The Philadelphia Department of Recreation swimming team brought three bus loads of swimmers, coaches and parents to the second annual Black History Invitational Swim Meet held yesterday at the Capitol East Natatorium. But it could have used an extra bus to carry home the trophies it won as its members dominated almost all of the events.
Among the standout performers for the Philadelphia club was Bridget White, in the 8-and-under division, for her victories in the 25-yard freestyle in 16.63 seconds and the 25-yard backstroke in 18.44. Chris Bagley scored victories in the 8-and-under division in the 25-yard butterfly in 17.14 and the 25-yard backstroke in 18.55.
In the older divisions, Walter Bell of Philadelphia captured the 50-yard freestyle and the 50-yard butterfly in the (11-12-year-old division); Angela Beale and Jason Webb of the Philadelphia team dominated the 13-14-year-old division. Beale won the 100-yard butterfly in 1:10.53 and the 100-yard backstroke in 1:12.34. Webb captured the 100-yard freestyle in 52.97 and the 100-yard backstroke in 57.49
Washington-area swimmers who won outstanding swimmer awards for their division were Martin Simms (9-10) and Jenny Bracken (15-18), both of the Capital Sea Devils, and Eric Thompson (15-18) of the Curl Swim Club.
In a commemoration of Black History Month, the United Black Fund Inc. and the D.C. Department of Recreation's Special Programs Administration Aquatic Division joined to help sponsor the meet.
This year's entrants included swimmers from Michigan, New Jersey, Detroit and Baltimore, as well as Philadelphia.
Headed by Calvin W. Rolark, president of the United Black Fund, and. William H. Rumsey, consultant and coordinator of the United Black Fund, the meet was organized under the theme "No One Can Save Us From Us But Us."