Swimming http://nwpr.org en School Brings Back Swim Requirement After Pool Tragedy http://nwpr.org/post/school-brings-back-swim-requirement-after-pool-tragedy <a href="http://cpa.ds.npr.org/northwestnews/audio/2013/07/052013JR_SwimRequirement_web.mp3" class="asset-audio"></a><p>A tragedy in Wenatchee, Wash., is prompting educators there to bring back a high school aquatics program. Starting this fall, high school freshmen in the central Washington city will have to demonstrate they know how to swim.<p>Formal swimming lessons in Wenatchee had gone by the wayside, as is frequently the case lately in public schools. Tue, 21 May 2013 00:51:56 +0000 Jessica Robinson 27865 at http://nwpr.org School Brings Back Swim Requirement After Pool Tragedy What A Drag http://nwpr.org/post/what-drag <p>I swim laps at noon several times a week. I enjoy the water, and the gentle exercise is good for my aging joints.</p><p>Like other old ladies in the pool, I&rsquo;m no speed demon. Even a bucketful of performance enhancing drugs would not make me slice through the water quickly. But like all the lap swimmers I know, slow or fast, I take an interest in Michael Phelps and the other American swimmers soon to compete in London in the 2012 Summer Olympics.</p> Fri, 27 Jul 2012 23:26:22 +0000 Dr. Kirsten Peters 12374 at http://nwpr.org What A Drag At 69, Northwest Swimmer Says You’re Never Too Old For Gold http://nwpr.org/post/69-northwest-swimmer-says-you-re-never-too-old-gold <p>Sometimes life hands you disappointment and humiliation. That happened to Suzie Aldrich in a swim meet in college. The Walla Walla native didn&rsquo;t swim again for nearly 50 years. But in retirement the pool called her back for a re-do. And the results were astonishing.</p><p>&ldquo;They say to invest in gold and I try to do my best,&quot; says Suzie Aldrich with a laugh.</p><p>&quot;These are all gold medals. I&rsquo;m Suzie Aldrich and I&rsquo;m 69 years old. I&rsquo;m from Walla Walla, Washington and I&rsquo;m the Eastern Washington, Washington State, Alaska international record holder in backstroke. I&rsquo;ll see ya at the other end.&quot; Sat, 26 May 2012 00:05:10 +0000 Anna King 8958 at http://nwpr.org At 69, Northwest Swimmer Says You’re Never Too Old For Gold