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The 29th Annual Black History Invitational Swim Meet

The 29th Annual Black History Invitational Swim Meet (BHISM) was held February 13 - 15, 2015, at the Takoma Aquatic Center (300 Van Buren St., NW).

2015 Entry information

  • Completed entry packages must be received on Tuesday, January 27, 2015. 
  • Corrections, changes and fees are due Friday, February 6.
  • Incomplete entry packages or packages received after Tuesday, January 27, 2015 will be returned to the sender.

2015 Call for volunteers!

The BHISM is in need of volunteers. If you would like to volunteer for this years meet, go to BHISM's volunteer packet, fill out a short form and we will contact you.  We are looking for timers, ribbon writers, runners and hospitality volunteers. Hope to see you there!!

2015 BHISM Final Schedule

Thursday, February 12
  - Volunteer Briefing : 6:30 pm to 7:30 pm

Friday, February 13
  - Session 1 (13 & over) : Warm up - 7 am to 7:45 am | First event: 8 am  
  - Session 1 Coaches meeting:  7:45 am
  - Session 2 (12 & under): Warm up - 1 pm to 1:45 pm | First event: 2 pm
  - Session 2 Coaches meeting: 1:45 pm

Saturday, February 14
  - Session 3 (13 & over) : Warm up - 7 am to 8 am | First event: 8 am
  - Honoree Awards Ceremony: 12 noon
  - Session 4 (12 & under): Warm up - 1 pm to 1:45 pm | First event: 2 pm

Sunday, February 15
  - Session 5 (13 & over) : Warm up - 7 am to 7:45 am | First event: 8 am
  - High Point Award Ceremony for 13 & over: 12:30 pm
  - Session 6 (12 & under): Warm up - 1 pm to 1:45 pm | First event: 2 pm
  - High Point Award Ceremony for 12 & under: At the conclusion of Session 6 (the last session of the day)

2015 BHISM Honoree

This year's honoree is Justin Lynch, a freshman at the University of California at Berkeley.  Mr. Lynch is a talented swimmer who made headlines in 2013 when he broke Olympic medalist Michael Phelps' 100 meter butterfly (15-16 age) with a time of 52.72.  Lynch's mark topped Phelps' mark of 52.98 that had stood for 12 years.  He is a member of the National Junior Team, won a silver and bronze medal at the 2013 World Championships in Dubai, won a gold and silver medal at the 2013 Junior Nationals and is a member of UC Berkeley's Terrapins Swim Team.

For more information on Justin Lynch, please visit Justin Lynch's bio page on the Cal Bears/UC Berkeley website.

2015 BHISM Competing Teams

Washington, DC  
    DC Wave Swim Team (DCPR) - Host Team
    Eastern Senior High School (ESHS)

    Aqua Eagles Swim Club (AESC)

    Baltimore City Swim Club (BCSC)
    Central Chesapeake Swimming (PEAK)
    Elite Rays Swim Club (ERSC)
    Greenbelt Municipal (GM)
    Prince George’s Parks and Recreation (PGPR)
    University of Maryland Aquatic Club (UMAC)

    Alexandria YMCA Sea Dragons (YASD)
    Herndon Aquatic Club Commanders (HACC)
    Machine Aquatics (MACH)
    Nations Capital Swim Club (NCAP)
    Shark Tank Racing Squad (TANK)
    Tidewater Aquatic Club (TAC)
    York Swim Club (YORK)


    Central Delaware YMCA (CDEL)

    Andrew and Walter Young YMCA Stingrays (AWYY)
    City of Atlanta Dolphins (CAD)
    Healthy Lives Healthy Kids Seal Swim Team (HLHK)

    Detroit Recreation Swim Team (DRST)

New York
    FAST Swim Team (FAST)

    Team Lake Erie (LE)

    Pittsburgh Stingrays (PSTR)

South Carolina
    Greenview Dolphins Swim Team (GVST)
    South Carolina Dolphins (SCST)

St. Lucia
    Racers Swim Club (RACER)

         Totals:  27 teams | 762 swimmers | 3,576 entries

History of the Black History Invitational Swim Meet

This unique event was co-founded in 1987 by the DC Department of Parks and Recreation (DPR) and the United Black Fund, Inc. (UBF) in honor of Black History Month. These two organizations have worked together every year since to produce the first swim meet in the nation to celebrate this important month that higlights the contributions of African Americans to US society. 

The invitational was founded with the goals of providing urban youth nationwide with a positive outlet for expression, exposure to strong competition, a forum to meet positive role models, and the opportunity to visit the nation's capital. Since the very first year, DPR and UBF are proud that the Black History Invitational Swim Meet has fulfilled these goals and has grown from a small, local competition to one now hailed by USA Swimming, the national governing body for the sport of swimming, as the "premier minority swim competition in the United States and in the World." The two-day annual event now attracts nearly 800 minority competitors, ages 5–18, from swim teams in Los Angeles, Atlanta, Detroit, Cleveland, New York and other metropolitan areas in the United States.

Past Black History Invitational Swim Meet Honorees

Beginning in 1989, the Black History Invitational Swim Meet Steering Committee has chosen courageous and notable African Americans in history or in the field of swimming whose contributions are known throughout the world to be recognized during the weekend's events.


Calendar Year Annual Year Honorees
1989 3rd Martin Luther King Jr.
1990 4th Martin Luther King Jr.
1991 5th Frederick Douglass
1992 6th Sojourner Truth
1993 7th Benjamin Banneker
1994 8th Mary McCleod Bethune
1995 9th George Washington Carver
1996 10th Harriet Tubman
1997 11th Booker T. Washington
1998 12th Dr. Dorothy Height
1999 13th Walter Washington
2000 14th Eleanor Holmes Norton
2001 15th Dr. Calvin Rolark
2002 16th Dr. William H. Rumsey
2003 17th Dan Knise and Clarence Bishop
2004 18th Sharon Pratt
2005 19th Chuck Hinton, Fred Lee Valentine, and Mamie
2006 20th 20th Annual Black History Invitational Swim Meet Committee
2007 21st Jim Ellis and Frederick Evans II
2008 22nd Bradford A. Tatum
2009 23rd Cullen Jones
2010 24th Maritza Correia, Byron Davis, Sabir Muhammed and David Goggins
2011 25th Michael Wright and Alana Dillette
2012 26th Rodger McCoy
2013 27th John Tatum
2014 28th Coach Russell “Kim” Williams of the Baltimore City Swim Club (BCSC)
2015 29th Justin Lynch