GREENSBORO, N.C. – USA Synchro has announced the Greensboro Aquatic Center
has been named the host site for the 2013 SwimOutlet.com U.S. National Synchronized
Swimming Championships. The events will take place April 9-13, 2013, and are expected
to include more than 200 swimmers from 30 teams across the country.
“We’re really looking forward to returning to Greensboro,” said Terry Harper, executive
director of USA Synchro. “The city and the facility engaged the entire community for our
Olympic Trials last year. They do an outstanding job.”
Ticket information for the 2013 SwimOutlet.com U.S. National Synchronized Swimming
Championships is to be announced.
“We are extremely excited to host USA Synchro’s 2013 National Championships and
continue to build the strong relationship we have with this outstanding organization,” said
GAC manager Susan Braman. “USA Synchro events were a major part of the first-year
success of the GAC, and we look forward to hosting them again in 2013.”
The GAC hosted the U.S. Synchronized Swimming 2012 Olympic Team Trials last
November, and in August of 2011, the U.S. Synchronized Swimming National Team
participated in the Greensboro Aquatic Center’s ribbon-cutting ceremonies.
About USA Synchro
Spectators have been awed by the grace and power of synchronized swimming since the
inception of the sport in the early 1900s. Synchronized swimming requires a unique
combination of overall body strength and agility, grace and beauty, split-second timing,
musical interpretation, stamina and dramatic flair.
The inaugural synchronized swimming U.S. National Championships were held in 1946,
just one year after the Amateur Athletic Union (AAU) first recognized the sport. A few
years later, the 1955 Pan American Games included synchronized swimming events, and
the World Aquatic Championships soon followed. After almost 40 years of concerted
effort, synchronized swimming was at last included in the Olympic Games in 1984, with
the United States winning the first solo and duet Olympic gold medals.
Three events are currently recognized internationally in synchronized swimming: solo,
duet and team (eight swimmers). The competitive rules and manner of judging are similar
to such sports as figure skating and gymnastics. In the 1996 Olympics, the team event
replaced solo and duet competition, which had been a part of the Olympic program since
1984. However, the overwhelming demand for tickets and broad television appeal of the
1996 team event prompted the IOC to reinstate the duet event for 2000.
USA Synchro was established as a nonprofit organization in 1977, and is the United
States national governing body for the sport, recognized by the International Olympic
Committee, the United States Olympic Committee and FINA (Federation Internationale
de Natation Amateur) — the international governing federation.
USA Synchro organizes, participates in, and promotes a variety of competitive events
each year. These events begin at the local level and continue in the following categories:
Age Group (12-19), Junior (15-18), Senior and Masters (20+).
About Greensboro Aquatic Center (www.greensboroaquaticcenter.com)
Located on the campus of the Greensboro Coliseum Complex, the 78,323-square-foot
Greensboro Aquatic Center emerged as one of the top aquatic facilities in the nation in its
Built at a cost of nearly $19 million, the state-of-the-art, multi-purpose, three-pool facility made its debut in September 201. It hosted 36 meets in its inaugural year and weclomed more than
15,000 participants with a total attendance of over 120,000. The impressive national-meet
calendar included the 2012 YMCA National Short Course Championships and the 2012
U.S. Masters Swimming Spring National Championships, which featured a field of more
than 1,850 swimmers, including 12 Olympians.
Other elite events hosted at the GAC in its first year included the U.S. Synchronized
Swimming 2012 Olympic Team trials and 19 consecutive days of USA Diving national
championship competitions, including the AT&T Senior National Championships that
were broadcast on NBC Sports Network.
The Greensboro Area Convention & Visitors Bureau projected the economic impact of
first-year GAC events at nearly $42 million, while the economic impact of all GAC
bookings through 2016 tops $76 million.
Looking ahead to the calendar for 2013, more than 40 meets are already booked including the
ACC Men's and Women's Swimming & Diving Championships, the return of the YMCA
National Short Course Championships and USA Swimming’s Speedo Winter Junior