 100 free with some longer strokes. Natalie “freshwater fish” Colarossi tackled the chlorine water to drop her best 50 back and earn a 51.18. Natalie then took on her 100 breast, where her time was up a little, but completed the event legally for the first time. In Natalie’s 50 fly, she fruit punched her way to a 3 second drop in her 25 (22.59), and another 2 second drop, cracking the 1:00 barrier in her 50 (58.09). For the final swim of the session, and the best SWIM OF THE SESSION, Natalie smiley Colarossi took on the 200 IM, where she dropped over 2 more seconds from her newly bested 50 fly (55.80), and clobbered her best 200 IM by 12 seconds with a new best time of 419.95. Natalie earned herself SWIMMER OF THE SESSION for her great improvements. She also made some great strides in her flip turns and walls in this session! Way to go Natalie!