Media Information Director
DPS Office of Athletics
Communication and Media Arts girls’ swimming team is making waves in the Detroit Public School League in its first year as a program.
At the forefront of the Lady Pharaohs’ debut splash is senior Tyara Green, the PSL Proud Strong Learner of the Week.
“It’s an honor and a pleasure to have an opportunity to coach an athlete of such high caliber with great leadership skills, work ethic and athletic aptitude,’’ CMA Coach Vincent Fields said.
“As captain of CMA’s first ever girls swim team, Tyara has embraced her role as leader in and out of the water. She understands what is required of her mentally and physically. That sets her apart from the rest of the field.”
Green has been swimming for 13 years, the last nine competitively with the AAU Tiger Sharks Swim Team.
Her specialty is the 50 freestyle, where she’s timed 25.54, but she’s been called on at CMA to race primarily in the 100 and 200 freestyle, 100 backstroke, 100 butterfly and the 200 individual medley.
Thus far this season, Green has yet to finish anywhere but first place.
“I’m a sprinter,” she says. “I can do the long distances, but I’m best when I can use my speed.”
Green is not only an accomplished swimmer but she’s a multi-sport, multi-talented athlete. In addition to making the national AAU gymnastics team in tumbling and trampoline, she competes for CMA in volleyball, softball, basketball and wants to compete next spring in track and field.
Track and field runs concurrently with softball, but that shouldn’t be a problem for Green. She already competes in volleyball in the same fall season as swimming and enjoys the double duty. “It’s a busy schedule, but I like to stay very active,’’ Green said.
CMA has only five swimmers on its girls’ team and could use a few more like Green.
“Of the five of us, three of us are experienced and the other two are beginners,’’ she said. “Even though we have fewer teammates than some other teams, we still believe we can win the city if we take first in all of our events.”
Green said she plans to major in biology and hopes to be a neurologist or cardiologist. She sees her leading role as vital if CMA is going to become a solid, lasting girls’ swim program.
“It was frustrating to be an excellent swimmer and not be able to compete for my high school,” she said. “Now that we have a team, I want to be encouragement for a lot of girls to come out for swimming and see if they like it or not. I wondered how I was going to get a college scholarship. But now that we have a team, I know I have that chance.”
The Detroit Public School League Proud Strong Learner of the Week award is representative of the league’s top boys and girls athletes. The award is presented by the DPS Office of Athletics and sponsored for the fourth year in a row by Detroit-area McDonald’s owner-operators.