The New TYR Backpack Collection Offers a Variety of Pool-Friendly Features

Get plenty of features with the new TYR Alliance backpack.
The new TYR Alliance team backpack offers plenty of features.

As a competitive swimmer, it’s important to have a good way to carry everything you need with you. The new team backpacks from TYR Alliance is an excellent choice for easily transporting your team apparel and other swim gear to and from the pool every week. With their new collection, you will find a vast array of features that will provide a vast array of benefits over your traditional backpack.

A Large, Yet Comfortable Option

There is a lot of gear you need to bring with you to and from the pool each time you practice, as well as to every meet. This means you need a large backpack with plenty of space and pockets for all the little accessories. The new collection of TYR Alliance team backpacks offers all the extra space you need without the concern of many other large backpacks. These new team backpacks are designed to be more comfortable. It is compression molded with lumbar support to help alleviate back pain.

A Vast Array of Features

The new team backpacks have plenty of features that are designed to help you safely and effectively carry everything you need between home and the pool. In addition to the large main compartment, which is perfect for storing all of your favorite team apparel, you will also find a goggle saver pocket safely situated inside a pouch, a large wet/dry compartment with plenty of ventilation, suit hanger carabiners and reinforced inner pockets. This gives you plenty of space to store absolutely everything you will need to carry with you. The best part is, this new collection of backpacks comes in a vast array of colors and color combinations so you can find the one that best appeals to you or matches with your team colors.

The new collection of TYR Alliance team backpacks is an excellent accessory for any swimmer, especially those who are involved in competitive swimming. It’s important to make sure you have a good way to transport your items to and from the pool, especially when you need to take wet items back home. With some of your swim gear smaller, you will find plenty of pockets to store it all without clutter and without misplacing anything.

If you’re looking for the best swimming gear, contact us. We carry all the new team backpacks so you can find the one that best suits your needs.

Small Pool Water Features

Small Water Feature - photo by Polly Nimick
Pool Water Features is the catch-all phrase to cover any type of splashing, spraying, shooting water display that you can add to your pool plumbing.

From a spouting statuary in the corner of the pool, to stacked rocks releasing a babbling brook, they take on many forms.

Today’s photo blog is centered around small pool water feature ideas. The only limitation is your imagination (and your budget)!


Copper-finish Pedestal Fountains spill over into the pool for a soft splashy sound. Pedestal water features come in a variety of size, shapes and materials.pool-water-features-small-4

Sheer Descent™ Waterfall placed inside of a simple faux stacked rock wall, backed by bamboo and Buddha, to qualify as a tranquil, ‘zen pool‘. pool-water-features-small-1

Stacked rock Water Wall tucks nicely into the corner. Fed by a 2″ PVC pipe that separates into smaller branches to fill a small trough on top which overflows, more or less evenly.small-water-features-8

Rain Curtain Water Features are pretty special, and can be attached to any structure like a Pergola, or more elaborate arches, or where a patio roof overhangs the pool surface. small-water-features-pool-9

Poolside fountains, like the Scupper, sit on the side of the pool and connect via the pool return line, or dedicated pipe. Small pool water features often don’t need a separate pump, but use a valve to control the flow between pool returns and fountain pipes.pool-water-features-small-9

A Cascade Feature uses large flat rocks to create a tumbling river into the pool. A rubber membrane and lots of mortar is used to keep it leak-free. small-rock-waterfall-2

The Frog Spout is a classic villa pool fountain, and placed in a corner, they can be attached to a nearby pool return line, with a small valve for flow control. No need for a dedicated line or separate fountain pump.small-pool-frog-fountain

This minimal free standing fountain is barely there and can be turned on/off automatically with valve actuators, powered by a pool controller, and remote control.small-pool-small-fountain

Wall Spouts are a classic design, with Floral designs and Lion heads being the most popular. Raised walls also are retaining walls, for an upper deck area or planter area.pool-water-spouts

Deck Jets are a favorite for many pool builders. Small jets are placed in the deck to shoot a very accurate stream of water, which can also be colored with LED lights. small-pool-water-fountains

Adding small water features to your pool can be done as part of a renovation, or smaller spouts or fountains can be added anytime.

Pool Fountain Installation? Very small fountains or spouts can be tapped off of an existing pool return pipe, with a Tee fitting and a small valve. Larger fountains typically have their own dedicated pipe running from the equipment pad. Features with even greater water volumes are connected to a booster pump to supply it’s own water, without affecting filtration or circulation.

Contact us for help with your own DIY small pool water feature, or if you prefer to keep your hands clean – contact your local APSP pool professional for their ideas and pricing for the job.

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Davy Merino
InTheSwim Blog Editor

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Texas Pride: Cammile Adams…Powered By Arena

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Cammile Adams is representing the US in the Olympics.

The Olympics bring together athletes from around the world for some friendly competition. This year, one of Texas’s own is competing and not for the first time. This is Cammile Adams’ second run for the Olympic gold. She had previously been part of the Olympic team that competed in the 200 meter butterfly where she finished fifth in the 2012 London Olympic Games. She has returned to Rio with Team USA to once again swim the 200 meter butterfly. However, she once again fell short of medal contention, improving on her London performance and placing fourth in the final.

Texas Swimming Isn’t Her Only Focus

At 24 years old, Cammile Adams has a lot on her plate this year. In addition to being part of Team USA for the second time, Adams is preparing to finish the remaining credits she needs to earn her degree from Texas A&M University. In addition to her impending degree, she will be getting married in two months. This means she’s been training, studying and planning the most important day of her life, all at the same time, making her fourth place run even more amazing.

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This year, Cammile Adams selected the Arena Carbon Ultra as her competitive swimwear of choice for her next stint on the Olympic team. These new tech suits are new this year and designed with Team USA in mind. With carbon fiber strands woven into the revolutionary fabric, swimmers enjoy the ultimate in compression and fit without greatly increasing the weight of the suit. This type of swimwear was first created in 2012 and has advanced over the past few years to become one of the preferred suits for those involved in Texas swimming.

Cammile Adams is again in the spotlight for making the Olympic team and once again swimming the 200 meter butterfly race. While she still didn’t earn a medal this year, she did manage to improve upon her position, finishing in fourth place this year, despite her busy life outside of Texas swimming. With her use of the Arena Carbon Ultra swimsuit, she gave herself the competitive edge, allowing her to swim her best.

If you’re looking for the best in Arena swimwear, contact us. We sell all the top brands in swimming.