Olympic Gold medalist Cullen Jones was the highlight of the 2009 Black History Swim Meet held at the Takoma Park Aquatic Center. Only the second African American in history to win an Olympic Gold medal in swimming, Cullen enjoys serving as an Ambassador for African-American swimmers. Courtesy Photo
The 24th annual Black History Swim Meet kicks-off Fri., Feb. 12, at the Takoma Aquatic Center in Northwest. Nearly 700 swimmers from around the country will converge on the District to compete in the nationâ€™s premier Black Swim Meet sponsored by the United Black Fund and the D.C. Department of Parks and Recreation.
â€œThe meet has matured from being a fun meet to a competitive meet with swimmers posting national age group times.â€ said the Districtâ€™s Head Coach Rodger McCoy.
â€œWe have had to institute time standards for some of the events to keep pace with the level of competition,â€ he said.
Some of the clubs that will compete include the Atlanta Dolphins, the New Rochelle YMCA, the Detroit Department of Recreation, the Newark Pirahana's, the Philadelphia Department of Recreation, Curl-Burke Swim Club, Rockville Municipal Swim Club, Baltimore Aquatic Club and the Machine of Virginia.