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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

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At 6:38pm on June 30, 2010, ERROL DUPLESSIS said…
Hi Jayson,
Just a note to encourage you to interview Leroy Jones whenever you can. He and Coach Archie coached the Southern U Jaguars for a while in the late 50's and early 60's. Leroy Jones was an All-American swimmer at Tennessee State University in the mid-50's. He was the first Black American to qualify for the NCAA's. Coach Jones had a health challenge several years ago, so I hope he is doing much better now. It might be interesting to get him and Cullen Jones together (no relationship there), from pioneer to trendsetter. Dr. Thurman Robins of Texas Southern University is the POC. Good luck!
Errol Duplessis
At 9:28pm on June 19, 2010, Laura Bowes said…
National Black Heritage Swim Championship site's links
At 2:00pm on June 17, 2010, David Horowitz said…
Hi - I've been a member of this group through my private email address for a while (david.horowitz@jhu.edu) - I wish there were an easy way to copy over all my profile info to this account (my work address, dhorowitz@sportandhealth.com)...I will, eventually. There's a little bit more information about me here on this Ning network: http://my.sportandhealth.com/profile/DavidHorowitz.

Anyway, I can't remember exactly where I heard about the group, maybe it was an American Red Cross newsletter, or another Web site...but I applaud your efforts and want to support them.
At 11:40pm on June 16, 2010, Deni Gillespie said…
Diversity in swimming is my primary interest. I specialize in teaching people who are afraid of the water. I have found this area of FL to beso far behind where summer swim teams were in south Jersey when I was an 8 and under in 1962! Just did a search!
At 6:22pm on June 16, 2010, Deni Gillespie said…
Diversity in swimming is my primary interest. I specialize in teaching people who are afraid of the water. I have found this area of FL to beso far behind where summer swim teams were in south Jersey when I was an 8 and under in 1962! Just did a search!
At 2:01pm on June 3, 2010, Franklyn Pilgrim said…
Hi Jayson, I stumbled onto the site while looking for the results for this weekend Black Heritage Meet Swim in NC. Glad I found this and will definitely attend the meet next year in Atl.

Regards,

FP
At 7:09pm on June 2, 2010, Lyndon Danison said…
I was watching 20/20 and saw the mermaid Linden and came across this site and thought I'd check it out. Looks like you're getting a good following. I have a brother that was scared to death of water but, my mother pushed all of us children to take swimming lessons as kids.. my brother fell off a Fairy boat in the bay near Hong Kong about 10 years ago and had to tread water for 1/2 hour until he was rescued. He thanked my mother for forceing him to take swim lessons as a child.
At 9:27pm on May 27, 2010, Kathleen Johnson said…
I was invited by Ric Powel, a very dear friend.
At 1:45pm on May 27, 2010, Stephanie Magalhaes said…
I read about Naji's swim in the Chronicle and followed the links to get to this site. I work for a company called Sports Basement and we are HEAVILY involved in the community.I plan on gathering some people to cheer him on when he exits. I tried emailing him to find out where exactly he is exiting the water so I can be there. Do you happen to know?
At 10:12pm on May 26, 2010, Weller said…
Hello Jayson, I was invited by Ric Powell. This is a nice forum and look forward to returning from time to time.
At 12:19pm on May 17, 2010, Janice Wood said…
I read about Naji Ali's upcoming swims in San Francisco, Googled his name and found you! I'll be cheering for him on May 29, even though I belong to a (friendly) rival club at Aquatic Park.
At 3:38pm on May 2, 2010, Darrick Linton said…
Jayson,
Another thing I have observed and I commend you for it, is that I am second behind you in welcoming new members. I was wondering if you or I could add a form letter in welcoming new members, since I practically say the same things. Just a thought Please give me your feedback and suggestions. Thanks
At 2:43pm on May 2, 2010, Darrick Linton said…
Hi Jayson,
Is there another way I can welcome newcomers to the site, without going to the member's page and going down that list. I used to be able to view it on the main page, but with so many new groups and events being publicized since this site's inception, it is time consuming to look up and see who is new. As you know, I have taken the liberty to be DAP's reception personnel since I joined, and I do not mind. Just a little guy in the background doing my part to help welcome all newcomers to the site. Please advise and let me know how we can simplify this process, which I do not mind at all. Thanks My Brother.
At 8:25pm on April 24, 2010, Steven Munatones said…
I write occasionally about Naji Ali of San Francisco for The Daily News of Open Water Swimming and The Water Is Open. I am also one of the few Mexican-Americans (Hispanics, Latino, whatever you want to call me!) coaches involved at USA Swimming at the national level. I understand and am accustomed to seeing a lack of color in the swimming (and water polo world). Your organization, mission and philosophy are wonderful. Keep up the excellent work.
At 10:15pm on April 7, 2010, Rita Bourne said…
I was actually invited to your site by Lee Pitts. He thought that this might be a great place to connect to people like myself with a vision to teach as many little people how to be safe around water. As an aquatic professional and self-employed person the task is harder ,spreading the word and focus on drowning prevention especially in our communities. I am originally from the Island of Barbados where my swimming actually began, while living in the United States I competed at the college level and now I am giving back to the community by providing swimming lessons to children who would not necessarily be taking advantage of swimming.
At 12:38pm on April 6, 2010, Mama lynne said…
Greetings, my son Kwadjo Tillman is a member and I was looking at his email ther other day. He is 16 and I do that from time to time. Kwadjo is a scuba diver and a member of T.A.P. and NABS. I looked at your site and love the mission and would like to be informed and involved if possible. I also like to see my son connected with great people doing great heart works. Thank you for asking.
At 8:43pm on April 2, 2010, Michael Morrison said…
A friend I swam with back in high school named Rob White. Would have joined earlier but I was in Australia lifeguarding. Happy to be a part of this.
At 9:51pm on March 28, 2010, Derrick McIntosh Sr. said…
Just searching the web for black associations and luckly I found this one....
At 10:35pm on March 25, 2010, Gerard A. Smith said…
Sorry it took me so long but what up
At 10:38am on March 24, 2010, ERROL DUPLESSIS said…
Hi Jayson, Errol here; you asked for feedback on the video series, so here are my two cents worth. First of all, it is a great series and it gives everyone participating in DAP an opportunity to see who the players are, so keep it up, it is important. You can improve it (my opinion) by showing a 15-30 second clip about the speaker's program activity, by panning, with a voice-over introduction of the speaker, the activity and the program. It may take a little bit more effort to edit your work before presentation to do this, and it will be worth the effort. Those are my thoughts, so continue your good work.

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