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Getting People Underwater
By December 16, 2014 Read More →

Getting People Underwater

Coastal communities are no different than any other with one big exception: the Ocean.  Folks who live at the coast have a common environmental bond, whether they have realized it or not.  In West Palm Beach, it is Jim Abernethy’s mission to bring locals together to strengthen that bond while creating an entire community of environmental champions who take marine conservation very seriously.  Jim and his network of local stewards are not only practicing efforts to cleanup, conserve, and protect their coastal community environment; they also mentor others to continue the movement. I met Jim while on a dive vacation and we struck up conversation as I returned my tank to his shop after an impromptu underwater cleanup at the Blue […]

NC Marine Debris Symposium News: Fall 2014
By November 17, 2014 Read More →

NC Marine Debris Symposium News: Fall 2014

Marine debris is a problem that continues to grow.  Our waterways and oceans are constantly polluted with a wide variety of marine debris ranging from polystyrene trays and plastic bags to derelict fishing equipment and abandoned boats. Marine life, such as several Fish species, Whales, Sharks, Sea Turtles, and Birds have been known to ingest marine debris or become entangled in marine debris, which may lead to injury, intestinal blockage, and death.  Marine debris is an Eastern North Carolina concern not only because of the threats to our native wildlife, our ecosystem and our own health, but it also washes up on beaches and shorelines degrading the environment, and effecting our local economy and tourism. Local cooperation and regional partnership is needed to create public awareness while developing ways to […]

PPD Beach2Battleship Iron Distance Triathlon & NHRMC 5K Brings More Than 2,000 Athletes

PPD Beach2Battleship Iron Distance Triathlon & NHRMC 5K Brings More Than 2,000 Athletes

WILMINGTON, NC Oct. 20, 2014 – On Saturday, Oct. 25, the seventh annual PPD Beach2Battleship Iron Distance Triathlon will bring nearly 2,300 athletes, along with their friends, family and trainers to Wilmington and Wrightsville Beach, North Carolina. An additional 300 runners are expected to participate in the inaugural New Hanover Regional Medical Center’s 5K, held in conjunction with the triathlon. An estimated 8,000 spectators will cheer the athletes. The USAT-sanctioned PPD Beach2Battleship Triathlon includes a 2.4-mile swim, a 112-mile bike ride and a 26.2-mile run, and offers a half iron distance triathlon. The full triathlon will begin at 7:30 a.m. and the half distance begins at 8:30 a.m. with a swim in the channel at the southern tip of Wrightsville […]

Peace of mind in the ocean: The first user-friendly shark deterrent band

Peace of mind in the ocean: The first user-friendly shark deterrent band

CHARLESTON, SC Oct. 7, 2014 –  Shark. Just one mention of the ancient jagged-toothed creature that lurks beneath the waves fascinates our culture as much as it inspires fear. This image is amplified annually through the beloved Sharkweek program, which has run for more than 25 years. People know the chances of a shark attack are minimal, but we have a hard time silencing the fear that we could be the unlucky one. Nathan and David Garrison, surfers, divers, and Co-founders of Mano (the Hawaiian word for Shark), say they and fellow surfers share a heightened fear of sharks because they spend so much time in the ocean. Nathan is quick to note, “We always hear the ‘lightning vs shark […]

UNCW Seahawks Name Jason Memont Swimming & Diving Coach

UNCW Seahawks Name Jason Memont Swimming & Diving Coach

WILMINGTON, NC July 28, 2014 – Jason Memont, who swam collegiately at the Rochester Institute of Technology (RIT) and enjoyed successful coaching stints at William & Mary and South Carolina, has been named UNCW’s head swimming and diving coach. Memont, 36, has spent the last seven years with the Gamecocks, assisting Coach McGee Moody with all phases of the successful SEC program in Columbia. He takes over for veteran coach Dave Allen, who retired recently following a 37-year career that produced 16 Colonial Athletic Association championships, including three on the women’s side and an impressive string of 13 consecutive men’s titles spanning back to 2002. “I’d like to thank Jimmy Bass and the UNCW athletic department for this opportunity,” said […]

