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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


My little girls started swim lessons tonight, after a month of cheerleading. They are returning swimmers, both at level 5, while their little brother, who’s been in lessons for a month, is a beginner at level 2.

For awhile tonight, it looked more like water ballet than swimming. The girls’ coach had his class form a circle so he could show them the proper backstroke arms. Everyone copied the teacher in rhythm.

Meanwhile, the head coach pulled my son’s class out of the pool so he could demonstrate proper streamline form. He had the class copy him in squatting down to the ground, putting one hand over the other, arms behind their ears, and stretching up tall, with arched backs.

It will be a minute before I get the video on here, but I’m hopefully painting a word picture here.

If the kids actually practice their dances before their next class, it should help. Note to self: Have the boy practice back float in bed daily.

cross posted at www.imswimming.net

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Comment by Angela Gray on December 24, 2010 at 10:09am

I haven't forgotten about the video, but I have some technical difficulties right now. I am trying to resolve those so I can get the video posted. Sorry about the delay! 


The kids are on break for swimming now, and I hope to return them to the pool in the Spring. I remember those years of winter swim meets, and didn't relish the idea of spending winter in and out of the pool.

Comment by Darrick Linton on December 24, 2010 at 8:38am

Hi Angela,

I would love to see the videos.  Water ballet, like water polo, is an excellent water sport, with its graceful rhythmatic moves in and under the water, and yes, it really is dancing in the water.  Your children will benefit greatly by participating, if this is also water ballet.  If not, the girl's swim team will benefit tremendoulsy with such a coach who will go way beyond the traditional method of coaching and refining strokes by what he is doing.  Water ballet, like water polo, can do nothing but strengthen your children as swimmers all the way around..........stamina, endurance, strength, and eventually speed.  Good for you Angela because there are some intrinsic benefits to be derived.  Keep em swimming!!!!

Comment by Jayson Jackson on December 16, 2010 at 10:54pm
How are the lessons progressing? And where's the video you promised?

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