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The Olympics are in full swing in London.

Team USA has already won more than 50 medals, 30 of which have been earned in the pool. The stellar performances overseas are inspiring the next generation of Olympians.

"A lot of people are hitting the water," Swimmer Karen Duncan said.

At the Lifetime Fitness Health Club in South Austin, regular swimmers are now sharing the lane with first-timers, inspired by the summer games.

"It's fun to swim, with all the Olympics on it just gets you going," Swimmer Patrick Willson said.

For Duncan, the sport of swimming is nothing new, and she is more than happy to share the water.

"People are trying out different stuff, I think people are just out and trying something new and adding something to their current fitness routine," Duncan said.

For Lifeguard and aquatic swim instructor Megan Lantz, when the Olympics start it means a crowded pool.

"A lot of our kids come into our swim lessons really excited; they want to swim like Michael Phelps they want to do flip turns. It's really funny because we didn't see swim caps, that much, now kids are coming out in their American Flag ones, and those are really cute," Lantz said.

Lantz has seen an increase in swim team signups and swim lessons. And while the boost in popularity won't last forever, many are just happy to share in the Olympic glory.

According to officials at the University of Texas, 18 athletes, with ties to the university, are attending the 2012 Olympic Games.

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