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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

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Swimming for the Soul

From the WashingtonPost.com, by Lynn Sherr:

To call swimming a religious experience might sound like sacrilege.

But for many of us, every time we slip into a bikini, or plunge into the ocean, or pound out our laps, we’re actually taking part in a spiritual rite. Swimming is an ancient activity, combining the mystical properties of waters with the pure joy of…

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Added by Jayson Jackson on April 19, 2012 at 7:14pm — No Comments

USRowing Diversity Invitational Recap

On July 30 my wife and I had the honor and privilege to attend the First Annual USRowing Diversity Invitational. For those of you who have never been to Rochester, I highly suggest you make a visit. I honestly felt as if Rochester is the friendliest city I have ever been to. Upon arriving to city limits, we quickly found the park that is the home to the Genesee Waterways…

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Added by Jayson Jackson on August 5, 2011 at 12:55pm — No Comments

Black Heritage Swim Meet Results

Full Results

Added by Jayson Jackson on May 29, 2011 at 11:25am — No Comments

USA Swimming National Diversity Select Camp Names Final Roster

Congrats to all the athletes who were selected to attend the 2011 National Diversity Select Camp. The 2011 National Diversity Select Camp will take place May 5-8, 2011 at the Olympic Training Center in Colorado Springs.

Added by Jayson Jackson on April 18, 2011 at 10:30am — No Comments

Detroit Swimmers Mingle With Heroes

From USASwimming.org, Mike Gustafson:

 

Do you remember your first time meeting a sports hero? When you walked down the street and saw Tom Brady? Maybe you were a kid. Suddenly, up close and personal, your favorite sporting superstar looked somehow different. 

 

More human. More approachable. More like you. 

 

Every four years, television brings the…

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Added by Jayson Jackson on April 14, 2011 at 11:27am — 1 Comment

History Made at Men's NCAAs

From SwimmingWorldMagazine.com:

Commentary by Jeff Commings, SwimmingWorld.TV associate producer 



Courtesy of: Peter H.…
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Added by Jayson Jackson on April 13, 2011 at 12:30pm — 1 Comment

DAP Members Shaun Anderson and Allison Baver named Alumni Achievement Award winners

From Penn State Alumni Association's AlumnInsider:



12 Penn State Trailblazers

They work for nationally recognized companies such as ESPN, Goldman Sachs, 20th Century Fox and Tyson Foods. Some started their own companies or have competed in the Olympics. What do these young Penn Staters have in common? They are some of Penn States brightest young stars.



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Added by Jayson Jackson on April 1, 2011 at 9:30am — 1 Comment

Congrats to Swim Strong's Shawn Slevin

In celebration of Women's History month, Mayor Michael Bloomberg and the Commission on Women's Issues honored Swim Strong's founder, Shawn Slevin, for her work in making NYC a better place to live.

Swim Strong Foundation makes swimming affordable and accessible to families. Last year 383 children participated in programs that both saved and changed their lives.…

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Added by Jayson Jackson on March 29, 2011 at 9:00pm — No Comments

Congrats to Charles Lumpkin on Joining the Atlantica Expedition

Press Release from the Atlantica Expedition:

 

63 YEAR OLD RETIRED TEACHER, HALL OF FAME SCUBA DIVER, &CURRENT NAUI INSTRUCTOR JOINS ATLANTICA EXPEDITION SET TOBREAK WORLD RECORD!



Educator, environmentalist and philanthropist Charles Lumpkin Jr. is appointed to therevolving crew set to man the Atlantica Expeditions first undersea colony for 90…

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Added by Jayson Jackson on March 24, 2011 at 9:00am — 1 Comment

Free Swim: Teaching Bahamians How to Float

From TakePart.com, by Jon Bowermaster:

Floating is a learned art for people born in the Bahamas. (Photo courtesy of Jen Galvin)

Floating is a learned art for people born in the Bahamas. (Photo courtesy of Jen Galvin)

Eleuthera, Bahamas—Named after the Greek word for “freedom,” Eleuthera is 110 miles long and just a mile at its widest. To the east is the occasionally wild…

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Added by Jayson Jackson on March 23, 2011 at 12:34pm — 2 Comments

New Website Highlights Black Maritime Heritage

From Washington Afro-American:

 

Murrain Associates and the National Association of Black Scuba Divers (NABS), in partnership with NOAA’s Office of National Marine Sanctuaries, this month launched Voyage to Discovery, a new website and education initiative highlighting untold stories of African Americans and the sea.

 

Aimed at everyone from students to adults, the website offers feature stories, interviews, and videos…

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Added by Jayson Jackson on March 3, 2011 at 4:00pm — No Comments

SEASTARS Aquatics Continues to Make Headlines

From the 



Pensacola News Journal, By: Jamie Secola:

 

Photo Gallery 

Hidden jewel SEASTARS Aquatics puts kids in…

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Added by Jayson Jackson on March 3, 2011 at 6:30am — 6 Comments

USA National Team Pioneeers

From USASwimming.org:

 

On this final day of Black History Month 2011, USA Swimming salutes these seven athletes who made of name for themselves – and African-Americans – in the sport and continue to be heroes to and champions for young swimmers today.

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Added by Jayson Jackson on March 1, 2011 at 1:37pm — No Comments

Programs Making a Difference

From USASwimming.org:

 

The sport of swimming has long had the reputation for being a country club sport lacking in diversity. However, over the years, teams led by passionate coaches have been working to change that. Here, we honor just a few of the many shining programs that are working to make swimming available to everyone. 

 

Pride,…

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Added by Jayson Jackson on February 28, 2011 at 4:30pm — No Comments

Great Blog Post from Sabir Muhammad

Black Swimming History, by: Sabir Muhammad 

 

Last weekend Jenny and I went to the 25th Annual Black History Invitational…

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Added by Jayson Jackson on February 28, 2011 at 11:30am — 1 Comment

Milt Campbell, 1956 Olympic Decathlon Champion, was an All-American swimmer

Last weekend at the Black History Invitational Swim Meet I had the opportunity to speak with Bruce Wigo, President of the International Swimming Hall of Fame, for an extended period of time. As always, he provided several new historical facts and stories. Given my track and field background, I found the…

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Added by Jayson Jackson on February 24, 2011 at 2:00pm — No Comments

2011 Black History Invitational Swim Meet Results

Big thanks to meet director Rob Green for providing the results.



Full Results

 

High point winners for each age…

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Added by Jayson Jackson on February 19, 2011 at 7:00pm — No Comments

Loss of school pools linked to drownings

From Stuff.co.nz, by Neil Reid:

ROSS GIBLIN/Dominion Post
DANGEROUS PRACTICE: Alice Harrison, 11, wrote a letter, to Wellington Mayor Celia Wade-Brown asking her not to close Khandallah pool. The closure…
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Added by Jayson Jackson on February 15, 2011 at 7:36am — 2 Comments

"If life is not a challenge, then what is it?"

From the WashingtonPost.com:

Rodger McCoy, head coach of the D.C. Wave Swim Team, discusses thenationally competitive squad's formation and evolution.

Added by Jayson Jackson on February 10, 2011 at 6:00am — No Comments

Olympic Gold Medalist Cullen Jones Talks about Make a Splash on NBC’s Today Show

Celebrating Black History Month on NBC's Today Show, Olympic Gold Medalist Cullen Jones has been selected as one of the Grio's 100 History Makers in the Making for his role and active participation in the USA Swimming Foundation's national child-focused water safety initiative Make a…

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Added by Jayson Jackson on February 3, 2011 at 9:30pm — No Comments

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