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Krystal Lara is one of very few Latinas in her class at Stuyvesant High School, and in the pool. She’s backstroking her way toward the Olympics.

From The New York Times:

Her Parents Thought Swimming Lessons Were a Good Idea

Krystal Lara is one of very few Latinas in her class at Stuyvesant High School, and in the pool. She’s backstroking her way toward the Olympics.…

Former Yale swimmer Siphiwe Baleka

Good video about former Yale swimmer Siphiwe Baleka


Middle Atlantic Swimming Diversity Committee


Middle Atlantic Swimming Diversity Committee

We are committed to "increasing the multicultural, ethnic, and socioeconomic diversity of the sport to achieve and foster an inclusive swimming environment that fosters the growth of swimming at all levels". We push these goals through events throughout USA swimming, the Middle Atlantic and by reaching out to the community. Not only is swimming a great sport that provides amazing experiences and personal enrichment, it's a life saving skill. If you'd like more information or would like to volunteer to be a part of the Middle Atlantic Diversity committee, please contact us at maswimdiversity@yahoo.com  Danielle Strader-Bordi, Middle Atlantic Diversity Liaison


Website: http://maswim.org
Location: Pa, NJ, DE
Members: 5
Latest Activity: Nov 22, 2011

USA Swimming Diversity Summit-Olympic Training Center Colorado Springs, CO

USA Swimming’s Diversity Summit brought together 60 LSC representatives in an open and inclusive atmosphere to discuss creative ways to foster practical programs and solutions to impact diversity efforts at the LSC level.

 Through various presentations and breakout sessions, attendees develop creative ideas to bring back to their LSCs, while establishing valuable connections with other participants. Some of the topics this year included:

• Successful Programs & Initiatives 

• Challenges of Establishing a Diversity Committee 

• Marketing Diversity 

• Establishing Relationships with Outside Organizations

This year’s keynote speaker was Regina A. Lewis Ph.D. Dr. Lewis is described by her peers and those who have heard her speak as an authentic and transformational leader. As the CEO of Regina Speaking, Dr. Lewis is known throughout the nation for keynoting and training on current issues such as cultural inclusiveness, leadership, coaching and communication competency. 

Attendees also heard from key USA Swimming staff and LSC representatives about grassroots projects that can be emulated in their LSCs. Forty LSCs were represented at this year’s summit.

The summit was not only informational, but motivational,we hit on key subjects such as budget creations, camps, clinics, make-a-splash, crisis management, outreach programs, creating community partnerships and much more. Just as inspirational were the other representatives, I met and had a chance to interact with. Everyone is dealing with different issues in their LSC but everyone there has drive to make an impact and make a difference in advance the inclusion efforts in their area. 

We also created goals for our each individual LSC. The ones I created for the Middle Atlantic include:


*Making the Diversity Chair a voting member of the Board of Directors

*Increasing the budget of the Diversity Committee

* Increase Community outreach partnerships and create community partnerships

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