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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

November 2011 Blog Posts (15)

Trials and Tribulations: Jeff Commings Part Three

From USASwimming.org, by Mike Gustafson:

Each month, as part of our “Trials and Tribulations” series, we’ll try to give you an inside look at an Olympic Trials qualifier. The stories, backgrounds, hopes, dreams, obstacles, and accomplishments of a few of the 1,500 swimmers…

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Added by DAP News on November 29, 2011 at 10:00am — No Comments

Metro Swimming Diversity Clinic

From USASwimming.org, by Mike Gustafson:

Earlier this year, I attended a diversity clinic in Flushing, New York. I brought my video camera because I knew that the sights and sounds and stories would be better served in a visual format rather than the written word. After uploading a story about a swimmer from Lennox, California who is about to go to his first-ever USA…

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Added by DAP News on November 25, 2011 at 10:00am — No Comments

Learning to sail, to enjoy the Caribbean

      I began my persistence for learning sailing in the summer of 2011. Prior I had only sailed on a cruise ship and 43 foot sloop boat. Those trips conveyed openings to explore destinations off shore. The cruise ship was a typical scheduled stops format, with everything you need away from home. It was enjoyable and sparked interest in traveling outside the USA, via water. Later the same year, I embarked on the Black Boaters Summit (BBS) 2009. This 10 day adventure acclimated me to real…

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Added by Rodney on November 24, 2011 at 11:25pm — No Comments

Theory vs. Reality

There are wonderful theories about how we should end drowning.  Everyone should have one-on-one swim lessons with a qualified instructor.  Every pool should be fenced.  Every potentially dangerous body of water should be fenced with warning signs that the public obeys.  Parents should supervise their children at all times near water.  Approved lifejackets should…

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Added by Rebecca Wear Robinson on November 23, 2011 at 11:33am — No Comments

Trails and Tribulations: Jeff Commings Part Two

Each month, as part of our “Trials and Tribulations” series, we’ll try to give you an inside look at an Olympic Trials qualifier. The stories, backgrounds, hopes, dreams, obstacles, and accomplishments of a few of the 1,500 swimmers expected at next summer’s Olympic Trials. If YOU have a story you want to share, please email Trials.Tribulations.2012@gmail.com.



We’ve been following the journey of 37-year-old…

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Added by DAP News on November 23, 2011 at 8:30am — No Comments

Nathan Adrian Takes Part In Pacific Swimming Diversity Select Camp

From USASwimming.org:

Nathan Adrian participated in the Pacific Swimming Diversity Select Camp Nov. 12 in San Jose, Calif.

Here's what Nathan Adrian had to say about participating in the camp:

 

Why did you want to take part in this event?

Nathan: I was approached about the opportunity to be…

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Added by DAP News on November 22, 2011 at 6:30pm — No Comments

International Water Safety Day

From Open Water Source:

 

Shaun Anderson and Jayson Jackson continue to do tremendous good in this world.…

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Added by DAP News on November 22, 2011 at 1:00pm — No Comments


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2011 USA Swimming Diversity Summit at the Olympic Training Center November 17 -19

 

2011 USA Swimming Diversity Summit - Colorado Springs, CO NOV. 17-19

 

This year’s Diversity Summit will be held Nov. 17-19 at the Olympic Training Center in Colorado Springs. Held every other year since 2007, USA Swimming’s Diversity Summit brings together LSC representatives in an open and inclusive atmosphere to discuss creative ways to foster practical programs and solutions to impact diversity efforts at…

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Added by Shaun Anderson on November 16, 2011 at 1:00pm — 1 Comment

John Carlos: The Swimmer Who Never Was

From USASwimming.org, by Mike Gustafson:

“This is the exact reason… you will never be an Olympic swimmer. Whether it’s a public pool or a private pool, if you can’t even get in the water, then you better believe that this is done before it even starts.” – Excerpt from “The John Carlos Story”

Mexico City, 1968. Two young, talented black men walk to the medal podium. It is after the final of the 200 meter dash. These men…

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Added by DAP News on November 15, 2011 at 9:30am — 3 Comments

Educating Through YouTube

Social media can be a powerful tool or a destructive influence.  We all know that well-chosen words can elevate or decimate, but we also know that time heals all wounds and being able to forget words, or at least add a rosy hue to the memory, can be a blessing.

 

Social media and the internet have changed that.  Once it’s…

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Added by Rebecca Wear Robinson on November 10, 2011 at 11:53am — No Comments

International Swim Meeting Day 2

It took some searching, but Cullen finished 2nd again, this time in the 50 free. His time, 22.20 was slightly behind the leader, Marco Orsi of Italy, who had a time of 22.06.



Natalie Coughlin had another great day as well.Here’s the day 2 scoreboard.



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Added by Angela Gray on November 7, 2011 at 10:30pm — No Comments

The Rest of the Story

Cullen is tweeting again. First he said he was headed to Italy. Then he said he didn't know what he was swimming, except for 100 IM.



I was on pins and needles to find out how he did. I found out that Jones and other American swimmers participated in an International Swim Meeting in Bolzano, Italy.



Then I read this mysterious tweet: "It's coming around 48.9 after heavy lift yesterday ... I'll take it...#beatenup"



Here's the rest of the story, as I found… Continue

Added by Angela Gray on November 5, 2011 at 9:02pm — No Comments

Follow the Leaders: Don’t know how to address minority swimming needs? Take a leap with these trailblazers.

From Aquatics International, by: Tara Eggleston:



We know that engaging minority groups in aquatics programs is a national issue, but how can we help reduce the drowning and water-related injury statistics among these groups?



I’ll bet some managers wonder if smaller-scale efforts…

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Added by DAP News on November 4, 2011 at 3:30pm — No Comments

Row New York Named First Recipient of Anita DeFrantz Award

From USRowing.org:

Since beginning its program with a borrowed boat and eight inner city kids nine years ago, Row New York has been a pioneer in the effort to make rowing accessible to young people from the city’s urban neighborhoods.

Today, the program provides both athletic and academic opportunities to over 300 young people from New York’s…

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Added by DAP News on November 3, 2011 at 12:30pm — No Comments

Why do adults drown?



Natural disasters like flooding and tsunamis.  Unsafe environments like overloaded ferries or rickety boats.  Over-estimating skill and under-estimating the power of unfamiliar water.  Alcohol-induced poor judgement.  Lack of swimming ability.…

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Added by Rebecca Wear Robinson on November 2, 2011 at 12:35pm — No Comments

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