Meet the Nashville Dolphins. We can and should be doing this in Pittsburgh too.
Meet the Nashville Dolphins. We can and should be doing this in Pittsburgh too.
Gentleman was a football running back. His body was missing for a few days, despite multiple searches.
Searchers Sunday morning found the body of a Connellsville man who had been missing since Tuesday in South Huntingdon and was presumed drowned.
The body of Dylan Knopsnider, 21, was pulled from the waters of Jacobs Creek at about 9:30 a.m. Sunday, according to state police Tpr. Robert Broadwater of the Uniontown barracks. He said Knopsnider’s body surfaced in the middle of the creek about 50 yards from where he entered the water Tuesday evening in a popular but remote swimming hole about two miles downstream from the Chaintown Road bridge.
Dive teams, firefighters and cadaver dogs from multiple counties had been searching the area fruitlessly for signs of Knopsnider since Tuesday. Broadwater said officials believe heavy rainfall may have helped bring the body to the surface. Firefighters from Dawson and a Murrysville dive team were involved in the search Sunday, according to a Fayette County 911 supervisor.
Jacobs Creek is at the border of Westmoreland and Fayette counties, and the Fayette County Coroner’s office was available to identify and take charge of the body, Broadwater said.
An autopsy is planned.
It is believed Knopsnider lost his footing and hit his head on a rock as he jumped into water about 10 to 15 feet deep downstream of a waterfall, police said. The creek was swollen by a storm earlier Tuesday, creating a fast current.
Trooper Adam Janosko said one of Knopsnider’s friends told police he jumped in the water in an attempt to rescue Knopsnider but could not reach him.
A Connellsville Area High School graduate, Knopsnider was a running back and strong safety for the school’s football team from 2012 to 2014.
Can’t wait to watch this about those crazy Brits.
Head to Renegades.4rs.org.
For the first time in decades, the tournament was co-hosted by the Masters water polo team. And, the Pittsburgh masters fielded two squads, Renegades 1 and Renegades 2.
CMU was to host a water polo tournament, April 7 and 8, 2018. Instead, it is was jointly hosted at Chartiers Valley High School swim pool by Pittsburgh Masters (also known as Renegades) and Tiger Water Polo of North Allegheny. Well done everyone. Tiger had great help at the table with scoreboard operators and results. The on-deck officials were great. The teams came to play and they all got lots of action.
|Sat, Apr 7th|
|Time||Dark Caps||White Caps|
|4pm||Renegades 2||Presidents (W&J Alum)|
|7pm||GW||Presidents (W&J Alum)|
|Sun, Apr 8th|
|Time||Dark Caps||White Caps|
|10am||Salem||Presidents (W&J Alum)|
|2pm||Renegades 2||Renegades 1|
Please sign up to volunteer for the tournament, such as running the clock / scoreboard. Follow the event details on Facebook.
Coach Mark traveled to Napa, California, and gave a one-hour talk to swim coaches and the audio, slides and associated videos, are published. See Thinking again about aquatic game play.
Hometown hero holds the ball and gets the center position of the photo (see below) taken after at Tuesday evening practice at South Park High School. He is a lap swimmer at South Park on the other days, but stepped up and joined into the water polo practice and scrimmage on the first night. Also present in the photo is Christopher, the head coach of the South Park High School varsity and club swim teams. He is second from left in the photo. He had not played water polo with the Pittsburgh Masters and we were most happy to get the program off to a good start this fall.
Others at the practice include some players from CMU, new and veteran.
Missing from the photo, high school players. Where are the high school swimmers. Triathletes too! Get in some fun water time at this time of the year.
Practices are slated for Tuesday nights, 8 to 9:30 pm, at South Park High School pool. Just show up. Directions: 2005 Eagle Ridge dr, South Park PA, 15129. When you enter the high school campus, drive around the buildings to the back entrance (#17). The pool is along the first hallway on your left. Enter through the office to get to locker rooms.
Teams from the eastern states, Canada and Erie often come to play water polo in Pittsburgh.
Olympians and champions from Europe, Serbia and Team USA come to Pittsburgh for clinics.
Most of the die-hard water polo players on the Pittsburgh Masters Water Polo squad have played the sport in college and have continued, off and on, to play in the decades that follow. But, many have not. Some just came to the sport later in life as they look for a team sport that is physical, fun and easier on the body than the land sports.
Throughout the academic year, the Pittsburgh Masters are often invited to play practices and games with the men’s team at CMU. Playing once a week, often on Tuesday nights, 9 to 11 pm, has been the norm in recent years. But, check the calendar.
Pool is located near the gym on the south side of the school that is closest to the stadium and not near from the auditorium. Drive into the front entry, turn left, drive along the front of the school then park in the side lot. More parking by the tennis courts too. Entry to sports events at the side of the school is okay.
In a rip tide, really a rip current, the swimmer is pulled out to sea. First of all, while in the current, you don’t know it. You might be with a friend and giving attention there, and then you glance to the shore line, perhaps just 20 or 30 yards away about 10-seconds ago, and it is going farther and farther away.
Rip tides are hard to spot and notice when you are in them. And, they are not easy to see when standing on the beach. Rookies to the beach are oblivious. It is good to have some understanding of them as they are dangerous and not well understood.
I am a swim coach and a very good swimmer. However, I’m no match for the pull of a rip tide or the rip current.
Often, when the situation is noticed, the rookie swimmer who is caught in that situation tries to save himself by getting out of the water and heading straight onto the land at the beach. Good goal, but it isn’t smart to go straight against the the power of the rip current. The current is too strong, often.
