Here are #WNSTSweet16 people who had a dream in Baltimore

January 21, 2014 | Nestor Aparicio

9. Murray Stephens

There’s no question that Michael Phelps could be on this #WNSTSweet16 list but the real dreamer of his dream was first North Baltimore Aquatic Club head coach Murray Stephens who began putting local kids into pools in 1968. Stephens immediately started sending NBAC swimmers to Olympic trials and the pool became a mine for gold over the years.

An Olympic coach on the 1996 team and involved in Pan American, Goodwill Games and any other place where a stop watch was used in a natatorium, sure you can trace Phelps and a long string of gold medals back to Meadowbrook.

Olympians Theresa Andrews, Anita Nall, Beth Botsford, Jessica Long and thousands of other kids (and families) got their first swim with Coach Stephens. He dreamed, one stroke at a time. And the rest happened magically and the world took notice…

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3 Comments For This Post

  1. Sam Says:

    This list is spot on…but somewhere in 16, Ray Lewis’ name should have appeared. No doubt about it.

  2. TimNATC Says:

    Heck of a job with this list! I see one that is missing though. His name is Nestor Aparicio. You cannot be a Baltimore sports fan and not recognize what Nestor has done for/meant to the city of Baltimore. Nestor worked hard from a young age to learn and master his craft. When he started WNST people laughed and said he would fail. He had a nationally syndicated radio show and gave it up because he didn’t want to leave his hometown. We should all be thankful that he stayed. Since I have known Nestor (I only really know him through listening and reading) he has always been ahead of his time. He loves sports, he loves Baltimore. Thank you Nestor!

  3. Rich Says:

    TimNATC stole my thunder. Except somehow I believe Nestor’s name is conspicuously absent from the list of 16, but is blatantly included by way of the byline. I, too, believe Nestor is the ultimate Baltimore sports dream-come-true story, but you’d be hard-pressed to fill the stands with enough believers. I don’t think he’d really want it any other way. Nice work, Nasty, as always.

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