It was eight years ago, after realizing the presence of a handful of high-profile black swimmers wasn’t making a difference in the overall numbers, USA Swimming decided to make it a priority to recruit African Americans to the sport.
“Not unlike golf, the challenge in swimming was access,” said Chuck Wielgus, USA Swimming’s executive director. “It wasn’t something we were going to do overnight. This was going to be a generational, 30-year mission. . . . We’ve done a lot of pilot programs and initiatives. Some have failed, some have succeeded.”
Of the NCAA medal sweep last month, Wielgus said: “This is a significant moment, but what I’m especially pleased about is that it’s a moment that has come on the shoulders of time. It’s like this growing wave.”
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