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Swimming and Diving Updates from the Desk of Matt Gianiodis

April 19, 2007

I apologize for not putting together an update last week. Last week was the signing date, so we were busy trying to get a few more Spartans.

One highlight of this past week was our entry in the world cup intramural soccer tournament. Manny put together a squad of 13 and they were unceremoniously eliminated after three hard-fought games. I have included a picture of the team.

This is a big week for our program. We wrap up our official spring training, we have two separate community service events and the week culminates with our annual banquet.

On Friday, we will have many team members and the entire staff assisting in the special Olympic swimming event at Holt High School.

On Saturday, we will have the entire team taking part in the Adopt-A-River project, cleaning up the Grand and Red Cedar rivers.

On Sunday, we will have our awards banquet in the LaSalle Bank Club in Spartan Stadium. We will have 11 new members in the Order of the Golden Spike.

If anyone is planning to attend the spring football game, please try and stop by the pool. We will be working in the morning at the Adopt-A-River project, however, I will be in my office right before the spring game.

Many of you have e-mailed requesting photos of the new locker room. I have been a little delinquent in getting those out but I have included a couple.

Next week, I will have an update of our banquet (with pictures). I know most of you who read this are familiar with the Golden Spike, so a treat for this week:

Hang it up, Hang it up -Jack Seibold

The thrills of victory, the tears of defeat, The sights and sounds of a swimming meet. This is the heritage of a contest we love, Struggling swimmers in water, twisting divers above. Yet for each competitor the time must come, When memoirs are woven from ribbons he's won.

`tis time Old Veteran, Hang it up, hang it up.

The workouts are tedious, it's no longer fun, Once easy victories have become hard won. Tired you are of stroking and kicking, Tired you are of taking a licking. You've had your fill of distance and dashes, And most of all hearing about teenage flashes.

Tis time Old Veteran, Hang it up, hang it up.

Or' a year long season boredom is assured, As monotonous daily workouts go undisturbed. Your limbs are fatigued, your senses rebel, As you mentally prepare for that final farewell. Ah...those glorious moments are melting away, As more you recall yesterday.

Tis time Old Veteran, Hang it up, hang it up.

So with tumult still ringing in your ears, In retrospect you look back in years. A question prevails that one must submit, Was dedication to swimming really all worth it? Yes ...yesthe answer echoes back as if in a plan, Suddenly you realize swimming's made you a man.

Good luck, Old Veteran, Hang it up, hang it up.

God bless the campus at Virginia Tech,

Matt Gianiodis



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