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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

October 2010 Blog Posts (17)

How do you cut death rates 17%?

The new CPR guidelines are out with all sorts of fanfare and media coverage. Great news and lots of new research and discussion over a critical tool that could save some of the 250,000 people who die of heart disease each year. But why not the same media focus on preventing the deaths in the first place? How about this little-seen article with the staggering headline: Analyses: Heart Attack…

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Added by Rebecca Wear Robinson on October 27, 2010 at 2:50pm — No Comments

Rattlers get off to impressive start versus Seminoles

The Rattler men got finally got the 2010-2011 season started against Florida State. The Seminoles won the meet 122-43, but there were a few bright spots for the men.



Here are some of the highlights from the meet:



Freshman Joel Sankar  got a stellar start to his collegiate career. Sankar, the lone winner for the Rattlers on the day, posted a time of 2:03.95 in the final individual event of the day, the 200 yard individual medley. His swim also earned a spot in… Continue

Added by Douglas Carrington on October 24, 2010 at 5:30pm — No Comments

Rattler women improve versus Florida gulf Coast

The Lady Rattlers showed solid improvement last Friday in the dual meet versus Florida Gulf Coast University. The Eagles won the meet 83-55, at Florida State’s Morcom Aquatic Center.



Every single swimmer posted improved times in their events. Team highlights from the meet:

Sophomore Alexandria Age and Freshman Reina Pate posted season best times in the women's 50 yard freestyle (:25.95 and :26.78, respectively). Age also got her name etched in the… Continue

Added by Douglas Carrington on October 24, 2010 at 5:30pm — No Comments

Women's Weekend Preview: Florida A&M hosts Florida Gulf Coast

This Friday, the Lady Rattlers (0-1,0-1) will host three-time CCSA conference champion Florida Gulf Coast University(1-0,0-0).

This will be the first home meet of the season for the Lady Rattlers. The women are excited about swimming some great comeptition and stepping up in their respective events.

Head Coach Jorge Olaves says that he is looking to see Freshman Reina Pate continue to shine after some great swims at the University of North Florida. The Clinton, Maryland native got… Continue

Added by Douglas Carrington on October 21, 2010 at 5:30pm — No Comments

Men's Weekend Preview: Florida A&M versus Florida State

After many weeks of waiting, the 2010-2011 Men's swimming team will get their first competition of the season as they take on cross town rival Florida State University. 

While the women were on the road earlier this month at the University of North Florida, the men have been patiently preparing over the month of October. With some new faces, the men are looking forward to going after their relays this season as well as prove themselves in the stroke events. The freshman men will have some… Continue

Added by Douglas Carrington on October 20, 2010 at 5:30pm — No Comments

What mentoring programs work in your community?

A friend and colleague in Hawaii, who is also Flotilla Commander for the U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary, sent me some great information about a mentoring/education program between the Coast Guard and the Cub Scouts. Cub Scouts from across the island converge for a day of water safety and water fun. The kids learn about water safety and how to send distress signals using a CD. They learn about…

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Added by Rebecca Wear Robinson on October 20, 2010 at 12:00pm — 4 Comments

5 Ways to Teach a Distracted Child to Swim

My little boy is easily distracted. He’s smart as a whip, but don’t let there be anything on the school table that he can make noise with. He won’t hear another word of his (homeschool) lesson.



This would prove a problem for him in the pool, as he’s constantly fiddling with his goggles, climbing in and out of the pool on the handy metal pole nearby, and inching his way around the edge of the pool. The swim coaches do an excellent job of retaining his attention. Here’s the 5 top ways… Continue

Added by Angela Gray on October 18, 2010 at 10:48pm — 1 Comment

Are Learn to Swim and Competitive Swim Programs Compatible?

I knew that the best place to learn to swim was in a swim team setting. The competition just gave the children a tangible goal. That and the fact that none of my children ever learned anything in a ‘Y’ swim class. And by Y, I mean, every other learn to swim program I enrolled them in besides swim team.



