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Swimming in Maryland gained worldwide attention in August 2008, when Michael Phelps of Baltimore County won eight gold medals at the 2008 Summer Olympics in Beijing, China. Born in Baltimore, Maryland, in 1985, Phelps began swimming at age 7. Except for four years at the University of Michigan, his swim training has been at the North Baltimore Aquatic Club, where his fellow Olympian, Katie Hoff, has been training since 2003.

Throughout Maryland, swim clubs provide opportunities for competitive swimming to Marylanders of all ages. Competitive swimming is organized through Maryland Swimming.

With its rivers, lakes, ocean beaches, and the Chesapeake Bay, Maryland also is the ideal place for recreational swimming. Sixteen State Parks have swimming areas. Information about beach water quality can be found at:

Maryland also is home to the Great Chesapeake Bay Swim. Held annually in June since 1982, the Swim is 4.4 miles from Sandy Point State Park in Anne Arundel County to Kent Island on the Eastern Shore, and is limited to 600 swimmers.

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