CHESTERFIELD COUNTY, Va. (WTVR) - Poseidon Swimming has a new location inside the Collegiate School Aquatics Center. Located in Ukrop Park, the 54,000+ square foot facility has three pools including the 50 meter, eight-lane, Myrtha Pool from the 2008 U.S. Olympic Trials in Omaha, which saw 9 World Records, 21 American Records and 17 U.S. Open Records set by the Olympic athletes.
The facility also has a therapy pool with two underwater treadmills and diagnostic video equipment, and a 25-yard, warm water pool for warm-up and cool-down during the swim meet. An expansive 7,000 square foot mezzanine grandstand can hold up to 700 spectators. The facility also has a community room, ample parking and locker facilities.
The Collegiate School Aquatics Center is expected to provide an economic boost to the region with an anticipated $2 million plus generated by sports tourism.
The club hosted its first competitive swim meet over the weekend called "The Fresh Start Invitational."
The local swim club extended invitations to teams throughout the state and the response was overwhelming. Twelve teams from Richmond, Tidewater and Northern Virginia entered swimmers in the competition.
“The response was terrific," said Ted Sallade, Poseidon’s Head Coach. "We had to close the entries early as 800+ swimmers signed up. This response speaks to the need for what we have to offer during this long course season and to the excitement surrounding our new facility,” said Sallade.
The meet format was sanctioned under USA and Virginia Swimming. The three day event started last Friday evening. The majority of events took place on Saturday and Sunday.
For more information about Poseidon Swimming visit www.poseidonswimming.com.