It seemed counterintuitive at the time. I mean, why would you sign up for a swim team if you couldn’t swim? But not only did training for competition jump start my older children’s… Continue

Added by Angela Gray on October 17, 2010 at 1:39am — 3 Comments

Alexandria Age earns CCSA Top 16 ranking

Sophomore Alexandria Age made the Coastal Collegiate Swimming Association Top 16 times list this week with her efforts against CCSA foe University of North Florida. Her time of 1:05.43 in the women's 100 backstroke ranks her 14th in the conference. Congrats to Alex and keep up the good work!

Check the Rankings and the rest of the weekly report -> CCSA Top 16 Week of Oct 11

Added by Douglas Carrington on October 15, 2010 at 5:30pm — No Comments

Q&A with Dr. Cecil Gordon

DAP Members Manuel Banks and Dr. Cecil Gordon sit down for Q&A session on USASwimming.org:



Please talk about your connection to swimming?



Unlike most volunteers and staff associated with USA Swimming, I don’t have… Continue

Added by Jayson Jackson on October 14, 2010 at 11:00am — 1 Comment

A bad economy does't have to mean you can't keep your kids safe.

Times are tough for almost everyone today, but that doesn’t have to mean you can’t keep your kids out of danger. The Virginia Graeme Baker Pool & Spa Safety Act established a Grant Program to assist states in implementing new laws and regulations for pool and spa safety. Check out this site and see if you are eligible for funds to make your neighborhood pools safer.…

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Added by Rebecca Wear Robinson on October 13, 2010 at 3:32pm — No Comments

Ospreys outlast the Lady Rattlers in season opener

10/9/10- The Florida A&M University Lady Rattlers Swimming team opened up the 2010-2011 season on the road at Coastal Collegiate Swimming Association conference foe the University of North Florida. The Ospreys won the meet 51-21.

Check out the full results here ->… Continue

Added by Douglas Carrington on October 10, 2010 at 5:30pm — No Comments

Human Genome Proves Blacks Can Swim

Or rather, it doesn’t prove that blacks can’t swim. So if you’re wondering why most don’t swim, you can throw out all the arguments that would point to genetics. The human genome doesn’t make racial distinctions. Sports aptitude is not race related.

Environment would play a much larger role in the swimmer’s development.

Added by Angela Gray on October 8, 2010 at 11:30pm — No Comments

Does Chlorine Fight Colds?

It seems counter-intuitive, but I don’t think cold germs stand a chance in the swimming pool.



Mind you, this is purely anecdotal. The my little google search didn’t turn up anything to back up my claims. I just know that whenever I have a cold, I could be almost all stopped up when I start a set, but I can breathe by the time I finish the set, and my cold is completely gone 2 days later.



I brought this up because my son in swim lessons has been coughing for over a month.… Continue

Added by Angela Gray on October 7, 2010 at 10:05pm — No Comments

Misty Water Colored Memories

I remember watching the awkwardness of growing up at the pool. Girls who started swimming while they were little continuing through the onset of curves and pimples. The horror of wearing a tattered, worn suit during that period. I see young girls at the pool, and it’s as if 4 years hadn’t gone by.



The coaches remember, too. They may not remember the baby boy born while his big siblings swam competitively, but they remember his older sisters who started swimming when they were… Continue

Added by Angela Gray on October 6, 2010 at 10:43pm — No Comments

What are you afraid of?

I have a theory.



Fear paralyzes, Hope mobilizes.…



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Added by Rebecca Wear Robinson on October 6, 2010 at 3:43pm — 2 Comments

"First Swim Lesson"

I know I’ve been building it up in my head quite a bit. That magical moment when my 6 year old actually *learns to swim* (cue trumpet fanfare). So I had great anticipation at taking him to his *first swim lesson* yesterday.



But, A: He didn’t learn to swim the first day, and

B: It wasn’t even his first swim lesson.



He’d taken lessons with his sister last year, remember, and there was the one time we made it down to the city pool for lessons this summer.



So,… Continue

Added by Angela Gray on October 5, 2010 at 11:00pm — No Comments

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