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D.C. area is proving to be one of swimming’s deepest talent pools - Source Washington Post

Posted on Dec 27,2012
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Katherine Frey/The Washington Post - Nation's Capital Swim Club coach Bruce Gemmell gives out instructions to the elite swimmers during practice at Georgetown Prep's pool earlier this month.

Source Washington Post

By Liz Clarke

WASHINGTON DC. - It’s 6:15 a.m. on a Sunday, and more than a dozen parents are arrayed in the lobby of Alexandria’s Lee District Recreation Center, silently reading newspapers, paying bills and doing some Christmas shopping online. A few others wander in around 9 a.m., bleary-eyed and rumpled, after alarm clocks rouse them from naps in their cars outside.

To thousands of parents throughout the Washington area, it’s a familiar ritual weekends and weekdays alike: rising in darkness, battling traffic and devising ways to productively spend time while their children swim lap after lap after lap.

Though not what might be expected of a congested metropolis prone to snowpocalypses and sweltering humidity, Washington has become a swimming hotbed known not only for producing Olympic gold medalists Mark Henderson, Tom Dolan, Mike Barrowman, Ed Moses and Katie Ledecky but also for churning out a steady stream of scholarship athletes from a pipeline brimming with talent.

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