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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 10:44pm on March 12, 2009, Charles Lumpkin said…
Wow! You go girl. Thank God you learned how to swim.
At 10:14pm on March 12, 2009, Charles Lumpkin said…
I'm very sorry. I found the pictures. It was another reporter. Thanks and congratulations again.
At 4:13pm on March 12, 2009, ERROL DUPLESSIS said…
Hi Regina, come to my place, Lake Rawlings, for your open water cert dives. I know you will like our scuba park, and we would love to see you. All of the dive shops and most instructors in the Hampton Roads area come to our scuba park with their divers for their cert dives. We also accept referrals if your instructor cannot come with you. Check us out at www.LakeRawlings.com. Whatever you decide to do, always be safe, and love it with a psssion. Take care, talk to you soon.
At 3:52pm on March 12, 2009, Lee pitts said…
That's what happens when you swim. You live long enough to get 17 big ones in. Do let me be a friend on your site. I want to stay connected. I am going for a casual mile swim today. Let's go swimming! How was Sanibel? Give me the 411.

At 3:41pm on March 12, 2009, Lee pitts said…
You are my role model. Keep on keeping.


At 10:44am on March 12, 2009, Lee pitts said…
There you are! Good to see you are on the site. You are a credit to the sport. Hope you enjoed Florida. Sorry my schedule kept me at bay. Keep those elbows high and keep swimming.


At 2:48pm on March 5, 2009, ERROL DUPLESSIS said…
GREETINGS Regina - Errol Duplessis here! Can I give you a big shout-out? You are doing wonderful things. I hear through the grapevine that you have completed your intro to scuba class. Congratulations! Hope you venture all the way and make it to Lake Rawlings for your open water cert dives. Best wishes!
At 11:47pm on February 4, 2009, Richard V. Powell Sr. said…
Thanks for your immediate response! I'll be looking forward to hearing from you. - Ric P.
At 11:12pm on February 4, 2009, Richard V. Powell Sr. said…
It's February 4th, 2009, and I expect that you had a wonderful experience
during your Introduction to SCUBA Course, which I believe was scheduled
for February 2nd. Get back to me and let me know how everything turned

-Ric P.
At 11:20pm on December 24, 2008, Ric Powell said…
That's great news! The introduction to SCUBA will give you a basic understanding of the Physics and Physiology of breathing underwater
with SCUBA gear. I anticipate that this experience will motivate you
to take and complete an Openwater Scuba Diving Course.
For an Adventurous Lady, who learned to swim at the age of 46,
and has swam over fifty (50) miles in recent months, I don't think
that learning to dive will pose a challenge. After and during the initial
training, you will discover that Scuba Diving is not an end in itself, but a vehicle to a wide range of underwater activities that create fun and adventure. ,"Come on in and make the next move to enjoying the
aquatic environment.
Wishing you a holiday season filled with everlasting friendship, the warmth
of loved ones, and many, many special and enjoyable moments.

At 1:51pm on September 15, 2008, Andrea Swaney said…
I haven't heard of Columbus "Joe" Austin, but did a little research to learn of his advocacy efforts for inner city sports. Very cool!
At 8:20pm on August 19, 2008, Ricky Johnson said…
Thanks for the comment Regina. Leslie gave me my first lifeguard certification back in May 1999. I listened to about the first 20 minutes of the Hear Say episode you did with Cathy Lewis but had to do a private swim lesson before our topic was discussed :(
At 5:13pm on August 12, 2008, Andrea Swaney said…
It was a great show! This is such an important issue that as a swimmer I feel passionate about supporting. I'm glad Cathy corrected the misinformation I gave that Cullen Jones went to Norfolk State which doesn't even have its own team (it must have been on the brain after talking about Shaun Anderson and his programs there). Thankfully she gave North Carolina State the credit.

I've been tutoring kids in the Young Terrace Section 8 housing neighborhood and learned they bus kids over to the Northside pool a few times a week in the summer. My church held a week-long sports/arts camp in the neighborhood this summer, and I'm hoping to integrate swimming as an option next year. I'm interested in getting involved in some coaching in the inner city public schools after coaching a small private school's team last season, but haven't pursued anything as of yet.
At 10:04pm on July 16, 2008, Ric Powell said…
Thank you Regina! You're so kind. After the NAVY (Vietnam), a Career in Music, and Education, I managed to survive and not be too stressed out. Now, I sleep late and try to enjoy the fruits of my labor. Take Care! - Ric P.
At 9:52pm on July 16, 2008, Kenneth STEWART said…
Greetings Regina: My name is Ken Stewart i am co/founder of Tennessee Aquatic Project and Development Group Inc. We use aquatics to attract at risk youth to a whole new world. I will share your story with the TAP youth parents. We have been very successful with the youth . not as successful with the parents. Hopefully your story can inspire them. Keep up the great work .Ken Stewart
At 9:26pm on July 16, 2008, Ric Powell said…
As previously mentioned Regina, I went through BUDT/S at the Amphibious Base in Little Creek in the 60s. The name Michael Bond doesn't come to mind but at my age, I sometime have what is described as a Senior Overload. If he served with UDT 21 or 27, during the sixties, I might know him. I use to attend some of the reunions at the "Creek" but not in recent years. There aren't many of the "Black Frogs" still around. I knew one who was an instructor, living in Colorado. Hopefully, he's still kicking.
At 7:29pm on July 16, 2008, Ric Powell said…
It sounds like you are ready to strap on a tank and regulator and explore beneath the sea beauty. The Tidewater area is a good place to learn. That's where I started, at Little Creek, VA. with the U.S.NAVY. Check it out! Then come dive in Sunny Florida where the water is warm and clear. - Ric Powell
At 4:25pm on July 16, 2008, Leslie A. Paul said…
New Blog is posted along with pictures
At 10:30am on July 7, 2008,
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Shaun Anderson
Regina, Congrats on your great swim this weekend!
At 9:31am on July 7, 2008, Jim Brinkman said…

Don't know if Shaun told you about our Masters/Tri workouts. M-W-F 6-7:30 am at Virginia Wesleyan/pm Fleet Rec. Love to have you and Laslie and Brandon come try it out! 2 weeks free!
Say hello to Mike Gooding!

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