Clovis, Not Santa Clara, Will Host Final Stop of 2019 Pro Swim Series

USA Swimming has announced Clovis, California as the 5th-and-final stop of the 2019 TYR Pro Swim Series circuit. Clovis was the only site previously unannounced, though sources indicated when the other 4 were announced in October that California was likely to be home to the 5th meet.

While a California conclusion to the circuit is traditional, it has historically been Santa Clara in the Bay Area that has hosted the last meet of the series. Now the meet will move about a 3-hour drive inland to the Central California city of Clovis, which is a suburb of Fresno.

The move severely limits the opportunities for direct flights. According to the Fresno Yosemite International Airport, only 11 major American cities have direct flights to Fresno, most of which are west coast cities: Chicago (seasonal), Dallas, Denver, Las Vegas, Los Angeles, Phoenix, Portland, Salt Lake City, San Diego, San Francisco, and Seattle.

Clovis will host the meet at the Clovis North High School Aquatics Complex, which has two 50-meter by 25-yard pools. The main competition pool is a constant 2-meter depth pool, while the other pool has a diving well at one end and a shallow 3-foot depth area on the other end with a 2-meter depth on the other. The facility has permanent spectator seating for 740, with room to bring in additional bleacher seating.

The school year at Clovis North High School ends a week earlier.

For the first time in 2019, USA Swimming changed the bidding model for the Pro Swim Series shift from one where USA Swimming paid a $20,000 management fee to one where host cities and facilities pay a ‘rights fee’ to host meets. The result is 5 cities that have not recently (if ever) hosted, while long-time hosts like Austin and Santa Clara have been boxed-out.

“We are very excited about the tremendous interest from teams, convention and visitors’ bureaus and sports commissions from across the country, wanting to bring a high-level swimming event to their community,” USA Swimming President & Chief Executive Officer Tim Hinchey III said. “Beyond their great competition venues, our five selected hosts have the resources, contacts and commitment to help market and facilitate incredible events for our athletes.”

Full 2019 TYR Pro Swim Series Schedule

January 9-12 Knoxville, Tenn. Allan Jones Intercollegiate Aquatic Center
March 6-9 Des Moines, Iowa MidAmerican Energy Aquatic Center at the Wellmark YMCA
April 10-13 Richmond, Va. Collegiate School Aquatics Center
May 17-19 Bloomington, Ind. Counsilman Billingsley Aquatics Center
June 12-15 Clovis, Calif. Clovis North High School Aquatics Complex

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The Grand inquisitor
2 years ago

It’s a bold strategy Cotton. Let’s see if it pays off for them.

susan Marsh
2 years ago

TRYING TO FIND MY BOY WITH THE SANDIEGO TEAM,hAVE A HARD TIME WITH COMPUTORS SORRY!

Hswimmer
2 years ago

Claire Tuggle will get a w

Michael
Reply to  Hswimmer
2 years ago

So will Justin Wright

Justin Wright
2 years ago

Gimme dat homefield advantage 🙌🏼

Hswimmer
Reply to  Justin Wright
2 years ago

Do it for the little guys!!

Speed Racer
2 years ago

It will be interesting to see if the same visitors bureaus, sports committees and host sites in addition to paying the $10k to even bid have also secured reasonable lodging, car rental rates and flights for teams traveling to these relatively small regional sites. If not, I think there will be an influx of competitors attending such meets as Atlanta Classic, Charlotte Ultra Swim, Fran Crippen Invite, etc which is the exact opposite of probably what USA Swimming and TYR had hoped for the future of the Pro Swim Series. But major cities generally offer more options in flights, rentals, lodging something clearly not considered. Ticket pricing last I heard had not been released. Will be interesting to see what… Read more »

Speed Racer
Reply to  Speed Racer
2 years ago

Knoxville currently has ONE hotel listed and the entry fee price has increased from $15 to $20 per event. That is a 33% increase from fees charged last year for Pro Swim. Maybe USA Swimming should answer to where the bid money and additional entry fee money is going?

Team USA
Reply to  Speed Racer
2 years ago

This could be a situation where USAS wants $X/event, and the meet host wants $Y/event, so the cost is $X+Y/event. The additional $$ is likely going back to USAS to cover the meet host fees!

Kind of related: turns out at least one team in the country increases meet entry fees for their swimmers (when not the meet host) and pockets the difference. Is this normal?

Speed Racer
Reply to  Team USA
2 years ago

“For the first time in 2019, USA Swimming changed the bidding model for the Pro Swim Series shift from one where USA Swimming paid a $20,000 management fee to one where host cities and facilities pay a ‘rights fee’ to host meets.” USA Swimming is no longer covering host fees. They are charging fees, $10,000 fees, for teams to even bid!

Swimmer Brent
2 years ago

I have to believe Santa Clara will still have a meet and it will be highly attended.

I wonder if meets like the Charlotte UltraSwim, the Irvine Grand Challenge, and the Mission Viejo SMOC will see a resurgence in interest this year due to the less common (and harder to access) venues being chosen.

Taa
Reply to  Swimmer Brent
2 years ago

These meet hosts should do a little marketing I bet it would pay off

Cantfathom
2 years ago

Do they not want spectators from afar to attend? If travelling and lodging are hard to come by, the inconvenience of it all is enough to deter any potential viewers.

Sccoach
2 years ago

Clovis/Fresno is large, there are plenty of hotels, and the venue is way better than Santa Clara’s. We’ll see if the van drive from the airport to Clovis will be a huge issue.

I have to imagine athletes will enjoy having a way larger area for warmup/warmdown compared to Santa Clara’s diving well. Santa Clara was going to build the 2nd pool and it didn’t happen.

I think Clovis will be fine. It will also give athletes experience dealing with the heat (if it does get hot) so they are more used to dealing with situations like the heat at nationals last summer.

CraigH
Reply to  Sccoach
2 years ago

103 degrees is more heat than they need to have experience dealing with. They had better install a ton more shade and masters than they currently have on that deck.

break it down
Reply to  CraigH
2 years ago

The second week of June is before the hottest time of summer, with average highs in the low 90s. The more worrisome issue will be the air quality.

Stan Crump
Reply to  break it down
2 years ago

Usually, Yosemite isn’t burning down yet in June. Air gets worse in August.

Sccoach
Reply to  CraigH
2 years ago

Pretty sure it got hotter than 103 in Irvine last summer so not sure what you are getting at here. 103 would be perfect experience

…sorry I may be insensitive to the indoor pool population. I’m used to sitting at all day outdoor summer meets in the super hot stuff. Just bring a big hat and sit under an ezup and it’s all good

joe
Reply to  Sccoach
2 years ago

Irvine rarely gets that warm haha. Last summer during Nats it was between 80-90 degrees outside, which is good swim meet weather IMO as a fellow outdoor summer meeter

Sccoach
Reply to  joe
2 years ago

Are you sure Joe? I thought there was some crazy heat wave and it was bothering the swimmers. Maybe I’m remembering things incorrectly

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