North Baltimore Aquatic Club
The North Baltimore Aquatic Club is an amateur swim club based in and around Baltimore, Maryland. Founded in 1968, it continues to offer training for young swimmers. It is best known for developing eight Olympic swimmers, five of whom earned gold medals.
The club started training in the Loyola High School pool, but as it has grown, its location has changed. It currently operates out of two locations, with two pools at the main Meadowbrook facility located in the Northwest Baltimore neighborhood of Mount Washington and another pool located at Goucher College in Towson.
NBAC has produced eight Olympic swimmers overall. The organization's best known swimmer is Michael Phelps, who initially competed in the 2000 Sydney Games, then came back to win six gold and two bronze medals at the 2004 Athens Games. In the 2008 Beijing Games Phelps broke seven world records and won the gold medal in all eight events he competed in. Closing out his career at the 2012 London Games, he earned four gold and two silver medals. He now holds the records for most career Olympic gold medals in any sport and the most gold medals in a single Olympic Games, and the record for most Olympic medals overall.
Olympic swimmers who have trained at NBAC include:
- Patrick Kennedy – competed at the 1984 Los Angeles games
- Theresa Andrews – won two gold medals in the 1984 Games
- Anita Nall – won a gold, silver and bronze in the 1992 Barcelona Games.
- Beth Botsford – won two golds in the 1996 Atlanta games
- Whitney Metzler – competed in the 1996 Games
- Michael Phelps – competed in the 2000 Games (Sydney), 2004 Games (Athens), 2008 Games (Beijing), 2012 Games (London); has won 18 gold, 2 silver and 2 bronze medals
- Katie Hoff – competed at the 2004 Games, won one silver and 2 bronze medals in the 2008 Games.
- Allison Schmitt – competed at 2008 Games and 2012 Games; won 1 bronze medal in 2008 Games and 3 gold, 1 silver and 1 bronze medal in the 2012 Games
Along with NBAC's Olympic swimmers, NBAC sent their first Paralympian, 17 year old Ian Silverman to the 2012 Paralympic Games in London. Ian competed in the S10 division(one of the lesser impaired divisions).
- Ian Silverman – Competed in the 2012 Paralympic Games. Gold in the 400 meter freestyle; sixth in the 4x100 meter freestyle relay, 4x100 meter medley relay, and the 50 meter freestyle; seventh in the 100 meter freestyle and 200 meter Individual Medley; and eighth in 100 meter butterfly.