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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


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Florida A&M University Travels to Washington, DC for HBCU Invitational this weekend

2/2/09- Florida A&M University Swimming is gearing up for this weekend's annual HBCU Invitational hosted by Howard University in Washington,DC The competiton will feature the Bison men and women of Howard, the Aggie women of North Carolina A&T and the Rattlers men and women of Florida A&M. The competition will take place at Burr Recreation Center on Howard Univesity's campus at 3pm. The Rattlers look to continue a tradition of strong swimming in this competiton. This Invitation also… Continue

Added by Douglas Carrington on February 2, 2009 at 8:24am — No Comments

2009 Summer Programs For High School & College Students

Contact the programs listed for more up to date information. Their links are included with the listings.


2009 Summer Programs for High School Students


FREE!! MIT announces its MITES Program, (Minority Introduction to Engineering and Science), a challenging 6 week summer program that prepares promising rising seniors for careers in engineering and science. If you are selected, all educational,… Continue

Added by Robert L. Weaver on January 18, 2009 at 2:00pm — No Comments

Ron Brown Scholar Program

As with all this information it might be dated to contact them directly for more current information. Contact information can be found at the bottom of page.


Eligibility Requirements

The Ron Brown Scholar Program seeks to identify African-American high school seniors who will make significant contributions to society. Applicants must excel academically, exhibit exceptional leadership potential, participate in community service activities and demonstrate… Continue

Added by Robert L. Weaver on January 11, 2009 at 7:29pm — No Comments

More Scholarship Information

Tom Joyner Foundation® Launches ‘Full Ride’

Scholarship to Black College

Student to Get All Expenses Paid for up to 10 Semesters

(Dallas– November 19th, 2008) The Tom Joyner Foundation® announced the ‘full ride’ scholarship program that will cover all the expenses of one student planning to attend a Historically Black Colleges & Universities (HBCUs) in the fall of 2009.

“Last year, we offered our first full-ride scholarship, and I’m really excited… Continue

Added by Robert L. Weaver on December 16, 2008 at 4:28pm — 1 Comment


With college costs rising our young people and their parents are looking for ways to deal so if you are aware of any Scholarships or Grants especially as it relates to Aquatics please post it in this blog. I'll start with with the Ernest Hollings Scholarship.

This scholarship information is for undergrads. Check the following website for additional info and requirements-


Ernest F. Hollings… Continue

Added by Robert L. Weaver on December 4, 2008 at 8:38pm — No Comments

New Partner: Accelerade

Check out the blog post about our new partner, Accelerade! Every purchase you make benefits the Diversity in Aquatics Program (DAP), enabling us to help create, promote and support programs in the US and abroad in an effort to… Continue

Added by Jayson Jackson on November 25, 2008 at 12:00pm — No Comments

Check out our new Partners section!

Shaun did a lot of the heavy lifting to create a new section of the network, Partners. We hope to continue creating relationships with other groups to benefit you, our members. So please stay tuned to the Partners area because we are hard at work trying to make a difference. Thanks for the continued support.

Added by Jayson Jackson on November 20, 2008 at 3:09pm — 1 Comment


So today we just created a profile on iGive.com. iGive.com will help us to raise money so we can continue supporting DAP programs across the country and throughout the world.

There are two options to help us raise money, by searching or shopping through… Continue

Added by Jayson Jackson on November 20, 2008 at 3:00pm — No Comments

University Website Comming Soon!

The Florida A&M Unviersity Swimming and Diving website is currently under construction! Our new site is coming soon and will have all the latest info, stats, bios and program history. Keep checking back for updates!

Added by Douglas Carrington on October 24, 2008 at 10:08am — No Comments

FLorida A&M University Swimming and Diving 2008-2009 Competition Schedule

Here is the finalized competition schedule for the swimming and diving program this year.



