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Memo to those in the stands at the PPS swim meet for 4th and 5th graders

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Way to go Swimmers, Coaches and Guardians!

Three cheers for everyone’s participation in the PPS swim meet!

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rom: Coach Mark Rauterkus, Mark@Rauterkus.com, 412-298-3432

December 3, 2019

Swimming is a great way to battle the winter blues – and we would love to see your continued participation in the great sport of swimming!

1. All are invited to more swim instruction and aquatic game-play with SKWIM at these times.

8:30-10:30 am on Saturday, December 7, 2019 at Allegheny School, (across from Aviary)

11:30 to 1 pm on Saturday, December 7, 2019 at Allegheny School, (across from Aviary)

8:30-10:30 am on Saturday, December 14, 2019 at Allegheny School, (across from Aviary)

11:30 to 1 pm on Saturday, December 14, 2019 at Allegheny School, (across from Aviary)

2-4 pm on Sunday, December 8, 2019 at Moon Area High School Pool

8:30-10:30 am on Saturday, December 21, 2019 at Allegheny School, (across from Aviary)

11:30 to 1 pm on Saturday, December 21, 2019 at Allegheny School, (across from Aviary)

2-4 pm on Sunday, December 22, 2019 at Moon Area High School Pool

2. Bonus: Get a free, competitive swimming, lycra suit (while supplies and sizes last) when you attend one of these practices listed above if you call, text or email in advance with your swimmer’s name, gender and estimated suit size (24, 26, 28, 30, 32).

For more details, call, text or email, Mark@Rauterkus.com, 412-298-3432.

In the summers, Coach Mark works at the day camp at The Pittsburgh Project on Pittsburgh’s Northside. Other swim, SKWIM and water polo games are are held frequently at Citiparks Ammon Pool in the Hill District and at Highland Park Pool.

Water polo scholarship

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Ron Gonen, a former athlete from both the University of Massachusetts and Young Athletes of America Water Polo Club, has established a $5,000 scholarship available to water polo athletes aged 14-19 who exhibit leadership or the potential for leadership based on the values of teamwork, sportsmanship and community.

Named in honor of his mother, the purpose of the scholarship is to provide an athlete with limited financial means the opportunity for high level training and instruction. Funds can be used for academic endeavors such as private high school tuition with a water polo team.

 Button below goes to the formal application. The deadline for the application is July 1st, 2019. Send all application material to office@americanwaterpolo.org.

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Escort members wanted for a three month swim in the Pacific

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Try this on for size if you have nothing to do. 


Escort Crew Members Wanted For 3-Month Gyre Swim

Posted: 25 Mar 2019 08:53 PM PDT

Courtesy of Ben LecomteDiscovery GO

Ben Lecomte attempted a transpacific solo stage swim from Choshi, Japan, starting on June 5th with an aim to reach San Francisco, California after 8,721 km, estimated to take them 6 - 8 months. 

Lecomte did not complete The Swim, but they did spend 5 months and 15 days at sea.

Lecomte and his escort team inched their way across 1,523 nautical miles (2,822 km) in the Pacific Ocean as they encountered storms, relentlessly difficult swimming conditions, and countless marine life from whales to hundreds of dolphins. 

While sharks and turtles were also commonplace, but their daily encounters with plastic and marine trash was most shocking. Part of Lecomte's mission was to collect data for 30 scientific institutes, so the crew obtained and stored more than 1,700 plastic samples of flotsam that they encountered in the Pacific. 

Despite The Swim v.1 ended in a DNF, Lecomte and his team are now focused on plastic pollution on The Swim v.2. Lecomte and 10 crew members will head back to the Pacific Ocean this May when he will swim through the Great Pacific Garbage Patch. He reports, "We will focus on dispelling myths surrounding the patch, as well as helping scientists better understand what is accumulating in the gyre. Our production partner Seeker helped with this narrative during our first stage of the ocean crossing, and received more than 1 million YouTube views [see video below]."



"We are now seeking new crazy, fun, passionate and skilled volunteers to help on the next leg of the adventure. We’re looking for new crew members to volunteer on a 3-month swimming and sailing expedition from Hawaii to California. Positions include marine engineers, scientists, sailors, medics, influencers and plastic warriors available from May to September 2019." 

Previous sailing experience is preferred, but not required. Send your CV to join@thelongestswim.com.

To watch a summary of the first attempt, visit here.

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