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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


PVS Families,


It is almost summer which means Long Course season is upon us. Below you will find updated information on the latest happenings and events since April in Potomac Valley Swimming from the PVS Diversity Committee and USA Swimming. Be sure to always check out our website: www.pvswim.org/diversity.html and the group on Diversity in Aquatics. If you have any questions or comments on the information provided, please feel free to contact, Miriam Lynch at miriamslynch@yahoo.com.


 2nd Annual Water Safety Day Deanwood Community Center, D.C

The 2nd Annual Water Safety Day is scheduled for this Saturday, May 21st from 1-4pm.  The Water Safety Day program will feature fun-filled water and non-water activities for both the experienced and non-experienced swimmer.  We have a number of local aquatic groups coming in to display their teams and share their tips about water safety. We will also have a Navy Seal there to answer questions and give a mental toughness talk.  Please take the attached flyer and share it with your team, family, neighbors and friends. There is also a copy on the PVS Website. For more details about the event check out the website: www.pvswim.org/diversity.html.  All PVS groups are welcome to participate.  Please contact Miriam if you would like to have your team volunteer or group participate.


USA Swimming Diversity Select Camp

This past weekend Olympic Training Center in Colorado Springs, CO. USA Swimming selected 35 swimmers from ethnically underrepresented populations in the sport from all over the country and their coaches to came together for a three day camp. In the image, are PVS Swimmers and their coaches who participated in the 2011 USA Swimming Diversity Select Camp. From left to right Jim Schlapo and Andrew Gibson (RMSC), me, and Roy Lewis Jr with coach and dad, Roy Lewis Sr. The Diversity Select Camp was lead by Head Coach Tanica Jamison. Check out the video of the PVS Swimmers at the camp here: PVS Swimmers @ USA Swimming Diversity Select Camp


National Black Heritage Meet in Cary, NC (May 27-29)

The second practice for the team was held on Saturday, May 14th. The team heads down to Cary, N.C to compete in the National Black Heritage Meet during the Memorial Day weekend. Check out the video from our first practice/clinic here http://youtu.be/MY5aW2SJ2og . Currently we have 85 swimmers, (51 male, 34 female) swimming 487 individual events representing the PVS LSC signed up and ready to go for the meet! Let’s go team DMV!








PVS House of Delegates Meeting River Falls, MD (May 23rd @ 6:00pm)

(From Flash mail) The annual House of Delegates meeting is set for Monday, May 23 at River Falls. Dinner will be served at 6:00 and the meeting will start at 6:45 pm. It is strongly encouraged that at least one representative from each club attend. In addition to your club's representative, please ask an athlete to attend as well. The list of delegates is now posted on the PVS website, if you need to make a change to your club's representative please let Terri Marlin pvadmn@pvswim.org know as soon as possiblePlease submit the names of your athlete delegate to Terri Marlin no later than May 18.


Check out the Diversity in Aquatics video on Arthur Lopez "You Have To Have Pride" Video. In the video Arthur talks about his program, the inspiration and giving back. As taken from the DAP website…. He has stated that, "Our job is to get them in the water and pass them on to where they can continue to be successful in our communities through the sport of swimming and all it has to offer. Arthur's dedication to the sport and community are undeniable and help him make a positive impact in the lives of many. Coach Lopez is also a practicing Federal lawyer currently serving as an Associate General Counsel for the U.S. Office of Government Ethics. You can see more about Nadar Por Vida by going to http://www.nadarporvida.org   

- Link here to video: http://www.diversityinaquatics.com/video/you-have-to-have-pride


Again, if there are any additional questions or comments, please do not hesitate to contact me. 

Thank you all,


Miriam Lynch

PVS Diversity Chair 

phone: 703-409-9962

email: miriamslynch@yahoo.com 


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