The 2013 USA Swimming Grand Prix schedule is at least in part nailed down, and there will be two new hosts in the lineup: Mesa, Arizona and Orlando, Florida.
The Mesa stop will be hosted in suburban Phoenix at the new $8.4 million Skyline Aquatics Center. The series returns to Phoenix for the first time since 1997, when the Phoenix Swim Club hosted a stop (though it was a much different animal then). The open air center has covered seating for 1,200 running along one side of the pool, with 6 lanes of 25 yard warmup space. This will add a second open-air stop to the lineup, as the Santa Clara Grand Prix remains on the schedule.
The most notable feature of this list (though absent a March meet – so perhaps more to be revealed) is that it’s all warm-weather cities so far. There is only a single locale north of the Mason-Dixon line in Minneapolis, with neither Indianapolis nor Columbus appearing on this year’s schedule.
There will also be a new stop in Orlando, leaving the confirmed schedule at:
November 9th-11th, 2012 USA Swimming Grand Prix, Minneapolis, MN – SC
January 18-20, 2013 USA Swimming Grand Prix, Austin, TX – LC
February 15-17, 2013 USA Swimming Grand Prix, Orlando, FL– LC
April 18-20, 2013 USA Swimming Grand Prix, Mesa, AZ – LC
May 9-12, 2013 USA Swimming Grand Prix, Charlotte, NC – LC
May 30-June 2, 2013 USA Swimming Grand Prix, Santa Clara, CA – LC