Northside ISD books 2015 national swim championship

September 5, 2012

The Northside Swim Center, in partnership with San Antonio Sports, will be the site of the 2015 U.S. Masters Swimming National Short Course Championship. U.S. Masters Swimming is the national governing body of the sport for adult swimming competitors.

The Northside Swim Center is located in the Farris Athletic Complex at Hausman Road and Loop 1604 and includes the Northside Natatorium, which was completed in 2006, and an outdoor swim stadium and warm-up/diving pool that are scheduled to be completed this spring. Once completed, the three-pool swim center will be the only one of its kind in the central United States.

The outdoor swim stadium is one of 13 sports venues funded by both Northside's 2010 School Bond and the Bexar County visitor tax extension, approved by voters in May 2008.

"The 2015 Spring Masters Nationals is a perfect example of what the partnership between Bexar County and Northside ISD was designed to achieve," said George Block, chairman of San Antonio Sports' board of directors and retired NISD aquatics director.

The Spring Masters Nationals is one of the largest annual swim meets in the United States and will bring about 2,000 adult athletes to San Antonio to boost the city's tourism economy, Block said.

"By definition, all the participants are adults, and most of them make this meet into their annual vacation," Block said. They'll "enjoy San Antonio's visitor hospitality, while performing in one of the top aquatics venues in the world."

Scott Zolinski, NISD Director of Aquatics, said it's an honor for Northside ISD to be selected as the host of the 2015 Master's Short Course National Championship.

NISD is bidding on several major future competitions which will not only bring visitors to San Antonio but also revenue to the school district through rental fees.

The Northside Swim Center also adds much needed 'water-space' for hundreds of NISD swimmers, divers, water polo teams, and the general community.

"We are excited to partner with San Antonio Sports to provide a uniquely San Antonio experience and to be able to showcase the spirit of Northside ISD," Zolinski said.

Northside Swim Center architect's rendering