Synchro event to include more than 200 swimmers from 30 teams
USA Synchro has announced the Greensboro Aquatic Center has been named the host site for the 2013 SwimOutlet.com U.S. National Synchronized Swimming Championships. The events will take place April 9-13, 2013, and are expected to include more than 200 swimmers from 30 teams across the country.
“We’re really looking forward to returning to Greensboro,” said Terry Harper, executive director of USA Synchro. “The city and the facility engaged the entire community for our Olympic Trials last year. They do an outstanding job.”
Ticket information for the 2013 SwimOutlet.com U.S. National Synchronized Swimming Championships is to be announced.
“We are extremely excited to host USA Synchro’s 2013 National Championships and continue to build the strong relationship we have with this outstanding organization,” said GAC manager Susan Braman. “USA Synchro events were a major part of the first year success of the GAC, and we look forward to hosting them again in 2013.”
The GAC hosted the U.S. Synchronized Swimming 2012 Olympic Team Trials last November, and in August of 2011, the U.S. Synchronized Swimming National Team participated in the Greensboro Aquatic Center’s ribbon-cutting ceremonies.
About USA Synchro (http://www.usasynchro.org/)
Spectators have been awed by the grace and power of synchronized swimming since the inception of the sport in the early 1900s. Synchronized swimming requires a unique combination of overall body strength and agility, grace and beauty, split-second timing, musical interpretation, stamina and dramatic flair.
The inaugural synchronized swimming U.S. National Championships were held in 1946, just one year after the Amateur Athletic Union (AAU) first recognized the sport. A few years later, the 1955 Pan American Games included synchronized swimming events, and the World Aquatic Championships soon followed. After almost 40 years of concerted effort, synchronized swimming was at last included in the Olympic Games in 1984, with the United States winning the first solo and duet Olympic gold medals.
USA Synchro was established as a nonprofit organization in 1977, and is the United States national governing body for the sport, recognized by the International Olympic Committee, the United States Olympic Committee and FINA (Federation Internationale de Natation Amateur) – the international governing federation.
About Greensboro Aquatic Center (http://www.greensboroaquaticcenter.com)
Located on the campus of the Greensboro Coliseum Complex, the 78,323-square-foot Greensboro Aquatic Center emerged as one of the top aquatic facilities in the nation in its first year.
Built at a cost of nearly $19 million, the state-of-the-art, multi-purpose, three-pool facility debuted in September 2011 and hosted 36 meets in its inaugural year, featuring more than 15,000 participants with a total attendance of over 120,000. The impressive national meet calendar included the 2012 YMCA National Short Course Championships and the 2012 U.S. Masters Swimming Spring National Championships, which featured a field of more than 1,850 swimmers, including 12 Olympians.
Other elite events hosted at the GAC in its first year includedthe U.S. Synchronized Swimming 2012 Olympic Team trials and 19 consecutive days of USA Diving national championship competitions, including the AT&T Senior National Championships, which were broadcast on NBC Sports Network.
The Greensboro Area Convention & Visitors Bureau projected the economic impact of first-year GAC events at nearly $42 million, while the economic impact of all GAC bookings through 2016 tops $76 million.
Looking ahead to the calendar for 2013, over 40 meets are already booked including the ACC Men’s and Women’s Swimming & Diving Championships, the return of the YMCA National Short Course Championships and USA Swimming’s Speedo Winter Junior National Championships.