Oct. 31, 2013
THE FLATS – The NCAA Swimming & Diving Championship came to the Georgia Tech Aquatic Center in 2006. It could be returning to Atlanta soon.
The NCAA has released the host site finalists for its 2015 to 2018 national championships, and Georgia Tech is one of four host intuitions on the list for men’s and women’s swimming & diving.
The other finalists include NC State (Greensboro Aquatic Center), Ohio State (McCorkle Aquatic Center), and Minnesota (UM Aquatic Center). Iowa’s Campus Recreation and Wellness Center is a finalist for the men’s championship. Washington State (Weyerhaeuser King County Aquatic Center) and Texas A&M (TAMU Student Recreation Center) are finalists for the women’s championship.
A committee made up of coaches and administrators from NCAA schools and conferences will select the winning sites, which must then be approved by a divisional championships cabinet. The site announcements will be made Dec. 11.
One of the nation’s premier aquatic facilities, the GT Aquatic Center was home to the swimming & diving competition for the 1996 Summer Olympic Games, and hosted the 2006 NCAA Men’s Swimming & Diving National Championship. The ACC Swimming & Diving Championship has called Georgia Tech home three times – 2005, 2008 and 2011.
It was also recently announced that Atlanta (GT Aquatic Center) and Indianapolis were the two finalists to host the United States Olympic Diving Trials in 2016. That announcement is also expected in December.
“There’s no doubt our pool is an incredible venue for swimming & diving,” said Tech head coach Courtney Shealy Hart. “We’re honored to be considered for the NCAA National Championship and we’re confident that Atlanta and Georgia Tech will put on a tremendous event should we be selected.”