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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


April 2011 Blog Posts (27)

The Negro and Learning to Swim

As the Executive Director and owner of the only travel and learning adventure program of its kind in the nation for girls 11-16, you can probably only imagine the questions and comments I hear from people when I tell them about my …


Added by Tracey Friley on April 30, 2011 at 3:00pm — 3 Comments

Eastern Zone Diversity Select Camp

Each LSC in the Eastern Zone is invited to send 2 athletes, the LSC Diversity Coordinator and one coach to the very first Eastern Zone Diversity Select camp being hosted by Middle Atlantic Swimming and held at LaSalle University in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania on June 16-19, 2011. Questions about the camp may be directed to…


Added by DAP News on April 29, 2011 at 10:00am — No Comments

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Virginia Beach, VA - Ocean Swim

Virginia Beach, VA

Recently i've decided to get back in shape in order to swim in an open water race later this year..so i hopped in the atlantic this morning for my first VB ocean swim of 2011..there's a thin line between refreshing and cold..but got it done...a little sore but day 1 finished..figure i'll run and surf tomorrow...Vashon you up for hitting the waves tmw? SA…


Added by Shaun Anderson on April 29, 2011 at 7:30am — 1 Comment

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think different..

Added by Shaun Anderson on April 27, 2011 at 7:30pm — No Comments

World Record Swim Set for May 1st!



Don Walsh is an extraordinary man by anyone’s definition.  Mentor to Navy SEAL candidates, 3-tour Vietnam War Veteran, coach for minority women’s triathalon teams, guitarist, water safety author, husband, and father.  He’s been a serious open water swimming competitor for three decades, including circling Key West (12.5 miles), Manhattan (28.5 miles)…


Added by Rebecca Wear Robinson on April 26, 2011 at 10:02pm — No Comments

Why is MY kid afraid of the water?


Every week I see the same little boy, around 4, wailing through his swim lesson.  Always the same routine - he enters the pool area and starts crying.  He cries for 30 minutes straight, quite pathetically, and stops as soon as the towel is wrapped around him and he’s walking calmly into the locker room.  


Why? …


Added by Rebecca Wear Robinson on April 20, 2011 at 1:57pm — 2 Comments

New job site

Register today at www.aquaticjobsnetwork.com

Added by Alison Terry on April 20, 2011 at 12:08pm — 1 Comment

PVS Diversity Committee Notes

PVS Families,
Happy Spring! I hope this finds you in good spirits and enjoying the wonderful weather. Below you will find information on the latest happenings and events comming up in the Potomac Valley area. The information will also be shared on our website:www.pvswim.org/diversity.html and our group on Diversity in Aquatics. If you have any questions or comments on…

Added by Miriam S Lynch on April 20, 2011 at 12:00pm — No Comments

USA Swimming National Diversity Select Camp Names Final Roster

Congrats to all the athletes who were selected to attend the 2011 National Diversity Select Camp. The 2011 National Diversity Select Camp will take place May 5-8, 2011 at the Olympic Training Center in Colorado Springs.

Added by Jayson Jackson on April 18, 2011 at 10:30am — No Comments

David Banks: The American Dream

From Champions.Stanford.edu, by Donny Simkin:

It is a late breakfast in the cafeteria at the 2009 FISA Rowing World Championships in Poznan, Poland. Athletes are milling about, chatting about race conditions or iPod playlists, eggs and toast and coffee disappearing into the fuel tanks of some of the best cardiovascular human engines on the planet. On the television screen… Continue

Added by DAP News on April 18, 2011 at 10:30am — No Comments

Butler did it, VCU did it, Why not Norfolk State?

I was playing golf at the Woodlands Golf Course in Hampton, VA today when I was thinking about this topic. This goes back to good coaching and good players people who are willing to become a synergy by putting the effort into the game. It's not about money. For all the amount of money public education spends on schools per student you would expect public education to be better than private education. Quite often its not because of the focus of the teachers and the students as well as…


Added by Robeson White on April 17, 2011 at 10:30pm — No Comments

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DAP Mixer at Rasta Pasta - Colorado Springs

In the Colorado Springs area for the Build a Pool Conference or NDPA? Join me and other DAP members tonight at Rasta Pasta.. 405 North Tejon Street Colorado Springs - 5:30PM

Added by Shaun Anderson on April 16, 2011 at 12:07pm — No Comments

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Colorado Springs, CO - National Drowning Prevention Alliance Symposium

At the NDPA Symposium in Colorado Springs, CO and just heard Mick & Sue Nelson’s presentation “Overcoming Aquatic Fear”.  It started with a discussion about fear, aqua-phobia and how to work through it.  It continued all the way to the current drowning issues faced in this country.  The Nelsons are such a wealth of knowledge who can cover every aquatic topic you could think of. … Continue

Added by Shaun Anderson on April 15, 2011 at 7:30pm — No Comments

Indiana Youth Project

My name is Eric and I am in the midst of starting a non for profit to help provide swim lessons for free to youths in the Indianapolis area. I welcome any advice.

Added by Mr Jackaon MBA on April 15, 2011 at 7:00pm — 3 Comments

World's Largest Swimming Lesson

Register today to be a host facility for the world record attempt for the world's largest swimming lesson. The event will be held on June 14, Tuesday. Because it is a simultaneous swim lesson across the world, the time varies according to your location. Contact registration@worldslargestswimminglesson.org for more information. The attempt was also made last year and 3,971 people participated from 5 countries US, Canada, Mexico,… Continue

Added by Penny Pantano on April 15, 2011 at 11:33am — No Comments

New PVS News


Added by Miriam S Lynch on April 15, 2011 at 11:00am — 1 Comment

Fort Lauderdale Aquatics: Changing the Face of Swimming

From USASwimming.org, By: Mike Watkins:



Added by DAP News on April 14, 2011 at 4:30pm — No Comments

Detroit Swimmers Mingle With Heroes

From USASwimming.org, Mike Gustafson:


Do you remember your first time meeting a sports hero? When you walked down the street and saw Tom Brady? Maybe you were a kid. Suddenly, up close and personal, your favorite sporting superstar looked somehow different. 


More human. More approachable. More like you. 


Every four years, television brings the…


Added by Jayson Jackson on April 14, 2011 at 11:27am — 1 Comment

History Made at Men's NCAAs

From SwimmingWorldMagazine.com:

Commentary by Jeff Commings, SwimmingWorld.TV associate producer 

Courtesy of: Peter H.…

Added by Jayson Jackson on April 13, 2011 at 12:30pm — 1 Comment

Show and Tell


When my son was about one we were on one of those turbulent flights where you suspect even the pilot is white-knuckling it.  I made one of my better parenting decisions at that moment.  I looked at him and said ‘this is the fun part, where the plane goes bumpity-bump!’  And, here’s the important thing, I looked like I was enjoying myself!  I did not…


Added by Rebecca Wear Robinson on April 13, 2011 at 11:22am — No Comments

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