swimming

#BlackHistory: Lia Neal And Simone Manuel Make U.S. Olympic Swim Team

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21-year-old Lia Neal and 19-year-old Simone Manuel, both Stanford teammates and good friends, will swim for the U.S. Olympic team after competing in trials last week in Omaha, Nebraska and landing a spot on the 4×100 freestyle team. It’s the first time two Black women...

On North Carolina’s A&T Swim Team & Why Black Female Athletes Need More Support

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“I never knew an HBCU had a swim team. One of the main things was being recruited [for the sport],” she says. “I needed the [scholarship] money.” — Aggies Co-Captain Aarica Carrington A few weeks ago, North Carolina’s A&T swim team– the only all-black women’s...

Survey Says Nearly Half of Americans Can’t Swim

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I used to be ashamed that I never learned how to swim despite growing up surrounded by a bay and an ocean. But it turns out only 56 percent of Americans know basic water-safety skills, according to a recent survey conducted on behalf of the American...

Activists Say Lack of Public Pool Access in Black Neighborhood Endangers Lives

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A South Miami community activist says the lack of access to a pool and swimming lessons in the city’s African-American neighborhood means black kids don’t have the skills to swim, in some cases costing lives. Since the 1970s community leaders have been lobbying for a...

Who Says Black People Don’t Swim?

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One thing that sets the Clutch woman (or man) apart from the rest is an adventurous spirit and ability to go against ‘the norm.’  If you’re anything like me your spirit moves you to do things that typically are met by friends and family with statements...

Swim Hair, Don’t Care: Protect Your Strands From The Water

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This should be a given, but just like your hair is no excuse for not exercising, it’s also no excuse for not swimming. If you have a relaxer or color in your hair, you’re probably more worried than naturals about what pool water can do...