The Northside Swim Center will make a big splash in 2015 as host of three prestigious national swimming events. Olympic gold medalist Josh Davis, joined officials from Northside ISD, Bexar County, and SA Sports in announcing details.
USA Swimming awarded two of the sport's top meets to San Antonio- the Phillips 66 National Championships and the Speedo Jr. National Championships. Both will be held in August 2015. In addition, U.S. Masters Swimming awarded the city its U.S. Masters Swimming Spring National Championships to be held in April 2015. The combined economic impact of these three meets is expected to be $5 million.
“The Northside Swim Center gets people excited to swim and there’s no better facility,” said Olympic gold medalist Josh Davis. “The whole country is going to realize what a great city this is. Dreams and champions are going to begin here.”
The Northside Swim Center was jointly funded and approved by Northside voters in School Bond 2010 and approved by Bexar County voters in the visitor tax extension in 2008.
“When Bexar County joined Northside ISD in building this facility, we knew it was possible that the Northside Swim Center would host events of this caliber,” said Bexar County Judge Nelson Wolff. “But it is tremendous to have that happen in such a short period of time and to have three major events all in one year.”
USA Swimming’s Phillips 66 National Championships are scheduled for Aug. 6-10, 2015. The event is a key meet in preparation for the 2016 Olympics in Rio de Janeiro and will feature the nation’s top swimmers, including Olympic medalists.
The Speedo Junior National Championships are scheduled for July 30- Aug. 3, 2015 and will feature the nation’s top up-and-coming swimmers, ages 14 through 18.
U.S. Masters Swimming is the governing body for adult swimmers and their Spring National Championships are scheduled for April 24-27, 2015.
“These three championships would not have been awarded to San Antonio if not for the partnership between Northside ISD and Bexar County, which is paying off in a big way,” said Northside Superintendent Dr. Brian T. Woods. “Our students have access to a world-class facility to train and now they will be inspired by the world-class swimmers and divers who will compete here.”
San Antonio’s selection as host for these three events can be attributed to the opening of the Northside Swim Center and the city’s bid to host the 2016 Olympic Swim Trials. Earlier this year, San Antonio was among three finalists for the Swim Trials, which were ultimately awarded to Omaha, Nebraska.
“San Antonio wasn’t awarded the Swim Trials, but our bid put us on the radar for these swimming organizations,” said George Block, chairman of SA Sports. “They saw how we could pull together as a city, county, school district, and swim community. These are the three biggest swimming events in 2015 and they all will pass through San Antonio and the Northside Swim Center.”
The Northside Swim Center opened in June 2013. The state-of-the-art facility is the only one of its kind in the central United States. Three pools make up the outdoor swim complex, which is adjacent to the Northside Natatorium. Less than a month after it opened, the Swim Center hosted the AAU Diving National Championships.
Visit Northside’s Facebook page for an album of pictures from the press conference.