On Thursday, the North Baltimore Aquatic Club swam their last practice at Meadowbrook Swim Club, ending a relationship that dates back to the mid-80s. Meadowbrook is best known as the facility where Michael Phelps started swimming and trained as he became an international sports star in the 2000s.
NBAC founder Murray Stephens purchased Meadowbrook in 1987 and the club used the facility as their main training site. In 1995 the club built an indoor 6-lane 50-meter pool to go along with the Meadowbrook outdoor 10-lane 50-meter pool.
Phelps, owner of 28 Olympic medals, trained at Meadowbrook as an age-grouper when he made his first Olympic team as a 15-year old in 2000. He continued to train at Meadowbrook through the 2004 Athens Olympics where he won eight medals including six gold. After Athens, Phelps relocated to the University of Michigan with coach Bob Bowman. Phelps returned to Meadowbrook as he prepared for the 2012 London Olympics where he won six more medals, four of which were gold.
The home of history’s most-accomplished competitive swimmer Michael Phelps has given Meadowbrook Swim Club a bigger national brand than most pools have.
In 2015 Bowman left NBAC to take over at Arizona State where Phelps joined him. Prior to relocating to Tempe, Phelps had one last race at his childhood pool. Bowman and Phelps leased time at the pool until 2017 when they chose not to renew their lease.
According to the Meadowbrook Swim Club website, they have started their own USA Swimming program. Meadowbrook Swim Team had their first official practice on May 1st.
With the relationship between NBAC and Meadowbrook coming to an end, this leaves NBAC in flux in regard to their training location. The club is currently training at Springlake Swim Club and should be using the 4 Seasons pool this summer. They are looking at multiple facilities for the long term starting in the fall, with the pool Loyola University (MD) being among the options on the table.