Wednesday, September 28, 2016

Tuesday, September 27, 2016

Hungary set for new league season






A new race for the national water polo championship in Hungary will get underway on Tuesday already. In perhaps the strongest professional league there is this season it will be Szolnok who has the daunting task of defending its championship from last season. But with a staggering number of transfers made this past summer, changes have been made in the field of competitors. First up, however, will be the initial group stage phase, as we know it from last season, where the teams will play the first half of the season (from September 27 to February 22, 2017). Then two more rounds robin will follow before the top 4 teams will play for the championship in the final play-offs stages. The top three finishers will participate in next year’s water polo Champions League while the number 4 is to play Euro Cup in the 2017-2018 edition, only to be joined by the 5th place side if one of the Champions League qualified teams wins the national water polo cup.
Looking to the teams’ rosters, and changes (see below) will quickly tell the story of a busy summer in Hungary. The favourites are still the well-known names but especially FTC is now in the picture after some bold moves. With the addition of veteran Norbert Madaras, Hungary ex-captain Daniel Varga, Olympic champion Stefan Mitrovic and Spain international Balazs Sziranyi the team not only compensated for the absence of the Australian duo of Aidan Roach and Joel Swift, who returned back home but significantly strengthened their roster now to be considered a real championship contender.
It will mean reigning champions Szolnok will not only have ZF-Eger as fellow competitor but also FTC and OSC, who finished 3rd last season but bolstered their centre-forward position by signing Olympic champion Slobodan Nikic, Lukas Seman and talented left-hander Gergö Zalanki. On defence, the absence of Adam Decker (to Eger) and Kevin Graham (returned to Canada) could be felt but in attack, OSC will look different from last season. And it was at the center position where the early absence of Australia big Joe Kayes was felt last year. Now with a talented leftie, who showed his ability at the recent 2016 Olympics, and a powerful and experienced tandem of Nikic and Seman, OSC might really test the defence of both Eger and Szolnok, but only the latter this first half of the season, in group A. And the reigning champions? They did not remain quiet. Losing goalie Attila Decker, Norbert Madaras, Daniel Varga and Stefan Mitrovic was simply bad news but on the other end some great signings were made as French left-hander Ugo Crousillat was welcomed, along with Olympic champion, driver Andrija Prlainovic who is to form a lethal tandem on the left side together with Denes Varga, who will play without his brother Daniel for the first time in their career.
The group of outsiders will also be close again. Here Szeged and Honvéd are likely to be joined by Miskolc who showed signs by advancing to the national cup quarterfinals last weekend playing with an almost new team compared to last year. American Alex Bowen already proved to be a real addition on the offensive end while Montenegro international Sasa Misic will bring his experience to the centre-forward position. But no less than 8 more players were contracted to fill the gap of 7 players leaving, including Aleksandar Njegovan (to Vasas) and Marko Petkovic (to Jadran Herceg Novi).
Other busy sides on the transfer market were Tatabánya and Szentes, although it remains to be seen how much they will be able to threat the expected outsiders Szeged, Honvéd and perhaps Miskolc.
Hungarian water polo league E.ON ob I. transfers
Group B
ZF-EGER
Additions: Decker Ádám (OSC), Kovács Gergő (Honvéd)
Left: Biros Péter (retired), Csoma Kristóf (Miskolc), Szivós Márton (Honvéd), Zalánki Gergő (OSC)
Head coach: Dabrowski Norbert.
FTC-PQS WATERPOLO
Additions: Madaras Norbert, Varga Dániel (both Szolnok), Stefan Mitrovic (Serbian, Szolnok), Szirányi Balázs (CN Atletic-Barceloneta – Spain)
Left: Kolozsi Marcell (Pécs), Marnitz Gergő (Vasas), Aidan Roach, Joel Swift (Australia)
Head coach: Varga Zsolt.
BVSC-ZUGLÓ
Additions: Várnai Kristóf (Vasas)
Left: Nagy Sándor (retired), Rábavölgyi Zsombor (Tatabánya, on loan), Várhegyi Dániel (Honvéd)
Head coach: Märcz Tamás.
RACIONET-HONVÉD
