Diversity & Inclusion

The primary objective of Pacific's Diversity & Inclusion Program is to increase multicultural, ethnic, and socioeconomic diversity and to foster an inclusive environment at all levels of the sport of competitive swimming. The Diversity & Inclusion Committee develops and administers programs which are aimed at encouraging existing clubs and related organizations to expand opportunities to provide a competitive swimming experience to those individuals currently lacking such opportunities.

The next Diversity & Inclusion Meeting will be held on Monday, March 26th, 8:00 - 9:00 pm via conference call.

Call- In # 1-866-305-2467
Participant Code: 606844
Go To Meeting: 957-427-661

If interested in participating or you have any questions, please email Kent Yoshiwara.

Western Zone Diversity & Inclusion All-Star Meet

Pacific Swimming would like to congratulate Jalen Evans (OAPB) and Malcolm Mackey (ONDA) on representing our LSC on the Western Zone All-Star Team at The Black History Swim Meet, February 15-19, 2018, in Washington, DC! Jalen and Malcolm are two of 18 athletes selected from 9 LSCs to make up this Western Zone Team, coached by Co-Head Coaches Jenn Beech & James Reynolds.

Both boys represented Pacific Swimming and the Western Zone well. Malcolm was the 13-14 Boys High Point Winner, finishing 1st in 400 IM and 100 Breast, 2nd in 200IM, 500 free and 50 free, 3rd in 100 free and 5th in 100 back and fly. Jalen came in second place in the 100 Fly and 200 Fly. The Western Zone relay team also came in 1st place in all relays -- the 400 yard Free relay, 400 yard Medley Relay, 200 yard Medley Relay, and 200 yard Free Relay! The Western Zone team finished 3rd overall at the meet.


If you have any questions regarding this meet, please contact Kent Yoshiwara.

Outreach Registration

Pacific Swimming participates in the USA Swimming Outreach Program and offers registration at the USA Swimming registration fee of $5.00 with no additional fees to Pacific Swimming. Valid September 1, 2017 - December 31, 2018.

Click here for the current Outreach Athlete Registration Form

Meet Entry Fee Assistance Program (MEFAP)

Pacific Swimming has introduced a new Meet Entry Fee Assistance Program (MEFAP) to help swimmers cover the costs of entering swim meets. The swimmer would pay for the splash fee associated with each meet and Pacific Swimming will cover the individual swims’ entry fees. To be eligible, swimmers must be a registered outreach swimmer OR have a family-proven hardship, verified by a coach. Swimmers may use the attached form to register for each meet. This form also includes answers to some common questions. If your question is not answered by this form, please contact Annie Stein

Diversity Camp

The 2017 Pacific Swimming Diversity Camp was held on October 21st in San Jose, CA. The camp worked with swimmers 11-16 years of age, and include a guest speakers, in-water stroke work, team building and leadership development activities, plus more.

Check back here for more information on the 2018 Camp.


Fred Siegrist Scholarship

The Fred Siegrist Scholarship is designed to give economically disadvataged youth the opportunity to participate in Pacific all-star meets and camps for which they qualify which would normally require a co-pay from the athlete's family.

Western Zones Diversity and Inclusion Camp

The 2018 Western Zone Diversity and Inclusion Camp, June 14-17, 2018, in San Diego, CA., will be the 3rd Diversity and Inclusion Select Camp and Summit. The Zone Diversity Select Camps are viewed as an integral step for athletes to move from the local and zone level onto the national scene. Athletes will participate in a three-day camp program, which includes pool training, motivational, education sessions and team-building activities.

Celebrate the opportunities of/for diversity in Western Zone Swimming through inspiration of athletes, coaches, and volunteers. Create local ambassadors and leaders to grow our sport. The goals are to empower athletes and their coaches to:

  • Demonstrate the viability of multicultural success in swimming within their local LSC
  • Achieve performance excellence throughout the sport
  • Develop positive leaders and role models
  • Connect, network, and promote the virtues of the sport of swimming through a comprehensive strategy involving the athletes, coaches, and the LSC Diversity Chairs in their own local LSCs and throughout the Western Zone.

Click here for more details. The application can be downloaded here and is due March 20, 2018.

If you have any questions regarding this meet, please contact Kent Yoshiwara.


Diversity Grant Program

The purpose of the Diversity & Inclusion Grant is to increase multicultural, ethnic, and socioeconomic diversity and to foster an inclusive environment at all levels of the sport of competitive swimming. Twice a year, Pacific Swimming clubs are encouraged to submit an application for a Pacific Swimming Diversity Grant. Available funding for each grant period is dependent on the approved annual budget. The Fall grant has just closed. Check back here for when the Spring grant program will be available.

Clubs and organizations requesting support from Pacific Swimming submit a written Program Plan which includes the purpose, plan description, test metrics, schedule, budget, funding requested from Pacific Swimming, and manpower expectations. The Committee then evaluates the requests based on the following criteria:


  • Fulfillment of the USA Swimming Outreach program mission, which is to provide opportunities in swimming to the underrepresented and economically disadvantaged youth in the United States)
  • Fulfillment of the Pacific Swimming mission, which is to encourage participation and the pursuit of excellence in swimming
  • Benefit to the athletes
  • Innovation
  • Likelihood of success
  • Other sources of funding                                                                    


The current Fall Grant application has just closed. Check back for the Spring 2018 application available early next year.

Note: Scholarships for swimmers with financial needs will not be considered this session as we are developing an Individual Scholarship program. All other grant requests will be considered. Questions? Contact Kent Yoshiwara        

Previous Grant Recipients