The U.S. Masters Swimming Short Course Championships are just around the corner. The event is being held at the Georgia Tech Campus recreation center in Atlanta.DATES Competition: Thursday, May 20 – Sunday, May 23, 2010. Pool available for warm-ups Wednesday, May 19 from 3 – 8 p.m.LOCATION Georgia Tech Campus Recreation Center 750 Ferst Drive NW Atlanta, GA 30332-0110
Originally built for the 1996 Olympics, the Georgia Tech Aquatic Center was the site of all swimming, diving, synchronized swimming and water polo events during the Centennial Games. Do you remember the 1996 swimming competition?
- Amy Van Dyken won 4 gold medals in Atlanta. She began swimming upon her doctor’s advice as a way to strengthen her lungs to cope with asthma.
- Amanda Beard was 14 when she won 1 gold and 2 silver medals at the 1996 Olympics. What were you doing at 14?
- Gary Hall, Jr., son of Gary Hall, Sr. who also competed in three Olympics as a swimmer (1968, 1972 and 1976) won 1 gold and 2 silver medals in the Atlanta games. He had a rather huge rivalry with Russia’s speed demon Alexander Popov.
The Aquatic Center consists of a competition pool with stadium seating for 1,950 and a state-of-the-art diving well with eight lanes for warm-up and cool-down. The competition pool is 50 meters by 10 lanes, with two movable bulkheads. The competition pool is considered one of the fastest in the world due to its depth (8.5 feet to 10.5 feet), water flow control, deep gutters and wide lanes (9 feet wide) to reduce wave action.
Participants in the USMS Short Course Championships must be registered Masters swimmers and at least 18 years of age as of May 19, 2010.
Though I’m still out of the pool due to my shoulder injury, I would like to go to take photos and support my teammates and all USMS swimmers. These events are so entirely inspiring! Any swimmers out there need a roomie? But…we’ll see what the future holds…