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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...

Kris Lawson Black Kids Swim Interview

Kris Lawson: Fastest in the Nation

Kris Lawson is a 13 year old swimmer from Maryland. At 12 he was ranked #1 in the country, for his age, in the 50 back with a time of 25.52. He broke his own record when he participated in the Mid-Atlantic Age Group Championships...

2019 Black History Invitational Swim Meet

The 33rd Black History Invitational Swim Meet

Thirty-three years ago in February, two swim teams from D.C. Parks and Recreation and Baltimore City competed in a dual meet as a Black History event. Both teams were predominantly Black.  Although it was just a small local meet, word spread quickly about a special...

Black Kids Swim Jamal Hill

Jamal Hill: Journey to 2020 Paralympics

Black Kids Swim first noticed Jamal Hill or, @SwimUphill, on Instagram. We caught up with Hill on his daily one-hour morning drive to swim practice from Inglewood California to Altadena.   During the long drive, Hill spoke freely about challenges in collegiate swimming, struggles with the...

LIVE BROADCAST: Howard University Swim and Dive Team

Did you know there is only ONE Historically Black College or University with a swim team? Well, it's true.  And that is the one and only Howard University.  Led by HU Alumnus, Coach Nicholas Askew, the Division One Howard University Swim and Dive Team is...

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