Additions: Decker Attila (Szolnok), Gyárfás Tamás (Vasas), Irmes Pál (FTC), Szivós Márton (Eger), Várhegyi Dániel (BVSC), Duvnjak Starcevic-Bornja (Pécs)
Left: György Dávid (Szentes), Illés Sándor (Szeged), Kardos Gergely (Szolnok), Kovács Gergő (Eger)
Head coach: Vad Lajos.
PANNERGY-MISKOLCI VLC
Additions: Alex Bowen (American), Csoma Kristóf (Eger), Halek Márton, Kincses Attila (both Debrecen), Kósik Soma (Pécs), Lukács Ábel, Lukác Dorián (both Szentes), Sasa Misic (Montenegrin, Kinef Kirishi – Russia), Miklós Levente (KSI), Vadovics Viktor (UVSE)
Left: Bendes Viktor (Egypte), Madaras Markó, Valics Bence (both to USA), Aleksandar Njegovan (Serbian, Vasas), Marko Petkovic (Serbian, Jadran Herceg Novi – Montenegro), Somlai Tamás (Debrecen), Takács János (Szentes)
Head coach: Sike József
KAPOSVÁRI VK
Additions: Hegedűs Bence (Szentes), Pataki Gergely (Debrecen), Tóth Kristóf (UVSE), Varga II Zsolt (Szeged)
Left: Albert Barnabás (Szentes), Nikola Nikolov (szerb), Mihajlo Parezanovic (Serbian)
Head coach: Szécsi Zoltán.
UVSE
Addition: Major Martin
Left: Kiss Kristóf Szeif (Szentes), Szatmári Kristóf (Szolnok), Vadovic Viktor (Miskolc)
Head coach: Németh Zsolt.
TATABÁNYA
Additions: Hoppál Gergely (Debrecen), Jászberényi Gábor (Montpellier – France), Martin Kolarik (Slovakian, Sportul Corona Bucuresti – Romania), Borisz Popovic (Serbian, Red Star Belgrade – Serbia), Rábavölgyi Zsombor (BVSC – on loan for 1 year), Szabó Botond (Heliopolis – Egypte), Srdjan Vuksanovic (Serbian, Dinamo Astrakhan – Russia)
Left: Császár György, Kiss Szabolcs (to become youth coach), Práczky Károly, Tatár Roland, Stefan Zivojnovic (Serbian, Galatasaray – Turkey)
Head coach: Zantleitner Tamás.
Round 1 programme
Tuesday, September 27:
FTC PQS Waterpolo vs. UVSE – 19.00
BVSC-Zugló vs. Kaposvári VK – 20.30
RacioNet-Honvéd vs. Pannergy-Miskolci VLC
Wednesday, September 28:
ZF-Eger vs. EBP Tatabánya – 19.00
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E.ON ob I. Group A
SZOLNOKI DÓZSA-KÖZGÉP
Additions: Ugo Crousillat (French, CN Marseille – France), Kardos Gergely (Honvéd), Andrija Prlainovic (Serbian, Pro Recco – Italy), Szatmári Kristóf (UVSE)
Left: Decker Attila (Honvéd), Józsa Ottó (Pécs) Madaras Norbert, Varga Dániel (mindkettő FTC), Stefan Mitrovic (Serbian, FTC)
Head coach: Cseh Sándor.
A-HÍD-OSC-ÚJBUDA
Additions: Slobodan Nikic (Serbian, Galatasaray – Turkey), Lukas Seman (Slovakian, Szeged), Zalánki Gergő (Eger)
Left: Decker Ádám (Eger), Kevin Graham (Canada)
Head coach: Vincze Balázs.
CONTITECH-SZEGED-DIAPOLO
Additions: Ivan Basara (Serbian, Pécs), Illés Sándor (Honvéd), Molnár Dávid (France), Nagy Márton (Szentes), Milos Vukicevic (Serbian, Australia)
Left: Aljosa Kunac (Croatian, retired), Lukas Seman (Slovakian, OSC), Varga II Zsolt (Kaposvár)
Head coach: Varga Péter.
VASASPLAKET
Additions: Babay Árpád (Debrecen), Jesse Koopman (Dutch, CN Sabadell – Spain), Marnitz Gergely (FTC), Alekszander Njegovan (Serbian, Miskolc)
Left: Adria Delgado (Brazilian, Digi-Oradea – Romania), Gyárfás Tamás (Honvéd), Jovan Saric (Montenegro), Várnai Kristóf (BVSC)
Head coach: Földi László.
DEBRECENI VSE
Additions: Lukas Durik (Slovakian, Sant Adreu – Spain), Somlai Tamás (Miskolc), Tomasso Bussilachi (Italian, Como – Italy), Tóth Péter (Pécs)
Left: Halek Márton, Kincses Attila (both Miskolc), Hoppál Gergely (Tatabánya), Pataki Gergely (Kaposvár)
Head coach: Komlósi Péter.
METALCOM-SZENTES
Additions: György Dávid (Honvéd), Kiss Kristóf Szeif (UVSE), Sebastiaan van Mill, Lars Reuten (Dutch, Rubi – Spain), Takács János (Miskolc)
Left: Hegedűs Bence (Kaposvár), Lukács Ábel, Lukács Dorián (Miskolc), Nagy Márton (Szeged), Weszelovszky László, Igor Lazovic, Radovan Latinovic, Luka Sekulic
Head coach: Pellei Csaba.
PVSK-MECSEK FÜSZÉRT
Additions: Drasko Gogov (Serbian, Partizan Belgrade), Józsa Ottó (Szolnok), Kolozsi Marcell (FTC), Safrankó Donát.
Left: Ivan Basara (Serbian, Szeged), De Blasio Domenico (retired), Kósik Soma (Miskolc)
Head coach: Lukács Gergely.
KSI SE
Addition: Holló Tibor (OB I/B)
Left: Miklós Levente (Miskolc), Boros Tamás (Lille – France), Szabó Balázs (OSC)
Head coach: Horváth János.
Round 1 programme
Tuesday, September 27:
ContiTech-Szeged vs. Diapolo–Melalcom-Szentes – 17.00
Szolnoki Dózsa-Közép vs. KSI SI – 18.00
A-Híd-OSC-Újbuda vs. PVSK Mecsek-Füszért – 19.30
Wednesday, September 28:
VasasPlaket vs. Debreceni VSE – 19.30
Thanks to waterpolo.hu.


