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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 2012 Blog Posts (15)

2012 USRowing/America Rows Diversity Invitational Planning Underway

Good intentions. I try to keep up with all of my blogs and social media to share information about rowing. It takes away from actually doing the behind the scenes work to make it all happen. This is the latest news from USRowing:

Anita DeFrantz is named Honorary Chair of America Rows


Added by Lydia Boddie-Rice on April 29, 2012 at 8:15am — No Comments

Black Swimming History Explored During International Aquatic History Symposium and Film Festival

Who could imagine today that before the Civil War, Blacks and Native Americans were universally regarded as the best swimmers in the world, while most Whites could not swim and drowned in appalling numbers? The history of Black swimming is one of the topics explored in detail at the International Aquatic History Symposium and Film Festival, May 9 – 12, at the International Swimming Hall of Fame, in Fort Lauderdale. From the first European encounter…


Added by DAP News on April 28, 2012 at 1:02am — No Comments

Swim Meet in P.R

I want to congrad all the Coaches who was apart of this Great Trip to Purto Rico this spring . I want to thank Coach Eddie From the Madison Dophins in his great leadership on this . i want to thank the rest of the coaches as well Coache Reina , Coach Denise , Coach Eric .

Added by Dexter Tucker on April 26, 2012 at 9:01am — No Comments

Anita DeFrantz is named Honorary Chair of America Rows

From USRowing.org, by Beth Kohl:

One hundred days out from the start of the 2012 Olympic Games, USRowing is proud to name Anita L. DeFrantz as the Honorary Chair of America Rows, the nationwide diversity and inclusion initiative created by USRowing to increase…


Added by DAP News on April 25, 2012 at 4:30pm — No Comments

Stewie the Duck Launches Free Water Safety App on iTunes

From Stew Leonard III Children’s Charities:

 Water Safety Message Spread through Interactive, Fun Reading of

“Stewie the Duck Learns to Swim” iBook and Game

NORWALK, Conn., April 17, 2012 –…


Added by DAP News on April 25, 2012 at 3:18pm — No Comments

ISHOF Creates New Award to Recognize the Contributions of African and Swimmers of African Descent to World Aquatic History

From the International Swimming Hall of Fame:
The International Swimming Hall of Fame (ISHOF) has commissioned a work of art by award winning sculptor George Gadson, to recognize the generally unrecognized contributions that Africans and swimmers of African descent have played not only in swimming history, but in world history.  The as-yet to be named artwork will be unveiled during the inaugural International Aquatic Symposium & Film Festival…

Added by DAP News on April 25, 2012 at 2:57pm — No Comments

An Interview With Elliot Ptasnik

From USASwimming.org, by Mike Gustafson:

Elliot Ptasnik is a director at Imagine Swimming in New York City, and head age group coach of the Manhattan  Makos swim team. A former swimmer at the University of Iowa, Elliot was recently nominated for…


Added by DAP News on April 25, 2012 at 2:41pm — No Comments


The DC Parks & Recreation Department is offering a FREE summer swim league at 10 of its outdoor pools this summer.  Swimmers 14 and younger that are interested in taking up competitive swimming are encouraged to sign up at one of the participating aquatic facilities listed on the flyer.

We are also looking for interested volunteer coaches as well.  If you or anyone you know is interested in becoming a DC Summer Swim League coach please contact Rob Green at 202.576.9534 or via…


Added by Rob M. Green on April 23, 2012 at 4:29pm — No Comments

Swimming for the Soul

From the WashingtonPost.com, 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…


Added by Jayson Jackson on April 19, 2012 at 7:14pm — No Comments

Get some respect.

We don’t get no respect.

One of the most common themes I hear from aquatics professionals is, ‘Why don’t people realize this is important?  Why don’t they understand?’.

The next most common theme is ‘should we or shouldn’t we adopt standards, issue licenses, and have…


Added by Rebecca Wear Robinson on April 18, 2012 at 2:13pm — No Comments

Drowning prevention begins with you as the first of several barriers

From KTAR.com, by Holiday Moore:

This time last year, Arizona was on a record breaking pace with child drowning cases. It is why KTAR and Fulton Homes has launched the "Two Seconds Is Too Long" campaign earlier than usual this year.

We ended 2011 with a total of 16 child fatalities. As macabre as it sounds, Lori Schmidt with Arizona Drowning Prevention Coalition and…


Added by DAP News on April 17, 2012 at 12:27pm — No Comments

Water Safety Campaigns Catching Fire

From Aquatics International, by: Kendra Kozen:

Several annual water safety programs are heating up, and there’s at least one new event. Here’s a look at what’s going on.

International Water Safety Day


May 15 will be the first International Water Safety Day. Created by the…


Added by DAP News on April 13, 2012 at 10:30am — No Comments

Adopt these 16 key tasks for water safety.

There are as many messages about water safety as there are organizations and individuals working on the issue - which makes it pretty confusing to the general public.  The irony is that all the messages are pretty much the same.  I think we need to make them uniformly consistent - globally. 

Below are the Open Water Drowning Prevention Key…


Added by Rebecca Wear Robinson on April 11, 2012 at 10:45am — No Comments

Triathlon Demystified

I remember driving across town and seeing the bike trails at the side of the road. I imagined the mystery awaiting me at the end of those trails…I couldn’t wait to take my bike out and explore them.

But when I took my bike on the trail? I was just riding my bike. On the street.

After a certain point, all this triathlon stuff is starting to look like a workout. An INTENSE workout, but a workout, nevertheless.

I guess it had to happen sometime, that as I actually worked on…


Added by Angela Gray on April 5, 2012 at 3:28pm — No Comments

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