Cullen Jones — Growing up in Newark, New Jersey with dreams of being a B-Boy, Cullen got hooked on swimming as a teenager, and rose to international prominence in college, when he became the first African-American world-record swimmer and then went on to make the U.S. Olympic team at the age of 24.
Maritza Correia — Growing up in Puerto Rico, Maritza started swimming at age 7 as therapy for severe scoliosis –– and hasn’t left the water since. She almost quit after failing to make the 2000 Olympic team, but she stuck with it and went on to become the first African-American female Olympic swimmer in 2004, at the age of 23.
Julimar Avila — The daughter of Honduran immigrants, this 11-year-old, 4’8” powerhouse brings the same joie de vivre to her English, social studies, and math homework as she brings to her butterfly, breaststroke, backstroke, and freestyle.
Elgernon Jesionek — This 17-year-old African-American swimmer, together with his best friend Davidson, dreams of being “the next Cullen Jones.” Diagnosed as a pre-teen with Attention Deficit Disorder, he was encouraged to swim by his mom and older brother, but has struggled to stay in the pool and out of trouble.
Davidson Peguero — This 17-year old Dominican-American comes from a family who believes in sports as a way to keep kids safe, busy, and healthy. Davidson, a 3-sport athlete (baseball, football, swimming) loves swimming so much that he says, “I wish I had gills so I wouldn’t have to breathe.”