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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


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At 10:55am on August 30, 2011, Jayson Jackson said…
Mark, How have you been? What's your latest project?
At 3:09pm on June 10, 2011, thurman robins said…

Mark, Good to hear from you.I will write the ISHOF and inform them of the American Record (200 yard Free relay) set by UT team in 2001 at NCAA championships.  Along with my daughter on the relay was another African American Tanica Jamison. Kaela Humphries was a freshman at UT when my daughter was a senior. I followed the team pretty closely for several years and they had some powerfuls swims and meets during that  time.  I would be glad to share information I have on Black swimmers beginning in the 1950's thru the 1980's.  Part of my entire professional career has focused on competitive swimming and teaching swimming.  My  dissertation was entitled " A Comparison of the Effects of Two Instructional Methods on the Acquisition of Skills in Beginning Swimming (1978).  Let me know how I can help.


At 1:51pm on June 6, 2011, Roland J. White Sr. said…
Sent you a e-mail. Hope you received it. In case you didn't, I met Fagin at the first Black History Meet I attended with my swimmer son, Robeson White. I know Fagin was a CIAA Champion and outstanding 50 and 100 freestyler. I know Reggie Holt very well. I saw him swim in many meets at Morgan. I was raised on the campus and swim for Morgan. In fact, I broke Holt's 200 IM record and went on to set CIAA records in the 1500 and 500 free. 
At 10:23am on May 26, 2011, E. Newton Jackson, Jr. said…



Your narrative film was simply outstanding.  It is documentation as this which has not been often known nor seen.  At some point soon, I would like to chat about it at some length.  Thanks for "Bear"...... It moved me.. Please tell your brother I asked about him and hope he is well.     newton.jackson@unf.edu

At 12:21pm on May 12, 2011, Miriam S Lynch said…

Would you mind if we added a link to your images to the PVS Website? In addition I think it would be great to highlight your items you have collected to show the history of DC Swimming during the BHM 2012! With all your items you could create a DC Swimming Muesuem!

At 9:38pm on May 9, 2011, Miriam S Lynch said…
The history you have documented here is amazing! Great to see the progression of the DC Area Swimming through the years through your photos! This is soo great! I hope that the kids are able to see the history of their area and their coaches in swimming. Thank you for sharing this!
At 4:36pm on April 29, 2011, Earl Hawkins said…

Hey Mark!  I recognize Eric Greenfield and that looks like Derrick Marks in the back with Sol.  The other faces I can't remember the names.  I sure Sol knows.  We talk about the good-ol'-days all the time.  Great photos!! 

Thanks So Much!!!

At 11:46am on April 26, 2011, Earl Hawkins said…

Hey Mark!!!  Great to connect with you my friend.  Please tell Rory I said "hey".  Man, you blew me away with the photos of the old "Sea Devils".  Even though the photos are in black and white, It was great to see our green and white striped racing trunks.  Lol.  It was truly a blessing to me to see photos of Ms. Stafford.  I miss her dearly.  Sea Devils for Life!!!!!!!


Thanks Again My Friend!!

At 10:29am on April 26, 2011, Jeannie Brown Johnson said…

Hey my dear....how did your team do @ the BHM Swim Meet?  It was so cool meeting a whole new generation of swimmers!  Hope all is well with you &  the fam :)  Talk to ya soon. 


Peace, Prosperity, Health & Harmony,



At 10:25am on April 26, 2011, Jayson Jackson said…
Great photos Mark.
At 7:56am on April 26, 2011, Jayson Jackson said…
Thanks for joining Mark. Good luck in North Carolina next month.

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