Kino Aquatic Center to Take Center Stage as Host of Signature Swim Meet


Oct. 19, 2009  (MESA, Ariz.) – Mesa, Ariz. was awarded the U.S. Masters Swimming Short Course swim meet competition for 2011. The Mesa Convention & Visitors Bureau, Mesa Public Schools (MPS) and Mesa Aquatics worked together to secure this event which will center heavily on the city’s newly-enhanced Kino Aquatic Center. The announcement came during the United States Aquatic Sports Convention held in Chicago last month.


"Mesa Public Schools and Mesa Aquatics are thrilled to help host the 2011 National Masters Short Course Championships,” said Steve Hogan, MPS Director of Athletics. “The combined efforts with the City of Mesa and Mesa Sports & Tourism Development were instrumental in obtaining this bid. This is a great example of a variety of community entities working together to attract outstanding events, bring positive notoriety and create an economic benefit to Mesa and the state of Arizona."


Renovations at Kino Aquatic Center were completed earlier this year at the cost of nearly $8 million funded through a  voter-approved sales tax designed for projects that would improve the city's overall quality of life. In addition to necessary improvements, the center now boasts zero-depth entry, a six-lane instruction pool, 50-meter competition pool and waterslides and water splash/wading pool for children.


“It’s great to see an investment into Mesa’s swimming facilities already paying dividends,” says Aaron Muth, Mesa Sports Tourism and Development Manager for the Mesa Convention & Visitors Bureau. “Mesa is ready to compete and be victorious in securing a wide range of athletic competitions be it for golf, baseball, and now swimming.”


The Short Course Championships are expected to draw up to 2,500 swimmers from across the country, including the potential to host former Olympians and those still engaged competitively in the sport. All told, the week-long competition held in May 2011 is estimated to generate up to 12,000 room nights and have an estimated impact of $1.5 million on Mesa’s economy.


Previous hosts have been Indianapolis, Chicago, Puerto Rico and Tempe, Ariz. who hosted the Short Course Championships in 2003. The win comes off the heels of another completed multi-million dollar renovation at Rhodes Pool last month and the city’s announcement to construct the much-anticipated Skyline Aquatic Center on the eastside of Mesa.

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Serving as an arm of the Mesa Convention & Visitors Bureau, Mesa Sports & Tourism Development is responsible for marketing Mesa, Arizona as a leading sports travel destination to regional and national target audiences while generating economic growth through the development and promotion of sports at all levels: youth, amateur, high school, collegiate, professional and semi-professional.