2017 YMCA Long Course National Championship
coming to Greensboro Aquatic Center
(Greensboro, NC – Feb. 17, 2017) The Greensboro Aquatic Center (GAC) has announced it will host the 2017 YMCA Long Course National Championship. The five-day event will run July 31- August 4, 2017 and is expected to feature a field of more than 1,000 swimmers from across the United States.
“We have an outstanding relationship with the Greensboro Aquatic Center and couldn’t be more pleased to bring our Long Course National Championship there in 2017,” said Spencer Bonnie, National Director of Events and Sports at YMCA of the USA. “In the years we have held our Short Course National Championship at the Aquatic Center, we have benefited from what has become a true partnership with its staff. They know us well, greatly value our business, and are willing to work with us in ways that others are not. This has very positively impacted our ability to deliver a high quality “Y” experience for everyone attending Short Course and will no doubt have the same impact on Long Course.”
The GAC has previously hosted the YMCA’s National Short Course Championship every year since 2012 and will do so again in April, 2017 making the Greensboro Aquatic Center the first venue to ever host the YMCA’s National Long and Short Course Championship in the same year.
“We are very excited to expand our relationship with YMCA of the USA to include hosting its Long Course National Championship for the first time,” said Greensboro Aquatic Center manager Susan Braman. “Having hosted the YMCA’s Short Course Championships for the past five years we are very familiar with the needs and expectations of this first-class organization. As always, our goal will be to deliver the best possible championship experience for all of the competitors, their families and spectators.”
The 2017 YMCA Long Course National Championship will be hosted by the Greensboro Aquatic Center in cooperation with the Greensboro Area Convention & Visitors Bureau, Greensboro Sports Commission, Tournament Host Committee of Greensboro, Greensboro Coliseum Complex, YMCA of Greensboro and the Sheraton Greensboro Hotel and Joseph S. Koury Convention Center.
“We look forward to continuing to bring a true sense of ‘southern hospitality’ to YMCA national events and welcoming over 1,000 swimmers to the Greensboro community,” said Greensboro Convention & Visitor Bureau president Henri Fourrier.
The Greensboro Convention & Visitor Bureau estimates the 2017 YMCA Long Course National Championship will generate an economic impact of more than $2 million to the local community.
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About the Greensboro Aquatic Center
Located on the campus of the Greensboro Coliseum Complex, the 78,323-square-foot indoor Greensboro Aquatic Center has emerged as one of the top aquatic venues in the nation since its opening in 2011.
Built at a cost of nearly $19 million, the state-of-the-art, multi-purpose, three-pool facility has hosted an impressive national swim meet calendar including the 2012 U.S. Masters Swimming Spring National Championships, the 2012-2016 YMCA National Short Course Championships, 2013 Speedo Junior Winter National Championships, 2013, 2014 and 2016 ACC Men’s and Women’s Swimming & Diving Championships, 2014 USA Swimming AT&T Winter National Championships, 2015 NCAA Division I Women’s Swimming & Diving Championships, 2015 USA Swimming Futures Championships and the 2016 NCAA Division III Women’s & Men’s Swimming & Diving Championships.
The GAC also serves local citizens through its daily hosting of fitness classes, club and school swim and dive team practices, private swim lessons and its unique partnership with Guilford County Schools in the development of a privately financed, curriculum-based ‘Learn to Swim’ healthy lifestyle program.
For more information please visit greensboroaquaticcenter.com
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