Kingfish Swimmers Compete in Cary, North Carolina!

Courtney Connolly(14) broke four meet records and placed first in all six of her events which earned her the Girls’ 13-14 High Point trophy at the 14th Annual National Black Heritage Championship Swim Meet held May 28th-29th at the Triangle Aquatic Center in Cary, N.C.


Connolly’s first-place finishes came in the 100Y Free (meet record), 100Y Back, 200Y IM (meet record), 200Y Free, 100Y Fly (meet record) & 50Y Free (meet record).


Also participating from Kingfish was the Cameron family: William(15), Brendan(12), and Haleigh(8). Haleigh finished top 16 in the 50Y Free (16th); 100Y Free (6th); 25Y Fly (12th); 50Y Fly (7th); 50Y Breast (10th); 25Y Free (11th).  Brendan finished top 16 in the 50Y Fly (11th); 100Y Breast (10th); 50Y Breast (12th); & 100Y Fly (9th).  William finished top 16 in the 50Y Fly (14th); 50Y Breast (8th); & 100Y Breast (9th) .


Our Kingfish swimmers were joined by approximately 900 participants from 43 teams across the country who competed at the meet, which was hosted by the North Carolina Aquablazers Swim Team, the Triangle Aquatic Center, and the Greater Raleigh Convention and Visitors Bureau. The purpose of the meet is to draw attention to the tragic statistic that minorities are nearly three times as likely to drown as their Caucasian counterparts.


The Statistics

  • Seventy percent of African-American and sixty percent of Hispanic/Latino children cannot swim. (Source: National research study by the USA Swimming Foundation and the University of Memphis)
  • African-American children drown at a rate nearly three times higher than their Caucasian peers. (Source: CDC)
  • If a parent does not know how to swim, there is only a 13 percent chance that a child in that household will learn how to swim. (Source: National research study by the USA Swimming Foundation and the University of Memphis)
  • Approximately 10 people drown every day in the U.S. (Source: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)).
  • More than one in five fatal drowning victims are children younger than 14 (Source: CDC).
  • Drowning is also a silent killer—most young children who drowned in pools were last seen in the home, had been out of sight less than five minutes, and were in the care of one or both parents at the time (Source: Present P. Child Drowning study).
  • Participation in formal swimming lessons can reduce the risk of drowning by 88 percent among children aged one to four years. (Source: Pediatrics & Adolescent Medicine 2009).


For more information about USA Swimming’s diversity initiatives please click-on the following link: USA Swimming DIVERSITY & Inclusion


Way to go Kingfish!