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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

 


When I went swimming last week, the pool was full. I think I saw some high school kids as well as college kids and the usual older crowd. Summer is over, so I should expect more of the same next week. Also? I got there a good 15-30 minutes earlier than usual. Note to self: don’t do that.

Anyway, all the lanes had two people in them, so I did something I haven’t done before. I joined the people swimming in the diving well, horizontally across the pool. This seemed a much shorter distance to me, and that combined with a lack of lane lines had me swimming much more freestyle than backstroke. I figured this distance was half of a regular length, and I counted lengths rather than yards, and I was doing lots of calculations in my head to figure out total yardage.

I ended up swimming 48 lengths total, which I calculated to be 600 yards. I stopped because my shoulders were feeling it, and I didn’t want to figure out any more yardage.

When I got home, I googled the width of an Olympic pool, which I think is the size of the pool. It said the width was 25 m, or a regular short-course length. Hmm, that would mean I swam 1200, without even thinking about it.

Maybe I should swim sideways more often…

cross posted at www.imswimming.net

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