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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


October 2011 Blog Posts (12)

USRowing and Diversity in Aquatics Partner to Save Lives

From USRowing.org, By Allison Frederick:

USRowing has teamed up with Diversity in Aquatics, a nonprofit organization dedicated to water safety education, to create the Aquatics Safety Awareness Campaign, the organizations announced on Thursday.

The Aquatics Safety Awareness Campaign is an ongoing partnership to expand a nationwide water safety effort. Diversity in Aquatics recently released a study indicating that approximately 60…


Added by DAP News on October 26, 2011 at 1:00pm — 1 Comment




Hey everybody, please check out my latest blog post and enjoy.  Love ya'll. ~ Naimah

Added by Naimah Fuller on October 25, 2011 at 9:04am — No Comments

Increasing Hispanic Participation

From USASwimming.org, By: Mike Gustafson:

A few months ago, while I stood on a hot, muggy pool deck at a Diversity Camp in Flushing, New York, I discussed with someone the number of recognizable, prominent African-American swimmers in the United States. The person asked me, “Name as many black swimmers as you can, in ten seconds. Ready,…


Added by DAP News on October 19, 2011 at 9:30pm — No Comments

Bath-time Safety


Do you remember your baby’s first bath?  My children are 8 and 10 now and I still vividly recall the slightly concerned frown when they were first carefully lowered into the baby bath, which quickly dissolved into sheer bliss.  Just was exciting was the day they discovered that they had power over the water.  If you hit water with your fist it splashes!…


Added by Rebecca Wear Robinson on October 19, 2011 at 10:52am — 3 Comments

Lifting & Sinking of Blackhawk Down

Dear Friends of…


Added by ERROL DUPLESSIS on October 19, 2011 at 8:36am — 2 Comments

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Hispanic Heritage Swim Meet - White Plains, NY

In NY for the first Hispanic Heritage Swim Meet which begins tomorrow at the Theodore D. Young Community Center in White Plains.  If you are in the area and have time please stop in this weekend.

Added by Shaun Anderson on October 14, 2011 at 3:02pm — No Comments

Africans are the best swimmers.

For many years, conventional wisdom has held that blacks can not swim.  (I use the term ‘black’ to apply to anyone of African descent.  The term is meant with respect to encompass the broad range of cultures descending from the African continent)  A widely discredited academic report years ago stated that the physiology of a black person leads to their sinking…


Added by Rebecca Wear Robinson on October 12, 2011 at 5:58pm — 2 Comments

Dax Hill: A Budding Superstar

From USASwimming.org, by Mike Gustafson:

Last spring, Dax Hill was part of a historic swimming race. He didn’t break any NCAA records. He wasn’t even the fastest person in the heat. But Hill, a 6-foot-8 swimmer from the University of Texas, was the runner-up at the NCAA Championships in the 200 freestyle, second to Florida’s Brett Fraser.…


Added by DAP News on October 7, 2011 at 12:00pm — No Comments

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Boston - Regional Coaching Clinic

In Boston this week to catch up with members of the New England Diversity Committee and help with the Regional Coaching Clinic. The Regional Coaching Clinic program brings affordable clinics directly to teams in their own LSC's. These clinics are designed for the entire coaching staff from the novice coach to the senior level coach.  More Information:…


Added by Shaun Anderson on October 6, 2011 at 8:28pm — No Comments

Hannah Plint and Australia's National Day of Drowning Prevention


Hannah Plint drowned on October 4, 2007, just shy of her third birthday.  


Joshua Collingsworth drowned on June 4, 2008, age 2 1/2.


Stewie Leonard drowned on January 1, 1989, age 21 months.


An estimated 600,000 children drown…


Added by Rebecca Wear Robinson on October 4, 2011 at 12:50pm — No Comments

Preparing for my Future Life on the Lake

I once told my husband if we got a pool, I’d never get dressed in the summer. He told me I had a pool in my future.

I should have said I need to have a lake house.

One of my daughters just had a slumber party at her friend’s house, which just happens to be surrounded by lake. The house is completely lit up with light reflecting off the lake. The children jump on a big trampoline with the lake as a constant backdrop.

There’s a swing that’s hung just so you can swing over…


Added by Angela Gray on October 3, 2011 at 10:22pm — No Comments

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Washington, DC & Baltimore - Coppin State

Washington, DC  & Baltimore - Coppin State

Took a quick trip to DC this past weekend for the DC Parks & Rec Conference, they have a huge project in the works entitled “Generation Swim”, the plan is to combine the resources of Parks & Rec with the public schools in the district.  It will be interesting to see how the project unfolds. 


Skipped over to Coppin State University in Baltimore, MD to stop in at their new pool which has numerous aquatic programs up…


Added by Shaun Anderson on October 3, 2011 at 10:30am — No Comments

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