Eastern Zone Swimming

Diversity & Inclusion

The Eastern Zone Diversity & Inclusion Chair is Miriam Lynch

EZ Diversity/Inclusion Mailing List - This list will be used to send out information and news about Eastern zone diversity and inclusion events. This list is open to all interested individuals.


Diversity Coaches Forum by Potomac Valley Swimming

In conjunction with the Regional Coaches Clinic in Washington D.C

Flyer for the Diversity Coaches Forun
Information for the Regional Coaches Clinic

Date: Friday, April 25, 2014 Time: 11-2:00 pm Location: Takoma Aquatic Center, Washington, DC

Consultant Manny Banks and Eastern Zone Diversity and Inclusion Coordinator Miriam Lynch for a round table discussion on Diversity and Inclusion for athletes and coaches.

  • The Forum is FREE and open to ALL PVS coaches and to coaches from other LSC's that may be in town for the weekend for the Regional Coaches Clinic
  • The objective is to give coaches an opportunity to discuss ways to continue to reach out to athletes and families from under represented communities and share strategies for addressing the issues and challenges of doing so. The forum discussion will help coaches continue to develop these athletes while maintaining the sustainability of their programs and clubs
  • Lunch will be provided
  • PVS coaches that participate in both the Diversity Forum and the Coaches Clinic may be eligible for a 50% reimbursement of the fees for the Regional Coaches Clinic

For complete information and to register please see the flyer and/or contact Merari Chollette at diversity@pvswim.org. Please register by April 10, 2014.

Eastern Zone Participants Selected for USA Swimming's National Diversity Camp

Each spring, USA Swimming invites 36 athletes from underrepresented populations to participate in a three-day camp program which includes pool training, motivational and education sessions and team-building activities. Selection is based on times swum at USA Swimming sanctioned events. (Source: USA Swimming)

Congratulations to the following athletes selected to attend the 2014 National Diversity Select Camp:

    - Baldinzanno, Taye (MD) Columbia Aquatics Association
    - Brookover, Duncan (MA) Jersey Wahoos
    - Fouts, Eli (PV) Rockville Montgomery Swim Club
    - Gomez, Maicoll (VA) Carter Center Aquatics
    - Truong, Devin (PV) Nation's Capital Swim Club
    - Wijesekera, Sanjay (PV) Rockville Montgomery Swim Club

    - Lara Krystal (MR) Asphalt Green Unified Aquatics
    - Nordon, Tenzin (NE) Charles River Aquatics
    - Pilgrim, Nneka (NJ) Randolph YMCA
    - Robinson, Colette (MA) Hershey Aquatic Club
    - Samson, Julia (AD) Albany Starfish
    - Takabayashi, Miku (CT) SoNoCo Swim Club

That is 12/36 athletes selected from the EZ! Way to go! Thank you all for spreading the word to your LSCs and again congratulations to these athletes, their coaches and your LSCs on being represented at the National Level Select Camp.

To see the entire athlete participants list click here
Swimming World Magazine features the USA Swimming Diversity Camp here

Other Reminders

- Applications are due for the 2015 Eastern Zone Diversity and Inclusion Camp Due
Voting for the 2015 Eastern Zone Diversity and Inclusion Camp will take place online from April 5 - 17th until 8:30pm
Eastern Zone Diversity and Inclusion Committee Conference Call:

Date: Thursday, April 17th 2014
Dial: (559) 726-1200
Access Code: 381320#

Eastern Zone Meeting - Saturday, May 10th in Fort Lauderdale

Eastern Zone Diversity Notes - 2014-Q2

Information for the 2015 EZ Diversity and Inclusion Swim Camp and Summit

The information and application for the 2015 EZ Diversity and Inclusion Swim Camp and Summit is now available. Due date for the application will be Feb 21st, 2014. If you have questions, please email the EZ Diversity and Inclusion Coordinator, Miriam Lynch at miriamslynch@yahoo.com.

2013 EZ Diversity Swim Summit

Last month the Eastern Zone hosted it's 2nd Eastern Zone Diversity Summit in Boston, MA. The Eastern Zone Diversity Summit and Camp invited diversity athletes, coaches, and staff from the Eastern Zone to be apart of this wonderful event. We had representation from 11 of the 12 LSCs that make up the Eastern Zone! Thank you to those LSCs who could participate.

The goal of the summit/camp was to mirror USA Swimming's Diversity and Inclusion mission, "To assist USA Swimming in creating a culture of inclusion and opportunity for people of diverse backgrounds, including, but not limited to, race, age, income, ethnicity, religion, gender, and sexual orientation" (www.usaswimming.org). Please take the time to read the report about the summit, the goals set by the LSCs in attendance and watch a video made by an athlete of New England Swimming's Inclusion Committee. We are excited for the impact the event has made and already planning for the 2015 EZ Diversity Camp! A special thank you goes out to New England Swimming and Nadine Johnson-Jesionek for helping to put on a great event for all.

Diversity & Inclusion Summit Report
Diversity & Inclusion Summit Roster
Eastern Zone Diversity & Inclusion Goals

Link to video on the summit: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iWDYKVAtl_A

Some pictures from the summit: picture 1, picture 2,picture 3

Diversity and Inclusion Information

Multicultural Meets in the Eastern Zone
(to have your meet added to the list, contact the EZ Diversity & Inclusion Chair

EZ Diversity and Inclusion Chairs / Information [updated 10/26/13]

Diversity and Inclusion Goals by LSC
Listed below are the goals that were established by each LSC during the 2011 diversity summit. For more information please contact Manny Banks, USA Swimming Diversity Specialist at mbanks@usaswimming.org

What Can You Do?
Information on how you can be involved and help with diversity and inclusion in your LSC

Why Diversity and Inclusion are important to the LSC
A presentation by the National Diversity and Inclusion Committee Chair - Bill Kirkner (Maryland Swimming LSC)

USA Swimming Diversity and Inclusion Page

Other Resources

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