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Club History

 A SHORT HISTORY OF AQUAKIDS

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. Courtway began.

The program has produced several swimmers who have achieved regional, national, and international levels. The most notable being John Hargis, who was a member of the 1996 Olympic Gold Medal 4X100 meter medley relay team.

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2013- AJ Mainord won the 11 years old Arkansas Swimmer of the Year Award for Long Course Season!

2013- Tyler Crosson won the 17-18 years old Arkansas Swimmer of the Year Award for Short Course Season!

 

2014- AJ Mainord won the 12 years old Arkansas Swimmer of the Year Award for Long Course Season!

2015- AJ Mainord won the 13 years old Arkansas Swimmer of the Year Award for Long Course Season!

2016- AJ Mainord won the 14 years old Arkansas Swimmer of the Year Award for Long Course Season!

2016- Tony Marleneanu won the Arkansas Coach of the Year Award!

2017- Brooklyn Anderson won the 12 years old Arkansas Swimmer of the Year Award for Short Course Season!

2017- Ethan Marotte wont the 14 years old Arkansas Swimmer of the Year Award for Short Course Season!

2017- AJ Mainord and Aaron Rieth qualified for Winter Junior Nationals!

2017- Julia Gaffney was selected to represent USA at the Para World Championships in Mexico City!

2017- Julia Gaffney won 5 silver and 1 bronze medal at the Para World Championships in Mexico City!

2017- Julia Gaffney set a new American record in the 400 IM and 100 Breast!

2018- Julia Gaffney set a new American record in the 100 Back and 200 Back!

2018- Brooklyn Anderson won the 13 years old Arkansas Swimmer of the Year Award for Short Course Season!

2018- AJ Mainord won the 15-16 years old Arkansas Swimmer of the Year Award for Long Course Season!

2018- Julia Gaffney makes the National A team in the 200 IM!

2018- Julia Gaffney was selected to represent USA at the Pan Pacific Para Championships in Cairns, Australia!

2018- Allie Rogers qualified for Winter Junior Nationals in the 100 Back and 200 Back!