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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...

Giles Smith Gives Expert Advice for Young Black Swimmers

Today, Black Kids Swim turns TWO years old! To celebrate, we are giving you more of what you love: expert advice for young Black swimmers. Tonight, U.S. National Swim Team member Giles Smith will take your questions live on our website. We hope you'll join us...

Black Kids Swim Interviews Swim Legend Jim Ellis

In 1971, Jim Ellis founded an African-American swim team called PDR. The initials stood for both Philadelphia Department of Recreation, and also Pride Determination Resilience. His story is chronicled in the feature film 'Pride.'  In 2007, Jim Ellis received the Presidential Honor Award from the...

Robert Mangan: One of the Best African-American swimmers in NY

Robert Mangan is a successful African-American swimmer who swims for Ithica High School's Ithica Little Reds.  His swim coach told him about Black Kids Swim and he immediately reached out to us to say "Thank you for sharing the site with the public and supporting African-American...

Maritza McClendon olympics

Maritza McClendon, inspiring another generation of Black Swimmers

[caption id="attachment_1830" align="alignleft" width="300"] Maritza regularly conducts clinics for young swimmers through Swim 1922[/caption] Maritza (Correia) McClendon, in 2004, was the first Puerto Rican of African American descent to earn a spot on the U.S. Olympic swim team and win a silver medal. As part of...

Words of Advice from the Howard University Women’s Swim Team

Meet the fabulous ladies of the Howard University Women's Swimming and Diving Team!! Black Kids Swim was excited to meet several members from the Howard University Women's Swimming and Diving Team during the 30th Annual Black History Invitational Swim Meet. The ladies were kind enough to...

Roy Birch Black Kids SWim

Black Olympic Swimmer Roy Burch Speaks with Black Kids Swim

[caption id="attachment_1556" align="alignleft" width="304"] Roy Burch, Two-time Olympic swimmer for Bermuda[/caption] Roy Allan Burch is an elite swimmer from Bermuda. He holds Bermuda national titles in the 50m free, 50m butterfly, and 100m free in both long and short course events. He has also represented Bermuda in...

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