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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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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

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Will anyone be in the Hilton Head Island, SC area on Friday, 2/24/12? I would love to have some aquatic representation at our high school's Black History Month event. On Friday, February 24, 2012, at…Continue


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Education Level
Masters, Bachelors, High School
Aquatic Interest
Recreational Swimming, Lifeguarding, Swim Lessons, Surfing, Boating, Rowing, Other
More about me:
Swim instructor for 25 plus years.
Owner of an Aquatic business
Special Education Teacher

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At 11:39pm on December 19, 2010, Darrick Linton said…

Hi Karen,

I haven't been on the site for awhile, but I was very encouraged to read about you and your interest in starting up a swimming program in South Carolina.  I pray that all is going well for your quest.  I had to the dubious pleasure of attending a swimming program in Lexington, SC back in 2008 where I met John Cruzac, then USA Swimming Developement Coordinator(I don't remember his exact title), but he was a VIP with USA Swimming.  Marilyn Jeffcoat was the one sponsoring the program and she has very close ties with some of SC's finest, and I am sure she could be very resourceful in helping you achieve your plight.  I pray that your success will be imminent, and from reading your profile, you certainly have all the qualifications one needs to achieve such goal.  I have relocated to Montgomery, AL, where I pray that I too, have much more of a success in reaching our children and their parents in the development of their minds,  informing them of the importance of swimming.  Please do keep me posted.  Take Care and may God find favor in your accomplishments.  Darrick aka dswimmerman

At 8:38pm on May 25, 2010, ERROL DUPLESSIS said…
Thank you, Karen, for the up-beat response you made. Yes, DAP is most unique with like-minded aquatic professionals. We now know who the majority of the players are in the world of diviersity in aquatics. It is a real start, and keep in mind that every success has a humble beginning. I see growth and awareness here, and I also look forward to seeing you make your mark in our field. Take care.
At 10:53am on May 25, 2010, ERROL DUPLESSIS said…
Welcome to DAP, Karen. We need more professionaals like yourself in aquatics. There are probably more Black doctors and lawyers than swimming professionals in the USA, and we wonder why swimming is on the low end of prioity in learning life skills! Go figure, right?
At 3:16pm on May 2, 2010, Darrick Linton said…
Hi Karen,
Welcome to the site and so happy to have you aboard. Don't be shy, and post your picture. Please feel free to join in on our open forum and discussion, as we would love to learn more about you and your experiences. Take the time to check out our various groups, and either join one or all of them, whichever appeases your interest. Again, Thanks for joining and May God Bless You. Darrick, aka dsimmerman
At 9:25pm on April 6, 2010, Jayson Jackson said…
Thanks for joining Karen.

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