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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


July 2008 Blog Posts (6)

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

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