Huntsville Hosts Premiere USA Swimming – 2018 Southern Zone Long Course Senior Championship

August 1, 2018

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Wet is the word in Huntsville this week as more than 71 swim teams from across the Southeast compete in the prestigious USA Swimming, 2018 Southern Zone Long Course Senior Championship at the Huntsville Aquatics Center. This is the first time the Rocket City and the Huntsville Swim Association has been able to host a meet of this size and caliber, and it sets a precedence for future high level meets.

More than 600 swimmers are registered to participate in the five day meet. The swimmers, split evenly between male and female, are between 11 to 18 years old, and swim distances from 50 meters to 1500 meters. Participants must have a specific qualifying time to enter the Southern Zone Long Course Championship and can use this meet as an USA Swimming National Team, World Championships and Olympic qualifying event. The Huntsville Swim Association has 29 swimmers participating.

The meet also includes swimmers, and their coaches and families, from Alabama, Texas, Louisiana, Tennessee, Mississippi, Kentucky, and Florida. The Huntsville Sports Commission estimates an economic impact to the City of about $1 million.

Media and the public are invited to attend the Championship and experience the new award-winning Aquatics Center, today through Saturday. Preliminaries are held at 9 a.m. and finals at 5:30 p.m. daily. Admission is free.

The Huntsville Aquatics Center is located at 2213 Drake Avenue, Huntsville 35805. Parking is available at Milton Frank Stadium with public shuttles to and from the facility.