San Antonio has been awarded three prestigious national swimming championships.
USA Swimming has awarded two of the sports top domestic meets, the Phillips 66 National Championships and the Speedo Jr. National Championships, to the Alamo City. US Masters Swimming, the governing body for adult swimmers, awarded San Antonio its U.S. Masters Swimming Spring National Championship in August. Each of the events will be held at the Northside Swim Center in 2015.
The Philliips 66 National Championship is slated for Aug. 4-8, 2015 and is a key meet in preparation for the 2016 Rio de Janeiro Olympic Games. The 2015 Speedo Jr. National Championships, which will feature the nation’s top up-and-coming swimmers, is scheduled for Aug. 10-14. The U.S. Masters Swimming Spring National Championship attracts 1,800-2,000 participants and will be held earlier that year, April 24-27, 2015. The economic impact of the two USA Swimming events is expected to be $4 million. The Master’s competition is anticipated to generate close to $1 million.
Much of the credit for San Antonio’s selection can be attributed to the recent development of Northside ISD’s state-of-the-art swim center and San Antonio’s bid for the 2016 Olympic Trials earlier this year. The Northside Swim Center was completed in July. It was built with $7 million from the 72% voter-approved extension of the visitor tax. NISD voters completed the funding through a school bond, voting in favor of the bond by 63%.
“San Antonio Sports bid put our city on the radar screen for these prestigious events,” said Russ Bookbinder, President & CEO of San Antonio Sports. “But it is only because Bexar County and Northside ISD leadership sought to raise and use these funds for a world-class swim facility that we will have the honor of hosting these competitions.”
San Antonio Sports will use the competitions as a way to grow swim programs in our community, working to increase the number of swimmers in minority communities, especially children, which is a key emphasis of USA Swimming Foundation’s Make a Splash program. For Northside, the impact of hosting the important meets gives students, and the greater community, a chance to interact and be inspired by elite swimmers and divers who will make San Antonio a destination for swimming competitions.