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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


December 2010 Blog Posts (6)

2010 in the Pool

As I reviewed this year on my personal blog, graymattersonline.net, I mentioned a few swimming events for the family, but I left out a few. Not earth shattering, I'm sure, but I would like to have record of them, nevertheless.

My oldest daughter spent the most time at the pool this year, continuing her lifeguard job at the Y, and even picking up a private pool gig this summer.

While she spent…


Added by Angela Gray on December 31, 2010 at 12:16pm — No Comments

Trivia, First Black Collegiate Champion


Concerning the first Black National Collegiate Champion in swimming you listed Fred Evans in 1974 in 100 yard Breaststroke.  There was a Black Diver from Central State Ohio Al Warren who won the 1 meter and 3 meter diving titles in 1961 and again in 1962 and the 3meter in 1963 at the NAIA championships.  Other Black swimmers who won NAIA championships included Byron Ware 100 yd breaststroke (North Central) in 1961, and John Swann from Tennessee State in 100 yard breaststroke…


Added by thurman robins on December 22, 2010 at 6:30pm — 4 Comments

Reaching - and positively influencing - the 2-4's

Children ages 2-4 are at the highest risk of drowning of any age group. And, while the drowning rates for older children are slowly decreasing, the rates for toddlers are actually increasing.

I have yet to find a study that explains why. Based on my research (and my own experience as a mom), I’d venture to say it’s because water is everywhere and it’s fun. It’s a magnet. It draws those little rascals in. At that age, kids not only don’t…


Added by Rebecca Wear Robinson on December 15, 2010 at 10:48am — No Comments

Sylvius Moore to Be in Inducted in the Hampton University Hall of Fame on Jan 14, 2011 (Football, Wrestling, Swimming, 1931-35, 1943-85)

The Hampton University Department of Athletics has announced the second class to be inducted into its Athletics Hall of Fame. The five-member class will be enshrined in an induction ceremony on Friday, Jan. 14, 2011 at the Student Center Ballroom on the HU campus.

“This outstanding group of individuals symbolizes the essence of success on the national and world stage,” said Dr. Charles Wooding, who chairs the HU Athletics Hall of Fame’s Board of Directors. “The committee was careful… Continue

Added by LeslieJ. on December 6, 2010 at 2:43pm — No Comments

SEASTARS received a donation yesterday from The Florida Council on Crime and Delinquency Chapter 6 last night, December 1, 2010.

A big thank you to FCCD Chapter 6 in

recognizing our hard work and for supporting SEASTARS Aquatics, Inc.!

The mission of the Florida Council on Crime and Delinquency is to serve

as a catalyst for the prevention and reduction of crime and delinquency

and to enhance the quality of justice for all Floridians.

FCCD strives to improve the criminal and juvenile justice systems by

examining problems, proposing solutions, and monitoring and evaluating

the… Continue

Added by Robin Mohanco Heller on December 2, 2010 at 1:23pm — 2 Comments

Instinctual Protection

I had an e-mail from my friend Reese last week. While she was carrying her baby to the car, she fell and sprained her ankle badly. She screamed in pain for her mother to come take the baby and then promptly fainted when the baby was safe in her mother’s arms. It reminded me of an incident when my daughter was 4 months old. It was dinnertime, we had just moved into our house with the beautiful…


Added by Rebecca Wear Robinson on December 1, 2010 at 12:22pm — No Comments

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