Due to the nature
of the topic and the wide range of information available, in order to
cover only a tiny bit of it properly, some of the websites included here
may have a commercial element in addition to the excellent information
they provide. Such inclusion does not constitute an endorsement of
product or service by archaeolink.com. Sites are included for
information value only.
The number of sites available online for this
topic is enormous. This site can not and does not index all
available resources. The following does
provide some idea of what is available online and will hopefully be a good
starting point for a more extensive search.
A Brief Look at Olympic Swimming History __ "Swimming
has a long history. But in ancient times, swimming was more a skill than a
pleasure and was mostly associated with military operations." Nobody knows
much about whether there were swimming events in the ancient games or not but
they are in the modern Olympics. - From syl.com -
HickokSports.com - History - Synchronized Swimming
__ "This document is a history of synchronized swimming. It is a page in the History section of HickokSports.com, the largest collection of sports information on the Internet."
If the page looks blank, you have to scroll down a bit to get to the
article. - From HickokSports.com - http://www.hickoksports.com/history/synchsw.shtml
The History Of Swimming __ "The English are considered
the first modern society to develop swimming as a sport. By 1837 swimming
competitions were being held in Londons six artificial pools, these
competitions were organized by the National Swimming Society in England."
A brief overview of the history of swimming as a sport, and not just in England.
- From athleticscholarships.net -
International Swimming Hall of Fame
__ Read about the great swimmers. "Since 1965, ISHOF has promoted swimming, diving, water polo, synchronized swimming, open water swimming, water safety and aquatic art by honoring the great achievements and events in aquatic history."
- illustrated - From ISHOF - http://www.ishof.org/
Sports: Synchronized Swimming
__ "They called their invention "ornamental and scientific swimming;" we know
it as synchronized swimming. It was a Canadian idea, developed by three
Montreal women who recognized that not everyone interested in competitive
aquatics cared for speed swimming." A brief one paragraph
look. - From University of Saskatchewan - http://library.usask.ca/herstory/synch.html
Swimming Pool - The History of Swimming Pools
__ "Swimming as an organized activity goes back as far as 2500 B.C.
in ancient Egypt and later in
Assyria. In Rome
and Greece, swimming was part of the education of elementary age boys
and the Romans built the first swimming pools (separate from bathing
pools)." A brief look. - From About.com - http://inventors.about.com/library/inventors/blswimmingpools.htm
USA Swimming - History of the Sport
__ You will find a good history of swimming including such things as the
development of the 'strokes,' great swimmers along with their
biographies, Olympic stars and international meets. Sadly,
most of it is in the form of downloadable files. - From usaswimming.org