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2017 YMCA Long Course National Championship coming to Greensboro Aquatic Center
The Greensboro Aquatic Center (GAC) has announced it will host the 2017 YMCA Long Course National Championship. The five-day event will run July 31- August 4, 2017 and is expected to feature a field of more than 1,000 swimmers from across the United States.
“We have an outstanding relationship with the Greensboro Aquatic Center and couldn’t be more pleased to bring our Long Course National Championship there in 2017,” said Spencer Bonnie, National Director of Events and Sports at YMCA of the USA. “In the years we have held our Short Course National Championship at the Aquatic Center, we have benefited from what has become a true partnership with its staff. They know us well, greatly value our business, and are willing to work with us in ways that others are not. This has very positively impacted our ability to deliver a high quality “Y” experience for everyone attending Short Course and will no doubt have the same impact on Long Course.”
The GAC has previously hosted the YMCA’s National Short Course Championship every year since 2012 and will do so again in April, 2017 making the Greensboro Aquatic Center the first venue to ever host the YMCA’s National Long and Short Course Championship in the same year.
“We are very excited to expand our relationship with YMCA of the USA to include hosting its Long Course National Championship for the first time,” said Greensboro Aquatic Center manager Susan Braman. “Having hosted the YMCA’s Short Course Championships for the past five years we are very familiar with the needs and expectations of this first-class organization. As always, our goal will be to deliver the best possible championship experience for all of the competitors, their families and spectators.”
The 2017 YMCA Long Course National Championship will be hosted by the Greensboro Aquatic Center in cooperation with the Greensboro Area Convention & Visitors Bureau, Greensboro Sports Commission, Tournament Host Committee of Greensboro, Greensboro Coliseum Complex, YMCA of Greensboro and the Sheraton Greensboro Hotel and Joseph S. Koury Convention Center.
“We look forward to continuing to bring a true sense of ‘southern hospitality’ to YMCA national events and welcoming over 1,000 swimmers to the Greensboro community,” said Greensboro Convention & Visitor Bureau president Henri Fourrier.
The Greensboro Convention & Visitor Bureau estimates the 2017 YMCA Long Course National Championship will generate an economic impact of more than $2 million to the local community.