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Monday, September 26, 2016

Seven Secrets of Successful Swimmers



Small habits that make a big difference




When talking to people at the pool, I often hear the phrase, “Oh, I’m not a real swimmer.” The person then proceeds to tell me that they are a triathlete or a runner, or perhaps just someone who enjoys working out in the water. And yet, there they areswimming.
Well, guess what, folks? If you propel yourself through the water without a boat, you ARE a real swimmer. You may not have moved directly from diapers to Speedos like most Olympians did, but you can still incorporate the thought processes lifelong swimmers use to excel at the sport. By adopting a few simple habits, you’ll find it easy to proudly identify yourself as a real swimmer.

1. Carry Your Kit

Always have a swimsuit, goggles, and towel with you. You may not want to leave wet gear in your car at all times, but you should have a dry set available in case you forget your regular bag. Your travel kit should also include your USMS membership card, and the link for Places to Swim. Never miss a chance to swim because you’re not prepared.

2. Cultivate Consistency

Because swimming is such a technical sport, it’s important to swim frequently to maintain your feel for the water. It’s tough to maintain your technique if you swim fewer than three times per week. It’s also difficult to precisely duplicate aquatic muscle movements during dryland exercise, so water time is essential for swimmingfitness as well. If your schedule doesn’t permit full swim practices that often, at least try to get in the water regularly for a few laps to refresh your kinesthetic memory.

3. Nurture Your Network

One of the best benefits of joining a Masters swim team is getting inspired by other athletes. Swimmers tend to be friendly and supportive of each other, regardless of experience and ability. Building a network of swimming friends provides a wealth of training resources as well as social opportunities. And don’t limit yourself to your own lane; get to know swimmer from across the pool, too.

4. Spotlight the Specifics

When you do swim, approach every set with focus. Show up on time, pay attention to your form, follow your pool’s rules andetiquette, and approach each set with an understanding of how it’ll help you achieve your swimming goals. Try to feel the pressure you exert on the water with each stroke, and know your time and pace for each set.

5. Do Your Drylands

When you’re not swimming, make sure you incorporate swimming-related activities into your day. Whether it’s lifting weights,stretching, or simply moving around to keep from getting stiff, you should schedule supplemental activities with the same rigor you schedule your training workouts. Use your phone or computer’s alarm feature to remind you to step away from the keyboard. Swing your arms when you walk down the hall, or touch your toes each time you get a drink of water. Eat healthfully. Remember that wellness and fitness are full-time commitments, not just something restricted to the gym and the pool.

6. Test Your Training

The best way to stay sharp is to participate regularly in USMS competitions. But even if you have no desire to immerse yourself in the fun and excitement of swim meets or open water races, you should still push yourself in a timed effort at least once each month. Whether it’s an all-out 100 freestyle, a timed 200 fly, or a hard 1650, you’ll benefit from regularly pushing yourself beyond a workout-level effort. You may find it motivational to keep a log of those timed events, or perhaps even to track your overall workout distance with the USMS FLOG tool. That way, you can tell whether your training is effective, or whether it’s time to find a new coach or training program.

7. Love the Label

Even if you are primarily a triathlete, adventure racer, bodybuilder, or whatever you define yourself as, take pride in the fact that you are also a real swimmer. Conspicuously display your USMS logo merchandise. Take SWIMMER magazine to work with you to read during your lunch break. If you have a DVR, set it to find and record any swimming competitions that are broadcast, then invite your buddies over to watch the races. Encourage your friends and coworkers to join a Masters team. And if anyone asks you about yourself, don’t hesitate to tell them the truth: “I’m a swimmer!”
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About the Author—Terry Heggy

Speed Heggy has been swimming for more than 50 years. He won his age group in the 10K Open Water Championships in 2006, and competed in the National Championship Olympic Distance Triathlon in 2014, and qualified again for USAT Nationals in 2015. He has coached the Foothills Masters Swim Team in Littleton, Colorado since 1986, and is a USMS Level 3 Certified Masters Swim Coach and a NASM Certified Personal Trainer.