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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

http://www.foxsports.com/video?vid=396080195760

February 2011 Blog Posts (14)

Programs Making a Difference

From USASwimming.org:

 

The sport of swimming has long had the reputation for being a country club sport lacking in diversity. However, over the years, teams led by passionate coaches have been working to change that. Here, we honor just a few of the many shining programs that are working to make swimming available to everyone. 

 

Pride,…

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Added by Jayson Jackson on February 28, 2011 at 4:30pm — No Comments

Great Blog Post from Sabir Muhammad

Black Swimming History, by: Sabir Muhammad 

 

Last weekend Jenny and I went to the 25th Annual Black History Invitational…

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Added by Jayson Jackson on February 28, 2011 at 11:30am — 1 Comment

Milt Campbell, 1956 Olympic Decathlon Champion, was an All-American swimmer

Last weekend at the Black History Invitational Swim Meet I had the opportunity to speak with Bruce Wigo, President of the International Swimming Hall of Fame, for an extended period of time. As always, he provided several new historical facts and stories. Given my track and field background, I found the…

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Added by Jayson Jackson on February 24, 2011 at 2:00pm — No Comments

Let's make some noise!

Accident (noun) - 1.  an undesirable or unfortunate happening that occurs unintentionally and usually results in harm, injury, damage, or loss; casualty; mishap.  2.  an event that happens unexpectedly, without deliberate plan or cause.

 

Accidents happen every day.  1065 children accidentally drown every day.  This means that roughly, 10,650 children ‘almost’ drown every day and many are permanently damaged and require lifetime care.  Let’s put…

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Added by Rebecca Wear Robinson on February 24, 2011 at 1:38pm — 5 Comments

2011 Black History Invitational Swim Meet Results

Big thanks to meet director Rob Green for providing the results.



Full Results

 

High point winners for each age…

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Added by Jayson Jackson on February 19, 2011 at 7:00pm — No Comments

Cullen Makes a Splash in the Media

If you follow Cullen Jones, like I do, there's no new news here; his near drowning as a boy is repeated, his Olympic gold is celebrated, etc.



His championing of Make a Splash is not news either, but his dedication to the program is impressive. In the Ebony/Jet article, Jones says his most important achievement is the success of his participation in Make a Splash.



In his… Continue

Added by Angela Gray on February 17, 2011 at 10:25pm — No Comments

Mr. Rogers had it right.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yXEuEUQIP3Q

 

Children are not small adults.  Children do not have the emotional development that adults possess.  (Well, some possess more, but that’s another story.)  Children are continuing to develop at a rate that boggles the mind, that boggles their own small mind.  And ‘children’ means birth through age 19, sometimes even 21, until the brain and the body have stopped their…

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Added by Rebecca Wear Robinson on February 17, 2011 at 12:21pm — No Comments

Loss of school pools linked to drownings

From Stuff.co.nz, by Neil Reid:

ROSS GIBLIN/Dominion Post
DANGEROUS PRACTICE: Alice Harrison, 11, wrote a letter, to Wellington Mayor Celia Wade-Brown asking her not to close Khandallah pool. The closure…
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Added by Jayson Jackson on February 15, 2011 at 7:36am — 2 Comments

Howard University swim team moving tradition forward

Check out the recent article about Howard University's Swim and Dive team talking about the many obstacles they have to overcome with lack of recognition, limited budgets, and more versus other comparable schools .  

Article from the Washington Post

Added by Miriam S Lynch on February 11, 2011 at 9:55am — 1 Comment

Can an innovative new app keep children from drowning?

I discovered a very cool app for your iPhone this week - teaching your child to swim.  Check out uSwim Australia, http://www.uswim.com/ or go directly to iTunes to download the free app…

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Added by Rebecca Wear Robinson on February 10, 2011 at 10:43am — 4 Comments

"If life is not a challenge, then what is it?"

From the WashingtonPost.com:

Rodger McCoy, head coach of the D.C. Wave Swim Team, discusses thenationally competitive squad's formation and evolution.

Added by Jayson Jackson on February 10, 2011 at 6:00am — No Comments

Autistic kids love water, which makes safety sessions vital

From SunSentinel.com, by: Nick Sortal







Nicole Dino, aquatics director at Miami Children's Hospital, teaches water safety and coordination to 7-year old Ethan John who has autism. Ethan's mom talks about the benefits that the classes have had on Ethan.…
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Added by Nicole Dino on February 7, 2011 at 2:30pm — 1 Comment

Olympic Gold Medalist Cullen Jones Talks about Make a Splash on NBC’s Today Show

Celebrating Black History Month on NBC's Today Show, Olympic Gold Medalist Cullen Jones has been selected as one of the Grio's 100 History Makers in the Making for his role and active participation in the USA Swimming Foundation's national child-focused water safety initiative Make a…

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Added by Jayson Jackson on February 3, 2011 at 9:30pm — No Comments

Buying a Wetsuit!

  It seemed logical to buy a wetsuit after competing in 60 degree water without one. I keep going back to that day in San Diego when I struggled through the swimming because I was without a wetsuit. I probably was the only woman without one, simply because I was naive about how cold the water really was and the fact that it was my second triathlon overall. Swimming is the weakest part of my race as is and I added in the struggle of being in shock from the water temperature. I can only…
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Added by Megan Hutchinson on February 2, 2011 at 12:47pm — No Comments

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