You might be lucky in that it could be a small current or you might be just to its edge. You might be able to stand on the bottom too. And, rip tides loosen their grip, eventually.
What you do not want to do is swim yourself to exhaustion. Getting into oxygen debt and sprinting might be good for about 20-seconds. Some might go 40-seconds. But then if you are totally spent physically and are no closer to the beach, your chances of survival are greatly diminished.
The other thing that kills is PANIC. Stay calm. Going nuts out in the water is going to tighten your muscles, compromise your breathing, speed your heart rate and present a faster ticket to your death.
With good fortune, you’re at a beach that is guarded with professional lifeguards who are not already occupied with pulling other tourist out of another rip current. If the lifeguards can be notified — GREAT.
Where are your friends and family. I hope that the supervision is in effect and perhaps they’re summoning a lifeguard, PRONTO. You might be surrounded with your friends and family and all of you in dire straights. Hope that’s not the case.
I know of two brothers in their 20s who were both sweapt out in a rip current on their last day of vacation in Costa Rica. An hour later, the one guy made it back to shore and the other’s body was found a few days later. This ordeal might take many minutes to unfold. They got separated in the first moments of knowing what was unfolding. That’s so sad.
Can you stay together? Look out for each other. Calm one another. Take turns waving, shouting, resting.
The wise move is to swim out of the current. Are the waves breaking differently to the one side or the other? Swim parallel to the shore, generally, so that you are not going directly against the current, but rather with it slightly and then to the side.
After you get out of the current, swimming back to safety is going to be easy.
FLOAT. Take gentle strokes. To swim, you’ll need to get to the top of the water with your legs and hips, floating more like a boat and not being vertical like a building. Boats float. Buildings sink. Boats and swimmers that look like tall buildings sink. Get flat and horizontal. Let your head stay low. Bring your feet up.
It is okay to swim three, four or five strokes on your front and then roll over to your back and take breaths, keep a gentle kick, watch out for the next waves and rest with the head back, chest, belly and legs up near the surface. Then when ready, flip back to the front and take some additional strokes.
Another great tip that more people need to follow: WEAR FINS in the open water. Surf rescue lifeguards, Coast Guard Swimmers, NAVY Seals and others who work in the water wear FINS. Recreational swimmers, body surfers and even those learning to competitive swim should be with FINS on while in the water. Our feet with fins are far more effective and efficient. Take your fins with you on vacation and wear them when on the beach and in the water. With fins, you’ll be able to kick with some power and speed in a sideways direction and get out of the rip.
Here is an example of what we did at Ohio University back in the day.
What beaches have you visited? What pointers to beach behavior can you share?
A one-page written test of three questions was given to the audience at the outset of a presentation at a coaches clinic. Question one and two was for name and email. The the third question, fill in the blank, was the title of your favorite game that you played with your swimmers. The various answers obtained are posted below.
The full presentation with an audio file is posted on another page.
Comments welcome at the end of the page.
Coach’s name, the name of the game
Meghan McCarthy, KING OF THE HILL
Nicholas Loporio, Relays with off pulling and kicking (i.e. fly pull with breast kicking)
Amber Toland, Solitare
Liza Saunders, Funtimes
Doug Djang, Swimming (BR)
Jud Shutts, Quick ly FAST
Anne Vargas, Guess and Go
Marcia Benjamin, Trivia contests
Stefanie Gernert, What time is it Mr. Shark?
Andria Moitoza, Rabbits, Rats, Racoons
Ricky Hegner, Big Ball
Cody Kelly, Sharks and Minnows
Julie Hardt, Ultimate Frisbee
Erik Wood, Jungle Ball
Brian Shepherd, Shark & Minnows
Kim Corgait, Catch the Rabbit
Matt Moon, Rat, Robbit, Racoon
Eli Hamm, Chariots of Fire
Jonathan Riley, Dice Roll
E. Ito, Swimming is Awesome
Tom Dowky, Bean
Charles Sommer, ?
Suzie Dods, Roll the Dice
Matt Crawford, Murder Ball
Andy Maryatt, Crazy 8s
Andrew Savine, Rat, Rabbit, Racoon
Allison Hoppe, What time is it Mr. Shark?
Elizabeth Rodgers, Snow
Lucas Salles-Cunha, ?
Anthony Koo, 4 corners
Buffy Patterson, Fin Game
Jenny Nowatzke, Jump or Dive
Cesar Valera, Freeze Tag
Laura Lee, Maze
Janet Gutierrez, Dryland + 500 “In” & “Out”
Ryan Garcia, Sharks and Minnows
Spencer Pollard, Shark & Minnows
David Majekawa, Caterpillar
Melissa West, Who’s Feeling Lucky (a 3 dice game to determine next set)
Kevin Chester, Bob for Apples Relays
Genna Roan, Finianapolis
Noa Kregler Allen, Musical kickboards
Kelsey Bonzell, Goggle Toss
Lehla Irwin, Steal the Kickboard (or noodle, bouy, dive rings, etc.)
Bonus game: Equipment massacre
This slide is from a future presentation in Seattle to Washington Recreation and Parks Association meeting.
Ashley Garrettson suggested: Honest, responsible, prevention, necessary
Kristy Snider suggested: Device-free, lifeguard, life-skill, life jacket, conscientious.
I asked, how about Unplugged?
Kristy Snider replied, That would work. So many parents don’t watch because of their cell phones glued to their hands.