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Meet Swimmer, Blair Wootson: A Bright Star In The Making

Whether it’s at the pool or in the classroom, Florida native Blair Wootson strives to make a difference anywhere he can. From working towards his Olympic dreams to his activism, the 12-year-old competitive swimmer’s presence in the swimming world hasn’t gone unnoticed, and he doesn’t...

Meet Lawrence Sapp: An International Star Swimmer In the Making

At just 18 years old, the Waldorf, Maryland resident has achieved many accomplishments in the sport of competitive swimming. Lawrence Sapp is truly an international star swimmer in the making! The championship athlete has received many gold and silver medals across the world competing in events...

Meet Naomy Grand’Pierre: Haiti’s First Female Olympic Swimmer

At just 23 years old, Naomy Grand’Pierre has reached many milestones as a Haitian American swimmer. The Canadian-born, American-raised Olympic athlete has used her platform to inspire many young Black swimmers to participate in the sport, including fellow Haitians. Naomy Grand’Pierre was first introduced to swimming...

Meet Maritza McClendon: An Inspiration To Black Swimmers

Determination and perseverance are two distinct qualities that describe Maritza McClendon not only as a swimmer but as a human being. Despite the naysayers and critics, Maritza McClendon was destined to come out on top as a competitive swimmer and make history as the first African...

Meet Tabono Clinic Master Coach: Marcus Fitts

By: Brianna Rhodes Whether it’s swimming competitively or participating in a triathlon, Tabono Clinic master coach, Marcus Fitts (@coach_fitts) has always been committed to staying healthy and active. As a high school and college student, Fitts played a number of sports, including track and field and football,...

DC Wave Swim Team To Host 34th Black History Invitational Meet

By: Brianna Rhodes The 34th Black History Invitational Swim Meet (BHISM) will take place at the Takoma Aquatic Center from Feb. 14th through Feb. 16th in Washington, D.C. Sponsored by D.C Parks and Recreation, BHISM is held every year during Black History Month to recognize the significant...

Ileana Bocage Competes at CARIFTA Aquatics Championships

Ileana Bocage is a competitive swimmer from Trinidad and Tobago. She holds the national record for the 50 meter breast stroke. Ileana spoke with Black Kids Swim to share her thoughts on competitive swimming in the Caribbean. Black Kids Swim: To get started, tell us a...

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