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Six cities bidding on U.S. Swim Trials

January 14th, 2013 by Annette Griffus

From the Associated Press:

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. — Former hosts Omaha and Indianapolis are among six cities bidding to host the 2016 U.S. Olympic swimming trials.

The other contenders announced Monday are Greensboro, N.C., Jacksonville, Fla., St. Louis and San Antonio, Texas. The winning city will be announced in late April.

An evaluation team from USA Swimming, along with an outside member of the governing body’s board, will visit each location and select finalists from the group. A recommendation then will be forwarded to the group’s executive director, Chuck Wielgus, the board of directors and the U.S. Olympic Committee.

Omaha hosted the 2008 and 2012 trials, where more than 164,000 fans attended the eight-day meet that was broadcast live on NBC. Both times temporary pools were built inside the downtown CenturyLink Center.

Indianapolis has played host five times, including 1952 when only the women’s team was chosen in the Indiana capital. It also was the site in 1984, 1992, 1996 and 2000.

Long Beach, Calif., was the site in 2004, the first time the trials were held outdoors using temporary pools. Attendance has soared since then while USA Swimming has expanded its Aqua Zone, where sponsors market their products to fans.

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