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MD Swimming Diversity Liason: Bill Kirkner diversity@mdswim.org


Outreach Discount Membership Information and Reimbursement
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  • Meet Fee Reimbursement Form      
  • Entry Fee Reimbursement Guidelines
  • Outreach Application Form
  • For qualified swimmers the USA Swimming Membership fee is reduced to $7.
  • To qualify you must prove eligibility. Your club registrar can assist.
  • For more information please contact Bill Kirkner
  • Link to Interview with Cullen Jones

    Diversity Swimming Quick Facts:
  • 9 people drown each day in the U.S.
  • In ethnically-diverse communities, the youth drowning rate is more than double the national average.
  • Nearly six out of 10 African American and Hispanic/Latino children are unable to swim, nearly twice as many as their Caucasian counterparts.
  • The key indicator in this was not race, but family -- Children from non-swimming households are eight times more likely to be at-risk of drowning

By teaching these children, Make a Splash is breaking the cycle and creating generations of parents-to-be who will know how to swim!!!

About Make a Splash    www.makeasplash.org
Make a Splash is a national child-focused anti-drowning initiative created by The USA Swimming Foundation which operates by aligning the nation’s top learn-to-swim resources in an effort to save lives. Make a Splash educates parents through a national awareness campaign, saves lives by joining forces with grassroots learn-to-swim programs and reaches thousands of children through wide-reaching in-school materials. The program exists because nine people drown each day in the U.S., and in ethnically-diverse communities the youth drowning rate is 2-3 times higher. 

About the USA Swimming Foundation    www.SwimFoundation.org
Respected for its mission, its strength of programs and its record of excellence, USA Swimming is a blue-ribbon institution in both amateur athletic and community service arenas. Through USA Swimming and the USA Swimming Foundation, millions of America’s youth have been introduced to the sport of swimming and have experienced the life-altering power of the sport – they see it manifest itself in ways such as safety, health and fitness, academic achievement, improved social skills, discipline, focus, community leadership and eventual personal and professional success. Based in Colorado Springs, the Foundation is governed by its own board of directors and is managed by USA Swimming staff members.

Constraints Impacting Minority Swimming Participation

Summary of Constraints Survey

Trivia Question

Winner Gets a $15 i-Tunes Gift Card


Any registered MD Swimming swimmer is welcome to play!!!


New Question: 
An instructor said, “You are going to love this. Drown-proofing is one of my favorites. Sink or swim, sweet peas.”

I tied my feet together, and my swim partner tied my hands behind my back.

“When I give the command, the bound men will hop into the deep end of the pool,” Instructor Stoneclam said. “You must bob up and down 20 times, float for five minutes, swim to the shallow end of the pool, turn around without touching the bottom, swim back to the deep end, do a forward and backward somersault underwater, and retrieve a face mask from the bottom of the pool with your teeth.”

The hardest part for me was swimming the length of the pool and back with my feet tied together and hands tied behind my back. I had to flip around like a dolphin."

What elite organization (and it's number) would this man have been in training for?

Swimmers who have answered correctly: Lance Rombro, Mia Mesceda, Tess Becket, Shannon Cucchiaro, Lexi Cucchiaro


Last Month's Winner: Taylor Thomas, FAST

Answer: Los Angeles, Atlanta and Sydney

Check out Previous Trivia Questions


Please email your answers to webmaster@mdswim.org by December 12, 2014

How to play 

Winner will be determined by a random drawing from all of the correct answers submitted.









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