The Greensboro Aquatic Center (GAC) announced another big win in the competition for national swimming meets.
It was announced Thursday, Jan. 2, that YMCA of the USA (Y-USA) will hold five national swimming championships at the GAC.
Y-USA has selected GAC for the National Short Course Swimming Championship in 2021, 2022 and 2023. The Y-USA National Long Course Swimming Championships will also be held at the GAC in 2020 and 2021.
Community support was a big factor in the Y-USA selection process.
The Y-USA National Short Course Swimming Championship is the nation’s top youth swimming competition with more than 1,500 swimmers from the more than 200 YMCAs nationwide. Along with the swimmers, over 2,000 coaches and parents are expected to come to Greensboro for the events.
The GAC has hosted the YMCA Short Course National Swimming Championship since 2012 and hosted the National Long Course Swimming Championship for the first time in 2017, making the GAC the first facility to host both championships in the same year.
The Greensboro Area Convention and Visitors Bureau estimates the five championships will generate more than $20.2 million in economic impact.
Lindsay Mondick, senior manager of aquatics for Y-USA, said, “We are excited and confident that Greensboro will continue to make our national championship meets extraordinary for our youth athletes and their coaches. We look forward to celebrating the very best in YMCA swimming in this state-of-the-art venue. Our athletes and their families make significant sacrifices to help them reach their full potential. We owe it to all of them to make this an experience both in and out of the pool that will be remembered for a lifetime. We believe we have found such a place in Greensboro.
GAC Manager Susan Braman said, “YMCA championships are among the largest and most prestigious events we have ever hosted at the GAC. To be awarded five future championships is a testament to our hosing abilities and gives us an incredible opportunity to continue to build on the strong relationship we have with the YMCA of the USA.”