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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

May 2012 Blog Posts (12)

And in local fitness news…

Last week, I ran the Girls on the Run 5k with my 10 year old. This was my second time running in this event; I did it 3 years ago with my then 8 y/o. I had considered retraining the older girl and having her join us this time, but the thought of trying to keep up with two girls of wildly different pace discouraged me from that task.

I felt much better about my preparedness this time around. I am 20ish pounds lighter, and not pregnant, for one. For two, I can actually run the entire…

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Added by Angela Gray on May 31, 2012 at 10:09pm — No Comments

Programs that work.

Measurable results.  Sustainable results.  Analysis.  Cost-benefit analysis.

These aren’t just buzzwords.  These are the criteria that all drowning prevention programs should be measured against.

I was thrilled to read the…

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Added by Rebecca Wear Robinson on May 23, 2012 at 2:53pm — No Comments

Snatching Moments at the Pool

Swimmers are so nice. I am struck by how friendly everyone is in the locker room after I get out of the pool.

I remembered how nice everyone was at the Y when I started swimming regularly. They met for breakfast on Saturdays. I didn’t even consider myself a real swimmer yet, and I was invited.

The ladies in the locker room struck up a pleasant conversation this week when I went swimming. I had thought I don’t go often enough for anyone to notice, but no, that wasn’t…

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Added by Angela Gray on May 18, 2012 at 7:30am — No Comments


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Buenos Aires, Argentina - Maria Claudi Falcone School

Buenos Aires, Argentina - Maria Claudi Falcone School!

Beautiful inner city school.....



But the pool in the basement....…

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Added by Shaun Anderson on May 17, 2012 at 6:30pm — No Comments

IWSD Prompts House of Representatives to Act

United States House of Representatives formally acknowledges that water safety education should be included in primary and secondary schools. (H.RES.658)

May 15, 2012, marked the Inaugural International Water Safety Day prompting the United States House of Representative via H.RES.658 to formally acknowledge that water…

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Added by DAP News on May 16, 2012 at 2:01pm — No Comments


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IWSD Prompts House of Representatives to Act

United States House of Representatives formally acknowledges that water safety education should be included in primary and secondary schools. …

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Added by Shaun Anderson on May 16, 2012 at 2:00pm — 2 Comments


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It's International Water Safety Day!

International Water Safety Day

By Mike Gustafson/Correspondent

It’s such a simple, beautiful idea, I was shocked to learn prior to this year, it did not exist. Which perhaps only underscores its urgency.



It’s called “International Water Safety Day.” Think “Earth Day” meets water safety awareness. On May 15th, the first ever Water Safety Day will…

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Added by Shaun Anderson on May 15, 2012 at 12:00am — 2 Comments

Think Outside The Box

All of us have fears and often those fears become extreme fears or phobias.  Fear of water is a common fear and the scientific term for it is aqua phobia or hydrophobia, and I suffered from fear of water for twenty one years.  After experiencing a non-fatal drowning incident as a child I had a subconscious fear of water and deep seated memories of what slow suffocation by swallowing water feels like.  I finally learned how to swim at the age of twenty seven, and conquered my biggest…

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Added by Audrey C. Dalton on May 14, 2012 at 6:20pm — No Comments

Swim lessons help minority children break cycle

From CNN.com, by Lan Trinh:

Wanda Butts dropped the phone and screamed when she heard the news that her son was dead.

Josh had drowned while rafting on a lake with friends. The 16-year-old didn't know how to swim, and he wasn't wearing a life jacket.

"I couldn't believe it, I didn't want to believe it: that just like that, my son had drowned and he was…

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Added by DAP News on May 11, 2012 at 10:30am — No Comments

Update on Global Initiatives

I’ve highlighted several initiatives in the past few months.  Time for an update.

1.  Petition to the United Nations:…

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Added by Rebecca Wear Robinson on May 9, 2012 at 10:00am — No Comments

Just Swim For Life Program Launches with Big Goal

From NBC29.com, by Mary Dunleavy:

A record-breaking athlete is helping the Just Swim for Life Foundation launch a program to teach thousands of central Virginia kids to swim.

Kids filled the bleachers of the Smith Aquatics and Fitness Center in Charlottesville Sunday to hear a motivational talk from swimmer…

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Added by DAP News on May 8, 2012 at 1:30pm — No Comments

2012 USA Swimming Diversity Select Camp

Thirty-six athletes from underrepresented populations have come to Colorado Springs for a three-day program which includes pool training, motivational and education sessions and team building exercises.   Through these sessions USA Swimming will seek to inspire athletes and coaches from underrepresented populations to become leaders and role models not only in their club but also in their communities.  

 

Day 1 Highlights

 

Coach Ozzie Quevedo took the kids…

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Added by Manuel Banks on May 4, 2012 at 4:28pm — No Comments

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