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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

Jayson,

Concerning the first Black National Collegiate Champion in swimming you listed Fred Evans in 1974 in 100 yard Breaststroke.  There was a Black Diver from Central State Ohio Al Warren who won the 1 meter and 3 meter diving titles in 1961 and again in 1962 and the 3meter in 1963 at the NAIA championships.  Other Black swimmers who won NAIA championships included Byron Ware 100 yd breaststroke (North Central) in 1961, and John Swann from Tennessee State in 100 yard breaststroke in 1958.  Check the NAIA records to verify these individuals.

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Comment by ERROL DUPLESSIS on June 4, 2011 at 9:08pm
It is only fitting to mention that Thurman was one tof the top breastrokers in NAIA swimming while competing for Southern U.  It is too bad that Swann was checking out when Thurman was checking in; I remember him from my freshman year at Southern.  Tenn State blew us away..
Comment by Darrick Linton on December 23, 2010 at 6:33pm

 WOW!!!!!!!!!

 That's amazing.  It is so ironic that the event our swimmers excelled to champions was breastroke.  

Comment by Jayson Jackson on December 23, 2010 at 8:55am

Byron Ware is confirmed. They were also team champions. Very impressive stuff. That team was loaded with talent. Will look to confirm the other information after my morning run.

 

 

Comment by Jayson Jackson on December 23, 2010 at 8:46am
Thanks for sharing this Thurman. I will look into the NAIA results. I really appreciate you posting this information.

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