There will be a national collegiate championship held in Atlanta in 2016, regardless of what the football, basketball and baseball teams do. The NCAA has chosen Georgia Tech to host the 2016 Men’s and Women’s Swimming & Diving Championships.
This is great honor for Georgia Tech, and for their partner in this event, the Atlanta Sports Council. The Yellow Jackets swimming and diving teams had great seasons in 2013, and building on that leading up to these championships will be a huge but worthwhile task for all the coaches and competitors.
Here is a press release from the Georgia Tech Athletics department as posted on RamblinWreck.com:
The Georgia Institute of Technology, in conjunction with the Atlanta Sports Council, has been selected to host the NCAA Division I Men’s and Women’s Swimming & Diving Championship in 2016.
“Georgia Tech and the Atlanta Sports Council have a long history of partnering to host successful championship events and we’re excited to bring the NCAA Swimming & Diving National Championship back to Atlanta,” said Tech’s Director of Athletics Mike Bobinski. “The Aquatic Center is a world-class venue and will provide a perfect setting for this event. Competitors, coaches and fans can look forward to an exciting and first-class championship here in 2016.”
The Georgia Tech Aquatic Center, which was originally constructed for the 1996 Summer Olympics and remains one of the nation’s premier aquatic venues, will stage the NCAA’s pinnacle event for the second time after first hosting it in 2006.
“The Georgia Tech Aquatic Center has a long history of hosting high-caliber aquatic events,” said Georgia Tech’s Director of Campus Recreation Michael Edwards. “We are extremely excited to be the host of the 2016 NCAA Division I Swimming & Diving Championships, it is truly one of the most exciting team events in college sports. It will be a wonderful event for Georgia Tech and the City of Atlanta.”
“We are thrilled to partner with Georgia Tech to host the 2016 NCAA Men’s and Women’s Swimming & Diving Championship, and show off Tech’s world-class Aquatic Center,” said Dan Corso, Executive Director, Atlanta Sports Council. “Given Atlanta’s history of hosting intercollegiate events, along with boasting two NCAA Corporate Champions and one NCAA Corporate Partner, we are confident that the entire region will provide support to ensure that this championship is a huge success.”
In addition to the 2016 NCAA Championship, Georgia Tech is set to host both the Atlantic Coast Conference Swimming & Diving Championship and the NCAA Zone Diving Championship in 2015.