The Aquakids began in the summer
of 1961 when Bob Courtway moved to Conway and joined the faculty of
Hendrix College. Although the early teams had only male members, by
1965, 90 girls and boys participated the popular new sport. Bob and
Betty Courtway, with the help of many parents, took their team to
swim meets in every area of the state. "Coach Courtway" held the
first Hendrix Invitational Swim Meet in January 1962. This is the
longest running meet in our state and continues to be a high point
in the HAK program. In 1972, the swim team was placed under the
supervision of the Hendrix College swim coach, when Courtway was
away earning his Ph.D. Coaches, Hendrix College, parents, and
swimmers have worked over the years to develop the program Dr.
The program has produced several
swimmers who have achieved regional, national, and international
levels including John Hargis, who was a Gold medal winning
member of the 1996 Olympic Team.