The San Antonio Express is reporting that local officials are currently in discussion with USA Swimming to bring “three major meets” to the brand-new Northside ISD Swim Center in 2015.
The pool, which is $14 million, is just putting on the final touches to an outdoor complex that has a 50-meter pool and a 25-meter diving pool. It also has a huge spectator seating area, with shaded bleachers for 2,400.
It brought some amount of local controversy when the funding was approved, despite the pool being a fraction of what a similarly-grand facility in Houston cost a few years ago. Construction went on, though, and now the pool is preparing to host bigger meets than what was allowed at the Josh Davis Natatorium in the NEISD: the area’s prior swimming focal point (and the former stomping grounds of Olympian Jimmy Feigen when he attended Churchill High School).
Among the meets specifically named were U.S. Masters Nationals in April of 2015, with some anonymous source reporting that that could be followed by senior and junior nationals in August, with announcements expected to come in two weeks if the final details on all three meets can be worked out.
Though the days of an outdoor Olympic Trials are likely past, USA Swimming has still shown a willingness to host other national-level meets outside, including a large portion of the Grand Prix series. This year’s Junior National and U.S. Open Championships were hosted at the William Woolett Aquatics Center in Irvine, California, and notably San Antonio’s new pool has both a bigger capacity and covered seating for spectator comfort.
August has the potential to be a very wet month in San Antonio, but rainfall is generally limited to about 1.5-2.5 inches over the entire month, with April having very similar numbers.