Julie Bragg's Swim School is a Macon institution, but it isn't for the faint of heart. Her techniques seem harsh at first, especially for those who can't bear to toss their own crying kids in a pool. Not even the death of her own sons has made Bragg miss a summer of teaching in 44 years. Today she teaches the children of children she taught years ago.
The NCAA is considering serious sanctions against the University of Georgia swim team, but the trouble could trickle down to the rest of the athletic program. According to allegations by the NCAA, UGA’s head swimming coach Jack Bauerle made arrangements with a professor for one of his star swimmers get an “incomplete” in a course, provided that the student complete the work at a later date for a passing grade. Due to a what the NCAA described as “clerical error” the student received a passing grade for the course, instead of an incomplete.
At least three people in Georgia and a woman in South Carolina are battling so-called “flesh-eating” bacteria. But that should not stop Georgians from swimming in lakes or rivers as summer begins, experts say.
State environmental officials don't want people to fish in the Ogeechee River until they can find out what killed thousands of fish. A massive fish kill late last week stunk up the meandering Southeast Georgia waterway. The state Environmental Protection Division blamed a bacteria not known to harm humans.