Dissertation/Thesis Abstract

Phenomenal Black Mermaids: The Experiences of Black Womyn Collegiate Swimmers
by Quash, Tiffany Monique, Ph.D., Indiana University, 2020, 155; 28091758
Abstract (Summary)

Despite the success of Black collegiate swimmers (and Olympians) Lia Neal and Simone Manuel (both from Stanford University), and Natalie Hinds (from University of Florida) in the monumental 2015 Division I Swimming and Diving Championships, earning the top three places (Three College Swimmers Make History At NCAA Championship, 2015), the experiences of Black Womyn Collegiate Swimmers remain silenced. This study is an invitation to recognize the experiences of Black (inclusive of the diaspora) Womyn Collegiate Swimmers (hereafter referred to as BWCS) from Historically Black Colleges and Universities and primary white institutions. The goals of this dissertation were to provide narratives that: (a) explore the experiences of Black Womyn alumnae and current student-athletes identify generational, cultural, and individual experiences of Black Womyn alumnae and student-athletes; (b) analyze factors that signify time (across generations) and place (locations of collegiate swimming experience); and (c) understand the narratives of BWCS, their team culture, and institutional culture across time (generation) and place (location) while addressing strategies to collectively de/colonize the homogeneous racial and gender barriers in collegiate swimming. The results of this study provide insight into the history of swimming while challenging the perceived “norms” within and outside the culture of the collegiate swimming through the experiences of BWCS using a Black Womynst lens.

Indexing (document details)
Advisor: Ramos, William D.
Commitee: Forist, Brian, Githiri, Virginia, Guerra-Reyes, Lucia, Sailes, Gary A., Beale-Tawfeeq, Angela K., Waller, Steven
School: Indiana University
Department: School of Public Health
School Location: United States -- Indiana
Source: DAI-A 82/3(E), Dissertation Abstracts International
Subjects: Recreation, African American Studies, Sports Management, Public health
Keywords: Barriers, Black athletes, Black Womyn, Black Womynst Theory, Collegiate swimmers, Narrative inquiry
Publication Number: 28091758
ISBN: 9798672111360
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