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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

Just When I Thought it Wasn't Safe to get Into the Water

When I woke up too early today, I thought that my strategy for swimming was failing me. The whole beating the crowd deal neither avoided the crowd, nor gave me enough time to swim my whole set.

So I considered getting to the pool at its opening. Then I sat around until my usual time to leave. I’m nothing if not a creature of habit.

Then I noticed the snow. It had snowed around 6 inches the night before, and I wondered if I would be able to leave my block.

But it was bearable, and I found myself at the pool around 7 AM. The ladies in the shower, who had already exited the pool, had their usual warning–”It’s crowded!” One of them had even head bumped into another swimmer.

I walked away, bewildered over this question of when to get to the pool. I noticed that the pool was set up for a meet, so the lane lines were in the deep end this time, and the shallow end was roped off for people to swim horizontally across it. I scanned the lanes looking for an opening. I found one lane that only had one person in it. There was also an orange pylon on the bulkhead at the end of the lane. I nodded to the lifeguard and pointed to the lane, asking if it was ok if I swam in it. He nodded back, and I was relieved.
In the end, I managed to swim my 900 yards, 350 in freestyle, 350 back, and 300 breast , just before the end of lap swim. When I exited the pool, I was the penultimate swimmer, (as usual),and it was 4 minutes before the session was over.

I think I’ve found my time.

cross posted at www.imswimming.net

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