Host Institution:




October 11, 2008

Orange &Green

Florida A&M

Morcom Aquatics Center


November 1, 2008

Florida State

Indian River CC

Florida State

Morcom Aquatics Center


November 8, 2008

HBCU Relays

Florida A&M

Morcom… Continue

Added by Douglas Carrington on October 24, 2008 at 10:06am — No Comments

Florida A&M University's Swimming and Diving's Conference Home: CCSA

Florida A&M University Swimming and Diving enters its second season as members of the Coastal Collegiate Swimming Assocation. Provided below is the link to our conference website where you can find the most up to date information regarding our swimming and diving conference:

Added by Douglas Carrington on October 24, 2008 at 9:55am — No Comments

RAPS - Week 5 - 2008

WOW! This group of children are the least skilled in the two years that RAPS has been in place. The sad part about this is that within bike riding distance, is a City of Norfolk pool. Hardly any of the children have ever had lessons which makes for low level swimmers at an older age. We have four groups of Level 2 swimmers - old and young, upper and lower 2's. We have just finished day 4 of this week and we still have children that will not let their feel leave the bottom of the pool. We even… Continue

Added by Leslie A. Paul on August 12, 2008 at 7:50am — No Comments

RAPS - Week 4

The children this week seem more comfortable in the water. They are also fearless. We have had to talk with them about daring and/or making fun of the children that do not want to jump off the diving boards. The first day we opened the boards to the kids, I had to make three rescues. I am just glad that they decided to try something like that where they were "safe".

We again have 35 children. This week, the division of classes ended up with a Level 1 class, a Level 2 class, a Level 2/3… Continue

Added by Leslie A. Paul on July 23, 2008 at 9:44pm — 1 Comment

RAPS - Week 3 - 2008

Another great group of children from the Seatack area of Virginia Beach. We have 35 children this week, 5 instructors, 1 assistant from the Princess Anne High School IB program, and 1 lifeguard.

The children are low level swimmers this week with only a couple of Level 3's. We did have to make one rescue yesterday - one of the kids from my class (who does have an armstroke) decided to try the diving board - she went off but then went into panic mode. I was in the deep end at the time so I… Continue

Added by Leslie A. Paul on July 16, 2008 at 8:21am — 5 Comments

Parting the Waters on Swimming World TV

When Josh and Jenny were in Omaha for the Olympic Trials, Brent Rutemiller of Swimming World Magazine interviewed us for the Morning Swim Show on SwimmingWorldMagazine.com.

Click here to see the video and to read an accompanying story. (Both are on the Swimming World home page. The story's on the left, and the video should start automatically on the right.)

Added by Jenny Levison on July 14, 2008 at 7:47am — No Comments

RAPS - Week 2 - 2008

A great first day - kids are very well behaved although three could not come today due to a fight on Friday. I asked that the staff not withhold swim lessons from them so they will be in tomorrow. An order crowd this time. We only have 4 - 6 year olds and quite a few 10-12 year olds. The group is from two different neighborhoods this time - 15th Street and Twin Canal. Nice to see a few kids from Twin Canal from last year - they have really grown! Looking forward to another great week - We… Continue

Added by Leslie A. Paul on July 7, 2008 at 12:30pm — 2 Comments

Swimming for a Great Cause

One year ago I could not swim two yards. Today I completed two miles as part of a fundraiser for The American Red Cross. My swim buddies Leslie and Brandon knocked out four miles as part of the effort to raise money for the April Pools Day event hosted by Shaun Anderson of Norfolk State University. Shaun had a terrific event earlier this year where I had the pleasure of meeting Wanda Jean Butts, founder of the Josh Project. I hope you will check out Wanda's post to learn more about her mission.

Added by Regina Mobley on July 6, 2008 at 11:34pm — No Comments

Raps - Week 1 - 2008

The kids are great! We have 5 WSI's and Regina, who last year at this time couldn't swim at all. The kids are divided into four groups, ranging from Level 1 - Level 4. I wish we had each group longer so we could make more of a difference with them. I'm not sure which is better- shotgun effect with trying to get more kids safe or keep them longer and only have half the children, but having them swim better.

The kids seem receptive to my "Words of the Day" and after the first day they seem… Continue

Added by Leslie A. Paul on July 6, 2008 at 6:21am — 2 Comments

Channel 3 News of Hampton Roads Virginia reports a "New Study" as to why a majority of African American children don't know how to swim...

The "New Study" reveals that many African American children don't know how to swim because their parents don't know how to swim.

That's right... This "New Study" revealed a well known fact that has been known and studied for more than 10 years...

There were also plenty of other factors that were left out of the so called "New Study"...

Anyways, I'm not impressed with the report or the "New Study."

However, the statistic can be changed within 1… Continue

Added by Jonathan Bohannon on May 15, 2008 at 8:30am — 2 Comments

Nine miles to go

Leslie encouraged me to work on logging my first 50 miles. I have about nine miles to go. Hope to finish in..let's say 10-15 days.

Added by Regina Mobley on April 24, 2008 at 9:51pm — 3 Comments

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