Dean Ottati

A ‘Normal’ Thanksgiving Swimming Feast Before the Actual Thanksgiving Feast

After a one-year hiatus, the Walnut Creek Masters annual ‘Thanksgiving Feast’ set has made its triumphant return.

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Poppe and Scott: A Race, a Lifetime, in Six Photos

In just six photos, Robert Ashby managed not only to capture the essence of a race, but also the emotion and grace of two great champions. What follows are those six shots, with a little added commentary.


A Modern Day Ring of Gyges – Performance Enhancement (Part 1 of 3)

In the first of this three part series, doctor Dean takes us to school and challenges us all to use…


Liz Pelton Talks Hawaii, Pressure As Cal Prepares For Arizona Duals

Elizabeth Pelton, defending NCAA 200 Backstroke Champion, poses for a picture with Walnut Creek Aquabear Journey Martinson. This was just one of scores of pictures Elizabeth had taken with swimmers this past weekend.


Support for Team Theo Everpresent at Tiburon Mile

Members of North Bay Aquatics and Team Theo, raising funds at the Tiburon Mile.


Ottati: The College Odyssey Begins

Royce Hall, UCLA. The author’s alma mater, and where sadly, there is no longer a men’s swim team.

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The Swimming Sysiphus

Sysiphus pushed a boulder up a hill. Forever. (Painting done by the artist Titian, compleded in 1549)


Character First: Interview with Don Heidary of Orinda Aquatics

Don Heidary of Orinda Aquatics and Miramonte High School coached two of the three swimmers who were under the National High School Record at the California North Coast Section Championships. (Photo Courtesy: John Stumph)


Wisdom in the T-Shirts: I Swim Therefore I.M.

Dean Ottati watches a lot of swim meets, and sees a lot of t-shirts. Some are cheesy, some are clever, and some spark a tidbit of inspiration into a swim parent with penchant for the pen.


VIDEO: The Best High School Race You’ve Ever Seen

Steven Stumph (blue cap), Nick Silverthorn (black cap), and Charlie Wiser (red cap) roared to three under the old National Record in the 100 yard breaststroke. (Photo: Robert Ashby. Video: Fred Stumph)