The brand new facility in Greensboro, North Carolina has been chosen to host the 2013 Winter Junior Nationals, USA Swimming has posted on their website.
Since the $19 million facility opened in August of 2011, its had no trouble landing major meets. Among the first to sign-on was the ACC for its 2013, 2014, and 2016 championship meets, in addition to the 2012 YMCA Short Course National Championships. Now, USA Swimming is taking their first national-level meet to the new facility from December 12th-14th.
By the time that meet rolls around, Greensboro will know whether or not they have been chosen as the host of the 2016 Olympic Trials, for which they are one of 5 final candidates. Mike Unger shared with us that one of the criteria that they are looking at for potential hosts is the legacy of the Trials, and the long-term vision of swimming in that city. Greensboro is certainly showing that they are invested in the sport for the long-term, so it would seem that they’d score high marks on that rubric.
Greensboro is probably the “underdog” of the 5 remaining bidders for the Olympic Trials. Though we don’t know exactly how they’ve been scored by USA Swimming, as compared to Omaha, Indy, San Antonio, and St. Louis, they haven’t received quite the same level of public support.
June 25th-29th - 2013 World Championship Trials – Indiana University Natatorium, Indianapolis, Indiana
July 19th-August 4th – 2013 World Championships – Barcelona, Spain
July 30th-August 3rd – 2013 U.S. Open – Irvine, California
August 5th – August 9th – 2013 Jr. Nationals – Irvine, California
December 5th-7th – 2013 Winter Nationals – University of Tennessee, Knoxville, Tennessee
December 12th-14th – 2013 Winter Jr. Nationals – Greensboro Aquatic Center, Greensboro, North Carolina