Dave Allen Announces Retirement Plans

Dave Allen Announces Retirement Plans

Veteran swimming and diving coach Dave Allen announced Thursday that he will be stepping down as head of the program WILMINGTON, NC Mar. 13, 2014 – Expressing a desire to spend more time with his wife, children, and three grandsons, longtime coach Dave Allen, the founding father and architect of UNCW’s swimming and diving program, is heading for dry land. Allen announced his retirement on Thursday after coaching 43 years at three different institutions and will step down officially on June 30, 2014. A national search for his successor will begin soon. “Words cannot describe what Dave Allen has meant to this department, the university and the community,” said Jimmy Bass, UNCW’s athletic director. “He has not only been the […]

Crosby, Lane Compete In NCAA Zone B Meet

Crosby, Lane Compete In NCAA Zone B Meet

Allen Crosby and Nathan Lane finished 30th and 33rd, respectively, for UNCW at the NCAA Zone B Championships on Monday. GREENSBORO, NC Mar. 10, 2014 – UNCW freshmen Allen Crosby and Nathan Lane finished 30th and 33rd, respectively, in the 3-meter Board at the NCAA Zone B Championships on Monday at the Greensboro Aquatic Center. “Today was a great experience for Allen and Nathan,” said UNCW Diving Coach Beau Bunn following Monday’s event. “This was a very difficult Zone, one that included Duke’s Nick McCrory (Olympic Bronze Medalist) and Tennessee’s Mauricio Robles, who finished 1-2 in the Zone. Both competed against us this season at the Seahawk Natatorium.” Crosby totaled 253.0 points during his six-dive competition in his NCAA appearance […]

UNCW Swimming Dynasty Intact With No. 13

UNCW Swimming Dynasty Intact With No. 13

The UNCW men’s swimming and diving team won its 13th consecutive CAA championship with a dramatic finish over William & Mary Final Team Standings Final Meet Results Top Meet Performers WILMINGTON, NC Mar. 1, 2014 – The number 13, as it turns out, is anything but unlucky for the UNCW men’s swimming and diving team. Coach Dave Allen’s group captured its 13th consecutive Colonial Athletic Association championship late Saturday by rallying from behind to edge William & Mary, 729.5-721.5, in a dramatic finish at the University of Maryland’s Eppley Recreation Center. UNCW won the men’s side of the meet with 729.5 points, followed by William & Mary (721.5), Towson (551.5), Delaware (440), Drexel (422) and College of Charleston (335.5). Towson […]

Charleston Sets 16 School Records At CAA Championships

Charleston Sets 16 School Records At CAA Championships

Full Meet Results COLLEGE PARK, MD Mar. 1, 2014 – College of Charleston concluded the 2014 CAA Championships with pride and accomplishment as Charleston came away with its second event victory and a number of new school records. For the entirety of the meet, the Cougars set a combined 16 school records and won two events, both by senior Sarah Boyle. Boyle followed up her record-setting performance in the 100 backstroke yesterday by winning the 200 backstroke on Saturday in a time of 1:56.38, setting a new CAA meet record as the fastest time in the event in conference championship history. The time was her second NCAA ‘B’ cut and secured her spot as one of the top CofC women’s […]

ECU Concludes Season At C-USA Championships

ECU Concludes Season At C-USA Championships

Ladies finish third, while men claim second-place Final Results | Final Team Scores ATLANTA, GA Mar. 2, 2014 – The East Carolina women’s swimming and diving team finished with 700 points to earn third place in the Conference USA Swimming and Diving Championships that concluded Saturday at the Georgia Tech Recreation Center. The Pirates finished third for the second time in three years behind FIU and Rice, which won the event for the second straight year. Megan Sellers earned a spot on the podium with a third-place finish in the 200-yard breaststroke with an NCAA B time of 2:14.25. It was her second medal of the championship after winning gold in the 100-yard breaststroke Friday night. Danielle Morrin missed the medal […]

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