YMCA of the USA (Y-USA) has selected Greensboro Aquatic Center (GAC) to host its National Short Course Swimming Championship in 2021, 2022, and 2023 and National Long Course Swimming Championship in 2020 and 2021.
Y-USA selected Greensboro based on the significant community support evidenced during the site visit and previous years hosting; the quality and capacity of its event site; the enthusiastic support demonstrated by the Greater Greensboro YMCA leadership; and a community history of providing quality sporting event experiences to participants.
“We are excited and confident that Greensboro will continue to make our national championship meets extraordinary for our youth athletes and their coaches,” said Lindsay Mondick, Senior Manager of Aquatics for Y-USA. “We look forward to celebrating the very best in YMCA swimming in this state-of-the-art venue. Our athletes and their families make significant sacrifices to help them reach their full potential. We owe it to all of them to make this an experience both in and out of the pool that will be remembered for a lifetime. We believe we have found such a place in Greensboro.”
The YMCA National Short Course Swimming Championship is the nation’s top youth swimming competition with more than 1,500 swimmers from 200 plus Ys nationwide will competing at the event each year with the support of an additional 2,000 parents, coaches and volunteers. The GAC has hosted the YMCA Short Course National Swimming Championship annually since 2012. The GAC hosted the YMCA National Long Course Championship for the first time in 2017, making the Greensboro Aquatic Center the first venue to host both championships in the same year.
“YMCA championships are among the largest and most prestigious events we have ever hosted at the GAC,” said GAC manager Susan Braman. “To be awarded five future championships is a testament to our hosting abilities and gives us an incredible opportunity to continue to build on the strong relationship we have with YMCA of the USA.”
The Greensboro Area Convention & Visitors Bureau estimates the five championships will generate more than $20.2 million in economic impact.
“These championships have an enormous effect on our local hospitality industry and we look forward to continuing to welcome YMCA swimmers and their families from around the country to Greensboro,” said Greensboro Area Convention & Visitor Bureau president Henri Fourrier.
The 2020-2023 YMCA Championships will be hosted by Greensboro Aquatic Center in cooperation with the Greensboro Area Convention & Visitors Bureau, Greensboro Sports Foundation, Greensboro Coliseum Complex, YMCA of Greensboro and the Sheraton Greensboro Hotel and Joseph S. Koury Convention Center.