Coach Harold Baker isn’t sure just how many swimmers he’s coached at the Williamsburg Aquatic Club over the past 40 years, since that first group of six kids came to swim in a William and Mary pool that had been built when Theodore Roosevelt was the President.
WAC now averages around 150 swimmers a year, some of whom have parents that used to swim on the team themselves.
“That’s been interesting, teaching the kids of folks who used to be on the team, and are now in their 30s or 40s with families of their own,” said Baker. “I run into some of our alumni a lot around town, which is nice, but some others across the country I haven’t seen in years.”
That’s one reason why...