Hundreds of the nation's finest collegiate swimmers are set to compete in the Orange Bowl Swimming Classic set for Friday, Jan. 3, at the Jacobs Aquatic Center, mile marker 99.6 oceanside in Key Largo.
Part of a popular month-long Orange Bowl training session held each year in the Keys, the sprint-style meet features 20 fast-paced swimming events, measured by a state-of-the-art timing system.
Key Largo's subtropical weather, a first-class training facility and the lure of the Orange Bowl combine to create exciting swim races to participate in and watch.
Several men and women who have trained at the Jacobs Aquatic Center swimming facility or participated in the Orange Bowl Swim Classic have gone on to pursue Olympic gold. They include 2012 Olympians Missy Franklin, a gold and bronze swimming medalist, and three-time medalist Nathan Adrian.
Among the more than a dozen college teams scheduled to attend winter training, eight are slated to compete in the swimming classic including long-time attendees George Mason University from Fairfax, Va., and the University of Michigan from Ann Arbor, Mich., as well as universities from West Virginia, Vermont and Connecticut.
The competition is expected to start at 2 p.m. and continue until 4 p.m. Admission is free for spectators.
A post-contest awards social and dinner are set to commence at the Jacobs Aquatic Center following the meet. Spectators who reserve ahead can attend the dinner and interact with the swimmers and coaches.
Event contact: jacobsaquaticcenter.org or 305-453-SWIM (305-453-7946)
Key Largo visitor information: www.fla-keys.com/keylargo or 1-800-822-1088
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