Swimmer’s ear (otitis externa) is an infection of the outer ear canal that develops when water is trapped in the ear canal after swimming, showering or other water-related activities. It is a common ailment, accounting for more than 2 million physician office visits each year. Even though swimmer’s ear usually is considered to be a minor illness, it can be very painful. All age groups are susceptible to swimmer’s ear, although the condition is more common in children. It is not communicable between individuals. Swimmer’s ear symptoms emerge within a few days after the ears are exposed to water. The symptoms may include: •Itching inside the ear •Redness or swelling of the ear •Pain when the outer ear is touched or tugged •Fluid or pus drainage from the ear To treat swimmer’s ear, your physician may prescribe ear drops that include an antibiotic or 2 percent acetic acid solution. In more severe cases, an oral antibiotic may be … [Read more...] about Signs and treatments for swimmer’s ear
GRANVILLE - The Blue Aces were hit hard again by graduation losses, but they never plan on taking a step back in the pool. Granville again has a number of swimmers with plans to be swimming at the state meet the final weekend of February in Canton. Of course, they also have added several new competitors to the boys and girls teams, which excites the coaching staff. "We go through ebbs and flows," girls coach Hillary Paulsen said. "We have state qualifiers every year, and we have kids that want to be state qualifiers. Having kids that are interested in learning the sport is really exciting for us. "We have a lot of new kids this year, some that have never swam before and some that swam when they were little and want to swim now," Paulsen added. "(Boys coach Tyler Paulsen) is teaching some of our newer swimmers strokes or turns or dives, and he will bring one of the more experienced swimmers and say, 'Show us your backstroke.' They can model the way they do it." The girls are led by … [Read more...] about Granville swimmers still have sights set on state despite holes to fill
Ask Chloe Reed for a favorite memory as a swimmer at Brighton, and you might as well ask a parent to pick a favorite child. It simply can’t be done. “That’s a tough one,” Reed said. “I feel like there were so many good parts. Honestly, I couldn’t choose just one. Every year, we’re always getting better, adding on new swimmers, losing some friends. It’s a little different every year, but always super fun.” Reed swam for four Brighton teams that cracked the top seven in the state Division 1 meet, peaking with a state runner-up finish this fall. Reed played a major role in the best state finish ever by a Livingston County team, placing in the top five in all four of her events. It’s a performance that earned Reed county Swimmer of the Year. “I would say they’re four of the best years of my life,” Reed said. “The bond with the team was such an amazing thing to be part of. Coach Jason (Black) has been super … [Read more...] about Competing at Brighton ‘4 of the best years of my life’ for county swimmer of the year
1. CADE HAMMOND School: Brighton Grade: Senior Achievements: Finished second in diving in the state Division 1 meet last season with a score of 448.45. To win it this season, he’ll need to close the gap on Ann Arbor Skyline senior Henry Schirmer, who won with a score of 503.85. Hammond’s score of 477.45 in the KLAA meet broke the Livingston County 11-dive record of 447.54 set by Caleb Balgaard of Howell in 2015. Placed sixth in the state as a sophomore. Coach Jason Black: “Cade has worked in the offseason to become an even better diver than he was last year, which is good because he’s going against his Legacy teammate (Schirmer). He puts in the work. Hopefully, he’ll be the equivalent of faster in diving.” 2. HUNTER GUBENO School: Howell Grade: Junior Achievements: Made a huge leap last season, placing fifth in the 500 freestyle in the state meet after not qualifying in any event the previous year. He finished in 4:34.79, less than a second out of … [Read more...] about Who are the top 5 boys swimmers and divers in Livingston County?
Our columnist, Jada Yuan, is visiting each destination on our 52 Places to Go in 2018 list . This dispatch brings her to Fiji, which took the No. 24 spot. It is the 45th stop on Jada’s itinerary. Remember to breathe I tried to remember my Fijian instructor’s directive: “The most important thing is to breathe.” Weighted down with an air tank and a belt of stones around my waist, I sank below the surface of the South Pacific on my first-ever attempt at scuba diving. My breathing was fine; my mind just couldn’t compute that this was possible. I surfaced and ripped out the mouthpiece. “I can’t do this,” I said. I grew up in landlocked New Mexico and qualify as a “reluctant swimmer,” according to the YMCA where I took swimming lessons for the first time since childhood last year. Snorkeling comes easy to me — close to the surface, a constant source of air — but going deeper didn’t cross my mind until I got a … [Read more...] about In Fiji, a ‘Reluctant Swimmer’ Jumps In