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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


Chicago, Il - Fred Evans 

Yesterday, I had the privilege to meet with International Swimming Hall of Famer and legend Mr. Fred Evans.  For those of you who don't know, Fred was the NAIA National Champion in Swimming thus being recognized as the First African American National Collegiate Champion.  He was also a three time NCAA Division II National Champion in the 100 yard Breaststroke and National Record Holder from 1975, 76, 77, 78. 

After his carrer as an athlete he decided to coach in the Chicago area, and has done so for over 25 years.  These accomplishments are milestones in their own right but add them all together and you have a true living legend with very few on earth can match....but wait, after you're done with all that math take a second to remember the context and era in which they were accomplished.....ok, now ya know! maybe

I realized just how lucky I was to be in the presence of a remarkable man who set the course and broke barriers.  His encouragement and outlook in what the future holds for young swimmers and coaches will be a guiding force for years to come.

Thanks Fred!

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Tags: Fred Evans, International Swimming Hall of Fame, NAIA Champion, NCAA Division II Champion, Shaun's Travels


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Comment by Darrick Linton on July 29, 2011 at 6:09pm
Wow.........Simply amazing.  Shaun, I know Fred personally, because while as a competitive swimmer in high school, a couple of my swim team members use to cut class, and yes, sometimes practice, just to see who this Black Swimming Phantom was, and yes, it was Fred.  I actually started swimming breast stroke, because of Fred.  I didn't achieve his outstanding times, but it was awesome to see him obliterate his competitors, hands down!!!!!  Chicago State University was very lucky to have such an awesome swimmer as Fred.  He was as awesome of a coach and swimming instructor, as he was a swimmer.  Chicago 's South Side youths were really blessed to have Fred as an advocate for African Americans, both young and old, who desired swimming as a recreational outlet, as well as a sport.  Olive-Harvey Junior College, where Fred worked most of the time during college and after, doing his part to enhance swimming to those who desired Fred's expertise.  I truly can say it was a blessing to see such an awesome swimmer, especially during that time period. It was rare to see African American Swimmers in any class or division of NCAA, A.A.U., High School, and even down to the Park District Level, who were awesome swimmers, with record setting/breaking times in their prospective events.

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