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Swimming for the Soul

Posted on April 19, 2012 at 7:14pm 0 Comments

From the, by Lynn Sherr:

To call swimming a religious experience might sound like sacrilege.

But for many of us, every time we slip into a bikini, or plunge into the ocean, or pound out our laps, we’re actually taking part in a spiritual rite. Swimming is an ancient activity, combining the mystical properties of waters with the pure joy of…


USRowing Diversity Invitational Recap

Posted on August 5, 2011 at 12:55pm 0 Comments

On July 30 my wife and I had the honor and privilege to attend the First Annual USRowing Diversity Invitational. For those of you who have never been to Rochester, I highly suggest you make a visit. I honestly felt as if Rochester is the friendliest city I have ever been to. Upon arriving to city limits, we…


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At 9:17am on April 28, 2016, Cathleen said…

Thanks Jayson.  Thaddeus Gamory sent me an invitation.

At 5:24pm on April 14, 2016, Niccolea M Nance said…

Hello Jayson!
Sorry I didn't see your comment until today since I haven't been logging in since I started the profile! >_br/>I don't even remember how I found this site! I think it was because I was trying to find a particular Black sailor (Either HE Ross or Paul Mixon) and a link to his profile on this page came up. ^_^

At 9:12am on February 17, 2016, Gwen said…

Hi Jayson!

Thanks for the warm welcome!  I found your link on DC Wave Swimming page.

At 11:58am on February 2, 2016, Amanda Simmons said…

Hi Jayson,

One of my supervisors actually sent me the most recent newsletter and mentioned I could get on the mailing list. 

Thanks for reaching out!


At 7:25am on January 28, 2016, Norm Seavers said…

Hey Jayson,

I have known about the group for a while, guess my membership on this site somehow lapsed, attended a USMS ALTS Swim Instructor Certification Course over the weekend and Thaddeus Gamory reminded me to renew. 

At 1:05pm on January 1, 2016, Allyson Wilson said…
Lots of googling. I started looking for my old boss, Newt Jackson, and found him here. I'm feeling really anxious about wanting to get my son better and ready to compete. He was doing the developmental program at UMAC here at University of Maryland, but I didn't necessarily feel it was the best fit as there were dozens of kids in his program and there was so much talking and playing and not much focus on getting him better. Then I had back surgery and he stopped going altogether. Now he is 10, he's 5'3 with a 61.5 inch wingspan. I want him (and he wants) to be swimming. I have him working with a stroke coach at Trinity pool here in DC 2 days a week. My goal is to have him ready to compete by summer league. But I am wondering if there is something more, or something different I can be doing now to help accelerate him.
At 4:14pm on December 19, 2015, Barryn McLaughLin said…

Hey Jayson,

I heard about this website while why researching  reasoning's of, "Why black people don't swim," a common social stigma among the African American Community.After reading the ALARMING CDC USA/North Carolina Drowning rate report among African American Males and other minor populations  in he US, I realized this is an "Issue of epidemic proportions."  As an African American Scuba Diver, Diversity in Aquatics is important to me, but you can not have diversity where there is a lack of people and interest.

I've decided to help address this issue starting with my home town. As a NCCU graduate student, I will create a Public community Water Safety Campaign and SCUBA  program for Local High School Students to help bring awareness to diversity in aquatics, aquatic related activities and professions. This is my Mission and my Dream.  


At 4:09pm on December 6, 2015, Dan Airth said…
Doing some research for my Help Benin Swim project. I found your link on the US Swimming website
At 10:26am on October 6, 2015, Kira E. Betea said…

I was emailed the link for the page from a member of the YMCA I work at.  He is a major contributor to the Rowing Community out here in Boston.  We had talked about putting together a program at the aquatic center I run to make sure that all the inner-city kids that want to row can by making it easier for them to learn how to swim and educating the families so they feel more comfortable around the water.

At 12:15am on August 21, 2015, Alyss Lange said…
Hi, I swam with Danille Strader Bordi growing up, and did many meets at PDR with Jim Ellis. I also was recently speaking with Thaddeus Gamory who told me about Sunday's convention. Hoping that I can make it.

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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.

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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.…

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Read the Newsweek article featuring The Diversity in Aquatics Program and several of its members.

Read the Newsweek article featuring The Diversity in Aquatics Program and several of its members.

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