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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

DAP News's Blog Posts Tagged 'USA Swimming' (21)

Lia Neal: A Journey in the Making

From USASwimming.org, BY Mike Gustafson

MANHATTAN – Lia Neal is sleeping. It’s 10:45am on a Thursday morning. In another room await 3 TV cameras, 2 dSLR cameras, 20 reporters, and a gathering of onlookers, supporters, and Asphalt Green staff. While they wait in a hallway, I spot Lia on the floor in the Asphalt Green pool complex. She’s…

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Added by DAP News on July 13, 2012 at 3:00pm — 2 Comments

Black Swimmers Increasing Diversity of the U.S. Team

From NYTimes.com, By 

Doug Mills/The New York Times

Cullen Jones after winning the 100-meter freestyle final Sunday to qualify…

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Added by DAP News on July 2, 2012 at 10:17am — 1 Comment

An Interview With Elliot Ptasnik

From USASwimming.org, by Mike Gustafson:

Elliot Ptasnik is a director at Imagine Swimming in New York City, and head age group coach of the Manhattan  Makos swim team. A former swimmer at the University of Iowa, Elliot was recently nominated for…

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Added by DAP News on April 25, 2012 at 2:41pm — No Comments

Water Safety Campaigns Catching Fire

From Aquatics International, by: Kendra Kozen:

Several annual water safety programs are heating up, and there’s at least one new event. Here’s a look at what’s going on.

International Water Safety Day

(internationalwatersafetyday.org)

May 15 will be the first International Water Safety Day. Created by the…

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Added by DAP News on April 13, 2012 at 10:30am — No Comments

Urban Youth Make a Splash in D.C.

From the Huffington Post, By: Georgiana Bloom:

As a lifelong swimmer, when I get a whiff of chlorine, I get excited. But when I saw hundreds of kids swimming in every lane at D.C.'s Takoma Aquatic Center on President's Day weekend, I was thrilled.

The joint was jumping. Lane after lane was full of swimmers racing and practicing; kids'…

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Added by DAP News on February 25, 2012 at 9:02am — No Comments

A Compton Coach Speaks Out, Part 2

From USASwimming.org, By Mike Gustafson:

A few weeks ago, I received an email from a swimming coach in Compton, California named Louis Pecot. His complaint as a coach for over 30+ years in the area was that, despite earlier claims from someone featured on this website, there was swimming in Compton – at least when he was growing up. I interviewed him about his background growing up…

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Added by DAP News on January 16, 2012 at 9:00am — No Comments

Olympian Cullen Jones inspires kids to swim





From CNN.com:

In the Human Factor, we profile survivors who have overcome the odds. Confronting a life obstacle - injury, illness or other hardship - they tapped their inner strength and found resilience they didn't know they possessed. This week, Cullen Jones, the first…

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Added by DAP News on January 9, 2012 at 9:00am — No Comments

A Coach From Compton Shares His Perspective

From USASwimming.org, By: Mike Gustafson:

A few weeks ago, I received an email from a swimming coach in Compton, California named Louis Pecot. His complaint as a coach for 30+ years in the area was that, despite earlier claims from someone featured on this website, there was swimming in Compton – at least when he was growing up. I interviewed him about his background growing up in South…

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Added by DAP News on January 6, 2012 at 10:30am — No Comments

Nadar Por Vida Feature

Added by DAP News on December 9, 2011 at 9:30am — No Comments

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

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

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,…

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

ConocoPhillips Gives Back: Michigan Swimmers Teach Inner-City Kids to Swim

From USASwimming.org:

Long-time USA Swimming corporate partner ConocoPhillips has sponsored our sport for more than 35 years. Today, ConocoPhillips focuses on “Passing on what matters to the ones who matter most,” and in that spirit usaswimming.org is highlighting swimmers of all levels who have chosen to give back to the sport of swimming or to their…

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

Olympic Star Helps South Florida Kids Swim Safe

From NBCMiami.com:

 

Drowning is a danger few South Floridians ever think about, though it is the second leading cause of injury-related deaths among children and a study shows minorities face an even higher risk.



It's why Olympic gold medal-winning swimmer Cullen…

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Added by DAP News on September 28, 2011 at 2:00pm — No Comments

International Water Safety Day

From USASwimming.org, By: Mike Gustafson:

 

In my sophomore year of college, I visited Argentina. It was a fairly large town, located 50 steps away from the ocean. That old adage “stone’s throw” proved true here, as you could literally glance out your hotel window and throw a stone into the ocean. In this coastal town, I assumed that everyone was a natural-born…

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Added by DAP News on September 14, 2011 at 9:00am — 1 Comment

An Interview with Jeff Commings

From USASwimming, by Mike Gustafson:

 

Jeff Commings is a reporter, the first black swimmer to compete at the Pan-American Games, and now, at 37-years-old, has qualified for the Olympic Trials. He’s been there before, but now as an older, wiser man, has a different perspective on the sport of swimming, on swimming’s diversity challenges, and…

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Added by DAP News on August 19, 2011 at 12:00pm — 1 Comment

ConocoPhillips Teams Up With USA Swimming Foundation and Cullen Jones for Annual Make a Splash Tour

From the USA Swimming Foundation:



COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo., June 27, 2011 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- For the third consecutive year, the USA Swimming Foundation and Olympic Gold Medalist Cullen Jones have joined forces with ConocoPhillips to raise awareness about the importance of learning how to swim as part of the Make a Splash Tour with Cullen Jones. Through this tour, Jones, a survivor of a near-drowning incident at age… Continue

Added by DAP News on June 29, 2011 at 9:30am — No Comments

CAC Swimmer, Asia Langley Recognized as Role Model

From theday.com:







On June 16th, the first Eastern Zone Diversity Camp was held at La Salle University with the purpose of inspiring athletes from ethnically under-represented populations to become leaders in the sport of swimming.



Twenty-four athletes and 12 LSC members attended the three-day camp, which included a combination of pool training,…

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Added by DAP News on June 29, 2011 at 9:30am — No Comments

Eastern Zone Diversity Select Camp

Each LSC in the Eastern Zone is invited to send 2 athletes, the LSC Diversity Coordinator and one coach to the very first Eastern Zone Diversity Select camp being hosted by Middle Atlantic Swimming and held at LaSalle University in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania on June 16-19, 2011. Questions about the camp may be directed to…

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

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