San Antonio will host three prestigious swimming events in 2015, after losing a bid to host the 2016 Olympic Trials earlier this year.
The Phillips 66 National Championship, the Speedo Jr. National Championship, and the U.S. Masters Swimming Spring National Championship will all be played in 2015 at the Northside Swim Center, located at 8400 N. Loop 1604.
“This is going to be a destination for big swim meets and big competitions for the USA Team for many years to come,” said Josh Davis, Olympic gold medalist and San Antonio native. “What we have here is three pools, two Olympic pools and a diving well, so we can service kids from one to 100 here for the next hundred years. It's amazing what they've done.”
The facility was built in an attempt to host the 2016 Olympic Swim Trials, which ultimately was unsuccessful. Omaha, Neb., was named the winning city.
“It put San Antonio in the middle of the world's swimming radar, and the middle of USA's swimming’s radar, and they saw the way our community could really pull together,” said George Block, chairman of San Antonio Sports. “These are the three biggest swimming events in 2015, so for 2015, all of swimming in America, will pass through San Antonio.”
The three events combined are expected to bring in about $5 million for the city, with thousands expected to attend.
Block said aside from hosting regional, state, and other national events, the hope is that the complex wins future bids for international competitions, like the World Championship Trials in 2018.