I found this out a couple days ago: our SID seemed largely non-plussed. Of course, he advised me that professionally it probably isn't a good idea to antagonize the media. So I want to apologize to Swimming World for making fun of them. I am really flattered that despite this blog not being significant enough (or is it that we steal content?) for them to include on their site feed, they read it anyway and chose to respond personally. I will not allow myself to believe that this was in anyway a petty, childish attempt to infringe on my livelihood.
Back to my mom for a second. I think she raised me really well, and my behavior here goes against my upbringing. When I say I should have known better, I mean it. I know that it is wrong to pick on those that are weaker than you. This is bullying and I shouldn't have done it. Swimming World is in a vulnerable position with the majority of their revenue drawn from the rapidly declining print industry. I shouldn't have taken advantage of that for my own entertainment.
Lastly, I want to apologize to all unpaid contributors to Swimming World Magazine, past and present. Some of the most talented people in swimming have lent their credibility to www.swimmingworldmagazine.com for absolutely nothing in return and they don't deserve to be made fun of. Many of my peers, college coaches, have been featured in the print magazine this year, which led to the coaching organization which I am a part of, the College Swim Coaches Association of America, to award Swimming World this year for their service. Many in my generation may have missed this due to their belief that they can find better content for free on the internet available immediately and from anywhere.
In conclusion, I hope that Swimming World can look past my transgression and not
call my mom hold this against me.