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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


Detroit Clinic @ Brennan Pools with University of Michigan

July, 9 2011
Detroit, Michigan

I spent this past weekend in Detroit at Brennan pools, a swimming relic consisting of 3 long course pools that served as the venue for the 1956 Olympic Trials. The historic venue played host to a creative swim clinic.  As an extension of the USA Swimming Detroit Project, The University of Michigan's Men's Swim Team volunteered in an interactive clinic with 52 swimmers from various Detroit area swim teams.  The athletes rotated between four stations of stroke instruction for over 2 hours.  The clinic was an example of one way a collegiate team can reach out to a local community and future swimming generations.

The Michigan team showed their character in the manner in which  these young men carried themselves, understanding that as a collegiate swimmer you have a responsibility to share your gift of knowledge and the skills sharpened in competitive swimming to future generations.  They spoke about goal setting, persistence, and focus.  The area age group swimmers learned some great stroke work but also learned that although many members of the Michigan team are current and future Olympians,  All Americans and Olympic Trial Qualifiers, all are students also striving to become future engineers, mathematicians, teachers and other professionals. 

What a great day and great example!  I challenge other collegiate teams across the country to follow suit.

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Tags: Brennan Pools, Detroit Project, Shaun's Travels, USA Swimming, University of Michigan


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Comment by Chris Kennedy on July 21, 2011 at 4:06pm
I was glad to be there, I believe everybody had a good time. More cities need clinics like this to help the inner city city youth. I also enjoyed watching the swimmers from U of M swim the "Monster", which is like a swimming an obstacle course originated by lifeguards in Detroit. It consists of swimming long course and jumping off a 3 and 5 meter diving platforms. Thanks to everyone who helped make this clinic a success.

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