A Brief History
The Wichita Swim Club was founded in 1954 by legendary Wichita sports figure Bob Timmons. Coach Timmons led the Swim Club through the early years and later became the Track & Field Coach at the University of Kansas. Soon after its conception, the Wichita Swim Club became known across the Midwest as a quality program which gave Wichita youngsters an excellent activity and vehicle for growth. In 1960, Wichita Swim Club member Jeff Farrell won 2 gold medals in the Olympic Games and his story was chronicled in the book, Six Days to Swim.
Throughout the years, the Swim Club has continued to provide excellent coaching and has produced many excellent swimmers. For many years the team practiced at the Love Aquatic Center on the campus of Wichita Collegiate School. In 1980, Wichita native and WSC member Ron Neugent earned a spot on the U.S. Olympic team. In 1986, Anne Mahoney represented the United States on the World Championship team and won four national titles in backstroke from 1987-89. In 1988, the United States Olympic swim team was headed by former WSC swimmer Richard Quick. Recently, WSC has been well represented at the Olympics by Caroline Bruce in 2004, and Jarrett Perry in the 2004 and 2008 Paralympics.
In February of 1991, the Wichita Swim Club moved into our present home, the Garvey Aquatic Center. One of only a few parent-owned swim club in the nation with it’s own pool and facility. Financing of the pool and facility was and remains the sole responsibility of the parents in the organization. Thanks to the generous support of Willard Garvey, Bob Love and others, the Wichita Swim Club enjoys unrivaled flexibility and convenience which is the envy of swim clubs across the nation.