Omega does first year of Open Water Swimming national event for USA Swimming

Elsewhere , Equipment , Video

Omega, welcome to the open water events in 2019

The finish line is watched with four high-speed cameras, each at 100-frames per second. Then there can be a video review of the exact order of finish. 

Strange that some races have the swimmers going a 10K distance, or even a 5K distance, and have the finish boil down to fractions of a seconds. 

The swimmers travel under the super-structure that looks like a bridge and then they reach upwards, out of the water, and touch the pads to record their finish. 

Other options with AutoCoach

Another option if you don't have all that money to invest into the rental of the Omega equipment, is to deploy an AutoCoach Timing System. The AutoCoach system is used at Cross Country Track Meets, That would capture the time of the race, but there would need to be a timer. More on that to come in the future. 

A four camera security system can also be deployed to watch for the numbers on the swimmers' caps.  

Listen at 12:35 for “Take your marks”

AutoCoach , Elsewhere

Wonder who is using the AutoCoach timing speakers and watch?

An encounter with Australian swimming coach, Ian Pope, and a trip to the Philippines got these swimming trailblazers aware of the equipment from AutoCoach. They have a stopwatch and speaker, 

In AutoCoach's Race Mode, the coach pushes the button and the speaker can sound a long whistle for the swimmers to get on the blocks. Then another push of the watch's button and the commands come from the speaker, "Take Your Marks..." Then a third push of the watch's button delivers the starting signal, a beep that begins the race as well as a flash too. And, of course, the watch is started in its time for the event. When deployed as above, the coach's voice is spared, the watch is synced with the beep, and practice time trials are more like a meet setting.

* Neither Michael Andrews nor his coach have endorsed the AutoCoach stop watch. Rather, they are simply users.

PIAA track logo with word, official

Ellis T&F + Triathlon Spring Break Practice Planning Survey


Before spring break schedule:
  • Wednesday, March 13, 2019 = off. No practice.
  • Thursday = time trials at the track for 100, 200, 400 and then speed work.
  • Friday = back to track for practice, even if it is raining.
  • Saturday = swimming option, 11:30 to 1 pm at Northside's Allegheny Middle School

Thanks for filling out the following form!

Spring Break Practices

Check the dates as to when are you expecting to be able to attend team practices?

Some practices, perhaps from 4 to 6 pm on Mondays and Wednesdays, would be at The Ellis School.
Some practices, perhaps from 4 to 6 pm on Tuesdays and Thursdays, would be at Schenley Park Oval / Track.
Some Saturday practices would be from 11:30 to 1 pm on the Northside at the swim pool at Allegheny Middle School on Arch Street, across the street from the Aviary.

If things change, you can fill out a new form and change your reply / status.
Russ Diamond and Mark Rauterkus at an event in Pittsburgh's South Side

Does anybody really know what time it is? Does anybody really care? Russ Diamond does, thankfully

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Source: Russ Diamond on Facebook

Clock Changing

1. Most seem to hate the actual clock-changing and its disruptive negative impact, which represents the crux of the bill introduced by Russ Diamond to the PA House.

2. A fair share of folks seem to want permanent DST (Daylight Savings Time) instead of Standard Time.

3. Permanent DST requires congressional approval. Since Marco Rubio couldn't engineer that on behalf of Florida last year, in 2018, I seriously doubt US Senator, Bob Casey, D, has the clout to manage it for PA. Permanent Standard Time requires no congressional approval. None want to go begging to Congress in DC. Have you seen Congress lately?

4. For those lobbying for permanent DST, one doubts that love affair actually exists on those hot muggy days in June, July and August. Most will choose to be indoors in the air-conditioning watching Netflix rather than running around getting all sweaty catching butterflies or whatever until 10 pm. Just a hunch.

5. Permanent DST also means mornings would be one hour darker in winter. That solution causes a worry about kids and commuters heading off to school and work in greater darkness.

Russ Diamond on the South Side

Russ Diamond on the South Side

Russ Diamond, PA House

Russ Diamond, PA House

A busy night as workers move the stones at Stone Henge.

A busy night indeed.

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