Before the United States Olympic Swimming Team leaves to compete at the Olympic Games in Rio Janeiro, Brazil, the athletes will train in San Antonio at the Northside Swim Center July 13-21, 2016.
“The Northside Swim Center is one of the top swimming facilities in the United States, and we’re thrilled to bring our nation’s top swimmers here next summer as they prepare for the 2016 Olympic Games,” USA Swimming National Team Director Frank Busch said. “The domestic training camp is where the camaraderie of our team begins to take shape, and the staff and facility here will play a key role in setting up Team USA for success in Rio.”
The Northside Swim Center opened in June 2013 and the state-of-the-art outdoor facility is the only one of its kind in the central United States.
“Hosting the 2016 U.S. Olympic Swimming Team at the Northside Swim Center is a tremendous honor for Northside Independent School District, the city of San Antonio, and all of Texas,” said Superintendent Brian T. Woods. “We’ve been calling 2015 the ‘Year of Swimming’ with four prestigious, national events scheduled at the Northside Swim Center, but we are thrilled to extend the excitement into 2016.
During the camp, area swimmers and sports fans will have the opportunity to meet the 2016 U.S. Olympic Swimming Team, as one practice will be open to spectators, followed by an autograph session. The timing and details of the open practice and autograph session will be announced next summer prior to the start of the camp.
“These amazing athletes will be an inspiration for student-athletes of all ages in San Antonio, and we look forward to helping them prepare to represent the United States next summer,” said Woods.
Pictured at the announcement are Northside Superintendent Brian T. Woods; John Martin, USA Swimming; Jimmy Feigen, 2012 Olympian; and George Block; SA Sports Board Member
The other prestigious, national events scheduled at the Northside Swim Center in 2015 are:
- U.S. Masters Swimming Spring National Championships – April 23-26
- Speedo Junior National Championships – July 30- Aug. 3
- The Phillips 66 National Championships – Aug. 6-10
- Deaf Swimming World Championships – Aug. 17-22
Three pools make up the Northside Swim Center: a 50-meter Olympic-sized Pool, a Dive Pool and a Lessons/Instruction Pool. All together, the pools hold approximately 1.5 million gallons of water. Adjacent to these outdoor pools is the Northside Natatorium, an indoor 50m competition and lessons pool with many of the same features as the outdoor complex.
The pools are located at the Farris Athletic Complex on Loop 1604 between Bandera and Hausman roads.