Diversity, Inclusion & Outreach

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Congratulations to: Alexia Zaidi, CAC; Zuilda Nwaeze, CAA; Damian Rene, NAAC; Benjamin Pinto, CAC and Gabby Tyer, RAC. All were selected to attend the 2019 Eastern Zone Diversity Camp at University of Maryland, College Park

3/19/2019 –  Swimmers from NAAC were among only 48 selected from the entire USA Swimming- they qualified for and were selected to attend the USA Swimming Select Diversity Camp, this May, in Colorado Springs..Sydney Atkins, Zoe Benetiz and Jonathan Edwards.. Congratulations – a tremendous achievement!



Planning is under way for the 17th Annual National Black Heritage Championship Swim Meet held in Cary, NC.

Swimmers from all MD Clubs are invited to join the team! This is not just one team going – it is a MD team…

Meet Dates: 
Friday May 24th-Sunday May 26th
Triangle Aquatic Center
275 Convention Dr, Cary, NC 27511

for additional information contact Brendan McElroy coachmcelroy@gmail.com

See photos below of 2017 and 2018 MD Swimmers who went..

MD Team attending the 16th annual Black Heritage Meet in North Carolina

swimmers from…jcc…msc… asc..eagles..naval academy….rac…peak….




Sydney Atkins, Naval Academy Aquatic Club

The Diversity Camp was more than I expected. I thought that we were going to spend most of the time swimming or talking about swimming. I also thought that all of the participants would stay close with others from their LSC. I was nervous and excited when I learned that the dorm room assignments were set up so that we would be in a room with someone from a different LSC, pushing us to meet new people.

Over the course of the camp I met new people and became friends with a several of them. I realized how easy it was to talk to people and when you’re friends with people the practices become more fun because you know someone.

There were guest speakers throughout the camp and one topic that really stood out to me was about mental toughness. I never realized that mental toughness played such a big role in swimming. You cannot be successful with just the physical skills, you have to have the mental piece of it too.

This camp will definitely benefit other swimmers. During the camp we really learned how important it is to be a good teammate and having a positive attitude. Going to this camp made me see how building others up and having a positive attitude can impact your personal swimming as well as others’ swimming. Going to the Diversity Camp was not only a learning experience but a fun one also.

2017 North Carolina Black Heritage Meet: Maryland Metro had 60 swimmers ..from 7 different Maryland clubs….JCC..EST..ASC..MSC..NAAC..BAAC..RAC….Some great times!!!!!

USA Swimming is committed to a culture of inclusion and opportunity for people of diverse backgrounds, including, but not limited to, race, age, income, ethnicity, religion, gender, gender expression and sexual orientation. http://www.usaswimming.org/DesktopDefault.aspx?TabId=1653&Alias=Rainbow&Lang=en

Article 304.3.3 – USA Swimming’s Code of Conduct (page 102 – 2016 Rule book)

Discrimination in violation of the Amateur Sports Act which requires that USA Swimming must provide an equal opportunity to athletes, coaches, trainers, managers, administrators, and officials to participate in the sport of swimming. Athletes must be allowed to participate and compete to the fullest extent allowed by the Rules and Regulations. Discrimination against any member or participant on the basis of age, gender, race, ethnicity, culture, religion, sexual orientation, gender expression, genetics, mental of physical disability, or any other status protected by federal, state, or local law, where applicable, is prohibited.

MD Swimmers Selected to Attend the 2017 Eastern Zone Diversity Select Camp in Buffalo, NY

Sydney Atkins (NAAC), Jordan Carruth (CAA),  Kelly Kim (BAAC),  Rebecca McArthur (CAA), Hayley Taylor (FCY) and Hannah Zhang (EST)


Maryland Swimming’s Diversity Chair, Nikia Brown, teamed up with Delta Sigma Theta to hold a Water Safety Program – it was a huge success! More are in the planning stages. swim-lessons-3swim-lessons-1




  • 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


Outreach Discount Membership Information and Reimbursement

What is Outreach?

Maryland Swimming and USA Swimming offer an Outreach Membership for qualified individuals for $7. Athletes are responsible for any team registration fees.

The membership is a year round membership with all year round membership benefits.

Confidentiality of members is maintained.

Proof of qualification for Outreach Membership can be shown by meeting any one of the following criteria: Food Stamps, Lunch/Breakfast Program, Federal Poverty Guidelines, Fuel Assistance or Medical Assistance Programs.

Proof of eligibility, obtained from the Federal, State or Local governing agency must be provided.

Outreach membership is good for one year and requires new verification each year for renewal.

MSI reimburses clubs for an athlete’s MSI meet entry fees if they are an Outreach Member. Outreach athletes do not pay their meet entry fees , their club does. Upon submission of the reimbursement request form, the club is reimbursed by MSI.

Outreach Meet Reimbursement Guidelines

Form to apply for Outreach Discount Membership. Please give to your team registrar.


MD Swimming Diversity Chair: Nikia Brown, YRAC email:nbrown1917@gmail.com

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