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Greensboro to Host 2012 U.S. Masters Swimming Championships
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The Greensboro Aquatic Center will host the 2012 U.S. Masters Swimming Spring National Championships, according to the national governing body for adult competitive and fitness swimming.

The event will be hosted by the Greensboro Sports Commission in cooperation with North Carolina Masters Swimming, the Greensboro Area Convention & Visitors Bureau and the Greensboro Coliseum Complex.

The four-day U.S. Masters Swimming Spring Nationals competition will take place in the brand new Greensboro Aquatic Center. The swimming will begin on April 26 and conclude on April 29, 2012. Nearly 2,000 adult swimmers are expected to participate in the four days of swimming competition, including many Olympians.

This is the first major announcement for the $19 million, 74,000-square-foot center that's under construction and expected to open in July. The center will feature an 8-lane pool, a warm-up pool and a 17-foot diving pool.

"While North Carolina has a long tradition of supporting Masters swimming, Greensboro is a new destination for our Nationals," commented U.S. Masters Swimming Executive Director Rob Butcher. "The renderings for the new Greensboro Aquatic Center are spectacular. We know that Masters swimmers will enjoy racing in the new venue."

The aquatic center, slated to open July 2011, the indoor facility began construction of the multimillion dollar center on May 6.

"Landing this prestigious event was a true team effort by North Carolina Masters Swimming, the Greensboro Area Convention & Visitors Bureau, Greensboro Sports Commission and the Greensboro Coliseum Complex," said Don Gilchrist, who will serve as the meet's co-director along with Hill Carrow. "We look forward to this being the beginning of numerous national meets coming to Greensboro on an annual basis."

The 2011 event is being held in Mesa, Arizona.

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