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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

June 2010 Blog Posts (9)

From Swim Teacher to Lifeguard and Back

My daughter has been lifeguarding rather than teaching lately. I have been swimming during part of her shift lately, but yesterday I just dropped her off and picked her up. When I arrived to pick her up, I pointed out the lifeguard to my 6 year old son. We noticed that she was a different girl. I was looking around trying to find my daughter when my son said, "There she is!" And sure enough, my daughter was in the water, teaching a lesson.



She was excited, because lifeguarding makes… Continue

Added by Angela Gray on June 27, 2010 at 9:40pm — No Comments

What good is an Above Ground Pool?

Our neighbors across the street have an above ground pool. They invite our little kids over nearly everyday to play in it. That includes our 6 year old, who can’t swim, and even the 2 year old. I have resisted letting the 2 year old go to play until the other day. I went over to supervise her pool time, fearful that the water would be over her head.



I needn’t have worried. The water came up to her chest at best, and my toddler happily splashed and played with her water wings on her… Continue

Added by Angela Gray on June 24, 2010 at 9:21pm — No Comments

Lia Neal in Santa Clara Grand Prix

Remember when I wrote about Lia Neal? I didn’t, either, until I saw her picture. That’s part of that thing I have where I never forget a face.



Anyway, the 15 year old swimmer competed in the Santa Clara Grand Prix this weekend. She swam in the 100 free, finishing 3rd. The winner was a 14 year old from Australia. I normally wouldn’t be celebrating a third place, but I was excited to see a young black swimmer in the race at all. Third place is still a medal at the Olympics, right? So… Continue

Added by Angela Gray on June 20, 2010 at 10:35pm — No Comments

Back in the Pool

This is not a theme I want to recur, ie., I stay out of the pool so long I can't stand it anymore, then I return and happily blog about it. That sounds like the recipe for standing still, or worse, getting behind.



But I had to work out some issues before I could see clear to go swimming again. So, today, I tagged along with my daughter when she went to work. She was a lifeguard for three hours; I thought I could swim during one of those. I was so proud going to the lifeguard to ask… Continue

Added by Angela Gray on June 19, 2010 at 8:24pm — No Comments

Cullen Jones Hits the Road

The latest study about minorities and drowning was disheartening. I started wondering what is the point of all the hard work Diversity in Aquatics is doing, or even the meager effort I've been exerting to get the word out about how important it is to learn to swim.



But then I found that Cullen Jones is doing more than just breaking swim records. He is on a… Continue

Added by Angela Gray on June 17, 2010 at 11:13pm — No Comments

I talked to an old friend today. She grew up in a Lake Michigan town, and shared with me that everyone in her town had to learn to swim. She is a black woman not held back by fear of the water. One o…

I talked to an old friend today. She grew up in a Lake Michigan town, and shared with me that everyone in her town had to learn to swim. She is a black woman not held back by fear of the water. One of her favorite sports? White water rafting. She shared how her husband went rafting with her once. He did fine, but being a non-swimmer, he just didn’t feel comfortable trying white water rafting again.



My friend told me that swim skills may not be too helpful in the rapids, but they… Continue

Added by Angela Gray on June 15, 2010 at 11:46pm — No Comments

Summer Solstice Swim Meet Memories

I heard that the Summer Solstice Swim Meet was this weekend. It was also the dreaded weekend of my daughter's Open House, so we weren't going. The Summer Solstice Meet is the big USA swim meet our local club, Great Lakes Aquatics hosts. It's a weekend long event held in a large outdoor city pool. My kids competed in it a few times before they quit swimming.



The last Summer Solstice Meet I attended was four years ago. I wrote a post about it. Here it goes:



Tan and burning.… Continue

Added by Angela Gray on June 13, 2010 at 9:56pm — No Comments

Oh No He Didn't!

A month ago, I wrote about a comment my Pastor's wife made about not being able to swim. She made a passing remark, "I don't swim, so I stay away from the water. . . "



Today, the Pastor made more than a passing comment. He made a long joke about not being able to swim. He was funny, too, talking about how folks wanted to throw him in the lake at the Church Picnic, but since he couldn't swim, he had no bones… Continue

Added by Angela Gray on June 6, 2010 at 10:30pm — No Comments

New Report Out: Blacks are Still Drowning

USA Swimming is releasing a new study that shows that non-swimming Blacks drown at a rate of 70%, Hispanics, 58%, while white non-swimmers drown at a 40% rate. The report cites the usual factors, lack of access, which is amplified in this recession. Pools are closing at an alarming rate in Black neighborhoods, and budgets to pay for lifeguards are also shrinking.



These horrifying statistics aside, we are really killing ourselves. The study cites that non-swimming black parents are… Continue

Added by Angela Gray on June 1, 2010 at 9:36pm — No Comments

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