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Huntsville Hosts 430 Swimmers for State Sectional Swim Meet

City of Huntsville FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
November 20, 2014

(Huntsville, AL) - The City of Huntsville will host 430 swimmers from 22 schools across North Alabama for the Alabama High School Athletic Association's North Section Swim Meet on November 21-22 at the Natatorium on Drake Avenue.

The inaugural section swim meet is one of three occurring in the state. Mobile and Birmingham are also serving as host locations. Top four finishers in each event will advance to the state finals in Auburn on Dec. 12-13. Additionally, swimmers meeting the state qualifying time at the sectional meet, and divers performing the five required dives, will also advance to the state meet.

"We are excited and honored to host this event in Huntsville and we are proud that we have the largest number of entries of all three section meets," said Ralph Stone, Executive Director, Huntsville Sports Commission.

The North Section is comprised of: Southeast - Gadsden City; Southwest - Cullman; Northwest - Florence/Deshler; Northeast - Scottsboro. Through the North Alabama High School Swim League (NAHSSL), swimmers have participated in swim meets and invitationals throughout the season to meet a sectional qualifying time for this weekend's event.

Huntsville Mayor Tommy Battle says the sectional swim meet comes at a significant time for the City.

"Today is the deadline for our Request for Proposals for architectural and engineering teams to design the new Natatorium for our community," said Mayor Battle. "This new facility will include a new competition pool, a new hydrotherapy pool to replace the one at Williams Aquatic Center, and extensive renovations to the existing facility. When complete, we will have three beautiful pools for our swimmers to enjoy."

Mayor Battle says the City expects to select a winning architectural/engineering team within the next three weeks. The Huntsville Sports Commission says the Natatorium expansion and renovations will enhance the City's ability to host competitions and events.

Six years ago, a few coaches in north Alabama came together to form the North Alabama High School Swim League (NAHSSL). The purpose of this organization was to provide competitive meets for swimmers throughout the swim season. Prior to this organization, swimmers may have participated in one or two events prior to the AHSAA state meet.

The organization grew and is now comprised of 20 swim teams throughout the region. The league organizes meets at the Natatorium, Alabama A&M, Dublin Park, Scottsboro, and Cullman.

The league championship meet is held at the Natatorium on Drake two weeks prior to the sectional meet. Any swimmer of a member school is allowed to participate in the league championship meet.

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For more information, please contact:

Ralph Stone, Huntsville Sports Commission, 256-427-6748 (w), ralph.stone@huntsvilleal.gov



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