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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

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 lots of time at the pool, she didn't put in the yardage I did, however sporadically this year. I found swimming easier and more fun after losing 30 pounds. Go figure!

My brother has a pool, which I finally got to play in this summer. It was so cold, yet refreshing. I enjoy racing the children, working on my dives, and just getting really playful in the pool more than I like lap swimming, and I love lap swimming, so that tells you something.

I was so relieved and excited to finally enroll three of my younger children in our local Make a Splash program. We made it to the city pool on the last day of lessons this summer. (boo), but I made sure my boy, 6, was there for the first day lessons began in the fall. He advanced to level three before the end of the fall session. It is such a relief to see him acclimated to the pool, ready to advance. He even aspires to compete in swimming some day.

His sisters, 8, and 10, were busy in cheerleading for most of the fall, but were able to join him in the pool in November. I was excited to see them review what they'd learned when they were 3 and 4, and advance to level 7, the level that trains with the swim team.

Now my oldest daughter is the only one who goes to the pool regularly. I hope to return for my lap swimming soon, but for now, I'm working out on dry land.

How was your 2010 in the pool?

 

cross posted at www.imswimming.net

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